Posted By:Paul Brooker
Subject:Re: Buxton Lawn 18th C. England.
Post Date:October 13, 2000 at 13:42:21
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Thanks for replying Sheila, and for the information. I am not sure if you have the correct Tunstall in Norfolk (Eng.), as mine is only 5-6 miles from Norton Subcourse, with Halvergate being slightly closer. Earsham is rather further away, although Earsham is actually further away from Norton Subcourse than is Halvergate or Tunstall. I have Tammas-Tovell ancestors in Halvergate, who moved there from Chedgrave - the neighbouring village to Norton Subcourse. Although divided by the river, parishes on both sides were closely tied by the existence of an important ferry at Reedham, that has existed from the Medieval up to today.

Ok, my Lawn ancestors briefly: William LAWN was born c.1756. He married Ann PORTER. Their Halvergate children included: John LAWN 1789, Easter LAWN 1800, William LAWN bp1804. William (senior) died at Halvergate in 1846.

William LAWN (junior) was baptised 1804 at Halvergate in 1804. He married an Elizabeth, and they had at least 5 children: William LAWN c.1836, Maryanne LAWN c1838, Betsy LAWN c.1849, Eliza LAWN p1849, and John LAWN 1851.

Eliza LAWN was born in 1849 at Tunstall, she married George Tammas-Tovell at Tunstall in 1866, and died at Halvergate in 1941. One of their children was Sam Tammas-Tovell - my great grandfather.

The Lawns, like most, were agricultural labourer families, although William Lawn (1804) was unusual, in that he must have been literate. His headstone records that he served as a parish clerk for 33 years.

Lawn is not a common name in the area, and if your Buxton did come from Norton Subcourse, only a few miles away, I should imagine that there must be a very good chance of connection, keep in touch!

Best wishes from Norfolk, East Anglia.