SILAS LAWRENCE, farmer, section 27, Norwich Township, was born Sept. 4, 1835, in Upper Canada, and is the son of Samuel and Susanna (Kipp) Lawrence. He was but five years old when his father died, and he was placed in the care of John Kipp, with whom he remained until he was 21 years of age. He was married in 1868, to Ellen McKeage, who was born in New Castle Co., Can., June 3, 1841. She is a daughter of William and Elizabeth (Coles) McKeage, the former a native of Canada, the latter of Ireland. By the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence seven children have been born: Mary E., William E., Martha E., Samuel H., Anna L., Carrie B. and George M.
Mr. Lawrence resied in Canada until Dec. 14, 1876, when he came to Newaygo County, and where he resides, owning 40 acres of land, in Norwich Township.