Archive for November 12th, 2014

The Gold Mine in the Closet: The Children of William Seabrook Lawton & Elizabeth Jones Lawton

November 12, 2014

Sugar’s mother’s father was Major Edward Percival Lawton, 1863-1929.

Edward Percival Lawton

Edward Percival Lawton


The back of the photo

Edward was the only son of Dr. William Seabrook Lawton and Elizabeth “Bessie” Jones Lawton.  We haven’t found a photo of Dr. William yet.

Mrs. Dr. William Seabrook Lawton, in the late 1800's.

Mrs. Dr. William Seabrook Lawton, in the late 1800’s.


Mary Lawton, 1864-1902, who married William Urquhart Garrard. This photo was most probably made at the Lawton House on Abercorn Street in Savannah, Georgia, about 1884.

After Mary Lawton Garrard died, William Urquhart Garrard married Mary’s sister, Emily Lawton Screven.

Emily Lawton Screven Garrard, 1862-1932.

Emily Lawton Screven Garrard, 1862-1932.

We find no photos of Guilielma Lawton Read, 1866-1929.  There may have been another child born to this family, according to a census in 1870, possibly named Ellen G., born about 1868.  There’s also a Jane G., born about 1866 or 1867 – I believe that this is Guilielma.

We do, however, find her obituary.


Was Well Known and Was Popular
With Many Friends.
The death early this morning of Mrs. Guilielma Lawton Read, wife of Abram C. Read, removes a widely loved Savannahian, who spent her entire life here and claimed a vast host of friends who grieve for her.
Mrs. Read was the daughter of Dr. William S. Lawton and Mrs. Elizabeth Jones Lawton. The latter was the daughter of the well-known Georgian, Seaborn Jones. She was also the niece of the late Gen. Alexander R. Lawton. During her youth she lived in the old Lawton home on Lafayette Square, which was one of the social centers of the community, well known for its representative gatherings. She claimed an unusually large circle of friends whose devotion increased during the latter years of her life when her long illness was a source of grief to so many.
Always cheerful and possessing a lovable and charming personality, she was especially admired for her cheerful spirit and fortitude during her illness. A communicant of Christ Church, she was a devoted and active member. She possessed a beautiful Christian nature.
Mrs. Read is survived by her husband, Aaron (sic) C. Read; one daughter, Miss Anne Read, and one sister, Mrs. Emily Lawton Garrard.
The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 4 o’clock from the residence, 118 East Thirty-fifth street, with private interment in the Lawton-Jones vault at Laurel Grove Cemetery. Rev. David Cady Wright, rector of Christ Church, will conduct the services.
The active pallbearers will be Charles Ellis, Wymberley W. DeRenne, T. Mayhew Cunningham, Jr., George E. Cope, Charlton M. Theus and Frank S. Mackall.
The honorary pallbearers will be J. Randolph Anderson, W. W. Mackall, P. A. Stovall, J. Florance Minis, C. T. Airey and W. D. Judkins.

A little light sleuthing on shows us that her daughter Anne Read married Thomas Charlton, and that they lived at 118 East Thirty-fifth Street, the same address as in the obituary.  Do we drive by?

You already know the answer…