Samuel T Lawrence 1923 obit full

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Samuel T Lawrence 1923 obit full - CITY'S OLDEST WAR VETERAN IS TAKEN BY DEATH...
CITY'S OLDEST WAR VETERAN IS TAKEN BY DEATH Samuel T. Lawrence Dies at Age of 98 Years. j I : I j ( j FIREMAN IN EARLY DAYS Joined Volunteer In Hii Youth and j Fought Stubborn Front Street j Fire Served with Engineers in Civil War Before Lee Gavs Up. Sauipel T. Lawrence, the olden Civil-war Civil-war Civil-war veteran iu Korhester and one of the oiiier trterans in Nw York 'ate, !:! yesterday at bin home. No. 4o2 Mainli,i Ktreet, aed OS years, t'unrral services, in which t'ivil-niir t'ivil-niir t'ivil-niir vetemn nf Mi.itm.. oocnly will take lrt, will be helil at 2 rt'clock tomorrow afternoon a No. "1 I.ake avenue. Interment will be made iu Mount Hope cemetery. Mr. Ijiwrence was born in Stillinicr. Saratoga entinty, in JXH. His' father foiiKbt miller the American 0.ii on (lie hillh eras in the War of 1M2 with England. England. Mr. fjiwrenre rame to K,nhter in JsH. Hf attemlei) mhool here for a short time ami then became nn airen;ice in the carpentering trade with Jason Bnssett, ha had a little ehop iu Aqueduct Aqueduct street. Ii was in l(,kheier. in that yuuns Ijiwn-nce Ijiwn-nce Ijiwn-nce cast his first vote, balloting for llenrv I'lav. He he- he- rnie a member of a volunteer fire so-Iciation so-Iciation so-Iciation an.l at the time of bis death j tue oldest exempt fireman in IS hester. j Came Here in 1841. When he first came to IWhrMrr in 1S41 he look up hii residem-e residem-e residem-e in Msin I street, lie maiTinl in l,S4ti uml Ins rirt wife died in lS'HI. lie was the father of six children, two of whom died. In 1SW he moved into a dlone house in (lenesee street, a few rods south of Hronson avenue, avenue, then named Hunter street. This house only recently was sold anil will be torn down. (In August 2ft.. 1X1,1, which was his .'tth birthday, Mr. Lawrem-e Lawrem-e Lawrem-e enlisted in t'ouipany E. Fiftieth Engineers. Ho joined the Army of the Potomac, under tieneral .McClcllnn and remained until Lee's surrender, four and half years later. He was slightly wounded in the leg. He had four brothers in the war. due, Charles Lawrence, was killed in the .storming of St. Mary's Heights. As a corporal of the Fiftieth New York Engineers, Company E., Mr. Lawrence heliied to construct the hriilre over stream at Farniviile. near Hichmond. for the I nion soldiers to pass over when they forced (ieneral Lee to surrender. The engineers were ordered to stay by the bride, so they couldn't see the surrender. surrender. Lived in Chicago a While. After the I'nion soldiers had forced (.ieneral Lee to surrender Corporal Lawrence Lawrence received his honorable diachargo anil returned to Rochester to live. Here he followed his trade of carpenter ami builder until 1S71, when he removed to Chicago with his family. He lived in that city for nearly thirty years, but returned returned each year to Hochester ou a visit as long as his parents lived. In .1000 he returned to Hochester to live and had made his home at No. 4,i2 Magnolia street since that time. Mr Lawrence was descended from a family of fighters. Samuel Townley, his mother's father, fell in the Hevolutionary war. His father. Smith Lawrence, served in the War of 1X12. Three of his grandsons grandsons saw service with the American army overseas in the World War, Samuel and Harry Lawrence, both of Chicago, and timnni Lawrenoeft of Valparaiso, Ind., who was killed in action in France. As a Civil war veteran Mr. Ijiwrence took an active interest in the affairs of the Engineers' Brigade of the Army of the Potomac, and every year attended the annual reunion of the brigade nt Geneva. He always wt at "'e head of the table at the reunions. Fireman in Early Days. Besides having been a war veteran, Mr. Lawrence nlso was a veteran fireman. When he was barely of legal age Mr. Lawrence joined old Engine Company 5, which was housed in Main street, east of St. I'auT street. In a fire that burned half one side of Front street about 1S4J he contracted a clod which the doctors thought would be fatal, but he recovered in three or four days. After the illness that followed the Front street fire, Mr. Laurence joined Engine Company 4, then Iocs lei I near Buffalo bridge, lie was secretary of this company for seven or eight years, or until he left the city in 1X."i7 or 1K."J to go to Niagata Falls, and with that removal removal his connection with lire fighting companies ended. In telling of the early days of the Fire Ilepartnient a year or two ago, Mr. Lawrence recalled the story of the immense immense cheese that was presented to the lire fighters in the '40s and which was cut up into small portions and sold about the city. These sales netted $000, which was the nucleus of the firemen's pension fund which has now grown to an amount never anticipated by firemen of those early days. Afterward, whenever whenever money was given to the men after a fire as a token of appreciation of owners of property, it went into that fund a a volunteer effort of the men to take csre of thoM of their kind who might in future heiume disabled or otherwise otherwise need the assistance the fund could give. Since then, a state law made this disposal of donations obligatory. J Once a City Cadet. Mr. Lawrence also in his youth was a member of the Hochester City Cadets, a military organization of the young men of the city. Mr. Lawrence leaves bis wife, Louise liwrence, and four children, the oldest of whom is more than 70 years old. They are: Edwin. Charles and Samuel l-a-rence. l-a-rence. l-a-rence. l-a-rence. l-a-rence. nil of Chicago. He also leaves eighteen grandchildren and tweuty-two tweuty-two tweuty-two great-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, as well aa several nephews and nieces. J j j : i

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  1. Democrat and Chronicle,
  2. 15 Mar 1922, Wed,
  3. Page 21

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