Use the above email address. My
reply will be from a different address. Sorry, excessive spam and junk
mail dictates all email links be removed from the web site - you will
have to type the above address into your email, and the address will be
Please use plain, standard type in your initial email, and send no graphics or attachments to the above address.
Most available information on my ancestry is already on the
site, but I have more information in my personal files on some
lines of descent from my ancestors - especially if they are LAWSON, FREEMAN,
and MOREY cousins - my grandparents'
surnames. Please provide either a site page name or enough information
so I can avoid having to search for the person of interest.
If you "must" contact me by regular mail, please
send an email request for the address. I keep irregular hours,
so phone calls may not be answered, and probably will not be returned
(due to costs). - Steve
GenForum is highly recommended
for contacting others who may connect with families mentioned
on this site, but not in the direct line of the compiler. GenForum
combines extensive coverage, ease of use and privacy protection
for email addresses.
Stephen M. Lawson's Kinnexions is maintained as a means of sharing over five decades of family history information on all of my ancestral
lines. The search began in the usual manner, by questioning my
parents and grandparents about their origins. On my paternal lines,
information beyond my grandparents would not be shared. But I
was able to obtain basic data on my maternal great grandparents.
My earliest family history notes are from 1954. From those very
sparse beginnings, bits and pieces were slowly added.
Three of my four grandparents have roots in the southern states.
Once the connection was made to my maternal grandmother's New
England roots, that branch blossomed rapidly - though there are
a few limbs that are bare stubs - notably the Smith-Wheeler
ancestry of Tamma
(Smith) Merrill. The southern lines have been much more difficult
to establish and document. Since a great amount of the information
gathered has been shared by many distant cousins, Kinnexions
is my means of sharing with others.
Please read the Fine
Print page concerning the lack of documentation on some
lines. Some information on this site is based on very slim circumstantial
evidence, or even on conjecture. While I will attempt to assist
other tree climbers in establishing their lines, I will not depart
very far from my direct lines and will not guarantee any information
provided. No charge is made for assistance, and you get what you
pay for (well, maybe a little more).
A bit of personal information about Stephen M. Lawson:
Born in Seattle,
WA in 1938, I lived in and around the Puget Sound area for 18
years - in 18 different residences! After graduation from Renton
High School in 1956, I entered the Army Signal Corps, attended
The Signal School at Fort Monmouth, NJ, and spent a bit over two
years in Anchorage and Healy Fork with the Alaska Communications
System. After discharge in 1959, I was employed for 6 years as
an electronics technician with John Fluke Manufacturing, and with
the Boeing Company in Seattle, Los Angeles and New Orleans. Returning
to the Seattle area, I obtained a BA in Economics, with a minor
in History, from the University of Washington in 1968. With Teaching
Certificate in hand, I became a mathematics teacher (you figure
it!) at Central Kitsap Junior High in Silverdale, WA. But, after
a brief subsequent period as instructor in accounting at a private
business school, I left teaching and became a Bank Examiner with
the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 1970. In late 1972,
I left FDIC and was employed as an operations officer at a savings
bank and a commercial bank over the next 9 years. From 1981 to
1987, I was not employed, and made great progress researching
my family tree. Finally, from 1987 to 1996, I was employed as
a computer operator and scheduler at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard,
Bremerton, WA - taking advantage of an early retirement offer
on February 29, 1996.
Never married. That certainly shortens this paragraph!
I'm a Christian with tendencies toward the classic reformed
position, quite close to the New England Puritan beliefs. The
Christian heritage received from family history is varied - Puritan,
Congregational, Presbyterian from New England, and Presbyterian,
Methodist, Baptist from the South, with some short Lutheran and
Quaker lines in the Mid-Atlantic states. My personal denominational
background includes a childhood in the Church of the Nazarene,
profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and baptism
at age 12 in the Ridgecrest Community Baptist Church, and membership
in Baptist, Congregational, Christian Reformed and Presbyterian
churches. While it would be simple to state that my Christian
beliefs are in accordance with Scriptures,
the same claim is made by others with whose stated beliefs and
actions I respectfully disagree. My beliefs are best stated in
Confession and the Westminster
Confession of Faith.
In December of 1978, I purchased a used Apple II computer,
using it and one upgrade to an Apple //e until purchasing a Macintosh
in December of 1992. Along with various Apple hardware, my every
computing desire is satisfied with the following software (as of Jan. 2007):
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