John Lawson’s Family

Lawsons Named
Date
County in Virginia
Documentation
John & William
Befr or abt 1713
Virginia
Speculation: – There is no documented date for the birth of John Lawson, a proven son of William Lawson of Falling River. In the 1748 Lunenburg County, Virginia list of tithes, John is shown with a son, William Lawson. Since William would have had to be at least 16 years old to appear in the list of tithes and assuming William was John’s first child, then a guess for his birth date of 1713 or before can be made.
Also see William Lawson’s TimeLine.
John
1728
Goochland
Speculation: – There is a John Lawson listed in the court records of Goochland County, but not sure he is William Lawson of Falling River’s son?  If he is the John, then he was born earlier than 1713, more than likely between 1700-1707?
See Jonas Lawson’s TimeLine.
1 Apr 1746
Lunenburg
Lunenburg County was organized from Brunswick County, Virginia.
John Jr.
Nov 1746
Brunswick
Brunswick County, VA, Court Order Book 3, page 120, Courts held from November 1746 through December 1746. – Matt Talbot, Gentleman, certified that John Lawson Jr., turned in 2 old wolves heads.  Received 280 lbs. of tobacco for them.
John & William
1748
Lunenburg
Listed in Tithes for 1748 Lunenburg County, Virginia in John Phelps’ District were John Lawson and son(?) William Lawson 2 tithes. To see other Lawsons in the Lunenburg County, Virginia Tithes,
see William Lawson’s TimeLine. Also see Document 1748 Lunenburg tithes.
Bartley, Jonas, John, William & John Jr.
1749
Lunenburg
Listed in Tithes for 1749 Lunenburg County, Virginia in William Caldwell’s District were Bartley Lawson 1 tithe; Jonas Lawson 1 tithe; John Lawson and sons William Lawson and John Lawson Jr. 3 tithes and John Simkins 3 tithes. See Document 1749 Lunenburg tithes.
John, William & John Jr.
1750
Lunenburg
Listed in Tithes for 1750 Lunenburg County, Virginia in William Caldwell’s District were John Lawson and two sons(?), William Lawson and John Lawson Jr. 3 tithes; John Simpkins 3 tithes.
See Document 1750 Lunenburg tithes.
John Sr., John & Jonas
1752
Lunenburg
Listed in Tithes for 1752 Lunenburg County, Virginia in William Caldwell’s District were John Lawson Sr. 1 tithe; John Lawson, 1 tithe and Jonas Lawson tithe. See Document 1752 Lunenburg tithes.
John, William, John Jr., Jonas
1752
Lunenburg
Implied children of John Lawson by tax records in Lunenburg County. William, John Jr. and Jonas Lawson.
17 Apr 1752
Halifax
Halifax County, Virginia is organized from Lunenburg County, Virginia.
13 Dec 1753
Bedford
Bedford County, Virginia was organized from Albemarle and Lunenburg Counties, Virginia.
William, John, Jonas & Barclay
4 Feb 1754
Lunenburg
Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 4, pages 320-321, 4 February 1754 – John Lawson, Jonas Lawson and Barclay Lawson of Lunenburg County to Thomas Watkins of same county for 30 pounds, 143 acres in Lunenburg County on north side of Falling River where John Lawson’s father, William Lawson did live.  Signed John (X) Lawson, Jonas (X) Lawson and Barclay (X) Lawson.  Wit: Michael Pruit, Thompson Harris and George Pendleton.  Recorded 2 April 1754.
John, Jonas & Barcley
2 Apr 1754
Lunenburg
Lunenburg County, Virginia Order Book 2 1/2b, page 615, April Court 1754.  An Indenture of Bargain of Sale between John Lawson, Jonas Lawson and Barcley Lawson of the one part and Thomas Watkins of the other part is acknowledge by the said John Lawson, which is order to be recorded and the same is proved by the oaths of two of the subscribing witnesses thereto to be the Act Deed of the said Jonas and Barcley which is ordered to be certified.
John, John, John & David
Sep 1758
Bedford
Two John Lawsons are listed in Captain John Phelps’ Company (is this John Sr. and John Jr.?) and a John Loson and David Loson are also listed in Part 1 of the Militia of Bedford County, Virginia.
See complete List of Bedford County Militia Part 1.
Barcle & Jonas
26 Mar 1759
Bedford
William Rogers’ will recorded 26 March 1759, To Barcle Lawson, bequest of 100 acres, then mentions a tract of 88 acres, lying on Stanton River to son David whereon Jonas Lawson now lives.  Barlet Lawson was one of securities for widow who was Executor.  Bedford County, Virginia, Deed Book A1, page 209.
Bartlet & Jonas
24 Jul 1759
Bedford
Inventory and Appraisal of the Estate of William Rogers, by Charles Talbot, James Talbot, Bartlet Lawson and Jonas Lawson.  Gives an itemized list including farm animals, tools, household furniture, etc.  Recorded 24 July 1759.  Bedford County, Virginia, Deed Book A1, 229
John, John Jr., David, Jonas, Bartlett & William
1762
Bedford
Bedford County, Virginia, Insolvents List 1762 – William Lawson (run away), John Lawson, John Lawson, Jr., David Lawson, Jonas Lawson all owed 5 lbs. tobacco, Bartlett Lawson owed 10 lbs. tobacco.  Found in “Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly”, Vol. XXIII, number 3, (1 August 1985) page 72.
David, William, John, Jonas and John
22 Jun 1762
Bedford
Bedford County, Virginia Order Book, 1761-1762 – Order Book 2, page 46, 22 June 1762, Hartee vs. Lawson, Idem vs. David Lawson, Idem vs. Wm. Lawson, Idem vs. Jn. Lawson, Idem vs Jonas Lawson and Idem vs. Jn. Lawson.  No details were given on the cases.
Jonas
26 -27 Jul 1762
Bedford
Bedford County, Virginia Order Book, 1761-1762 – Order Book 2, page 57, 26-27 July 1762, Hartee, J. C. vs. Jonas Lawson.  No details were given on the case.
Bartlet and William
28 Jul 1762
Bedford
Bedford County, Virginia Order Book, 1761-1762 – Order Book 2, page 60, 28 July 1762, Idem vs. Bar Lawson, Idem vs. Wm. Lawson, Idem vs. Lawson, Hartee vs. Lawson.  No details were given on the case except it shows a judgment was given in the case of Idem vs. Lawson.
Bartlet, Jonas, William and John
28 Jul 1762
Bedford
Bedford County, Virginia Order Book, 1761-1762 – Order Book 2, page 68, 25 August 1762, Idem vs. Bartlet Lawson, Idem vs. Jonas Lawson, Idem vs. Wm. Lawson, Idem vs. Lawson.  Judgment was given in Bartlet and Jonas’ cases but nothing shown in William and John’s cases.
John
29 Sep 1762
Bedford
Bedford County, Virginia Order Book, 1761-1762 – Order Book 2, page 80, 29 September 1762, Idem vs. John Lawson.  Not details.
William, John B.E., Jonas & David
1763
Bedford
Bedford County, Virginia – 1763 Tithes –
Wm. Lawson, 1 tithe
John Lawson B.E., 1 tithe
Jonas Lawson, 1 tithe
David Lawson, 1 tithe
Found in “Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly”, Vol. XXIII, number 3, (1 August 1985) page 73.
Jonas
22 Feb 1763
Bedford
Bedford County, Virginia Order Book, 1763-1771 – Order Book 3, page 3, 22 February 1763, Harty vs. Jonas Lawson.  Judgment of 2 pounds, 19 shillings and 5 pence and court fee.  No other details.
John
23 Feb 1763
Bedford
Bedford County, Virginia Order Book, 1763-1771 – Order Book 3, page 7, 23 February 1763, Idem vs. John Lawson, Judgment.  No other details.
William
25 -27 May 1763
Bedford
Bedford County, Virginia Order Book, 1763-1771 – Order Book 3, page 34, 25-27 May 1763, William Lawson allowed 2 days, allowed traveling 28 miles one for Flen vs. Nerdeman.
William
29 Jun 1763
Bedford
Bedford County, Virginia Order Book, 1763-1771 – Order Book 3, page 44, 29 June 1763, William Lawson allowed 4 days, for Flen vs. Nerdeman.  Traveling 29 miles allowed.
David
26 Jul 1763
Bedford
Bedford County, Virginia Order Book, 1763-1771 – Order Book 3, page 50, 26 July 1763, McCraw vs. Lawson, McCraw vs. David Lawson.  No details.
Speculation: – There is no documentation as to when and where John Lawson Sr. was born or died. From the Lunenburg tax records for the Falling River area, it implies John may have had at least 3 sons, William, John Jr. and Jonas. In 1748 John paid taxes for William Lawson who was listed in his household. This would indicated William was at least 16 yeas and born about or before 1732. John Jr. who was listed the next year would have been born about 1733 and Jonas about 1735 or 1736.

Lunenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 4, pages 320-321, 4 February 1754 – John Lawson, Jonas Lawson and Barclay Lawson of Lunenburg County sold to Thomas Watkins of same county for 30 pounds, 143 acres in Lunenburg County on north side of Falling River where John Lawson’s father, William Lawson did live. This indicates that the John, Bartholomew (Barclay, Barcle or Bartlet) and Jonas Lawson, who were in the 1748 Lunenburg County, VA tax records, were sons of William Lawson and sold his land after he died.

The Falling River area where the Lawsons lived then became Bedford County, VA. There are a few records of the Lawsons between 1754 and 1762. It is in 1762 we get an interesting record from Bedford County, Virginia, Insolvents List – William Lawson (run away), John Lawson, John Lawson, Jr., David Lawson, Jonas Lawson all owed 5 lbs. tobacco, Bartlett Lawson owed 10 lbs. tobacco.  Found in “Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly”, Vol. XXIII, number 3, (1 August 1985) page 72. The Lawsons are not doing very well and in this same year it looks like all of them are involved to court cases.

In the Bedford County, Virginia – 1763 Tithes – Wm. Lawson, 1 tithe, John Lawson B.E., 1 tithe, Jonas Lawson, 1 tithe, David Lawson, 1 tithe. Found in “Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly”, Vol. XXIII, number 3, (1 August 1985) page 73. John Lawson Sr. is no longer listed. Has he died or did he move? The other interesting name is John Lawson B.E. This may be the first listing of John Blackeye Lawson, who we find later in Stokes County, NC. After 1863 it looks like all the Lawsons have moved from Falling River area of Bedford County, VA since we find none of them in any of the records.