Sidney B. Lawrason

ID # 354, (1845-1917)
FatherPurvis Douglas Lawrason (1814-1880)
MotherCharlotte Temple Shook (1817-1885)
BirthSidney B. Lawrason was born in April 1845 at Dumfries Twp. 
MarriageHe married Melissa Harriet Coleman, daughter of John Coleman and Sabrina Caroline Smith, on 25 December 1865 at St. George, Ontario; MS248 reel 5 Brant County
Vol. 1 page 168, no. 274
Return of marriages solemnized as below for the year ending 31st day of December, A.D. 1865 (name of clergyman not given)

Sidney Laurason, 20, born and residing S. Dumfries, parents Purvis D. and Charlotte
Melissa Coleman, 18, born Beverly, residing S. Dumfries. Parents John and Sobrina
Dave of marriage 25 December, 1865
Witnesses E. W. Vrooman and P.E. Coleman, South Dumfries.

Sidney's mother's maiden name was Shook. She was Charlotte Temple Shook, the daughter of Peter Shook and Lydia Marlatt.
The witness P.E. Coleman is clearly the bride's sister, Phoebe Elizabeth Coleman. The initials for the other witness, E. W. Vrooman, are clearly written, but who he or she may be isn't at all clear. At the time of the marriage, the bride's parents were resident at Harrisburg (in South Dumfries). The rather large family of Admiral Nelson Vrooman was at Harrisburg as well. None of them, however, are obvious candidates. It is possible that E. W. Vrooman was of the family of Nelson Vrooman's uncle, Arents Schuyler Depeyster Vrooman. Arents removed from Beverly Township (lot 4, concession 1, near Harrisburg) in 1842 and settled in Garafraxa Township in what became Wellington County, but maintained connections with the Beverly-Dumfries area. Again, however, none can be reasonably identified as the witness E.W. Vrooman. 
DeathHe died on 24 October 1917 at C3-L6, South Dumfries Twp, Brant County, Ontario, at age 72. 
BurialHe was buried at St. George Cemetery. 
NoteAccording to biography in a Brant County Gazette, Sidney's father wasPurvis Douglas Lawrason (1814 or 1815 - Oct. 21, 1880), son of John Purvis Lawrason (1793-Feb. 4, 1865). Sydney's mother was Charlotte Temple Shork, daughter of Peter and Lydia.

John Purvis Lawrason was a son of Miller Lawrason (1768 - 1847) and Elizabeth Purvis (1770 - 1834), early settlers of St. George, Ontario. Sidney Lawrason was Miller and Elizabeth's great grandson.

Sidney, husband of Melissa, was second cousin to Sydney Lawrason, husband of Phoebe, Melissa's sister.

The 1911 census places the family in South Dumfries at Concession 3, lot 6. By this time Melissa is dead; with Sidney is daughter Melissa, age 42 and son John, age 34.

Death reg. 008288-17 South Dumfries, Brant Co.
Sidney Lawrason, age 72 yrs., 6 mos., 14 dys., died Oct. 24, 1917. Place of birth and of death shown as lot 6, concession 3, South Dumfries. Farmer, widower, place of burial St. George. Parents Purvis Douglas Lawrason and Charlotte M. Shook. Informant John P. Lawrason, St. George. 

Children of Sidney B. Lawrason and Melissa Harriet Coleman

Last Edited2 Jul 2016