New York, USA
|Death: ||Apr. 21, 1862|
Civil War: Company E, 3rd California Infantry
George M. Lawton was born in Herkimer County, New York, the son of Thomas Josiah Lawton (1799, NY-1890, IN) and Mary Humphrey. He had moved with his family to Switzerland County, Indiana, in the late 1830's. George headed west to California's gold fields with other fortune seekers about 1850. By 1860 George was a resident at Columbia, California (1860 US Census). He was a 30-year-old miner when he enlisted as a private at Columbia on October 12, 1861, and was mustered into Company E, 3rd California Infantry, at Camp McDougal, San Joaquin County, October 13. Private Lawton was detailed to the Benicia Barracks Post Quartermaster to work as a carpenter December 31, 1861. He was admitted to the post hospital on January 20, 1862, where he was treated for a contusion. He was returned to duty February 1. Complaining of a sore throat, Private Lawton was admitted to the post hospital for "tonsillitis" on February 17 and returned to duty February 23. Private Lawton's throat pain persisted and he was readmitted to the post hospital on March 13, this time for treatment of throat ulcerations and an accurate diagnosis of "diphtheria." Private Lawton remained hospitalized until his death on April 21. He was buried in the post cemetery the following day. His twice widowed father, Thomas Lawton, filed for a survivor's pension in Indiana on May 25, 1882, and received application No. 293,085 and certificate No. 230,207. George M. Lawton was never married. (Orton, 568, 877; Roll of Honor, vol. xii, p. 172, Drum [sic, Benicia] Barracks. No. 16; vol. viii, p. 60, "At Benicia Barracks", No. 6; CMSR, NARA; Pension File, NARA)
Thomas Josiah Lawton (1799 - 1890)
Mary Humphrey Lawton (1798 - 1846)
Mary Lawton Willis (1823 - 1901)*
George M. Lawton (1831 - 1862)
Olive Elizabeth Lawton Shadday (1852 - 1928)**
Thomas Josiah Lawton (1854 - 1932)**
Parthena Jane Lawton (1857 - 1858)**
Jacob Henry Lawton (1859 - 1940)**
"GEORGE LAUTON [sic, LAWTON]. His name appears with the correct spelling on the plaque at the cemetery's entrance.
Note: Roll of Honor, vol. xii, p. 172, Drum [sic, Benicia] Barracks. No. 16; vol. viii, p. 60, "At Benicia Barracks", No. 6.
Benicia Army Cemetery
Plot: Section I, Grave 65
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Record added: May 07, 2014
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