My family research began many years before I was born with the publication of a genealogy on the Harris Family of Providence, Rhode Island. Included in that Harris Family Genealogy book were many other families such as the Williams, Waterman, Arnold, Tibbits, Smith, Hopkins, Peak, Tew, and Olney, including descendants: a branch of Lawsons, of which my father was listed. Obtaining a copy of that Harris Family Genealogy sparked a lifelong goal to find out all I could about the Lawson Family and the many families connected to them. When I married, I added my wife's family to the search.
The file keeps growing and the list of cousins whom I've found and with whom I maintain contact has grown also.
The primary family names I am researching include: LAWSON, JAMES, DUNHAM, AND STEVENS on my father's side; GARRETT, GARDNER, McLEOD, EDWARDS, BROWN, HOLMES and McGRAW on my mother's side. On my wife's father's side: CALDWELL, PITTS, NOLES, JAMES, FULTON, SANDLIN, AND HICKS and on her mother's side: MITCHELL, AUTEN, CLAYTON, LARGENT, BERRYHILL, MADRY BATEMAN, and SCOTT.
The emigration trail for the Lawsons began in Scotland and then to Northern Ireland. Three Lawson brothers arrived in America in 1802 and their trail led to Sevierville in eastern Tennessee. The grandson of one of those Lawsons brothers headed out for Arkansas where he met and married one of the James daughters. Not long after the first child was born the family moved north to southwestern Missouri. Part of the family spread from that area to Oklahoma and others still westward to California.
On the other side of the family, the Garretts began in South Carolina and journeyed through Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and on to Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Several of the family married American Indians as they migrated west. Our heritage includes members of the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Muscogee Creek Nations.
Any help you, the reader, can provide in continueing the research of this family will be greatly appreciated.
- James K. and Samantha A . (Gardner) Garrett Family (239 KB)
James K. Garrett and his wife, Samantha Adeline (Gardner) Garrett, shown with their children as follows:
Back Row (l to r): Mel Virdie, Helen May, Houston D., Nona Bell, and Alma Ardell
First Row (l to r): Audley Austin, Marshall Lee (son by former marriage), Clarence, Annie, Marlin (Marshall's wife and two children), Gracie Ethel, James K. Garrett, Curtis Leonard, Samantha Adeline (Gardner)Garrett, and William Oscar.
- The James Harvey Lawson Clan Photo (38 KB)
The James Harvey Lawson Family during a reunion in about 1904 or 1905 in Highlandville, Missouri. James Harvey is standing on the back row, far right. His wife, Sarah Elizabeth (James) Lawson, is seated in the center of the photo with a scarf on her head holding a grandson. Her sister, Manicia (James) Farrier, is seated to her left. James Hobert Lawson, grandson of James Harvey Lawson and the father of this webpage owner, is seated on the front row, far left. Most of these people came from their home in Maguire, Oklahoma to visit their relatives in Missouri.
- James Harvey Lawson (52 KB)
Born 9 April 1839 in Sevierville, Tennessee and died 8 November 1906 in Maguire, Oklahoma and is buried in Fairview Cemetery just north of Maguire, Oklahoma. James served in the Civil War in Company I, 15th Missouri Cavalry under the Union flag. He married Sarah Elizabeth James in Washington County, Arkansas 12 January 1858.
- Sarah Elizabeth James Lawson (46 KB)
Sarah Elizabeth James was born in Washington County, AR, on 22 August, 1839 and died at Maguire, Oklahoma, on 17 February, 1923. She married James Harvey Lawson 12 January, 1858, in her home.
- Gerald K. and B. Kathleen Lawson (12 KB)
Gerald and Kathy married May 29, 1967, in Las Vegas, NV. This photo was taken in Sherman, TX, in the summer of 1999.