Buried at Macedonia United Methodist Church Cemetery in Eldorado, Montgomery County, North Carolina is a man named John Laurence. Records sometime show his surname spelled as Lawrence. John was born 24 Apr 1803 in Canada and died 12 Aug 1887, aged 85, at the home of his son-in-law, J. H. Davis in Eldorado. His obituary says that he "will be remembered by some in the vicinity of the Big Coffee pot, where he worked for several years." His gravestone indicates that he was a Mason.
John came to Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina as a Merchant around 1819, at the age of 16 if the birth year on his gravestone is correct. He traveled from New York with Thomas Laurence, a possible relative, and Thomas G. Casey, partners trading under the name of T. & J. F. Laurence & Co.
Upon arriving in Fayetteville, the trio bought of William Cameron for $500 a lot on Winslow Street and set up their business. By 1823, the co-partnership with Casey had been dissolved and by 1827, the lot in Fayetteville sold. While I am not completely sure what happened to Thomas Laurence and Thomas Casey, John remained in Fayetteville.
Isabella Ingram Asking Laurence is the daughter of John Ingram. I do not know who her mother was, but I do know that Isabella had a sister named Eliza. In 1819, John Ingram of Cumberland County deeded to his two daughters, Isabella and Eliza, a tract of land in Cumberland County containing 165 acres to be divided between them.
In 1822, Isabella and her sister Eliza, purchased of Samuel Steele, for $200, two lots on the south side of Hay Street adding to their land ownership.
In 1835, Eliza divided a property that she jointly owned with her sister, with Isabella and her husband John, taking the better part of the property and owing Eliza $200 to be paid over a two-year period.
In 1843, Eliza and her husband, Richard Overby, sold to John and Isabella Laurance the lot of land purchased by Isabella and Eliza from Samuel Steele in 1822.
In May 1855, Isabella died of consumption. Just a few months later, Sarah, the youngest also died. Mother and daughter are buried in Cross Creek Cemetery #01 in Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina.
In April 1850, Ann Thomas Asking, daughter of Thomas and Isabella Ingram Asking, and step-daughter of John Laurence, married Henry W. Burwell, a Coach Maker, in Cumberland County, North Carolina. The couple moved to Wayne County prior to 1860 and remained there until Henry died in 1898.
In 1900, Ann Asking Burwell was living in Brunswick, Virginia with her daughter, Henrietta Spatig. In 1910, she was living with her daughter, Fannie Giersch, in Winston, Forsyth County, North Carolina and 1920 with daughter Fannie Giersch in Roanoke, Virginia. Ann Asking Burwell died 29 Aug 1921 and was buried in Wayne County, North Carolina next to her husband, Henry.
Ann Asking and Henry Burwell had the following children:
Martha Isabella Burwell (1851–1935) married Patrick King (1843-1922) in 1868, a Railroad engineer. The couple settled in Wayne County, North Carolina.
Carolina Burwell (1859–1940) married John Clemons
(1857-1919) in 1871. The couple lived in South Carolina and Georgia but
eventually settled in Florida where John pursued a career as an Engineer
Henrietta Burwell (1862–1901) had a license to marry Arthur
Prempert (1856-1932) in 1878 but the couple never married. In 1881 she married
Fred Hancock (1850-?). I have not been able to document what happened with this
marriage, did Fred die? Did they divorce? Henrietta married Isaac Emil Spatig
Sr (1862-1924) in 1891 and they settled in Virginia.
Annie Belle King, the other mention in the marriage announcement, is the niece of Henrietta and daughter of Patrick and Martha Burwell King.
Fannie Burwell (1866–1955) married Harvey Giersch (1862-1942) in 1888 and lived in Forsyth County, North Carolina for a while where Harvey became part owner in the Big Coffee Pot, the same place John Laurence worked in the later years of his life. The couple moved to Virginia around 1920 and lived near Ann Thomas Asking Burwell, sister of Fannie, and their daughter, Ruth.
George Ernest Burwell (1869–1960) married Lilla Pugh Bell (1869-1940) in 1896. Lilla Pugh Bell is the daughter of James Bell, who according to his Find-A-Grave profile was the “FOUNDER BELL'S JEWELRY STORE - TARBORO born in Elizabeth City, NC, the eldest of 5 known surviving children (3 boys/2 girls) born to silversmith & jeweler, Joseph Nash Bell Sr.” George and Lilla made their home in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina as well as in Florida, near George’s sister, Carolina.
Mary Laurence (1834-1857) married William J. Yates (1832-1888) in 1850 in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Eliza Laurence (1835-1918) married first Robert H. McDuffie (1835-?) on 22 Dec 1859 in Cumberland County, North Carolina. In 1860, Eliza is living with her half-sister, Ann Burwell in Goldsboro, Wayne County, North Carolina. Robert H. McDuffie may (not proven) be the same man who is found in Company D, Regiment 2nd Arsenal Gd Infantry with a Muster Out Date of 30 Sep 1863 and Muster Out Information: died disease.
I am not able to find Eliza in 1870, but by 1880, she is living with Jehu H. Davis in Montgomery County, North Carolina with two children, Joseph Davis, born 1871, and Marshall Davis, born 1873, although Jehu and Eliza did not marry until 19 Feb 1885, so, I am not sure who these children belong to, Jehu Davis evidently claimed them as his own, and perhaps they are.
If this is Jehu Davis, and I am very doubtful it is, the records would indicate he abandoned his wife and children in New Jersey and moved to North Carolina where, about Mar 1870, he met and started a family with Eliza Laurence McDuffie, with Joseph Davis being born 14 Jan 1871, some 10 months later.
This scenario makes absolutely no sense if Jehu is the same man who was enumerated on 28 Jul 1870 in New Jersey with his wife and children, one of which is a 14-year-old daughter, Vergilia.
I have a lot of doubt that the Jehu (John) Davis showing on the 1870 Census in New Jersey is the same Jehu H. Davis living in Montgomery County, North Carolina.
Since Jehu Davis was a mineralogist, it is possible that John and Jehu met while working in the same field. I have spent countless hours researching both politics and mining in New Jersey, New York, and Maryland but have not yet uncovered how or where Jehu Davis lived and worked before migrating to Montgomery County, North Carolina.
Joshua Lindley, mentioned in the below Newspaper article, was a Quaker from Chatham County who revolutionized growing fruit trees in the Southern United States.
The horn pipe is an Irish, Scottish, and English dance. The dancers wear hard shoes that are used to help the dancer keep time.
For all the information I could find on Jehu ‘Yank’ Davis, how he met Eliza Laurence is still a mystery, but, I believe there is a relationship between John Laurence and Jehu Davis that involves the mining industry.
In time, I hope to uncover how Jehu Davis met Eliza Laurence McDuffie.
Frances Laurence (1841-1879) married William Barringer (1829-1894) on 29 Dec 1859 in Cumberland County at the residence of her father. However, search as I might, I was not able to find John Laurence in Fayetteville on the 1860 Census.
If anyone has documented proof that John Ingram of Cumberland County, North Carolina is the son of Edwin Ingram of Richmond County, North Carolina, please reach out to me and let me know where the proof is. I am not able to make a connection between John and Edwin currently.
Mrs. Sara Barringer Mcleod’s application states she was born in Newbern, N. C.; Wife of John Clarence McLeod.; Descendant of Col. Hugh Montgomery and of Sergt. Edwin Ingram, as follows:
1. William Rufus Barringer (1829-94) m. 1857 Fanny I. B. Lawrence (1840-79)
2. John Lawrence (b. 1803) m. 1832 Isabell Ingram (1809-50)
3. John Ingram (1772-1836) m. 1807 Charity Bell Ingram (1772-1827)
4. Edwin Ingram m. 1771 Nancy Montgomery (parents of John)
5. Hugh Montgomery m. Katherine Sloan Moore
Hugh Montgomery (1720-79) was a member of the Provincial Congress, 1775, and of the Committee of Safety. He was appointed captain of Marines, 1776; promoted colonel and was active until his death. He was born in Londonderry, Ireland; died in Salisbury, N. C.; Edwin Ingram (1751-1843) served as sergeant and ensign in the North Carolina troops. In 1832 he applied for a pension. His claim was allowed. He was born in Southampton County, Va.; died in Richmond County, N. C.
With his children grown and married, with families of their own, John Laurence looks to have moved on with his life. The 1880 Census shows John living in Salem Chapel, Forsyth, North Carolina working as a Tinner.
Living in Forsyth County, John found worked at the Big Coffee Pot as a Tinner. No doubt, because of the trade he had learned while living in Maryland in 1870. It also helped that John's step-granddaughter, Fannie Burwell had married Harvey A. Giersch, who was part owner in the Bog Coffee Pot where John worked.
Read about the Big Coffee Pot
Sometime between 1880 and 1887, John moved to Eldorado and lived with his daughter, Eliza, where he died at the home of his son-in-law, Jehu H. Davis, on 12 Aug 1887. He was buried at Macedonia United Methodist Church Cemetery in Eldorado, Montgomery County, North Carolina. His daughter, Eliza, died 2 Jul 1918 and is also buried at Macedonia United Methodist Church.