The Ties that Divide

Like many grand narratives, some of the best were often rooted in legends and a bit of mystery. This tale was no exception. As details emerged, so did the many questions that raced through my mind as I hit one brick wall and then another.

12 thoughts on “The Ties that Divide

  1. As always, great research, Ann Marie. I really enjoyed reading Lawrence Marr, Jr.’s story. FYI: I just wrote a story about my 7th great-grandmother during the American Revolution and the clashes between the Loyalists and the Patriots in New Jersey:

    Also thanks for cluing me on this week’s 52 Ancestors prompt. For some reason, I have not received the theme emails, so I rely on other participating bloggers to keep me current. Believe it or not, I just posted a piece that would fit right into the “At the Courthouse” theme, two days early but better sooner rather than later, I guess: It’s about my 2nd great-grandmother who stood tall when others would break her down. 🙂

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  2. you have such a rich heritage Ann Marie. I know very little of my family history beyond my grandparents and am almost afraid of of what I would find if I dug some. We’re such a group of mutts on one side and some questionable ranchers on the other. The family I grew up around were great – very very family oriented, but should one part the curtains to look beyond if one is not ready for what might lie in wait just a few step in. . . ?

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  3. Hi Cousin, I just discovered this story and have been absorbing as much of it as I can. You are an amazing writer.
    Lawrence Marr and his father are my 5th and 6th great grandfathers. I’m working on a historical novel of the Eveland family (my 3rd GGrandfather, John Edward Eveland, married Susanna Marr) and am hoping to devote a good portion of it to the Revolutionary War.

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  4. Hello,
    I, too, am related to Lawrence Marr, Jr, through his sister Mary. I have never found any evidence that the Marrs were extremely prosperous in Pennsylvania so am skeptical about his father paying to save him from execution, but why wasn’t he executed? And after the war he briefly went to Canada, that is where most of the Loyalist Marrs ended up, but then settled in Pennsylvania. I think that is odd for someone considered a traitor. Is it possible he was actually a spy for the Patriot side? Has anyone in the family ever mentioned that possibility?

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  5. Hello from a descendant of Eleanor’s younger brother William Marr. I found the the story and references very interesting. Thank you. My go-to reference has been Harriet Marr Wheeler’s “William Marr of Northampton County Pennsylvania and His Six Children” 1983. I need to get to the library for her “Lawrence Marr, Loyalist” 1992.
    Best, Scott
    Carmel, IN

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