DAVID N. LAWRENCE, who successfully carries on general farming in Springfield Township, owns seventy-four acres of fine land situated one-quarter of a mile north of Amsterdam. He was born in Carroll COunty, Ohio, December 27, 1858, and is a son of William and Anna (Noble) Lawrence, the former of whom was born in Ireland.
David N. Lawrence was the third of his parents' six children. He attended school in Carroll County and then engaged in farming and continued to live there for eleven years after his marriage, when he came to Springfield Township and bought his present farm from his brother-in-law, Hezekiah Rankin. It is well adapted for general agriculture and there is a possibliity that oil and gas may sometime be found, though no tests have yet been made for them.
Mr. Lawrence was married October 13, 1886, to Miss Elizabeth Rankin, a daughter of Thomas and Ann Jane (Tenant) Rankin, and a granddaughter of Robert and Hester (Dennis) Rankin, natives of Ireland, who settled on the present farm of Mr. Lawrence in 1832. Thomas Rankin was born on this farm, and died here December 23, 1893. He married Ann Jane Tenant, who died January 16, 1905, and both she and husband were buried in the Amsterdam Cemetery. Her father, John Tenant, of Carroll County, lived to the venerable age of one hundred years. To Thomas Rankin and wife six sons and three daughters were born. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence have three children, Mary, Anna Belle and William. Anna Belle is a member of the class of 1910 in the Amsterdam high school. Mr. Lawrence and family belong to the Presbyterian Church. He is a Democrat, as were also his father and father-in-law.