http://www.tmgtips.com/OrearWeb/p44.htm#i12922 - Orear's with pedigree and citiations. Lots other's google martha O'rear and 1815
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=REG&db=cllawson&id=I3419 and see his page
The Pike branch of our family tree belongs to my father's (Frank Burt) mother's (Lula Pike Burt) family. This branch contains the other last names of Wilson, Lollar, Lawson, O’Rear, and Cooner.
The last name Pike originated in England and is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname first found in the Devon area of England. It is said to be from the Middle Ages (it could have meant Pike as in the fish, or a hill) it is so old, its origins are unclear. The first Pikes arrived in Massachusetts as early as 1635.
The last name Wilson was originally a Viking name which meant "son of William." Most Wilsons lived in Scotland. The Wilson's began arriving in the New World in the mid-1600's with arrivals in the Massachusetts and Virginia areas. By 1760, our unknown ancestor had moved from either Virginia or Massachusetts to what was then considered the "Wild West" - York County, Pennsylvania. In the 1720’s, the first white men began to settle in the "Wild West" and many of those were Irish and Scottish immigrants who settled in the "York Barrens." The York Barrens eventually became York County, an area in southern Pennsylvania between Gettysburg and Philadelphia. In the 1700’s the “wild west” was in Pennsylvania – what a change from the “wild west’ of the 1800’s!
The last name Lawson is another ancient Anglo-Saxon surname. The first Lawson's were found in Yorkshire, England, and held a family seat from very ancient times (prior to 1050 A.D.) Lawson's arrived in America as early as 1623 in Virginia. From Virginia, our Lawson ancestors moved to North Carolina, then to South Carolina, and finally to Walker County, Alabama.
The last name Cooner is a harder name to find - there is an indication that is a variation of a German name. There is a document which indicates that three German brothers immigrated to America, landing in South Carolina. Their names were originally Kunner, but the name was changed to Cooner. From South Carolina they traveled, one settling in Alabama, one in Texas, and the destination of the third is unknown. Even if our ancestor was a Kunner, there is still not much information to be found.
The last name Loller is another ancient name from the eastern part of England - it can be traced back to 1133 in the Huntingdonshire area. Loller meant a pious person. Lollers arrived in Maryland in 1739 and in Pennsylvania in the 1740's.
An interesting note about our Pike ancestry is that I was told there was Native American blood in this branch of our family tree. My father told me that my grandmother (Lula Pike Burt) had Native American blood. Looking at this part of our tree, I am not sure where it came from. Aunt Diane believes it was an old-wives tale told to impress the young children in the family. I also found several websites which told folks to not believe the Indian princess stories in their family history as it seemed that every family with roots in the southern areas of America claimed to have had an Indian princess or maiden in its past. Oh well…..
I also remember being told that an ancestor returned from the Civil War as a hero for the losing Confederacy and was given land in the South as his reward. You’ll see the truth is far different from this story!
Around 1830, the Pike, Loller, Cooner, Wilson and Lawson families (along with the Boshell, Keeton and Romine families) moved together (approximately 400 miles) from their homes in the Carolina's to an area which is now Walker County, Alabama (northwest of Birmingham).
The amended land-grant law of 1819 (small areas of land could be purchased from the Government for $1.25 an acre) brought a host of settlers into this area of Alabama. The Indian trails were thronged with people from all classes of the social level seeking land under this new law. From wealthy planters with their slaves to the poorest (walking with their possessions on their backs), they each came seeking land in this wilderness territory. It was those of the poorer class, who before 1820, turned into the hill country of Walker county. These people, known as squatters, were few and widely separated.
Jasper became the county seat when Walker County was created. Jaspe r is named for Sgt. William Jasper, a South Carolinian who fought with distinction in defending Fort Moultrie during the Revolutionary War. Hugh Lollar, an early settler, is said to have named the town.
Walker County Alabama was originally part of the Mississippi Territory. Our ancestors lived in the section of Walker County in the vicinity of Townley, Holly Grove and Pleasant Grove, which are the earliest settlements in the county. Holly Grove was the first community with a post office for all the early settlers and it continued to be the trading center of the area but the community never grew, and its final doom came with the building of the Frisco Railroad in 1886, which laid its rails one mile south of Holly Grove, and the town of Townley, which was located on the railroad, came into existence.
Pleasant Grove came into existence as a community in 1842 when a dissension entered the Baptist Church over the matter of missions. The Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, at Holly Grove, continued to follow the Primitive Baptist beliefs, while those who subscribed to the tenets of the Missionary Baptist organized and built their church at Pleasant Grove. Albert G. Lawson, grandson of our direct ancestor John Lawson, when he enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1862, indicated he was born near Pleasant Grove Baptist Church on Lost Creek in 1838. Several of our ancestors are listed in the membership of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
Our Pike ancestors were living in Alabama since the early 1800’s before it was even a state. They were in America long before it was a country. Although we have English, Scottish, and Irish history in this branch, its got a lot of American history in it as well. Our ancestors from this branch fought in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Indian wars, and World War II. I am sure there are ancestors who also fought in World War I.
They were Southerners who fought for our country, farmed and hunted to put food on the table, had lots of babies, and worked hard to make sure their children had it a little better than they did.
The Pike family tree branch begins in the 1600’s in Ireland, so let’s go there.
In the past few years, many family researchers have tried to find information about the earliest O'Rear that lived in America. So far, no one has been successful in that regard. The consensus is that the earliest of the name was a John O'Rea who seems to have been in Virginia about 1675 when a son, John O'Rea seems to have been born or christened. There is speculation that the son may have been born aboard ship while his parent traveled to America and the record of his christening was after arrival. This speculation is based on a letter about the origin of the family written by Susan Marshall (an O'Rear descendant) in 1901. However, no records have been found of an O'Rea on any ship's passenger list. This doesn't mean that the name was never on a list, only that a list has not been found for various reasons including loss due to burning of courthouse records during the Civil War. Also back then, records were not diligently kept.
Because we don't know when the first O'Rear came to America, we also don't know the origin of that first O'Rea. Opinions change as more records are located but the guesses vary from Ireland to Scotland to France.
For many years, the thinking was that the O’Rear family came from France. This hypothesis was due to a number of factors, some of which are: (1) the settlement of the family near Brent Town which was primarily settled by French Huguenots, (2) the inter-marriage with some of the women from that area that were of French ancestry, (3) the existence of a Sword that was variously claimed to have been given to an O'Rea ancestor by the King of France, (4) the letter from Susan Marshall indicates flight "from persecution of the saints in Europe," and (5) the story that the O'Rear ancestors were French noblemen. Points one and two above may be just happenstance and the fact that the geographic closeness was the cause of the inter-marriages. It has been determined that the Sword of point three above dates from the latter part of the 1700's -- much too late for it to have any meaning about the family origin. The letter of Susan Marshall's does not specifically state the country of origin, but the statement about flight from persecution seems to lend credence to the French origin theory.
As for the story of the family being French nobles, there is some support of that based on the report in the late Edward C. O'Rear II of Lexington, Kentucky's files. This report of unknown date was from an investigator in France who gave information on the Orré family. The name apparently is of Swedish origin although the family considered themselves Irish. This family (variously spelled Oree and Orea) seemed to have been of the Protestant persuasion and were apparently commoners in the 15th century that seemingly only lacked formalities which would have caused them to be noblemen. That at least some of the family must have been noblemen is thought because a register of arms gave a coat of arms for the Orré family of Poitou and Thouars. A hand-written description of the coat of arms appears to be: "D'azur au Lion d'o armé el Iampasse de guelles et au chef couser de gueles, chargé de 3 macles d'argent. Ecu timbré d'un caique posé de profil." The family motto is: "Non saeviat ore" which was interpreted in the report as "a Latin pun, meaning speaking of the lion, his mouth won't hurt you." The report states further that many records of the Orré family were destroyed and the family dispersed in the late 1600's following the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes (when the Catholics started killing the protestants in France).
A family legend says that an O'Rea was an Irish baron in the court of Charles I. At the last minute as Cromwell seemed likely to win, the story is that Charles I entrusted his daughter to the O'Rea family to save her life, and supposedly the O'Rea family brought the daughter to America settling in New Jersey. The story goes on that Charles II came to America seeking his sister, never found her, and that she eventually married an O'Rea. There are a number of problems with this story. One is there are no records of either a Baron O'Rea or a daughter of Charles I. Another problem is that Charles II never came to America. Because most family legends have some basis of truth in them, one theory is that an O'Rea was a trusted servant of a baron, that it was the baron's daughter that was entrusted to the family, that she was known to Charles II (a childhood playmate?), and that she was taken to the Isle of Jersey which is known to have been visited by Charles II (not necessarily to see her). However, no real research has been made concerning this theory.
Supporting the current thinking that the O'Rear family originated in Ireland is the finding of five persons named O'Rea listed in the 1651 Irish Census near the village of Cappamore.
In addition to this, the affidavit made by George Washington O'Rear of Georgia on 17 Feb 1902 says that his great-grandfather came from Ireland. However, comparing his stated genealogy with the known family data reveals that the his great-grandfather was actually born in America as had his great-great-grandfather. Also his three-great-grandfather was either born in America or was christened here after being born at sea. Thus it seems that his claim overlooks a couple of generations. This overlooking of generations is not uncommon in stories such as this and in many printed genealogies, so the basic premise of his statement may be true, that one of his ancestors came from Ireland.
It may be that the real origin is Scotland. The basis of this theory is that the great majority of Ireland is Catholic and most all of the O'Rear family seems to be Protestant -- primarily of a Calvinist background.
In any event, here are our oldest Pike family tree branch ancestors:
John O’Rea was born around 1650 in Ireland and died in 1710 in Virginia at the age of 60. At some point prior to 1675, he immigrated to Virginia from Ireland.
John O'Rea was born in 1675 in Virginia or possibly "at sea" on the way to America and he died around 1716 in Stafford County, Virginia at the age of 41. He was the son of John O’Rea, who was born in Ireland. John was christened in 1675 at Dettingen Parish, Virginia. He married Mary Peck before 1700. John O'Rea was paid by the justices for trapping wolves in November 1702 at Stafford County, Virginia. On December 30, 1710, paperwork indicates that John O’Rea received a land warrant at Stafford County, Virginia for 198 acres of land. On May 31, 1711, he acquired an additional 400 acres of land in Stafford County, Virginia – on Dorrell's Run of the Occaquan River. John built the family home which he called Cloverfield and it stood until 1940 – over 200 years later.
Daniel Lanson O’Rear was burn in 1710 in Stafford County, Virginia and died in April, 1737 in Prince William County, Virginia at the age of 27. He was the son of John O’Rea who built the farm “Cloverfield”. Daniel is shown on the Tobacco Tenders List as 14 years old. The Tobacco Tenders List named farmers who grew tobacco. Therefore, we can assume that Daniel and his father John grew tobacco on their 400+ acres of land. Daniel married Ester Thorn before 1730. His estate was probated on April 25, 1737 at Prince William County, Virginia.
John O'Rear was born in 1730 in Prince William County, Virginia and died in 1810 in Hancock County, Georgia at the age of 80. John was the son of Daniel and Ester O’Rear. John married a Sarah in 1758 and is shown as living in Fauquire County, Virginia in 1759. By 1779 he had moved south to Wilkes County, North Carolina. We know this because in 1779 a restraining order was issued against John and his son Daniel (born 1758) by the Wilkes County Circuit Court for threatening bodily harm against a neighboring tobacco planter. John and his family moved to Georgia soon afterward. 20 years later, in 1799, John sold 100 acres on the waters of Shoulderbone in Hancock County, Georgia, to Jesse Brantley. In 1802, John O'Rear resided in Clarke County, Georgia. On September 7, 1809, John and Moses Lloyd sold 100 acres to his son-in-law.
Daniel O’Rear was born in 1758 in Fauquier County, Virginia and died in 1859 in Summerville, Georgia at the age of 101. Daniel was the son of John and Sarah O’Rear. Daniel served in the Revolutionary War. He joined Colonel Patrick Henry's Virginia Regiment in 1776 at Williamsburg, Virginia as a private. Between 1777 and 1779 he was a private in Captain John Ashley's Company. 1779 was a busy year for Daniel – he was paroled from the military, married Susan Gooch in Wake County, North Carolina, and had a restraining order issued against him and his father for threatening a neighbor. Daniel did receive a pension for service in the regular Army and the Militia in 1834. By 1838 he had moved to Bledsoe County, Tennessee and a year later he was in Chattooga County, Georgia. He died around 1859 in Summerville, Georgia and was buried at the Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery, in Trion, Georgia.
Martin O'Rear was born in 1795 in North Carolina and died in Walker County, Alabama in 1864 at the age of 69. His parents were Daniel and Susan Gooch O’Rear. Martin was a farmer and it is believed he and his family moved from North Carolina to Tennessee. He married Letitia Alexander in 1817. By 1840 he was living in Walker County, Alabama where he was a founding member and first clerk of the Pleasant Grove Church, Walker County, Alabama in 1845. In 1859 he was the tax assessor for Walker County, Alabama. He died at “Snoddy’s Place” in Walker County, Alabama in 1864 and is buried at New Prospect Cemetery.
Martin and Letitia Alexander O’Rear had 15 children – seven of whom died as infants:
Martha 1815-1856 (this is our ancestor)
Susan Ann 1833-1898
Martha O’Rear Nesmith was born around 1815 in Roane, Tennessee and died in 1856 in Walker County, Alabama at the age of 41. She married William Nesmith on June 21, 1835 in Morgan County, Alabama. At her death, she left behind children ranging in age from 8 to 24.
William Pike was born in 1814 in Georgia and died in 1860 at the age of 46. He married Mary Richardson Pike.
Mary Richardson Pike was born in 1810 in Tennessee and died in 1898 at the age of 88 in Itawamba County, Mississippi.
At some point Mary and William Pike moved to Walker County, Alabama where they had at least four children:
Phillip Colton (this is our ancestor)
Philip Colton Pike was born in Walker County, Alabama in 1847 to William and Mary Richardson Pike and he died at the age of 82 in Townley, Walker County, Alabama where he is buried in Guthrie Cemetery in Townley.
Philip married Emily Jane Nesmith Pike. Philip served in the Civil War as a private with Company A of the First Alabama Calvary. Emily Jane Nesmith Pike was the daughter of Martha O’Rear Nesmith – Emily lost her mother at a very young age (See above). Emily’s father was Bill Nesmith (see below).
J.C. William “Bill” Nesmith was born on March 19, 1809 in Blount County, Tennessee and died on December 17, 1870 in Townley, Alabama at the age of 61. He married Martha O’Rear (the ancestor with roots back to Ireland) on June 21, 1835 in Morgan County, Alabama. He is buried at Fikes Cemetery, Townley, Alabama.
J.C. William “Bill” and Martha O’Rear Nesmith had ten children. Its interesting that papers show they married in 1835, yet they had children starting in 1832.
Gracie Frances 1835-1910
John Wesley 1837-1914
Emily Jane 1848 (this is our ancestor)
You’ll remember that Martha O’Rear Nesmith died in 1856 at the age of 41. Her husband, J.C. William “Bill” Pike married a second time to Nancy Frazier, who became our ancestor’s step-mother. Our ancestor Emily Jane was only 8 years old when her mother died.
Emily Jane Nesmith Pike was born in 1847 or 1848 in _____ and died in 1912 at Walker County Alabama at the age of 64. She is buried at Guthrie Cemetery. She married Philip Colton Pike, whose parents were Mary Richardson and William Pike.
Emily Jane Nesmith Pike and Philip Colton Pike had five children:
John Campbell 1870 (our direct ancestor)
John Campbell “Johnnie C.” Pike was born in 1870 and died in 1953 at the age of 73 and is buried with his first wife Martha M. Cooner Pike at Guthrie Cemetery, Walker County Alabama. John married Martha Cooner Pike and they had five children:
Lula Nazrine (our direct ancestor)
His wife Martha Cooner Pike died in 1904 at the age of 31 when Grace was only 2. John married a second time - to Suzan Randolph and did not have any more children.
Lula Nazrine Pike Burt is my father’s mother – your paternal great-grandmother – and we will get more to her – and to her mother Martha Cooner Pike – after we cover the history of the Cooners which we will begin next starting with the Lollar branch.
Isaac Lollar was born in Virginia in 1713. He moved to Burke County, North Carolina and in 1755 had a son - Jacob Lollar.
Jacob Lollar was born in 1755 in Burke County, North Carolina and died in 1840 at the age of 85. He married Elizabeth Gantt (1762-1840). After their marriage, they moved to South Carolina and eventually to Walker County, Alabama. Both Jacob and Elizabeth died in Walker County, Alabama. During their marriage, they had at least two children:
Martha Lollar (our direct ancestor who married a Cooner)
Martha Lollar was born in 1794 in South Carolina and married James Patmon Cooner.
James Patmon Cooner was born April 10, 1789 in the Abbeville District of South Carolina.
His wife Martha Loller Cooner was also born in Abbeville County. He and his wife Martha Loller had seven children and migrated from South Carolina to Walker County, Alabama along with other families.
They "are buried on the home place, section 34, township 14 S, and range SW about 200 yards south of the Aunt Lottie Johnsons house place near the middle of a forty owned by Edcar Myers. At the 1945 Cooner reunion, Ed Cooner, Bruce Myers, Breck Sides, David Cooner, Billy Collins, Lenord Wilson, and others contributed enough money to erect a small granite marker in the cemetery to the memory of them. The cemetery is inactive and is located at the fork of Lost Creek, one mile south of Pleasant Grove Church. An anonymous annotation, which refers to Gilchrist Cemetery, reads "moved to Walker Memorial Gardens [North of Jasper] in 1988 due to coal mine stripping.”
Mahala Martha Parthenia Lawson was born on April 24, 1833 in Walker County Alabama to Sarah Wilson Lawson and John Lawson. Mahala died December 23, 1927 (at age 94) in Walker County where she is buried in Files Cemetery.
On March 16, 1854, she married John Carroll Cooner in Holly Grove, Walker County, Alabama. John was a farmer and Mahala was a housewife. According to the US Census, neither John nor Mahala could read or write. Their farm real estate was valued at $300 and their personalty valued at $200. John and Mahala had eight children:
Spencer Monroe ("Roe")
Martha M. (our direct ancestor)
Mahala was spelled Mahaley and Mahaly. However, when she died at the age of 94, “Mahala” is what is listed on her death certificate and gravestone. The last census in which she is mentioned was taken in 1920 and she is listed as living with her son Spencer Cooner and his wife Mary in Beach Grove, Walker County, Alabama. Mahala died of appaplexey according to her death certificate, which nowadays is known as a stroke.
The minutes of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church records, Walker County, Alabama 1845-1883, indicates Mahala or Mahaley Cooner a member of the Church. She is listed five times in the membership list at the end of the minutes.
Mahala received a pension for her husband’s (James Carroll Cooner) service in the First Alabama Cavalry. She received her first pension payment on October 24 1914.
James Carroll Cooner was born December 25, 1835 near Pleasant Grove, Walker County, Alabama to James P. and Martha Cooner. John died September 11, 1914 (at age 79) and is buried with his wife Mahala in Walker County, Alabama at Files Cemetery James was a farmer. He married Mahala Lawson in March 1854 in Holly Grove, Walker County, Alabama. James and Mahala had eight children, as listed above, and their youngest daughter, Martha M. is our direct ancestor.
James was known as Carroll – the southern tradition was that you were called by your middle name. My father Frank Eugene Burt was Frank everywhere but in Alabama, where he was Gene or Eugene.
During the civil war, John was a member of Company G, 13th Alabama Cavalry for the Confederate States of America. He later left the CSA Calvary and tried to join the United States Alabama Calvary but he was captured and held as a prisoner.
In the book "Glimpses of The Myers Cavalcade", it states that George Allison Myers was a soldier in the Confederate Army but when the US Army got to Huntsville, he, his brother Howell, his brother-in-law, Jim Tindall, Carroll Cooner and Dave Wolf, with Dave acting as a guide, went through the woods from Walker County to Huntsville and joined the US Army. Some of them were imprisoned. John Martin Dombhart indicates in his book that James Carroll Cooner, on September 6, 1862, enlisted at Jasper as a private in Company G, Thirteenth Alabama Cavalry, under Captain Shepherd. He references Census of Confederate Soldiers, 1907.
The following story was in the Daily Mountain Eagle, 'Opinion', dated February 28, 1979. "Two brothers, Sam and John Cooner, came from Germany and settled at Palmer on the lower end of Wolf Creek. Carroll Cooner married Mahala Lawson and they lived on the Beech Grove Road. During the Civil War both armies were moving across the South and they took provisions anywhere they could find them. The Cooner family had killed hogs and they hid the meat in a hole near the wood pile. They lined the hole with cloths, placed the meat on the cloths and salted it down. They put planks over the meat, covered it with earth and then moved the woodpile over it. US Troops saw the hog pen, questioned the family and searched the place but couldn't find the meat. The story was handed down by Elizabeth Cooner Alexander, a daughter of Carroll Cooner. Additional information of this period was given by Curt Cooner, a grandson. Carroll and Mahala lived at Wolf Creek. They always lived in Walker Co., with their residence/post office listed variously as Holly Grove (1864, 1915), Beech Grove (1889), Chickasaw (1896, 1902), and Townley (1911, 1914-1916). They were married by Wm. Sides, Justice of the Peace, and this was the only marriage for both.
In the Census of Enumeration of Confederate Soldiers Residing in Alabama, taken in 1907, James Carroll Cooner indicated he was born December 25, 1835 near Pleasant Grove on Lost Creek, Walker County, Alabama. He entered service as a private on the 6th of September 1862 at Jasper, Alabama, serving in Co. G. (Capt. Shepherd) 1st Regiment Alabama Partisan Rangers (later became the 56 Alabama Partisan Rangers). In Spring of 1863, he indicated he came home on furlough and then went to Decatur, Alabama to join the US Federal Army. Muster rolls dated July and August 1863 for 56 Regiment Alabama Cavalry indicated he deserted July 16, 1863.
William Stanley Hoole, 1960, “Alabama Tories; The First Alabama Cavalry, U.S.A., 1862-1865”, shows Cooner, James C., pvt. G.A. enlisted Decatur for 3 years; muster in 4-13-64, Decatur; born Walker County, Alabama; age 28; farmer; deserted 11-17-64 Atlanta, Georgia.
According to the Federal Army Pension Record of James C. Cooner, WC 786-002, National Archives, Washington, DC, he was 5’10”, 155 lbs., and had sandy hair, a fair complexion, blue eyes and no permanent marks or scars. The Record also has the following by his own attestation;
“I was forsed out in the confederate Armey by the Conscript ofiser but i left and went to the Federal Armey as soon as i cold get acros The lines.” He enrolled 8 or 28 Mar 1864 at Decatur, AL as private in Co. G of the 1st AL Cavalry under Captain John H. Hogan and was honorably discharged at Huntsville on 20 or 25 Oct. 1865. In Aug 1865 during a battle at Rome, GA, he was overcome by sun-stroke, which left him highly susceptible to overheating the rest of his life; he claimed this as a “nervous disability”. He said that he had been treated for this problem by Dr. J. F. Martan, Assistant Surgeon of the 1st AL Cavalry, at Rome in Sept. 1864, and during the summer and fall of 1865 at Decatur; that he was treated later by L. C. Miller; and that he “used pattent medisans mostly all the time”. In a later claim, he also said that he suffered from “Piles, Heart Truble, Rhumitism and Kidney Deases”. He was designated as a corporal only on his gravestone and in one of two post-death claims by his widow.
James Carroll served in both Armies. Both James and Mahala received a pension for his service in the First Alabama Cavalry. His pension started November 1889 and Mahala’s started October 1914.
James and Mahala Cooner were the parents of Martha Cooner Pike and Martha Cooner Pike is the mother of Lula Pike who is your mother’s paternal grandmother - your great-grandmother on your mother’s father’s side of the family. My father (Frank Burt) remembers Mahala as Grandma Haley.
Andrew Wilson was born in 1762 in York County, Pennsylvania. I do not know anything about his parents - where they were born, when, their names, or how they arrived in Pennsylvania.
At some point, we do know that Andrew Wilson moved from Pennsylvania to North Carolina or Virginia (approximately 500 miles) because as a young man he fought in the Revolutionary War (which took place from 1775 to 1783) for "Tate's Troops". He then moved to South Carolina (approximately 100 miles) where he married a woman by the name of Mariah (or Martha). While living in South Carolina, Andrew and Mariah (or Martha) Wilson had at least one daughter - Sarah Wilson in 1793.
Between 1830 and 1835, Andrew Wilson, his wife, and daughter Sarah (possibly with her husband John Lawson and their young family?) moved to Alabama with a group of families (approximately 300 miles). In November, 1850, at the age of 88, Andrew Wilson died and is buried just north of the US 278 (Sipsey River Bridge) in Double Springs, Alabama. No details are known about his wife Mariah (or Martha) or her parents. Andrew was a farmer.
Sarah Wilson Lawson was born August 23, 1792 in South Carolina. She married (questionably) a man with the last name of Ball and had a daughter Nancy in April 1816.
Later that year, in November, 1816, in the Mississippi Territory, which later became the State of Alabama. she married John Lawson and they had eight children:
Vinyard Lawson 1819
Unnamed infant boy 1825
Daniel John 1826
Unnamed infant daughter 1830
Mahala Martha Parthenia 1833 (our direct ancestor who married John Carroll Cooner)
William James 1836
Sarah and her husband John Lawson (13 years her senior) were farmers. Neither could not read or write according to a US Census. When they purchased land for their farm in Alabama, John signed with an "X". The 1860 census lists John and Sarah with real estate valued at $300 and value of personal estate is $370.
Sarah died in 1885 and is buried with her husband John Lawson in Files Cemetery in Walker County, Alabama. Sarah's gravestone reads: "Sarah wife of John Lawson died 14 Jun 1885 - age 92 years, 9 months and 22 days."
Caley Lawson was born in 1760 and died in 1855 in Walker County Alabama. We assume she was the mother of John Lawson born in 1780 because both the 1840 and 1850 census show a Caley Lawson born 1760 as living with John Lawson and his family. Caley is not mentioned in the 1860 census so we assumed she died during the 1850’s.
John Lawson was born in 1780 in North Carolina and died November 8, 1883 at the age of 103 in Walker County, Alabama. John was a farmer. All indications are that John Lawson and his family came into Walker County after 1830 and before 1835. It is believed he settled on Cane Creek, which is about 3.5 miles south of present day Townley, 4.5 miles south of Holly Grove and about 3 miles west of Pleasant Grove. In 1824 Holly Grove was the community center and post office of all the early settlers. This land on Cane Creek would be the same or some of the same land he sold to John Myers, March 16, 1876, which is about 7 years before his death. In the “History of Walker County, Alabama” by John Martin Dombhart, he states “The Boshell, the Pike, the Keeton, the Cooner, the Lawson, and the Romine families were established in this section before 1835.”
John died in 1883 at the age of 103 and is buried in Walker County, Alabama. John and his wife Sarah Wilson Lawson were married for over 60 years.
John served and was wounded in the War of 1812 (at the approximate age of 30): Master Roll of Captain James Cole's 1st Regiment, 1st Cpl. - John Lawson - wounded and served in the infantry.
At the age of 36, according to the research of Virginia Foxworth Lawson published in The Lawson Letters (#19, p. 165), John Lawson, with Vinyard Crawford and Goulder Fields as neighbors, were listed in the Mississippi Territory Census of 1816 as living in Monroe County, Mississippi Territory - an area from which Walker County Alabama was formed in 1823. That census was taken in the Mississippi Territory as a prelude to the establishment of Alabama as a state.
An interesting note on John - at the age of 44, he appeared in court: Superior Court Minutes 1819-1826, page 212, dated October 1824; State verses John Lawson, on the 7 October 1824 with force and angus assaulted John Mullins did beat, bruise, wound and ill treat and other wrongs to the said John Mullins then and other aid to the great damage of the said John Mullins and against the peace and dignity of the Sate of Alabama. He was fined $20.
The 1840 census indicates that John's household contains seven children, his wife, and his mother, Caley. All of the above were white, therefore it is assumed he owned no slaves.
John and Sarah Lawson are enumerated in the 1860 Western Division, Post Office Jasper, Walker County, Alabama Census with real estate valued at $300 and value of personal estate is $370. It states John was born in North Carolina and Sarah in South Carolina. He could not read or write. Age is given as 68 years.
First Court Records 1819-1849, page 48
Taken up by Thomas Patton on the head of Greenwoods Creek – one cow and calf appraised to eight dollars by us – supposed to be twelve years old – marked with a crop of the right ear and a under leit (spelling?) of the left iers (ear or eye?) – before me William Ward and of the acting Justices of the Peace of St. Clair County this 31 October 1821. Paid $4.00
Vinyard (X) Crofford
John (X) Lawson
Found in the St. Clair County library is a listing, page 23, of the officers at Ft. Strother, located on the Coosa River, in St. Clair County, during Dec. 1813 and Jan. 1814. Master Roll of Captain James Cole's 1st Regiment, company from White & Warren Counties, Tennessee, under the command of Colonel John K. Wynne, Robert's Brigade. In this Master Roll is; 1st Cpl. - John Lawson – wounded. I did find in the General Index Cards in the Birmingham Library a John Lawson, 1 Reg't. (Wynne's) W. Tennessee Militia (War of 1812), Corporal.
In the Rutherford Co. Library in Murfreesboro, Tennessee was a book of Enlisted Men, War of 1812, which listed Cpl. John Lawson, served with Col. John K. Wynn, Capt. James Cole. Indicated John Lawson was wounded 12 Nov. 1813 (believe this may have been 9 Nov. 1813 unless he was wounded when there was no battle).
In the Wallace State Community College there was a listing from the index for Corporal John Lawson, which gave the same information above, but also gave his date of enlistment as 4 Oct. 1813 and served in the infantry.
Company Muster Roll for Captain James Cole’s Company of Militia, Colonel J. K. Wynne’s Regiment Tennessee Infantry. John Lawson, Corporal, Roll dated Nashville, July 9, 1814. Indicated John Lawson appears on Company Muster Roll for October 4, 1813, when mustered into service, to January 4, 1813, when discharged. Indicated he was absent. Under remarks it indicated on furlough wounded 12 November 1813.
Company Pay Roll, not dated, for the same unit indicated John Lawson was on the Roll for October 4, 1813 to January 4, 1814. Term of service charged, 3 months, 13 days. Pay per month, $10.00 with subsistence of $1.69. Amount of pay $35.88. Under remarks it indicated on furlough wounded 12 November 1813.
A brief history: For the Tennesseans who fought in the War of 1812, the Creek (or Muskogee as they are sometimes called) War (1813-1814) was the War of 1812. In one of the earlier battles, Andrew Jackson received a plea for help from a tribe of allied Creeks at Talladega, who were besieged by a contingency of Red Sticks. Jackson responded to the call by mobilizing an army of 1,200 infantry and 800 cavalry and set out for the Creek fort at Talladega, arriving there in the early morning of 9 November. Using the same tactics that had worked at Tallahatchie, Jackson surrounded the town with a brigade of militia under General Isaac Roberts on the left and a brigade of volunteers let by General William Hall on the right. A cavalry detachment, under Colonel Robert Dyer, was held in reserve and an advance unit, let by Colonel William Carroll, was sent in to lure the Red Sticks out into the open. When the Creeks attacked the section on the line held by Roberts’ brigade, the militia retreated allowing hundreds of warriors to escape. The gap was quickly filled by Dyer’s reserves and Roberts’ men soon regained their position. Within fifteen minutes the battle was over. At least 300 Creeks perished on the battlefield while American losses amounted to fifteen killed and eighty-six wounded. Jackson marched his troops back to Fort Strother to attend to his wounded and obtain desperately needed supplies. (This could have been the battle that John was wounded in?)
In any event, John Lawson did marry Sarah Wilson Lawson and they were the parents of Mahala Lawson Cooner whom you read about earlier.
Martha M. Cooner Pike (1873-1904)
Martha M. (Cooner) Pike was born in 1873 in Walker County, Alabama. She was the daughter of Mahala Lawson Cooner and John Carroll Cooner.
She married Johnnie C. Pike and they had four children:
Lula Nazrine (our direct ancestor)
Martha died in 1904 at the age of 31, when her youngest child was only two years old. Martha’s husband Johnnie Campbell Pike remarried to Suzan Randolph and did have any more children. Johnnie died in 1953 and is buried with Martha at Guthrie Cemetery in Walker County, Alabama.
Lula Nazarine Pike Burt (1892-1979)
Eugene "Gip" Gibson Burt (1885-1951)
Lula Nazarine (Pike) Burt was born April 24, 1892 in Townley, Walker County, Alabama. She married Eugene Gibson Burt and they lived in Walker County, Alabama. Eugene died and Lula remarried but did not have any more children. Her second husband did not live long and she then lived with her sister for the rest of her life. She died November 18, 1979 and is buried next to Eugene at Prospect Cemetery in Walker County, Alabama. Eugene and Lula had four children: Frank Eugene, Inez, and twins - Trudy and Truman.