Biography of James L. Lawson of Pavilion, NY

James L. Lawson, who resides one mile east of Pavilion village, was born March 7, 1827, eight miles north of Batavia, and is a son of Benjamin F. and Mary (Griffin) Lawson, respectively from Sullivan and Cayuga counties. Benjamin F., with his parents, came to Alexander in 1814. When of age he moved to Elba, thence to Wheatland, N.Y., and served as overseer of the poor for many years. He reared three children, viz.: James L., Daniel G., and Mrs. Ann Selfridge, of West Superior, Wis. John W., grandfather of James L., was twice married. His second wife was Hannah Timlow, by whom he had four sons and two daughters. James L. Lawson married, January 29, 1852, Jane O. daughter of Rufus Smead, a brickmaker. He has had eight children: Lora, deceased, Frank F., Charles S., Henry M., of Syracuse, Lewis J., Rufus, Eliza, and John F. John. F. Lawson, of Pavilion village, was born in Middlebury, in February, 1857, received an academic education at Le Roy, and at the age of 21 began work on a farm by the month. The past four years he has followed the carpenter and joiner trade. He married, March 26, 1884, Florence, daughter of John Kember, of Henrietta, N. Y. They are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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