Transcontinental Migration

of

Don and Iva Lawson's Ancestors


From the files of Stephen M. Lawson

 

Don Lawson, son of Jim and Lucy (Freeman) Lawson, and Iva Freeman, daughter of Reet and Minnie (Morey) Freeman, were married in Seattle, Washington on September 10, 1932, climaxing a transcontinental journey by many families which began over 300 years earlier on the eastern coast. These families lived in every state east of the Mississippi River except Maine, Indiana, Ohio, Delaware, West Virginia, and Florida. Don and Iva's parents added the states of Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Washington, California, and Alaska to the list.

Don and Iva Lawson and their descendants lived mainly in the Pacific states. Each approximate location where they have resided for a year or more is indicated on the map with an X.

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Don Lawson, son of Jim and Lucy (Freeman) Lawson, and Iva Freeman, daughter of Reet and Minnie (Morey) Freeman, were married in Seattle, Washington on September 10, 1932, climaxing a transcontinental journey by many families which began over 300 years earlier on the eastern coast. These families lived in every state east of the Mississippi River except Maine, Indiana, Ohio, Delaware, West Virginia, and Florida. Don and Iva's parents added the states of Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Washington, California, and Alaska to the list.

The Lawson line has its roots in Virginia, and moved to South Carolina after the Revolution. Before and during the Civil War, the Lawsons lived in Tennessee and Mississippi. After the Civil War they moved to Texas and Arkansas, and arrived in the Indian Territory during the Gay Nineties. The Freeman family moved to North Carolina from Virginia prior to the Revolution, and after the War they moved to Tennessee, by way of Kentucky. After the Civil War, the Freemans moved to Illinois and Missouri, and on to the Indian Territory. After Oklahoma statehood, the Lawson-Freeman family moved westward across the state to New Mexico, and then to Washington in the early 1900s.

The Morey line has its roots in Massachusettes and Rhode Island. In the Revolution era, the Moreys moved to New Hampshire and Vermont. The Mason family, with Massachusettes and Connecticut roots, moved to central New York after the Revolution, by way of New Hampshire. The Morey-Mason family moved to western New York, and on to Michigan prior to the Civil War, but returned to New York. After the war, the Moreys again lived in Michigan, and moved south, through Illinois and Kansas, to Texas in the Gay Nineties. With Swiss, Dutch, Scottish and English roots reaching back to Pennsylvania, the Freemans arrived in North Carolina from Virginia prior to the Revolution, and moved on to Texas after the Civil War. The Freeman-Morey family moved from Texas to Washington in the early 1900s.


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