Pioneer Families - LAWRENCE
Extracted From
Chapter XVII
Early history of the town of Hopkinton :
history of East Village (Nicholville) and vicinity,
diaries of Elisha Risdon and Artemas Kent,
soldiers of the Civil War,
genealogical record of sixty of the pioneer families

Carlton E. Sanford
Boston: Bartlett Press, 1903

[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]

IN this chapter is given the genealogical records of many of the pioneers of the town, of all that I have been able to gather sufficient data and information to make a fairly full record. The preparation of these records has required much time, labor, correspondence, persistence and patience. Had I had in the beginning a full comprehension of the tedious labor required, I now feel sure I should not have undertaken it. That there are some errors in dates and possibly a few in names I am quite satisfied, since considerable of my information came from elderly people who wrote feebly and indistinctly. I think it will be readily understood, if the reader will bear in mind that it is in continuous order; that the first, second, third and fourth generations are each carried slightly to the right, and that each generation always has the same indentation.

RUEL LAWRENCE b. in Hardwick, Mass.; d. in Hopkinton; m. Lucy ----, b. in Halifax, Vt.; d. in Hopkinton. They came from Halifax, Vt., to town about the year 1827, and lived in a house which stood just north of the present residence of V. A. Chittenden, where both died. He was a blacksmith and wheelwright and worked at his trades for some years. Had seven children:
  • Hart F., b. in Cornwall, Vt.; d. in Ogdensburg. Was principal of Ogdensburg Academy nine years, and a successful book merchant in that city for thirty years.
  • Dr. Noah D., b. Cornwall; d. Omaha, Neb.; m. Maria Witherell of Parishville; d. Omaha. For account of him see physicians of Nicholville. Had two children:
    • Frank E., who married Margaret, daughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. He died at Coronado Beach, Cal.
    • Ella Maria, m. John J. Morrell of Omaha, where they reside.
  • Lorenzo J., b. Hopkinton; d. Brattleboro, Vt.; m. Flora Danforth of Fort Covington. Had one child:
    • Alice A., m. William Percy; 1. Plattsburg, N.Y.
  • Lucy A., b. Hopkinton; 1. Ogdensburg; was preceptress in seminary at Bloomington, Ill., Baraboo, Wis., academy at Prescott, and also Ogdensburg, N.Y.
  • Henry L., b. Hopkinton; d. while attending medical college at Castleton, Vt.
  • George A., b. Hopkinton; 1. Ogdensburg. Was with Barnes & Burr, publishers of New York City, for fifteen years, and still receives royalties on his books.
  • Laura A., b. Hopkinton; m. Varick A. Chittenden. (See his family.)

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