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Lakey Kattie Chambers (Lawson)

Also Known As: "Lakey"
Birthdate: (46)
Birthplace: Virginia, United States
Death: 1838 (46)
Scott County, Tennessee, United States
Place of Burial: Oneida, Scott County, Tennessee, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Randolph Lawson and Susannah Lawson
Wife of Thomas Chambers
Mother of Riley Chambers; Pleasant Chambers, Sr.; John Robert Chambers; James Chambers; Joe Chambers and 8 others
Sister of Elizabeth "Millie" Phillips; Elisha Lawson; Mary Louise Pruitt; Maggie Lawson; Randolph Lawson and 4 others

Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Lakey Kattie Chambers

Lakey Kattie LAWSON, daughter of Randolph Lawson and Susannah Cross, was born about 1792 in Virginia. She died in 1849 in Scott County, Tennessee. She was buried in Chambers Cemetery, Buffalo Creek, Scott County, Tennessee.

She married Thomas CHAMBERS Sr. in 1796 in Haywood County, North Carolina, his 1st wife.

Some records show her middle name as her first name and spelled Katie, Katty, Katey, or Katy.

Some records show Lakey Kattie Lawson died before September 1838.

U.S. Census records show she was living with Andrew Pennington, her grandson, in 1900.

They had the following children:

  1. Riley CHAMBERS
  2. Amanda CHAMBERS
  3. Pleasant CHAMBERS
  4. John Robert CHAMBERS
  5. James CHAMBERS
  6. Thomas CHAMBERS Jr.
  7. Joe CHAMBERS 1 was born about 1821 in Campbell (now Scott) County, Tennessee. He died .
  8. Sarah Elizabeth CHAMBERS
  10. Daniel Claude CHAMBERS Sr.
  11. Lakey CHAMBERS
  12. William Alexander CHAMBERS
  13.  Stella Missouri CHAMBERS
  14.  David C. CHAMBERS was born about 1830 in Campbell (now Scott) County, Tennessee. He died before 1880 in Scott County, Tennessee. Some records show David Chambers' year of death as 1904.


In the 1790's or early 1800's THOMAS CHAMBERS and his wife KATIE LAWSON, brought up to 20 slaves from NC to what is now Scott Co., TN to clear land. Many who died are buried in the family cemetery near Buffalo Creek in Scott Co. Their graves are unmarked, yet clearly evident. The family needs to remember all who helped the family prosper in the wilderness. (from

From COUNTY SCOTT AND ITS MOUNTAIN FOLK Written and published by Esther Sharp Sanderson, Huntsville, TN. Printed by Blue & Gray Press, Nashville, TN. 1958

Most of the Chamberses of Buffalo and in Huntsville are direct descendants of Thomas Chambers; the Chambers generation were strong, virile men, prosperous farmers, and good citizens. Three of the boys, A.J., Jacob, and Michael are Baptist ministers. Duncan, Owens, Acres, and Jeffers families came in around 1800 and joined the Sharp and CHAMBERS families to make the Buffalo settlement."

p. 17-18 [author relates a bit of folklore she attributes to a book entitled Legion of the Lost Silver Mine by T. H. Troxel]:

"There was, living with his wife and their baby on Cherry Fork in what is now Scott County, Tennessee, a young fellow by the name of West; and, two pipefuls away, lived another man, by the name of CHAMBERS, with his wife. They were supposed to be veterans of the Revolutionary War who settled here with land grants for service in the war ... In those days men often engaged in what they called a "friendly fight"; that is, strong and hefty men would pair off and fight with bare knuckles until one or the other became exhausted or was "whooped." When the [Cherokee] Indian Tuckahoe and his [white]bride (Margaret Mounce) arrived hard upon the scene, one of these friendly battles was in progress between the only men of the new community: West and CHAMBERS. As their wives chatted and knitted, the men fought on, without count or referee." The Indian brave was now becoming much interested in the battle; the two white men were becoming angry and red in the face. Their women tried to part them, but they were now fighting in earnest. West had hit CHAMBERS with an unfair punch, to which CHAMBERS had retaliated with a left to the jaw. There was nothing The women could do about it by jump up and down and scream. "Finally one of the ladies prevailed on Mrs. Tuckahoe to have her valiant husband intervene. He very unwillingly consented; for why thought he, spoil a good fight by breaking it up? The mix-up was progressing very satisfactorily, he figured, as neither of the men showed signs of weakening. On and on they fought. At last, in spite of their preoccupation with each other, they discovered the Indian brave standing nearby and, immediately ceasing their own battle, descended on the valiant red man. Tuckahoe welcomed them in his usual style of fighting; that is, by seizing each of them by the back of the neck and slamming them together. When there seemed to be no life left in either, the women again intervened, asking Mrs. Tuckahoe to stop her husband from his cruel method of battling. She needed only tap her intrepid spouse on the shoulder; he let go of his grip on the men. Seeing their husbands so badly bruised and beaten by the red warrior, the wives of West and CHAMBERS became enraged and began to scratch and claw Tuckahoe face and eyes. To this the Indian responded by seizing each of the women by an arm and, while holding them away from him, shaking them so vigorously that their eyes looked like two streaks of white and blue."

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Lakey Kattie Chambers's Timeline

Virginia, United States
Age 17
Tennessee USA
Age 21
Campbell County, Tennessee, United States
Age 23
Age 25
Campbell County, Tennessee, United States
Age 29
December 25, 1822
Age 30
Campbell County, Tennessee, United States
Age 30
Campbell County, Tennessee, United States
Age 32
Campbell County, Tennessee, United States
Age 34
Campbell, Tennessee, USA