Hello....We have had a long journey genealogically to get to where we know that we descend from Sewell Laughton and Maria/Mariah Parish. We have found the death record for their son, Charles Gilbert Lawton in 1920, in Rapides Parish, Lousianna....and some estate papers for three of Sewell's children:Charles, Thomas and Ida, from up in Berrien County, Michigan, that has told us that Sewell is the father of our Charles.
Our Charles was married twice, first to Delina Jane Sheler/Scheler and second to Martha Ellen Goree. He had three children with Delina:Nellie Marie Lawton, Nelson B. Lawton and Grace May Lawton. Then the family moved and Delina died...we are not sure events happened in that order, but there is record of Nellie being attacked, and one of the newspapers commented about her father, "Charlie" and that her mother was dead. That was dated 1897. In 1901 Charles married Martha, and they had six more children.
I am in contact with one of Martha's grandsons, and two of Grace's grandchildren, as well as a host of Nellie's descendants, as that is my specific line.
We are hoping to find out what happened to Charles's son, Nelson B. Lawton, who was last known to have lived in Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Lousianna.
We are looking forward to hearing from connecting families for our Laughton/Lawton families....and would be especially interested in seeing any old photos of our ancestors that you might want to share. So far, we have photos of Nellie, and Grace, and one of Martha's boys, Gilbert P. Lawton...but none of Charles or the rest of the family.
All three of Delina and Charles Lawton's children were born in St. Joseph, Berrien County, Michigan. All of Martha and Charles children were born in Alabama.
We can be reached at MQuiltr2@aol.com
Mary & Ray
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