According to "The History of the town of Mason, NH" (pub. 1858) January 1816: "Small Pox apppeared in the family of SILAS LAWRENCE..." "selectmen give leave that two or more persons, not exceeding five, who have had the kine pox and have been exposed to taking the small pox, may be enoculated with the small pox, provided the Mr. WILLARD LAWRENCE is willing to have the enoculated persons go and remain in his new house..." "February 5...voted to send for Dr Spaulding, of Amherest, forthwith, to examine IRA LAWRENCE and give his opinion whether he had the kine pox or small pox." "SILAS LAWRENCE died of the desease; and also his mother, an aged lady. His son, in whom the disease first appeared, recovered. The deceased were buried upon Mr. LAWRENCE'S farm...persons who died of contagious diseases were not then permitted in the public burying grounds." Is it possible that SILAS and WILLARD are brothers? And which one is Ira's father?
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