Robert "Bob" S.
Lawson & Nina Ruth Hanks Lawson
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
Robert "Bob" S. Lawson and Nina Ruth
Hanks Lawson's children were:
1) Gladys Roberta Lawson (b. Feb.
19, 1909 - Washington, La.- married2) Robert
"Buddy" Theodore Lawson (b. Mar. 3, 1911 - Lecompte, La.- married
3) Mary Ruth Lawson (my
mother) (b. Apr. 25, 1913 - Lamourie, La. - married John A. Duke
& then my father Julian E. Willis). She is buried at the Butter
Cemetery near Forest Hill, La.
Julian "Pud" Henry Lawson (b. Jul. 15, 1915 - Long Leaf, La. -
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,
Robert W. Lawson was born in Tennessee and died
in Elmer, La., his parents were Robert and Sarah Lawson.
Nina Ruth Hanks