The Pioneers of Grey County: Martha Lawrence (1800-1902)

Martha Lawrence When it comes to family history, obituaries offer a fascinating look into the lives of our ancestors.  They can provide a perspective that is rarely matched by other types of documents and records. This is certainly true in the case of my 3x Great Grandmother, Martha Lawrence (nee Farrar). I think part of what makes Martha’s obituary so…

Pioneers of Grey County: William Lawrence (1836-1921)

William Lawrence As a follow up to My People Came From Wicklow: The Lawrence Experience of 1848, I decided to dedicate a series of blog posts to explore how the children of John Lawrence and Martha Farrar fared after the family immigrated to Grey County, Ontario in the early 1850’s.  The subject of this blog post…

Pioneers of Grey County: John Lawrence (1833-1926)

The Lawrences of Grey County In a previous blog post called My People Came From Wicklow: The Lawrence Experience of 1848, I wrote about some of the obstacles that John and Martha Lawrence overcame in their search for a better life in Canada.  Although nearly 170 years have passed since they undertook their incredible journey, John…

Pioneers of Grey County: Samuel Lawrence (1832-1907)

Samuel Lawrence In my previous blog post My People Came From Wicklow: The Lawrence Experience of 1848 I wrote about John and Martha Lawrence’s courageous journey in search of a better life in Canada.  As a follow up to that post, I thought it might be interesting to write about the lives of some of their children…

My People Came From Wicklow: The Lawrence Experience of 1848

Farewell to home In May of 1848 an Irish tenant farmer named John Lawrence emigrated to Canada with his wife Martha and their nine children.  John would have already been over fifty years of age when the family sailed from the port of New Ross that spring, on a ship called the Jessie. The youngest child in the…