Stephen Lawton’s Bible
At the bottom of this document there are photos of Stephen Lawton’s Bible. In his own writing he stated he bought this Bible June 16th, 1801 in New York City. I have this Bible in my possession.
Mother England would not allow any printing to take place in the colonies. To the best of my limited knowledge no English Bibles were printed in the new world until 1789 some 13 years after the colonies won their freedom in 1776. Stephen’s Bible was printed in 1796 near to the first. It is 16″ high, 10″ wide, and about 2″ thick.
In some unknown manner Stephen’s Bible traveled to Charleston, South Carolina. One of the South Carolina Lawton group gained control of it. It was given to me by Leslie Bateson whose mother was a South Carolina Lawton.
Ancestry of Stephen Lawton 1764 Richard Lawton born about 1499 in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England married a Purrier girl and had five children. One of these was Thomas Lawton born about 1527. Thomas married Joan Wheeler about 1552 and they had three children, the youngest being Thomas born about 1558. Thomas Jr. married a girl named Mary about 1580, and they had four children, the eldest named George being born about 1581. George wed Isbell Smith November 13, 1606 and born unto them were eight children. Their fourth born child was Thomas April 17, 1614.Thomas wed Elizabeth Salisbury May 29, 1635 in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England. Unto them was born a daughter Elizabeth September 10, 1637 at Cranfield. During 1638 or early 1639 Thomas and family, as well as his eldest brother George arrived at the newly forming colony of Portsmouth, Aquidneck Island in what is today the state of Rhode Island.
December 11, 1650 Thomas and Elizabeth’s last of six children, a boy named Isaac, was born. Isaac married Elizabeth Tallman March 3, 1673/74. Ultimately they were the parents of twelve children. The last child was a son named John born September 2, 1696.John Lawton married Abigail Abbott March 10, 1719/20. They had seven children. The middle one, born August 5, 1726 was named Isaac.
October 18, 1749 Isaac wed Mary Fish. They were the parents of sixteen children. The tenth born, June 15, 1764, was named Stephen, and he was the purchaser of this bible in 1801. He married Sarah Earl, and later Sarah Newbery as listed in this bible.
Descendants of Stephen Lawton
Generation No. 11. STEPHEN9 LAWTON (ISAAC8, JOHN7, ISAAC6, THOMAS (1)5, GEORGE4, THOMAS3, THOMAS2, RICHARD1) was born 15 Jun 1764 in Portsmouth, RI, and died 19 Jul 1851 in Hudson, N Y. He married (1) SARAH EARL 20 Aug 1791. She was born 27 Jul 1764, and died 28 Nov 1792. He married (2) SARAH NEWBERY 25 Aug 1796, daughter of NATHANIEL NEWBERY and ABI DARROW. She was born 03 Oct 1770 in MA, and died 10 Oct 1857 in Age 87, Hudson, Columbia, N Y.
More About STEPHEN LAWTON:
Census 1: 1830, Age 60-70, Hudson, Columbia, NYCensus 2: 1840, Age 70-80, Hudson, Columbia, NY
Census 3: 26 Jul 1850, Age 86, Hudson, Columbia, N YFact: Died at 87 years oldMore About SARAH NEWBERY:AKA (Facts Pg): Sally
Census 1: 1830, Age 60-70, Hudson, Columbia, NY
Census 2: 1840, Age 60-70, Hudson, Columbia, NY
Census 3: 26 Jul 1850, Age 80, w/Stephen
Child of STEPHEN LAWTON and SARAH NEWBERY is:2. i. SARAH EARL10 LAWTON, b. 11 Aug 1797; d. 03 Sep 1884.Generation No. 22. SARAH EARL10 LAWTON (STEPHEN9, ISAAC8, JOHN7, ISAAC6, THOMAS (1)5, GEORGE4, THOMAS3, THOMAS2, RICHARD1) was born 11 Aug 1797, and died 03 Sep 1884. She married STEPHEN WATERMAN. He was born 1795 in NY, and died 1877.More About SARAH EARL LAWTON:
Census 1: 1830, Age 30-40, w/Stephen, Hudson, Columbia, NY
Census 2: 1840, Age 40-50, w/StephenCensus 3: 26 Jul 1850, Age 53, w/Stephen
Census 4: 21 Jun 1860, Age 62, w/Stephen
Census 5: 01 Aug 1870, Age 72, w/Stephen
Census 6: 01 Jun 1880, Age 82, Hudson, Columbia, NY w/dau Delia Gifford
More About STEPHEN WATERMAN:Census 1: 1830, Age 30-40, Hudson, Columbia, NY
Census 2: 1840, Age 40-50, Hudson, Columbia, NYCensus 3: 26 Jul 1850, Age 55, Hudson, Columbia, NY, Grocer
Census 4: 21 Jun 1860, Age 65, Hudson, Columbia, NY, GrocerCensus 5: 01 Aug 1870, Age 75, Hudson, Columbia, NY, Retired Merchant
Child of SARAH LAWTON and STEPHEN WATERMAN is:3. i. DELIA11 WATERMAN, b. 23 Oct 1821, NY; d. 1899, Jacksonville, Duval, FL.
Generation No. 33. DELIA11 WATERMAN (SARAH EARL10 LAWTON, STEPHEN9, ISAAC8, JOHN7, ISAAC6, THOMAS (1)5, GEORGE4, THOMAS3, THOMAS2, RICHARD1) was born 23 Oct 1821 in NY, and died 1899 in Jacksonville, Duval, FL. She married (1) EDWARD GRISWOLD CLOWES 18 Jul 1844. He was born 1817 in NY, and died 06 Mar 1862 in Pea Ridge, Arkansas. She married (2) SOLOMON VAIL GIFFORD 08 Jun 1865. He was born 1828 in NY, and died 14 Dec 1897 in Philadelphia, PA.
More About DELIA WATERMAN:
Burial: 1899, Hudson, Columbia, NY cemetery
Census 1: 1830, Age 5-10, w/parents
Census 2: 1840, Age 15-20, w/parents
Census 3: 11 Jun 1860, Age 38, w/Edward
Census 4: 01 Jun 1880, Age 58, w/Solomon and her mother
Military service: 17 Nov 1863, Filed for Veteran’s pension
More About EDWARD GRISWOLD CLOWES:
Census: 11 Jun 1860, Age 43, NY, NY, NY, Variety Store
Military service: 27 May 1861, 2nd Lt, NY 83 Inf Regt, KIA
More About SOLOMON VAIL GIFFORD:
Burial: Vineland, NJ
Census 1: 1850, Age 22, Greenport, Columbia, NY, Farmer
Census 2: 1860, Age 32, Hudson, Columbia, NY, Farmer
Census 3: 01 Jun 1880, Age 52, Hudson, Columbia, NY, Grocer
Children of DELIA WATERMAN and EDWARD CLOWES are: i. STEPHEN GERARDUS12 CLOWES, b. 26 Apr 1845, Hudson, Columbia, NY; d. Oct 1846, Hudson, Columbia, NY. ii. GEORGE WATERMAN CLOWES, b. 22 Apr 1847, Hudson, Columbia, NY; d. Jul 1849, Hudson, Columbia, NY. iii. EDWARD LAWTON CLOWES, b. 23 Apr 1848, Hudson, Columbia, NY; d. 19 Jun 1913.More About EDWARD LAWTON CLOWES:
Census 1: 11 Jun 1860, Age 11, w/parents
Census 2: 30 Jun 1900, Age 52, Patient, Poughkeepsie State Hospital, NY iv. JOSEPH WASHINGTON CLOWES, b. 23 May 1854, San Francisco, CA; d. Jul 1859, Hudson, Columbia, NY.4. v. MARY WATERMAN CLOWES, b. 14 Mar 1856, Hudson, Columbia, NY.
Generation No. 44. MARY WATERMAN12 CLOWES (DELIA11 WATERMAN, SARAH EARL10 LAWTON, STEPHEN9, ISAAC8, JOHN7, ISAAC6, THOMAS (1)5, GEORGE4, THOMAS3, THOMAS2, RICHARD1) was born 14 Mar 1856 in Hudson, Columbia, NY. She married CHARLES HENRY LENNOX. More About MARY WATERMAN CLOWES:
Education: 1876, Prep school at Vassar
Child of MARY CLOWES and CHARLES LENNOX is: i. LOUISE13 LENNOX.