Langworthy #682

Lawrence Langworthy (1693-1739)

Born in England.  Arrived in Rhode Island about 1732 and

Mary Southcott? (1697-1733)

Born in England.  Arrived in Rhode Island about 1732.

Langworthy #682

Lawrence Langworthy was born in Ashburton, Devonshire, England around 1692.  We know this because of the inscription on his monument, situated in the Willow Cemetery (now called the City Cemetery) in Newport, Rhode Island, which says:

In Memory of

Mr. LAWRENCE LANGWORTHY of Ashburton, in ye county of

Devonshire. Died Oct. ye 19

1739. In ye 47 year of his age.

ALSO of MARY his wife, of

Dartmouth in ye county of

Devonshire, died Jany. ye 16,

1732[/3], in ye 37 year of her age.

He was an accomplished pewterer in England, and he maintained that trade when he came to America around 1732.   He may also have been a manufacturer of gunpowder, which he supplied to Fort George on at least one occasion.  This is evident from the public records.  A study of his work has brought to light one piece of his pewter in the Royal Albert Museum, Exeter, England.  He had “leave to strike” in Exeter in 1719 according to Cotterell.[1]  He is the only Langworthy to be granted a ‘leave.’  The dish is about 9 3/4 inches in diameter and bears Lawrence’s touch “which is circular, the inner circle bearing a crown supported by two crossed scepters with 1719 above the crown, while the outer circle includes his name and Exon (Exeter).”  Six bell metal pots of his handiwork have been found in America but no pewter.  One pot belonging to Mrs. Benjamin Blake of Weston, Massacusetts, is marked “L. Langworthy 1730.”  1730 seems to be the date he began operations in America.  Another pot belonging to Mr. Lewis N. Wiggin, North Adams, Massachusetts, is marked “L. L. Newport.”  There is slight hope of finding any of his pewter.  In times of need it was commonly melted and cast into bullets.

Lawrence was a member of the Anglican Church and a successful businessman.  By the time of his death in 1739 he had amassed a considerable estate, as described in his will (which still exists though only parts of it are readable) [2].

Some researchers have attempted to establish a connection between Lawrence Langworthy and Andrew Langworthy, who came to Newport about 1652.  So far, no connection has been proved.  The relative dates make it unlikely that Andrew is either the father or a brother of Lawrence.  Of course, the possibility that they were related in some way other cannot be ruled out.

Lawrence’s wife Mary died 16 Jan 16, 1732/3.  The next year on 24 Jun 1734, he married Mary Lawton.  His only children were Mary Langworthy who married Daniel Peace on 15 Aug 1742 and his son, Southcote, who married Eleanor Slocum on 30 Jun 30 1745.  No present day Langworthys are believed to be descended from Lawrence, although he did leave other descendants through his daughter Mary Langworthy and Daniel Pearce, who had a large family.  The lineage of Mary Langworthy and Daniel Pearce is continued under the heading of John Pearce (1632-1692).


[1] Howard Herschel Cotterell. Old Pewter: Its Makers and Marks in England, Scotland and Ireland an Account of the Old Pewterer & His Craft (Olympic Marketing Corp., Manchester, New Impression edition, 1974).

[2] William Franklin Langworthy. The Langworthy Family: Some descendants of Andrew and Rachel (Hubbard) Langworthy who were married at Newport, Rhode Island, November 3, 1658 (Hamilton, N.Y.: William F. and Othello S. Langworthy, 1940).

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