Biography of William Lawrence
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Lawrence, William, a Connecticut Yankee by birth, but before settlement at Knowlesville, a resident of Madison county, came to this county in 1837, bringing a wife and two sons, William H. .and George J. William Lawrence, Sr., had been unfortunate in businesss in the east and came to this locality to recover his fortune. Before coming to Orleans county, when residing in Madison county he was a merchant, also the proprietor of lime kilns and plaster mills. etc., and the owner of a line of boats on the canel. In 1850 the family moved to Ithaca, where Mr. Lawrence established a stove depot and Store, and in 1862 came to Genesee county and engaged in farming. He came to Albion in 1876, where he died in 1885, and his wife in 1888. George J. Lawrence, son of the pioneer, was born in Chittenango, October 22, 1834, and was brought up to the Same business his father conducted. While in Ithaca he learned telegraphy, which he afterward followed for nine years. During the war he was employed in the United States Military Telegraph Corps and stationed at Harper's Ferry, and other points, following the army under orders. In 1865 Mr. Lawrence returned home and engaged in farming. and in 1876 came to Albion. At the request of his uncle, Mark H. Beecher, professor of mathematics in the United States navy, he took charge of his business for two years until his uncle's death in 1882. Two years later he began the manufacture of carbonated beverages at Albion, and now carries on a large and successful business. April 23, 1890, Mr. Lawrence married Lucy A. Allen, widow of Asa Allen, of Richmond, Mich., and daughter of Lewis Newman, of Leister, Livingston county.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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