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John Briant, I, married Lucy, the daughter of JOSEPH and ELIZABETH (MARTIN) LAWRENCE of Groton and Pepperell,






1 male under 16


19 January 1795 County of Rockingham & state of New Hampshire a true & perfect inventory of the estate of JOSEPH LAWRENCE was requested. It was valued at L674=18=10.


American Families The American Historical Society, Inc. New York

p 217-211 LAWRENCE

JOSEPH LAWRENCE, son of Nathaniel and Anna (Scripture) Lawrence, was born at Groton, April 10, 1718; and died in Pepperell, October 10, 1757. He married ELIZABETH MARTIN, who died in 1770.

Children, all born in Groton:

Elizabeth, born October 11, 1739; married, October 18, 1759, Whitcomb Powers

Zeruiah, born March 23, 1742; married, September 2, 1767, Joseph Nutting

Anna, born December 6, 1743; married Thomas Pratt of Dunstable

Lucy, born May 7, 1747, died at Jaffrey, hew Hampshire; married John Bryant

Joseph, of whom further

Martin, born May 171751, died at Swanzey, New Hampshire, in 1623 (?1823); married Sarah Puffer

Joshua, born April 18, 1753, died May 29, 1827; married, in 1780, Ruth Nims

Sarah, born September 14, 1756; married Samuel Woodbury, of Beverly Massachusetts


Early Records of Groton Massachusetts 974.44G

p. 55-6 The following names of the original proprietors of Groton are found on a loose leaf, and appear to be in the handwriting of the person who made the records for James Parker, given on the preceding page. For that reason the list is printed in this place. The figures indicate the number of acre-rights owned by each individual:

The fuerst Grant of euery man in this town

…John Lawrance 20…

…Nathanell Lowanc 10…


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



Pepperell Deaths Vital Records 974.44 Rice

page 284

JOSEPH, s. Nathaniel & Anna, fever, Oct. 13, 1757, a. 39 y. 6 m. [Oct . 10. Dup.].


JOSEPH LAWRENCE 1799 Deed Vol 151 page 7 Epping Co., N. H.

To all people to whom these presents shall come greeting. Know ye that I William Sanborn of Epsom of the County of Rockingham & State of Newhampshire Taylor for the consideration of Nine hundred Dollars received to my full satisfaction. I JOSEPH LAWRENCE of Epping county State aforesaid do give grant bargain sell & confirm unto the said JOSEPH LAWRENCE his heirs & assigns two certain pieces or parcels of land situate in Epson aforesd. One, tract being apart of the thirty acre lot No. fifteen a part of Lot No. ninety two & part of lot No. ninety three all in the third range, the same takes its beginning on the northerly side of George Yeoasin's land upon the westerly side of the road which leads to Pemlake, thence running northerly on said road as it now runs about one hundred rods to a small white oak spotted on four sides from thence running westerly a parallel line with said lots till it strikes the River some oak then runs down the River to the line between the third & fourth ranges being all of said lots which know own on the westerly side of sd Road. Also all the land I now own on the aforesaid Lot No. ninety three upon the easterly side of said road and one other tract of land being apart of lot No. one hundred twenty eight in the forth range of lots in said town. Nathl Morrill assigned for said Tract to take its beginning at the Easterly end of said lot then fourteen westerly carrying the forth so with of the same so far as to ascertain nineteen acres. To have to hold the above granted & bargained premises with the appurtenances thereof to him the said JOSEPH LAWRENCE his heirs and assigns forever to his & their own proper use & of and also I the said William Sanborn do for my self my heirs Exrs & adminrs warrant with the said JOSEPH LAWRENCE his heirs and assigns that at & until the ensealing these presents I assume & have right to bargain & sell the same in manner & form as above written & that the same is free of all incumbrances what soever and Furthermore I the said William Sanborn duly & unto myself, my heirs & heirs forever to warrant affixed the above granted bargained premises to him the said JOSEPH LAWRENCE his heirs & assigns against all claims and demands whatsoever. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal This Eleventh day of May Anno Domino 1799.

Signed Sealed and delivered in presence of

Tim Stanley )                     William Sanborn SEAL

Simon Sanborn )                Elisabeth Sanborn SEAL


Caledonia County         J. Maysetts 1799 Personally appeared William Sanborn Signer & Sealer of the foregoing instrument & acknowledged the same to be his free & deed before me Timothy Stanley Just Peace

Recd J. Recorded 5th June 1799 Sam Brooks Rdr.


JOSEPH LAWRENCE Deed 1801 vol 161 p 343 Epsom, N.H.

Know all men by these presents, that I JOSEPH LAWRENCE of Epsom & County of Rockingham and state of Newhampshire Yeoman-- For and in consideration of the sum of Nine Dollars to me in hand before the delivery hereof, well and truly paid by James Moses of the same Epsom Yeoman the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, have given, granted bargained, sold and by these presents, do give, grant, bargain, sell, alien, enforce, convey and confirm unto the said Moses his heirs and assigns forever, a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in Epsom aforesaid the same being apart of the Lot Numbered Twelve in first Range original right of Samuel Weeks Junr to take its beginning at the westerly end of said Lot then to run Easterly carrying the full breadth of the same so far as to contain six acres. To have and to hold the said granted premises with all the privileges and appurtenances to the same belonging to him the said Moses his heirs and assigns to his and their only proper use and benefit forever. And I the said JOSEPH LAWRENCE do for myself my heirs, executors, and administrators do hereby covenant, grant, and agree to and with the said Moses his heirs, and assigns, that until the delivery hereof I am the lawful owner of the said premises and are seized and possessed thereof in my own right in fee simple, and have full power and lawful authority to grant and convey the same in manner aforesaid; that the said premises are free and clear of all and every  incumbrance whatsoever, and that I my heirs, executors and administrators, shall and will warrant the same to him his heirs and assigns against the lawful claims and demands of any person or persons whomsoever. Witness my hand & Seal this Twenty eight day of Anno Domini 1801--

Signed, sealed & delivered

in presence of                                         JOSEPH LAWRENCE SEAL

Michl McClary

Sally McClary


Rockingham JP Decr 28th 1801

JOSEPH LAWRENCE personally acknowledged this Instrument with his hands and seal to be his free act and deed Before             Michael McClary    Jus Peace

Rec & Recorded 7th September 1802 J

Jas Adams Recd


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 34-5 Generation No. III.

Family No. 10. – Nathaniel,3 m. Anna Scripture, of Mason, N. H., By whom he had children in Groton. …

95. VII. JOSEPH, b. April 10, 1718. 33, Groton and Pepperell. …

Page 48 Generation No. IV.

Family No. 33. -- JOSEPH, 4 m. ELISABETH MARTIN, and had children born in Groton and Pepeprell: --

280. I. Elisabeth, b. Oct 11, 1739; m, Oct. 18, 1759, Whitcomb Powers, of Hollis, N.H.

II. Zerniah, b. March 23, 1742. 90, Pepperell.

III. Anna, b. Dec. 6, 1743; m. Thomas Pratt, Dunstable.

IV. Lucy, b. May 7, 1747; m. John Bryant; d. in Jaffrey, N.H.

V. Joseph, b. April 6, 1749. 91, Pepperell.

VI. Martin, b. May 17, 1751. 92, Nelson, N.H.

VII. Joshua, b. April 18, 1753. 93, Roxbury, N.H.

VIII. Sarah, b. Sept. 14, 1756; m. Samuel T. Woodbury, of Beverly; had four sons and two daughters of whom some are still living: their names, -- Samuel, Jacob, Eber, and Loran, who lives in Jaffrey, N.H. Anna and Betsey are dead. A daughter of Betsey m. Dr. __ Hubbard, of Springfield, Vt.

Mr. JOSEPH LAWRENCE died Oct. 10, 1757, aged thirty-eight years. His wife ELISABETH died in 1770.