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Joseph Lawson
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Birth: Dec. 9, 1824, Isle of Man
Death: Jan. 1, 1896
Ogden
Weber County
Utah, USA

Son of Edward Lawson & Margaret Cottier

Married Eleanor Garnett Dec. 9, 1845 St. Matthew, Isle of Man, England

Married Ruth Margaret Greenway, 9 Sept., 1855 Salt Lake City, Utah

Children- Joseph Edward Lawson, Brigham Greenway Lawson, Benjamin Greenway Lawson, Sarah Greenway Lawson, Ephraim Augustus Lawson, David Cottier Lawson, John Greenway Lawson

Joseph Lawson was born on the 9th of December, 1824, at Douglas, the fifth son (sixth child) of Edward Lawson & Margaret Cottier. As he grew up he worked in his father's business, keeping the books and generally running the business. In 1844 he joined the Church of the Latter Day Saints (The Mormons) and was, allegededly, promptly disowned by his parents. In the following year he married Eleanor Garrett on the 9th of December. In 1850 Joseph emigrated to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he worked in the docks, probably as a stevedore or longshoreman. As related by his grandson Mick Lawson, Eleanor joined him there in 1853 but almost immediately contracted yellow fever and died. However, Joseph's obiturary indicates that Eleanor accompanied Joseph when he first emigrated. After the death of Eleanor, Joseph returned to the Isle of Man but evidently could not settle down because in 1855 he decided, once again, to move to the United States of America.

On March the 31st, 1855, he sailed on the sailing ship Juventa for Philadelphia with 500 Mormons. During the voyage to Philadelphia he met Ruth Margaret Greenway, a twenty-nine year old welsh girl who was travelling to Salt Lake City to be married. On their arrival at Phildelphia they learned that Ruth's intended husband had been killed in a mine accident. They travelled by railroad and steamboat to Atchison, Kansas, where they joined the Mormon wagon train. Fifty-three wagons left for Utah on June the 7th, arriving at Salt Lake City on the 4th of September, 1855. Joseph and Ruth were married on the 9th of September, 1855.

Joseph farmed and was prominent in the early developement of Utah, involved in the building of roads and canals in the area around Ogden. Joseph paid several short visits to the Isle of Man during two church missions to Great Britian in 1866-1869 and again in 1889. See his obiturary and diary excerpts for further details of his life. Joseph died on the 1st of January, 1896, at Ogden, Utah.



Desert Newspaper Feb 8, 1896
ELDER JOSEPH LAWSON
Ogden, Utah, Jan. 23, 1896--Elder Joseph Lawson was the son of Edward Lawson and Margaret Cottier Lawson, He was born at Douglas, Isle of Man, December 9, 1824. His father was a miller and wholesaler in grain, flour, etc., and was the proprietor of a large business on the island and elsewhere. Joseph received his education in his native town, and was for a number of years his father's right-hand man. He kept the books and conducted the entire business of the establishment, and thus relieved his father of much care and responsibility.

After the fullness of the Gospel as preached by the Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints had invaded the island, Joseph Lawson became an attentive and earnest student of Mormonism. He was ultimately convinced that it was true and on February 27, 1844 was baptized by John Muncaster.

On December 9, 1845 he was united in marriage to Miss Eleanor Garnett. She was the daughter of Hugh Garnett and Catharine Christian Garnett. She was born at Douglas, Isle of Man, November, 1828. In 1846 she was baptized at Liverpool by Joseph Hall.

Soon after their marriage they emigrated to the United States and settled in New Orleans, La. During one of the terrible scourges that visited that city Mrs. Lawson was prostrated, and one July 27, 1853, she succumbed to the yellow fever. She had scarcely reached the prime of life being not 30 years of age when she died. There were no children of this marriage.

After the death of his wife, Brother Lawson returned to England, and from there he went to the Isle of Man. He remained on his native island a little over one year doing what he could to convince his friends and neighbors that the fulness of the Gospel had been restored to earth by an angel sent from heaven for that purpose. On May 25, 1854, he was ordained and Elder at Douglas, under the hands of J. W. Coward and James Cross. He had previously been ordained a Priest Oct. 3, 1847. He labored in a local capacity in the ministry till 1855. On March 31st 1855 he embarked on board the large sailship Juventa, bound for Philadelphia with over 500 Mormons on board. From Philadelphia he went forward by railroad and steamboat to Mormon Grove, the outfitting point for that year's Mormon overland emigration. It was located about three miles west of Atchison, Kansas. He reached the "Grove" May 27, and remained there until June 7, when he commenced his overland Journey to Utah. There were fifty-three negroes in the company, under the command of Captain John Hinley. He reached Salt Lake City, near sundown, September 4th 1855 and on the 9th of the same month he took to himself for a wife Ruth M. Greenway, the ceremony being performed by Bishop Abraham Hoagland.

On Nov. 2nd, he with his wife came to Ogden, which place since that time they have made their permanent home. Here he engaged on agriculcure; also in opening canyon roads, building canals and other water cources for irrigation and mill purposes. He held stock in and assisted to dig out the Ogden canal.

On June 28, 1857, he was ordained a Seventy and joined the Fifty-third quorum, which he faithfully magnified. He labored as a home missionary in the Weber Stake for several years, preaching the Gospel in the various settlements as well as in the Ogden city. At a general conference held at Salt Lake City, April 7, 1866, he was called to go on a mission to Great Britain. On the 17th of the same month he was set apart by President John Taylor and others, and on the 24th he started on his mission. He traveled on foot, being "being without pirse or script" and suffering many hardships and often making the cold ground his bed at night, he reached Chicago, Ill. on June 21st, where, for lack of funds, he slept out of doors four nights. From Chicago he went to New York arriving there August 4th, still without money. Here he was compelled to sleep out nine nights. He walked in and around New York for some considerable time to earn means to enable him to further prosecute his journey to his destination. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Ruth Margaret Greenway Lawson (1826 - 1909)
 
 Children:
  Joseph Edward Lawson (1858 - 1866)*
  Brigham Greenway Lawson (1859 - 1929)*
  Sarah Greenway Lawson Grix (1860 - 1899)*
  Benjamin Greenway Lawson (1863 - 1864)*
  Ephraim Augustus Lawson (1864 - 1952)*
  David Cottier Lawson (1866 - 1938)*
  John Greenway Lawson (1871 - 1949)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Ogden City Cemetery
Ogden
Weber County
Utah, USA
 
Created by: Schott Family
Record added: Aug 31, 2007
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Joseph Lawson
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Joseph Lawson
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