Lawsons Named
Date
County in Virginia
Documentation
Richard
6 Feb 1654
Rappahan -nock
Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1656-1664, Book 2, page 14 – I John Washington, Attorney of Capt. Francis Emperer do assign over unto Lt. Col. Henry Fleet (missing) Richard Lawson’s due to Mr. Emperer for 1400 pounds of tobacco and cask whereof for (missing) pounds received the remainder I warrant due witness my hand this 6 February (missing and from the placement in the book I have assumed around 1654 or 1652?) the net recovery.  Signed John Washington.  Witnesses’ names obliterated.
Epaphroditus
May 1654
Rappahan -nock
Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1656-1664, Book 2, pages 7-8 – To all to whom these presents shall come, I Edward Diggs Esquire Governor and Capt. General of Virginia send greeting in our Lord God Everlasting &c.  No know ye that I Edward Diggs do with the consent of the Council of State accordingly give and grant unto Robert Tomlin (missing) acres of land lying on the South of Rappahannock River between the land (missing) and Epaphroditus Lawson and beginning at a marked white Oak upon the Creek (missing) and the said one (missing) extending itself into the woods (missing) East parallel to the River (missing) 175 perches into the land of said La(missing) by South a mile and (missing) East to the extent of the first mentioned (missing) angle the said land having been granted by Patent unto said Robert tomlin bearing date the (missing) day of May 1654 to have and to hold the said land &c given under our hands this (missing) day of Missing) 1655.  Signed Edward Diggs and W. Clairborne Sect.
Rowland
12 Jun 1656
Lancaster
Lancaster County, VA, Deed and etc., Book 2, 1654-1666, page 22 - Power of Attorney Simon Overzee of Linhaven, merchant, to William Underwood to collect debts in Rappahannock. Dated 16 February 1655/56. Wit: Rowland Lawson. The Harvey his mark. Recorded 12 June 1656.
Richard
10 Sep 1656
Rappahan -nock
Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1656-1664, Book 2, pages 146-147 – Richard Lawson witness a deed from John Payne and his wife Margaret to Thomas Exwin and Thomas Wright.  Date it was witness was 10 September 1656.
Richard
23 Sep 1656
Lancaster
Lancaster County, VA, Deed and etc., Book 2, 1654-1666, page 118 - Brother Lawson, let me request you to record one black heifer given unto John Harper son of William Harper of Rappahannock. 22 January 1656. Signed Richard Lawson. Wit: Thomas Madestard. Recorded 23 September 1656.
Richard, Epaphroditus & Rowland
6 Oct 1656
Rappahan -nock
Virginia Patent Book 3, page 383, 6 October 1656 - Richard Lawson, 1400 acres beginning at marked trees which run west, southwest cross the upper of the great Island in Rappahannock River and the lower part of the neck of land upon which he lives, parallel to land of George Eaton &c. 1000 acres granted to Epaphroditus Lawson and assigned unto said Richard and 400 acres assigned unto him by Rowland Lawson, to whom it was granted 6 October 1654.
Richard
11 Nov 1656
Lancaster / Rappahan -nock
Lancaster County, VA, Deeds, Wills and etc., Book 1, 1652-1657, pages 322-323 (114-115) – At a Court held for the County of Rappahannock, 18 December 1656 at the House of Capt. W. M. Underwood – Know all men by these presents that I John Paine (Payne) for a valuable consideration by me in hand received have sold a certain quantity or parcel of land being in estimate 400 acres or thereabouts the said land being part of a Patent of 940 acres of land formerly by me of Francis Hobbs since confirmed to me by the Governor and Council bearing date the 15 November 1653 the above said land bounding…  Know ye that I John Paine with the consent of my beloved wife, Margaret Paine, do sell and assign for ever unto Thomas Erwyes and Thomas Wright… In witness whereof I have set our hands 11 November 1656.  Signed John Paine and Margaret (X) Paine.  Witnesses John Weir and Richard Lawson.  Recognized in Court 4 January 1656 and recorded 1 February 1656.
Rowland
11 Dec 1656
Lancaster
Lancaster County, VA, Deeds, Wills and etc., Book 1, 1652-1657, page 315 – At a Grand Assembly held at James City, 11 December 1656, whereas a petition of the inhabitants of the Lower Precincts of Lancaster County bearing their vast distance from the County Court, was presented the Honorable Assembly by Capt. Moore Fantleroy and their desire of having the County divided.  It is ordered that according to an Order of Court dividing the said County a present into Parishes be for the future the bounds of the two Counties, the lower Precinct of Mr. Bennett’s land known by the name of Naemtocke of the South side the eastern most branch of Moroticon Creek on the North side, the River be the lower bounds of the Upper County, the Lower County to retain the name of Lancaster and the Upper County to be named Rappahannock County and notwithstanding this division both Counties to be liable to the Burgesses Chardge of this present Assembly.
Mr. Rowland Lawson was named as one of the Commissioners of Lancaster County.
1656
Rappahan -nock
Rappahannock (sometimes referred to as Old Rappahannock) was formed from Lancaster County in 1656 and was divided into Essex and Richmond Counties in 1692 and extinguished. See map 1661-1670
Richard (2)
19 Dec 1656
Rappahan -nock
Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1656-1664, Book 2, pages 75-81 (56-62) – An appraisal of the inventory of James Williamson was ordered 23 January 1656/57.  Do find Debts due to his Estate as follows – Capt. Whitty (five names with only the first initial given); Richard Lawson; Henry White; (missing) Harris; (missing)uford; (missing)kin; Robert Mussell’ William Hall; Cyprian Bishop: mr. Booth; George Bryer; Will Underwood; Francis Goar; Thomas Goose; Col. Fauntleroy; Thomas Harris; Mr. Corbart; Leonard Joanes; Will Mosely; Robert Hull; Mr. Sampur; Mr. Ball; Mr. Bagnall; Christopher Brownrigg; William Johnson; John Bibby; John Caple; Robert Young; Richard King; Edward Britten; Ambrose Meader; Thomas Meader; Richard Lawson; George Taylor; James Gates; Richard Tomlynson; Robert Sisson; Mrs. Upton; Mr. Slaughter; Lt. Col. Smith; John Richardson; Toby Ingram
Re bills due – Thomas Meader; Christopher Brownrigg; Leonard Joanes; George Taylor; Hendrick Ayres; Capt. Whitty; John Gillet; Thomas To(missing).
In money – William Underwood; Phillip Parker; George Bryer; John Sherlock; Christopher Brownrigg.
Signed Andrew Gilson and John Richardson, 27 June 1657.
Richard
27 Feb 1656 /57
Rappahan -nock / Lancaster
Virginia Patent Book 4, page 74, 27 February 1656/57 - Henry Berry, 140 acres. On south side of Occapason (Occupacia) Creek, running nigh miles end of Richard Lawson &c. Trans. of 3 persons.
Richard
17 Dec 1657
Rappahan -nock
Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1656-1664, Book 2, pages 73-74 (54) – Cuthbert Potter Attorney of William Pattison do hereby assigned over all the right and interest of the within specified Indenture unto Richard Lawson or his assignees as witness my hand this 17 December 1657.  Signed Cuthbert Potter.  Witness by Edward Kemp and Richard Robinson.

Next entry on pages 74 (54-55).  These presents witnessed that I William Pattison in consideration of a Bill of fiv(missing) pounds of tobacco already received which was in consideration of a servant entertained by Richard Lawson who called himself John Turner (missing) by the said Lawson employed in his service, I do by these presents demise released and discharge the said Lawson his heirs and assignees from all damage or demand whatsoever for or concerning (missing) entertaining or employing the said servant.  Witness my hand this (missing) twenty days hence whe(missing) Pattison acquit the said (missing) aforesaid.  Signed William Pattison. Witnesses Richard Lee and Edward Kemp.

Received of Mr. Richard Lawson this 1 December the within specified servant as witness my hand.  Signed Cuthbert Potter.  Witness Edward Kemp.
Richard
29 Dec 1657
Rappahan -nock
Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1656-1664, Book 2, page 30 – Indenture between William Moseley and William Hall (part of this indenture is missing because of torn pages) a tract of land on the branch of ______ adjacent William Moseley and Vincent Stanford.  Land granted by patent to John Phillips.  William Moseley signed it 29 December 1657.  Richard Lawson was a witness.
Richard & Elizabeth
2 Feb 1657 /58
Rappahan -nock
Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1656-1664, Book 2, pages 51-52 (36-37) – Know all men by these presents that I Richard Lawson of Rappahannock, Planter for a valuable consideration to me in hand paid do hereby convey from me my heirs and assignees unto John Walker of the County aforesaid Planter a parcel of land lying upon the River of Rappahannock from (missing) a white Oak joining upon (missing) and so running a mile into the woods to a (missing) marked Pocickery and so from (missing) Creek to the pocickery (missing) with a direct line (missing) John Walker and (missing) same forever with all rights and privileges thereunto belonging (he discharging) all such services as by the grand Patent will appear witness my hand this 14 (missing).  Signed Richard Lawson.  Witnesses were John Paine (Payne) and John Hull.  Acknowledged in Rappahannock County Court by Elizabeth Lawson 2 February 1657/58 and recorded 10 February 1658.
Lawson's Neck
26 Oct 1658
Rappahan -nock
Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1656-1664, Book 2, page 36 – Know all men by these presents the I John Weir of the County of Rappahannock, Planter for the valuable consideration by me in hand received have sold unto Henry Berry his heirs and assignees forever a parcel of land known by the name of the Bottom of Mr. Lawson’s Neck the said land being part of (missing) formerly purchased by me of William Clappham Junior being thus bounded beginning at (missing) Neck at the marked trees bounding the said land from the land that Mr. Lawson is now living on (missing) extending downward between two marshes to the bottom of the said land butting upon Occupacia Creek (missing) land I warrant unto the said Berry and his heirs from me my heirs or any person or persons whatsoever claiming the said land by or from me in witness whereof I set my hand 26 October 1658 in presence of Francis Weir and Peter Cornewell.  Weir Seal.
Richard, Epaphroditus & Elizabeth
Oct or Nov 1658
Rappahan -nock
Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1656-1664, Book 2, page 86 (68) – The last will and testament of Richard Lawson (missing) delivered by word of mouth to Mr. John Catlett and Mr. John Paine; being the day before he departed out of this life which was (missing)ber, 1658.  That his wife* enjoy his plantation that he (missing) during her life and afterwards Elizabeth Lawson the daughter of Epaphroditus Lawson (missing) case said Elizabeth die before his wife then his wife to dispose of the plantation as she pleases.  Item - His wife to have and enjoy all his goods excepting that James Gaines have a heifer; that John Taylor, his servant, have a heifer.  If said John Taylor survive his m(missing) time with Elizabeth his daughter and if the said Elizabeth survive (missing) then she to have (missing) aforesaid heifer. (missing) land upon the so (missing) Occupacia Creek (missing) John Whitty according to mutual agreement which (missing) deliver unto the said Lawson two men servants the age of sixteen and twenty years, having sufficient bedding and clothing, where note that the land was excepted in case the full tract were included within the bounds of the patent, and not entrenching upon any mans land.  This being all to the best of our remembrance we subscribe (missing) day and year abovesaid.  Signed John Catlett and John Paine.

Postscript.  (missing) get further which before (missing) the abovesaid thought not of vizt.  The said Richard Lawson, deceased (missing) if in case the said Captain Whitty did not accept of the said land for the payment of his debt that then it should be sold to pay the said Capt. Whitty what he was indebted to him subscribed to the postscript by us.  Signed John Catlett and John Paine.

*See Court Order dated 2 November 1659.
Richard
30 Apr 1658 or 1659
Rappahan -nock
Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1656-1664, Book 2, page 56 (42) – Know all men by these presents that I underwritten Cuth. Potter do hereby authorize and appoint Mr. John Weir of Rappahannock County my true and Lawful Attorney to receive from the Estate of Mr. Richard Lawson 3,000 pounds of tobacco and cask (missing) and whatsoever my said Attorney shall (missing) to act and do herein I do hereby (missing) as witness my hand and seal 30 April 165_ (assume it is 1658 or 1659?)
Elizabeth & Richard
2 Nov 1659
Rappahan -nock
Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1656-1664, Book 2, page 98 (77) – These present witness that I Henry Corbin general Attorney of Capt. John Whitty do hereby assign over to Mrs. Elizabeth Lawson alias Page, all the right title & interest that the said Capt. John Whitty ever had, now hath or hereafter shall have to an extent upon a parcel of Land of Richard Lawson, deceased, her late husband & for a debt due to the said Capt. John Whitty as witness my hand and seal this 2nd day of November 1659.  Signed Henry Corbyn.  Recorded 20 November 1659.  Ant. Stephens, County Clerk.
Henry Dawson or Lawson
18 Jan 1660 /61
Rappahan -nock
Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1656-1664, Book 2, pages 162-163 – This one is confusing in that one place it has his name a Henry Lawson and another it has it as Henry Dawson.  Page 162, 24 July 1660, Robert Dixon of the City of London before John Daniel, Notary Public, assigns to Henry Lawson Power of Attorney to recover from Henry Corbin and Samuel Griffin all books, etc. of the estate of Miles Dixon, deceased, and to act in any other matters.  However, in the next document on page 163 it states the Henry Dawson of Warwick River being the true and lawfully Attorney of Robert Dixon, administrator and lawfully brother of Miles Dixon, late of Rappahannock, do hereby constitute and appoint and in my place Col. More Fantleroye my true and lawfully Attorney to administer in my behalf of Mr. Henry Corbin and Mr. Samuel Griffin… Signed and seal Henry Dawson on 18 January 1660/61.  The same mix up of Lawson and Dawson is on page 164 also.  I tend to believe it is Dawson.
Elizabeth & Richard
20 Feb 1662 /63
Gloucester (Rappahan -nock?)
Virginia Patent Book 4, page 88 (573), 20 February 1662/63 - Elizabeth Lawson, 1400 acres Gloucester County. Beginning at marked trees running west, southwest cross the upper end of the great Island in Rappahannock River, cross the marsh and lower part of the Neck of Land upon which said Lawson liveth, running parallel to the river &c. to land of George Eaton, east, southeast to Lawsons Creek &c. Granted to Richard Lawson, deceased, 6 October 1656 and given to said Elizabeth, his wife, by will.
Epaphroditus
22 Jun 1664
Rappahan -nock
Virginia Patent Book 5, page 375 (414), 22 June 1664 - Wm. Mosse, 500 acres Rappahannock County. In the freshes of Rappahannock River beginning at northwest end of 1000 acres taken up by Epaphroditus Lawson, northwest upon land of Wm. Hall and west upon Mr. Moselys line, including the Marsh. Granted unto Jno. Barrow 13 October 1657 and by him sold to said Mosse.
Epaphroditus
26 Oct 1666
Rappahan -nock
Virginia Patent Book 6, page 4, 26 October 1666 - Major Jno. Weire, 3000 acres. South side Rappahannock River, on southeast point of a great island; part of 2000 acres granted Mr. Epaphroditus Lawson; mentions land of Col. Jno. Catlett and Occupacia Creek. Trans. of 60 persons.
Richard
6 Nov 1666
Rappahan -nock
Virginia Patent Book 6, page 12, 6 November 1666 - Col. Jno. Catlett, 150 acres Rappahannock County. Upon the River and Occupacia Creek, adjacent 400 acres of, or called, Richard Lawson's. Trans. of 3 persons.
Elizabeth, Richard & Epaphroditus
22 Feb 1667 /68
Rappahan -nock
Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1663-1668, Book 3, pages 407- 411 – This Indenture made the 22nd of February 1667/8 between Robert Payne and Elizabeth his wife and Rich Mosely, both of this County of Rappahannock and Parish of Sittingbourne… Consideration: Five thousand pounds of good and lawful tobacco with caske by them in hand received at the sealing and delivery of these present do give grant alien enforced and confirmed fully clearly and absolutely unto the said Richard Mosley his heirs and assignees for ever all that eleven hundred acres of land be it more or less lying and being in the County and parish aforesaid and on the south side of Rappahannock River and formerly belonging to Richard Lawson, late of this County, deceased and now in tenure and occupation of the said Mosley and belonging to the said Robert Payne in right of his wife Eliza daughter of Epaphroditus Lawson elder, brother to the said Richard Lawson, one part of which said land (vizt) three hundred acres was purchased of Will Moseley of the aforesaid Parish and one hundred and sixty of Henry Berry formerly living in the aforesaid County by Wm. Hall late of this County Coop. and by him sold to the aforesaid Richard Lawson the other 640 acres taken up by the said Richard Lawson as by a patent in his name may and will more at large appear bearing date the 27th of February 1666 (should have been 1656) all which 1100 acres lying near and on the Branches of a Creek called Occupacia Creek.  Vizt. 460 acres lying and being where the said Mosley now liveth the other 640, lying behind the now land of Wm. Mosley and known commonly by the Name of Page’s Hills… In Witness where of the said Robert and Eliza his wife have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year above written.  Signed and seal Ro. Payne and Eliza Payne.  Witnesses W. Moseley, William Underwood, George Andrah and Lawrence Hoaker.  Recorded 6 May 1668.

Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1663-1668, Book 3, pages 413-416 – Richard Moseley sold this land to William Moseley on the same date and it was also recorded on the same day.  Witnesses were Ro. Payne and William Underwood.
Elizabeth Jr.
22 Feb 1667 /68
Rappahan -nock
Notes on Immigrant Lawson's of Tidewater - A Search for Clues to the Illustration of Origins, by Caroline Kemper Bulkley; The Lawson's of Virginia (Virginia Magazine, Vol. IV, 1894.) - Elizabeth Lawson, Jr. was married to a man using the name of Davis; with him she signed at least one deed, which has been taken to mean she had two husbands.  Robert Payne, her son, prosecuted and proved his claim as the heir of his grandfather Epaphroditus, against William Clapham, Jr., his grandmother's second husband.  There were no “heirs named Davis”; Elizabeth Lawson Jr. was the wife only of Robert Payne and mother of Robert Payne, Jr.  The elder Robert Payne was the Clerk of Rappahannock County and the first clerk of Essex County.

The Davis deed was made 11 September, 1666 and for a good price, turns over land inherited from Epaphroditus Lawson, her father, to Thomas Medestard, the brother-in-law of her step-father, possibly her uncle.  It is signed Davys by attorney Fleming, who has before appeared in the parental affairs.  By the time stepfather Clapham has been dead about six years.  This fact may or may not have relevance in the light of Robert Payne's petition to court for resumption of his own name “20th of 9 Bris. 1666.”
Any discussion as to the authenticity of the documents signed Davis or of the dual identity of the persons involved may be permanently settled by perusing the records of that court.

On the 22 February 1667/68 this appears: Indenture between Robert Payne and Elizabeth his wife of Sittingbourne Parish County of Rappahannock, Virginia.  It is from the Rappahannock Record Book of 1663-68.  It is witnessed by William Underwood, W. Moseley and George Andrus.  Elizabeth Payne came into Court and again acknowledged this contract 4 November 1674.

The following is the full text of court action; quite evidently the justices were fully satisfied with the reasons laid before them, although they are not set forth: - “Upon the petition of Robert Payne showing civil reasons and cause to assume the name of Davis, which name he hath passed and been called for the space of about five years past, acted as a public officer in the court of Rappahannock County, married a wife acquired sevll lands goods debts and possessions in the country and desiring to undeceive the world by manifesting his true surname to be Payne, this Court is pleased and accordingly doth hereby make known and publish to all persons concerned that the right and true surname of the said person hitherto called Davis and of his wife and issue (when he shall have any) is and shall be from henceforth called, accepted and taken to be Payne as above said and doth further order that all official acts records Judgments, instruments and proceedings of that quality whatsoever made done entered copied or attested by the said Payne by or under the name of notion of Davies shall be esteemed accepted and held in as full and equal force value and authenticities and esteem as if he had acted therein by his right and true surname and that all lands, tenemts possessions, rights, privileges, heridataments, debts, goods, servants, profits and other estate of wt nature, equality kind or condition so ever legally acquired, grained, earned or possessed by the said Payne under the borrowed name of Davies as aforesaid are confirmed and established unto him the said Payne and his wife and his heirs….
John
8 Jun 1671
Lancaster & Rappahan -nock
Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1668-1672, Book 4, pages 440-442 (232) – John Davenport of the County of Lancaster with the consent of Margaret his wife for and in consideration of the sum of 5,500 pounds of good tobacco and cask to the said Davenport in Bills passed by Richard Barber his heirs forever the one half of mostly of 580 acres of land lying and being on ye South side of Rappahannock County about 3 miles from ye River beginning at a marked Poplar standing near a Run of Occupacia Creek being a corner tree of Cornelius Noell and Vall. Allin’s land… East wards of Chickohominy Path whence by or near ye said Path towards Portobagoe… Signed and seal 8 June 1671 John Davenport and Margaret Davenport.  Witnesses Robert Griggs and John (his I mark) Lawson.  Recorded in Rappahannock County 20 June 1671.
Joshua
1 Jul 1671
Rappahan -nock
Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1668-1672, Book 4, page 455 (240) – Know all men by these present that I George Bruce of the county of Rappahannock do constitute and appoint my very well beloved friend Henry Crighton of aforesaid county to be my true and lawful Attorney for me to plead a suit of law now depending between the said George Bruce and Joshua Lawson in the court held for this county the first Wednesday of July this present year wherefore I do give my said Attorney full power all Attorneys have or ought to have in witnesses here of I have set my hand and seal this 1 July 1671.  Signed and seal George Bruce.  Witnesses Thomas Blisord and Walter Weire.  Recorded 5 July 1671.
Josiah
21 Oct 1671
Rappahan -nock
Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1668-1672, Book 4, page 501 (266) – These present witnessed that Josiah Lawson of the County of Rappahannock, Planter, do make ordain and appoint Thomas Jones of the same County to be my true and lawful Attorney for me and in my name, steed and place to answer such suit and suits as shall be commenced against me, the said Lawson to the next Court held for Rappahannock County aforesaid and what my said Attorney shall lawfully do, I shall ratified and confessed as witness my hand and seal the 21st day of October 1671 in the present of Henry Clarke and Joane Clark.  Signed Josiah Lawson.  Recorded 10 November 1671.
Joshua
5 Mar 1671 /72
Rappahan -nock
Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1668-1672, Book 4, page 530 (282) – Know all men by these presents that I Elizabeth wife of John Hull of the county of Rappahannock do constitute and appoint Thomas Freshwater of the same county to be my lawful Attorney to acknowledge a certain parcel of land in the County Court above said sold by my above said husband unto John Sherlock Jr. and one Phillip Davis as by deed of sale more at large may appear and whatsoever my said Attorney shall do in the premises I do hereby ratify and confirm as lawfully as if I myself were personally present, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 5 March 1671/72.  Signed Elizabeth Hull.  Witnesses John Plover and Joshua Lawson.  Recorded 7 March 1671/72.
Richard
1 Sep 1673
Rappahan -nock
Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1672-1676, Book 5, pages 177-178 – Know all men by these presents that I Henry Clarke of the County of Rappahannock and Jane (Joane?) my wife do for consideration execute and acknowledge to have sold aliened and made over from us our heirs executors and administrators all our right title and interest of 200 acres of land being apart of a greater quantity of 1400 acres granted to the said Clarke being date the 12 October 1669 to Richard Lawson his heirs executors administrators and assignees forever bounding as follows beginning at a gum and running by a line of marked trees... this deed for and in consideration of 3000 lbs of tobacco and cash to us in hand... hereby to acknowledge this our deed in our County Court of Rappahannock... for said Lawson his heirs... we have hereunto set our hands and seals this 1 September 1673.  Signed and seal Henry Clarke and Joane Clarke.  Witnesses Francis Settle and William Slaughter.  Recorded 2 September 1673.
Richard
2 Sep 1673
Rappahan -nock
Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1672-1676, Book 5, pages 126-127 (177-178) – Know all men that we Henry Clerke and Joane Clerke, Wife of the said Henry Clerke of the County of Rappahannock do make and appoint Mr. William Slaughter our true and lawful attorney for us and in our names to acknowledge a certain tract of land containing 400 acres sold to Capt. Thomas Beale and likewise 200 acres of Mr. Richard Lawson and what our attorney shall act or do thereby ratified and allow of as ample and fully as if we were personally present.  Witness our hands and seals this 2 September 1673.  Signed Henry Clarke and Joane Clarke.  Witness Richard Corkett and John Chase.  Recorded 7 September 1673.
Richard
26 Nov 1673
Rappahan -nock
Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1672-1676, Book 5, pages 170-171 (243-244) – Know all men by these present that I Richard Lawson do assign over all my rights title and interest of this within bill of sale from me my heirs executors and administrators unto Thomas Goose and Bridgett Eales wife of William Eales and to their heirs executors administrators or assignees forever with warranty from any person or persons whatsoever that shall lay any claim title or interest from by or under me and I the said Richard Lawson do by these presents acknowledge to have receive full satisfaction by bills received in witness where of I the said Richard Lawson have hereunto set my hand and seal this 26 November 1673.  Signed and seal Richard Lawson.  Witnesses Robert (R) Major, Henry Clarke and Joane Clerke. 
Recognition in Court Committee 4 February 1673/74.

Know all men by these presents that I Richard Lawson do constitute and appoint my loving friend Henry Clerke my true and lawful Attorney for me and in my name to acknowledge a certain bill of sale assigned by me unto Thomas Goose and budget it at the next Court held for the County of Rappahannock and what my said Attorney shall do in the premises I do ratify and confirm to be everyway good and lawful as if I were personally present as witness my hand of seal this 26 November 1673.  Signed and seal Richard Lawson.  Witnesses Joane Clarke and John Chase.
Joshua
7 May 1674
Rappahan -nock
Rappahannock County, VA, Deeds & Wills Book 1, 1665-1677, page 156-157 – Last Will & Testament of John Packston (Paxton).  This my will and desire is that my 300 acres of land shall be at my Landlady’s, Sarah Bowyers dispose to do what she think fit to sell or otherwise and if the said Sarah Bowyer die without any Will then the sid 300 acres of land to be divided between Samuel Flood and Bridgett Essex, the daughter of John Esses and further my Will is that the said Bridget Essex shall have one heifer about 2 ½ old and her increase for ever and also I give one steer about the same age to Samuel Flood.  And further my will is that my Landlady, Sarah Bowyers shall have all the rest of my cattle and hogs to do what she please either to sell or other ways what she shall think fit as witness my hand and Seal this 18 April 1673.  Signed (JP) Packston.  Wits: Joshua Lawson and Thomas (X) Warring.

Joshua Lawson averred in open Court upon his Oath that above written was the Last Will and Testament of John Paxton, deceased and that he was in perfect sense and memory to the best of his Judgment at the signing and sealing thereof.  Signed Joshua Lawson.  Recorded in Rappahannock County Court 7 May 1674.
Joshua
5 Mar 1677 /78
Rappahan -nock
Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1677-1682, Book 6, pages 160-161 – Be it known unto all men by these presents that I Alexander Dudley of County of Rappahannock in ye Parish of Farnham do sell unto Joshua Lawson all my whole right and interest in 500 acres of land lying in Rappahannock Creek in ye County and Parish aforesaid to have and to hold ye said 500 acres of land with all ye rights and privileges thereunto belonging from me ye said Alexander Dudley and from my heirs to ye said Joshua and his heirs and assigns forever, I ye said Alexander Dudley having received of ye said Joshua Lawson a valuable consideration to me in hand paid for my right as specified in ye premises which I ye said Alexander Dudley due wholly confirm to ye above said Joshua Lawson and assignees as aforesaid according to ye true intent and meaning of ye Last Will & Testament of John Stephens and of ye Patent of ye said land.  In confirmation f ye premises I ye said Alexander Dudley have set my hand and seal this 2 February 1677/78.  Alexander Dudley.  Signed Sealed and delievered in ye presence of us, Richard Dudley and Richard Glover.
Recognition in Court Committee Rappahannock, 6 March 1677/78

Be it known unto all men by these presents that I Alexander Dudley do ordain and appoint my trusty and well beloved friend, Richard Glover, to be my true and lawful Attorney to confirm my whole right and interest in 500 acres of land left me by the Will of John Stevens.  I do authorize my above said Attorney to surrender and confirm to Mr. Joshua Lawson and his heirs forever my whole right and interest in ye said land according to ye true meaning of a Deed by me given to said Lawson bearing date with these presents and I ye said Alexander Dudley do confirm whatsoever my said Attorney shall lawfully do in ye premises.  As Witness my hand and seal this 2 February 1677/78.  Signed Alexander Dudley.  Wits: Richard Dudley and Richard Dudley Junior.
Recorded 25 March 1677/78.
Joshua
16 Aug 1678
Rappahan -nock
Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1677-1682, Book 6, pages 184-185 – September Court 1678.  To all to whom this present writing shall com, I Alexander Dudley of the County of Rappahannock, Planter, send Greeting.  Whereas Joshua Lawson of the County aforesaid do (or pretended to) lay clam unto 500 acres of land situate near Rappahannock Creek in the County aforesaid , my part of a Dividend of 1,000 acres of land given and devised by the last Will & Testament of Anthony Stevens unto and between on John Fulcher and me the said Alexander Dudley, the pretence of which clam aforesaid is that the said Joshua Lawson obtained (contrary to Law) a writing or Deed under my hand and seal for the Conveyance of the said 500 acres of land in my nonage (vizt.) under age of one and twenty years.  Now this present writing witnessed that in regard the said Deed was so obtained as aforesaid and no consideration ever paid to or received by me for the said 500 acres of land I ye said Alexander Dudley do hereby declare and publish that ye said Deed was fraudulently obtained and contrary to Law and do therefore make void release vacate and discharge the same Deed and every article and agreement therein contained.  I arrived to ye full age of one and twenty years.  In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 16 August 1678.  Signed Alexander (X) Dudley.  Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of John Sampson and John Taverner.
Richard
24 Nov 1678
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Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1677-1682, Book 6, pages 218 – Know all men that I Thomas Goose and Bridget Eale of the Parish of Farnham in the County of Rappahannock do for diverse good consideration and more especially in consideration of the peaceable enjoyment of that land Christopher Pridum sold to us Thomas Goose and Bridget Eale as more fully appears by Deed bearing date with these presents we the said Thomas Goose and Bridget Eale do sell unto the said Christopher Pridum 200 acres of land which I the said Thomas Goose purchased of Mr. Richard Lawson and the said Lawson bought of Mr. Henry Clark, deceased bounding upon the land which was formerly Capt. George Bryor’s where now the said Thomas Goose and Bridget Eale lives, as more at large appeared by Mr. Clark’s conveyance bearing date the first day of September 1673; Furthermore we the said Thomas Goose and Bridget Eale do likewise sell the said Christopher Pridum 125 acres of land upon the said 200 acres above mentioned oout of the Dividend where the said Thomas Goose and Bridget Eale now dwelled; the whole being 325 acres… Moreover we do bind ourselves in the penal forfeiture of all the land conveyed unto us by the aforesaid Christopher Pridum and Bridget Pridum his Wife mentioned by Deed bearing date with these presents.  In Witness we have hereunto set our hands and seals this  24 November 1678 – Thomas Goose and Bridget Eale.  Wits: Richard Glover and John Chambers.
Joshua
4 May 1681
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Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1677-1682, Book 6, pages 304-305 (63 in another book) – This Indenture made 4 May 1681 between Andrew Boyer and Sarah, his wife of the one party and Robert Prid of the other party, witnessed that ye said Andrew Boyer and Sarah his wife for and in consideration of the Assignment of 2 Indian Servants belonging unto the said Prid as his right of Conquest made unto him the said Boyer a Receipt whereof said Boyer do hereby acknowledge himself paid and therefore do grant unto Robert Prid one parcel of land containing 200 acres being in Rappahannock County being part of a greater tract formerly conveyed to the said Boyer by William Loyd, Gentleman by Deed bearing date 1 July 1668, the said Land bounded beginning at a small re Oak being a corner tree of Joshua Lawson’s thence running west by or near a crooked line run between the said Boyer and Francis Scott unto another small red oak thence running NE dividing the land now mentioned from the old tract of 600 acres to a certain stake on propose sed down being near a white oak in another line of the said 600 acres thence along by or near into the said line E. to a corner tree of said Lawson’s and lastly SW by South along the said Lawson’s line to the place where it first began.  In Witness whereof the said Andrew and Sarah, his wife have set their hands and seals the date above written and further we the said Andrew and Sarah his wife do acknowledge that after our deaths the 2 Indians above said shall return to the said Prid and his heirs or assignees.  Signed Andrew (M) Boyer and Sarah (her mark) Boyer.  Wits: Elias Yeates and John Betson.  Recorded 4 May 1681.
Richard
3 Jul 1683
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Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1682-1688, Book 7, page 58 – These present witnessed that I Dorothy Alloway wife John Alloway of the County of Rappahannock do constitute and appoint Ralph Gayden my lawful Attorney in my stead and place to acknowledge a parcel of land sold by above said husband John Alloway as by deed of sale from and under our hands and seals will appear unto John Howell ratifying and confirming… hereunto set my hand and seal this 3 July 1683.  Signed  and seal Dorothy(her D mark) Alloway.  Witnesses Nicholas Yates and Richard Lawson.  Recorded 28 July 1683.
Joshua
7 May 1684
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Rappahannock County, VA, Wills 1656-1692, page 26 (Wills, Settlements of Estates, Transcript Book 2, pages 34-35) – Samuel Floyd’s Last Will 7 Testament dated 12 March 1682-83.  The following supporting deposition was attached to it.  Deposition of John Beatson, age 39 years or thereabouts, said that whereas Samuel Floyd deceased the last year now past before…  before his death Samuel indicated to Andrew Boyer of two bills which had for tobacco due unto him (viz.) Joshua Lawson’s bill and Daniel Jackson’s bill which bills the said Boyer without delay got into his custody…  Signed John Beatson on 7 May 1684.  Recorded in Court 24 May 1684.
Josias (Joshua?)
25 Jan 1684 /85
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Rappahannock County, VA, Wills 1656-1692, page 59 - Will of Robert Pritt (Prid), in one of the item it read - I give and bequeath unto my well beloved friend Richard Rice Sr. and to his son Richard Rice Jr. one seat of land containing 200 acres of land which doth belong to me the said Robert Pritt to be equally divided between him the said Richard and his son this seat of land lying in Rappahannock upon Rappahannock Creek was bounded by the land of Andrew Boyer, Luke Thornton, Josias (Joshua?) Lawson and Francis Suttle.
Richard
4 Mar 1684 /85
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Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders, No. 1, 1683-1686, page 70 (95), Court held 4 March 1684/85 – Mr. Richard Lawson entered Mr. Dennis Carty his Attorney.

Same page and Court.  In the Difference depending between Ann Hull, Plaintiff and John Powell, Defendant, a Jury is impaneled at the request of the Defendant by ane John Jacob, Richard Lawson, John Richards, Henry Williams, John Ford, Thomas Chitty, Richard Jasper, Arvery Nayler, James Hallaway, Edward George and James Jackson who after a mature deliberation or the matter brought in the following verdict (the opinion of the Jury is that the Stock may have spent 45 barrels of corn and then...

Page 72 (97), Court Orders No.1, 1683-1685, Court held 4 March 1684/85 – Judgment upon scire facias is granted to Mr. Richard Lawson against the Estate of Peter Ashton for 700 pounds of tobacco and cask due upon an order of this Court dated the 4th July 1681 to be paid with cost of suit als exec.
Belinda
4 Mar 1684 /85
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Rappahannock County, VA, Deed Book 7, page 169-171 – Daniel Jackson and wife Elizabeth (X her mark) Jackson to Luke Thornton.  Wife relinquished her dower.  Witness by Belinda (X her mark) Pursell.  Note: Belinda Pursell was the daughter of Joshua Lawson.
Joshua
5 Mar 1684 /85
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Old Rappahannock County, VA – Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1682-1688, Book 7, page 170-171 –  Know all men by these presents that I David Pursell of the County of Rappahannock, Planter for a valuable consideration in hand received have sold to John Fulcher of the County aforesaid a parcel of land containing 120 acres it being part of a Dividend of land formerly purchased of John Braythwart of this County and Colony.  William Loyd being upon Mynocun Run on the North side of the said Run and on the South East side of a Branch between the said land and the now Dwelling Plantation of the said David Pursell and said John Fulcher to have his choice of any part of the said land lying on the South East of the said Branch for the quantity of 120 acres aforesaid together with all ways, water and all appurtenances belonging.  To have and to hold unto him the said John Fulcher with all privileges forever to quietly possess and occupy without the hindrance of me or any other persons and with warranty from all other claims and demands lawfully made, he the said John Fulcher and his heirs pay quitrents.  In Witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal 6 March 1684/85.  Signed David (his PP mark) Pursell and Billinda (her B mark) Pursell.  Witnesses Bryan Hodgson and John Grimes.  Acknowledged in Rappahannock Court and record 18 May 1685.

Know all men by these present that I Billenda Pursell, the wife of David Pursell, appoint my well beloved friend, Luke Thornton, of the County of Rappahannock to be my Attorney to acknowledge all my right of land lying on the South side of Rappahannock Creek bounding upon Francis Settle and Daniel Jackson, from me my heirs to John Fulcher his heirs.  As Witness my hand and seal 4 May 1685.  Signed Bellinda (B) Pursell.  Test. Daniel Jackson and Elizabeth (her EI mark) Jackson.  Recorded 28 May 1685.  Note: Belinda Pursell was the daughter of Joshua Lawson.
Joshua
7 May 1685
Rappahan -nock
Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders, No. 1, 1683-1686, page 88 (122), Court held 7 May 1685 - Attachment granted to Mr. John Taverner against the Estate of Mr. Joshua Lawson for 1250 lbs. of tobacco and cask returnable next Court.
Richard
7 May 1685
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Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders, No. 1, 1683-1686, page 93 (128), Court held 7 May 1685 - Reference is granted between Mr. Richard Lawson, Plaintiff and the Executrix of Mr. Dominick Rice, Defendant till next North side Court.
Joshua
4 Jun 1685
Rappahan -nock
Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders, No. 1, 1683-1686, page 99 (138), Court held 4 June 1685 - Judgment is granted to John Taverner against Joshua Lawson for 800 pounds of tobacco and cask to be paid with cost of suit als exec.
John
4 Jun 1685
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Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders No. 1, 1683-1686, page 99 (138), Court held 4 June 1685 – This day Mr. John Lawson confessed Judgment to Mr. Dennis McCarty, Attorney of Alexander Atkins for 3,220 pounds of tobacco and cast being in balance of an Order of Court obtained against the said Lawson on November 168_, which this Court ordered to be paid with cost of suit als exec.
Joshua & Richard
2 Jul 1685
Rappahan -nock
Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders, No. 1, 1683-1686, page 103 (145), Court held 2 July 1685 - Judgment is granted to Joshua Lawson, assignee of Richard Lawson against the Estate of Dominick Rice for 900 pounds of tobacco and cask due upon a sealed Bill dated the 30th January 1685 to be paid according to priority in Law with cost of suit als exec.
Joshua
2 Sep 1685
Rappahan -nock
Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders, No. 1, 1683-1686, page 112 (159), Court held 2 September 1685 - The following were sworn in to set on a jury: - Thomas Glascock, John Bayley, John Jones, Angell Jacobus, John Linkhorne, Peter Ellis, Robert Sisson, Joshua Lawson, Edward George, Philip Hunnings, William Reynolds and James Taylor.
Richard
4 Mar 1685 /86
Rappahan -nock
Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders, No. 1, 1683-1686, page 144 (207), Court held 4 March 1685/86 - Attachment is granted to Richard Lawson against the Estate of John Settle according to Declaration returnable next Court &c.
Joshua
4 Mar 1685 /86
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Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders, No. 1, 1683-1686, page 145 (210), Court held 4 March 1685/86 - Reference granted between Lt. Col. Wm. Loyd, Plaintiff and Joshua Lawson till next North side Court.
Joshua
6 Jan 1686 /87
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Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders 1686-1692, page 12 (14), Court held 6 January 1686/87 - Judgment upon nil dicit is granted to Richard Rice against Joshua Lawson for 450 pounds of tobacco and cask upon Bill to be paid with cost of suit.
Joshua
1 Jun 1687
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Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders 1686-1692, page 29(36), Court held 1 June 1687 - Attachment granted to Mrs. Catherine Fantleroy against the Estate of Joshua Lawson according to Declaration returnable next Court.
Joshua
1 Jul 1687
Rappahan -nock
Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders 1686-1692, page 30 (38), Court held 1 July 1687 - Joshua Lawson was on a grand inquest jury.
Joshua
3 Aug 1687
Rappahan -nock
Rappahannock County, VA,Court Orders 1686-1692, page 34 (43), Court held 3 August 1687 - The Attachment granted last June Court to Mrs. Katharine Fantleroy as Executrix of her deceased husband vs. Joshua Lawson is by this Court continued returnable &c.
Joshua
 2 Nov 1687
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Rappahannock County, VA, Deed Book 7, 1682-1688, pages 381-382 – Know all men by these presents that I Sarah Bowyer being heir Executrix and et of Andrew Boyer of the County of Rappahannock, Planter, do for me my heirs acknowledge to have sold and made over from me all my right and interest of 300 acres of land being 600 acres purchased by the said Andrew Bowyer of Mr. William Loyd by Deed bearing date the 2 February 1669 to Joshua Lawson of the County of Rappahannock, Planter, his heirs forever bounding as follows from a marked Pockeyary W. by S. the same to use hold occupy and enjoy to his and their sole and proper use hereby warranting the quiet peaceable possession thereof and every part of the same to him the said Joshua Lawson his heirs without the molestation of me my heirs or any other persons whatsoever claiming any part thereof and this my Deed I do for and in consideration of 6,000 pounds tobacco to me in hand already received giving unto the said Joshua Lawson all right and privileges in as large manner as is granted unto me and I do further bind myself to acknowledge this Deed in the County Court of Rappahannock there to be enrolled upon request at the charge of the said Joshua Lawson paying or discharging the rents and services in regard of the same his Matie.  In Witness whereof I have set my hand and seal the 2 November 1687.  Signed Sarah (her J mark) Bowyer.  Witnesses Ralph Reiner and Christopher Ascough.  Recognized in Current Commission Rappahannock, 16 November 1687, recorded 6 day next month.
Belinda & John
3 May 1688
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Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders 1686-1692, page 71 (91), Court held 3 May 1688 – Ordered that David Pursell and Belinda Pursell be paid for 5 days attendance each according to Act by Thomas Colley being by him subpoenaed evidences in the difference between said Colley and Francis Suttle.

Same page and Court.  Ordered that Jno. Lawson be paid 4 days attendance according to Act by Thomas Colley being by him subpoenaed and evidence intr. The said Colley and Fran. Suttle.
Eplaphroditus
25 Oct 1688
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Virginia Patent Book 7, page 693, 25 October 1688 - Mr. Robert Yard and Mr. John Waters, 900 acres, on south side of Rappahannock River, on the point of an island, adjacent Mr. John Cox, in a marsh at mouth of Lawson's Creek. Granted to Epaphroditus Lawson, 22 May 1650, which became the estate of Robert Paine (Payne) as marrying the daughter of said Lawson, which land was deserted and now granted by order &c. Trans. of 18 persons.
Epaphroditus
22 Jan 1688 /89
Rappahan -nock
Essex County, VA Deeds and Wills 1695-1699, page 70 - Robert Paine (Payne) and Katharine, his wife sold to Leonard Chamberlan and Robert Coleman a tract of land, containing 900 acres, lying on the south side of Rappahannock River, which belonged to his Grandfather Epaphroditus Lawson. It was signed by Robert Payne and Katherine Payne. Wits: John Wood and Samuel Griffin. Recorded in Rappahannock County 4 October 1689. Katherine Payne appeared in the Essex County Court and relinquished her right of Dower 10 October 1689.
Martha
3 Jul 1689
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Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders 1686-1692, page 118 (150), Court held 3 July1689 - Ordered that Walter Anderson have delivered to him Martha Lawson a mulatto girl. It appearing to the Court that she is his servant for time by indention from the said Martha's mother.
Joshua
3 Jul 1689
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Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders 1686-1692, page 120 (154) and 121 (154), Court held 3 July 1689 – Joshua Lawson was on two juries, Dowgan vs. Bayly and Trent vs. Goring.
Martha
7 Aug 1689
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Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders 1686-1692, page 127 (162), Court held 7 August 1689 – Ordered that the sheriff of this County or his deputy forthwith take into his custody Martha Lawson a mulatto girl and deliver her unto Walter Anderson who hath made it evidently appear before this Court that the said girl is his servant for years by indenture.
Joshua
3 Oct 1689
Rappahan -nock
Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders 1686-1692, page 137 (177), Court held 3 October 1689 - Reference introduced, Joshua Lawson Plaintiff and David Pursell, Defendant till next Court scire facias.
Joshua
7 Nov 1689
Rappahan -nock
Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders 1686-1692, page 144 (186), Court held 7 November 1689 - Reference introduce Jos. Lawson and David Pursell till next Court.
Joshua
4 Dec 1689
Rappahan -nock
Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders 1686-1692, page 147 (191), Court held 4 December 1689 - The Reference introduce, Joshua Lawson, Plaintiff and David Pursell, Defendant is continue till next Court.
Joshua
5 Mar 1689 /90
Rappahan -nock
Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders 1689-1692, page 154 (203), Court held 5 March 1689/90 - Non suit is granted to David Pursell against Joshua Lawson, no cause of action appearing, to be paid with cost of suit als exe.
Joshua
Mar -Jul 1690
Rappahan -nock
Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders 1686-1692, pages 155, 156, 174, 176, 177, 178, Courts held March 1689/90 and July 1689 – Joshua was listed as a member of a jury for the following: -
Savage vs. Phillipson
Colley vs. Ellis
Webb vs. Harwood
Mosingo vs. Whitroa
Bruce vs. Garton
Thatcher vs. Bredgar
Pavey vs. Jackson
Martha
3 Apr 1690
Rappahan -nock
Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders 1686-1692, page 159 (211), Court held 3 April 1690 – Anderson’s right to the Service of Martha, the daughter of Martha Lawson.
Elizabeth & Thomas
14 Apr 1690
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Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders 1686-1692, page 162-163 (217-218), Court held 14 April 1690 – Ordered that the interrogation is put to Elizabeth Lawson of this County, single woman, touching a supposition she is charged with of having a bastard child late come of her body and concealing and burying the same, be of record as also what answers the said Elizabeth shall make therto-
1 Q – Do you own what is reported by the jury of women?
1 A – I own it all.
2 Q – Who helped you to bury the child?
2 A – No body.
3 Q – Where were the people of the house when you were delivered?
3 A – All in the house, my father & uncle – my father walked about the outward room all night and in the morning went to fetch Betty Jackson.
4 Q – When was the child born and when was it buried?
4 A – It was born about two hours before day and buried whist my father went to call Betty Jackson.
5 Q – Did ye father know anything of it?
5 A – No not anything at all.
6 Q – What were ye motives to bury it privately?
6 A – For fear of my father’s anger.
7 Q – Who was the father of the child?
7 A – Thomas Lawson.
8 Q – What did you propose to Tho. Lawson when you found yourself with child?
8 A – Nothing at all, I did never speak to him about it.
9 Q – Did ye father know when you were delivered?
9 A – No not anything at all of it.
Elizabeth Lawson of this County, single woman being charged before Col. John Stone with the suspicion of having a bastard child late born of her body and with the concealing and burying thereof by virtue of a warrant from the said Col Stone a jury of able matrons were impaneled and sworn to search the body of the said Eliz. And inquire into the fact, who returned their verdict to this Court and the said Elizabeth being also brought before this Court and upon her examination confessing the same.  The Court thought fit and do accordingly order that the high sheriff of this County or his deputy do take unto safe custody the body of the said Eliz. Lawson and he is to detain without bail or main___ and safely convey her to James County to answer the so fact before the Honorable President and Chancel on the 4th day of the next General Court.
Joshua
3 Jul 1690
Rappahan -nock
Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders 1686-1692, page 177 (239), Court held 3 July 1790 – Judgment is granted to Mrs. Katherine Fantleroy against Joshua Lawson for 20 pounds sterling money.
Joshua
6 Aug 1690
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Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders 1686-1692, page 181 (246), Court held 6 August 1690 - The Conditional Order granted last Court to Mrs. Catherine Fantleroy against Joshua Lawson for 20 pounds Sterling money of England being the condition of a Penal Bond, the Defendant not appearing, is confirmed by this Court and ordered to be paid with cost of suit als exe.
Joshua & Richard
19 Nov 1690
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Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders 1686-1692, page 193 (263), Court held 19 November 1690 - Ordered that Joshua Lawson for and on behalf of the Parish of North Farnham do forthwith upon sight hereof give in a just and perfect account to Capt. Wm. Taylor and Mr. Samuel Peachey of all and singular the Estate of Richard Lawson, which he now hath or lately has had or lately has had in his custody and possession.
Elizabeth & Thomas
7 Jan 1690 /91
Rappahan -nock
Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders 1686-1692, page 195 (265), Court held 7 January 1690/91 – Judgment is granted to the Parish of North Farnham against Eliz. Lawson for 500 pounds of tobacco in cask being her fine due for committing the sin of fornication.

Same page and Court.  Judgment is granted to the Parish of North Farnham against Tho. Lawson for 500 pounds of tobacco in cast being his fine due for committing the sin of fornication als exe.
Joshua
8 Jan 1690 /91
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Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders 1686-1692, page 200 (274-275), Court held 8 January 1690/91 - Joshua Lawson by his Attorney making complaint to this Court that he lyeth imprisoned without bail or mainprize by Execution issued upon an Order of the said Court bearing date 6 August 1690, for 20 pounds Sterling money of England granted to Mrs. Katherine Fantleroy. Notwithstanding he hath already paid a considerable part of the said Debt and hath a sufficient discharge from the same under her hand in writing and humbly moving that the Writ Audita Querela may be granted him. The Court have ordered that said Writ issue directed to the High Sheriff of this County or his Deputy, to give Lawful notice to the said Mrs. Katherine Fantleroy that the said Complaint is referred for a hearing to the next succeeding Court and that the said Lawson be released, he giving in good security for his personal appearance at the said Court and standing to and abiding the award thereof.

Joshua Lawson together with Mr. Arthur Spicer this day in open Court acknowledged themselves indebted to Capt. Samuel Travers, High Sheriff of this County, in the just sum of 40 pounds Sterling money of England to be paid unto said Samuel Travers, his Exrs. Admistrs. Or assignees in case the said Joshua Lawson shall not make his personal appearance at the next succeeding Court to be held for this County. And there stand to abide and perform what the said Court shall award in a matter depending between the said Lawson complainant and the said Mrs. Katherine Fantleroy Defendant.

Joshua
5 Feb 1690 /91
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Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders 1686-1692, page 206 (283), Court held 5 February 1690/91 - Whereas at the last Court held for this County, Mr. Arthur Spicer became bound with Joshua Lawson in the Penal Sum of 40 pounds Sterling money to be paid unto the High Sheriff of the County &c. in case the said Lawson should not make his personal appearance at the next Succeeding Court held for this County and then and there prove the Discharge pleaded against part of a Judgment obtained against him by Mrs. Kath Fantleroy for 20 pounds Sterling money and for as much as the said Lawson hath not made his appearance accordingly, the Court have ordered that the said Arthur Spicer do pay and discharge the said Judgment with all cost of suit by the same ways and means as the said Lawson then was or now is Capacitated to discharge the same, to be paid and done with cost of suit als exe.
Joshua
5 Feb 1690 /91
Rappahan -nock
Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders 1686-1692, page 207 (285), Court held 5 February 1690/91 - Order is granted against the Sheriff to David Loyd for the non appearance of Joshua Lawson according to Declaration.
Thomas
4 Mar 1690 /91
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Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders 1686-1692, page 208 (286), Court held 7 March 1690/91 –Judgment is granted to the Parish of North Farnham against Thomas Lawson for 500 pounds of tobacco in cast being his fine for committing the sin of fornication als exe.
Joshua
1 Apr 1691
Rappahan -nock
Rappahannock County, VA, Court Orders 1686-1692, page 211 (291), Court held 1 April 1691 - Reference introduced, David Loyd Plaintiff and Joshua Lawson, Defendant till next Court.
1692
Richmond & Essex
Rappahannock County was divided and extinguished, forming Richmond and Essex Counties in 1692. See map 1691-1700