Did this Elizabeth Lawrence (b. 1674) die in 1675?

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I think it is probably an error that Elizabeth Lawrence (born 1674, Groton, Massachusetts, daughter of Nathaniel) married Joseph Gilson, because:  

(1) Most importantly, on the same page as her birth record, there is an Elizabeth Lawrence who died at Groton in 1675 at age one (that is probably her) (see weblink below);

(2) There is another Elizabeth in the family who married Abner Harris, and Elizabeth's father Nathaniel lists daughter  Elizabeth Harris (not Elizabeth Gilson) in his will.

(3) Joseph Gilson's wife is sometimes called Hepzibah rather than Elizabeth.  

Therefore, I think Elizabeth (Lawrence) Harris had a sister Hepzibah (Lawrence) Gilson who also lacks a birth record.  And that Elizabeth Lawrence born in 1674 died in 1675 and then the younger sister Elizabeth (Lawrence) Harris was named for her deceased older sister.  I think this might have been missed because the 1675 records for Groton appear above (not below) those for 1674.

  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FC99-9MK

WikiTree profile: Elizabeth Lawrence
in Genealogy Help by Kenneth Kinman G2G6 Mach 6 (63.0k points)
edited by Kenneth Kinman

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It is logical that Nathaniel Lawrence had two dtrs Elizabeth, one died 1674 and was replaced by a second who married Abner Harris.

By I don't see why Joseph Gilson was married to any Lawrence daughter. Torrey suggests the Elizabeth/Hepzibah (one person IMHO or three) may have been a dtr of Peleg Lawrence.
by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
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I just read an article in TAG 19:68, that lists both Elizabeths
I have corrected the profile for Elizabeth Lawrence showing that she died in 1675, and I disconnected her from Joseph Gilson.  I am not sure what to do with Joseph's wife Hepzibah Lawrence (possible daughter of Peleg Lawrence).  Should she be connected as "uncertain" daughter of Peleg?
I would mention it in her biography. More research should be done, like listing Peleg's known children, checking the sources Torrey used to see why he thought her surname might be Lawrence at all.

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