JOHN LAWRENCE
ORIGIN· Unknown (see COMMENTS below).
MIGRATION: 1635 (based on date of birth of eldest child).
FIRST RESIDENCE: Watertown.
REMOVES: Groton 1662.
OCCUPATION: Carpenter [MLR 2:266,268,270,271].
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Admission to Watertown church prior to 17
April 1637 implied by freemanship.
FREEMAN: 17 April 1637 (as "John Laurence" [MBCR 1:373]).
OFFICES: Watertown constable, 25 October 1658 [WaTR 1:58, 61, 63].
Groton selectman, 24 December 1662, 11 December 1666 [GrotonTR
8, 17].
His inventory included "powder, shot, bullet, bag & mould" valued at
3s. 6d. and "1 fowling piece" valued at £1 [MPR Case #13715].
EDUCATION: Signed his will. His inventory included "1 Bible" valued
at 6s. [MPR Case #13715].
ESTATE: Granted thirty acres, Lot #18 in the Fourth Division of the
Great Dividend in Watertown, 25 July 1636 [WaBOP 5]. Granted three
acres in the Beaverbrook Plowlands, 28 February 1636/7 [WaBOP 7].
Granted three acres in the Remote Meadows, 26 June 1637 [WaBOP 8].
Granted a Farm of ninety-three acres, 10 May 1642 [WaBOP 12].
In the Watertown Inventory of Grants, "John Lawrence" held nine
parcels: "an homestall of eight acres"; "two acres of meadow"; "ten acres
& half of upland ... beyond the farther plain & the thirty-two lot"; "three
acres of plowland ... in the further plain"; "three acres of Remote
Meadow"; "one acre of meadow"; "thirty acres of upland ... being a
Great Dividend in the fourth division & the eighteen lot"; "an homestall
of seven acres"; and "four acres & half of upland" [WaBOP 90-91].
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In the Watertown Inventory of Possessions, "John Lawrence" hel
one parcel: "thirty-five acres of upland being a Great Dividend in th
fourth division & the sixth lot" [WaBOP 122].
In the Watertown Composite Inventory, "John Lawrence" held seve:
parcels: "an homes tall of eight acres"; "two acres of meadow i:
Pequusset Meadow"; "thirty-five acres of upland being a Great Dividers
in the 4 Division & the 6 Lot"; "ten acres & half of upland beyond th
further plain & the 32 lot"; "three acres of plowland in the further pIail
& the 50 Lot"; "three acres of meadow in the Remote Meadows & the
Lot"; and "ninety-three acres of upland for a Farm in the 4 Division'
[WaBOP 34].
On3 April 1650, "John Lawrance" of Watertown sold to "Willian
Page ofWatertowne ... an homestall offour acres and half' [MLR 1:13].
On 23 August 1650, there was "sold by the town at a Genera
Meeting (for the payment often pounds due unto John Sherman from th(
town) unto John Larance, John Cooleg, John Witherall, Willi[am] Perry
fifteen acres of common land, called King's Common" [WaTR 1:20]. Or
22 December 1652, it was "agreed that John Sherman shall make ~
particular conveyance to John Coolidg, John WithereJI, Willyam Perry
John Larance of the land sold them" [WaTR 1:31]. On 2 October 1654
"Jno. Shearman of Watertowne ... as agent for the inhabitants 0:
Watertowne" sold to "Jno. Laurance of the same town ... three acres 0:
common land" [MLR 1:97].
On 23 October 1662, "John Laurance of Watertowne ... Senior
carpenter," sold to "John Barnard of the same place, husbandman, ... on:
parcel of land ... containing by estimation about sixteen acres ... one par
thereof planting land and the other part pasture land"; "Elizabeth m;
wife" released dower [MLR 2:271]. On 27 October 1662, "Jno. Laurance
of Watertowne ... Senior, carpenter," sold to "John Biscoe of the same
town, tanner, ... one messuage or tenement ... containing one dwelling
house, barn, outhouses, with yards, gardens, orchard, pastures, meadows
Sc plowland adjoining to the same the whole being by estimation aboui
thirteen acres"; "Elizabeth Laurance my wife" released dower [MLR
2:266]. On 27 October 1662, "Jno. Laurance of Watertowne ... Senior,
carpenter," sold to "William Page of the same place, planter, ... one
parcel of land ... containing about four acres and a half ... the which land
I sold unto the said W[illia]m Page and gave him possession there01
about twenty years now gone & past"; "Elizabeth Laurance my wife"
released dower [MLR 2:268]. On 27 October 1662, "Jno. Laurance 01
Watertowne ... Senior, carpenter," sold to "Joseph Underwood of the
same place, planter, ... one parcel of land ... containing by estimation