Humphrey Lawrence & Ann Ashley

Sally’s great-great-great-great-great-Grandparents:

Humphrey Lawrence ca 1726 – 1772 | his parents
& ca 1753 Ann Ashley ca 1735 – 1775 | her parents
of Bertie County, North Carolina


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


Humphrey Lawrence was born ca 1726 the son of Robert Lawrence
[who died Bertie Co, NC in 1744] and Elizabeth, his wife.
Humphrey married ca 1753 Ann Ashley daughter of Thomas Ashley Jr.
Humphrey Lawrence was a Silversmith or Goldsmith as styled in the deed dated 2 Nov 1753 from his father in law, Thomas Ashley Jr
and also Humphrey’s will written the 26th of April 1771 and proved at the June Ct 1772.

Children of Humphrey Lawrence & Ann Ashley:
1.* Frederick Lawrence ca 1753 -1823 Bertie Co NC House Carpenter
married ca 1773 Ann, widow of Eden Bails/Fields
married 2nd ca 1785 Judith Walston
married 1790 3rd Mary
widow of Elisha Rhodes who died 1789
2. Reuben Lawrence ca 1755 – ca 1829 Bertie Co NC
married ? Ashburn sister of Peter who died 1790
3. David Lawrence ca 1757 – 1828 Bertie Co
married Sarah Emelia Payne
4. Ann Lawrence ca 1759 Bertie Co NC –
married ca 1777 Richard Dillon 7 Oct 1745 – 7 Oct 1833
removed to Winton Co [later Barnwell Dist.], SC about 1789 post by Bevin Creel
removed 20 March 1807 to Amite County, MS
and thence to Pike Co., Mississippi in 1810.
5. Rev. Nathaniel Lawrence 27 July 1760 Bertie Co NC – 24 Dec 1849 Billups MS
married 1st ca 1794 SC Mary Schular died after 26 Jan 1810
married 2nd bef 1824 Mary A Andrews 27 Nov 1790 – 1 Jan 1865
buried in Lawrence/Randle cemetery, Lowndes Co MS

Bertie Deed Bk G page 102
Humphrey Laurence to George Laurence Jan 9, 1747
7¬£ 10 sh for 120 acres “a Certain Piece of land which was Willed to me by my father Robert Lawrence” on SS Bear Swamp “being part of the land my Father Robert Lawrence lived on when he died” Wit: William Laurence, Alexander Haw, John Sallis . ..Feb Ct 1747

Bertie Deed Bk H page 37
Thomas Ashley Jun to Humphrey Lawrence, goldsmith Nov 2 1753.
Deed of Gift. 82 A. “for love we bear unto our well beloved Daughter Ann intermarried with the said Humphrey -“Land on WS Cashoke Swamp. Adj Thomas Ashbourne to the Great Branch “opposite the Old Plantation” Thomas Ashley, Henry Vanluven, Robert West, Jun. The same land which was bought of Henry Vanluven July 20, 1747. Wit: Samuel Ormes, Jane? Ormes. Nov Ct 1753.

Will of Humphrey Lawrence Bertie County NC:
In the Name of God Amen
April 26th 1771 I Humphrey Laurence of North Carolina Bartie County Goldsmith being very sick and weak in body, but perfect mind and Memory Thanks be to God and Calling to mind the Mortallity of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all Men once to Die
Do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament
that is to say principally & first of all I give & Bequeath my Soul into the Hands of God who gave it & for my Body I recommend it to the Earth to be Buried in a Christian Like manner at the Discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Mighty Power of God,
and as touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me in this Life
I give devise and Dispose of the same in Manner & form following
That is to say in the first place

I Leave unto Ann my Dearly beloved Wife
negro Fellow called Ben, also the House and plantation during her term of life also all — part of the Household goods and Stock For the said Term
and after her decease to be equally divided among my Children.

To my Dearly beloved son Frederick I give a piece of Land which I Bought of Wm Virgin
also an Equal part of the Household stuff and Cattle.

To my Son Reuben I leave him the Land which lies between David Bryan & Ben Cook
also an Equal Part of the Household stuff and Cattle
also one Negro Boy called Granvill.

To My Son David Laurence I give part of a still which is two thirds belonging
between my Sister Elizabeth Spruil and me
also one Negro Boy called Isaac & my Working tools also my riffle.

To my Daughter Ann Laurence I give one Girl named Treser
and an equal part of the Household Goods

and to my Son Nathaniel I give the Negro Wench and part of the Household Goods
N B none of the Goods Shall be divided Till her death.

I make Constitute and ordain my only Sole Executors my Dearly beloved wife and Humphrey Nicholas of this my Last Will & Testament.
I do hereby dis-allow all and every other Testaments Wills Legacies Bequests and Exor by Me any ways before this time Named Willed & Bequeath Ratifying & Confirming this and no Other to be my Last Will & Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my Hand & Seal the Day & Year Written. Humphrey (H) Laurence seal
Signed Sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Humphrey Laurence as he Last Will and Testament in the presents of us that is to Say
William Kington Jurat; Charles Hodgeson; Elizth (x) Boulton
Bertie County June Court 1772: proved by William Kington. Test John Johnston CJC

Records of Estates Bertie County NC 1734-1788
Humphrey Lawrence Inventory June 13 1772 by Humphrey Nicholls,
including Negroes Ben, Patt, Isaac, Granville, and Treser.

Division of estate Dec 5 1775 among
1. Frederick Lawrence, 2. David Lawrence, 3. Reuben Lawrence, 4. Ann Lawrence and 5. Nathaniel Lawrence.

Deed Bk M page 67
Thomas Leath of Hide Co to Ann Lawrence relict of Humphrey dec’d of same. 28 Dec 1772. 12¬£ proclamaion. 50 acres (messuage) between Joseph Demcy & Thomas Ashley. Wit: Charles Hodgson, Frederick Lawrence. May Ct 1774. John Johnston C J C

Deed Book P of Bertie County:
–Richard Dillon, cooper of Bertie County, to Capt. Andrew Stanton, mariner of same. 17 Nov. 1789. 250¬£ proclamation. 250 acres joining Round Pososin, Thomas Ashley, George Lockhart, Robert West. Also signed by Ann Dillon. Wit: John Fleetwood, Hardy Glanhon. Nov Ct 1789. Stevens Gray CC

—Richard Dillon of Winton Co., SC (Barnwell Co.) grants power of attorney to Frederick Lawrence of Bertie County. 20 Oct., 1792.Wit.: John Walston, Amos Harris Nov. Ct 1792 Stevens Gray CC


 


 

David Lawrence ca 1757 – 1828 | his parents
& Sarah Emelia Payne | her parents
of Bertie Co & Edgecombe Co NC


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


David Lawrence and Sarah Emelia Payne had:
1. Peter Payne Lawrence ca 1780 Tarboro, Edgecombe Co, NC
2. Mary Lawrence
3. Tabitha Lawrence ca 1782
married Apr 6, 1798 Chowan Co James Wills
4. Reuben Lawrence
who moved to Columbus, MS and had issue



 

Blacksmith

Reuben Lawrence ca 1755 – 1829 | his parents
& Miss Ashburn | her parents
of Bertie Co NC


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


Reuben Lawrence & Miss Ashburn had:
Estate of Reuben Lawrence: Amount of the hire of the Estate of Ruben Lawrance Dec’d hired the 1st day of Jan 1829 for the term of twelve month. One negro Jack forty dollers $40.00 Alealee twelve dollars 12.00
I Miles Bagley Adm do certify the above sale to be Just & true Miles Bagley



 

Ann Lawrence ca 1759 – ? | her parents
& ca 1777 Richard Dillon 1745 – 1833 | his parents
of Ireland & Bertie Co NC & Pike Co MS


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


I am a descendant of Richard Dillon, born in Ireland and a cooper in Bertie County, NC.
He was a privateer on the Greyhound during the Revolutionary War.
He was awarded 400 acres in MS for his service. Shirley Dillon Maze

Deed Book P of Bertie County:
–Richard Dillon, cooper of Bertie County, to Capt. Andrew Stanton, mariner of same. 17 Nov. 1789. 250¬£ proclamation. 250 acres joining Round Pososin, Thomas Ashley, George Lockhart, Robert West. Also signed by Ann Dillon. Wit: John Fleetwood, Hardy Glanhon. Nov Ct 1789. Stevens Gray CC

—Richard Dillon of Winton Co., SC (Barnwell Co.) grants power of attorney to Frederick Lawrence of Bertie County. 20 Oct., 1792.Wit.: John Walston, Amos Harris Nov. Ct 1792 Stevens Gray CC

Ann Lawrence & Richard Dillon had:
ancestor of Bevin Creel who supplied info on this family
1. Joanna Dillon 22 Aug 1778 Bertie Co, NC – Pike Co, MS

married Jeremiah G Smith 23 Dec 1773 – 1843
son of Jeremiah Smith and Jemimah Hollis
2. [Nancy ] Ann Dillon 26 Oct 1778 Bertie Co, NC – 28 May 1869 Pike Co
married 1st Thomas Everett died 1804 Barnwell Dist SC
married 2nd John Stallings 1787 – 23 Sept 1851 Pike Co, MS
son of James Stallings and Tempy Poque
ancestor of Bevin Creel who supplied info on this family
3. Lawrence Dillon 21 June 1783 Bertie Co, NC – Vernone Parish, LA
married 1st Martha Jackson
married 2nd Dicey Miller
4. Clarkson “Clarks” Dillon ca 1785 Bertie Co – Pike Co, MS
married Sarah Gill
5. Willis Dillon 31 Dec 1787 Bertie Co – 1862 Pike Co, MS
married Mary Jane Smith
6. Mary Dillon 1793 Barnwell Dist. SC – 4 July 1876 Hinds Co, MS
married 1st Salathiel Morris died 1816
married 2nd Moses Miller
7. Theophilus Dillon 26 May 1796 Barnwell Dist, SC – ca 1879 Wash. Par, LA
married 1st Margaret “Peggy” Pearson died 1857
married 2nd Lucy Rebecca Bickham – King
ancestor of Shiley Dillon Maze

I am a descendant of Richard Dillon, born in Ireland and a cooper in Bertie County, NC. He was a privateer on the Greyhound during the Revolutionary War. He was awarded 400 acres in MS for his service. From him, my line is Theophalus Dillon, Joel Pearson Dillon, John Theophilus Dillon, John Edgar Dillon, Arnold Dillon, and me. Sherry Dillon maze

8. Clarissa “Clara” Dillon 1799 Barnwell Dist, SC – 1886 Pike Co, MS
married George Smith 1782 – 1833
9. Sarah Dillon 4 Feb 1804 Barnwell Dist, SC – 12 June 1834 Pike Co, MS
married Daniel Graves 1800 – 1843
son of Richard Graves and Mary Lawrence


 

Theophilus Dillon 1796 – ca 1879
& Margaret [Peggy] Pearson d. 1857
& aft 1857 Lucy Rebecca Bickham
& Curtis Iverson King
of SC & LA

Theophilus was the son of Richard Dillon and Ann Lawrence.
He was born 1796 in South Carolina.
He first married Margaret [Peggy] Pearson.
Child of Theophilus Dillon & Peggy Pearson:
1. Joel Pearson Dillon [Civil War Vet]
married Harriett Lewis
a. John Theophilus Dillon
i. John Edgar [Ed] Dillon
married Ann Hill [burned to death in front of son]
1. Arnold Dillon
b. Sherry Dillon [Maze]
He later married the widow Lucy Rebecca Bickham King:
Lucy had married first Curtis Iverson King.
Child of Lucy Bickham and Curtis Iverson King:
1. Rebecca King
married John Theophilus Dillon
a. John Edgar [Ed] Dillon

My gggrandfather was Choctaw [Turkeslaw ….. Isaiah [Ike] Hill.
The Bible and Allen Hill’s son Todd indicate Polly Graves married Turkeslaw and when he was murdered a man named Isaiah Hill came along and gave her and the baby the name Hill and split.
His grandson was named Isaiah John Hill named after his grandfather and father?? Sherry Maze


 

Lt. in the Revolution

Rev. Nathaniel Lawrence 1760 – 1849 | his parents
& ca 1794 Mary Schular d. aft 1810 | her parents
& bef 1824 Mary A Andrews 1790 – 1865 | her parents
of Bertie Co NC; Charlestown, SC; & Billups MS


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


17 May, 1777РGuardian Bond Thomas Lawrence guardian of Nathaniel Lawrence orphan of Thos Lawrence Bond Signed: Thos (T) Ashley, Frederick Lawrence, Asa Lawrence (Actually this was Thos Ashley guardian of Humphrey Lawrence’s orphan Nathaniel.)
“1 June 1777, Nathaniel Lawrence was Ensign 3rd NC; taken prisoner at Ft. Fayette 1 June 1779; exchanged 18 April 1781; retained as Lt 2NC, to rank from 23 Jan 1781 – retired 1 Jan 1783” Heitman Historical Ref of Officers of the Continental Army 1914. [another note he had been taken prisoner with his unit in the fall of Charleston in May 1780]
Davidson Co TN land grant Lawrence, Nathaniel, lieutentant; 2560 acres 20 Aug 1785 at Fairfield #2020
There is a letter to Nathaniel from William Blount included in Letters of Delegates to Congress: Vol 24 Nov 6, 1786- Feb 29, 1788. Dated Jan 11 1787

– Methodist – buried in Lawrence/Randle cemetery, Lowndes Co MS
– he is listed in the Mortality schedule 1850 for Lowndes Co MS age 84 born NC died Dec of gravel
[ I suspect he dropped a few years for his second wife or maybe someone misread his date of birth in his Bible as 0 and 6 were easily confused – I believe he was approaching 90 when he died.]

Rev. Nathaniel Lawrence and Mary Schular had:
1. William Lawrence ca 1795 –

married Mary Ann Nix
2. Mary Lawrence
married Maxwell Quaile
3. Rev. David M. Lawrence ca 1800 Charleston SC – 1867 Bossier Parish LA
a cotton planter, school teacher and Methodist minister), who moved to Bossier Parish, Louisiana from Artesia, Mississippi, in the 1840’s together with his son, Dr. Paul Lawrence
married ca 1829 Jane ca 1805 SC –
a. Emma Lawrence ca 1830 SC –
b. Elizabeth Lawrence ca 1834 SC –
c. Amanda Lawrence ca 1836 MS –
d. Dr. Paul Lawrence ca 1840 MS –
a Civil War veteran who lost a leg in the war
i. Humphrey Lawrence
1. William Paul Lawrence
a. Wm Paul Lawrence website

Paul
William Paul Lawrence II

e. Mary A Lawrence ca 1842 MS –
f. Thomas Humphrey Lawrence ca 1843 MS –
4. Ann Lawrence 7 Feb 1805 –
5. Andrew Lawrence 20 Aug 1806 SC – 1 July 1894
married Meolsey ca 1810 NC –
a. John Lawrence ca 1832 MS –
b. Eliza J Lawrence ca 1832 MS –
c. Julia Lawrence ca 1836 MS –
d. Eliza Lawrence ca 1838 MS –
e. Lewis C Lawrence ca 1841 MS –
f. Henrietta Lawrence ca 1842 MS –
g. Nathaniel Lawrence ca 1844 MS –
6. John (Jack) Lawrence ca 1808 – 1868
7. Henry Nathaniel Lawrence 26 Jan 1810 – 20 Sept 1880 MS
married 2 April 1835 Mary Margaret Hughes 2 Sept 1813 – 17 Feb 1846
a. Martha Elizabeth Lawrence 15 May 1836 MS – 21 Nov 1929 MS
married 11 Nov 1858 AL Rev. Dr. Gabriel Hawkins 25 Nov 1827 SC – 6 May 1885 MS
b. Elizabeth D. [Lizzie] Lawrence 1837 –
c. Edward N [or W] Lawrence 1839 – 1857
d. Asbury C Lawrence 1840 –
e. Caroline A Lawrence 1842 – 1843
f. Louise Josephine [Josey] Lawrence 1844 –
married 2nd Catherine C. 25 May 1824 – 20 Sept 1893 ts
a. Dr. W C Lawrence 1851 – 1905 ts
Rev. Nathaniel Lawrence and Mary A Andrews had:
1. Elizabeth C Lawrence 31 Jan 1824 – 16 June 1862
married Henry Randle 5 June 1817 – 7 Nov 1865
2. Louisa C Lawrence ca 1830 – 9 June 1854 age 24
buried in Lawrence/Randle cemetery, Lowndes Co MS

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