Ann Lawrence Moody Radford was daughter of William Lawrence and Mary? as proven in the Charles City Court Order Book, 1655-65
C.O.B. pg. 156.Upon comp’lt and prossess of Edd. ffitzgarrald and his wife of same opprobrious words and languages uttered to them by Ann the wife of ffranciss Redford.Itt is ordered that the sd Ann shall on her bended knees acknowledge the sd offence before her mother the sd Mrs. ffitzgarrald, and begge forgiveness & for the same, and that the sayd Redford pay all Costs of suite als exec.
Court held 4 Oct 1658, recorded 27 Oct
This refers to the relict of William Lawrence's brief marriage to Edward Fitzgerald:
The William Lawrence groupsheet:
William Lawrence, d.bef. 3 Nov 1652, Charles City Co., md. est. 1630? to Mary (note:born ca. 1610 if same as Preston deponent), d.aft. 13 Sep 1677
ii. Ann, b.ca. 1632, md. (1) est. 1653 to Thomas Moody, d.ca. Sep 1656, md (2) ca. Sep 1656 to Francis Redford, d. 1693, Henrico Co., VA.
1. Thomas Moody, Jr. (only named once, in 1658 as orphan to Thomas Moody when receiving nine sheep as a share of the William Lawrence estate)
2. Samuel Moody
iii. Arthur, b.est. 1638, d. bef. 3 Aug 1658; still a minor
iv.Sarah, b.est. 1639, md. est. 1659 to John Bishop, d.bef. Sept 1678.
1.Dau. md. Francis Mason
(Above arrived in VA on ship, est. 1640, though this may have been after a visit from VA to England.)
v.William, b.est. 1641, d. aft. 3 Oct 1665; reached adulthood (21) by Feb 1662
vi.James, b.est. 1645, prob. d. aft.Jun 1711, md. to Mary ?
Mary (?) Lawrence md. (2) bef. 3 Nov 1652 to Capt. John Frame, d. bef. 17 Dec 1655; he md. (1) Margeret (?) Finch; she md (1) ? Finch (Note:John Frame’s daughter Mary md. William Justice.)
Mary md. (3) aft. 2 Mar 1656, bef. 21 Apr 1656 to Edward Fitzgerald, d. bef. 3 Feb 1659
Mary md. (4) aft. 3 Feb 1659, bef. 10 Sep 1659 to Peter Plumer, d. aft. 20 Oct 1665
Mary md. (5) to ? Rose (Rowse?), d. bef. 13 Sep 1677
Mary probably md. (6) aft. 13 Sep 1677 to William Ludford (Lydford)
(Note:While the Will of William Lawrence has not survived, we are apprised of many of its contents due to various references in Court orders below.(Compare this with the noncupative will on C.O.B. pg. 236.)
- Son Arthur to have the land – and probably the implements (which passed to his siblings after he died in minoirty; “personall estate of Arthur Lawrence orphane dec'd should Descend to be divided amongst his surviving brothers and sister and his lands to his eldest brother onely.”) (William thus inherited the land, evidently on “(A)shen Swamp being next to the land of Mr. Jones near Queen’s Creek.”Possibly this is the same as the 240 acres patented in 1665 by William and James Lawrence, Patent Book Five, pgs. 542-43.)
- Son Arthur to have the chattels (Chattels passed to Peter Plumer as husband of Arthur’s mother after Arthur’s death in minority).
- Wife Mary to have use of the house.
- Each of the other children to have two ewe lambs to be delivered as soon as his stock of sheep should produce them.
If this will was written, by comparison with a note on another will by Beverly Fleete, “according to law and to custom, a copy of .. will should be in Somerset House in London.”BF, pg. 64This of course assumes that the will was not a noncupative will (vocally made on a deathbed), in which case it would have been recorded in an earlier Court Order Book, based on testimony by witnesses.)
(Note:The gift of 300 acres from Capt. John Flood his step-sons, the three Lawrence brothers was an unusual transaction, and the only one of its kind in the Charles City Co. Court Order Book - was this an agreement because Flood used William Lawrence’s headrights for a larger transaction, so that they had the right to this land – possibly a transaction that was a pre-condition of the widow Mary Lawrence marrying him?Unfortunately the original entry would have been in the preceding Court Order Book for which only a few pages in 1650 survive.)
(Note:Evidently William and Mary Lawrence made multiple trans-Atlantic crossings.She appears to be the Marie named as a deponent in a lawsuit in 1649 in the London Courts, indicating she and her husband crossed the Atlantic in 1638 from Virginia to England with Roger Preston, who was in Virginia from 1621 to 1638; he had served with John Freme, Mary’s second husband, at Jordan’s Journey.It is not clear whether the deposition taken ca. 1649 was made in England.Evidence from Land Patents indicates William, Mary and their elder children were claimed for right ofacres after a return journey ca. 1640.
Undated, 1649.Chancery Case of Roger Preston v. Thomas Lyon and John Spencer, executors of the will of John Hollam, executor of the will of Mary Preston, re the estate of Roger Preston, father of the plaintiff.Deponents include Marie Laurence, aged 39, wife of William Laurence, planter of Virginia, who declared that she and her husband came to England from Virginia, with Roger Preston in 1638 after the death of Roger Preston the elder.(Public Records Office, London:C6/42/94, C24/727/114)
(Source:The Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607-1660, Peter Wilson Coldham, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1987, pg. 240)
The Living and Dead in Virginia, List of Names of the Living in Virginia, February the 16th, 1623
At Jordan’s Jorney
… Roger Preston .. John Freme…
Jordan’s Jorney, Charles Cittie } The Muster of the Inhabitants of Jordan’s Jorney taken the 21 January 1624
The Muster of the Mr. William Ferrar and Mrs Jordan
… Roger Preston, aged 21 years, in the Discoverie, March 1621 ..John Freame, aged 16 years, in (the Southampton, 1622)…
(Note:Roger Preston is not listed in land patents as being transported.
(Source:Lists of Emigrants to America, 1600-1700, John Camden Hotten, Genealogical Publications Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1962)