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Lawrence Families of Western North Carolina Updated August 23, 2001
About Our Family Research
Our ancestors reached this country around 1790. George Lawrence and his wife Susan came from the Alsase-Lorraine region in Europe. They had 19 children, of which 15 were born in America. George first settled near Lancaster, PA, then later moved his family to the piedmont region of North Carolina. Eventually they settled in what is now Watauga County, NC along the Sout Fork of the New River in the early 1800's. They were farmers, primarily. Western North Carolina was still largely untamed. When the South voted to cecede from the Union, North Carolina was the last to ratify, yet contributed more soldiers to the cause than any other Southern state. At least two of George's grandsons served in the Confederate Army. James J. Lawrence (my great-grandfather)served with the 58th NC Troops, Co.D and his younger brother George W. Lawrence served in the 37th NCT.