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Looking for parents of John Law/Lau
Posted by: Michael Law (ID *****7150) Date: April 19, 2002 at 12:44:28
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I'm trying to find the parents of John Law b. 1 July 1820, possibly in Franklin Co., PA. He was married in 1847 to a Dorothy Lowry (Laury) in Waynesboro. They settled in Washington Co., MD. I found birth records for Dorothy's father and uncles at St. John's Lutheran in Littlestown, Adams Co., PA. I know there was a Lau family in Adams County. I'm wondering if my Law family can't be tied to this family through John. I know that some Laus became Lows, while others became Laws. I guess it depended on the local dialect. I found a Law family from Germany (unsure if related) nearby my John Law in Washington Co. Later census records show this family as Low. John's always appeared as Law. He was illiterate though, so maybe he didn't even know how to spell his name. Most of the Laws I've found were Scotch-Irish Presbyterians, but my John Law was married in a Lutheran church and is buried in a Brethren cemetery. Both of these are "German" religions, so there is the possibility my John Law was of German ancestry. Then again it may have been introduced by marriage. If anyone has a John Lau that may match, let me know. I recently found out his middle initial may have been H. Probably Henry. Since many in this family go by the middle name (another German tradition?) his birth name may well have been Henry John Law or Heinrich Johan Lau in any German birth records. If anyone has a clue, I would be most grateful.

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