Elizabeth Rawlings, b 5/24/1775, m. William Lawrence, b. 4/30/1756, marriage date 12/31/1791, Henrico Co., VA, marriage records.
Estate of Moses Lawrence, who died in 1786, appraised for succession in Loudon, Co., VA, 1786. Wife Martha Begwell Lawrence. Martha not seen in tax records of Loudon Co. again. Moses and Martha seen earlier in 1786 and prior on tax, etc., records of Henrico County, RE: Loudon County Historical Society. Info from Pat Duncan, Loudon County.
From "Loudoun Co Will Book Abstracts, Books A-Z, Dec 1757-June 1841" by Pat Duncan.
Appraisal of 1 Oct 1786: horse and household items, totaling 18 pounds, 4 schillings and six pence. Appraisers: Thomas Humphrey, James Nickols, John Thatcher. Returned to Court 9 October 1786.
Loudon County Order Books, compiled by John Fishback.
LAWRENCE, Moses (Martha Bedwell Lawrence adm.) died 1786
"Index to Tithables of Loudon Co., VA 1758-1786" by Hopkins:
Lawrence, Daniel, 1762-65
Moses, 1772, Cameron Parish (area east of Goose Creek)
Captain B. Williams Pryor's Company of Artillery, Virginia Militia called into service under the general orders, 6, February, from 8 February to 3rd of March, 1813. Listed as privates, Moses Lawrence and John Lawrence. There are a John Lawrence and Moses Lawrence Jr. listed in Henrico Co. There is no William. (Note: William and Elizabeth had to be in Washington Parish prior to 1810 when the East Florida rebellion took place. William was commissioner of elections.)
John P. Armistead's company of infantry of the 115th Regiment commanded by Lt. Col. Henry Howard, 24 October, 7 November, 1814, Page 105, Virginia in the War of 1812. Listed as privates are Moses Lawrence Jr and Begwell Lawrence. There is no John or William in Henrico County or Loudon County. Military Records from Pages 80 and 115, Virginia in the War of 1812.
From the World Family Tree, William Lawrence of Henrico Co., VA, , born between 1740 and 1768, married Mary .... in @1774-5. Children, John, Josephus, Edward, Elizabeth, Sarah, Turner, Lewis, and William. It is noted that Josephus died in 1847 in Wilson Co., Tennessee. (You may remember that a Josephus showed up for a short time in Pike County Mississippi along with John and then disappeared.) It is also noted that mother Mary died 1785-93. (NOTE: This would have left William free to marry Elizabeth Rawlings in 1791, and account for the second family including Thomas D. C. Lawrence.)
This makes it very possible that the William in Washington Parish is not the William of Goochland/Louisa County, VA, over in Amite County, and is, indeed, Henrico County, VA, William and his wife, Elizabeth Rawlings Lawrence, who was 19 years younger than her husband, William of Henrico. This also makes it possible for William to be our John's father with Mary, a first wife. William, b. 1756, would have been 19 when John was born in 1775. It also points to John, William, Begwell, and Moses Lawrence Jr. possibly being brothers.
I share this information in case you run across something related. This, though mostly speculative, is the best thing I have seen. The constant mention of Moses by John Hillary's amateur historians over in Pike County, and Uncle Dewitt's insistence about Moses as his Revolutionary War ancestor to Daddy and I makes this a good bet.
The William over in Amite County, MS, is definitely Goochland/Louisa County, VA, William. A letter has been found, Charley and Steve say, addressed to John Lawrence (m. Mary Powers) of Louisa County telling him of his brother William's progress in Amite County.
I am not at this research permanently. I have been home tending to the sick, and had much spare time.
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