Ruska Lawrence

23 May 1775–
Ashby, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Ruska

When Ruska Lawrence was born on 23 May 1775, in Ashby, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Jonathan Lawrence, was 42 and her mother, Elisabeth Johnson, was 38. She married Bartholomew Ballard on 28 January 1796, in Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She died in New York, United States.

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Bartholomew Ballard
Ruska Lawrence
Marriage: 28 January 1796
Christiana Ballard

Spouse and Children

    Bartholomew Ballard



28 January 1796
Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 1

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

Age 1

New York is the 11th state.

Age 33

Atlantic slave trade abolished.

Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English and Old French personal name Lorens, Laurence (Latin Laurentius ‘man from Laurentum’, a place in Italy probably named from its laurels or bay trees). The name was borne by a saint who was martyred at Rome in the 3rd century ad ; he enjoyed a considerable cult throughout Europe, with consequent popularity of the personal name (French Laurent, Italian, Spanish Lorenzo, Catalan Llorenç, Portuguese Lourenço, German Laurenz; Polish Wawrzyniec (assimilated to the Polish word wawrzyn ‘laurel’), etc.). The surname is also borne by Jews among whom it is presumably an Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Ashkenazic surnames.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Rusha Lawrence, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Rusha Lawrence in entry for Bartholomew Ballard, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910"
  • Ruflin in entry for Christiana Ballard, "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900"

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