LAWSON

From the files of Stephen M. Lawson


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

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Stephen Martin Lawson

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Photo about 1900 Photo about 1900

James Martin Lawson and Lucy Jane Freeman

James Martin LAWSON - b. July 2, 1868, Waynesboro, Wayne Co., TN; d. Apr. 10, 1958, Patton, San Bernardino Co., CA; bur. Lake View Cemetery, Seattle, WA [photo]. Son of Mordecai S. LAWSON and Elizabeth Caroline TURMAN. James died at Patton State Hospital at 10:03 pm, of bronchia pneumonia, arising due to age and arteriosclerosis. Lake View Cemetery records give his death date as Apr. 12, 1958 (which is the date his body was removed from CA), all LAWSON graves being in the S9 N15 E1/2 of Lot No. 943. Social Security No. 564 26 5788 (file confirms birth date, but gives birth place only as TN). Occupation was usually as a builder and mason. He was in Tecumseh, OK by 1896, living there at the time of the 1900 census of Tecumseh, OK. About 1901, he moved to Tucumcari, NM, and after a fire there moved to Seattle in 1908. James M. LAWSON was baptized at the Tucumcari Baptist Church on Jan. 4, 1904, and dismissed on Jan. 24, 1909. Except for two children who died in infancy (Carrie and Eugene), the entire LAWSON family appears in the 1910 census of Seattle, WA, residing at 1931 8th Ave. West. The LAWSON family moved to Muskogee, OK in 1916, living there until mid-1920. At the time 1920 census of Muskogee, OK, they lived at 626 Elgin Avenue. Family members recall that James was a Justice of the Peace while in Muskogee.

Seattle City Directories, 1909-1915

1909 Lawson, Jas M. bldg contr h 1613 9th Av
1910 Not listed [ 1931 8th Av. W.]
1911 Lawson, Jas M. mason contr h 1600 Warren Av.
1912 Lawson, Jas M. (Lucie J) carp h 1100 Allen Pl.
1913 Lawson, Jas M. (Lucy) mason h 1100 Allen Pl.
1914 Lawson, Jas M. (Lucy J) mason h 410 Malden
1915 Lawson, Jas M. (Lucy J) mason h 410 Malden

Muskogee City Directories, 1916-1919

1916 Lawson, James M (Lucy J) mason ren 304 S 11th
1917 Lawson, James M (Lucy J) cntr r 204 East Side blvd
1918 Lawson, James M (Lucy) r 1311 Georgetown
1919 Not available

Seattle City Directories, 1921-1931
(Not listed in omitted years)

1921 Lawson, Jas M (Lucy) press fdr h 522 Federal Av
1922 Lawson, Jas M (Lucy) contr h 1805 13th Av
1924 Lawson, Lucy J Mrs h 432 11th Av N
1925 Lawson, Jas M (Lucy) contr h 1002 E 42d
1928 Lawson, Lucy J Mrs h 772 30th Av
1931 Lawson, Lucy J Mrs h 2617 2d Av N

Employed at Sand Point Naval Station in the early 1920s, by Libby, MacNeil in Alaska in 1923, and as a mason in the Los Angeles area from the fall of 1923. James' masonry work can be seen at the homes of Marion DAVIES, Rudolph VALENTINO, and William Randolph HEARST. After a brief return to Seattle, James and Lucy separated and he returned to California, but he continued to support her and they visited one another several times until Lucy's death in 1951. In the 1930 census of Los Angeles Co., CA, he was a roomer at 1746 Flower St., Glendale, CA and a masonry contractor. One remembered address for James while in Los Angeles was 1435 Alvarado Terrace. An identification card issued by the Port of Los Angeles on 12 May 1943 bears his photo, signature and right index finger print, and gives the following data: Occupation - Retired; Place of Birth - Tennessee; Age - 74; Height 5-6; Wieght 135; Color Eyes - Gray; Color Hair - White. Before his hospitalization prior to death, he lived at 915 S. Alvarado St., Los Angles, CA, and was employed as a building serviceman by Pacific Telephone and Telegraph. A street in San Luis Obispo, CA bears the LAWSON name. James was a 3rd Degree Mason. He met Lucy Jane as a result of the piano lessons she gave, and they were married Oct. 22, 1895, Muscogee, I.T. by Rev. W. A. FREEMAN, Methodist minister of Hamburk, AR.

Lucy Jane FREEMAN - b. Sep. 12, 1871, Eldara, Pike Co., IL; d. May 13, 1951, Seattle, King Co., WA (2:10 pm). Buried in the LAWSON plot of Lake View Cemetery, Seattle, WA [photo]. Lucy was a charter member of the Tucumcari Baptist Church, and was employed in a millinery shop while in Tucumcari, NM. In the 1930 census of King Co., WA, Lucy was living at 4063 2nd Ave. NE, Seattle, WA, with her sons George and Don and daughter Ruth at home with her. She typed a one page Personal History on Nov. 5, 1931, and prepared her own Birth Certificate (signed before a Notary Public by her mother) and Family Record in Jan. 1941. Lucy noted the following Seattle addresses in a Bible given to her by son Clyde, but the order and dates are not known: 2946 Eastlake Ave., 1414 Seneca St., and 1717 12th Ave. #C-6. At the time of her death, Lucy lived at 706 23rd Ave. N., Seattle, WA. Last words: "Rest, child, rest." Daughter of Scott Cyrus Freeman and Malinda Margaret Sears.


Obituary - The Seattle Times - May 15, 1951

Funeral services for Mrs. Lucy J. Lawson, 79 of 706 23rd Ave. N., who died Sunday, will be held at 11 o'clock tomorrow in the Butterworth Chapel, with burial in Lake View.
Mrs. Lawson had lived here for 44 years. She was born in Eldorado<sic>, Ill. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband, James; five sons, Clyde F., James C., Donald V. Lawson, all of Seattle, George O. Lawson, Sacramento, and Thomas W. Lawson, Camden, Ark.; two daughters, Mrs. Monagen<sic> Williams and Mrs. Ruth Kurack, both of Seattle; two brothers, Richard and Melvin Freeman, both of Oklahoma, and 25 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.


J. M. Lawson Family (46K)
James and Lucy Lawson Family - 1919, Muskogee

Back row: Jim, George, James, Tom, Clyde
Middle row: Gene, Lucy, Charles, Neva (Stoll) with Gladys and Clyde, Jr.
From row: Ruth, Ethel (daughter of Clyde and Neva), Don


Children of Jim and Lucy Lawson

  1. Clyde Fentress - b. Sep. 27, 1891, prob. Parsons, KS or Nevada, MO; d. May 10, 1962, Winslow, Bainbridge Island, Kitsap Co., WA; interred Lake View Cemetery, Seattle, WA. Married Ethel 'Neva' STOLL (b. May 11, 1895, Pasadena, CA; d. Feb. 22, 1982, Winslow, Bainbridge Island, Kitsap Co., WA), daughter of Charles J. STOLL and Emma BALLANDI. Known as Clyde LAWSON, he was the son of James T. and Lucy Jane (FREEMAN) GRAY. Neva married second Mr. COOK of Bainbridge Island. Children of Clyde and Neva LAWSON: Clyde Fentress (ch. Leonard, Lawrence and Lester); Ethel Monagene (ch. Edwin Michael EASTERLY, Nancy Merle EASTERLY and Marva Elaine EASTERLY); Gladys Dorothy (ch. Dorothy Jeanette BELSHEE and Delores Diane BELSHEE); and Lucille M. (ch. Catharine McBRIDE).
  2. James Cyrus - b. Aug. 28, 1896, Tecumseh, Pottawatomie Co., OK; d. Feb. 10, 1972, Seattle, King Co., WA; interred there in Lake View Cemetery. In the 1910 Census, Jim is listed in his father's household as age 13, and employed as a sign writer in the dry goods industry. Listed in the 1916 through 1918 Muskogee, OK City Directories as employed by Graham-Sykes Co., and residing at the home of his parents. Jim retired from the accounting department of Peoples National Bank. Jim married first probably in 1923 in Muskogee, OK, Phyllis, and had three boys born there: James Joe, Ted, Wayne and stepson Carl. He married second, also in Muskogee, Virginia, and they moved to Seattle, WA, where they were divorced about 1935-8. Jim married third, Sep. 1, 1939 in Seattle, WA, Elizabeth 'Betty' DILLIN (b. Dec. 12, 1907, Portland, Multnomah Co., OR; d. Feb. 14, 2000, Seattle, King Co., WA). Jim and Betty LAWSON had one daughter, Barbara J.
  3. Carrie Malinda - b. Jun. 10, 1898, Tecumseh, Pottawatomie Co., OK; d. there Sep. 20, 1899. Buried Tecumseh, OK.
  4. Monagene - b. Dec. 9, 1899, Tecumseh, Pottawatomie Co., OK; d. Apr. 10, 1972, Aberdeen, Grays Harbor Co., WA; bur. Lake View Cemetery, Seattle, WA. Listed in the 1916 through 1918 Muskogee, OK City Directories as unmarried, and residing at the home of her parents. Married first in Jan. 1923 in Seattle and fourth about 1952 in Longview, WA, Arthur Lawrence ROYCE (b. Apr. 20, 1887; d. Sep. 23, 1961, Aberdeen, WA; bur. Sunset Hill Cemetery, Hoquium, WA), the son of Arthur Bliss ROYCE and Zylphia LAWRENCE. Monagene married second Walter REEVES (b. Jun. 11, 1885, IL; d. Apr. 9, 1947, Seattle, WA; bur. Lake View Cemetery, Seattle, WA), and third Bert WILLIAMS. Children: Robert Howard ROYCE (ch. Carl Dylan and Jonathan Dana); and Ruth Bettigene ROYCE (ch. Monagene WEBB).
  5. George Oliver - b. May 12, 1903, Tucumcari, Quay Co., NM; d. Feb. 26, 1997, Henderson, Clark Co., NV; bur. Mar. 5, 1997, City Community Cemetery, Redmond, King Co., WA. Married first, Bonnie NICHOLS (living in NC in 1995); married second, Jul. 1, 1939, Grace Lillian WASS (b. May 4, 1907, Hopkins, MN; d. Sep. 19, 1987, Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV; bur. Sep. 25, 1987, City Community Cemetery, Redmond, King Co., WA). George, a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, retired from Pacific Telephone and Telegraph in Sacramento, CA. Children of George and Bonnie LAWSON: Mani Jane (ch. Gary Wayne ARCHIBALD and Terry Allan ARCHIBALD); and Carolyn (ch. Michael). Daughter of George and Grace LAWSON: Georgeann (ch. Nanci Grace DEKEN and William Thomas DEKEN).
  6. Eugene - b. May 12, 1903, Tucumcari, Quay Co., NM; d. May 13, 1903, Tucumcari, Quay Co., NM; bur. there in the desert.
  7. Thomas Wendell - b. Mar. 16, 1905, Tucumcari, Quay Co., NM; d. Nov. 11, 1980, Portland, Multnomah Co., OR. Tom was employed as a bookkeeper by Dexter Horton National Bank at the time of his first marriage, and his subsequent employment included sales for Prudential Life Insurance, and as a laundry truck driver. Tom married first, on Feb. 11, 1926, at Seattle, WA, Nellie Addaleine CLARK (b. Mar. 1, 1908, Green Co., IN), adopted daughter of Roscoe S. and Edith (THOMPSON) CLARK. Addie was born Ruby May BUCKNER to Freeland Dean and Stella (McDANIEL) BUCKNER. She married second, on Apr. 7, 1950, at Seattle, WA, Paul LUND, and they resided in Edmonds, WA. Tom married second Naomi 'Pat' PATRICK. Children of Tom and Addie: Melodie Adele (ch. Lorinda Adele TRAGER and Steven Carl TRAGER); and Thomas Wendell (ch. Bonnie Jo and Natalie Ann). Children of Tom and Pat LAWSON: John Patrick (ch: Shelley Marie); Mark Freeman (ch: Sarah Rachel); and Alan Stewart (ch: Timothy Stewart, Mia Sylvia and Nicholas Thomas).
  8. Charles Freeman - b. Aug. 3, 1907, Tucumcari, Quay Co., NM; d. Mar. 6, 1931, Seattle, King Co., WA; interred there in Lake View Cemetery. Charles, who died of TB at age 23 1/2, did not marry.
  9. Donald VanHoosier - b. Dec. 20, 1908, Seattle, King Co., WA; d. Apr. 24, 1974, Grants Pass, Josephine Co., OR.
  10. Ruth Marian - b. Mar. 6, 1910, Seattle, King Co., WA; d. Jul. 9, 1991, Bothell, WA; bur. Floral Hills, Lynnwood, WA. Married May 25, 1930, Seattle, WA, Thomas Joseph KURACK (b. Sep. 18, 1906, Maynard, OH; d. Jan. 10, 1993, Puyallup, WA; bur. Floral Hills, Lynnwood, WA). Tom, son of Joseph and Mary KURAC, was baptised at St. Stanislaus Church, Maynord, OH, by Rev. R. A. McEachen, with sponsors Stephen GERAK and Teresia GRES. He was the brother of Mary KURACK, who married Pete ANDREATTA (ch: Frances and Tom). [Some Kurack Branch photos and funeral details.] Children of Ruth and Tom KURAK: Monagene 'Genie' KURACK (ch. Lynn D. BRIER and Karin BRIER); and Terry Jay KURACK (ch. Michelle Irene, Cathy, Terry J., Kevin, Glenn and Thomas Joseph).



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Photo taken 1956 Photo taken 1966

Donald VanHoosier Lawson and Iva Melvina Freeman

Donald VanHoosier LAWSON - b. Dec. 20, 1908, Seattle, King Co., WA; d. Apr. 24, 1974, Grants Pass, Josephine Co., OR (11:15 am); bur. Hillcrest Memorial Park, Grants Pass, OR (grave 5, section 20, block 8) [photo]. Son of James Martin LAWSON and Lucy Jane FREEMAN. A Delayed Birth Certificate was filed Oct. 11, 1954, supported by an affidavit of brother Clyde LAWSON, birth certificate of son Donald F. LAWSON, 1940 voter's registration, and 1942 Civil Service insurance policy copy. His death certificate gives carcinoma bronchogenis (8 mos.) as cause of death. Baptized at Seattle First Baptist Church. Residences: 1908-1915 Seattle, WA; 1916-1920 Muskogee, OK; 1921-1941 Seattle, WA; 1942-1950 Oak Harbor, WA; 1950-1959 Seattle, WA; 1960-1970 Vashon, WA; 1970-1974 Grants Pass, OR. Of the over 30 residences Don lived at after his marriage, he owned 9: two in Oak Harbor within a half mile of the High School; 16382 - 28th Place N. E., in Lake City Homes north of Seattle; 11100 - 59th Ave. So., on southeast Beacon Hill, Seattle; three on Vashon Island, at Tramp Harbor (Rt. 2, Box 392, Vashon), Quartermaster Harbor (Rt. 1 Box 77, Burton), and Vashon Heights (Rt. 1, Box 430, Vashon); across from Rogue River City, OR (5473 Rogue River Highway, Gold Hill); and a mobile home located at Grants Pass, OR (3764 Rogue River Highway, Space 8). In Jan. 1946, the Oak Harbor Farm Bureau News carried the following ad for his second owned home: "For Sale: four rooms and bath on 10 acres cleared land. City water, house unfinished $3,200 full price. Lawson's Place in Little Bellingham south of the high school." Don was employed as a laundry truck driver, WPA laborer, gardener, and department store salesman in the 1930s, as Ship's Service store manager at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station 1942-1950, and as storekeeper at Boeing 1951-1969 (Social Security No. 531 01 6560). Married Sep. 10, 1932, at the Freeman home, 2159 10th Ave. West, Seattle, WA, by Rev. E. A. Fridell, with Eva Freeman and Thomas W. Lawson, witnesses.


Obituary - Daily Courier, Grants Pass, OR - April 25, 1974

Donald V. Lawson, 64 <sic>, of 3764 Rogue River Highway died Wednesday (April 24, 1974) at Josephine General Hospital. Born Dec. 20, 1909 <sic>, in Seattle, Wash., he worked in management for Boeing Aircraft 20 years. He had lived here four years. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Hillcrest Memorial Park with the Rev. Raymond J. Allen of First Baptist Church officiating and Slawson's Chapel of the Valley in charge. Survivors include the widow, Iva, Grants Pass; a daughter, Suanna Stewart, Springfield; three sons, Donald F., Port Angeles, Wash.; Stephen M., Edmonds, Wash.; and Charles A., San Francisco, Calif.; two brothers, George O., Sacramento, Calif., and Thomas W., Tigard; a sister, Ruth Kurack, Seattle, Wash.; nine grandchildren.



Iva Melvina FREEMAN - b. Jan. 17, 1913, Tacoma, Pierce Co., WA (2:00 am); d. Jul. 9, 1991, Seattle, King Co., WA (2:00 pm); bur. Jul. 27, 1991, Hillcrest Memorial Park, Grants Pass, Josephine Co., OR [photo]. A Christian with membership in Baptist and independent churches, she was employed in mid-1940s as laundry worker at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, in mid-1950s as bookkeeper at McKales Service Stations, and to 1970 as personnel clerk at The Boeing Company (Social Security No. 532 22 9083). Iva died of cancer at Queen Anne Care Center after living there 7 months. A memorial service was held on Jul. 20, 1991 at the Berean Bible Church, Seattle, WA. Her ashes were interred in the grave of her husband the following week, with son Steve and granddaughter Dawn present. Iva's death appeared in the Vital Statistics column in the Seattle P.I., on July 17, and in the Times, on July 26, 1991. She was born at 1715 So. J Street, Tacoma, WA, and also lived at 5411 So. L, Tacoma, and 2159 10th Ave. West, Seattle, WA prior to her marriage. Residence from 1976: 15305 - 52nd West, Edmonds, WA; 709 West Halladay, 14701 Dayton Ave. North, and 2717 Dexter Ave. North, Seattle, WA. She was the daughter of Aretus Erastus FREEMAN and Minnie Elsie MOREY.


Obituary - The Seattle Times, Seattle, WA - July 11, 1991

Iva M. LAWSON Beloved mother of Stephen, Pt. Orchard; Charles, Seattle; Donald, Lynnwood and Suanna Hester, Everett. Twin sister of Eva Brown; sister of George Freeman and sister-in-law of Ruby Freeman, all Seattle. Nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Memorial service July 20, 1 p.m. at Berean Bible Church, 2345 N. 185th St., Seattle. Remembrances are suggested to the church. BLEITZ FUNERAL HOME


Seattle City Directories, 1933-1942

1933 Lawson, Donald V H (Iva) slsmn M&S Co h 419 2d Av W
1934 Lawson, Donald V H (Iva M) driver h 311 W Howe
1935 No listing
1936 Lawson, Donald B (Iva M) slsmn h 2159 10th W
1937 Lawson, Donald V H (Ira M) driver h 710 W Wheeler
1938 Lawson, Donald V H (Iva M) h 710 W Wheeler
1939 Lawson, Donald H (Iva M) lab h 7142 Fauntleroy Av
1940 Lawson, Donald V (Iva M) driver GLS h 2401 10th W
1941 Lawson, Donald H (Iva) rtemn PDW h 518 N 103d
1942 Lawson, Donald V H (Iva M) slsmn h 518 N 103d


Sue, Steve and Don Charles
Sue, Steve and Don (1939) and Charles (1950)
The same four Lawson Kids in 2004

Children of Don and Iva Lawson

  1. Donald Freeman - Residences: Oak Harbor, Seattle, Edmonds, Port Angeles, Tacoma, Kapowsin, Lynnwood and Clinton, WA. Don has been a home builder and was employed as a dispatcher, assessor, postal carrier, sales specialist in home improvement retail sales, and storekeeper. Retired from The Boeing Company Jan. 1994. U. S. Army service in Germany 1958-1960. Don is married to Colette Jean HALLER. Children: Dawn Mary, Barbara Diane, James Cleland, and Claire Rose.
  2. Suanna Maye - Residences: Oak Harbor and Seattle, WA; Springfield, OR; San Diego, CA; Edmonds, WA; Palmer, AK; Monroe and Everett, WA; Chickaloon, AK; Eufala, OK; and Hazelton, PA. Sue has worked as a manager of a dry cleaning store outlet, and in communications and retail sales. Sue is married to Clarence Nelson 'Hess' HESTER. Children: Jeffrey Dean PAUL, Richard Dennis PAUL, Steven Donald PAUL, Iva Marie PAUL, Larry K HAMMER, and Laura Sue STEWART.
  3. Stephen Martin - Principal residences: Oak Harbor, Seattle, Vashon, Edmonds, and Port Orchard, WA; Anchorage and Healy Fork, AK; and Slidell, LA. U. S. Army service in Alaska 1956-1959. Employed as electronics technician, teacher and bank executive, and computer operator. Retired from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on Feb. 29, 1996.
  4. Ivan - stillborn.
  5. Charles Aretus - Residences: Oak Harbor and Seattle, WA; San Francisco, CA; Boston, MA; and again at Seattle, WA. Graduated Seattle Community Graphic Arts Program. Employed in communications. U. S. Army service.


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