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Re: Bastardy Bonds of Elizabeth Lawson - Stokes Co. NC & Hawkins TN
Posted by: gayle ellison (ID *****9317) Date: December 02, 2011 at 12:10:19
In Reply to: Bastardy Bonds of Elizabeth Lawson - Stokes Co. NC & Hawkins TN by John Young of 4090

John Riggs b. abt 1803 Surry County, NC, married on 21 January 1826 Cynthia Lawson b 1808 NC [Surry County Marriages, Holcomb, pg. 126]. The bondsman was Newel Jackson. From my knowledge and research of Surry County for over 30 years, I believe that Cynthia Lawson is one of the daughters of Thomas Lawson found in the 1800 and 1810 Surry County, NC, censuses. Thomas Lawson's property was on Cadles Creek.

A Surry County deed shows John Riggs to be a son of Lott Riggs of Surry County, NC.

John Riggs and Cynthia Lawson Riggs appear in the Surry County censuses from 1830 to 1850. Cynthia dies about 1851 and then John Riggs moved to Clinton County, KY, where he married Edith Young, a widow, and they appear in the 1860 Clinton County, KY, census. John Riggs is listed as a widower and Edith Young as a widow.

John Riggs is the brother-in-law of my ancestor, Boardvine Braswell b. 1799 NC, who married in 1820 Lola Elizabeth Lawson b. 1803 in Surry County, NC. (I have a copy of the marriage bond.) Boardvine and Elizabeth appear in the 1830 Cumberland County, KY, census (later Clinton County). John Riggs apparently moved to Clinton County, KY, because of his in-laws, Boardvine and Elizabeth Lawson Braswell.

Y-dna results of two of my male Braswell cousins closely match the Edwardian Riggs y-dna so there appears to be a deeper relationship. We continue to search for the proof.

The Stokes County, NC, bastardy bond talks about a "female child named Synthya Lawson about 8 or 9 years old. . ." The Surry County John Riggs censuses show:
1830:female 20-29 yrs old [b bet 1801-1810]
1840:female 20-30 yrs old [b bet 1810-1820]
1850:female age 42 [b abt 1808]

This Cynthia/Sinthy Lawson Riggs cannot be the person in the bastardy bond because that Synthya was already 8 or 9 years old in 1804 and the Cynthia/Sintha Lawson who married John Riggs was not born until about 1808.

Gayle Braswell Ellison

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