Sir Robert Lawrence & Margaret Holden
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SIR ROBERT LAWRENCE, of Ashton Hall, son of John and Elizabeth (Holt) Lawrence; married MARGARET HOLDEN, of Lancashire. They had:

Robert, of whom further

Thomas, ancestor of the Buckinghamshire and Glouchestershire Lawrences.



American Ancestry Vol II pp 71-2

John Lawrence born in Wisset, Suffolk, England, and baptized October 8, 1609, came to America, married Elizabeth & settled in Watertown, Mass., before 1635. The family line has been traced as follows: John the first American ancestor, was the son of Henry of Wisset, Suffolk, Eng. (m. Mary); son of John of Wisset, de 1607 (m. Johan); son of John of Wisset, d. 1590 (m. Agnes); son of John of Riverburgh, d. after 1556 (m. Elizabeth); son of Robert; son of John of Rivenburg (m. Margery), made his will July 10, 1504, the year of his death; son of Thomas of Rivenburgh, Holton, Wisset and South Elmham; son of John of Agercorft, d. 1461; son of Nicholas; son of Sir Robert of Ashton Hall, son of Sir ROBERT of Ashton Hall (m. MARGARET HOLDEN of Lancashire); son of John d 1630 (m. Elizabeth Holt); son of John of Ashton Hall (m. Margaret, dau of Walter Chesford); son of James of Ashton Hall (m. 1252 Matilda de Washington, dau of John de Washington); son of Robert of Ashton Hall (m. a daughter of James Trafford of Lancashire); son of Robert of Ashton Hall; son of Robert Lawrence of Lancashire, England, born probably as early as 1150, who attended King Richard Coeur de Lion to the war of the Crusades in the Holy Land, and was knighted at the siege of Acre "Sir Robert of Ashton Hall" and obtained for his arms "Argent, a crown raguly gules, A.D. 1191." The line of ancestry being thus traced in sixteen generations to the American ancestor, and in twenty-three t the present living descendants. See Lawrence genealogy, Boston, 1869.


The Genealogy of the Family of John Lawrence of Wissett, in Suffolk, England, and of Watertown and Groton, Massachusetts By Rev. John Lawrence, Jr. (1869)

The Ancestral Lineage, ascertained and arranged by H. G. Somersby, Esq., under the countenance of Hon. Abbott Lawrence while in England, is given as in 1857, there being no reason for a change in this respect.

Page 21 The fifth generation – John, son of John and Margaret, married Elisabeth Holt, of Stably, in Lancashire; and died, it is said, A.D.1360, leaving ROBERT LAWRENCE, his son and heir.

The sixth generation – Sir ROBERT, of Ashton Hall, married MARGARET HOLDEN, of Lancashire, and had I. Robert; II. Thomas, the father of Arthur Lawrence, Esq., of Prior’s Court, in Glouchestershire; III. William, born 1425, or before, who fought under the Lancastrian banner at St. Alban’s in 1455, and having fallen there, was buried in the Abbey; IV. Edmund, who is said to have married a daughter of Miles de Stapelton, a descendant of the distinguished family of that name of Norman extraction. The Glouchestershire branch of the family had the same arms as already given; likewise the Beckinghamshire Lawrences. Thus, "Argent, a cross raguled gules, is borne by a family of the name of Lawrence in Buckinghamshire and Glouchestershire." – "Crest, The tail (or hindmost half) of a chub (fish) inverted and erect."