Washington Township, Clark County, Indiana

This cemetery is located 1½ mile south of New Washington on a farm in Washington Twp. Many years ago, this cemetery was reported as being "on Oscar Hutching's Farm".  Luanne Stahly was able to locate this tiny cemetery, undisturbed but buried beneath a hill of Rose of Sharon vines, on the edge of a soybean field.

Luanne searched high and low before finding this little cemetery and she is undertaking to clear this site single-handedly.  She's convinced there are more than just the two stones we were able to find when we visited.

The name on the stone below is W. Lawrenc (no "e" at the end).  We hope to soon get better photographs of the two (possibly more) stones found here.

Correspondent Carol L. Vidales <> reports that as follows regarding the LAWRENCE line in Clark County:

WILLIAM LAWRENCE, son of John and Ann Needham Lawrence, was born 30 Dec. 1764, presumably in Randolph Co. NC. Indiana Magazine of History, Vol. 35, p. 176 gives an abstract of William's will from Clark Co. Will Record Book 1817-33, p. 299. The will was dated 9 July 1822 and probated 15 July 1822. Heirs were daughters Polly Bower and Peggy Lawrence; rest of children (not named) had received their share. Executors were John Lawrence and Thomas Needham. Witnesses were John Reese, Elizabeth Bower, Alexander Walker. Roster of Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution buried in Indiana compiled by Mrs. Roscoe C. O'Byrne and published by the DAR in 1938 lists on page 231:

William's wife, Catherine, was probably the daughter of Moses Bland who was a neighbor of John and Ann Needham Lawrence. Moses Bland's will, dated 10 Dec. 1800, Randolph Co. NC lists the following children: Sally, Fanny, Winny, Peggy, Caty, Nancy, William, Benjamin. Moses' wife was Jean/Jane Wiggonton. It is possible that the son, William Bland, also went to Clark Co. IN. One William Bland was appointed administrator for the estate of Joseph Needham 25 May 1829 in Clark Co.

A marriage record has not yet been found for William and Catherine; however, they were probably married around 1786/7. In the 1790 census in Randolph Co. NC, William is head of household of four, presumably himself, wife and two children.

William made entry for a land grant in Randolph Co. 5 Dec. 1799, which was granted 20 Aug. 1802 totalling 84 acres. Also in 1799 William purchased 150 acres of land from his brother Peter. He inherited an additional 200 acres when his father John died in 1800.

I don't have the 1800 census for him, but in 1810 in Randolph Co. NC (the handwritten page # is 36--William's name is hard to read and was consequently misread and so doesn't appear in the census index) William is listed as follows:

In 1814 William sold 629 acres to his brother Jesse and 200 acres to his brother Edward. William does not appear on the 1815 Randolph Co. tax list, so we would assume that he left Randolph Co. NC for Clark Co. IN in 1814. He appears on 1820 Clark Co. IN census, p. 26: Catherine Bland Lawrence had died 16 April 1816. (I believe I got this date from a descendant of Winnie Lawrence Needham.) William and Catherine's children were: The Oscar Hutchings, on whose farm William Lawrence is buried, must be a descendant of this family.
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I presently have no further information on this cemetery. Further information may be available from:
Jeffersonville Twp. Library      or     Charlestown Library

211 East Court Avenue                   51 Clark Road

Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130           Charlestown, Indiana  47111

Telephone:  (812) 285-5635              Telephone:  (812) 256-3337
New Albany-Floyd County Library  or     Sellersburg Library

180 West Spring Street                  430 North Indiana Avenue

New Albany, Indiana  47150              Sellersburg, Indiana  47172

Telephone:  (812) 949-3527              Telephone:  (812) 246-4493

E-mail: Dee Pavey

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