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Jacob S. LAWRENCE
Mary ELLIS
Husband:  Jacob S. LAWRENCE
Birth:  13 Jul 1826, Milton, Northumberland Co., PA
Occupations:  moulder (foundry); merchant
Positions:  President, Minersville Coal & Iron Co.; President, First National Bank of Minersville; President, Minersville Mutual Fire Insurance Co.
Politics:  Republican
Military Service:  Civil War
Father:  George LAWRENCE
Wife:  Esther STRAUB
Marriage:
Wife:  Mary ELLIS
Birth:  of Minersville, Schuylkill Co., PA
Death:  31 Aug 1880
Children:
eight
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1.  Anon.  1881.  History of Schuylkill County, Pa.  W.W. Munsell & Co., NY.
p. 174 JACOB S. LAWRENCE

The subject of this sketch was born in Milton, Northumberland county, Pa., July 13th, 1826.  His parents were George and Esther LAWRENCE. Andrew STRAUB, his mother's father, was the proprietor of a very large tract of land embracing Milton, which town he laid out.

At the age of fourteen Mr. LAWRENCE removed to Minersville with his father's family.  His father was a prominent early business man in Minersville, where he built a steam flouring mill.  About 1846 he sold his property there and returned to Northumberland county, where he located on a farm about five miles from Milton.

Mr. LAWRENCE remained in Minersville and learned the moulder's trade in the foundry of DeHaven & Brother.  Later he entered the drug and hardware store of James B. FALLS and familiarized himself with the details of those branches of trade.  April 1st, 1850, he opened a drug and hardware store in the building now occupied by his brother, Franklin C. LAWRENCE, as a dry goods store.  January 1st, 1857, he removed to the store now occupied by Lawrence & Brown.  From 1854 to the spring of 1861 his brother George was his partner.  His nephew, George L. BROWN, became a member of the firm of Lawrence & Brown in 1865.

January 1st, 1848, Mr. LAWRENCE was married to Mary ELLIS, of Minersville, who died August 31st, 1880.  They had eight children, of whom three daughters are living.  Mr. LAWRENCE has always been prominent in all measures tending to advance the interest of the place.  He was president of the Minersville Coal and Iron Company about two years, has for many years been president of the First National Bank of Minersville and is president of the Minersville Mutual Fire Insurance Company.  Since the organization of the Republican party he has always been an active worker in its ranks, but has never sought nor accepted office.  During the Rebellion he was thirteen days in the service of his country, commanding a hastily formed company of his neighbors, in 1862, with the 17th Pennsylvania militia, in Maryland.

In 1868 Jacob S. and Franklin C. LAWRENCE, Michael MERKEL and Philip MONGOLD, under the firm name of Lawrence, Merkel & Co., secured a lease of some valuable coal lands at Frackville, or Mahanoy Plane, and opened the Lawrence colliery.  In two or three years Matthew BEDDOW succeeded Mr. MONGOLD, the style of the firm remaining as before.  The Lawrence colliery is one of the first-class collieries of Schuylkill county.

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