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Elvira Lawson (Collins)

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Princess Anne or Bedford, Virginia, United States
Death: July 1855 (75)
Hancock, Hawkins,Tennessee,USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of David Collins and Thompsey Collins
Wife of Morman I. Lawson, Sr.
Mother of Stokely Lawson; Burrell Lawson; Thomas Lawson; Charles Lawson; Peter Lawson and 5 others
Sister of Aaron Collins; David C Collins, Jr.; Nancy Collins; Eleanor "Nellie" Penelope Turnbull; Hiram "John" Collins and 6 others

Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Elvira Lawson

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

1772
1772
Stokes, North Carolina, United States
1775
1775
Surry County, North Carolina, United States
1780
1780
Princess Anne or Bedford, Virginia, United States
1785
1785
Age 5
1790
1790
Age 10
Possibly VA
1805
1805
Age 25
1811
1811
Age 31
Hawkins,Tennessee,USA
1816
February 20, 1816
Age 36
Lee County, VA, USA
1819
1819
Age 39
Virginia, United States