Henry LAWRENCE (1586 – 1664) was Alex’s 12th Great Grandfather; one of 8,192 in this generation of the Shaw line.
Henry Lawrence was baptized 10 Apr 1586 in Wissett, Suffolk, England. His parents were John LAWRENCE and Joan FRUSTENDEN. He married Mary WEST in 1608 in Wissett, Suffolk, England. He came to the American Colonies in 1630. Henry and his wife, Mary West were the first Lawrence’s to come over from England. Henry died 2 Jun 1664 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass.
Mary West was born in 1579 in Wisset, Suffolk, England. Mary died 3 May 1647 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass.
Children of Henry and Mary:
|1.||John LAWRENCE||baptized on 8 Oct 1609 in Wisset, Norwich, Suffolk, England||Elizabeth COOKE
1635 Watertown, Mass
2 Nov 1664 Charlestown, Middlesex, Mass
|11 Jul 1667 Groton, Mass|
|2.||Robert Lawrence||6 Sep 1612 in Wisset Norwich, Suffolk, England||Elizabeth [_?_]
1637 in England
Henry’s father’s will records that he had removed to New England.
Henry is on the lists of those who became inhabitants of Charlestown, Mass in 1635.
In the first division of land on the Mystick side, of ten acres to a house, five of which were given in for after-comers, as it appears 20 Feb 1638, Henry Lawrence received five acres.
Mystick Side, originally part of Charlestown, was renamed Malden. It is a hilly woodland area, north of the Mystic River, that was settled by Puritans in 1640 on land purchased in 1629 from the Pawtucket Indians. Malden was incorporated as a separate town in 1649. In 2009 Malden was ranked as the “Best Place to Raise Your Kids” in Massachusetts by Businessweek Magazine
A Genealogical Memoir of the Families of Lawrences with a Direct Male Line from Sir Robert Lawrence of Lancashire AD 1190 down to John Lawrence of Watertown AD 1636, Mercy Hale, Boston, 1856, p3:
“His only son, Robert, succeeded to the estates, and left a son John, whose will is dated in 1556, in which year he died, leaving sons Henry, John, William of St James Park, and Richard. John, the second son, died in May, 1590. In his will he speaks of his old age. His eldest son, John, settled at Wisset, where he made his will, and dying in 1607, was succeeded by his eldest son, Henry, alsoof Wisset, who had two sons, John and Robert. John, the eldest, was baptized October 8, 1609, and about the year 1630, came to New England, (probably with his father, ) and settled at Watertown, from whence he removed to Groton, where he died July 11, 1661, aged 58…