Reuben Lawson

a biography

Reuben LAWSON was born about 1810 in Georgia, county unknown. He died sometime between 1860 and 1870 near or in Palo Pinto County, Texas. Reuben LAWSON may have been the son of John LAWSON who is enumerated in the 1830 Merengo County, Alabama census, living a few households away from Reuben LAWSON.

Reuben LAWSON married Emaline or Evaline about 1830. They are enumerated in the 1830 census of Merengo County, Alabama with the correct ages and no children in the household. Reuben and Emaline are said to have had the following children:

  • Mary LAWSON, born abt 1831. She married William Henry BRADFORD
  • John LAWSON, born abt 1833
  • Thompson LAWSON, born abt 1835
  • Martha LAWSON, born abt 1837
  • Eliza LAWSON, born abt 1839, she may have died young.
  • William LAWSON, born abt 1841
  • Elizabeth LAWSON, born abt 1843
  • James LAWSON, born abt 1845
  • Jonathan LAWSON, born abt 1847
  • Joseph LAWSON, born abt 1849

The movements of this family are as follows: Merengo County, AL in 1830, Benton County — now Calhoun County, AL — in 1840, Cherokee County, AL in 1850, and Palo Pinto County, TX in 1860.

Reuben LAWSON purchased land in Alabama in 1820 and 1837. He was the owner of at least 3 slaves.In 1850 he lived near a Martha BRADFORD who was also a slaveholder. The BRADFORD family married into the LAWSON family. We cannot place what relation the before mentioned Martha BRADFORD may be. But the BRADFORDS and LAWSONS resided in the same era in Cherokee County, AL. In 1860 Reuben is living in Texas next to Robert NEWBERRY whose granddaughter would marry a grandson of Reuben LAWSON.


  • 1860 Palo Pinto County, TX Federal Census , Precinct 8, pg 37,,
    Listed as a stock raiser. Next door is Robert Newberry
  • 1840 Benton County (now Calhoun Co.), AL Federal Census , Roll 3, page 54m img 781,,
    Correct number of females and males, ages match.
  • 1830 Merengo County, AL Federal Census, roll M19-2, page 350,,
    Correct age of Reuben and correct age of wife. No children which is correct. A couple of doors down is John Lawson age 50/60, probably his father.
  • 1850 Cherokee County, AL Slave Schedules, District 27,,
    3 slaves; 1 male age 45, 1 female age 16, 1 male age 4/12; (nearby a Martha Bradford listed having 5 slaves).
  • U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907
    , doc 4565,,
    Sale - 24 Apr 1820, land office: St Stephens, issue date 30 May 1833, Merengo County, 80.555 acres.
  • U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907
    Docs 592,897,1832,,,
    3 land sale documents in Talladega County dated 1 Aug 1837.

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