The parents of my 2x great-grandmother, Victoria Elsie LAWRENCE, were Jacob LAWRENCE and Elizabeth MARSHALL.

Jacob LAWRENCE was born, possibly illegitimately, in 1828 near Hull, Yorkshire, England, to William TANCOCK & Elizabeth LAWRENCE. He had three siblings who all took the surname TANCOCK: Eliza (1820-1897), William (1824-1843) and John Thomas (1835-). Jacob’s father, an immigrant from Ireland, was a boot & shoemaker, and Jacob followed him into the trade. Jacob had used his father’s surname as a youth, but between 1852-1861, he had switched to his mother’s maiden name.

In 1852, on the 5th of August, Jacob married Elizabeth MARSHALL in Drypool’s Parish Church, very near where his family were living at 1 Church Street in 1851. At the time, Elizabeth was working as a servant in a household in the nearby suburb of Sculcoates.

Elizabeth MARSHALL was born in 1830 in Scawby Brook, Lincolnshire, England to Joseph MARSHALL & Phoebe STORY. She had seven siblings: Rebeccah (1820-?), Phoebe (1823-1855), Hannah (1835-1924), Joseph (1837-1910), Mildred (1839-1915), Martha (1841-1908) and James (1843-1847).

At some point, possibly after the death of her mother in 1847, she moved across the Humber to Yorkshire, where she met and married Jacob. They had a long marriage, and raised five children.

Jacob died in Bristol in 1898, and Elizabeth in 1908.

Children’s Details

Walter William LAWRENCE
Born 1856, Sculcoates, YRK, ENG
Married 14 Jun 1886, Bristol, GLS, ENG, to Sarah A. Parsley
Married 21 Dec 1907, Bristol, GLS, ENG, to Mabel J. G. Durbin
Died 1917, Bristol, GLS, ENG

Born 13 Sep 1858, Bristol, GLS, ENG
Married 5 Sep 1883, Bristol, GLS, ENG, to Elizabeth A. Hallett
Died 1936, Bristol, GLS, ENG

Charlotte Alice LAWRENCE
Born 1865, Bristol, GLS, ENG
Married 2 May 1886, Bristol, GLS, ENG, to Joseph Hallett

Victoria Elsie LAWRENCE
Born 10 Dec 1868, Clifton, Bristol, GLS, ENG
Married 13 Aug 1895, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, GLS, ENG
Died 8 Sep 1936, Epsom, AKD, NZ

Christopher Jacob Marshall LAWRENCE
Born 1 Sep 1873, Bristol, GLS, ENG
Married 1897, Barton Regis, GLS, ENG, to Grace M. A. Jenkins
Died 30 Jul 1942, Livonia, Wayne Co., MI, USA