THE FORGOTTEN CHILD Apr 26, 2009 9:19:09 GMT -5
Post by Angela on Apr 26, 2009 9:19:09 GMT -5
Charlie and Fannie Lawson had another son, Willam Sanders Lawson. William was born in 1914 and died in 1920 when he was a few weeks shy of his 6th year. His was Charlie and Fannie's third child. Nothing is know about this little boy other than the year of his birth and death and the cause of his death which was said to have been pneumonia. We have a birth certificate on him but no death certificate. I have spoken with over 100 people in Stokes County and no one remembers him or can tell us ANYTHING about him. He is buried in Browder Cemetery or so we assume since his name is inscribed on the Lawson family headstone. If he was buried in Browder Cemetery in 1920, was his body in the plot where the rest of his family is now and that is why that particular section in Browder Cemetery was chosen for the burial place for the rest of his family in 1929? Or was he originally buried somewhere else in Browder Cemetery and exhumed and moved to the Lawson plot? Surely is his body and coffin were in the plot that now holds the rest of his family with the exception of his brother Arthur, someone who helped dig the grave and or attended the funeral would have seen it and said something about it but no one has. If his original grave was somewhere else in the cemetery, where was it and what happened to his tombstone, assuming he even had one? Even the members on the board of directors of Browder Cemetery know anything about him being buried there. In fact, one member of the board I spoke with last night had never even heard of William Sanders Lawson period!! It seems so sad that this young child has been completely forgotten. Not even a death certificate has been found for him. In Stella Lawson's extensive notes/memoirs she mentions William only once with one single incident where she spoke of playng with Carrie, Wlliam, and Maybell one summer afternoon. That's it. No other mention of him. I would love to know more about this little boy but like the rest of the Lawson family saga William is only one more mystery lost to history.