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From: "Mim" <>
Subject: Re: [LAWSON] Wilkerson Lawson
Date: Sat, 13 Nov 2010 17:57:21 -0500
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Here is Wilkerson LAWSON and daughter Amamda "Black Granny" - Wilkerson
a son of Hennis and Jaley LAWSON. Found Cherokee blood, MOYTOY, in this
line. That is pretty far back but I don't know the names to follow it

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ID: I4419
Name: Wilkerson LAWSON
Surname: Lawson
Given Name: Wilkerson
Sex: M
Birth: 1824 in Tennessee
Death: 25 Aug 1896 in Mountain Twp, McDonald County, Missouri
_UID: 4BB140BD3EB60A42A31DBE7F783D980C8F3D 1
Change Date: 23 Oct 2010 at 14:04:18

Ancestry Hints for Wilkerson LAWSON
3 possible matches found on

Father: Hennis LAWSON b: 1790 in Tennessee or North Carolina
Mother: Jaley LAWSON b: 1801 in Hawkins County, Tennessee

Marriage 1 Elizabeth MARTIN b: 1823 in Tennessee
Married: ABT 1844 in Tennessee 2
Mahala LAWSON b: 1844 in Tennessee
Joseph LAWSON b: 1846 in Tennessee
Amanda "Black Granny" LAWSON b: 1848 in Tennessee
George B. LAWSON b: 1852
Newton LAWSON b: 1855
John LAWSON b: 1857
Harvey LAWSON b: 1859
Harriet LAWSON b: 1860
James LAWSON b: 1862

Marriage 2 Mahala B. MARTIN b: 14 May 1832 in Hawkins County, Tennessee
Married: ABT 1866
Luke LAWSON b: 1866
William Tandy LAWSON b: ABT 1869 in McDonald County, Missouri
Helene LAWSON b: ABT 1871
Edwin LAWSON b: 24 Oct 1873 in McDonald County, Missouri
Ida LAWSON b: ABT 1875

Title: 1850 Census, Hawkins County, Tennessee
Title: Wills Of Hawkins County, Tennessee: 1786-1851
Author: Annie Bell, 1934

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Author: dai_sca
Surnames: Lawson Rose Calvert
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David and all:

Here is where I have some difficulty with all the stories, proofs or
lack of them. So I have to explain this first-hand (and second because
as I pen these remarks, I asked Dorthey to reflect again for me on what
she recalls of Amanda Lawson.

I knew that William Tandy had filed for recognition as Cherokee. I had
thought it was approved. But that is not my point all along but it

Amanda Lawson, who is my great-grandmother on my maternal ancestry, was
known to my mother, her sisters and my grandmother who called her "Black
Granny". She was said to have been part Cherokee. This would indicate
that either Elizabeth Martin was Cherokee or that Wilkerson had a wife
and child aside from the Children of Elizabeth and this child was
Amanda. My mother remembers Amanda as a child.

She said indicated that the family story was that Amanda was part
Cherokee(not Mahala's daughter). This would posit that ELizabeth was
part Cherokee. OR, that the mother of Amanda was another wife or liaison
with WIlkerson. I also know that Vesta Rose Calvert believed she was 1/4
and called AManda her "Black Granny". Dorthey, my mother, believes that
Vesta, grand-daughter of Amanda believed she was Cherokee.

Mom's basic memory of Amanda was she visited(with Arthur and Vesta and
the rest of the family) Amanda Lawson. Her memory is that she was
sitting in front of a shack or cabin on a bench. I just reviewed this
with Mom because I remember Vesta calling Amanda Black Granny.

Vesta was daughter of Samuel Wilkerson Rose whose parents were Amanda
and Robert Marsh Rose. Vesta died 1969, Mom, 87, is the only living
descendant of this family group.
Arthur, had 3 marriages before marrying my grandmother in 1915. Arthur
Clay Calvert, b 1876 Wetzel Co WV, d 1967 Joplin MO(Jasper Co. Amanda
Silvesta Rose b 1898 d 1969 was my grandmother. Clara Rose who married
Bert Lawson was sister to Vesta as was Lillian who married??? Kurt Shaw.

Now I remember visiting Bert and Clara and cannot recall visiting Lil
and Kurt. This would be the early 50s. I can't think of any reason to
doubt that there was some story of the Cherokee descent in the Lawson
and Rose lines. Vesta believed she was 1/4 Cherokee, making Mom 1/8.
Which would mean that Amanda was 1/2.

I remain puzzled by this and all I can say is that this woman, Amanda,
was known as Black Granny and it was her mother whom the story is passed
down regarding the Trail of Tears and who wouldn't enroll her children
with the Cherokees or Dawes roll. This is my mory of these many
discussions since perhaps the late 60s(My parents were the original
researchers in the family and they were talking to both Arthur and Vesta
about Ancestry here in Joplin before their deaths and I was present).


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