Name: William 'Will' J. LAWSON
Birth: AUG 1848 in Alabama
Death: 1912 in Seminole County, Oklahoma
The following information is from the Lawson Letters #22. Will is thought to be the eldest son and also thought to have served in the Confederacy. Although not mentioned by name, the 1917 newspaper article (about his mother) identifies that one of Rebecca's sons did serve as a Confederate soldier. Of all the children known, the least has been found on Will. He married Amelia, called "Melee" and had 7 children, six of whom were living in 1920. He is found in Young County, Texas in the 1880 Census and in Chickasaws Nation, Indian Territory in the 1900 Census, and is know to have died in Seminole County, Oklahoma. His one unaccounted for child is thought to have died between 1880 - 1886. He was married to Amelia for 27 years.
W. S. Lawson were enumerated 26 July 1860, in the Muddy Fork Township, Post Office Wilton, Pike County, Arkansas Census as living in his parents household. It indicates William's age is 13 years and born in Alabama.
William J. and Amelia Lawson were enumerated in the 1900 Chickasaws Nation, Indian Territory (Oklahoma) Census, Township 2 South, Range 5 East, ED 122, Sheet 7B and 8A. His birth date is given as August 1848, age 51 years and born in Alabama. Indicated they had been married 27 years, had 8 children, but only 7 living.
Father: Daniel John LAWSON b: ABT 1826 in Alabama
Mother: Rebecca Lee STAGGS b: 18 SEP 1817 in Alabama
Amelia Bermelia 'Millie' ROACH b: ABT 1844 in Independence, Missouri
6 APR 1873
in Hopkins County, Texas
- Mary Jane LAWSON b: 15 APR 1874 in Hunt County, Texas
- Martha Adline ‘Mattie' LAWSON b: 13 JUL 1876 in Jack County, Texas
- Nora LAWSON b: ABT 1877 in Texas
- John Henry LAWSON b: 10 DEC 1878 in Texas
- Earnest S. Or R. LAWSON b: FEB 1880 in Texas
- Kate W. LAWSON b: FEB 1886 in Texas