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View Tree for Captain William LawrenceCaptain William Lawrence (b. 28 Jul 1622, d. 14 Mar 1680)

William Lawrence was born 28 Jul 1622 in St Albans, Hertfordshire, , England (the above is baptism date, not birth date), and died 14 Mar 1680 in Flushing, NY. He married (1) Elizabeth Gildersleeve on Abt. 1647 in Saint Albans,Hertfordshire,England. He married (2) Elizabeth Smith on Aft. 04 Mar 1664 in Long Island - Marriage took place after 3/4/1664 as that was the date of license issued by Gov. Nicolls, daughter of Richard Smith and Sarah Folger.

 Includes NotesNotes for William Lawrence:
William was born in 1623, and, with his brother John, came to America in the ship Planter, in 1635, landing at Plymouth, Mass. Together with his brother John he is one of the 50 original patentees of Hempstead NY which was granted by Gov. William Kieft on the 16th day of Nov. 1644.

Emigration June 7, 1635
Boston, Suffolk Co., MA
Pasenger List of the Planter 1635
Planter of London, Nicholas Trerice, Master
She sailed from London April 2, 1635 and arrived at Boston on Sunday, June 7, 1635.
Among the passengers that were certified from Stepney:

John Tuttle 39 mercer of Saint Albans, Herts Ipswich; Mrs. Joan Tuttle 42; John Lawrence 17; William Lawrence 12; Mary Lawrence 9; Abigail Tuttle 6, Simon Tittle 4; Sarah Tittle 2; John Tuttle 1; Mrs. Joan Antrobus 65
John Tuttle was said to be Joan's 2nd husband and that she was Joan Antrobus, which would then, more than likely make the Joan Antrobus age 63 her mother.

From Genealogies of Long Island Families 1600-1800 CD:
Records of The Old Town of Newtown, LI:
pg. 1 William Lawrence and Elizabeth his wife of Hastings on LI sells to James "Milles" of James River in VA, house and land in Hastings Feb. 20 1663/4.

Pg. 3 William Lawrence sells to John Forman both of New Towne, house, lands and orchards which Lawrence bought from heirs of William Wood. June 10, 1665. Wits. John and Jeremiah Burroughs.

pg. 7 a town meeting on 3/1/1666/7 chose for "Patintes" Capt. Betts, Capt. Coe, Capt "Lorance, Ralph Hunt, Daniel Whitehead, Burger Jose and John Burroughs. Voted that those will have a share of south meadow and shall bring in their names and pay their proportion of rates within a fortnight.

He married:
Name: Elizabeth Gildersleeve
Sex: F
Birth: 1624
Father: Richard Gildersleeve b: 1601 in Little Wallingford, Suffolk, England
Mother: Joanna Appleton b: 1601 in Suffolk, Essex, England
Marriage 1 William Lawrence b: 1622 in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England
Married: ABT. 1647

Marriage 2 Elizabeth Smith b: 1648
Married: 4 MAR 1664

Marriage license: "Whereas I have received information and satisfaction that there is an intent of Marriage between William Lawrence of Flushing and Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Smith of Mishaquak'd, upon Long Island upon their request I give them license, so to do and do herby require you to proclaim the said William Lawrence and Elizabeth Smith man and wife and so record them and to proceed therein according to your formed customs on the like occassions. Given under my hand at Hempstead this 4th day of March 1664.

Richd Nicholls"


From Annals of Newtown by D. Fanshaw in 1852: Wm. Lawrence left Flushing and resided for a season in Middelburg or Newtown of which he was a purchaser in 1656 but he returned several years after to Flushing and bought property in Lawrence Neck or Tew's Neck. His letters to Stuyvesant and his council in 1662 are ably written, evincing his energy and decisive character are evidently the production of a man of superior mind and liberal education. He served in the magistry under the Dutch; while under the English he held both civil and military offices on LI. Capt. Lawrence d. 1680 age 57 and the inventory of his estate on file in NY shows that his sword, plate and other personal property amounted to 4,432 pounds sterling. He was twice married. by his 1st wife he had Elizabeth who married in 1672 Thomas Stevenson and William. His 2nd wife was Elizabeth Smith, daughter of Richard Smith, an original patentee of Smithtown.

He is frequently styled "Captain"

Book of Orders, Etc. on file in the office of Sec. of State, Albany, NY, p. 39: Letters of Administration Granted Elizabeth the Widow of William Lawrence The Son of Captain William Lawrence deceaesed: Edmond Andros Kn'd &c. whereas Captain William Lawrence late of Tu Neck in fflushing on the North Riding of Yorkshire upon Long Island one the Justices of the Peace of the said Riding dyed Intestate Leaving a considerable estate and divers children and Elizabeth the widow and Relict of the deceased together with William Lawrence his Elder son by a former entor having made application to me for letters of administration on said estate for the Better preservation of the same and having brough in an Inventory taken by the constable and overseers the times for holding the Court of Sessions being at some distance tendering likewise security for their due administration according to law. These presents my certify and declare that the aforesaid Elizabeth the widow and William Lawrence the eldest son of the decease are admitted joint administrators of the Estate, goods, and chattals of the said Captain William Lawrence deceased. They having hereby full power and Lawful authority to enter into or keep possession of the premises and make a division and dispose thereof as administrators according to Law, they having given security for the performance of their trust and to render acct thereof as in the Law is required given under my hand and seal in New York this 25th day of march in the 32d year of his Majes. Raign Anno Dominis 1680.
Past the office, M.N. Secr.
By the Commandr in Chiefe: Whereas William Lawrence late of Flushing, hath left a considerable estate and seven young children that is to say Mary, Thomas, Joseph, Richard, Samuel, Sarah, and James whose proportion and share of their said Father's estate according to law amounts to each of them 288 pounds 16 shillings one penny half penny the whole being 2,020 pounds 12 shillsing 4 pence half penny which is and remains in the hands and possession of Elizabeth the widow and administratrix of the said William and mother to the said children who desiring Council to be admitted their guardian. These are to certify that said Elizabeth Lawrence is by advice of the Council Admitted and allowed off to be guardian for the said seven children, and to have possession and enjoy their said portions giving sufficient security to satisfy and pay the same to them and each of them when they shall attain the age of 21y or be married. Given under my hand and seal in New York this 10th day of March in the 33d year of his Majes. Reign.

Inventory of estate of Wm. Lawrence, Flushing. The neck of land called Tews neck, with housing, orchards and meadows, 1,250. Two 50 acre lots at Whitestone, 60. 50 acre lot, No. 13, 20. The 50 acre lot in Newtons neck 15. 10 4 acre lots lying at the Town, with all housing, orchards, etc., 60. 640 acres lying adjoining to Sunk meadows, eastward, and also running west to the Fresh Pond, and north to the Sound, and south to the path that goes to John Goldin's house, 150. 1/2 share of salt meadow at Towns end, and 2 shares of fresh meadow, one at Grays, and the other in the middle meadow, 10. 1 share of salt meadow at Terrys Point, 30. 6 shares of meadow at Westchester. 3 shares of meadow in the New Found Passage. 3. 3 shares of meadow in Hunt's cove, 16. 1 share of salt meadow at Head of the bay, 16. One negro, John, 50. Negro Andrew, 20. 10 negores in all. One English boy called by the name of Biship, for a year and some months service, 5. 32 oxen, 160. 46 cows, 17 Horses.
The inventory is very lenghty, showing great wealth and high social station. Total over 4000 pounds. Taken by Richard Cornell, John Bowne, John Lawrence, Abm. Whearly. Elizabeth Lawrence and Wm. Lawrence, administrators, made oath to the same in presence of Governor and Council, November 18, 1680. Page 405.


More About William Lawrence:
Emigration: 1635, was 12 years of age and arrived on the ship Planter..

More About William Lawrence and Elizabeth Gildersleeve:
Marriage: Abt. 1647, Saint Albans,Hertfordshire,England.

More About William Lawrence and Elizabeth Smith:
Marriage: Aft. 04 Mar 1664, Long Island - Marriage took place after 3/4/1664 as that was the date of license issued by Gov. Nicolls.

Children of William Lawrence and Elizabeth Gildersleeve are:
  1. +Elizabeth Lawrence, b. 1650, Flushing Queens NY, d. Bet. 1683 - 1685, Newtown, Queens, LI NY.
  2. +William Lawrence, b. Abt. 1652, NY, d. 1719, Flushing, Queens, NY.
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