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This interesting name is English, and locational in origin. It derives from the villages of Lawton in Cheshire, both being recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book as 'Lautune'. There is also a Lawton village in Herefordshire and this is also recorded in the Domesday Book as 'Lautone', although perhaps strangeley this village does not seem to have been the originating source of any surnames. The name derives from two old pre 7th Century English words "hlaw", meaning a low hill or a mound and "tun", a fenced enclosure or settlement, although it is also possible that in some circumstances the meaning could apply to either a burial mound or a tribal meeting place...

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Virginia G Lawton/11161950/08232019


JAMES LAWTON & MARY LAWTON ( nee COTTER ) I am a descendant of the above named who are believed to have lived in the Midleton, Carrigtohill and Yougal areas of County Cork, Ireland, in the early to mid 1800s. I live in New Zealand. I have not been able to find out anything about James' or Mary's lives in Ireland or, more particularly, whether they have descendants living today in that country. If anyone has information about these people or their descendants in Ireland or if anyone would like to contact me please do so by email. I have chosen Midleton as one of the likely places of domicile because it is recorded as being the birth place of Thomas Lawton (see para 3 hereunder) and Mary Cotter is recorded in church records in Midleton as being witness to birth of a child to Johannes Lawton and Mary Donovan. Church records in Carrigtohill and Yougal list the births of seven of James' and Mary's children. It is known, however, that four of their children emigrated to New Zealand from the mid-1800s onwards. They were:- 1. JAMES LAWTON (my GreatGreatgrandfather in New Zealand). • Born 12 April 1837 (Carrigtohill baptism records). • Parents James Lawton & Mary Cotter. • Parents domicile County Cork, Ireland. • Married Sarah Thompson at St Mary's Catholic Church, Taradale, 7 February 1871. • James died Wairoa 16 October 1917 recorded aged 84. • Buried in an unmarked grave at Wairoa cemetery. 2. MARY LAWTON • Born 20 April 1841 (Carrigtohill baptism records). • Parents James Lawton & Mary Cotter. • Parents domicile County Cork, Ireland. • Married Richard Nagle at St Mary's Chapel, Meanee, on 23 April 1865. • James Lawton signed the church record as a witness to the marriage. • Mary died 23 October 1928 aged 87. Surname recorded on death record as Neagle. 3. BRIDGET BRANSFIELD nee LAWTON. • Birthdate unknown but recorded in baptism records Yougal probably sometime after 1846. • Parents James Lawton & Mary Cotter. • Parents domicile County Cork, Ireland. • Bridget arrived Napier, NZ, aboard vessell Winchester 26th July 1874 accompanied by her son, James aged 4. Both are bracketed on the ships passenger list as travelling with a Thomas Lawton. • Married Phillip Scullin at Meanee. • Died 11 September 1922 aged 76 and is buried at Taradale cemetery. 4. MICHAEL LAWTON. • Birthdate unknown but recorded in baptism records Yougal, (probably sometime after 1846). • Parents James Lawton & Mary Cotter. • Parents domicile County Cork, Ireland. • Napier death Register for 1913 which shows Michael died 13 May 1913 aged 67 and was buried at Napier. The record shows he had been in New Zealand for 9 years and was survived by two daughters. Marriage details are unknown. The THOMAS LAWTON mentioned in 3 above was a son of Mortimer and Elisabeth Lawton (nee Gibbon). He is recorded as being born at Midleton and Parish of Carrightwohill. His relationship to Bridget is not established but it is likely that they were cousins. This question will not be answered until the link between the two sets of Irish parents parents, James Lawton and Mary Cotter, and Mortimer and Elizabeth Lawton (Gibbons) is known. UPDATE 4 OCTOBER 1999: The following information relative to children of James Lawton and Mary Cotter was provided by Moira Draper, a descendant of Thomas Lawton. Extracted from church records Carrigtohill • James, born 12 April 1837. • Bat, born 3 June 1839 (presumeably Bartholomew). • Mary, born 20 April 1841. • Cath, born 1 September 1843. • Margaret, born 2 January 1846. Extracted from church records Youghal • Bridget, no date given. • Michael, no date given. James, Mary, Bridget and Michael emigrated to New Zealand. What happened to Bat, Cath and Margaret? The following is reasch I have managed to find about the LAwton's in Cork. It is unknow by me as to weather I am linked either of these families. I believe it is highly likely that there is a link. However, I have been unable to estable this link. Lineage. This is a branch of the ancient Cheshire family of Lawton of Lawton Hall, which went over to Ireland with WILLIAM III. The great-grandfather of the present representative. HUGH LAwton, Esq., m. in Cheshire, and had (with a dau., mother of Judge Carleton, created Wiscount CARLE TON,) a son, HUGH LAwton, Esq. of Castle Jane, co. Cork, who m. 27 July, 1734, his cousin, Jane Lawton, and d. in 1784, leaving (with a dau, Anne, m. to Peter Carey, Esq. of Careysville Castle, Fermoy, co. Cork) three sons, William, Christopher Hugh. The second son, Christopher Lawton, Esq., m. in 1774, Mercy, dau. of Col. Samuel Hutchinson, of Black Rock, Bantry, of Cloony, and of A??adown, co. Cork, and by this lady, who d. in 1813, had (with two sons and a dau, all of whom d. young) another son and dau, viz., the present Hugh Lawton, Esq. of Lake Marsh; and Jane, m, to Robert Shaw, Esq., first cousin of Sir Robert Shaw, Bart. of Dublin, and d. leaving issue. Mr. Lawton d. in 1789. LAWTON OF LAKE MARSH. Co Cork LAwton, HUGH, Esq. of Lake Marsh, co. Cork, b. 11 May, 1778, m. 30 May, 1799, Anna Maria, only child, by his first wife, Margaret, dau. of Robert Gordon, Esq. of New Grove, By Anne, his wife, sister of General Robert Cun ningham, 1st Lord Rossmore, of William Warren, Esq. of Lisgoold, co. Cork, second son of Sir Robert Warren, 1st Bart. of Crookstown, co. Cork. By this lady Mr. Lawton has issue, 1. Christopher, m. Mary-Anne Knowles, of the co. of Worcester. 11. Robert-Shaw, m. Dorothy Fitz-Symonds. III. Charles-Palmer. Iv. Willian-Henry, v. Augustus. v?. Edward. vii. William. I. Anna-Maria. II. Mercy, m. to the Rev. Christopher-Somers Clarke, of Lindsell, Dunmow, co. Essex. 111. Margaret-Gordon, Iv. Catherine, v. Mary-Bushe. Mr. Lawton is a magistrate of the county of Cork. Known Lawton’s in Co Cork. Ireland 1837 Lawton, Hugh, Esq., Castle Jane, Glanmire, co. Cork Lawton, Hugh, Esq., J.P., Lake marsh, Skibbereen, co. Cork Lawton, John Lindsay, Esq., Springhill-cottage, Glanmire, co. Cork Lawton, Robert. Esq., Eastferry, Cove, co. Cork 1837 is the year of birth pf my GG grandfather James Lawton at Corigtwohill. Would appreciate any information please via email.


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