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Lawson Webster

Debbie Hawkins Debbie Hawkins

posted on May 31, 2012

My Great Grandfather was Lawson Webster who practiced medicine (possibly a vet) while living on a reservation in OK. He was married to Eliza (Not sure of Name) Their son was named Christopher Columbus (my Grandfather. Anyone with info would be appriciated!

rayson allen rayson allen

posted on June 6, 2012

Hello Debbie,
I am not related but I do Choctaw genealogy. thread dated 10/5/2003 under “Indian Territory Doctors” says the following:
Lawson Webster was listed as a doctor in the Choctaw Nation on the Mormon website. It is rumored he may have been murdered. This is around 1900.
The RAYMOND FAMILY TREE states the following:
Lawson Webster born 1854 White County, Tennessee
died after 1900 McAlester, Pittsburg, Indian Territory (may have been McCurtain County)
1860 Census District 3, White, Tennessee
1870 Census Hartsville, Sumner, Tennessee
1880 Census Lafave, Scott, Arkansas
1895-1900 McAlester, Pittsburg, Indian Terr.
Previous residence Galla Rock, Pope, Arlansas
FATHER: Joshua Webster born 1823 Tennessee
died 1880 Danville, Yell, Arkansas
MOTHER: Amanda Parsons born 5/1831 Tennessee
died 2/17/1917 Bentley, Atoka, Oklahoma
They married 9/22/1852 in Sparta, White, Tenn.
Lawson Webster’s first wife was Louisa Merritt
born 1852, died before 6/1880 They married
7/4/1870 Sumner Co, Tenn. and had son named
James Webster, born 1874 Lawson then married
Lydia C. Merritt born 1867 Tenn. died 1949 in
Palacio, Matagorda, Texas. They married 3/13/1882 in Conway Co. Arkansas and had 2 kids: Mary E. Webster born 1893 Arkansas and
Christopher Columbus Webster born 3/30/1895 in
McAlester, Pittsburg, Indian Territory died
8/30/1969 in Houston, Harris, Texas
1920 Census Justice, Precinct 1, Mason, Texas
lists Lydia Webster as a widow, Christopher
Webster, and Mary E. Williams (daughter) as widow with children Jesse Williams born 1910
and Carrie Williams, born 1914. Notes say she
remarried to a “Newton”
June 12, 1880 Census LeFave, Scott, Arkansas
has Lawson Webster, 26, Farmer born Tenn. widower Son James Webster, 6, born Tenn.
Son Obediah Webster, 5, born Kentucky
Daughter Melion Webster,3, born Kentucky
McAlester, Pittsburg, Indian Terr. died
8/30/1969 Houston, Harris, Texas married
Carrie Lou Robbins, born 7/16/1906 Texas
died 5/7/1992 Houston, Harris, Texas
Child: Frances Carrie Webster born 11/16/1923
in San Marcos, Havs, Texas and died 3/8/2008 in Austin, Travis, Texas
Mary Ann Webster, Daniel Webster 1857-1914,
Francis Marion Webster (male) 1865-1955
Choctaw by Blood name, Billy Jones, 69, year 1896 1/2 blood married to Amanda Parsons, 54,
a non citizen, white woman. His kids by a prior marriage were Frank Jones, 13, and Samuel Jones,8. All lived in Jackson County, Indian Territory.
Amanda (Parsons)(Webster) Jones, Age 68, born
in Tennessee, living in Bennington, Indian Territory. Her parents were from Ireland.
First husband was Joshua Webster, now dead.
She lived in Kentucky when husband died, came to Indian Territory with her son Daniel. She married a Choctaw Indian man named Billy Jones on 12/8/1899 in Jackson County, indian Territory. She was the 7th wife of Billy Jones, age 73 in 1903. She was accepted into the Choctaw Nation as an intermarried citizen on 6/21/1904. A letter by her, dated 4/5, 1906
to the Choctaw Nation asked if she could enroll her children, Daniel, Frank and Mary. The answer was NO. She died 2/17/1917 in Bentley, Atoka, Oklahoma which is 50 miles south of McAlester, Pittsburg, Oklahoma where
some of her children lived or once lived.
All this info found on /

Ellen Bauer Ellen Bauer

posted on October 16, 2012


I too have the same information on Lawson as the previous post. The only thing I have that differs is that I did not find a death date for Joshua Webster their Father. I just found that he died sometime after 1880. My connection is through his brother Francis Marion Webster.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on October 17, 2012

you might look at historical newspapers, local history books. see your local public library/interlibrary loan program. then maybe state archives and state historical society.

the oklahoma chronicles and oklahoma pioneer papers might have some information.

1900 United States Federal Census about Amanda Jones
Name: Amanda Jones
Age: 66
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1900: Township 6, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse’s Name: William Jones
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
William Jones 70
Amanda Jones 66
Typhenia J Risner
Frank W Durant
Eliza Durant
Maggie Durant
Sampson Durant
Lizzie Durant
William Durant
William Beames
John D Beames
Lizzie M Beames
Charles C Beames
Annie M Beames
Samuel S Beames
Thomas J Beames
Annie Beames
William Jones
Sallie Jones 16
Cora Jones 13
Samuel Jones 9
Frank Webster 35
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Township 6, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory; Roll: 1852; Enumeration District: 114; FHL microfilm: 1241852.

it appears they were married 10 years. on the indian population schedule, which means that they lived in an area with mostly native people.
william is a farmer, owns his farm free and clear. he was b. MS and his parents were b. MS.
amanda was b. TN, parents b. TN
bill jones’ father was choctaw and his mother was non-native.

1870 United States Federal Census about Amanda Webster
Name: Amanda Webster
Age in 1870: 36
Birth Year: abt 1834
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1870: District 9, Sumner, Tennessee
Race: White
Gender: Female
Post Office: Hartsville
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Josiah Webster 46
Amanda Webster 36
Lawson Webster 16
Mary Webster 20
Daniel Webster 14
Frank Webster 10
Mary Webster 12
Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: District 9, Sumner, Tennessee; Roll: M593_1566; Page: 554B; Image: 9; Family History Library Film: 553065.

i don’t know about this record:

Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002 about Amanda Papons
Name: Amanda Papons
Spouse: Joshua Webster
Marriage Date: 22 Sep 1852
Marriage County: White

1860 United States Federal Census about Amanda Webster
Name: Amanda Webster
Age in 1860: 25
Birth Year: abt 1835
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1860: District 3, White, Tennessee
Gender: Female
Post Office: Cave
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Joshua Webster 37
Amanda Webster 25
Sowson Webster 6
Daniel Webster 3
Mary Webster 11/12
Amenta Webster 12
Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: District 3, White, Tennessee; Roll: M653_1279; Page: 24; Image: 53; Family History Library Film: 805279.

1910 United States Federal Census about Amand Jones
Name: Amand Jones
Age in 1910: 72
Birth Year: 1838
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1910: Bentley, Atoka, Oklahoma
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Mother
Marital Status: Widowed
Father’s Birthplace: Alabama
Mother’s Birthplace: North Carolina
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Danial Webster 48
Mary Webster 33
Charles Webster 13
Darota Webster 11
Annie Webster 3
Amand Jones 72
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Bentley, Atoka, Oklahoma; Roll: T624_1242; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0002; Image: 908; FHL microfilm: 1375255.

Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Jones Jennie 0 F 3356 P
Choctaw Jones Nannie 0 F 3356 P
Choctaw Jones William 0 M 3356 P
Choctaw Jones Willie 0 M 3356 P
Choctaw Jones Samuel 8 M 1/4 3356 NR BENNINGTON BB
Choctaw Jones Frank 13 M 1/4 3356 NR BENNINGTON BB
Choctaw Jones Amanda 54 F IW 3356 NR BENNINGTON BB
Choctaw Jones Billy 69 M 1/2 3356 NR BENNINGTON BB
Choctaw Parsons Eliza 0 F 3356 P
Choctaw Parsons Jack 0 M 3356 P
bb=by blood
IW=intermarried white, a general nontribal description

Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002 about ??Sa Merritt
Name: ??Sa Merritt
Spouse: Lawson Webster
Marriage Date: 7 Jul 1870
Marriage County: Sumner
you can correct the ancestry record so that others can find your family.
it is louisa merritt.

Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 about Lydia Merritt
Name: Lydia Merritt
Gender: Female
Age: 20
Birth Year: abt 1862
Residence: Galla Rock, Pope, Arkansas
Spouse’s Name: Lawson Webster
Spouse’s Gender: Male
Spouse’s Age: 33
Spouse’s Residence: Galla Rock, Pope, Arkansas
Marriage Date: 13 Mar 1882
Marriage License Date: 10 Mar 1882
Marriage County: Conway
Event Type: Marriage
FHL Film Number: 1025331

maybe lydia and louisa were related?