Thomas Lawrence1

#2148, (say 1608 - 5 November 1655)
Relationship8th great-grandfather of William David Lewis


Elizabeth Bates b. s 1614
Children 1.Mary Lawrence3 (s 1637 - )
 2.Nicholas Lawrence10,3 (s 1640 - )
 3.Elizabeth Lawrence+3 (1642 - 1704)
 4.Sarah Lawrence+11 (c 1644 - 1713)
Birth*say 1608He was born say 1608; (prob. England.)2 
Marriage*circa 1635He married Elizabeth Bates, daughter of James Bates, circa 1635.1,3 
1638He received a land grant in 1638 at Hingham, Suffolk (now Plymouth) Co., MassachusettsG.4,5 
Death*5 November 1655He died on 5 November 1655 at Suffolk (now Plymouth) Co., MassachusettsG.6,7,3,8 
Probate*16 March 1674/75His estate was probated on 16 March 1674/75 at Suffolk Co., MassachusettsG; Edward Bate aged 67 years or thereabout testifieth that Thomas Lawrance of hingham [gave] a little before his [decease] being on his death bed as his last act and will all his estate both in land and goods some [small] thing excepted if there were any thing excepted if there [were] any to his wife Elizabeth Lawrance and what shee left at her death should be given to his Children equally devided the decease of the sd Thomas Lawrence was aboute 17 or so yeares agoe, John Smith of Hingham aged 49 yeares or there aboute testifyes that which is above written is the truth. Edward Bate and John Smith above named testifieth that they were both present and did heare the sd Thomas Lawrance express what is above written
Taken upon Oath 16 of 3 75 Before mee -- Elea Lusher Asist
Jno Smith Owned this in Court
29th 2 1675 as Attests Freegrace Bendall Recordr

To the honored County Court now in Boston, The humble petition of Elizabeth Lawrance widdow now liveing in dorchester that for as much as my husband Thomas Lawrance deceased did upon his death bed a little Before hee dyed very solumly in the presents of my Brother Elder Edward Bate of waymouth and leftte John Smith of Hingham give as his last will and testamt that smale estate hee was then possest of to mee the sd Elizabeth Lawrance his then wife desireing my brother Edward Bate to bee my Counceller when hee was gone and by whose Counsell I acted in Refferance to the estate my husband left mee and in this following perticular in selling a small psell of land to Leftt John Smith who then gave to the vallue of itt and unto whome I gave a deed under hand and seale about twenty yeares agoe. But throw my Ignorance doing it without Legall adminestration though agreable to my husbands Will as by testimoney upon Oath by my Brother Edward Bate and Leift Smith doth appeare the said Left Smith being afrayd that hee or his should bee Molested or wronged after my deth and not injoy there Just Right which hath bene honestly p an unknown person formed on his part as I Could my humble request to your honnors is that you would doe that for my selfe or him that may tend to the quiet injoymt of what hee hath soe honnest aright unto I Rest your honnors
humble servant,
---------------------------------- Elizabeth E Lawrance.9 
ChartsAncestors of William D. Lewis


  1. [S1220] Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700, online, Vol. 2, p. 928/1482. Thomas ( -1655) & Elizabeth Bates ( -1679, Dorchester MA), marr. ca. 1635; res. Hingham/Dorchester; various citations. Originally published as New England Marriages Prior to 1700. CD-ROM. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Hereinafter cited as New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (AA).
  2. [S520] VWH.
  3. [S814] George Lincoln, History of the Town of Hingham, Massachusetts Vol. II (Salem, Mass.: Higginson Book Co. (reprint), 1893), pp. 426-7.
  4. [S814] George Lincoln, History of Hingham II, pp. 429-7.
  5. [S815] Andrew H. Ward, "First Settlers of Hingham", New England Historic Genealogical Society 2 (April, July, Oct. 1884): p. 251, names of persons granted land betw. 1635 and 1640; 1638, Thomas Lawrence (from Hobart's Journal).
  6. [S2250], Massachusetts Town and Vital Records: Hingham 1600-1989 (Holbrook). Original data Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).
  7. [S165] James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, four volumes (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1860-1862), III:63; Thomas, d. 5 Nov 1655.
  8. [S813] A Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston Containing Dorchester Births, Marriages, and Deaths to the End of 1825 (Boston: Rockwell and Churchill, 1890), p. 20, Marriages; William Smead and Elizabeth, dau. of widow Lawrence; marr. by Maj. Atherton, 31.10.58 (31 Dec 1658).
  9. [S1628], online, Memorial 18582267. Quoted as a transcript but no source given. Poss. from Suffolk Co. Probate Records, vol. 5.
  10. [S165] James Savage, First Settlers of New England, III:63; Nicholas, b. at Hingham, removed with mother widow Elizabeth to Dorchester after 5 Nov 1655.
  11. [S814] George Lincoln, History of Hingham II, pp. 429-7, bapt. Hingham 4 Mar 1643/4.