Lawsons Named
Date
County in Virginia
Documentation
1642 /43
Nansemond
Upper Norfolk County name was changed to Nansemond County in 1642/43. See map 1641-1650
Epaphroditus
29 Nov 1646
Nansemond
William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 3, January 1896, page 180, Commission of Nansemond County, VA, 29 November 1646. Present Mr. Olivery Sprye, Mr. Phill Bennett, Mr. Rich Preston and Mr. Eppa Lawson.
Epaphroditus
29 Dec 1646
Nansemond
Lower Norfolk County, VA Wills and Deeds, Book B, 1646-1651/52, page 25 – At a County Court held for Nansemond County, 29 December 1646.  Mr. Epa Lawson was listed as one of the Justices; the other 3 were Mr. Oliver Sprye, Phill. Bennett and Richard Preston.
Epaphroditus
15 Feb 1647 /48
Nansemond
Lower Norfolk County, VA Wills and Deeds, Book B, 1646-1651/52, page 110a – At a County Court held for Nansemond County, 15 February 1746/47 – Mentions Mr. Epaphroditus Lawson, his bill for 394 pounds of tobacco.
Epaphroditus
16 Aug 1648
Nansemond
Virginia Patent Book 2, page 148, 16 August 1648 - Mr. Phillip Bennet, 1,230 acres Nancemunt (Nansemond) County. Upon east side of Bennet's Creek, adjacent land of James Knott, Anthony Weels and Epaphroditus Lawson. Due by former patents and as. Admr. of Robert Bennet, except 330 acres due for transportation of 7 persons.
Lawson
17 June 1651
Nansemond
Lower Norfolk County, VA Wills and Deeds, Book B, 1646-1651/52, page 179 – Recorded 17 June 1651 – I was in company with Mr. John Ferinhaugh when he mad good ____ of this debt.  I doe think in my conscience that ye debt which Robert Ewens demand is nothing just.  Teste: W. Hancock.  Proved in Court before Capt. Thomas Dewe, Mr. John Cotton and Mr. Lawson.
Epaphroditus
30 Oct 1686
Nansemond
Virginia Patent Book 7, page 526, 30 October 1686 - Thomas Sanders, 165 acres, upper part of Nanzemond County. Adjacent Gresham Cophell and wm. Sanders, by Dumplin Island Creek, down Nanzemond River, to mouth of Hollyday's Creek. 100 acres part of 200 acres granted to Epaphroditus Lawson, 1 November 1637, which after several surrenders and descents, is in possession of said Sanders, 65 acres for trans. of 2 persons.
Epaphroditus
29 Apr 1693
Nansemond
Virginia Patent Book 8, page 275, 29 April 1693 - Nicholas Bruce, 180 acres, in the Tarrascoe Neck, in Chuckeytuck Parrish, in Nansemond County. Beginning on east side of the Hole Creek by Mount Lawsons Bay and Chuckeytuck Creek to Carter's Neck Creek, parting this and land John Copeland, to the upper Wadeing place point, a branch parting this and land of Mathew Whitfeild. Part of 700 acres purchased by Mr. Walter Bruce of Epaphroditus Lawson, 15 February 1640, which 180 acres was bequeathed to said Nicholas by said Walter and confirmed to him by a deed from his brother Abraham Bruce 18 December 1688.
Epaphroditus
29 Apr 1693
Nansemond
Virginia Patent Book 8, page 307, 29 April 1693 - Mathew Whitfield, 240 acres, Nansemond County, in Chuckeytucke Parrish. Beginning at the Hole Creek, by Mount Lawson's Bay, to Little Ware Point, by an old Cart Road, to John Copeland , down Carter's Neck Creek, to the upper Wadeing Place Point &c. Part of 700 acres purchased by Mr. Walter Bruce of Epaphroditus Lawson, 18 November 1651, out of Lawson's patent of 1400 acres, dated 15 February 1640, which 700 acres descended to Abram, son of Walter Bruce, from whom said Whitfield purchased 15 December 1686.
Margaret
28 Oct 1702
Nansemond
Virginia Patent Book 9, page 474, 28 October 1702 - Wm. Sumner, 525 acres, Upper Parrish of Nansemond County, on north side of Bennet's Creek. Trans. of 11 persons: Margt. Lawson was one of these persons.
John
1783
Nansemond
Nansemond County, VA, 1783 Tax list of Capt. William Riddick's - John Lawson, 4 white and 2 blacks.
John
1789
Nansemond
Nansemond County, VA, 1789 Land Tax List -
John Lawson, 1 lot, rented for 10 years, no land taxed.
Richard H. S Joseph Godwin & Mary Frances
4 May 1820
Nansemond
Virginia Soldiers of 1776 - Exec. Dept., 13 February 1838. The heirs of Joseph Godwin are allowed L. B. for his services as a Lieutenant in the State Navy for three years. David Campbell, Governor.

Abstract of Will of Joseph Godwin of Nansemond County, VA. Grandson, Joseph Godwin Lawson, son of Col. Richard H. S. Lawson of Princess Ann; granddaughter, Mary Frances Lawson; grandson, Thomas Warwick Hoockey, son of Stephen T. Hoockey; daughter, Emma C. Hoockey; emancipates his slaves, "Old Alexander and Nancy, his wife, and their daughter Charlotte and her son, Tully, that they may enjoy all the rights and privileges of free persons of color and to reside within the County of Nansemond, but if not in conformity with the law of the state, it is my will and desire that they shall have the liberty of enjoying their freedom in another state or if they choose to remain as slaves of my daughter as they may themselves chose." He gives these slaves land, stock, tools and an amenity. That Tully shall be bound to a good mechanic that he may learn a trade; to him he gives $100; Richard H. Lawson as Executor. Signed 4 May 1820. Witnesses: John G. Pinner, Joseph M. Hoockey and Thomas Cowling.