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     I have not researched the Lawrences of New England in depth but have included some of their genealogies due to their connection to the Lawrences of Ashton Hall who are the ancestors of my Lawrence line that settled in Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. However, the ancestry attributed to John Joseph Lawrence of Watertown and Groton, Massachusetts, widely found on Ancestry.com and in printed genealogies as a son of Henry Lawrence of Wisset, England, and Charlestown, Massachusetts, and his wife Mary Larkin West, and who in turn descends from the Lawrences of Ashton Hall who descend from a Sir Robert Lawrence of the Crusades of 1191 who was given Ashton by Richard the Lionheart is based on a concocted Lawrence Genealogy by Horatio G. Somerby. This erroneous genealogy by H. G. Somerby was demolished by George Andrews Moriarty in an article for the American Genealogist, Vol. 10, 1933. In short Moriarty concluded that there is no evidence that the Lawrences were at Ashton Hall (Lancashire) prior to the middle of the fourteenth century; no evidence that the Lawrence of Suffolk (Watertown) descend from the Lancashire family; and finally no evidence that the John Lawrence son of Henry Lawrence of Wisset and Charlestown is the same John Lawrence of Watertown and Groton. For futher information on the Lawrences of Ashton Hall see my web page Lawrences of Ashton Hall.

     Included are the descendants of Edward Larrance of Northumberland Co., Virginia, who appears to also descend from John Joseph Lawrence of Watertown and Groton.

      See Charts for descendants of John Joseph Lawrence.

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