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Looking for LAWTON in New Zealand or if before about 1900 Lawton that left a country and came to New Zealand

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I am a Lawton and am just beginning my family tree

Surnames: LAWTON
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on 2010-05-16 00:57:24

franklawton has been a Family Tree Circles member since May 2010. is researching the following names: LAWTON, FISHER, MURRAY.

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by allycat on 2010-05-16 01:56:28
by allycat on 2010-05-16 01:57:14
by allycat on 2010-05-16 02:01:49

Oops, sorry about duplicate posting. Internet went crazy.

by ngairedith on 2010-05-16 04:05:35

There is a George LAWTON who married an Elizabeth FELLINGHAM in Wellington in 1861
- they had Robert Lawton 1879 and Ada Lawton 1880 but probably more before that date (parents names did not need to be recorded in the early days of New Zealand)

Some early marriages in New Zealand of male Lawtons were:
Peter LAWTON married Elizabeth SLATTER in 1866
James LAWTON married Sarah THOMPSON in 1871
- they were living in Taradale, Hawkes Bay in 1882
James LAWTON married Sarah Ann WATERHOUSE in Nelson in 1874
(Captain) Frank LAWTON married Mary Jane LOVELL in 1874
- in 1899 he was fined for acting as a pilot on a sailing vessel from Wellington to Auckland without having a license
- Frank died in 1906
George James LAWTON married Augusta Eliza GRAY in 1876
Thomas LAWTON married Ellen LORIGAN in 1882
William LAWTON married Rose EXTON in 1885
Arthur Henry LAWTON married Mary Ellen THORN in 1885
David Stuart LAWTON married Charlotte Rachel WALKER in 1885
James Branton LAWTON married Mary Anne FLOYD in 1888
Henry LAWTON married Agnes Matilda CROSS in 1890
William LAWTON married Mary KEARNS in 1894
Frank LAWTON son of Joseph Lawton of Wellington married Matilda May COLEY daughter of Henry Coley of Foxton in 1900

Some early marriages in New Zealand of female Lawtons were:
Mary LAWTON married Richard NAYLE in 1865
Lillian Elizabeth LAWTON married Samuel James MERCER in 1870
Mary LAWTON married William GARVEY in 1873
Hannah LAWTON married Morgan CARKEEK in 1878
Catherine LAWTON married William FRYER in 1882
Elizabeth LAWTON married John HARVEY in 1884
Catherine Ellen LAWTON married Maurice Francis COGHLAN in 1887
Minnie Kent LAWTON married Arthur Charles HACKWORTH in 1890
Ellen LAWTON married William John COUGHLAN in 1892
May LAWTON married Archibald Lusk SPEIRS 1894
Mary Ann LAWTON married Charles William HOWARD in 1894
Mary Ellen LAWTON married Harry CANTLE in 1895
Rose LAWTON married Edward NICHOLAS in 1897
Charlotte Rachel LAWTON married Peter CLISSOLD in 1899
Ann LAWTON married Charles John LADBROOK in 1899

There are some people here also looking for Lawtons in New Zealand - mostly immigrants from County Cork

- in Westport in 1889 a David Stead Lawton tried to kill his wife. He was given sleeping draughts and morphia to calm him down and the combination actually killed him - the verdict was he died from disease of the brain intensified by excitement ...

The LAWTONs who have died in the 100 years from 1855 to 1955 in New Zealand are:
- (includes married name of Lawton)
1879-1948 - Agnes aged 69
1872-1955 - Agnes Matilda aged 83
1859-1907 - Alfred aged 48
1900-1901 - Amy Blanche aged 1
1947-1947 - Ann aged 3 days
1871-1947 - Arthur Cheetham aged 76
1882-1930 - Augusta Matilda aged 48
1890-1953 - Beatrice aged 63
1925-1925 - Betty aged 1
1884-1946 - Caleb aged 62
1946-1946 - Carol Louise aged 9 days
1894-1941 - Cecil John aged 47
- served in WWI at the age of 21
- Private 10/1879 5th Reinforcements
- NEXT OF KIN Mrs Mary Jane Lawton, mother, c/o of E.M. Minifie, Custodian Lyall Bay Beach, Wellington
- ENLISTMENT ADDRESS 178 Aro Street, Wellington
1909-1909 - Charles Cyril aged 5 months
1880-1947 - Charles Thomas aged 67
1878-1915 - Claude Herbert aged 37
1909-1919 - Constance Yvonne aged 10
1845-1889 - David Shead aged 44 (see above)
1905-1905 - Doreen aged 3 weeks
1906-1906 - Doris aged 3 months
1891-1891 - Doris Louisa Mary aged 19 months
1820-1898 - Edward aged 78
1945-1945 - Eileen Edith aged 6 weeks
1835-1905 - Eliza Maria aged 70
1829-1914 - Elizabeth aged 85
1826-1906 - Elizabeth Caroline aged 80
1861-1933 - Ellen aged 72
1870-1944 - Ellen Jane aged 74
1877-1878 - Ernest aged 12 months
1892-1949 - Ernest aged 57
1912-1954 - (nee Sheppard) Ethel Mary aged 42
1891-1891 - Eva Florence aged 6 months
1908-1933 - Eva Ruth aged 25
1877-1931 - Frank aged 54
1837-1906 - Frank aged 69
1869-1937 - Fred aged 68
?-1945 - Fred age NR
1849-1921 - Frederick aged 72
1879-1929 - Frederick William aged 50
1864-1943 - George aged 79
1836-1883 - George aged 47
1925-1950 - George William aged 25
1859-1889 - Hannah Ellen aged 30
1831-1902 - Harriet aged 71
1881-1952 - Harriett Elizabeth aged 71
1874-1918 - Harry Ernest aged 35
1905-1948 - Helen aged 43
1893-1953 - Helena aged 60
1870-1910 - Henrietta aged 40
1881-1944 - Henry aged 63
1865-1950 - Henry aged 85
1839-1916 - Henry aged 77
1895-1947 - Henry de Bath aged 52
1880-1930 - Herbert Cheetham aged 50
1867-1948 - Herbert Wesley aged 81
1907-1935 - Irene Zypha aged 28
1850-1939 - James aged 89
1847-1912 - James aged 69
1833-1917 - James aged 84
1899-1899 - James aged 1 day
?-1872 - James age NR
1913-1944 - James Alexander aged 25
- KILLED IN ACTION WWII
- Last Unit Served: 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion
1895-1895 - James Floyd aged 7 weeks
1836-1918 - James Hardy aged 82
1902-1902 - Jane aged 1 day
1949-1949 - Janice Lynette aged 16 days
1907-1943 - Kathleen aged 36
1883-1883 - Lily Jane aged 10 months
1880-1955 - Madeline Henrietta aged 75
1889-1889 - Margaret aged 2 months
1861-1935 - Mary aged 74
1874-1945 - Mary aged 71
18879-1941 - Mary aged 62
1865-1934 - Mary Ann aged 69
1867-1924 - Mary Gillies aged 57
1891-1891 - Mary Grace aged 10 weeks
1853-1932 - Mary Jane aged 79
1847-1913 - Michael aged 67
1876-1898 - Michael James aged 22
?-1918 - Norman Alexander age NR
- DIED OF WOUNDS in WWI France
- Rifleman 21031
- NEXT OF KIN Mrs Mary Lawton (mother), Union Cottage, Friockheim, Forfarshire, Scotland
- NZRB 10th Reinforcements 1st Battalion, E Company
1947-1947 - NR aged 8 days
1947-1947 - NR aged 5 hours
1831-1922 - Robert aged 91
1878-1920 - Robert Frederick aged 42
1868-1937 - Rose aged 69
1898-1912 - Roy aged 14
1895-1895 - Ruby aged 3 weeks
1854-1884 - Sarah aged about 30
1854-1946 - Sarah Ann aged 92
1848-1924 - Sarah Jane aged 76
1880-1882 - Sarah Jane aged 2
1879-1902 - Sarah Kate aged 23
1898-1937 - Sidney Benjamin aged 39
1815-1889 - Thomas aged 74
1855-1931 - Thomas aged 76
1881-1883 - Violet Mary aged 2
1805-1932 - Violet Reita aged 27
?-1915 - Walter Vivian age NR
- KILLED IN ACTION WWI, Gallipoli
- Private 10/177 Wellington Infantry Battalion
- NEXT OF KIN W. Lawton, 13 High Street, Masterton
1861-1942 - William aged 81
1847-1910 - William aged 71
?-1872 - William age NR
?-1916 - William age NR
- KILLED IN ACTION Somme France
- Private 6/3772, NZEF
- 9th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
1911-1942 - William aged 31
- DIED WWII in Western Desert
- Lance Corporal, 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion
1816-1896 - William Augustus aged 80
1869-1946 - William Henry aged 57
1880-1947 - William James aged 67
1862-1941 - William Kent aged 79
1876-1951 - William Patrick aged 75
1917-1952 - Winifred Ellen aged 35

by franklawton on 2010-05-16 16:13:17

Hi thanks to both allcat and ngairedith. you have in 2 postings given me more info than i had ie i did not even know who might be who in terms of lawtons but it se
ems from this my grandfather has to be

1877-1931 - Frank aged 54
Frank LAWTON son of Joseph Lawton of Wellington married Matilda May COLEY daughter of Henry Coley of Foxton in 1900


because 1931is the date he was drowned on the ship the Progress so i now have his birth date and he also I know my Dad was born in foxton


I assume then too that this person

Captain) Frank LAWTON married Mary Jane LOVELL in 1874
- in 1899 he was fined for acting as a pilot on a sailing vessel from Wellington to Auckland without having a license
- Frank died in 1906

is likely to be my greatgrandfather
as his first name is Frank and he was also on a vessel and it seems that sailing a vessel with out pilots licence seems something our family would do ie he would be very competent/skilled but not just done the paper work. its not scientific but its certainly plausible


many thanks again

by ngairedith on 2010-05-16 18:31:34

Hi frank,
You say that Frank LAWTON son of Joseph Lawton of Wellington who married Matilda May COLEY, daughter of Henry Coley of Foxton in 1900, is likely your grandfather

This then means that Captain Frank Lawton is NOT your great grandfather because a Joseph Lawton must be
- (or the Captain MAY be your great grandfather but then the first statement is not correct)

However, you say that your dad was born in Foxton, so, the known children of Frank Lawton & Matilda May Coley were:
- (there were possibly more)

1901-1956 Cecil Wilfred Lawton
- he died aged 55
- he was cremated at Karori Crematorium Wellington

1903-1976 Gladys Gwendoline Lawton
- she married Horace William Prince in 1930
- she died aged 73

1905-1986 Reginald Dundas Lawton
- he died aged 81

1907-? Violet Olive Lawton
- she married Leslie Charles Whinham in 1928
- she may have remarried

the Iron Steamer PROGRESS was built at Port Chalmers in 1882
On 1 May 1931 she was blown on to the rocks while un-manoeuvrable through breaking her tailshaft and losing her propeller. Her recovery was botched by the Wellington Harbour tugs. Four crew drowned.
Scattered pieces of iron litter the area, most unrecognisable apart from the boiler and engine
... The wrecked ship, Progress, in Ohiro Bay, Wellington

Your grandfather Frank Lawton was the Chief Mate on that steamer in 1931 and one of the crew that was drowned
- he is buried in Karori Cemetery Wellington
- Plot 121 L - Section CH ENG2
- he was 53 (birth year of 1878)


Just for your research as there may be a connection somewhere, here are the children of (Captain) Frank Lawton & Mary Jane Lovell:

1875-1953 Rose Lawton
- she married Edward NICHOLAS in 1897
- she died aged 78

1876-1931 Frank Lawton
- he died aged 54

1877-1915 Claude Herbert Lawton
- he died aged 37

1879-1947 Charles Thomas Lawton
- married Harriett Elizabeth Spencer in 1905
- he died aged 67

1881-1883 Violet Mary Lawton
- she died aged 2

1882-1883 Lily Jane Lawton
- she died aged 10 months

1883-1971 Ethel Lawton
- she married Ernest George Featonby in 1905
- she died aged 89

1884-? May Lawton
- she married Archibald Lusk Speirs in 1894

1886- Maude Alice Lawton
- she POSSIBLY married Ernest Mark Minifie in 1905

1888-? Daisy Lawton
- she married Alfred Allen Wilton in 1906

1889-1889 Margaret Lawton
- she died aged 2 months

1890-1891 Eva Florence Lawton
- she died aged 6 months

1892-1957 William Henry Lawton
- he married Ruth Elizabeth Bennett in 1916
- he died aged 65

1893-1941 Cecil John Lawton
- he married Lillian Ethel Daisy Noot in 1919
- he died aged 47

1895-1895 Ruby Lawton
- she died aged 3 weeks

1897-1912 Roy Lawton
- he died aged 14

by franklawton on 2010-05-16 20:31:10

hi ngairedith,

yes i see what you mean. what is odd though is that Captain Frank Lawton as above had a son Frank birth- death dates with 1876-1931 so it is very close to the 1877 to 1931 reported for Frank being son of Joseph. Found the joseph in a newspaper article about Frank ( my grandfathers wedding) saying he was the son of joseph lawton. maybe Captain Frank and "Joseph" are one and the same. the joseph is odd since in those days may sons took their fathers name so Frank to Frank is more likely then Joseph to Frank. Nothing is simly eh?
many thnaks
Frank

by ym_hamilton on 2014-03-19 22:10:14

Hi I am looking for anyone who may know about Augustus Lawton and his daughter Mary Ellen ( born 1868). Wondering if ahe is the mary ellen lawton who married the Howard in your list -her mother would have been Mary ann hoskins

Thank you
Yolande

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