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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Nurse Gets the Treasure!

 17th century Nurse, 1738 Oil on canvas at ational
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Rev.  John Lawrence had preached for some time in Maryland where he declared that the "Roman Catholics" could not endire him.  He removed to Point Comfort, Virginia where he died in 1685, bequeathing a Mrs. Benson, his nurse during his final illness, the chief beneficiary of his personal estate, which included a large quantity of gold and silver, jewels and rings. Lawrence had graduated as a master-of-arts from one of the English Universities, and owned considerable property in the parish of St. Martins-in-the-Fields in London.  Source: Lower Norfolk County Deed and Will Book, 1675-86, p. 182.

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