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From: "Randy Willis" <randywillis@ev1.net>
To: "Morgan Edward Johnson" <morgan@usroots.com>
Subject: Robert "Bob" S. Lawson  & Nina Ruth Hanks Lawson
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2002 13:57:00 -0600
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My maternal grandparents
Robert "Bob" S. Lawson  & Nina Ruth Hanks Lawson
by Randy Willis
My grandfather was Robert "Bob" S. Lawson  (b. Mar. 25, 1868; d. 1941). He married Nina Ruth Hanks (b. Oct. 27, 1891; d. Jul. 16, 1962) on February 12, 1908, in Rapides Parish, Louisiana.  She was only 16 when they married, he was about 40. 
Robert "Bob" S. Lawson  parents were Robert W. Lawson  (b. Apr. 9, 1810; d. Nov. 25, 1889),  and Florentine Rougeau Lawson (b. Dec. 5, 1838; d. Dec. 6, 1871).    Nina Ruth Hanks'  parents  were Nathan Hanks (b. Dec., 1850) and Mary Celima Stagg Hanks (1862-1947).  Mary Celima Stagg's father was  Rev. Adolphe Stagg (b. Dec. 17, 1834; d. Apr. 17, 1914). He married Ultima Caratine (and later Cordelia Pevy). He was a pioneer Baptist preacher to the French-speaking people of Louisiana.
Robert "Bob" S. Lawson  is buried in an unmarked-grave at the Rougeau Cemetery, where both his parents are also buried.  Nina Ruth Hanks is buried at the Butter Cemetery near Forest Hill, La.

Robert "Bob" S. Lawson  and Nina Ruth Hanks Lawson's children were:
1)    Gladys Roberta Lawson (b. Feb.  19, 1909 - Washington, La.- married
Joseph Corliss Rayon).

2)    Robert  "Buddy" Theodore Lawson (b. Mar. 3, 1911 - Lecompte,  La.- married
Opal Butter).

3)    Mary Ruth Lawson (my mother) (b. Apr. 25, 1913 - Lamourie, La. - married John A. Duke
first &  then my father Julian E. Willis).  She is buried at the Butter Cemetery near Forest Hill, La.

4)    Julian "Pud" Henry Lawson  (b. Jul.  15, 1915 -  Long Leaf, La. - married
Madaline Ashworth) He is buried at the Rougeau Cemetery.

5)    Helen Lawson  (b. Jul.  1, 1917 - Long Leaf, La. - died as an infant).
Robert W.  Lawson's  married his first wife, Rosanna Carnahan, on June 9, 1836 in Natchitoches Parish, La.  They had one child, Jefferson Lawson.
Robert W. Lawson  (b. Apr. 9, 1810; d. Nov. 25, 1890),  married is second wife,  Florentine Rougeau  (b. Dec. 5, 1838; d. Dec. 6, 1871) about 1859.   They had five children: Mary Florentine Lawson (b. Aug. 13, 1861; d. Dec. 18, 1952), Henry R. Lawson (b. Mar. 8, 1860; d. Nov. 24, 1913), Alice Lawson (b. Apr. 8, 1865; d. Jan. 10, 1924, Malinda Lawson (b. 1863; d. 1908), Elizabeth Lawson (b. 1870; d. 1947), and my grandfather Robert Severin Lawson (b. Mar. 25, 1868; d. 1941).
Robert W. Lawson then married Forentine's sister, Clementine Rougeau (b. Oct. 25, 1840;  d. Oct. 31, 1906) on January 18, 1873 in Rapides Parish, La. Florentine and Clementine parents were  Sivarin and Florentene Dupercude Rougeau.  They had one child, Lucy Lawson (b. Oct. 30, 1873; d. Jan. 28, 1946).
Robert W. Lawson  was born in Tennessee and died in Elmer, La., his parents were Robert and Sarah Lawson.
Nina Ruth Hanks Lawson