WILLIAM LAWRENCE, lumberman and proprietor of the Lawrence House, Tionesta, was born in Hessen-Cassel, Germany, June 6, 1840, and is the son of Hartman and Dorothy (Matho) Lawrence, former of whom died when our subject was six months old; the widowed mother afterward married Jacob Wenk, and in 1847 they immigrated to America, locating in Tionesta, where they now reside. William Lawrence had one sister, Dorcas, deceased wife of George Klinestiver. Mr. Lawrence was reared in Tionesta from seven years of age, receiving a common-school education. He was in the Civil War, having enlisted August 19, 18th, in Company G, Eighty-third Pennsylvania Regiment, and was in the battles of Gaines' Mills (where he was wounded, being confined to hospital four months). Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg (where he was again wounded), as well as other engagements, and received an honorable discharge at Harrisburg, Penn., in September, 1864. After the war he embarked in the grocery business at Tionesta, at which he was engaged three years; then entered the lumber business, which has since been his principal occupation. In February, 1868, he married Hannah S., daughter of Robert and Mary J. (Thompson) McBride, of Tionesta, and they have six children living: Hartman, Laura, Emma, Albert J., John W. and Anna B. Mr. Lawrence is a member of the German Reformed Church, of the F. & A. M. and G. A. R. Politically he is a Republican, and has served one term as treasurer of Forest county.
Source: Page(s) 936, Chapter 15 Biographical Sketches - Tionesta Township and Borough of Tionesta
Hickory and Harmony Townships
History of Counties of McKean, Elk and Forest, Pennsylvania.
Chicago, J.H. Beers & Co., 1890.
Transcribed November 2005 by Nathan Zipfel for the Forest County Genealogy Project
Published 2005 by the Forest County Pennsylvania Genealogy Project
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