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Lawrence County was named for Capt. James Lawrence, a United States navy officer, commander of the Frigate "Chesapeake", whose trips to England failed to avert the War of 1812. Capt. Lawrence lost his life in the battle with the English frigate "Shannon". The county was organized in 1818 with Palestine being the first County Seat which was later ruled unhealthy and the County Seat was moved to Bedford. It is bounded on the north by Monroe, east by Jackson and Washington, south by Orange, and west by Martin and Greene, and it contains 438 square miles. The civil townships are Shawswick, Pleasant Run, Perry, Indian Creek, Spice Valley, Marion, Marshall, Guthrie and Bono. More History...

My name is Treva E. Peckham. I am the current Lawrence County Coordinator. I hope to add many new resources to help you in the research of your family history. My assistant, and Webmaster, is Charles W. "Chuck" Carey. If you have anything that you would like to contribute or have suggestions, please contact us.

The stories of Lawrence county families often spill over into our neighboring counties. Be sure to visit: Greene County, Jackson County, Martin County, Monroe County, Orange County and Washington County. If you do not know what county to look in, please visit the Unknown County Page.

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