Hannah Newbold Lawrence 1852-1925

circa 1880's

The Lawrence family roots go back to the colonial days of Mastik Neck. The town of Lawrence, Long Island is named after them also. Their family tree in America is long, fairly complicated and well intermarried with the Woodhulls. Hannah along with her cousin Frank M. Lawrence (1862-1920) who was born at Mastic, obtained the Charles W. Lawrence estate at auction in the 1880's. There were two homes and many farm buildings included. Hannah took the home known as the Woodhull Lodge built about 1850 by Charles Jefferey Smith and moved it approx a half mile west to the edge of Frank's property to where it sits today on Locust Drive. It has been in the possesion of the Muse Family since 1948

Hannah married Californian Charles E. Sherman in 1900 and the road to her home was named Sherman Rd. She apparantly lost interest though in Mastic before 1916 as Frank Lawrence had possession of her home and it was passed along to the Knapps in the sale of his estate in October 1916. After Hannah died in 1925, Home Guardian bought her share of the land and turned it into Section Three of Mastic Beach in November of 1926.

This CDV photo came to me from a gentleman in Nebraska. It was taken in NYC on 5th Ave when Hannah was about 30 years old. Once again it demonstrates the amazing power of the internet to connect. You never know what is out there in those attics! I have since turned it over to Robert F. Muse and am happy to say Hannah is now back in her Mastic Beach home

In 1897 Center Moriches photographer E. F. Penny took this photo of Hannah's newly remodeled Woodhull Lodge.

Look For A Whole Lot More About The Lawrences In The Months To Come.