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John Lawson

Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Falling River, Brunswick, VA
Death: January 4, 1838 (79-87)
Morgan, TN, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Bartholomew "Bart" Lawson and Susanna Lawson
Husband of Anna Lawson
Father of Henry Lawson; Elizabeth Lawson; Joshua Lawson; Melinda Lawson; Patsy Lawson and 5 others
Brother of Elizabeth Rogers; Morman I. Lawson, Sr.; Elisha Lawson; William Lawson; David Lawson and 5 others

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About John Lawson

John Lawson was born between abt 1755 in Falling River, Brunswick County (now Campbell), VA and died  4 January 1838 in Morgan Co., TN.   He married Anna "Anny" Lawson, his cousin, and had 14 children.


  •  Paternal Haplogroup i1
  •  John Lawson, a brother of Randolph, gave his birth place as Bedford County, Virginia, on his application for a pension for military service during the Revolutionary War, but that county was not created until after the family left Virginia, so he was probably born in either Albemorle or Lunenburg Counties, which are the parent counties of Bedford County. Lawson Newsletter #30, page 299.
  • In documents filed in Fentress County, Tennessee, 21 May 1840, in support of Ann Lawson, his brother John’s wife, Randolph stated he was two years younger than his brother who was born about 1755. (
  • Falling River was in Brunswick County, which became Lunenburg, which became Bedford, which became Campbell.
  • In an application, filed 20 February 1840 in Morgan County, TN,  ANNA LAWSON states that she and JOHN LAWSON married in 1775 and that they were cousins. She was the daughter of JOSHUA LAWSON and the granddaughter of WILLIAM LAWSON and ISABEL KENNEY.  
  •  John Lawson's request for pension--National Archives R-6199. 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.


In documents filed in Fentress County, Tennessee, 21 May 1840, in support of Ann Lawson, Randolph's 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. (

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John Lawson's Timeline

Brunswick, VA
August 8, 1779
Age 24
Great Brickhill, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
March 17, 1782
Age 27
Great Brickhill, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
February 15, 1788
Age 33
Stokes County, North Carolina, United States
January 4, 1838
Age 83
Morgan, TN, USA