Great to find someone else researching the family! I don't know who you are or where you are.
My husbands Gt.Grandfather x 3 was Guiseppe Antonio Merone who was born in the Orsenigo Valley, Lake Como, Italy, in 1771 and came to England in the late 1880s and was one of the earliest immigrants into England from Italy. He met and married Elizabeth Coop(e), born 1777 daughter of Thomas and Betty Coop(e). They married 5.11.1797. Guiseppe was a very artistic craftsman - a respected carver and gilder . He sold his barometers and mirrors etc. from a shop that he had in the Centre of Manchester. Elizabeth died 11.1.1831. Guiseppe died 22.11.1847 aged 76 - disease of heart, liver and kidney..
They had 11 children - 5 boys and 6 girls but only 5 survived to adulthood. One of them Cecilia Maria Theresa Merone married twice. Firstly to Peter Lawrenson on 16.1.1827. His father was also named Peter and he was a Fustian Cutter in Manchester. His mother was a widow with a child when she met Peter Lawrenson and her name at that time was Mary Bradshaw. Peter Lawrenson Jnr died 31.12.1836. Cecilia's second marriage was to Charles Hennings a master engineer. on 5.10.1867 but he died 31.5.1869.
Guiseppe Antonia Merone's other surviving children were Francis Merone born 16.9.1798, who married Margaret Renshaw on 9.5.1820, but he and his two children died young and his widow went on to marry again. Constantia Mary Merone boen 25.3.1803 married twice also but both of these husbands died rather quickly and she was a widow for many years until her death on 13.7.1892 aged 89. She died in Birkdale which is near Southport on the west coast of England. Elizabeth Coop Merone born 9.2.1807 and married Francis English in April, 1836. They had 5 sons and 2 daughters. Francis English was a master cotton and calico manufacturer (English & Co.), employing 80 people in 1851. Elizabeth English died 5.3.1875 of Chronic Bronchitis. The last surviving child in adulthood was Joseph Anthonly Merone born 3.2.1811 - he married Johanna Dowling and they had 4 children but only 2 survived. These were Anthony who along with his wife and child died in an epidemic of smallpox at Bootle, Liverpool, and Thomas Coop , a jockey, who married lived in Birkdale and left 4 children. and who died in 1885 aged 45.
To gop back to Cecilia Maria Theresa Merone and Peter Lawrenson - their children were John Merone-Lawrenson born 2.3.1828, died 2.5.1852 aged 24 the result of a brain tumour allegedly brought on as a result of being kicked in the head by a gang of "garotters" when coming home from choir practice one night), and Francis Merone-Lawrenson, a silk merchant, was born 15.3.1830 and died 10.4.1881 aged 51 in a Lunatic Asylum. He married Harriette Entwistle on 5.7.1852 and they had 8 children in total - 6 girls and 2 boys. . The boys were Henry Joseph Lawrenson who died 5.3.1889 aged 28, and John Merone Lawrenson, born 26.11.1852 who married Margaret Johanna Rorke born 20.9.1855, the daughter of a master bootmaker named Thomas Rorke from Dublin Ireland. and Margaret McGuire also born Ireland. John Merone Lawrenson was a clerk, then an Agent, then a Lithographic Printer and then in 1891 he was working in Cape Town South Africa for the General Post Office. His wife Margaret and his two sons at that time (1891) Thomas and George were living with her father and mother - Thomas and Margaret Rorke in Manchester.
That is about as much as I can do right now but I do hope that you can fill in more details about the South Africa Merone-Lawrenson. By the way the name Merone was originally Meroni, but the change was made through the mistake of a lawyer's clerk who asked whether it ended with and I or E. Guiseppe Antonio Merone replied E - but of course that was his pronounciation of the letter as all languages except English pronounce the letter I as E - so some deeds were made out in this way and it was allowed to pass.
Peter my husband, his grandmother was Evangeline Theresa Lawrenson, born 6.1.1875 - sister of John Merone-Lawrenson.
Barbara and Peter Griffin