Arminda Gilliam, Amos Bledsoe, Nadine & Addie Lawson

by pat jones

in Faces

Rylynn writes,

This is a photo, given to me by my mother, of my great, great grandparents, my grandmother and great aunt (Both granddaughters of Amos and Arminda). I have no idea where this picture was taken or what year as there is no writing on the picture. I’m trying to piece together my Bledsoe/Lawson family and hopefully will find some more information to share or connect with someone else here.


Arminda Gilliam, Amos Bledsoe, Nadine Lawson & Addie Lawson

Arminda Gilliam, Amos Bledsoe, Nadine Lawson & Addie Lawson

Amos M. Bledsoe b Feb 1878 Scott Co, VA d Aug 1954 son of Alfred Bledsoe and Keziah Moore.

Arminda Gilliam b 1877 Scott Co, VA d 1963 daughter of Aaron Gilliam and Sarah Ash.

The two little girls are:
Nadine Lawson (my grandmother’s sister)
Addie Lawson (Holding doll) (My grandmother)

Both girls are the daughters of Cynthia Jane Bledsoe and Doyle D. Lawson.
Cynthia Jane Bledsoe daughter of Amos Bledsoe and Arminda Gilliam.
Doyle D. Lawson son of Haston Lawson and Laura Elizabeth Gilreath.

Submitted by Rylynn Blake

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Annette Lawson March 16, 2008 at 3:41 pm

I may be able to help you with the Bledsoe side of your family. I.W. married Katherine Wallen.
Keziah Moore (1854-1926) was d/o Jesse Moore and Matilda Bledsoe.


Rylynn March 21, 2008 at 10:45 am

Hi Annette,
I’m not sure who I.W. is, but the others I’ve heard of.
I’d love to hear from you. I have some info, more extensive on the Bledsoe and other lines than the Lawson’s, but I’d be greatful for any further info. Maybe it can help me tie up so many gaps I still have.
Please contact me at

Look forward to hearing from you.



Cindy Tyson April 3, 2008 at 8:04 am

I am descended from a Charles (Charlie) H. Bledsoe a brother of Amos Bledsoe. I would love to share and compare. On my website you will find some other pics of the Bledsoes.


Rylynn April 9, 2008 at 6:48 pm

Hi Cindy,
What’s the addy to your website? I’m very interested.
Drop me an email at and we can
start comparing. I’d be glad to hear from you.



Pat April 9, 2008 at 8:03 pm

Hi Rylynn,

If you click on Cindy’s name above her comment it will take you to her website.


Brittany July 21, 2008 at 4:40 pm

I am also looking for more information on the lawson/bledsoe family. The little girl in this picture is my grandmother. Addie. So if anyone can help email me at Thanks, Brittany


Mary Bledsoe Dawson September 19, 2008 at 4:51 pm

Would love to share history and good memories. Amos was my great uncle.
My grandpaw was Harrison, Amos’ brother. Spent many nights on Blackwater with family. Would love to correspond with anyone who want’s to share info. Look forward to hearing from you.


Mary Bledsoe Dawson September 19, 2008 at 4:54 pm

Mary Bledsoe Dawson, E-mail, moonpass@bellsouth,net


George Lawson December 14, 2008 at 3:05 pm

My name is George Lawson Jr. My e-mail address is and my Great Great Grandmothers name was Sarah Bleddsoe and she was married to Winder Lawson and she had a sister named Elezabeth and a borther named Sampson Bledsoe and he was married to Narcinda Lawson, however he was killed in the Civil War. E-mail me and i’ll try my best to assist you in your search. My Grandmothewrs name was Nellie Dingus Lawson and she married John Henry Lawson in Big Stone Gap VA. He had a 1/2 brother by the name of Howard Bledsoe.


Mike Burke January 6, 2009 at 8:31 pm

I’m a distant cousin, through Alfred Moore’s sister Amanda Jane Bledsoe. And like anyone from that area, my tree is littered with Bledsoe, Gilliam, Neal, and Lawson. It’s interesting to see some family names passed down – my father was an Amos as well. Thanks for the photo and keep info coming….


Allen Neal June 13, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Mike would you e-mail me at I have some questions about your Burke and neal Family


Liz Cox June 2, 2009 at 6:47 am

This is for Mike Burke posted January 6, 2009….Who is your Neal family from Scott County?


Mike Burke July 30, 2009 at 5:53 am

Amanda Jane Bledsoe married Pharoal Neal (son of Absolom Neal) — their daughter Maggie Lois Neal was my paternal grandmother.


Elmer Jessee November 22, 2009 at 7:11 pm

I am trying to get info on my grandfather D.B. “Dock” Bledsoe. He lived in Scott Co. Va on Dry Creek. He was married to Siller Payne. I never knew anything about his side of the family. I live in SC and any info anyone has would be great.


Lynne Short September 16, 2014 at 1:37 pm

My maternal grandmother, Mary Cameline Bledsoe Giles, was a sister to your grandfather, Dock. I have a picture of three of the boys and I think Dock is one of them. I am trying to find out all I can on the their parents, Clercy or Clarissa and her husband Tommy Bledsoe. Please send me any links, pictures or information that you have. Thank you so very much.


Frankie Fielden August 30, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Alfred and Keziah were my ggg-grandparents…I have gathered some info but there is so much more to find! Would love to share info ( as well as double check to see if what I have is correct! )
My email is


George Lawson December 16, 2010 at 5:39 pm

My name is George Lawson. My grandfathers name was John Henry (Jake) Lawson he married Nellie Dingus, who’s step dad was Hasque Lawson 1/2 brother to her husband, John Henry. His father was Johnson Lawson & mother was Jane Willis the mother of Howard Bledsoe. Jane was the daughter of Joe Willis, do you have any more info on Jane & Joseph Willis. Her mother was Matilda Lawson, daughter of Obediah Lawson and Jane England. Do you have any information on Johnson Lawson? His father was Winder Lawson. Trying to clear up some family history. Winnie Lawson was my great aunte and her children were Stella, Harmon, Rosa, Virgie, Synthia

Thank You for your help


Pat C. October 28, 2013 at 7:52 pm

George – my great-grandmother was Jincy Ann Moore, born in 1852, in Lee County, VA. Her parents were Phaniry Moore and “Arra”. That’s all we have for Arra’s name, from the 1850 Scott County, VA census. Phaniry lives next to Jessee Moore on that census. I strongly think Arra’s parents were Obediah Lawson and Jane England, based on DNA testing and 20+ years of research. Do you know anything of Phaniry Moore or “Arra”? They had children Epson G., Wiley A., Kitsey, Sarah A., Winright, Mary and my Jincy Ann

We think Phaniry’s parents were Samuel Moore and possibly Jane Rogers (daughter of Dauswell Rogers). Samuel and Phaniry are enumerated next to each other on the 1840 Lee County, VA census, and on the same page as Samuel, is Obediah (“Dire”), and many other Lawson’s, Bledsoe’s, etc.

Any info from anyone about Phaniry and Arra and their families would be really helpful. We last have Phaniry in 1860 census, in Christian County, MO, but without Arra or Winright. We think Phaniry or Arra may have been part Native American or African American. Thank you all for your most kind help, and ANY info on these families!! Happy to share info too : )



Karen September 14, 2011 at 1:56 am

I am descended from Paralee Lawson Gilliam, who was married to Daniel Gilliam (son of Aaron Gilliam & Sarah Ash) and the sister to Haston Lawson. I am looking for more info on these family lines, especially anything on her father Jonah Lawson and earlier. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


allen September 17, 2011 at 5:27 pm

My Great Aunt was married to Haston Gilliam. I have a little info on this line. You can email me at


fred bledsoe September 27, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Would like any information on aneal bledsoe from jasper va. he was my grandfather.


Lynne Short September 16, 2014 at 1:40 pm

My maternal grandmother was Mary Cameline Bledsoe from Scott County. I know she had a brother, Dock, and a sister Helen. Her mother was Clercy or Clarissa Bledsoe and she was married to Tommy Bledsoe. Does anyone have any information on this line? I would love copies of any pictures, ancestry info or anyone who knows any futher back on the line. thank you so very much.


Sherry Bledsoe October 10, 2015 at 5:28 pm

My name is Sherry Bledsoe and My Dad’s name was Grant Bledsoe my grandfathers name was DB “Dock” Bledsoe I would like more information and pictures on my family, so if anyone has any information or picture please email me Thank you.


Valentino Gilliam March 23, 2017 at 6:40 pm

I know no one will likely ever see this, but I would like any and all info of Aaron Gilliam and Sarah Ash. My great grandfather was John Henry Gilliam, born in 1900. And lived in the Lee county Virginia area. His father (also named John Henry) was 19 when he was born but he have no idea what John Henry SR’s fathers name was. If anyone sees this AMD has any info please email me at thank you very much


Ruby Partin June 14, 2017 at 8:41 am

hello, I’m searching for any Gilliam ancestors that may be family, the family of Richard I. Gilliam Jr. and Mary “Polly” Edwards Gilliam, a daughter I’m really interested in is Mahal j. Gilliam Jones who married John H..Jones Thank you, Ruby


Ruby Partin June 14, 2017 at 8:43 am

hello, I’m searching for any Gilliam ancestors that may be family, the family of Richard I. Gilliam Jr. and Mary “Polly” Edwards Gilliam, a daughter I’m really interested in is Mahala j. Gilliam Jones who married John H..Jones Thank you, Ruby


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