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Delaware County, Iowa

 Biography Directory


Frederick Lawrence


Delaware Township




    FREDERICK LAWRENCE, one of the representative men of South Fork township Delaware county was born in the kingdom of Prussia, August 2, 1834. His father was a weaver by trade but lived on a farm where he reared his family.


      Our subject attended the common district school during the winters for a few years, but his educational advantages were limited. He came to America in company with his sister when he was eighteen years of age. After an ocean voyage of sixteen days he landed in New York and immediately after his arrival in this country he went to Wisconsin, where he obtained employment in a saw mill. After a residence there of three years he came to Dubuque county, Iowa, where he worked by the month for about four years. He then located on Bowens prairie, in Jones county, where he purchased a small piece of land.


      When the war of the rebellion broke out Mr. Lawrence felt it his duty to go to the front and help to defend the stars and stripes. He enlisted, August 14, 1862, in the Thirty-first Iowa regiment, and saw three years of hard service. His first experience in real battle was at Haines’ Bluff, and soon after at Arkansas Post, and later at Grand Gulf. He was at Jackson, Miss., during the terrible conflict at that place, and a little later participated in the engagements at Vicksburg and Lookout mountain. He also faced shot and shell at Resaca, Atlanta, Macon and Columbus, and wound up his military experience at Bentonville, N. C. He was wounded in the side and left leg at Vicksburg, and was laid up for some time. He was also sick for some months and was in various hospitals. He was mustered out at Louisville, Ky., June 27, 1865, and received his final discharge at Davenport, Iowa, July 3, 1865.


      After the war Mr. Lawrence returned to Jones county and engaged in farming, which vocation he has steadily followed since.


      He married February 26, 1866, the lady of his choice being Miss Sarah Waterman, who was born in Minnesota. This union has resulted in the birth of the following children: Emma, Lewis C., Josephine, George, Artie and Bert.


      In politics Mr. Lawrence is a republican, having always affiliated with that party since its organization. He has never been an aspirant for office, but has filled a number of minor offices. He is an honored member of the Grand Army of the Republic post at Monticello, and takes considerable pride in the organization.


      He owns two hundred and twenty acres of good land, most of which is under a good state of cultivation. He has been a hard working, industrious man, and has succeeded by his own unaided efforts. He has been quite successful, considering the fact that he began with nothing.


~ source: Biographical souvenir of the counties of Delaware and Buchanan, Iowa; Chicago : F. A. Battey, 1890. Page 278-279; LDS microfilm #985424

~ contributed by Thom Carlson