Born: 1810-10-25 Maine
Died: 1898-11-12 Downs, Illinois
Flourished: 1841-1898 Bloomington, Illinois
Lawrence was married in Ohio to Nancy B. Shannon, with whom he had ten children. In 1841, they moved their family to Bloomington, Illinois, where Lawrence made a career as a brick mason. From 1846 until 1881, he served as the city's justice of the peace. In 1860, he owned $2,500 in real estate and $500 worth of personal property.
U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), McLean County, IL, 14; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), McLean County, IL, 180; Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, 2d edition (Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2009), http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=136706; Harry E. Pratt, “Abraham Lincoln in Bloomington, Illinois,” Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society 29 (April 1936), 47-48; The Weekly Bulletin (Bloomington, IL), 18 November 1898, 12:5.