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Robert W. Lawson & Donna M. Bourdon of Vallejo CA

Updated April 21, 2001

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Bob's father's ancestors were Lawsons from Durham, England, who came to U.S. in late 1850s, and Naedeles, German immigrants who arrived about 1848 and married into the Fry(e) family. Reuben Lightfoot Lawson was married to Marrian Murrie, related to the family that later controlled Hershey chocolate interests.

Bob's mother was descended from German Lutheran ministers who served in Texas and later New York, with surnames Flath, Kuever, and Weimann prominent. They were from Baden. Her mother was named Tall, probably of Irish descent from Baltimore.

Donna's father is descended from the Bourdo family, which came from Canada to Toledo, Ohio, in the 1830s. His father moved to California in 1902 and married Laura Case, daughter of Dr. Charles Elijah Case and Martha Covington Case (later Bond).

Donna's mother is descended from the Alderson family, tracing its roots to famed Baptist minister John Alderson, who emigrated to New Jersey from Yorkshire in 1719. On the maternal side, the family name was Taylor; they lived in Milwaukee after an ancestor moved to the Midwest from New York in the early 1800s.

I can trace roots to the 1700s on some, not so far back on others. Open to questions or comments.

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