Hey Ron---it's me again!
Just wanted to run a few things by you.
I have sent for copies of some records because of my strong feeling that the George J. Dawson in the marriage of Elizabeth Tolbert( m. October 23, 1882) is really my great grandfather George J. Lawson. I have a copy of a marriage license for George J. Lawson & Elizabeth Tolbert married in Carroll, VA from the Clerk of Court's office. Now the what could be a D in Dawson looks just like the L in Lafayette, and the L in Lucinda. Then down at the bottom of the page in the part that says "I Certify, That on the 23 day of October 1882..." you can clearly read "was married gorg j (or g) lawson and Elisabeth tolbert...". But it states on the license that the Place of Husband's Birth--Carroll Co. VA and Wife's Carroll.
Well they had no record of Elizabeth's birth--but said I can go to the Archive Room, and look when I get a chance. I didn't ask for a copy of George's birth because from everything else I have come across he was not born in Carroll. And on the marriage license it stated her father was Elisha Tolbert and as far as I can tell it had written her mother as Bettie.
I did however send to Patrick County for a birth record of George J Lawson born in May 1862---and received one. Parents listed as Lafayette and Lucinda D. Lawson. Now I never found a George J Lawson in Patrick in any censuses--but did find Lafayette and Lucinda D. Lawson in 1860 with one son James A. born 1859/1860 and Harden Foster, brother to Lucinda---but then no record of any of the Lawson's in the 1870 or 1880 census. Then later I found a Lafayette Lawson listed in the Carroll deaths born around 1828; died in 1879 from malarial fever from when he was in the Civil War--place of birth Patrick Co.; parents John & Martha Lawson-- and he had remarried in 1872 to Nancy Ames Surratt(b. 1855 Carroll; died 1935 Carroll) and they had some children.
So I went back to the censuses in Patrick. This was my reasoning: Lafayette went off to war and Lucinda was expecting George--Lucinda either died in childbirth or sometime between 1862 & 1870. Now I had found her in earlier censuses with her family--George E. Jackson Foster, her father and Nancy Martin Foster her mother. So I looked in the 1870 Census in Patrick of George E. Jackson Foster and there were 2 boys-- a James A. age 10 and a George I. age 8 in there household, but no last name of Lawson. Then I check the original copy of the census page and the George I. was a George J.--it looked like all the J's in the John & James. I am fairly certain that after Lucinda died & while Lafayette was in the war that Lucinda's parents took the boys in and took care of them.
So this is what I'd like to know--how do I connect the 2 George's together? Have you come across any George J. Lawson born in Carroll in 1862? Have you come across him in any census in Carroll before the one's I have starting in 1900? Can you find out if (Alfred) Lafayette Lawson that married Nancy Ames Surratt about 1872 was listed as a widower on their marriage license? I think he was married twice before Nancy--but the other 2 would have been in Patrick(at least one of them).
If you have any suggestions for me I would appreciate it. Thank you for taking the time to read this and all the posts I have made thus far. If it weren't for you I wouldn't have a third of my info that got me started.
Thanks again, Ron--you are one in a million,
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