A Letter from Mulberry Grove, January 23, 1863

If you read a bit of the last post, you will know that Colonel Alexander James Lawton is the common thread that runs throughout the paper presented by E. L. Inabinett to the Lawton Family reunion in 1963. 

One hundred years earlier, on January 23, 1863, Alexander James Lawton wrote to his son Alexander Robert Lawton about the death of another son, Edward Payson Lawton, who died at Fredericksburg. Edward’s wife Evalina “Loyer” Davant Lawton had learned that he was wounded and had traveled from lower South Carolina to tend to him. Upon arrival she learned that he was deceased. 

The letter written by the Colonel describes in great detail the events before and after Edward’s death. He says that Edward’s body had been embalmed, which was a relief for me to know how people traveled with a deceased person. I’ve read of other accounts of widows reeclaiming their husbands who were killed, and now this makes me think that the bodies must have always been embalmed. I suppose now that I was expected to know that, because there was never a mention of embalming, but really, how would I know that? I suppose that I was to assume that. What a relief.

He also mentions another son, George Mosse Lawton, and George’s wife, the former Mary Lewis. We don’t know much about George. Strangely, he’s not recorded except in small bits here and there, like in George’s sister-in-law’s journal, that of Sarah Alexander Lawton, when she records his sudden death. 
These images come to me from a descendant, Elisabeth, of Edward Payson Lawton and Evalina “Loyer” Davant Lawton. It’s fun for me to note that Loyer is pronounced LOW-yuh. Reminds me that a Sugar’s mother said STEAM-uh and RIV-uh. 


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One Response to “A Letter from Mulberry Grove, January 23, 1863”

  1. LIbby Hromika Says:

    Such a beautiful letter of sadness, love, and faith in God.

    Liked by 1 person

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