Johannes Lawyer (AKA Lauer), b. in 1684 , and Elisabeth Otto b 1684 , in Durbeck, Germany in the Rhine Valley. They emigrated in 1710 , on New-Year's day, started for the unknown land: went down the river Rhine, where they were provided with shipping to Holland: from thence to England and there provided passage by the Queen of England to America. They had a very tedious voyage: a great many died, and the remainder landed at New York , a year, five months, and several days into their journey. They settled in the Hudson Valley and , following the building of a boat , moved to the Schoharie Valley with the Palatinates where a group of them were the first settlers in Schoharie. Their oldest daughter, Elizabeth was born their first week in Schoharie. Lawrence was their fifth and last child.
*** Source: Brief Sketch of the First Settlement of the County of Schoharie by the Germans; by John M. Brown, 1823 " and Historical and Statistical Gazetteer of New York State, by J. H. French, L.L. D. - 1860 "The first settlements [of Middleburgh] were made by Palatinates, in 1711.** **This town comprises parts of Schoharie Patent, Lawyer's & Zimmer's 1st Allotment"
Historical and Statistical Gazetteer of New York State, by J. H. French, L.L. D. - 1860 "The first settlements [of Middleburgh] were made by Palatinates, in 1711.** **This town comprises parts of Schoharie Patent, Lawyer's & Zimmer's 1st Allotment"
In the 1840's Adam H Lawyer bought 600 acres of farm land in Carlisle , NY. It was later divided among the children ,Sosthenese , Leroy , Monroe & Delilah.
Olin Patterson acquired lands of Leroy and Foster Lawyer following his marriage to Maisie Lawyer in the early 1900's.
Delilah Lawyer married Jacob Miers who's daughter , Florence , through marriage to Robert Pickett also in the early 1900's, provided land ownership to The Pickett's family for the first time in thier history.The Pickett's had , at least since 1795 , been hired farm workers in the Schoharie Valley.