Lawrence Langworthy of Newport
Revised January, 2008

According to his tombstone in the Newport City Cemetery, Lawrence Langworthy was born ca 1693, and was from Ashburton, Devonshire, England. He established himself as a pewterer, probably in or near Exeter, England, and one of his pieces, dated 1719, is in the Royal Albert Museum there.

Lawrence came to Newport before 1731 and worked there as a pewterer and perhaps as a manufacturer of gunpowder, which he supplied to Fort George on at least one occasion.

He was a member of the Anglican Church and a successful business man. 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).

No present day Langworthys are descended from Lawrence, though he did leave other descendants through his daughter Mary, who married Daniel Pearce.

There is no known connection between Lawrence Langworthy and the Andrew Langworthy who came to Newport ca 1652.

Sources: The American Genealogist, V15, p.1; Langworthy, William F., The Langworthy Family, p.323.

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