Ancestry of the
Lawrence Family in Henry County, Tennessee
John Lawrence married Mary Duke.
John B. Lawrence, son of John Lawrence, was born 27 September
1747. He married Nancy Needham. He died 28 October 1800.
Peter S. Lawrence Sr., son of John B. Lawrence, was born in 1774
in North Carolina. He died 23 Jul 1856 in Posey County, Indiana,
and is buried in the Lawrence Cemetery there. He had two wives.
His first wife is thought to have been a Ruth Marley, who died
in 1838. He married Mary Polk after his first wife’s death. His
children by his first wife were: Nancy Lawrence (married Isaac
Caldwell), John Lawrence (1799-1865), Isaac Lawrence
(1804-1866), Sarah Lawrence (1815-1851, married John Thomas
Derrington), George R. Lawrence (1816-?, married Susan Denny),
William Lawrence (1820-1876), Peter S. Lawrence Jr. (1823-1901,
married Rachel Thomas), Mahala Lawrence (Circa 1830-?), and Ruth
Lawrence (Circa 1830-Circa 1856).
Isaac Lawrence, son of Peter S. Lawrence, was born 1804 in
Kentucky. He married Mary S. Key in 1827. Mary was born 1807 in
Virginia. They moved to Henry County, Tennessee where Mary died
in 1860. Isaac died in 1866. Carrye Lawrence Hughes, a
descendant, remembers that her father told her his father and
grandfather first lived on the Will Mason farm, near Hazel, on
the old Murray-Paris Road, when the family first moved to
Tennessee. They were members of the North Fork Baptist Church at
Jones’ Mill. Isaac and Mary are known to have had at least eight
Hiriam Charles Lawrence was born 10 April 1828 in Tennessee. He
married Sarah Harrison on 20 February 1850 in Henry County. They
lived near Buchanan where he was a Deputy Sheriff. His second
wife was Martha Jane Bradley. They married on 15 March 1859. He
died 20 November 1889. Hiriam was first buried at Mount Sandy
Cemetery. His grave, along with his wife and daughter, was moved
to Bethel Cemetery when TVA flooded Kentucky Lake. This
information came from Steely Bell White West, a descendant of
Mary Elizabeth Lawrence was born 27 October 1829 in Henry
County. She married Jaspar Jones on 27 October 1850. She died 1
March 1898 in Calloway County, Kentucky and is buried in the
Young Cemetery. Information from Chesley Farris was that Mary
Elizabeth looked very Native American, with coarse black hair
and high cheekbones.
John William Lawrence was born in 1832 in Henry County. He
married Mary Elizabeth Harrison in January of 1852 in Calloway
County, Kentucky. Information from Eva Bruce Cole.
Mary Ann Ruth Lawrence was born 2 April 1837 in Henry County.
She married Grier Monroe Fairris on 20 December 1855. She died
12 January 1894 in Henry County and is buried in the Mill Creek
Cemetery. According to Ruth Lawrence Shumpert she went by
Thomas K. Lawrence was born 21 September 1839 in Weakley County,
Tennessee. He married Mary Clark Jones on 13 September 1863 in
Paris, Henry County. He died 7 April 1910 and is buried in the
Sarah Jane Lawrence was born 1842 in Henry County. She married
Francis Summers on 17 March 1863.
Andrew Jackson Lawrence was born in September of 1846 in Henry
County. He married Mary Eliza Paschall on 18 June 1876, and
later, Eliza B. Johnson on 18 November 1869 in Henry County. He
died 25 March 1908.
Emily B. Lawrence was born 1848 in Henry County. She married
Joseph McClain in December of 1869. She died in 1912 and is
buried in the Price Cemetery.
Thomas K. Lawrence, son of Isaac Lawrence, and Mary Clark Jones
had over ten children including two sets of twins. According to
Carrye Lawrence Hughes, a granddaughter, he went by “Ike” or
“Old Uncle Tom” and was jolly, with a good disposition. He had a
white beard and looked “like a big bear, short and fat.”
According to Goldie Cole, who knew the family well, Old Uncle
Tom was an uneducated man, but had a head full of natural sense.
He was always saying something funny. He had an outgoing,
boisterous personality. His wife “Clarkie” was “one the sweetest
women that ever lived.”
Steely Bell White West, granddaughter of Hiriam Lawrence,
remembered him in this way: “Uncle Tom was the funniest man ever
was. If he saw me out walking, he’d stop his horse and make a
face at me and go on. He lived around Conyersville. My husband
and I went to his funeral. We were dressed up and riding in a
buggy. The horse splashed water and messed up my good dress. I
wiped it off the best I could and went on. We got to the church
and didn’t know anybody. We asked somebody if Tom Lawrence’s
funeral was going to be that afternoon. They said it was and
also Dickie Newton’s, whose body was already there. They had one
funeral and then the other.”
He is said to have fought in the Civil War. Tom Lawrence was a
farmer. According to Herbert Lawrence, a grandson, Tom and
Harris Chapman went to the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas and
stayed a year or two in the mid-1870s. But, he came back because
of a drought. Chapman stayed there.
Carrye Lawrence Hughes remembered that her grandfather was a
Methodist and people said that, “Nobody prayed as loud as Uncle
Tom.” Luther Lawrence, son of Ike, owned a small farm near Mount
Pleasant Church and his parents lived there in a little house on
the farm. Prior to that they lived in Conyersville and up in
Calloway County at different times.
According to Wade Enoch, Tom Lawrence once lived on a road
between Lynn Grove and Murray. There was a big well across the
road from his house where people stopped to water their stock.
Tom kept a dipper hanging out there for passers-by. Once Tom’s
son, Thomas Andrew, was playing with a friend under the house.
They found a bucket of silver dollars next to the chimney. The
house was an “old settled place, no telling how old the house
was” or when the dollars were hidden.
Tom Lawrence died in the spring of 1910 "cleaning out fence
corners" with a brush fire. When he sat down to rest, he had a
Mary Clark Jones was the daughter of Rennie Jones and his wife
Martha Hawkins. She was born in October of 1838 in Virginia and
died in August of 1914 in Henry County.
The children of Tom and Clarkie Lawrence were:
Samuel Edsman Lawrence was born 5 July 1864 and died 20 May
1931. He married Martha Regina Winsor on 30 October 1888 in
Issac C. Lawrence was born around 1867.
Mike Lawrence was born around 1867.
Thomas Andrew Lawrence was born 14 June 1869 at Cottage Grove in
Henry County. He died 27 January 1936 in Henry County. He
married Lee Ella Jackson on 29 April 1889.
James U. Lawrence was born in 1871 and died in 1886 at age 15.
Twin of James was also born in 1871 and apparently did not
Joseph Walter Lawrence was born on 1 May 1872 in Henry County.
He married Mattie Florence Bevins on 21 September 1897 in
Calloway County, Kentucky. He died 2 December 1932 at a mental
institution in Christian County, Kentucky.
Mary Bonnie Lawrence was born in 1877. She married a William
Jones and moved to Metropolis, Illinois.
Luther Fleming Lawrence was born 10 June 1882 at the “Old Mason
Place” in Henry County. He died 7 May 1940 in Henry County. His
wife was Ethel Lefever. They married 23 November 1902 in Henry
Twins born around 1887 did not survive.
Luther Fleming Lawrence and his wife Ethel lived in Henry
County, Tennessee near the Mount Pleasant Church and burial
grounds. Luther was a farmer and was known for raising fine
horses. His obituary called him “a horseman of merit” and noted
that he had “taken first honors for the best saddle horse or
mare entered in the Fourth Monday in March competition.” He and
his wife were members of the Green Plains Church near Hazel,
Kentucky where they are both buried. He was well known
throughout Henry and Calloway Counties where he had many friends
His granddaughter, Hilda Hughes Swisher, remembered him as a
jolly man who loved his children and grandchildren. He would
always bring them bags of candy and fruit when he came home. At
family gatherings he would sit and hold the children in his lap
while he visited with relatives.
Luther Lawrence was found by his daughter, Brenda, shot in the
head behind his barn in 1940. His death was believed to be a
His wife Ethel was born 20 March 1881 in Henry County,
Tennessee. She was the daughter of William Luther Lefever and
Mary Elizabeth Crank. Ethel lived on State Line Road in Hazel
until her death on 16 May 1973 at 92 years of age.
The children of Luther and Ethel were:
Carrye Velma Lawrence born 12 January 1904 in Henry County. She
married John Washington Hughes on 26 June 1920 in Henry County.
She died in Paducah, Kentucky in April of 2000.
Hubert Milton Lawrence was born 15 September 1905 in Henry
County. He went by the nickname of “Bill.” He married Shella B.
Paschall. He died 13 January 1996.
Luther Herman Lawrence was born 15 November 1907 in Henry
County. He went by the nickname of “Buck.” He died on 13 March
1920 at the age of 12 years.
William Harlan Lawrence was born 28 November 1910 in Henry
County. He went by the name of “Tump.” He married Ovie Josephine
Wilson. Tump died 20 November 2000 in Calloway County, Kentucky.
Ruth Lane Lawrence was born 23 August 1914. She was married to
Mark Shumpert and Lawton Robinson. Ruth died in 2003.
Ina Elizabeth Lawrence was born 1 February 1917. She married
Trellis N. “Red” Seaford. Ina died 7 November 1958 at 41 of
Nellie Louise Lawrence was born 14 June 1920. She married Ernest
Brenda Sue Lawrence was born 22 February 1926. She married James