Thomas Lawson, Sr. John Lawson and ?Rhoda McKinney Mordecai Lawson and Frances Stephens Line of Frances (Stephens) Lawson C. M. Lawson and Sarah M. Sims Line of Sarah M. (Sims) Lawson Mordecai S. Lawson and Elizabeth Caroline Turman Line of Elizabeth Caroline (Turman) Lawson James Martin Lawson and Lucy Jane Freeman Line of Lucy Jane (Freeman) Lawson Donald VanHoosier Lawson and Iva Melvina Freeman Line of Iva Melvina (Freeman) Lawson Stephen Martin Lawson
C. M. LAWSON - b. 1816-1817, prob. Franklin Co., TN; d. Jun. 1848 to Jun. 1850, probably in Itawamba Co., MS. Much evidence supports the belief that he was the son of Mordecai LAWSON and Frances STEPHENS of Itawamba Co., MS. C. M.'s first name may have been Cooper or Cephus, and his middle name may have been Martin or Mordecai. The only Census record providing information for him is the 1840 census of Wayne Co., TN, when he and his wife were in the 20-30 age bracket and had one son under age 5. On Jun. 7, 1847 in Itawamba Co., MS, C.M. LAWSON signed a Deed of Trust, together with parents Mordeca<sic> LAWSON and wife Francis<sic>, brother David O. A. LAWSON, and brother-in-law William C. CYPERT. Those named here are all found in the 1840 Census of Wayne Co., TN. The land described in the deed (90 acres in S24 T10S R8E Pontotoc Meridian), sold by Mordecai LAWSON to E.B. HARBOUR, was located about 5 miles SSW of Fulton, just west of the Tombigbee River, near Van Buren. On Jun. 5, 1848 at the post office at Van Buren, Itawamba Co., MS, C.M. LAWSON, Mordecai LAWSON, and others signed a statement that one William R. BRUNDINE was an idiot. Land (in S3 T11S R8E), known as "the Lawson Place", is located about 4 miles SSW of Van Buren, a village organized in the 1830s and no longer existing by 1860. Married March 21, 1839, Wayne Co., TN.
Sarah M. 'Sallye' SIMS - b. Jan. 9, 1814, Stokes Co., NC; d. Apr. 27, 1885, Creek Nation, Indian Territory; bur. Greenhill Cemetery, Muskogee, OK [photo]. Daughter of Robert SIMS and Frances Howard MERRITT. Sarah's middle name is reported as Merritt, the family bible records Martin, and the 1860 Agriculture Schedule lists her as Martha LAWSON. The 1850 census of Wayne Co., TN lists Sarah M. LAWSON as head of household, and age 35. She is listed as Sarah LAWSON in the 1860 census of Wayne Co., TN and the 1870 census of Wayne Co., TN as head of household, and age 46 and 56, respectively. Sarah's farm is included in the 1860 Agriculture Schedule of Wayne County. In 1880 census of Grayson Co., TX, she is found in household of A.M. LAWSON as his mother, age 66. Sarah was buried in the old cemetery at Muscogee, IT. About 1890, her remains and those of about 30 others were removed to the new cemetery, known as City or Greenhill Cemetery. Though broken, repaired, and again broken, her grave stone was still readable in July, 1986: Sarah wife of C.M. Lawson Died April 27, 1885 Aged 71 yrs. 3 mo. 18 dys. The descendants of C. M. LAWSON, through Sarah as granddaughter of Pariss SIMS, are eligible for membership in the SAR (see National Number 127981) and the DAR (see National Number 505661).
Died - in this city, Mr. M. A. Lawson, on Friday morning last, of consumption, aged 45 years. Mr. Lawson was formerly a resident of Muskogee, but left this place on the 26th of last September for Texas on account of failing health, that dread disease, consumption, having already laid hold upon him. His brother in this city was telegraphed some two weeks to come at once to Texas, that his brother was very low. When Mr. Lawson arrived, he at once made arrangements for his brother's removal to this place. He arrived here with him on the night of the 5th and his brother lived only a few days. Mr. Lawson was well known and highly esteemed by all who knew him. He leaves a wife and three children who have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.
Children of Amos and Margaret (1900 Census: 6 children, 2 living):
Mordecai S. LAWSON - b. Sep. 11, 1841, Itawamba Co., MS; d. Jun. 23, 1895 (3 p.m.), Muskogee, OK; bur. Jun. 24, 1895, Greenhill Cemetery, Muskogee, OK [photo]. Son of C. M. LAWSON and Sarah M. SIMS. Mordecai's grave monument includes both his birth and death dates. He served in Civil War as 1st Sgt., Co. F, 6th Reg't., Tenn. Cavalry Volunteers, with pension documents providing signature, and extensive personal and family information. After the War, Mordecai is found in the 1870 census of Wayne Co., TN, and the 1880 census of Grayson Co., TX. Mordecai's farm is included in the 1870 Agriculture Schedule of Wayne County. The Lawson family moved to Benton Co., AR by early 1882, and to Muscogee, Indian Territory in late 1884. The following are from the Muskogee Weekly Phoenix: Jun. 26, 1890 notice - "M. S. Lawson appointed to arrange for the meat and B.B.Q. for the Fourth of July Picnic at the Frozen Rock Community." Sep. 6, 1894 ad - "Go to M.S. LAWSON & Co. for fresh groceries. Price their goods and see how cheap they are selling." Other ads on the same date say that it is a new grocery on the east side of town. On Sep. 26, 1890, Mordecai became affiliated with the Muskogee Masonic Lodge No. 28. His name is listed in the 1897 Proceedings (page 219) of the OK I.O.O.F. as having died in 1895, being until death a member of Muscogee Lodge No. 25. Married Sep. 26, 1867, Waynesboro, Wayne Co., TN, at home of John C. TURMAN.
Death of M. S. Lawson
Muskogee Weekly Phoenix, June 26, 1895
After an illness of several months, Mr. M. S. Lawson died of consumption on Sunday afternoon, June 22 , at 3 o'clock, aged 54 years, and was buried Monday afternoon.
Mr. Lawson was a member of the Baptist church, the Masonic order, the Odd Fellows and G. A. R., and his remains were attended to their last resting place by members of the secret societies named, as well as a large number of the friends of the family.
Rev. P. M. Johnson conducted the funeral services at the Baptist church at 3:30 o'clock, and the Masons took charge and conducted the ceremonies at the grave according to their impressive ritual.
As a man and a citizen, Mr. Lawson was held in high esteem by those who knew him, and while his death was not unexpected, it could not but cast a gloom over the community in which he has made his home so many years, and the earnest, sincere sympathies of many hearts go out to the bereaved family in their hour of sure trial.
Elizabeth Caroline TURMAN - b. Jan. 8, 1846, Bedford Co., TN; d. Oct. 26, 1914, Tecumseh, Pottawatomie Co., OK; bur. Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Pottawatomie Co., OK [photo]. She was known as 'Carrie', thus signing her pension application. Her home at Muskogee, OK had a white picket fence. Carrie was in Tecumseh, OK in Apr. 1896, still there at the time of the 1900 census of Pottawatomie Co., OK, joined the Baptist Church in Tucumcari, NM by 1906, and was still in Tucumcari in Mar. 1909, but returned to Tecumseh by Oct. 1914. On Jan. 5, 1907, the Tucumcari News published a thank you message, signed by Mrs. E. C. LAWSON and Family, following the death of her son John. Pleasant Valley Cemetery is located 8 miles south of Tecumseh, off State Highway 117, and was established in Sep. 1900. Carrie's grave marker is of white marble, with a scroll top and engraved lilies, resting on a pedestal inscribed LAWSON. The marker identifies her as "E. Carrie, wife of M. S. LAWSON," gives her birth and death dates, and includes the verse "Another link is broken in our household band, but its chain is forming in a better land." Daughter of John C. TURMAN and Mary Ann NEELY.