A Lawton Reunion AfterParty, June 9, 2013

It’s these little connections that mean so much.

When Sugar and I go on a trip, or solve a history mystery, or make a cousin connection, there’s a mellow little glow that goes on for several days, weeks, or months afterward.

Like I’ll call him on the phone while he’s out on his route, and he’ll say that he’s thinking about the trip (or whatever), and it helps him get through the day.

So now, even though we just spent an evening and a day tramping around old Lawton haunts, he needs to go back to Robertville after the Lawton family reunion, and check out some gravestones.

And that’s what we do.

We drove back to the Robertville Baptist Church to view the graves of Alexander James Lawton and his two wives, Martha Mosse Lawton and Cordelia P. Lawton.

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I brought along some supplies to attempt to make the inscriptions legible.  We had in our arsenal several items:  art paper for taking a rubbing, a sketching pencil, tape, vinegar, and an old soft toothbrush.

It was too windy for the paper to be held down by tape, plus the tape was not sticking to the stones.  I tried without success, because that’s just how I do things.  I’ve ruled out things without actually trying them, and then found out later that I should have reversed the process:  try, then rule out.

We didn’t have any cornstarch like we saw the lady using the day before at the Robert Cemetery.  We could probably have walked across the highway to the little market, but we felt committed to the vinegar.  You could rub the vinegar with your hand across the top of the stone and watch the grime disintegrate, then the dark vinegar would run into the indentions and highlight the inscriptions.  The old toothbrush helped.

Martha Mosse Lawton

Martha Mosse Lawton

IN MEMORY

MRS. MARTHA LAWTON

Consort of

Col. Alexr. J. Lawton,

Who departed this life

on the 26th July 1836,

Aged 47 years, 10 months & 21 days.

Beloved and regretted by all her

Friends & acquaintances.

In the various relations of Daughter,

Mother, Friend, & Wife,

and as an humble follower of

Jesus Christ.

She acted her part

with

usefulness & Honor.

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Alexander James Lawton

THROUGH THE GATE OF DEATH

PASSED TO HIS JOYFUL RESURRECTION

April 8 1876

in the 86th Year

of his Age.

ALEXANDER JAMES LAWTON

Active & self-sacrificing in the

discharge of every public, charitable,

social & religious duty.

Honored & beloved

As widely as he was known.

This monument is a token of the

gratitude of his devoted sons for his

useful life.  Length of days Happily

lived & peacefully closed.

*****
Patient continuance in well doing

Glory

Honor

Immortality

Eternal life

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Cordelia P. Lawton

IN MEMORY

of the

Worth and Virtues

MRS CORDELIA P. LAWTON

Wife of

Alexr. J. LAWTON.

She was born in Germany, Europe.

And when a small child brought by her parents

to this Country.

She removed to Black Swamp, Beaufort District, So. Ca.

as the wife of him who mourns her loss,

about 19 years since a stranger,

and by her active and pious attention

to all the duties of life,

secured the affection or respect

of a wide circle of friends.

She died at her home of Paralyses,

11th September, 1856,

Aged 57 years 8 months and 16 days

She was strong in faith in her Saviour

and professed his name as a Baptist

more than 20 years.

As her life was useful so her end was peaceful.

Life’s labor done, as sinks the day.

Light from its land the Spirit flies.

While heaven and earth combine to say,

How blest the righteous when she dies.

*****

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I’ve noticed a trend that I’m disturbed about.  I use these cemetery photos to create memorials on www.findagrave.com.  Sometimes I don’t rush right over to www.ancestry.com to put these very same cemetery photos into a family tree.  I’ve seen my photos lifted by someone else, two people in particular, from findagrave and put onto ancestry as their own.  Ancestry.com has a feature that allows someone else to “borrow” the photo from someone else’s tree and place it in their own tree.  I’m highly annoyed when I see that someone has stolen a photo of mine (thus I own the copyright) and put it out there in the big world as their own.  I experimented with a random stone by adding my identification to it, so if someone steals it, the credit who be embedded in the photo.

I’m horrified at how tacky it looks, so I suppose I will leave well enough alone, and just pout about thievery.

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In memory of

EUSEBIA SARAH

LAWTON,

third daughter of

Col. Alexr. J. Lawton &

Martha, his consort,

who died on Black Swamp

So. Ca., 28 March 1816,

aged 15 months and

11 days.

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GEORGE MOSS LAWTON

Born

November 9, 1820

Died

April 3, 1878.

Do you remember George Moss(e) Lawton?  Sarah Alexander Lawton wrote about his demise in her journal.  He was the brother of her husband Alexander Robert Lawton, so they of course were two of the children of Alexander James Lawton and his wife Martha Mosse Lawton.

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In memory of

THIRZA LAWTON

second daughter of

Col. Alexr. J. Lawton &

Martha his consort,

who died on Blackswamp

So. Ca. 21 Oct. 1817

aged 4 years 10 mo. &

28 days.

Thirza Lawton is another child of Alexander James Lawton and his wife Martha Mosse Lawton.  Her death is mentioned in Alexander James Lawton’s plantation journal, which is at the Georgia Historical Society, in transcribed form.  I’ll write about that later.

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IN MEMORY OF

CAPTAIN EDWARD PAYSON LAWTON, C.S.A.

Edward Payson Lawton is yet another child of Alexander James Lawton and his wife Martha Mosse Lawton.  He was the youngest child, and was small when his mother died.  He died on the Confederate side during the Civil War, thus the “C.S.A.” after his name.

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While I was photographing, I saw a small movement at my feet.  Needless to say, I was startled at movement in a graveyard, because I, too, saw the Stephen King movie “Carrie”.  It was just Mr. Turtle.  Thank goodness.

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This should teach everyone to travel with a jug of white vinegar at all times.  A BIG jug.  We ran out.

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