The Carson Family
Washington County, Virginia
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David Carson, born February 4, 1798
Elder John Lawrence
of Dutchess County, New York and Montgomery County, Virginia
History of Duchess [sic] County, New York : with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers
1683 - 1882
by James H Smith
History of Town of Pleasant Valley
Around 1765, Elder John Lawrence preached in private homes and the school house as part of the organization of the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church
Smith, Philip H.. General history of Duchess [sic] County : from 1609 to 1876 inclusive. Pawling, N.Y. 1877.
The location of the First Baptist Church of Fishkill was formerly at Middlebush, where they owned a meeting house and lot. Their present location is on Fishkill Plains. They were organized November 13th, 1782 with a constitute membership of eighteen, by Elder John Lawrence, of Pawling, and Elder Nathan Cole, of Carmel.
Elder John Lawrence, a pioneer Baptist, began preaching in Pawling about the year 1770, six years before the revolution.
Elder John Lawrence, a pioneer Baptist, preached in Pleasant Valley at an early period of its history. He held services in barns, schoolrooms, and private houses, and not infrequently in the woods. In 1770 he organized a small church at Zaceheus Newcomb's house.
Page 476 in Appendix B
Of the Regiment of Militia in ye Counties of Ulster and Duchess
Pages 481 - 482 in Appendix B
A return made August 15th, 1775, at the house of Jacob Griffin, of persons who signed the Association:
long list of names that included John Lawrence.
A General History of the Baptist Denomination in America: And Other Parts of the World, Volume 2 by David Benedict
This was a wide-spread territory, in which different towns afterwards arose. .... mention is made of Elder John Lawrence, as a minister, at a place called Pawlings, as early at 1770.
...They were organized November 13, 1782....by Elder John Lawrence, of Pawlings...
A history of the rise and progress of the Baptists in Virginia By Robert Baylor Semple
Page 349 New River Association
Meadow Creek (The stream of this name is in the southeastern section of Montgomery, near the Pulaski line) was formed partly out of members who moved hither from the State of New York and partly of natives. Rev John Lawrence became their pastor. He had been a minister for many years in the state of New York, was an eminent servant of Christ and a pious and sensible man. His labors were not very much blessed after he moved to Virginia. Some disturbance happening in the church and Mr. Lawrence being obviously in dotage, was rather indiscreet in espousing one of the parties so as to give some discontent to the body of the church, in consequence of which, added to his incapacity through dotage and infirmities, the church dismissed him from his pastoral charge. Soon after he was taken ill, and God dismissed him to the church triumphant. He was eighty years of age when he died.
Virginia. Land Office. Register. Land grants
Library of Virginia. Archives.
Land titles -- Registration and transfer -- Virginia -- Montgomery County.
6 May 1796.
Description: 79 acres on the north side of Meadow Creek near the mouth of Minisis Branch adjoining Wm Laurences survey.
23 April 1800.
Laurence, John, Sr. grantee.
Description: 590 acres on the waters of Meadow Creek a branch of Little River waters of New River on the Timbered Ridge.
24 April 1800.
Laurence, John, Sr. grantee.
Description: 200 acres on ths south of the Laurell Ridge waters of Laurell Creek a branch of Little River waters of New River.
25 April 1800.
Lawrence, John, Sr.
Description: 735 acres on Meadow Creek waters of Little River, a branch of New River adjoining James Simpkins, Israel Lorton, &c.
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