Enoch Lawrence & Ruth Whitney
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The American Historical Society, Inc. New York

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ENOCH LAWRENCE, son of John and Elizabeth Lawrence, was born in Watertown, Massachusetts, March 5, 1648-49, and died in Groton, Massachusetts, September 28, 1744. He married, March 6, 1676-77, in Watertown, RUTH WHITNEY, daughter of John and Ruth Whitney, and widow of John Shattuck. (See Shattuck II.)


Nathaniel, of whom further

Daniel, born at Groton. March 7, 1681; removed to Plainfield, Connecticut, in 1707; married Sarah

Zechariah, born at Groton, July 16, 1683; married, in 1707, Abigail Parker, daughter of James Parker

Jeremiah, born at Groton, May 1, 1686


Lineage Book of the National Society of Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America Vol. XXX 1955 pp263-4

Sarah Lawrence #5473

…7. ENOCH LAWRENCE (Mar 5, 1648/49-Sept. 28, 1744) m. Mar. 6, 1676 RUTH (Whitney) Shattuck (Apr. 15, 1645- ……)

8. John Lawrence (….-July 11, 1667) m (first) …..Elizabeth (….-Aug 29, 1663).


Early Records of Groton Massachusetts 974.44G

70 Early Settlers. The first forty-seven names are in the handwriting of Jonathan Morse, but the others were written by Captain James Parker.

ENOSH LORANC 25 Jonathan Morse

Jonithan Lorinc 37 ________

John Larenc 54 James Parker

Joseph larenc 60


Groton Epitaths 1704-1877 S. A. Greene 974.44G page 45

Skull & Cross-Bones

Here lyeth the Body of Mr. Nathaniel Lawrance, who departed this Life Sept. 12th A. D. 1765 Aged 87 years 6 months & 21 days

The son of ENOCH & RUTH (WHITNEY/Shattuck) LAWRENCE, born Feb 21, 1677-8, at Watertown. The mother was the widow of John Shattuck, when she married Enoch.


Historical Sketches of Some Members of The Lawrence Family by Robert M. Lawrence, MD (1888) pages 38-9

ENOSH LAWRENCE (1649-1744), the seventh son of John of Wisset, Eng. Was born in Watertown. He married the widow RUTH (WHITNEY) Shattuck, (1) March 6, 1676-7, and had four sons. Soon after his marriage he removed to Groton, and settled in the north part of the town. The exact location of his hose is not now known. He served the town as a surveyor of highways, tithing-man and fence-viewer. He was also chosen a "hog constable" in 1691. In the year 1702 the Provencial authorities granted him immunity from taxation, and a pension of three pounds sterling yearly, on account of physical disability contracted in an encounter with the savages during King William’s war. He lived to extreme old age.

The following description of a portion of his real estate is from the third volume of Groton Land Records: --

"The Lands of ENOSH LAWRENCE: (I) His houslot Ninteen acres mor or Lesse Bonded east upon his own medow and on all other poynts by the highwayes[;] twelve and a half of this land he had of his Brother Zachary and Seavin acres he had of his Brother Joseph Lawrance."

ENOSH LAWRENCE had also twenty-five acres "near the Silver mine," ten acres at Babbitasset, and three acres and a half in Half-Moon meadow.

(1) Wattertown Records.


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)

Page 25 The Genalogy. The Generations and Families. Generation No. I.

Family No I. John Lawrence, son of Henry and Mary, born at Wissett, England; baptized Oct 8, 1609; came to New England, married Elisabeth _______, and settled in Watertown. They had children: -- …

10. VIII. ENOCH, b. March 5, 1648-9. 6, Groton …

Page 31-2 Generation No. II.

Family No. 6. – ENOCH,2 m. March 6, 1676, in Watertown, RUTH, daughter of John and Ruth Whitney and widow of John Shattuck, of Watertown. They had children: --

58. I. Nathaniel, b. Feb. 21, 1677-8, in Watertown. I0, Grotton

II. Daniel, b. March 7, 1681, in Grotton. 11, Killings and Canaan, Conn.

III. Zechariah, b. July 16, 1683. 12, Groton and Peperell.

IV. Jeremiah, b. May 1, 1686

He died in Groton, Sept. 28, 1744, when nearly ninety five years old.