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LAWRENCE WATERS (abt 1602 - 1687) of Lancaster and Charlestown
Lawrence Waters was born about 1602. He died in Charlestown on 9 Dec 1687. [Ref][Ref at age about 85]. He married Anne Linton. [Ref]
He was a carpenter in Watertown. [Ref]
Lawrence sold his first houselot in Lancaster of about 17 acres to John Hall. He later testified for Elizabeth Hall in 1651 when she accused George Waley of Cambridge of slander. [Ref, p. 19]
Lawrence was an early inhabitant of Lancaster, signing the town covenant on 15 (1) 1653. [Ref, pp. 30-31] He was one of the 13 inhabitants of Lancaster who signed an agreement with John Prescott for the building of the first corn mill in Lancaster. [Ref] He was one of 11 Lancaster men who petitioned the General Court in (probably) 1654 for Lancaster to have a similar governance to other towns and requested that the Court appoint a man or men to lay out town boundaries. [Ref] After the original division of land in Lancaster, further divisions were contingent on estate size. In 1654 estates were valued and Lawrence's - at about £277 - was the sixth largest of the 30 eligible inhabitants. [Ref] He was given about 11 acres of meadow in 1654. [Ref] At a town meeting on 1 (9) 1654 it was agreed to limit the town to 35 families and 25 men were listed as townsman, one of whom was Lawrence's. [Ref] At a 25 Apr 1656 town meeting Lawrence was given four additional acres of meadow. [Ref] He received the 31st lot in the second division of meadow on 5 Feb 1659. [Ref] In Oct 1662 the Middlesex Court released Lawrence from all ordinary military training; he was to pay 5 shillings a year. [Ref] He was a freeman in 1662. [Ref] After the massacre of 1675, he, his wife Anne, son Samuel and Samuel's wife and two children took refuge in Charlestown. A Lawrence Waters is on a 28 May 1684 Lancaster tax list. [Ref] His son Stephen was responsible to the authorities for them in 1676; Lawrence was then blind. A Lawrence Waters is on a 28 May 1684 Lancaster tax list. [Ref] A Lawrence Waters is on a 28 May 1684 Lancaster tax list. [Ref]
Children of Lawrence Waters and Anne Linton:
REBECCA WATERS (1640 - 1726)
Parents: Lawrence Waters and Anne Linton [Ref, p. 396]
Rebecca Waters was born in Feb 1640 in Watertown. [Ref][Ref, p. 396] She died in 1726. [Ref, p. 397] She married Josiah Whitcomb on 4 (11) 1664 in Lancaster. [Ref][Ref, p. 11]
Rebecca Whitcomb Mary was a the First Church of Lancaster on 20 Feb1714/5. [Ref, p. 271]
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Whitcomb, Charlotte, The Whitcomb Family in America: A biographical genealogy with a chapter on our English forbears "by the name of Whetcombe", Minneapolis, C. Whitcomb?, c1904.