Summary Of Lawrence For Isaac Swayse

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The family was already stressed enough, what with the previous day’s 1⁄2 cm of rain draining the hills and streaming across the floor, its volume increased by the early spring melt. The poorly constructed shack had no floors but dirt that had now become mud, veined with rivulets. With no insulation and chinks in the walls, keeping a near term mother warm and dry was a full time task. The available help was a 14 year old girl and a boy just turned 11. Then there was the earthquake. Small by world standards at a magnitude of 3.7 but it was so close – just a mile to the south. Things would have rattled around but at least the shack survived. With all that they had to cope with the family hardly remembered it.
John Jennings was renting a farm from
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He was then arrested by the British for robbery in 1783 and then released. He left for St. David’s in Niagara by 1784 and got himself elected in 1792 to the 1st Parliament of Upper Canada representing part of Lincoln County. His story continues with unfounded sedition and mistrust, eventually becoming a captain in the War of 1812, but, the good thing for Lawrence was that he supported policies favouring the common folk and not the elite. That was also very unusual for the time.
Lawrence’s petition was read the very day it arrived and within a mere 6 days of receiving it 200 acres were granted. This would provide an older son, Edward and family with property of their own. At the time land in Pelham, if you had to purchase it, went for 1d 3p per acre.
Over the next few year’s Lawrence and Hannah continued to have children: Thomas (b 1798) and Septimus (b 1801). With the latter, the Jennings were keeping the old tradition in naming of their seventh son with a proper Latin name, indeed, something to boast about!
With the arrival of Septimus, the roads in Pelham were being built to accommodate the increasing traffic and farming. As usual such developments don’t always go smoothly. Lawrence and his neighbouring freeholders, in a sworn statement delivered by their foreman Amos Chapman in the late spring of 1801 stated

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