|This research began in January 2005 and has been a remarkable journey through time, discovering new relatives and ancestors and learning more about the way they lived.|
The Lawton name possibly originates from the Legend of the Bleeding Wolf. Dated around 1200, it declares that King John became separated from his companions whilst out hunting. His horse had apparently reared and thrown him when it was confronted by an angry wolf, whereupon a nearby keeper came to the rescue and killed the wolf. The keeper gave his name as Adam de Lautun, and for saving his life, the king granted him all the land he could walk over in a week, taking the Bleeding Wolf as a starting point. The King told him "The head of the wolf shall be thy crest; thy deed shall go down in history". The area is known as Lawton in Cheshire. The inn known as The Bleeding Wolf still stands today and displays this legend on it's internal walls. There is also a Lawton Family History group who meet at The Bleeding Wolf, mostly with a history of the Lawton area.
The Lawton coat of arms consists of three crosses of calvary and the Tudor rose underneath a wolf licking it's left shoulder. The motto is "Spes Infracta" meaning Hope Unbroken.
It is unknown whether the arms relate to the family name or the area of Lawton.
I only wish I had begun my research when my parents were alive as I am sure the information I have found would have been of great interest to them. Therefore I dedicate this to my father, and my mother:
Sylvester Lawton 1924 - 1981
Lilian Glover 1924 - 1996
On July 22nd 2007, with the help of my wonderful husband Greg and our sons Craig, Jonathon, James, Thomas and Matthew, I held a Lawton Family Reunion. As well as my own family, guests included cousins, aunties and uncles, second cousins, in-laws etc, the majority of whom I have only discovered since researching this family tree. I would not have done this without Greg's insistence and the support he has given me throughout my research.
It was a pleasure to see several elderly relatives reminiscing about their childhood memories, some of them hadn't seen each other for up to 60 years! But the highlight of the day had to be the surprise appearance of my brother Stephen. He has lived in Australia for 22 years and I had not seen him since 1997. It was the biggest shock of the day as I had received a phone call from him wish me well and telling everyone to have a great day. Little did I know that he was calling me from the next room. In all there were 105 guests in attendance, all connected to the Lawton family. Everybody left with happy memories and happy hearts!
Unfortunately, the above mentioned brother died suddenly on 2nd October 2007 so to him we would like to say 'Thank You For The Music', rest in peace Stephen.