This Sarah was born 25 May 1780 in Granville, Massachusetts, a daughter of Enos and Sarah (Goss) Seward.
Source: Granville, Town and Vital Records 1620-1988 page 76.
Sarah Seward is believed to have married a Lemuel Lawrence and moved to Canisteo, Steuben, New York. Other sources say his name was Samuel Lawrence. I seem to find a better trail to this Lemuel who may have been the son of Rufus Lawrence and Rachel Prescott (the wife might not be correct).
The following was taken from the Townhill Cemetery file found in the files of the Luzerne Co. Historical Society in 2008.
The children of Enos and Sara Goss Seward are Enos, Eli, Amos, Gad, David who died young, Levi, Sarah, Titus and Mary, and Ebenezer. Sarah married Lemuel Lawrence and they and Enos moved to Canisteo, NY. Eli married Ellen Earl and Mary married George Goodwin and both moved to Ohio and Ebenezer as well.
In Donna Bingham Mungers Connecticut’s Pennsylvania Colony: Settler’s Book Vol. II a Lemuel Lawrences appears 13 September 1796 in Luzerne Co. Apparently he signed a petition that is not easy to find and came from the group of settlers who were not happy with events regarding land and government.
This means there was a Lemuel Lawrence living in Luzerne at about the right time. Sarah would have been 18 about 1798. He does not show up in the Claimant Vol. III of Donna’s book series.
There is a Lemuel Lawrence living in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., PA in 1800 per the U.S. Federal Census.
- Free White Persons – Males – 16 thru 25 – 1
- Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25 – 1
- Number of Household Members – 2
In the 1810 U.S. Federal Census a Lemuel Lawrence is living in Caniste0, Steuben, New York:
- Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44 – 1
- Free White Persons – Females – Under 10 – 1
- Free White Persons – Females – 26 thru 44 – 1
- Number of Household Members Under 16 – 1
- Number of Household Members Over 25 – 2
- Number of Household Members – 3
By 1830 the U.S. Federal Census has Lemuel Lawrence living in Hornell, Steuben, New York:
- Free White Persons – Males – 60 thru 69 – 1
- Free White Persons – Females – 15 thru 19 – 1
- Free White Persons – Females – 50 thru 59 – 1
- Free White Persons – Under 20 – 1
- Total Free White Persons – 3
- Total – All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored) – 3
A Lemuel Lawrence has Letters Testamentary & Admin. Vol. 2 -3, 1830-1852 listed for a Probate date of 2 Jul 1838 in Steuben, New York. This does list a Sarah Leurin as Executor with two others. It is very difficult to read these, the handwriting is terrible. So I will let you try your hand at it. Click on the photos and they will open.
There is also a will for a Lemuel Lawrence in Steuben, NY page 122-124. In this will he gives his wife Sarah all his personal property and real property, mentions a daughter _____ Bishop wife of Hiram Bishop which might be Sarah, ___daughter Dinnum (Diana?) Bishop. Very difficult to read.
There is a Lemuel Lawrence who died 11 May 1838 buried in the Merwin Cemetery in Almond, Allegany Co., New York. Steuben and Allegany Co. are right next to each other with Steuben east of Allegany along the border.
In the 1850 U.S. Federal Census a Sarah Lawrence appears age 70, making her born about 1780 in Massachusetts, living in Hornellsville, Steuben, New York. Living with here is a Benjamin Northtroph age 23 a Farmer, with $5777, Temperance age 21, Willis Bishop age 24, farmer, Sarah Bishop age 18 and Willard Northtrop age 3 m.
There is a possibility that Sarah (Seward) Lawrence died in 1853 in New York. I do not know where she is buried at this time.
What I have presented above may or may not be correct but I feel that it is a start. I am curious about the Bishop and Northrop families and wonder if there is more to search regarding those families. Researching this family will require digging and that means New York Genealogy which I am not that up on at this time, such as were they keep their court documents at the courthouse or in the archives? I also know that there are lots of genealogies out their on the Lawrence family but I have not determined which ones are of value.