William LAWSON

by pat jones

in Headstones

William Lawson Headstone

William Lawson Headstone


William Lawson was born June 26, 1731 at Montrose, Scotland. He is the only son of a widow lady, no information is available on his father, however, it is assumed that he was killed in the Culloden Battle. William was one of the rebels arrested and confined at Chester and Carlisle after the battle. The Scottish rebels became a threat to the the English crown, and on September 26, 1746 an agreement was signed with the English Treasury to transport the prisoners to the plantations (American Colonies) at the rate of 5 pounds per head. The “Gildart” departed from England on May 5, 1747 and arrived August 5, 1747 at Port North, Potomac, Maryland with a William Lawson on the passenger list.

William, “The Apprentice”

William Lawson was bound over to a planter by the Captain of the ship for a good sum in tobacco. The people did not treat well, and after a while William ran away. Sometime in the 1750’s William met and married a Rebecca ?, in the 1858 Halifax County, Virginia marriage register there is a William Lawson to a Jane Banks. If this is our William she is probably Rebecca Jane Banks.

William, “The Revolutionary”

William never realized that one day he would be facing the British army again, but this time, in a new and different land. William swore allegiance to the State of Virginia and the American cause, as noted in the Montgomery County Court Book “Revolutionary War” page 145-148 filed at the courthouse in Christianburg, Virginia. although almost fifty years old he served as a member of the Captain Daniel Trigg’s Company of Montgomery County militia. There were only two William Lawson’s to serve in the revolutionary war and they were father and son.

Father: ? Lawson b: ABT. 1705 in Montrose, Scotland
Mother: Rebecca b: ABT. 1709 in Montrose, Scotland

Marriage 1 Rebecca Jane Banks b: ABT. 1735 in North Carolina
Married: 1758 in Halifax County, Virginia
William Lawson II b: 1763 in North Carolina
Travis Lawson b: 1766 in North Carolina
Betsy Ann Lawson b: ABT. 1768 in North Carolina
Catherine Lawson b: ABT. 1770 in North Carolina
Sally Lawson b: 26 DEC 1770 in North Carolina
Jermiah Lawson b: 15 FEB 1773 in North Carolina
Robert Lawson b: ABT. 1774 in North Carolina

Submitted by William M.”Bill” Wood

{ 91 comments… read them below or add one }

Dave Williams October 15, 2006 at 8:52 pm

I would like to know if anyone knows the spouses of the daughters of William Lawson. I think one of them may have married a John Williams. Any help would be appreciated. Please email me at davew@ruraltel.net. Thanks Dave.


Betty Hayden January 9, 2010 at 9:30 am

DAVE, one OF MY G.G. Grandfathers, SONS, marr. Harriett Williams, in
Iowa. He was Wm. Craton/Crayton Lawson. bn. in Tn. 18 went to Mo, with his parents at a very young age. His father was Wm. M. Lawson and mother Mahala Leger’ Lawson, from Claiborne cty. Tn.


Barb Lawson October 30, 2012 at 10:16 am

Please go to our Lawson Family Heritage Program http://www.lfhp.org/index.html and register as a guest on the query, we will get back with you to try to help you find your Lawson line.


Elaine (Wood) Jenkins December 28, 2006 at 11:59 am

Anyone have a photo of William Lawson II ‘s tombstone or William Lawson senior’s original tombstone? Laniew91@verizon.net


Amber Lawson Salmons July 10, 2008 at 10:37 am

If you check your dates, William “The Rebel” could not be the William Lawson who married 1858 in Halifax, VA. He died in 1826 Scott County, VA. This could possibly be one of there grandsons that married Jane Banks. Also, I do not think that William “The Rebel” Lawson married in VA, I think he married in NC where he ran away to, first off because some of his children were born in NC and secondly he stayed in NC/VA area until right before American Revolutionary War. I am a descendant from the Travis Lawson Lineage. So there are still many questions. If I can be of help to anyone, or if anyone has information regarding the William “REBEL” Lawson, I would love to hear from you. Thank You.


Kelly Hollingshead January 7, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Hello, my name is Kelly Hollingshead and I just recently started working on my family history. I am related to the Lawsons by my great grandmother Lucy Frances Lawson. She was born in January of 1909 and passed away in 2003. I would love to get any information on the Lawson line if i could.


pat January 8, 2010 at 9:36 am

Hi Kelly,

Welcome to the site! You have just started an amazing adventure!
Make sure to check back here from time to time, as we have new information contributed from other readers.

Good luck!


Barb Lawson October 30, 2012 at 10:19 am

The page of the LFHP host family tree for your Lucy Lawson is: http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=patti-lawson&id=I04719


Ruthanne Tickel-Logan July 7, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I am also of the Travis Lineage. (Robt –> Travis—> Jeremiah —>Lucinda Lawson Wells (She married Benjamin Franklin Wells) —-> Lucy Wells Sloan (She married Hiram Murphy and then, after he died, Cleve Sloan) —-> Anne (aka Annabelle on birth cert, used Anne) Sloan (my paternal grandmother who married William Tickel). My grandmother Anne Sloan Tickel had 6 sisters, my great aunts, the oldest of which, Artie Murphy, died at 97 years of age. The great aunts (Note that Ann Sloan, my grandmother, was killed in a car accident when I was about 8) told my first cousin a story about a Cherokee great, great etc. (about 7 generations back) grandmother that same up from the Carolinas to Virginia. When I began researching this side of my family, I discovered that I am descended from the Scottish Rebel. The story my great aunts told is consistent with the Rebel’s wife coming up from North Carolina etc. Since he was on the lamb (escaped and was presumably in hiding), who knows what really happened. Could he have met in the wildnerss of N. Carolina, a Cherokee hub, a women of Cherokee ancestry whom he later married? This might explain why all or most of their children were born in N. Carolina? This might also explain the story my great aunts told of our native american ancestry on this side of the family. It has occurred to me that since the Scottish Rebel lived to be 94, he may have married twice. Perhaps we should consider the possiblity of two wives? I would love to know more about who the mother of the Rebel’s children was.


Becky Bowlin Jansen January 11, 2013 at 12:00 am

Hello Ruthanne–I am also descended from Travis-Jeremiah-Lucinda and Benjamin. and John Thomas Wells (brother of your great grandmother Lucy Wells Sloan. My grandmother (daughter of John Thomas and Lucy Derosset) was Myrtia Wells Bowlin of Middletown, OH Lucy died in Middletown and I have a copy of her obituary, funeral home information, and would be happy to take a picture of her grave for you if you would like me to. I was wondering if there have been any bible records or any family correspondence passed down thru the Wells family that you might be aware of? I am trying to find out when and where my John Thomas died. He was in Logan, West Virginia in 1920 census and then nothing after that. I hope to hear from you soon.
Becky Jansen
Middletown, OH


Ruthanne Tickel-Logan April 2, 2013 at 8:30 pm


Thanks for your reply. I just got back on the site. My father might be able to help, but he may also be too young to remember. Unfortunatley all of my grandmother’s (Anne or Anabel Sloan Tickel, Lucy Well Sloan’s daughter) sisters died (the last past about 5 years ago = longevity) already, so I can’t ask them (they would have known). There is a Wells reunion every year in Kentucky. Do you go. They might be able to answer your question. I will ask my dad (Dave Cleve Tickely, Lucy Wells Sloan’s grandson – he loved her a lot, he gushes when he talks about her & he is not a gusher – she must have been very special). I know that Lucy Wells Sloan, my great grandmother, moved to Middletown for a job after losing her 2nd husband (Cleve Sloan) at a young age and moving back to Kentucky. I’ll see what I can find out.


Ruthanne Tickel-Logan July 7, 2012 at 5:09 pm

con’t from previous reply . . .

My line is Robert —> William (the Rebel) —> Travis —> Jermiah S —> Lucinda Lawson —> Lucy Jane Lawson Wells who married a Sloan —> Anne Sloan. I may have missed on in my first (the last) reply.

Note that the story I was told by my cousin was of a great, great, great (7 generations back) grandmother that came up from N. Carolina to VA. It is possible this is the mother of Travis et al. (a wife of the Rebel).


Barb Lawson July 24, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Jane Banks and William Lawson who were married in Halifax VA. are a different Lawson family altogether. See the DNA charting of Carl Lawson for proof. This Lawson family ended up in Georgia. They also had a son named William who is buried in Indiana. They are no relations to our Rebel William.


Jerry Baker July 25, 2008 at 2:56 pm

He was my ggggggggg grandfather on my mother side I think I am from w lawson the111 line one married a dean she was from scott va


Bill Porter November 7, 2008 at 10:28 am

I am Bill Porter, author of the book “William Lawson, A Scottish Rebel”. As for as we know all children were born in NC. There is no proof that Catherine was a daughter and we had to delete Robert as a son. However, we do no the following are the children:
1. Anne Lawson born abt 1760 NC married Thomas Mallett. Moved to KY
2. William Lawson born ca 1763 married Nancy Baker. Stayed in Scott County, VA.
3. Travis Lawson born ca 1766 married Maysie Simpkins. Moved to Ky
4. Betsy Ann Lawson born 1768 married William Canterbury. Moved to TN.
5. Sarah “Sally” Lawson born 1770 married Henry Wood. Stayed in Scott County, VA.
6. Rev. Jeremiah Lawson b.orn 1773 married (1) Matilda Higgins (2) Hannah Chanslor. He helped pioneer the Methodist movement in wilderness KY, MO & OH. His brother, William, was a Methodist Minister in Scott County and the Wood family were Methodists also.
An update book is available on this Lawson family with same title. It is over 200 pages, indexed and has more info on the Rebel and children which is not in the original prints. The Wise County Historical Society sells the book for $35..00, plus S&H. Visit their bookstore website at:



Dee June 23, 2011 at 6:15 am


I am interested in geting your book. I looked onthe historical site, but didn’t see a listing. IS it possible to still get a copy?

From above: “An update book is available on this Lawson family with same title. It is over 200 pages, indexed and has more info on the Rebel and children which is not in the original prints. The Wise County Historical Society sells the book for $35..00, plus S&H. ”



julie bowman cox November 4, 2012 at 10:55 am

I believe I am the ggggggrand daughter of william the rebel lawson. My grandmothers name was Lucinda Lawson daughter of Henry Lawson. I am quiet excited to be a part of the Lawson family.


Bill Porter November 7, 2008 at 10:35 am

I am Bill Porter, author of the book “William Lawson, A Scottish Rebel”. As for as we know all children were born in NC. There is no proof that Catherine was a daughter and we had to delete Robert as a son. However, we do know the following are the children:
1. Anne Lawson born abt 1760 NC married Thomas Mallett. Moved to KY
2. William Lawson born ca 1763 married Nancy Baker. Stayed in Scott County, VA.
3. Travis Lawson born ca 1766 married Maysie Simpkins. Moved to Ky
4. Betsy Ann Lawson born 1768 married William Canterbury. Moved to TN.
5. Sarah “Sally” Lawson born 1770 married Henry Wood. Stayed in Scott County, VA.
6. Rev. Jeremiah Lawson b.orn 1773 married (1) Matilda Higgins (2) Hannah Chanslor. He helped pioneer the Methodist movement in wilderness KY, MO & OH. His brother, William, was a Methodist Minister in Scott County and the Wood family were Methodists also.
An update book is available on this Lawson family with same title. It is over 200 pages, indexed and has more info on the Rebel and children which is not in the original prints. The Wise County Historical Society sells the book for $35..00, plus S&H. Visit their bookstore website at:



Alice Suzanne Stallard May 17, 2011 at 3:34 am

Hello Mr. Porter! My father had a copy of this book when I was a little girl. I remember daddy opening it up and showing me my name. Daddy has passed and the book was left to one of my uncles. I was wondering if there was any place to get a hardcover edition like my father’s?


Ann Asselin July 23, 2009 at 4:36 pm

My gggggrandfather was William Lawson who came to Nova Scotia in 1784 as an United Empire Loyalist. The information printed is that there were only 2 William Lawsons in the American Revolution-father and son. None of the information is the same as what I have gathered regarding my ggggggrandfather. I would be very interested in additional information. Thanks


Bruce Pate January 26, 2010 at 11:12 am

Does anyone have information on Thomas Pate, 1636-1676, regarding the Lawson family? Thomas’ wife deserted him, and he left his house to Joanne Lawson, who was John Lawson’s wife.

I Thomas Pate of York County & Parrish thereof doth of my free will and voluntary accord & for ye Restitution & Satisfaccon of Seven Years Service & also for her diligent care and trouble in Looking after me in this my Sickness & also for divers other weighty causes & Consideracons thereunto me Moving hath given & granted & do by these prsents give and grant wholly & Solely unto Joane Lawson wife of John Lawson of ye above named Parrish & County [York] my House & Lott in York Town ye said Lott being comonly known by this number (42). [6]

One of my genealogy DNA matches was Lawson Pate, b 1790 NC. I am just looking for a Pate/Lawson connection.


Bruce Pate


Kelly Hollingshead February 3, 2010 at 7:38 pm

I believe that William “The Rebel” Lawson’s father’s name was alson William Lawson and he was born in 1705 and died in 1746. If anyone has the whole family tree please let me know.


Patti Lawson March 20, 2010 at 6:56 pm


Can you elaborate why you think Wm’s father was Wm 1705-1746? if that is because you have seen it on family trees online, please take note, NO one has ever-ever proven the name of Wm’s father. Only speculation. From your recent direct emails to me I think you are very new into researching your Lawson lines, which you know are from Wm the Rebel. You have go that down very well.

But I think you have stumbled across one of those many trees online that states Wm’s parents and/or his wife with nada nada nada bit of proof. Many people have been searching for the parents of Wm The Rebel for years. And for years, people have been posting assumed, and/or picked up from other assumed files.

No one I have seen who who posts an online tree for Wm The Rebel and states his parents gives a real source for such parents. Any real source for Wm’s parents would have to come from Scottish or English records from the 1700’s. I have yet to hear from any Wm Lawson researcher who has gone to Scotland and found proof.


Patti Lawson March 4, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Hello all. What a great site! I just now found it. I am one of many who has done a lot of research on the families of Wm Lawson. Bill Porter has been one of my wonderful fellow researchers.

To clarify the wife listed in this original post. We now know that Wm The Rebel did not marry Jane Banks. That was a different Wm Lawson. The following marriage pertains to another William Lawson, the one that did marry Jane Banks, not to William Lawson of Scott Co, Virginia who married Rebecca, maiden name unknown:

The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 20, No. 3 (Jan., 1912), pp. 202-204 Published by: Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. HALIFAX COUNTY VIRGINIA MARRIAGE BONDS: 1758, May 24, William Lawson & Jane Banks, Spinster.

This William Lawson and Jane Banks Lawson moved to Georgia where they lived until they died. This William Lawson (husband of Jane Banks), was a 1st Lieut & 2nd Lieut under Capt. James Quarles, 2nd Regt. DAR records state he was born 1740 in Halifax co., VA, died before 25 October, 1800, in Hancock Co., GA. He was also a captain in James Quarles 2nd Regt.


Larry Gray February 23, 2014 at 7:05 am

I am new to this site but it is so interesting. Your comments I find especially helpful to a very green family researcher. My mother was a Lawson and her grandfather was Rev. J.D. Lawson (1826-1906) who, in turn, was the great grandson of the William Lawson who married Jane Banks and died in Georgia. Would you happen to know if this William Lawson had any brothers and, if so, were they by chance Benjamin Lawson and Claiborne Whitehead Lawson. Was this William Lawson’s mother Elizabeth Lawson Jackson?
Thank you in advance. I look forward to your response.


Randall March 20, 2010 at 3:23 am

Genealogy: Collecting dead relatives and sometimes a live cousin!


David Lawson March 25, 2010 at 11:14 am

I am the grandson of Othie Lawson and recently started to see if I could trace our genealogy. I came across a website called http://www.cheesbrough.org that traces my grandfather back to William Lawson. I was completely unaware that the Lawson side of my family has such a history or that so many have worked to put this together. I live in Birmingham, Alabama. My father, Joseph Lawson, lives in Akron, Ohio and Naples, Florida. I have not spoken to him about this yet so I don’t know if he even knows the family history.


Amber Lawson January 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Hello David, You said that your grandfather was Othie Lawson, do you know who his parents were ? I am from Travis Lawson/Maysie Simpkins Line-James P Lawson/ Mary Polly Ward-Jeremiah Myron Lawson/Mary Elen Linn-Levi Hansford Lawson/Margaret “Maggie” Hayes-Lafayette “Lafe” J Lawson/Anna Lou Cox (my grandparents)


Veronica June 22, 2017 at 12:03 pm

Oh we are family then Amber. I am from the Travis Lawson/Maysie Simpkins-James P Lawson/Mary Polly Ward-Jeremia Myron Lawson/Mary Ellen Lin-Levi Hansford Lawson/Margaret “Maggie” Hayes Lawson-Mary Elizabeth Lawson/Joseph Edmond Cox-Dorothy Mae Cox/Harold E Deeter-Eugene Archer/Judith Deeter-Tim Canfield/Victoria Slusser Line. My 2nd great grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Lawson


Barb Lawson July 27, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Could you please verify your Grandparents. We have Othie G. (B: Nov 29 1906) Married to Ella Rae Craft. Could use your help in updating your family. Please contact me directly. This is our LFHP host family tree, and the page of Othie.


David Lawson March 25, 2010 at 11:17 am

When click on that website from here, it won’t take me to it. Looks like you need to google the names to get there.


David Lawson March 25, 2010 at 11:44 am
Patti Lawson March 25, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I just followed the link to this gedcom. I am quite shocked to see that the information there is a flat out copy of my own database from rootsweb AND it shows the names of living individuals which mine does not. Nearly if not all the data can be attributed to my own research, that of Bill Porter’s book and many other Lawson cousins who have contributed. It would appear that Gerald Lawson out of the United Kingdon who has the Lawson One Name Study project has copied all our work. I know a lot of people would find a problem with their living family being listed. David, here is a link to my database going to your Othie. If you follow him back to Wm The Rebel you will see that the Gerald’s file is an exact copy of mine. Any differences are from updates I am constantly running.


Now that I’m done griping nice to meet you here. My husband is descended from William Lawson II and two of his sons, Jeremiah and Wm III.


Tammy June 15, 2010 at 8:27 am

Patti: How would Gerald Lawson out of the United Kingdom who has the Lawson One Name Study project be able to put all our living relatives on-line if he copied your database which does not include these names?



ShirleyK.Lawson March 6, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Gerald Lawson in the United Kingdom, if its the I ran across tonight looking for Geo Lawson…the first name equalates to the surname of
Gerrard..it’s “french” to tell you the truth. I’m looking for Simkins Creek in what I think is Kentucky…I have an Capt John Simpsy in early King
William county, where George Lawson was in his early years. I also many years ago found an entry in an book that Benjamin Lawson was an Lawyer…. and half brother to the Percell family. Lady that worked for me one time was an irish war bride…she brought me back an travel brochure on “Matrix Castle”….said that this was where the Methodist
Wesley brothers would stop over at on thier way to the American Colonies…and it was noted for something else also.. Gerald “the poet” resided there, one of the queens favorite…Queen Elizabeth
confiscated this castle during her reign on Ireland. It was also associated
with Sir William Reighly introducing the “Potato” to Ireland.


Shirely K. Lawson March 7, 2011 at 12:32 am

You will have to pardom me…I’m into week four of an “book” I think on the Lawson family (s)….Oct 11, 1579, William Gerrard (Gerald) ..Lord Chancellor of Dublin was dubbed (Knighted) in Ireland by Sir William Peltham, Lord Justice
Grants in July reign of King Henry VIII…under Sir Audley, duke of Norfolk….yorkshire, east riding four enteries for land..Sir Geo Lawson,
9 July, Pat 30 HenVIII page m 9d and 10. One whom is here in many records with Sir Geo Lawson and in the American colonies is an Thomas Fairfax family. To take an look at this go to “British History
online” web site. Nov. 16, 1527…Roger Maynors dubbed (knighted)
at windsor on Corpis Christie Day…George Lawson.
Aldeburgh Lawson’s….Aleburgh is an Suffolk Co., england town that
means “Old Fort”. The flagship of the Virginia Company..the Sea Venture is beleived to have been built here…another person says of the ship that William shakesphere, was an stock holder in the ship but not to the London company that supplied it to go on it’s voyage…but
it is felt that his “The Tempest” narrative came from the knowing about the ill fate of this ship. Like the Titanic, on it’s madien voyage
it was caught in the hurricane and ran aground by it’s Capt. whom
ended up in Bermuda, not Jamestown…they would eventually get there though just the same with 50 of it’s 600 passengers..see the documented tale of Sylvester Jordan and/or William strachyey.
….back to Aldeburgh…because the sands shifted over the years it’s shipping career went into being an fishing village and later an resort town. My England Book with it’s Myths and Legends bespeaks of considerable “ferries” in the area and an witch or two also…but keep
your ego… and do right…. and things should be proceed well and good enough.


David Lawson March 26, 2010 at 1:04 pm

When I try to go to the cheesbrough website today, it asks me to login using a password.


Pamela Lawson March 26, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Hi. My brother, David Mark Lawson and I have just discovered we are family members. Our father is Joseph Leroy Lawson, only child of Othie and Ella Rae. There has been no record of my father on the family chart. He was listed as “private” under child. Our great grandfather is Levi Hansford.
I am interested in getting all our family birthdates/records onto the family site and I would also like to purchase the book.
Thank You
Pamela Lawson


Amber Lawson December 9, 2010 at 8:40 am

Hello Pamela,
It is nice to meet you over the email anyway. My grandfather was (Lafe) Lafayette Jeremiah Lawson, which was a brother to you Othie- If you check under Osa G in some of the family trees you will find Othie-most people called him Osa. My Uncle Paul, which would be a cousin to you, has asked me to find information regard Osa. And I am actually putting a book together for him and my Uncle Gene regarding all of there cousins for them. Lafe married Anna Lou Cox and they had 9 children-2 died in infancy (they are buried in Woodside Cemetery along the oldest part next to Lafe brother who died in Army Training.) Lafe and Anna Lou are buried in Woodside and in front of them are Betty Mae (twin to Wanda) and Jake. Levi Hansford and Margaret Maggie Hayes Lawson are buried in Woodside also, there are actually quite a few members of the Lawson family buried there. Clifford is buried with his family in Trenton. Chester is buried in Woodside and Alvin and most that moved on to Indiana are buried there. Andy is in Florida, not for sure if he is still at the funeral home but he was cremated and wanted to be brought back to where Jeremiah Myron Lawson is buried in Back Cemetery in Menifee Kentucky. Levi’s mother Mary Ellen is buried in Indiana, she actually lived with Levi and Maggie at the time of her death. I do have a lot of information if you would like. The reason they put living is because they do not have permission from that person to put into the database, if it is a personnal family tree you can have them, but if it goes on line anyone that doesn’t have a death date or is still living then it will not be published. I thank you, for some of your information because my Uncle Paul has really been interested in what happen to Osa and to Martha but I can’t find any info about her.
Thank you again for you time. Amber Lawson Salmons


Barb Lawson July 27, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Please take a look at our LFHP host FTM, which is researched and maintained by Patti Lawson, a descendant of the Rebel.
Here is the page of Othie and Ella Ray. If you would like, please contact me directly at bjlawson@hughes.net, or get it touch with Patti to update your family.
As noted before Gerald’s Lawson’s UK site…is a copy of Patti’s work, which he would have somehow copies her entire Gedcom, in order to pick up and show living people.
Our programs here in the U.S. will not offer the names of living people, so we are counting on kin of each family to keep us current when death’s occur.


Pat Carroll Johnson August 30, 2010 at 8:50 am

A wonderful hello! In terms of ancestry hounds, I am relatively new. But I have been doing my research! We are trying to “prove” to DAR the line of my grand-mother back to William Lawson. Our family history and stories all indicate that William Lawson is our ancestor but we would like to prove it.
My grandmother was Anna Margaret Dalton (1902 – 1950 death certificate)
GGrandmother was Dora A. Lawson (1876 – 1953 death certificate)
GGGrandfather was Travis T. Lawson (1824 – 1894)
GGGGrandfather was James P. Lawson/Eliza Margaret Simpkins (1794 – 1880)
GGGGGrandfather was Travis Lawson (1766 – 1788) Martha Macie Simpkins
GGGGGGrandfather was William Lawson (1731 – 1826)

I am looking for death records or other records that can connect Travis T. to James P. Lawson and James P. Lawson to Travis Lawson (1766).
Any help is deeply appreciated and I will share all the information I have found.
Much appreciation, Pat


Amber Lawson April 10, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Hi Pat, You can check death records for Kentucky for Travis T, James P and Travis they all died in Kentucky-try the death records for Wolfe, Morgan, Menifee, Breathitt and Letcher-most of the counties where not counties yet and they were made up out of the other counties, also try United States Mortiality records for Kentucky, they might be there. Also, there is a plack that is suppose to go up in Wolfe County where Travis and Maysie lived, don’t know if it has gone up yet, but I have heard it was suppose to, they are suppose to be buried on their land. My guess knowing Kentucky, they all were buried on their property or family cemeteries that are located on land that one or the other owned. By the way the Daltons are on my mom’s side who was Anna Margaret’s parents do you have information about them. I am also from James P family line but with his second wife Mary “Polly” Ward. So we could be double related.LOL hope this helps in your search. Amber


Ruthanne Tickel-Logan October 24, 2015 at 12:03 pm

Amber: I started looking into my Lawson ancestry a couple of years back, had some hard years and stopped. I’m descended from Travis and Maysie too. A family story suggests that William Lawson, the Rebel’s wife, Travis’s mom, was full blood Cherokee. Have you heard the story. There is a post on Floyd County Simpkins genology page indicating that Lawson family had tradition that there is Native blood going back to Travi Lawson’s (our Travis) line. Have you heard the story? Also, do you have any idea where Travis was born (in North Carolina I belive) or where his grave is located in KY? My gg grandmother was Lucy Lawson Wells.


Steve Nelson August 27, 2017 at 8:43 am

Just found this site and wanted to share we many be related. I descend from the Harper line. I believe wick Kendall Harper not listed had a daughter mollie harper who is my grandmother. So wick can be traced back to Travis etc. I have Lao heard the story of a revolutionary war veteran that married a native princess down south.
Mollie Harper (stark) had three girls. Together they had 28 kids. The 28 kids have had over seventy children.

Would like to see more of the stories and lineage if you would like to share. Nelsons7@msu.edu
Steve Nelson


Barb Lawson July 27, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Pat, please contact me regarding applying to DAR under the line of James Lawson, son of Travis. I am currently discussing this issue with four of our members, including a DAR official in our LFHP. bjlawson@hughes.net


Patti December 4, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Hmmm…just got an email notification that new content had been posted on this thread. Not seeing anything new since Pat’s post in Aug 2010. Just hoping I am not missing anything. Are the updates way behind maybe?

Pat have you made any progress in your DAR quest? I am concerned about your dates for Eliza Simpkins-Lawson. You have her dying in 1880. She is not actually ever even been proven as James Lawson’s first wife. Her name has been taken as a given by Lawson researchers of this line but no one seems to have a source.

Mary “POlly” Ward is proven as his second wife per the marriage in Morgan Co, Ky Aug 8, 1831. Mary is the wife who was still alive in 1880.


Pat December 5, 2010 at 10:32 am

Hi Patti, If you are subscribed to comments the notification you got may have been from a spam comment that I deleted. Sorry about that, they do occasionally get through my filters.


Patti December 5, 2010 at 1:33 pm



Amber Lawson April 10, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Hi Patti,
If you look closely, those are the dates for James P Lawson not Eliza Simpkins. She just added the dates in the wrong place, she put it behind Eliza instead of James.

What is this about not having the information about Eliza not being James’ first wife, from everything that I can find she is. Also, I have a cousin that also does research and he is from the family line of James P and Eliza Simpkins. Do you think that they really weren’t married with her being a cherokee or what? Could the paperwork to prove this be in Dawes research or maybe paperwork that got destroyed in Virginia?


michael g lawson January 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Hi, would you know who were parents of henry milford lawson, buried at briceville, tn. Thanks,


Barb Lawson November 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Lawson Family Heritage Program


Barb Lawson November 12, 2011 at 3:32 pm

From a recent (Nov 2011) DNA test, it appears that this Lawson line “Might” connect to Randolph Lawson and Susannah, but much more research needs to be completed.
The Pedigree chart listed indicates that the parents of Henry Milford Lawson (Sep 20, 1884 Scott Co., TN, – June 1979 Briceville, AndersonTN) were William Jesse Lawson and Lydia Gibson.

Ref: Carl Lawson DNA chart group 6 – http://lawsondna.org/


Mary Nell Hess February 2, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Hi. New to the Ancestry hunt. I also had a great grandfather whose name was William Lawson, settled in Cross Keys, Union County SC. Married American Indian, Pathernia.
Children were: 1. Wiley Lawson 2.William L Lawson 3. Martha J Lawsom
Does anyone have any imformation on this set of Lawsons?
William was from Ireland; lived in Virginia and finally settled in SC.


Jeremy D.Lawson October 19, 2014 at 11:26 pm

I have a william L.Lawson in my family dated mid 1880 of Missouri


Shirl February 25, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I am trying to find more information on Lucy Carter (child of Joseph Carter) who was supposedly married to a William Lawson. They are mentioned as heirs in the Probate papers of Joseph Carter who died in 1844 in Illinois. Joseph Carter, my 4x great grandfather was the son of Dale Carter of the Indian scalping. Where can I find more documentation that she is a child of Joseph…is there a birth record? She is said to have died in 1828 and yet the probate record says William and Lucie Lawson, one of the eleven heirs. One heir was a grandson, child of Thomas Carter. I come from James Carter who preceeded Joseph in death. Where was Lucie when this estate was probated in 1845 in Shelby, IL?


Roseanna Lawson Whitt April 5, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I am a relative of William Lawson…through his son Travis. I am looking for a copy of the Book William Lawson The Scottish Rebel…Anyone know where I could find a copy?


Amber Lawson April 10, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Try contacting Bill Porter, he is the one who wrote about William “the Rebel” Lawson, there are two books, the first is some information, but I found that the Travis line is not really mentioned that much, the second book is suppose to have more information in it, I haven’t seen it so I am not for sure how much information is there. If you are the Travis line then we are related in some fashion I am also from the Travis Line down through James and 2nd wife Mary “Polly” Ward-Jeremiah Myron Lawson and Mary Elen Lynn-Levi Hansford Lawson and Margaret “Maggie” Hayes-Lafayette “Lafe” J Lawson and Anna Lou Cox-and then my parents Billy H Lawson Sr. and the Late Mary Jo Tester. If I can be of any help with the family line please let me know. Amber Lawson Salmons (ambsalmons@aol.com)


Aimee May 30, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I’m related to William Lawson and was also looking for that book.


Patti Lawson April 12, 2011 at 10:43 am

For some of you who are looking for other Lawson’s who are not connected to this Wm of Scott Co,Virginia here is a site that may be of use.


Carl Lawson has done a wonderful job of compiling information on as many Lawson’s possible in early VA and NC. He has a large amount of transcribed records there posted in a time line style. He also keeps a chart of many test results from the Lawson DNA project.


Kristina Shepherd May 3, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I’m looking for my ggggg grandmother Alsey/Alcey “Alice” Lawson born in I think Stokes Co. North Carolina in 1768 she married Bartley Belcher and her daughter Sarah “Sally” Belcher was born in 1801 in Stokes County North Carolina. I don’t know who her parents were and would like to know. I found the dates of birth and states of birth on Census so they are correct. Interesting that Betsy Lawson was born the same year listed above. My ggg grandmother Alice had a daughter named Elizabeth “Betsey” Belcher that married Col. David Rogers my ggg grandparents. I wonder how Alice and Betsey Lawson were related since they were born in N.C. the same year!


Barb Lawson July 27, 2013 at 6:24 pm

I hope this file will remain available for you, as this researcher goes back to the marriage of Alsie (Alice) Lawson and Bartlett/Bailey Belcher in Patrick Co., Va. July 20, 1799.

I do not believe this line to be connected or related to the William Lawson that our LFHP is researching. William (The Rebel) Lawson was never found to be in Patrick Co., Va.


Henry Paul Lawson IV June 30, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Hello all,

My name is Henry Paul Lawson the Fourth. I was named after my Grandfathers Grandfathers Grandfather. My Father is Henry Kelley Lawson. My Grandfather and my Great aunts and uncles can be found here (http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=REG&db=patti-lawson&id=I02154). im just looking for my family crest and confirmation that this is indeed my line.

Thank you,

Henry Paul Lawson IV


Barb Lawson July 27, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Yes, what Patti has posted is your line. If you have an interest in confirming the “Bloodline”, please contact our LFHP http://www.lfhp.org/index.html
or Carl Lawson directly and have him send you a DNA kit for the 37 markers, and you can test to see, without any doubt, that you will match all of the other Rebel Males who have tested.

As far as I know we do not have a test for your particular line from Henry P Lawson (1841)
Look to group 12, to see all our Rebel lines tests and pedigree charts associated with each test.


Desmond Lawson October 20, 2011 at 8:43 am

hi my names desmond, this stone is located where i live my grandfather tracked back our heritage and this was far as he could find. Does anyone know where to find mroe information?


Barb Lawson November 12, 2011 at 3:39 pm

There were at one time several William Lawson’s in Virginia. The one known as “The Rebel”, born 1731 Scotland married Rebecca. Her last name is unknown, but there is speculation that she could have been Rebecca Travis.

The William Lawson who married Jane Banks ended up inGeorgia.


Dianne Winkler December 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Hi All, I am in the line of William Lawson the Rebel. My Grandmother was Myrtle Florence Lawson (Crowe) and I can remember many of her sisters and brothers from family reunions when I was young. There was a cousin from Kentucky who I was very fond of and looked forward to seeing every summer. Her name is Karen (Lawson?). If anyone can tell me where she may be, I would greatly LOVE it. All my cousins out there whom I have never met, I love you! If I can be a help to anyone, please feel free to email me and begin the subject line with FAMILY. I would love to hear from you . Have some pretty good family stories too. Dianne / grannywink&@yahoo.com


nathaniel lawson February 11, 2012 at 3:07 am

Hello my name is Nathaniel Lawson. Son of Barney Roger Lawson born in wise county at wise hospital on april 14 1989. I am near the last pages of the book “William Lawson a scot rebel”. I myself own the book and it is full of interesting facts about the Lawson family. So if anyone has any questions about the heritage and background of the family look up wise county court house and check out the historic society. The book will be on sell there. But if that dont answer your questions feel free to ask me i know a few more facts that are not in the book.


Barb Lawson October 29, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Nathaniel, I would be very interested in learning of which line you descend from, and of your other facts. Our LFHP program has been working with over 475 descendants of our Rebel, and we hope to have the most accurate data as possible posted on rootsweb at http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=patti-lawson&id=I00086 and our website at http://www.lfhp.org/index.html


Lora Wood Smith March 27, 2012 at 11:05 am

William Lawson’s daughter, Sally, married my father’s ancestor, Henry Wood. Thank you so much for the photo of William’s tombstone. Will be a nice addition to my genealogy scrapbook! =)


Todd Helton October 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I think William The Rebel is my 6th Great Grandfather. Can anyone comment on this lineage and if it seems reasonable and on target?

William A Scottish Rebel Lawson (1731 – 1826)
is your 6th great grandfather
Travis Lawson (1766 – 1855)
Son of William A Scottish Rebel
John Isaac Lawson (1791 – 1878)
Son of Travis
Andrew Jackson Lawson Sr (1831 – 1897)
Son of John Isaac
William Lewis Lawson (1863 – 1944)
Son of Andrew Jackson
Robert Coursie Lawson (1899 – 1960)
Son of William Lewis
William Dallas Lawson (1918 – 2006)
Son of Robert Coursie
Donna Lawson (1944 – )
Daughter of William Dallas
Todd Helton
You are the son of Donna Lawson


Jessica Lawson May 25, 2013 at 10:17 pm

This is my ggggggggggggg grandfather! I would love to get in touch with with family members! contact me if you’re related to him! jessica_lawson04@yahoo.com


Nezzie Lawson Brewer June 12, 2013 at 11:58 am

Hello I am Nezzie Lawson Brewer I am from the William Lawson the Rebel line.my grandfather was Charlie Lawson, great grandfather Daniel Lawson, and great great grandfather David Lawson of Wolf CO.Ky.would like to talk to relatives and i need pictures if any one has any. so please e mail me-NezzieBrewer@gmail.com


Judy Estep October 14, 2013 at 7:32 am

Does anyone know of a William Lawson III who married Catherine Lane? I have no other information for them. Believe they were from Scott County, Virginia.


Barbara Lawson May 20, 2014 at 7:08 pm

You are making an assumption that his father was killed at Culloden. There has been no proof. Early reports only states “he was the only son of a widow lady”.

Many people are connecting the Rebel with Rebecca Jane Banks.. This is a different William Lawson, and they went to Georgia. DNA has proven the separate lines. See Carl Lawson DNA.

No parents have been proven for William (1731). All postings of his parents have been proven incorrect.


Greg Stahley June 29, 2014 at 1:40 pm

I have recently CONFIRMED that I am also a direct descendant of William “A Scottish Rebel” Lawson. My great grandmother (That I can remember very well) was Annie Doty (Bowman) Taylor. Her mother was Margaret Josephine (Lawson) Bowman, and Margaret’s parents were William Lawson IV and Hulda Baxter (Addington) Lawson, and William Lawson IV’s parents were William Lawson III and Lucy (Carter) Lawson, and William Lawson III’s parents were William Lawson II and Nancy (Baker) Lawson and of course William Lawson II’s parents were William “A Scottish Rebel” Lawson and Rebecca Jane (Banks) Lawson. I was THRILLED when I CONFIRMED it was true. My great grandmother Annie Doty (Bowman) Taylor is buried about four miles from where I am sitting, and my great, great grandmother Margaret Josephine (Lawson) Bowman is buried about one mile from where I am sitting. I have recently acquired some pictures of William Lawson IV and Hulda Baxter (Addington) Lawson. I have also learned the Addington’s have a rich history themselves. I never knew that tracking down my family history would be so much fun, and also VERY enlightening to see that we actually do have ancestors that were somewhat famous.


Jeremy D.Lawson October 19, 2014 at 11:42 pm

I believe my family maybe. Related to Jeremiah lawson we are of ky and mo i have up to 6 gradation of lawson around 1794 or 1800


John Lawson July 22, 2015 at 5:22 am

My great grandfather was Joe Lawson from tn. Just trying to see if I was related


Jodie Cole July 31, 2015 at 2:48 pm

I am looking for my Lawson by the name of Bartholomew or Bartley Lawson who married Elizabeth Donaghey in 1819 in Tennessee. I have had so much trouble with the Lawson Family. They had several children, and were married in Blount Couty, Tennessee. After the Tennessee period, they moved to Arkansas and ended up in Boone County, Arkansas. I would love to know the parents of Bartley Lawson and what happened to them. I would also like to know if Bartley had any brothers or sisters. Thank you for this period to ask the questions I would liked to have answered.
Jodie Cole jodie.cole@cox.net


bryce harper October 20, 2015 at 11:19 am

I am a student at the rocky mountain school of expeditionary learning and i am doing a project on William Lawson, I am wondering what quotes you might have from Mr. Lawson. If you have a few quotes please email me at bharper@rmsel.org


Don Lawson February 17, 2016 at 12:42 pm

I am looking for my family lines, My Father Clarence Haggard Lawson born in Kaufman Tx 1919, my grandfather was Jessie Sulu Lawson born in McMinnville, Tennessee and my great-grandfather was Travis Lawson born in Kentucky he had two or three bothers and one sister we think her name was Lavicia, I had an aunt named Lavicia.


Greg Stahley September 13, 2016 at 7:48 pm


My 5th great grandfather was William Lawson Jr. whose father was William “The Rebel” Lawson, both fought at the battle of King’s Mountain in S.C. during the Revolutionary War. Travis was a brother to William Jr. and the son of William ‘The Rebel”Lawson. I have a list of all the known brothers and sisters of Travis, I have several cousins that live close by that are descendants of Travis. My great grandmother’s (Whom I remember very well) grandfather was William “The Blacksmith” Lawson IV. I have a picture of him and also a picture of William Lawson III. Since you are a cousin, send me a message on my e-mail if your interested in knowing more.


Jared Lawson March 7, 2016 at 4:14 pm

Hello, my name is Jared Lawson and i am from Montgomery County Virginia. I would like to find out if i am descended from William Lawson but i’m not shore how to trace my family back. I know through family information that we have been here in since the 19th century and that William is still kinda a family name. i also know that at some point the family branched off with some going to Tennessee to settle in the mid 19th century.
Thank you for you help
Jared Lawson


dianna rickard February 9, 2017 at 9:23 pm

Jared, please read my 2/10/2017 post then contact me. We may have some connection to one another thru the Lawson name, esp. if I can find that Sallie (Sarah) Chambliss’ maiden name was Lawson. Thanks, Dianna


G. L. Stahley July 1, 2016 at 10:43 pm

William the “Scottish Rebel” Lawson is my 6th great grandfather. My great grandmother was Anna Doty (Bowman) Taylor (Whom I remember very well)and her mother was Margaret Josephine (Lawson) Bowman. Her grandparents were William Lawson IV and Hulda Baxter (Addington) Lawson. Her sister was named Hulda Baxter Bowman after her grandmother and I remember her very well also. My great grandmother was named after her great grandmother (Hulda Baxter (Addington) Lawson’s mother) Anna (Doty) Addington who was married to Charles Cromwell Addington. From what I can gather they were all from Scott County Virginia. I have pictures of William Lawson IV and Hulda, also of William Lawson III and Lucy Lawson. William Lawson IV and Hulda are buried not far from where I live. I also have cousins that are Lawsons that came from the Travis Lawson line that I have known for years that live close by. My cousin and I are planning a trip this fall to Scott County Virginia to look up some of our ancestors and take some pictures of whatever we can. If anyone has any knowledge of Scott County Virginia or maybe some places we could visit it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


Mary Stewart October 2, 2016 at 5:08 pm

My name is Mary Stewart. My 5th great grandmother is Martha “Maysie” Simpkins.
I believe I may be related to William Lawson, The Scottish Rebel. Could you please let me know if I am correct. Thank you!


Ana June 11, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Yes, Maisie was married to Travis Lawson, William “The Rebel”‘s son.


Danielle November 3, 2016 at 8:23 pm

William lawson is my great great great grandfather ?


William lawson December 20, 2016 at 7:38 pm

5320 cole,hillsdale mich i,m a decent of William the Scottish rebel my dad’s name is Ben Lawson, his father was William lawson,lived in menifee co ky died in 1952. I was born in wolf co ky Oct 26 1948 ,not sure I think I am 7 generation,I do have the book william lawson the Scottish rebel,would like to have the latest book.


dianna rickard February 9, 2017 at 9:18 pm

Jacob Myers, my 2 great grandfather, was married to Nancy Chambliss, daughter of Henry Chambliss from Virginia and Sallie. One of their sons was a Lawson Fuller Myers. The name Lawson keeps popping up in the Chambliss line, yet I can not find any connection to the Myers’ line. Any hints or connection ideas would be appreciated. When Nancy died giving birth to her daughter (Nancy Myers) , Lawson Chambliss tried to take all of the Myers children away from Tennessee to Texas, but Jacob went after them and brought all back to Union Co. Tn. w/the exception of William who chose to stay w/his Chambliss grandfather. William later served in the Confederate Army and did survive. Could Sallie’s maiden name have been Lawson? Can use any/all info anyone has on the Chambliss line as pertains to those mentioned above. Thanks.


Jeffery Lawson August 12, 2017 at 9:13 am

Just wanted to say hello to my new family members! No one had ever done any research on the Lawson line in my family and I just now found out William the Rebel is my great x7 grandfather. Here’s my line:
William Lawson
Travis Lawson
James P. Lawson
James M. Lawson
Malinda Lawson
Windield Lawson
Jesse D. Lawson
Elvin Lawson
Greg D. Lawson
Jeffery D. Lawson


Sue Ann September 24, 2017 at 10:43 pm

What a great site of “family sharing”. I find all comments very interesting. Amazing what we can do now with technology. After reading sites and looking at ancestor lines, I believe I am related through Alsey (Lawson) Nickell, Harris.
My line- through Alsey and her second husband- William Hayden Harris.
Then their son- Henry Chandler Harris , and his wife Ann (Clark).
Then their daughter- Julia Ann (Harris), her husband John William Ramey.
Then their son- Garrison Anderson Ramey, his wife Ethel Anis (Cox).
Their daughter, my mother. Then me.
There was a story of Indian ancestry in our family as well (as most families), and a mention of word “tuckaho”. I have search for years to find -a root to make bread; a river near Maryland; assoc. with “cohee”-depending on which side of Mountains you were from; to possible Indian chief. Maybe I have been searching wrong family line.
Does anyone have proof of the Indian ancestry connection in Lawson-Simpkins line?
Could it be linked to word “tuckaho” ?
I am happy to find a possible connection to Wm Lawson “the rebel” from Scotland as well. Thank you- to all that are searching to put the puzzle pieces back together.
Glad to share what I have gathered on my family.(GHENLEY161@aol.com)
Have a great day, Sue Ann


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