|Lawsons Named||Date||County in North Carolina||Documentatiom|
|Randolph||1752 or 1757||Bladen or Cumberland||Randolph Lawson applied for a pension on an application executed 28 April 1835 while he was living in Johnson County, Illinois, stated his age was 82 years and born in Cumberland County, NC in the fall or winter of 1752 (Cumberland County was formed from Bladen County in 1754. Also, have seen the tax list for Cumberland County for 1755 and there are no Lawsons listed). That he entered the service for 3 months in the summer of 1780 in Cumberland County, North Carolina where he was raised. Named his officers as Capt. Cox and Col. Knowles and was at the Battle of Camden as a guard of the baggage. Volunteered again in January or February 1781 and mention a Capt. Duck and was at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, but being young was again on detached duty as a guard of the baggage. Each time he was discharged, he returned to Cumberland County, NC. After the war he moved Cumberland County to Patrick County, VA, thence to Montgomery County, VA, thence to Campbell County, TN and thence to Johnson County, IL. The claim was rejected, as he did not furnish sufficient proof of six months military service as required by the Act of 7 June 1832.
He made two further amended applications while living in Clinton County, Kentucky, 27 June 1838, and again 18 May 1842, and the depositions, for his conveniences, were taken in Fentress County, Tennessee, since he was living on the Kentucky/Tennessee state line. Stated his age in 1838 was 84 years and in 1842 was 90 years. Mentioned he moved to Illinois with his children, but gave no names and after being there a while became sickly and decided to move back to Tennessee but on his way he decided to settle in Clinton County, KY immediately on the Fentress County, TN line about sixty miles from the settlement in Campbell County, TN that he had lived in. He named other officers, a Capt. Gholston and Capt. Gordin but believe the second one was an officer his father had served a tour of service with but did not give the name of his father. Also indicated he had a brother, John Lawson, who lived in Morgan County that served with him but that his brother was now dead. Again mention that after the war he removed from Cumberland County, NC to Stokes County, NC, afterwards to Henry County, VA, thence to Montgomery County, VA, thence to East Tennessee – Hawkins County, there had his house burned and all his papers destroyed, thence to Campbell County, TN, stayed there upwards of twenty years, left there in the fall season of 1832 for Illinois.
The age of Randolph is in question in that he stated in his depositions that he was assigned as a guard of the baggage because of his age, which implies he was very young, maybe a teenager or very earlier twenties? If he was born in the fall or winter of 1752, then in 1780 he would have been 27 or 28 years old, which is not that young for a soldier in the Revolutionary War. In documents filed in Fentress County, Tennessee, 21 May 1840, in support of Ann Lawson, his brother John’s wife, he stated he was two years younger than his brother who was born about 1755. This would make his birth date 1757. It is not unusual for people of this period to inflate their age for a number of reasons, one that they just did not know how old they were.
|Bartholomew & Susannah||20 Feb 1765||Cumberland||Abstracts of Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of Cumberland County, North Carolina – October 1755-January 1779, Vol. I – 20 February 1765, Ordered on motion of P. Ballard, attorney for Susannah Lawson, widow of Bartholomew Lawson, late of this county, that she have letters of administration on his estate, securities: Thomas Collins and John Overton, bond: 500 pounds, proc., she then qualifying.
James Muse was ordered to return to said Susannah Lawson 2 negroes that he had taken from her unlawfully.
|Bartholomew||21 May 1765||Cumberland||Abstracts of Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of Cumberland County, North Carolina – October 1755-January 1779, Vol. I – 21 May 1765, Bartholomew Lawson’s administratrix returned inventory and to have liberty to sell the perishable estate of the deceased sufficient to pay debts of deceased.|
|David||1767||Cumberland||North Carolina – A list of Taxables for the County of Cumberland for the year 1767, Thomas Rutherford CC. David Lawson one white male.|
|David & Mary||16 Jan 1773||Cumberland||Cumberland County, North Carolina Packet 1585 and 1774: -
The first packet No. 1585
Name: David Lawson
Grant No.: 934
Issued: 11 March 1775
Warrant No. _______ Entry No. 986
Entered: 16 January 1773
Book No. 25 Page No. 223
Location: On both sides of Buffelow (Buffalo) Creek. There was no document in this packet.
The second packet No. 1774
Name: David Lawson
Grant No.: 934
Issued: 6 March 1775
Book No. 27 Page No. 157
Location: On both sides of Buffaloe (Buffalo) Creek.
There were two documents inside the second packet with writing on both sides.
First document: -
North Carolina, No. 986
His Excellency Josiah Martin, Esq.;
His Majesty’s Captain General, and Governor in Chief, in and over the said Province.
To the Surveyor-General, Greeting:
Youi are forthwith to admeasure and lay out, or cause to be admeasured and laid out, unto David Lawson a Plantation, containing one hundred acres of Land, in the County of Cumberland, on both sides of Buffalow Creek, including where he now lives observing his Majesty’s instructions for running out Lands: Two just and fair Plans whereof, with a proper Certificate annexed to each, you are to return into the Secretary’s Office, within Twelve Months from the Date hereof. And if the Warrantee shall not, within Eighteen Months from the Date hereof, take out a Patent for the said Lands, this Warrant, and all Proceedings thereon, shall be void, and of no Force, and the said Land shall be deemed vacant, and free to be taken up by any other person.
Given at Newbern, under my Hand, the Sixteenth Day of January Annoque Domini 1773.
Signed J. Martin
Sam’l Thrudwick Surveyor
Back side of document
David Lawson 100
16 January 1773
To Peter Johnston Surveyor
Ret’d to July Court 1774
Second document; -
A survey with drawing of land surveyed.
Surveyed for David Lawson, one hundred areas of land in Cumberland County on both sides of Buffaloe Creek including improvements he now lives on. Beginning at a black oak on a hill east side of the Creek and runs S15E12 poles xing (crossing) the creek twice to a black oak in the creek bottom, then N15W127 pole xing the creek, to a stake thence N15W127 pole to a stake thence xing the creek to the beginning. 25 November 1773.
On the back of this survey it had the name David Lawson 100 written on the edge. It also had in the middle of the document the names Gabriel Harden Junr. and Mary Lawson and G.B. after the two names. Not sure why these two names appear on the document.
|David||1777||Cumberland||Cumberland County, North Carolina 1777 Taxable Property List. Captain Jacob Duckworth’s District, David Lawson 135 pounds.|
|David||1778||Cumberland||Cumberland County, North Carolina 1778 Taxable Property List. Captain Jacob Duckworth’s District, David Lawson 100 pounds|
|Samuel & Margaret||1 Nov 1779||Cumberland||Cumberland County, North Carolina, Deed Book 7, page 49, 1 November 1779 – Francis (X) Anderson and wife, Marpalis (X) from Onesephores West, all of Cumberland for £1000 N.C. money, 400 acres in Craven on Swift Creek and a lot in New Bern, which lands were bequeathed by Samuel Lawson, deceased, in his will to his wife Margaret Lawson, now the wife of Onesephorus West. Witnesses Stepn. Gilmore, Ann Gilmore. Proved by Stephen Gilmore April 1782.|
|John||1780||Cumberland||The following information is from John Lawson’s application for a pension, filed 16 April 1833 in Morgan County, Tennessee: That he was born in Bedford County, Virginia and was 78 years old when giving information. Lived in Cumberland County, North Carolina but could not remember the dates because of his age and loss of memory. While living in Cumberland County he enter the service, in the fall or early part of winter, as a substitute (as a private) for David Lawson (one reseacher indicated this was Daniel but the document I have reads David). His officers were Capt. Charles Gholston, Lt. Smith, Col. Buttus and General Linelton at Elizabeth Town, march from Elizabeth Town to Willmington, was at Willmington for two months, then marched to Columbia, stayed about 15 days, then marched to Raft Swamps for a battle there and then marched to Guilford and station there until the battle fought by General Nathaniel Greene and Lord Cornwallis (the battle at Guilford Court House took place 15 March 1781). Then marched to Keillsboro for that battle, then to Crofs Creek where he was station for about 2 months. Marched to Elizabeth Town and then after Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown (19 October 1781) he was march to Salem where he was discharged after serving 11 months.|
|Randolph||1780||Cumberland||Randolph applied for a pension based on his military service 28 April 1835 while he was living in Johnson County, Illinois, where he lived briefly. Stated his age was 82 years and that he entered the service in the summer of 1780 in Cumberland County, North Carolina where he was born.|
|Jona.||27 Jan 1787||Cumberland||Abstracts of Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of Cumberland County, North Carolina – October 1755-January 1779, Vol. I – 27 January 1787, Suit: No. 149 – Jona. Lawson and David Price vs. Duncan Ochiltree, John McKay and Alexr. McLver – Judgement confessed by defendants in p.p. [propria persona] for the sum of 1,264 pounds to be discharged in 3 payments: Execution to be stayed till March first next for sum of 300 pounds, till the next March first for 482 pounds and till March 1, 1789 for the remaining 482 pounds, calculating lawful interest on the sums releasing all errors in this suit. Signed Dun. Ochiltree, Jno. McKay and Alexr. McLver. Witness: Jn. Williams|
|Albert||8 Jan 1845||Cumberland||Albert Lawson and Harriett A. E. Parmen were married 8 January 1845 in Cumberland County, North Carolina.|