John Calvin Lawson, Farmer in Arkansas and Indian Territory (Oklahoma)

John Calvin Lawson, August 4, 1864-Jan. 30, 1955.

John Calvin Lawson was born in Arkansas in 1864 to Calvin A. Lawson (1825-1907) and Jane Ann Fritts (1835-1902).

In the 1870 census John C. is 6-years-old; Calvin is 40 and a farmer, Jane is 36 and keeping house. They live in Texas: Precinct 2, Fannin, Texas [Goliad County]. Calvin was born in Tennessee, Jane in Indiana. Both were white. John Calvin’s siblings were William H, ten years older, Lucy A, eight years older, Mary E., six years older, James R., three years older, and Milton, four years younger.

In the 1880 census. John C. is listed as 14, which is a mistake, as he was born in 1864; he and his family live in Richland, Washington Co, Arkansas. He is listed as a laborer. John C cannot read and write.

In 1886, John Calvin married Josephine Robbins. He was 22 and she was 18. She was born in 1868 in Arkansas. She was the daughter of James and Esther Robbins.

In the 1900 federal census, John C. and Josephine live in Township 22, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory (T-22-N-R-25-E). John C., age 36, and Josephine, age 32, have 4 children: James, Denver, Clint, and Allie. He is a farmer; he and she can read and write English. They rent.

According to the 1900 Arkansas census, widowed Esther, Josephine’s mother, lives next door to Calvin and Jane Lawson, John Calvin’s parents: so perhaps John Calvin and Josephine met as next door neighbors.

In the 1910 federal census, John Calvin, aged 45, and Josephine, aged 41, live in Wedington, Washington Co., Arkansas. Their children are: Denver J., 19, Samuel C., 17, Allie May, 14, William Leverett, 9 and John C., 1 (Clint apparently had died during the previous decade).  They own their own farm and house.

In the 1920 census, the only child living with John and Josephine (called Josa) is Will, who is 19 and a farmer, and 11-year-old John C. All can read and write.

By 1930, John Calvin and Josephine Lawson are living in Tulsa, perhaps because Will and his wife Martha Susan have also relocated to Tulsa.

Josephine died in 1949. John C. died six years later in 1955. They are both buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Tulsa.

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