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I am researching the Lawless Family and other lines in the Monacan Nation of Amherst Virginia. Others name include: Adcock/Adcox, Beverly, Branham/Brannum, Clark, Duff, Evans, Hicks, Hamilton, Johns, Knuckles/Nuckles, Penn/Pinn, Redcross, Roberts, and Terry.
Elders include Richard Lawless b. Abt 1750, William Mallory Johns b. Abt 1770, Edmond "Ned" Branham b. Abt 1762. Need more information on the other lines.

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My Line:

Richard Lawless, b. Bet. 1756 - 1760; d. Aft. 1815; m. Elizabeth
Goodrich, (b. Bet. 1765 - 1768) on 25 June 1785, in Amherst Co., VA.
Children were: Elizabeth Lawless, Leland Lawless, Bennett Lawless, Wyatt Lawless

Bennett Lawless, b. Bet. 1785 - 1800, in Amherst, Co., VA; d. Aft. 1850; m. Sarah Unk. Bef. 1822, in Amherst, Co., VA.
Children were: Jane Lawless, Susan Lawless, Nancy Lawless, Frances Lawless, Elizabeth Lawless, James Lawless, Wiatt Lawless, Henry Lawless.

Nancy Lawless, b. Abt. 1825, in Amherst, Co., VA; d. Aft. 1854, in Amherst, Co., VA; m. Richard Johns, (b. Bet. 1790 - 1812), Aft 1850 in Amherst, Co., VA.
Children: Richard Lawless

Frances Lawless, b. Abt. 1830, in Amherst, Co., VA; d. Aft. 1863, in Amherst, Co., VA; m. William B. Johns, (b. Bet. 1799-1802), Bet. 1850-1854
Children: Mary Net Johns, Elethana Johns, Mary Elizabeth Johns, Sidney Johns

(Note: William B. Johns, and Richard Johns were the sons of William Mallory Johns and Molly Evans Johns)

Richard Lawless, b. Bet. 1842 - 1854, (most likely between 1850-1854) in Lynchburg, VA; d. 05 July 1939, in Amherst, Co., VA; m. Paulene Branham (b. Abt. 1850) 29 December 1875, in Amherst, Co., VA;
Children: Dabney Lawless, Nancy Lawless, King David Lawless.

Elethana Johns, b. Abt. 1854, in Amherst, Co., VA; m. John B. Hamilton, (b. Abt. 1857), 10 March 1878, in Amherst, Co., VA;
Children: Annie Hamilton, Rene Hamilton.

King David Lawless, b. Abt. 1879, in Amherst, Co., VA; m. Courtney Johns, (b. Bet. 1870-1871), 17 August 1899, in Amherst, Co., VA; Children: Adolphus Lawless, Mack Lawless, Eunice Lawless, King David Lawless, Thornhill Lawless, (Note Mack and King David Lawless married their first cousin Ludie and Dora Branham)

Rene Hamilton, b. Bet. 1878-1880, in Amherst, Co., VA; m. Piage Otis Branham, (b. 2 September 1884), Abt. 1900, in Amherst, Co., VA;
Children: Dorothy Branham, Andrew Branham, Ray Branham, Jacob Branham, Pidge Branham, Winston Branham, Ludie Branham, Dora Branham

Mack Lawless, b. 07 November 1902, in Amherst, Co., VA; d. 23 January 1972, in Ellicott City, MD; m. Ludie Branham, b. 05 November 1907, in Amherst, Co., VA; d. 16 August 1956, in Baltimore, MD; Married 26 February 1932 in Washington, DC.
Children: Howard L. Lawless, James A. Lawless

Howard L. Lawless, was born in a log cabin at the foot of Bear Mountain, Amherst, Co., VA; m. Helen (Aug 1930 - Dec 1999) on 15 October 1951, in Baltimore MD.
Children: Howard A. Lawless (me), Steve Lawless, Joe Lawless


Our People, the Monacans, are one of the oldest groups of indigenous people in Virginia. We have maintained a proud heritage of our ancestors and have struggle defiantly to preserve
our Indian community, often despite inflammatory local racism and deliberate attempts by State Officials to eradicate our identity as Indians.

We are the only State recognized tribe located in the vast area of Virginia, known as the Piedmont, prior to 1607 our territory extended west of Richmond to the James River basin and surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. We are of Eastern Siouan language descent and spoke Tutelo, a language shared by the Tutelo, Saponi, and Occaneechi. We are the only Siouan tribe
still in existence in Virginia. Archaeological evidence indicates that our presence in this region dates back for more than 10,000 years.

For nearly 100 years our community attended and Indian school at Bear Mountain, until 1963 when we were finally
A Lawless Family Home Page
Updated September 5, 2000

Howard Andrew Lawless
PSC 276, BOX 76
APO, AP 96548
A-United States

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    My father and I next to the Monacan Grave Marker located at the foot of Bear Mountain, in Amherst County, Virginia.

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