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Re: LAWTON Slave holder
In Response To: Re: LAWTON Slave holder ()

I will be looking for titles to send you. Here is where things get interesting. The families named in your post are mainly Huguenots that left France after the Edict of Nantes. They went to Switzerland and then came to America with most of them settling in SC first. Many changed the spelling of their names. Some of the slaveholders in my research of the Natchez District are part of this group from SC.

The Lawton's of Mulberry Grove Plantation are related by marriage to
the surnames you gave me. Nathaniel Bostick, James Martin, Samuel Maner, Edward Peeples, and James Solomons (spelled with a "s" on the end) to name a few. Henry Martyn Robert of Robert's Rule of Order is part of this family. Alexander James Lawton's son Alexander Robert Lawton was a Confederate general.

Some members of these families opposed slavery. Joseph T. Robert, first President of Morehouse College, is part of this family.

Some information can be found in:

Alexander Robert Lawton Papers #415
Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Researching the above names my lead to publications for purchase. I will continue to look for book titles and get back to you.

Ed Adams

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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