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Looking for Alexander LAWRENCE of Ireland

Query by ferret

I am trying to trace my great grandfather (Alexander LAWRENCE). Details I have been given from the book "Aided Immigration from Britain to South Africa 1857-1867" by Esm Bull are:-

Permit No........R1520/P1397
Name.............Alexander LAWRENCE
Destination .....1 Chapel Street, Cape Town. South Africa.
(Residence of Brown LAWRENCE)
From.............County Derry, Ireland
Ship............."John Vanner"
Departed from....Southampton on 4 January 1862
Arrived at ......Table Bay, Cape of Good Hope on 10 March 1862
Travelled with...Mary LAWRENCE aged 20, single.

I understand he was born on 23 February 1840 in Coleraine, Londonderry, and was the son of an absentee English landlord.

I am hoping someone will be able to help me:-
a. Trace him back to Ireland.
b. Establish who his family was and whether they were English or Irish.

Thanks for any help.

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on 2011-01-10 23:56:26

ferret , from Perth Western Australia, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Jan 2011. is researching the following names: LAWRENCE, MULLINS, BROWN and 3 other(s).

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by Scouter1 on 2011-03-03 03:38:02


Think I may have a lead for you. I've been looking at Hugh and Brown Lawrence. Have found Baptismal Records for them on RootsIreland.ie. Unfortunately, nothing for Alexander, but am sure this is the same family - the names match up with those for emigration to the Cape.

Parent for Hugh and Brown(e) are James Lawrence and Elizabeth Browne. They were Presbytarians from Killyfaddy County Derry, parish name: FIRST MAGHERAFELT. Hugh was born/baptised 22 May 1835, Browne 11 November 1839.

Brown Lawrence was a successful businessman and benefactor at the Cape. See: http://sites.google.com/site/sheldonza/south-african-sheldons/annie-lawrence-nee-sheldon . My great grandmother said he was known to the family as "Lal". My relative, Eleanor Frances Cornwell married Hugh.

Hope this helps.


by ferret on 2011-03-12 03:31:02

I have emailed you a reply on RootsChat.

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