Lawrence Family Burying Ground
216th Street and 42nd Avenue
Bayside, New York

The Lawrence Cemetery is located in a wooded area at 216th Street and 42nd Avenue in Bayside, New York at the site once considered by the Lawrence family, a favorite picnic ground called "Pine Grove."

In this tiny family cemetery, a variety of headstones mark the final resting place of forty members of the Lawrence family, their descendants and heirs. Also buried here is the faithful Indian servant of Judge Effingham Lawrence, Lawrence Moccasin.

This plot of ground is part of the original patent granted by the Dutch Governor Keift of New Amsterdam to John and William Lawrence and others in 1645. The first burial took place in 1832 and the last in 1939.

The Lawrence name is surrounded with story and legend of local and national historic significance. John Lawrence, an original patentee, was twice Mayor of the City of New York in 1673 and 1691. A Lawrence married into the Washington family during the reign of Henry III of England. Hence, we find in American history, the name of Lawrence Washington, half-brother of George, from whom he inherited Mount Vernon.

Famous people buried in the old graveyard include Cornelius Van Wyck Lawrence, Mayor of the City of New York (1834-37). His grave is marked by a shaft in the form of an obelisk. County Judge Effingham Lawrence's gravesite is designated by a rectangular stone, set on a stepped-up base. Other members of the Lawrence family interred here include Colonel Frederick Newbold Lawrence who served in the Civil War and was later president of the New York Stock Exchange from 1882 - 1883, and Mary Nicolls Lawrence, second wife of Mayor Andrew H. Mickle of the City of New York.

Through the efforts of the Bayside Historical Society, the site was proposed for landmark status.

On August 2, 1967, the Landmarks Preservation Commission declared the Lawrence Cemetery a New York City Landmark, "on the basis of a careful consideration of the history, the architecture and other features of this cemetery . . . [and its] value as part of the development, heritage and cultural characteristics of New York City." "The Landmarks Preservation Commission Report," August 2, 1967, Number 6 LP 0630.

The grounds of Lawrence Cemetery are maintained by the Bayside Historical Society. Volunteers are welcome and appreciated.

GUIDED TOURS

The Bayside Historical Society offers guided tours of Lawrence Cemetery, in addition to walking tours throughout Bayside. It provides educational and research packages and programs for schools and community groups. For further information please call or write:

P.O. Box 133
Bayside, New York 11361
718-352-1548
718 352-3904 Fax
Email bayside@donohue.com

FIRST ROW ( WESTERN BOUNDARY )
1
Edward Newbold Lawrence 1805 -1839
Son of Hannah Newbold and John Burling Lawrence
Marble

2
Lydia Ann Lawrence 1811-1879

Daughter of Anna Townsend and Effingham Lawrence
Wife of Edward N. Lawrence (1833 -1839)
Wife of Cornelius W. Lawrence (1844 -1861)
Marble


3
Hanna N. Lawrence 1781 -1832

Wife of John B. Lawrence
Marble

4
John B. Lawrence 1774 -1844
Marble

5
Caroline Augusta 1815 -1841

Daughter of Hannah Newbold and John Burling Lawrence
Wife of William Effingham Lawrence
Marble

6
William E. Lawrence 1813-1871

Slate

7
Louisa T. Lawrence 1863-1876

Daughter of R. Augusta and William Effingham Lawrence
Marble

8
Henry E. Lawrence 1810-1875

Son of Ann Townsend
and Effingham Lawrence
Marble

9
Frances E. Brashear 1819-1895

Wife of Henry E. Lawrence
Granite

9-A
Lydia Lawrence Obit 1925

Daughter of Frances E. Brashear and Henry E. Lawrence
Wife of George W. Eccles

9-B
Margaret B. Lawrence Obit 1902

Daughter of Frances E. Brashear and Henry E. Lawrence

9-C
Townsend Lawrence Obit 1908

Son of Frances E. Brashear and Henry E. Lawrence

10
J.B. Lawrence, MD 1817 - 1887

Son of Hannah Newbold and John B. Lawrence
Granite

11
Thomas N. Lawrence 1820-1889

Son of Hannah Newbold and John B. Lawrence
Granite

12
Elizabeth Boyce 1835 -1894

Daughter of Ker Boyce
Wife of Frederick N. Lawrence
Marble

13 Frederick Newbold Lawrence 1834-1916
Son of Lydia Ann and Edward Newbold Lawrence
Granite

14
Virginia Lawrence 1864 -1891

Daughter of Elizabeth Boyce and Frederick N. Lawrence
Wife of Louis M. Howland
Marble

15
Elizabeth Lawrence 1862 -1906

Daughter of Elizabeth Boyce and Frederick N. Lawrence
Wife of J. Henry Alexander
Marble

15-A
Lillie Lawrence 1857 -1920

Daughter of Elizabeth Boyce and Frederick N. Lawrence
Wife of Charles H. McKinstry

SECOND ROW

16
Solomon Townsend Lawrence 1808-1839
Son of Ann Townsend and Effingham Lawrence
Marble

17
Robert Townsend Lawrence 1817 -1842
Son of Ann Townsend and Effingham Lawrence
Marble

18
Joseph E. Lawrence 1824-1878
Son of Ann Townsend and Effingham Lawrence
Marble

19
Cornelius Lawrence 1826-1896
Son of Ann Townsend and Effingham Lawrence
Marble

20
Edward Arthur Lawrence 1831 -1883
Granite

THIRD ROW

21
Augusta Lawrence 1862 -1892
Daughter of Hannah Newbold and Edward A. Lawrence
Wife of T. Huger Pratt
Marble

22
Virginia Louise Hunter 1882 -1889
Daughter of Effie Lawrence and Hammond Hunter
Granite

22-A
Effie L. Hunter 1856-1934
Granite

23
Anne Townsend Lawrence 1787 -1845
Wife of Effingham Lawrence
Brownstone

24
Effingham Lawrence 1779-1850
Judge - Queens County
Brownstone

25
Mary Nicoll Lawrence 1822-1896
Daughter of Anne Townsend and Effingham Lawrence
Wife of Andrew H. Mickle
Granite

26
Anne Willets (Mickle) 1853 -1880
Daughter of Mary Nicoll Lawrence and Andrew H. Mickle
Granite

27
Anne M. Lawrence 1881 -1887
Daughter of Janet C. Mickle and Effingham Lawrence

FOURTH ROW

28
Hannah Townsend Lawrence 1833-1898
Daughter of Anne Townsend and Effingham Lawrence
Brownstone

28-A
Caroline Lawrence McKim 1849-1925
Daughter of Rachel Augusta and William Effingham Lawrence
Wife of Clarence McKim

29
Clarence McKim 1853 - 1916
Son of Charlotte Vanderburgh and Robert McKim
Marble

30 - 31 *
Margaret 1889 - 1890
Daughter of Caroline Lawrence and Clarence McKim
Clarence 1891- 1891
Son of Caroline Lawrence and Clarence McKim
* One Monument - Cement

FIFTH ROW

32
Effingham Lawrence 1856-1899
Son of Jane Osgood and Effingham Lawrence
Marble

32-A
Janet C. Mickle Lawrence 1857 -1939
Wife of Effingham Lawrence
Granite

33
Infant 3/30/1910
Daughter of Dorothy Gookin and Effingham Lawrence
Granite

34

Lawrence Nisbit Lee 1868-1914
Son of Caroline Lawrence and Alexander Nisbit Lee
Granite

35
James 0. Lawrence 1826 -1904
Granite

36
Van Wyck Lawrence 1822 -1886
Granite

37
Cornelius W. Lawrence 1791 -1861
Mayor - City of New York
Marble
38
Mary Hicks Lawrence 1831-1893
Granite

38-A
William E. Lawrence 1857 -1893

38-B
Emma Rose Lawrence 1870 -1900
Wife of William E. Lawrence

39-B
Effingham E. Lawrence ___ - 1911
No Monument

No Monument
38-A plus
38-B = 39A and B

SIXTH ROW

39
Edward Coit Gilman 1879- 1909
Son of Bessie Lawrence and Arthur Coit Gilman
39-A
Arthur Coit Gilman

40
Jacob Doremus
Servant of Judge Lawrence
Relative of Lawrence Moccasin

41
Lawrence Moccasin 1781 - 1851
"A Faithful Servant of Effingham Lawrence"
Marble



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