Elvira Lawson (Collins) (1780 - 1855)

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Birthplace: Bedford, Virginia
Death: Died in Hancock, Hawkins,Tennessee,USA
Managed by: Erica Isabel Howton, (c)
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About Elvira Lawson (Collins)

m. Elva Collins abt 1805 Elva received her Pension 2 Jul 1855. She said she was 85 in 1855 (DoB ca 1770), however, she said she was 82 in 1857 (DoB 1775). She listed 3 children in the pension (Peter, Moman & Phoebe Lawson) but they had raised many children. Her witnesses were George Miser (a son-in-law) and John Bolin.

http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/LAWSON/2003-07/1058045944

From Virginia and North Carolina the families crossed into Kentucky and Tennessee. The earliest known Melungeon in Northeast Tennessee was Millington Collins, who executed a deed in Hawkins County in 1802.

Several Collins and Gibson households appear in Floyd County, Kentucky, in 1820, when they are listed as "free persons of color".[12] On the 1830 censuses of Hawkins and Grainger County, Tennessee, Melungeon families are listed as "free-colored".[13][14] Melungeons were residents of the part of Hawkins that became Hancock County in 1844.[15]

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Elvira Lawson's Timeline

1780
1780
Bedford, Virginia
1789
1789
Age 9
1803
1803
Age 23
Lee,,Virginia,USA
1811
1811
Age 31
Hawkins,Tennessee,USA
1818
1818
Age 38
Lee County, VA, USA
1855
1855
Age 75
Hancock, Hawkins,Tennessee,USA