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…

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…