1. First I've heard of a Henrico Potts family. All the Potts on the west side of the Blue Ridge that I have seen are orignially from southeast Pennsylvania. They went from today's Montgomery (then Philadelphia) PA --> Loudoun VA --> Botetourt VA -->Washington/Russell VA --> TN. The situation in Botetourt was messy with lots of orphan Potts. The Loudoun Potts were cousins with the Pottsgrove (Pottstown) PA Potts, the largest manufacturers of iron in colonial America with foundries and forges in PA and VA.
2. Here is the Lawson legend from off the internet (unedited by me):
Ronald C. Winkles (FamilyHistory.com Lawson message board)
"We are looking for information on Drewry or Thomas Lawson both Revolutionary War Soldiers. These men were brothers and both entered the war from Henry C, VA. They were born in Pittsylvania Co., VA.
Thomas Lawson was born in 1753 and Drewry was born in 1756. Their father (first name unknown) came from England at an early age. He is thought to have married an Indian maiden of an influential Cherokee Family. Her name is thought to be Wurteh (Worthy) of the Bird Clan. She was part white on her mother's side. Her father's name was Chief Tarchee also called Chief Old Tassle.
Wurteh Lawson was the mother of Thomas and Drewry. Her husband, Lawson, apparently died prior to 1760 because Wurteh married John Benge, a fur trapper and trader about this time. John Benge and Wurteh had a son named Robbin or Robert Benge, a notorious renegade who reeked havock in the Mountain Empire of Georgia, Kentucky, Tennesssee and Virginia.
This same woman later married Nathaniel Gist, and they had a son named George Gist (Guest) who later became known as Sequoya. He is the most famous Cherokee Indian of all time. He invited the Cherokee alphabet, and
he served as the leader of the Cherokees during the Trail of Tears.
Consequently, the most infamous and famous Cherokee as well as our Lawson ancestor, Drewry Lawson, were all half brothers.
Drewry Lawson left Henry Co. in 1782 and went to the Holston River Valley of Tennessee. There he was given indian lands along the Clinch River by his maternal grandfather which is today located in Claiborne and Hancock Co. Tenn. He became one of the earliest white settlers in this area of TN. His ancestors still hold and reside on most of this same Indian land."
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