Category Archives: Narratives


Leo Lawton received a letter from Carol Van Cleef asking for any possible information on Peter S. Lawton of New Orleans in the late 1800s. Carol enclosed a photocopy of an old letter written by Peter. The original copy of

Laura Belle Hobson Lawton

Grandma’s Story I was born in Orange County Indiana, September 16, 1871. Brother Harvey Hobson was 18 months older than me. His birthday was February 22, George Washington’s birthday. Harvey and I walked to school one and one half miles;

The Lawtons of Summer Oaks

The Lawtons of Summer OaksStacey A. Church Gerald M. Church Alexander Benjamin Lawton was born September 23, 1809, in South Carolina. He was the fifth child of Benjamin Themistocles Dion Lawton and Jane Mosse, one of three Mosse sisters who

Family Recollections

Family RecollectionsGrace Eveline Lawton 1871 – ? I have been told that the Lawtons came from England to Rhode Island settling in Portsmouth in 1638, which is two years after Roger Williams came to Providence, and a year before Newport


HomesteadingLeo Lawton Between 1874 and 1876 the Native American Indians of Saskatchewan, Canada ceded away their rights to the land. However, settlement by former Europeans awaited surveying of the land, a homestead policy, and a ready means of access. After

A Lawton Romance

Author: Leo Lawton In the 800 block of Leadenhall Street in Baltimore resides the oldest woodworking firm in the United States. Founded by Joseph Thomas in 1820, the business was soon named Joseph Thomas and Son with the birth of

Stephen Lawton Bible

Author: Leo Lawton December 1, 2019 I often sit and contemplate things that matter little to others. I suppose we all do from time to time. While thus engaged an old poem/song came to mind. “Beyond The Sunset” This is

Christmas at Our House in the 1940s

Author: Leo Lawton October 11, 1999 My oldest brother “Bert” born in 1927, left to go to war in July 1944 when he turned seventeen. By then there were nine children in the family. Four more children were born, but

Oliver Lawton’s Farm

By: Leo Lawton Peter Warren was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1703. By 1744 he was in command of a 16 ship squadron of the English Royal Navy. He had become a wealthy man. Using some of that wealth he

Old Pioneer Days – Part II

Author: Grace Petterson I “Grace McClain Petterson” will try and write a few things as I remember my mother telling them to us. The family continued to live on the old homestead although things were hard for them and the