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James Lawley born 1972 born/lived in Dalhart Texas
Posted by: Tom Waller (ID *****2072) Date: May 11, 2012 at 08:51:27
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Looking for information on James Lawley circa early 20th C. I have further (and better) information after my last post. It indicates that my great grandmother, Pearl (A.?) Shawver (b. about 1880) married James Lawley in 1903 in Kansas City, KS (her parents were living in KS, perhaps Osawatomie, by that time). He lists on his marriage cert. his 1872 place of birth as Dalhart, Texas. Pearl Shawver, when single, lived in Trinidad in 1900 with Clarence Waller and her sister Lilly May Waller (nee Shawver). After marriage in 1903 the Lawleys might have gone back and forth between Trinidad and Dalhart, which were fairly close and linked by rail. Pearl Lawley appears as a store clerk in the 1910 Trinidad city directory, and living with the Wallers and her 2 boys--born in Dalhart in 1904 and 1905-- but then disappears after that. At some point Pearl and James Lawley seperated for some reason, and when Pearl died in about 1920, Clarence C. and Lillie May Waller of Trinidad adopted or took guardianship of the Lawley boys, James Kenneth (my grandfather) and Eugene.

Perhaps coincidentally, Clarence Waller was a railroad engineer with Colorado and Southern (C&S)Railroad. Dalhart's rail lines were taken over by C&S Railroad in 1899. The James Lawley I'm looking for may have been working on that railroad (explaining how they met. I did find a James Lawley living (after service in WWI) with a Mary Lawley in Tacoma, WA, working in 1920 as a rail engineer. He may have later divorced and gone to live with relatives in Oklahoma.

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