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Lawrence, Robert


Posted By: Cathy Labath (email)
Date: 4/29/2006 at 07:34:50

History of Henry Co, IA 1982
Bio by Maisie Green

Excerpts from bio as follows:


Robert Lawrence was born to George and Helen Frazier Lawrence on January 19, 1859. His father and mother were both natives of Scotland. George Lawrence and wife, Helen, were reared and educated in Scotland. Determined to find their fortune they sailed to the United States. They resided in Cleveland, Ohio, where he worked at his trade of stone cutting, which he had learned in his native land. He then came to Mt. Pleasant which at that time was the terminence of the railroad. Securing employment in his trade, he assisted in the building of what was then called the Asylum for the Insane. He also helped build the railroad bridge and worked in Des Moines cutting stone for the state capitol.

After a brief residence in Mt. Pleasant, the family moved to Tippecanoe township. Robert, his brother and four sisters attended the district schools there. When not busy in school he did farm labor and continued to live with his parents until twenty-five years of age.

On September 17, 1885, he married Arminta Ann Smith, who was born in Jefferson County on July 1, 1867, the daughter of Marcus K and Rachael White Smith. Her maternal grandparents, Nathaniel and Mary Rose White and paternal grandparents, Abraham and Eleanor Van Dorin Smith, were early settlers in Henry County. Mrs. Lawrence was sixth in order of twelve children, five brothers and six sisters.

Following his marriage, Mr. Lawrence rented a farm from his father, lived there three years, and with the money he saved he purchased 140 acres in Tippecanoe township, which came into his possession in the spring of 1900. It was this year that George Lawrence was killed in a runaway accident. In 1905 his mother, Helen, married Charles Murray.

To the union of Marcus [sic-Robert] and Arminta were born four children. Gordon E. was born July 27, 1886, Marcus Kilbern born April 22, 1890, Laura Mildred born January 1, 1894, wife of Harry F Green, and Lucy Ellen, born September 3, 1902, wife of Leo Church.

Descendants of Christian Smith

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