Name: Evan Lawler 1 2 3
Birth: 27 JUL 1799 in Chowan Co., NC 1 2 3
Death: 7 AUG 1842 in Saline Co., MO 1 2 3
Fact 1: 1830 Moved to Henderson Co., TN, spring of 1827 1 2 3
Copied from pages from Jane White of Clinton, MO
In 1901, Rev. B. F. Lawler, a great, great uncle wrote and published a cma ll book of only about a dozen pages on th family of his father and mothe r, Evan and Sarah Barker Lawler. After being given this little book, whi ch had belonged to my grandfather, Ira G. Lawler, and actuated by curiousi ty, inquiry was begun concerning my Lawler antcedents. In a short time, t he research became most absorbing and fascinating hobby and pastime, and r esulted in a collection of disconnected date concerning the late generatio ns, together with a few facts and more fiction concerning the older one s. At that time, the thought of getting together anything like a comple te history of a family showing the connection between who might be the fir st immigrant and the present generation appeared to be a hopeless task, b ut after talking to some of the older members of the family the hobby w as pursued and eventually facts began to connect and fall into their place .
In order to get facts, many clues had to be followed persistently and ma ny times lead to nothing. By means of a voluminous correspondence, some t ravel, phone calls, library research, and some advertising, the materi al in this book was gathered, bit by bit, from the following sources: mem bers of the family still living, old letters, family Bibles, epitaphs, chu rch records, newspaper clippings, town, county, and state histories, genea logical publications, census films, wills, deeds, marriage records, Nation al Archives in Washington DC, and the North Carolina State Archives, Ralei gh, North Carolina. The compilation of this material would not have be en possible without the willing help of dozens of people who furnished mat erial on their families. To acknowledge them all would be impossible, b ut special credit goes to Mrs. Lydia McCurley, Mrs. Della Maye Fowler, Mr s. Bertha Engle, Mrs. Chloe Claspill, and Mr. Harold Tichenor. This wou ld never have been completed without their help.
As the writer has never been able to prove, without some doubt the immigra nt, the material in this book has been compiled starting with John Lawle r, who died in Moore Co., NC in 1799 or 1800 as the first generation. Ea ch person in this book has a superior or raised number such as:
4 William Barker Lawler
which indicates that William Barker Lawler is the fourth generation, count ing John Lawler as the first. Expect to find material on William Barker L awler's descendents before you see the next heading with a four in it 4Ma ry Brantley Lawler. A chronological order of listing the children beginni ng with the oldest is maintained throughout each section.
This genealogy may be thought of as falling into nine main divisions-the d escendants of the four sons and five daughters of Evan and Sarah Lawler. T hough 1John had four sons, Eli, Evan, Jehu and Levi, very little informati on was obtained or verified except on some of the family of Eli.
Jacob Lawler served 3 months and at a later time served threemore months a ccording to testimony. He did not know the date of his birth, nor is the ir any mention of his place of birth or anything about his family. From co rrespondence it has been determined that he went to Walker County, AL 1820 -22, and was living in 1837 but was not listed int he 1840 censu s. It is said that his descendents used the name of Lollar. This Jacob m arried Elizabeth Gantt.
There are only 3 or 4 branches of Lawlers and there are probably many mo re that I have no record of, but of those mentioned none seem likely to ha ve any connection to the John Lawler of our family.
In Texas there is a Lawler Family Association that has a reunion in Belt on TX each year. These Lawlers are descended from our John Lawler throu gh his son Levi. In one of their bulletins "The Lawler Family Associati on Highlights from History 1776-1960", they list John Lawler as Sgt. Jo hn Lawler, having served in the North Carolina Continental Line, 10th regi ment, Sharps Company, Col. Abraham Shepard commanding and it took him 6 ye ars to collect his pay, 3,475 pounds for service and confiscated propert y, "horses and beeves." I have written twice to National Archives, Washin gton DC for his military records and bounty records under the name of Jo hn Lollar, as it is listed in the Revolutionary War veterans, but have be en told each time that they have no record. John having died in 1799 or 1 800 would have had no pension record, as pensions were not granted for vet erans until a later date. In Sept. 1974, we did find original pay vouche rs in the North Carolina State Archives, that were issued to John Lawler a nd Eli Lawler, and I have copies of same.
William Barker Lawler (Nov4, 1821, married Amelia Ann Molder (June 8, 182 2) on November 21, 1843, by Rev. W. B. Center. William Barker Lawler w as the oldest son of 3Evan and Sarah Barker Lawler. William Barker was bo rn in Chatham Co., NC and moved with his parents to Henderson Co., TN in t he spring of 1827 where it is believed that they settled near Juno, we st of Lexington, Tennessee. Then Oct 22, 1838, the family purchased a tra ct of land with a cabin on it for $25 in Rives Co., MO, which was lat er to become St. Clair County. William B. is listed as one of the signe rs of a petition to make it a county. William B. was justice of the Pea ce in this county for a term of years before the Civil War.
He was baptized into the fellowship of the Coon Creek Baptist Church whi ch his parents Evan and Sarah helpe organize. He was licensed to prea ch in March of 1860 and ordained by his home church November 15, 1862, a nd preached for the remainder of his life.
The home of Evan and Sarah Lawler and their family was located about 10 mi les southeast of Osceola, and about 3 or 4 miles north and west of wh at is now Collins, MO. After or during the Civil war the homes of Evan a nd Sarah and those of their sons, William B. and Benjamin F., and Robe rt D. were all burned and destroyed and the families then located in Hen ry Co., MO, to the north of St. Clair County. It is told by the family th at during the Civil War the Union soldiers came to William B. and asked th at he take an oath that he had no Southern sympathies or friends with Sout hern sympathies and according to the story passed down in the family, he t old them that he was a public speaker and had friends on both sides and co uld not take the oath. It is believed he had to flee possibly into Arkans as for a time rather than be killed for his beliefs. When his homestead w as destroyed, it is said that all his wife and children had left were a wa gon, a small mule, and a club-footed horse. Before leaving the homeste ad as it was being destroyed Amelia was able to retrieve a hundred doll ar gold piece which she was able to hide in her apron and knitting baske t. One version was that the gold piece was hidden in or near a kiln and s he asked to get some pieces of pottery as keepsakes for her children. S he and the children then came to Henry County to the home of B. F. Lawle r, brother of W. B. After the War in February, 1866 William B. bought la nd east of Clinton 6 or 7 miles, where he lived until his death on Nov 1 6, 1908. It is said that William B. sawed and hauled the lumber to build t he first house in Osceola, also that the Lawlers were the first ones to gr ow wheat in St. Clair County. The Lawlers raised and sold mules, taking t hem to Memphis, TN for sale. Osceola, Missouri near where they lived w as then known as Crow's Landing.
During and for a short time after the war many churches closed their doo rs and did not conduct any church services. In either 1973 or 1974 the re was a short article printed in a Clinton Missouri paper as follows: "J udge Floyd Sperry was telling me the other day that one of his grandfathe rs was Uncle Billy Lawler, long-time and well-known Baptist preacher in He nry County in the 19th century.
He was a Democrat and a southern sympathizer, and like many of his counter parts after the War Between the States, he was not allowed to preach. (N or were lawyers and doctors allowed to practice unless they took the Oa th of Allegiance.)
2Eli had a number of children, but as mentioned above, this writing will d eal primarily with only his son Evan and his descendants.
The quantity of biographcal material included on any individual or fam iy is due solely to the amount of material that the writer was able to loc ate, the success in finding descendants of any particular line, and the am ount of material received from correspondents.
Every effort has been made to be as accurate as possible, Corresponden ce is welcomed in regard to any additions to, omissions from, or erro rs on the following pages, and it is suggested that a letter providing t he page number where the correction, addition, or deletion is due be se nt to:
Mrs. Gordon (Eleanor) Burt
Kansas City, Missouri 64137
USA - 1975
Father: Eli Lawler b: 1764 in North Carolina
Mother: Mary Pitts ? Lawler b: ABT 1765
Sarah Barker b: 10 OCT 1798
21 DEC 1820
in Randolph Co., NC 1 2 3
- Eli Green Lawler
- William Barker Lawler
- Eli G. Lawler
- William Barker Lawler b: 1821
- Elizabeth Pamela Gaines Lawler b: 1827
- Rebecca Elender Lawler b: 1827
- Rebecca Lawler b: 1827 in Prob. Warren Co., TN
- Eli Green Lawler b: 1832
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