My Lawson Line
To see my Lawson family line visit my website on RootsWeb to meet my Walker County, Alabama relatives. The oldest documented and proven member of my Lawson family is John Lawson who was born in North Carolina. John and Sarah Lawson are my “brick wall” and the reason I joined the Lawson DNA Project.
The Lawson DNA Project
Visit the Lawson DNA Project website, where you can get information about our project, what our objectives are and how to join the Project. It is a standard surname project, where we hope to connection those of us with the surname of Lawson or it’s various spelling. We believe that there are a number of clusters of Lawsons that share a common ancestor. By grouping the various lines of Lawsons in a database by their Y-chromosome DNA signature and then comparing their submitted pedigrees, we hope to be able to make additional connections for our families and push back the “brick walls”.
Another site to visit and get an idea of the information that we collect and share with each member, is the Working Chart for the DNA Project. This chart has the first 67 Alleles and also contains a Short Pedigree for those members who supplied one.
To join the Lawson DNA Project visit the FamilyTreeDNA site “Join the Lawson Surname Project” and sign up. By joining through a surname project you will get a group discount on the cost of joining.
Lawson One Name Study
Gerald D. Lawson has an excellent site for those researching the Lawsons in the US and the United Kingdom. Check out this excellent website.
William Lawson, A Scottish Rebel
There is one cluster of Lawsons that can trace their family line back to one William Lawson know to many of us as “The Scottish Rebel”. They have an excellent website where you can find many of the descendants of the William located at Lawson Family Heritage Program (LFHP). However, one of the members, Nancy Lawson, who has done research on William Lawson has obtained enough documentation to conclude that their William is not the William Lawson that was “Transported” as a prisoner on the ship Gildart, 5 August, 1747. They now refer to their William as “William Lawson from Montrose, Scotland.” You can review a copy of her excellent research titled “Finding Our True William.”
Also visit LFHP’s website to view their published Newsletters.
Falling River Lawsons
We have another cluster of Lawsons that lived in the Lunenburg/Bedford Counties, VA area and they are referred to as the Falling River Lawsons. This seems to be the largest group of Lawsons that we have in the Lawson DNA Project and they trace their line back to a William Lawson also.
William Lawson – born about 1680 and died about 4 February 1754.
Bartholomew Lawson – son of William Lawson of Falling River, born about 1720 and died 1765.
John Lawson – son of William Lawson of Falling River, born about 1713 and died after 1758.
Just north of where William Lawson of Falling River lived is Goochland County, VA and where a Jonas Lawson and his family lived. I believe Jonas and his family were related to the Falling River Lawsons. The following is timeline this Jonas Lawson.
Jonas Lawson – of New Kent, Hanover and Goochland Counties, Virginia
Another interesting Lawson is Drewry/Drury Lawson who was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. DNA shows that he is also a member of the Falling River Lawsons but as of yet no documentation of his father has been found.
Drewry/Drury Lawson – born Pittsylvania County, Virginia about 1756, died 1847 Claiborne County, Tennessee.