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J. H. Laurance (c1812-1901)
Also see John Lawrence which is how most the records spell his name.
The death of Mr. J. H. Laurance, of Caerleon, took place this week. He was in his ninetieth year. In early life he was associated with the Abersychan Ironworks, and afterwards started with a friend a successful ironworks at Cwmbran, and a colliery. These, after a useful career, were merged into the Cwmbraw Patent Nut and Bolt Company, and led to the introduction of Mr. Keen into the district, and to the acquirement of works by him subsequently with Guest and Co. Mr. Laurance had long given up ironmaking, but retained a position on the Great Western Railway as director on its acquiring the Monmouthshire Railway Company.