Sir, this is from you book but I thought it might help others in their research
The following information came from a book in the San Antonio Library
The Lawley Family
Bobby And Jacqueline (Green) Downs
The John Lawley in this report is not in my line but this report mentions Elisha Lawley that settled in Alabama who is in my line.
The Lawley Family
The earliest Lawley ancestor we can prove by documentation is John Lawley. He was born about 1750, in North Carolina , probably in Craven County. He married Mary Voncannon, about 1780, probably in North Carolina. John served as a Sergeant with the Newburn District, Craven County, North Carolina, Militia in the Revolutionary War
Mary Voncannon was born 1760 in North Carolina. There is evidence that she was the daughter or grand daughter of one of the Von Kannens, who emigrated from Germany in 1748/49. They had been in that country for about four generations and before lived in Switzerland.
Notes on Possible Ancestors of John Lawley
We have not determined who the parents of John Lawleywere. According to the Heads of the Family- North Carolina. Hillsborough district, Randolph County, 1790, Christopher, Elisha (2), John and Joseph were living in the same general area. One Elisha was show living alone in the same. This could be the father of John and perhaps Christopher, Elisha and Joseph or it could be a young unmarried son. We tend to think he was the older one. Some researchers think John Joseph and Christopher were brothers and move to Alabama about the same time. John settled in Jefferson County, Joseph in Bibb County, and Christopher in Shelby County, Alabama. An Elisha came early also 1811. All of the Lawley families appeared to have been quite close, securities for each other witnessing the wills of the others, etc.
The areas of North Carolina, where the Lawleys and the Voncannons were from were settled mostly by people from Pennsylvania and Maryland; many of who were Scotch-Irish. There were two distinct trail that merged somewhere on the way to Salisbury, North Carolina, where the travelers could repair their Conestoga wagons.
It is possible that John is descended from Thomas Lawley who came to Virginia in 1636. In a report given for the dedication of the DAR at John Lawley Grave Moore Cemetery, Bessemer, Alabama in May 1975 by Mrs. Thomas Seay stated that the Lawleys had been in America since 1636. (See the report below)
Thomas Lawley was possibly a relative of Sir Edward Lawley, a stockholder of the Virginia company. Another source A Compilation Of The Original List Of Protestants Immigrants To South Carolina 1763-1773 has this statement “Thomas Lawley, a first cousin of Sir Edward Herbert. They were given a joint grant of the manor of Ribbesford, a heavily wooded property in Worcestershire. Given by the government following a petition to king Charles.”
Sir Edward Lawley and Sir Edward Herbert names appeared together on the list of those present at a meeting in 1620 and 1621. Both were stockholders in the Virginia Company. In Cavaliers and Pioneers and Passengers and Immigration list index vol 2 & Early Virginia Immigrants 1623-1666, Thomas Lawley was listed as being sponsored by Wm. Clark (also a stockholders in the Virginia Company), 29 Sep 1636, in Henrico Co Virginia.
If the Lawleys are related to Sir Edward Lawley, they could be descended form the Lawleys from Shropshire County in England.
The Following quotation is from The Noble and Gentle Men of England:
“The family is descended from Thomas Lawley, cousin and next heir to John, Lord Wenlock, K.G.in the reign of Edward IV., who was slain at the battle of Tewkesbury. The Lawleys were described as “of Wenlock” in the reign of Henry VI., and until that of Henry VIII., when Richard Lawley Esq. Ancesstor of Lord Wenlock was written” of Spoonhill.”
There are numerous references to the early Lawleys in the United States. We have tried to connect them to our John Lawley and some seem promising but no connection has been made yet. A few of the references follow.
Here is an interesting account of a hearing concerning the death of one Thomas Lawley a mariner aboard the ship bound for Virginiain 1626.A mariner, Abraham Binsteed swore that about three weeks or a month before their arrival in the country in ye good ship Plantation there was an altercation which led to a fight between a Thomas Lawley and a Robert Cooke. Binsteed said he was between the decks in his cabin and he saw the two men falling out and rangling where upon the said Cooke took the said Lawley by the coller of his dublett before and then pushed the said Lawley so that hew brought him almost unto the deck of the ship that they stood upon. This deponentfurther said that Cooke did not beat Lawley either on the head or otherwise, nor did he set his foot or knee upon Lawley, nor never heard Lawley complain of any hurt that he received, nor saw him spit blood.
Another Mariner swore that about three weeks before their arrival in the river in the ship called the Plantacon there was a falling out between Thomas Hital and Thomas Lawley, whereupon Robert Cooke interposed himself and told the said Lawley he would not suffer him to abuse any of his mates upon which they fell to words and the said Cooke took the said Lawley by the collar and thrust him from him and settle him upon a chest that was near to him. This deponent said that Cooke did not offer him any further violence.
Edward Garen swore that the Plantation stayed for the tide one night at Capt Martyns. When the Plantation was ready to sail again (the tide being come), he spied the said Thomas Lawley to be behind and he demanded of him why he could not go as fast as the rest. Lawley answered while I was aboard the ship called the Plantaconthere was one gave me a blow with his elbow on the breast which hath made me ever since have such a payne that yet greves me to go, & I can scarce fetch my breath.
They went on into the boat and the next day after, arrived at home at Shirley Hundred. Lawley fell very sick and could not get out of bed. Garen helped him, and Lawley “sayed these words, “ Oh lord master, the blowe that Robin gave me will surely be my deth, & then within one q’ter of an hower after, he departed this life.” He also said that Lawley’s breast, after he was dead seemed blacker than any other part of his body.
John Humfrys, another witness, swore that after going to bed, Lawley complained to him that his breast was very sore. The next morning Lawley showed Humfry his breast which was very black. Lawley also said that he spit blood several times. Humfrys urged Lawley to complain to the Master, but to tell the Chirurgion and get a remedy for his pains, because he already had something of the Chirurgion for his argue & “he calls to me for a note under my hand for yt, & I will take noe more of his medicines.” Humfrys said that Lawley had said to him and to others that the blow which he had aboard ship would kill him. Minutes of the Council and General Court of Colonial Virginia 1622-1632, 1670-1676, ed. By H.R. McIlvaine. p.144
On 10 June 1706, another Thomas Lolly was one of 92 persons who were provided passage by Benjamin Harrison, Jr., Gent., who received 483 acres in Prince George Co., VA, for the transportation costs. (Early VA Families Along the James River, Charles City Co., -Prince George Co., VA. Vol II, by Foley p. 93)
In 1716, a Henry Lawley received a land grant on the Forked Swamp in Chowan Precint, NC. (Albemarle and Its Absentee Landlords, by Ray. P.593). This is one of the earliest land grants in North Carolina.
A Lawley immigrant that seems most promising as a possible ancestor for John Lawley because of the similarity of the names, is the one is the following description from Cavaliers and Pioneers, Vol III: Land Grants and Patents. p. 228.
Henry Hobgood, 293 acres N. L. Up. Par. Of Nansemond Co. nearhead of the Grave SW. adj. Bolling, Sanders, Richd, Conquest; and Robert Carr; 10 Nov 1721. p. 66 imp. Of 6 persons; John Lawley, Christianity, Mary (or Margaret), Ruth and Margaret Lawley, and Christopher Dixon.
The names, John, Christiana, Mary, Margaret, and Christopher were widely used by the Lawleys.
There were also Lawleys who were in Maryland about the same time, so John Lawley could be descended from one of them.
Report given by Mrs. Thomas Seay for the dedication of the DAR marker at John Lawley’s grave Moore Cemetery, Bessemer, Alabama. May, 1975.
Revolutionary War Soldier
1750 - 1832
John Lawleyserved with the North Carolina troops a sergeant during the Revolutionary War from Craven County. I wish I knew more about his service but all we have is a pay voucher.
The Lawleys had come to Virginia as early a 1636. By the early 1700’s they were in Chowan and Craven Counties, North Carolina, where John was born in 1750. By 1780he was married to Mary and had move to Randolph County by the 1790 where a number of their children were born. Not long afterward they started a trek south to Pendleton District, South Carolina, where they remained until after 1810. Some children were married here.
While what was to become Jefferson County Alabama, was in the Mississippi territory, John and Mary, their children and grandchildren ere, bring their Negroes, horses, cattle and hogs. John Lawley no longer young at that time being in his sixty. Tow daughters married 1819 in what was then Blount County, Alabama Territory.
The Lawleys settled near the present McCalla, in Five Mile Creek. John Lawley purchased a ¼ section of land close to Salem and still on lower Five Mile Creek from John Adams in 1826 for $1,000. You can find Salem the early maps of the County, on the road from Elyton to Tuscaloosa. First they built a log house and followed by a frame dwelling. E. B. Grace gives the following description: The land was productive and required but little labor to produce the necessaries of life. The woods were a hunters paradise a paradise abounding in deer, turkey, with some panther and bear. The winters were not so cold then as now. Cattle and horses were raised in the woods and afforded all the butter beef and milk that was needed. Not with- the glowing description given to prospective settlers, these early men and women and children knew the meaning of hard work and sacrifice, but knew, too, the delight of living in a new land.
John Lawley died here in 1832 (Jan. 11 and in buried here in John B. Cemetery at McCalla, Alabama.