Elizabeth Lawrence1

#2133, (March 1642 - 29 February 1704)
Relationship7th great-grandmother of William David Lewis
Father*Thomas Lawrence1 (s 1608 - 1655)
Mother*Elizabeth Bates1 (s 1614 - )


William Smead Jr b. c 1635
Children 1.William Smead III16 (1660 - )
 2.Elizabeth Smead17 (1662 - 1682)
 3.Judith Smead+18 (1665 - 1718/19)
 4.Mehitable Smead+19 (1666/67 - 1704)
 5.Samuel Smead+20 (1669 - 1731)
 6.John Smead+21 (1671 - 1720)
 7.Ebenezer Smead+22 (c 1674 - 1753)
 8.Thankful Smead+17 (1677 - 1704)
 9.Waitstill Smead+17 (1679/80 - c 1703/4)
Her married name was Smead.1,2 
Birth*March 1642She was born in March 1642 at MassachusettsG.3 
circa 1656She removed with Elizabeth Bates to Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MassachusettsG, circa 1656.4 
Marriage*31 December 1658She married William Smead Jr, son of William Smead and Judith Stoughton, on 31 December 1658 at Suffolk Co., MassachusettsG.5,6,2 
1660She and William Smead Jr removed to Northampton, Massachusetts, in 1660 where he had a grant of eight acres for a home lot.7 
1674She and William Smead Jr removed in 1674 "Deerfield, where he bought house lot No. 25 of Thomas Fuller, an original proprietor..."8 
28 October 1675"A few days after the fight at Hatfield, on the 28th of October, a number of Indians, probably stragglers from the horde which had invested that town, suddenly appeared in Northampton.... the assailants entered South Street and 'burnt four or five houses and two or three barns that stood some distance from the principal settlement.' Major Treat with his company, was stationed here at that time, and sent a detachment in haste after the marauders, but as usual without effect.... The buildings that were burned belonged to Enos Kingsley, Ralph Hutchinson, Preserved Clapp, and William Smead. They were at that time the most southerly of the settlers on that street. Enos Kingsley lived on the homestead, part of which has since been known as the Starkweather estate; William Smead occupied the adjoining home lot on the south, and Ralph Hutchinson the next one. Preserved Clapp lived on the other side of the street, nearly opposite the house of Ralph Hutchinson. These men lost every thing, houses and contents, and barns with all their crops. They were thus thrown upon the charity of their neighbors and townsmen for shelter and food. The following winter the town was fortified, and applications were at once made by the sufferers for building lots within the palisades."9 
Death*29 February 1704She died on 29 February 1704 at Deerfield, Franklin Co., MassachusettsG, at age 61; Deerfield Indian Raid.10,11 
29 February 1703/4She was killed in the Deerfield Raid on 29 February 1703/4 at Deerfield, Massachusetts; Deerfield French and Indian raid.12,13,14,15 
Burial*3 March 1704She was buried on 3 March 1704 at Old Deerfield Burying Ground, Deerfield, Franklin Co., MassachusettsG; est.date.3 
ChartsAncestors of William D. Lewis


  1. [S814] George Lincoln, History of the Town of Hingham, Massachusetts Vol. II (Salem, Mass.: Higginson Book Co. (reprint), 1893), pp. 426-7.
  2. [S165] James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, four volumes (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1860-1862), III:108-9, entry for Smead; "William, Dorchester, prob. one of the ch. b. in Eng. of wid. Judith Smead, sis. of Israel...He m. 31 Dec. 1658 Eliz. d. of Thomas Lawrence and was freem. 1680, at Northampton, whither he rem. a. 1660, had William; Eliz. b. 20 May 1663; Judith, 18 Feb. 1665; Mehitable, 2 Jan. 1667; Samuel, 27 May 1669; John, 27 Aug. 1671, d. soon; John, again, 1673; Ebenezer, bapt. 9 May 1675; Thankful, 13 May 1677 ; and Waitstill, a d. b. 15 Mar. 1679. He rem. a. 1684 to Deerfielcl, and there d. but the time is not kn. His wid. with sev. of the same name, ch. or gr. ch. were slain by the French and Ind. 29 Feb. 1704. The first ch. William, b. prob. at D. was k. 18 Sept. 1675, with the flower of Essex under Capt. Lothrop at Bloody Brook ; but Samuel, John, and Ebenezer had fams. at D."
  3. [S1628] FindAGrave.com, online findagrave.com, large standing modern memorial to forty-eight victims of the Deerfield Raid. Narrative: Elizabeth Lawrence, dau. of Thomas Lawrence and Elizabeth Bates, b. Mar 1642, Dorchester, Suffolk Co. MA, d. 29 Feb 1704, Deerfield, Franklin Co. MA; marr. William Smead (1635-1703); children: William Smead III, Elizabeth Smead Janes, Judith Smead Hawks, Mehitable Hull Smead Nims, Samuel Smead, John Smead, John Smead, Ebenezer Smead, Thankful Smead Hawks, and Waitstill Smead Warner.Old Deerfield Burying Ground, Deerfield, Franklin Co. MA. Memorial 32160198, created by and photo added by Kevin Avery.
  4. [S2647] John B Lawrence, The Genealogy of the Family of John Lawrence (Boston: S K Whipple and Company, 1857), p. 189. "Mr. Thomas Lawrence died Nov. 5, 1655, at Hingham. The “Widdow Lawrence,” named on the town-records, shortly after the decease of her husband, removed with her family to Dorchester."
  5. [S813] A Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston Containing Dorchester Births, Marriages, and Deaths to the End of 1825 (Boston: Rockwell and Churchill, 1890), p. 20, Marriages; William Smead and Elizabeth, dau. of widow Lawrence; marr. by Maj. Atherton, 31.10.58 (31 Dec 1658).
  6. [S2137] Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001, online FamilySearch.org, Boston > Transcript of County Records, 1643-1660; Vol. 1 Births, Marriages Deaths from 1630-1666, p. 509, img. 257/306, Dorchester Marriages. William Smead and Elizabeth, dau. of the widow Lawrence, marr. 31 of the 10th month 1659. Hereinafter cited as Mass. Town Records 1626-2001.
  7. [S1024] James Russell Trumbull, History of Northampton Massachusetts From Its Settlement in 1654 (Northampton: Gazette Printing Co., 1898, 1902), two volumes, I:87. The lot was on South Street next to Ralph Hutchison's lot and was granted for ten shillings.
  8. [S741] George Sheldon, History of Deerfield, Massachusetts, Volume 1 (Greenfield, Mass.: E.A. Hall and Co., 1895), p. 47.
  9. [S1024] James Russell Trumbull, History of Northampton, I:268–269.
  10. [S1229] Massachusetts Town and Vital Records: Deerfield 1675–1898, Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook), compiler, Provo, UT and Oxford, MA, transcript, p. 182, img 116/481: "Elizabeth Smead, ye wife of William Smead was slain by ye enemy, February ye 29, 1704." This is in the family record of her son Samuel's family.
  11. [S762] Thomas W. Baldwin, compiler, Vital Records of Deerfield Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston: Wright & Potter Printing Company, 1920), p. 312.
  12. [S1512] John Williams, The Redeemed Captive Returning to Zion (Boston: Samuel Hall, 1795). Reprinted Springfield, Mass.: H. R. Huntting Co., 1908, pp. 171-172. Hereinafter cited as Redeemed Captive Returning to Zion.
  13. [S741] George Sheldon, History of Deerfield I, 308, 309. Has Henry Nims as age 12. He was 22.
  14. [S741] George Sheldon, History of Deerfield I, p. 304-05.
  15. [S1230] Emma Lewis Coleman, New England Captives Carried to Canada between 1677 and 1760. Two volumes (Portland, Maine: The Southworth Press, 1925).
  16. [S813] Report of the Record Commissioners, p. 7, Births 1660; William Smead, son of William Smead, b. 18 (5) [July] 1660.
  17. [S289] George Sheldon, History of Deerfield, Massachusetts, Volume 2 (Deerfield: E.A. Hall and Co., 1896), Genealogies p. 301.
  18. [S1020] Provo, UT and Oxford, MA, Massachusetts Town and Vital Records: Northampton 1620/1650–1893/1988, unknown repository, unknown repository address, p. 6 in typed version, births in 1664: February 18 [actually 1665 new style] "Jude the daughter of William & Elizabeth Smead born". Hereinafter cited as Mass. Town and Vital Records: Northampton.
  19. [S1020] Provo, UT and Oxford, MA, Mass. Town and Vital Records: Northampton: p. 9 in typed version; original [births in 1666] "january 2 Mehitabell Daugh' of William and Elizabeth Smeed was born."
  20. [S1020] Provo, UT and Oxford, MA, Mass. Town and Vital Records: Northampton: p. 11 in typed version.
  21. [S1020] Provo, UT and Oxford, MA, Mass. Town and Vital Records: Northampton: p. 12 in typed version.
  22. [S289] George Sheldon, History of Deerfield II, Genealogies p. 301-02. Ebenezer, son of William Smead and Elizabeth Lawrence, bapt. 9 May 1675.