LAWSON, William Clingan

Male 1817 - 1897  (79 years)


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  • Name LAWSON, William Clingan 
    Born 3 Dec 1817  Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Biography
    • From Bell's History of Northumberland County 1891: WILLIAM C. LAWSON, president of the Milton National Bank, was born in Union county, Pennsylvania. December 3, 1817, son of Joseph and Ann (Clingan) Lawson, natives of Lycoming and Lancaster counties, Pennsylvania, respectively. Roger Lawson, the original ancestor of the family in America, came from the North of Ireland in 1720, and settled at Bohemia Manor, Maryland, whence John Lawson, grandfather of our subject, removed in 1785 to Lycoming county, Pennsylvania. Joseph Lawson was born and reared in that county, and subsequently went to Union county, where he married Ann Clingan, whose parents moved from Lancaster to Union county in 1801. He was a prominent farmer, and both he and wife died in that county. Though originally a Democrat he became a Whig during Jackson's administration. and ever afterward voted that ticket.

      The subject of this sketch was reared in his native county, and in 1830 commenced attending an academy at Milton, then under the charge of Rev. David Kirkpatrick, where he spent two years and a half. In 1835 he entered Delaware College, at Newark, Delaware, from whence he was graduated in 1838. After leaving college he began the study of the law in the office of James F. Linn of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. and completed his studies under Judge Reed of Carlisle. He was admitted to the bar of Cumberland county in 1840, and the same year opened an office in Greenville, Mercer county, where he practiced his profession until the fall of 1843, when he located in Milton and was admitted to the bar of Northumberland county, April 1, 1844. Mr. Lawson continued in active and successful practice at this bar for about forty years, but the fire of 1880 having destroyed his home, office, and library, he concluded to abandon the active duties of his profession, and he gradually gave up the practice of the law and has since devoted his attention to his private affairs. He was one of the organizers of the Milton Savings Bank in 1858, and since July, 1860, he has been president of that institution and its successor, the Milton National Bank, continuously, up to the present. He also has been president of the Milton Bridge Company for many years.

      Mr. Lawson has been twice married. His first wife was Hannah P., daughter of James P. Sanderson, of Milton, to whom he was wedded October 19, 1843. She died in 1854, leaving two children: James Lawson, cashier of the Williamsport National Bank, and Mrs. William B. Chamberlin, of Milton. His second marriage occurred in April, 1858, to Mrs. Ann D. Shannon, daughter of James Strawbridge, of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. She died, December 11, 1885. In religious faith the Lawsons have been Presbyterians since the coming of Roger Lawson to America in 1720, and our subject has been a member of that church since early manhood. He has always taken a very deep interest in the progress and prosperity of the Milton church, in which body he has filled the office of elder since 1859. In politics he was originally a Whig, and since the birth of the Republican party he has been an active supporter of that organization.
    Census (desc) 1850  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    living with his father-in-law James P. Sanderson and working as an attorney 
    Widowed 29 Apr 1854 
    Census (desc) 1860  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    working as a lawyer 
    Census (desc) 1870  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    working as a lawyer 
    Census (desc) 1880  Turbot Township, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    working as a lawyer 
    _UID 90153C46D08BD8438BC613E000EC28B8ADF5 
    Died 1897  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I48  Milton Families
    Last Modified 8 Apr 2021 

    Father LAWSON, Joseph,   b. 1778,   d. 24 Feb 1843  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother CLINGAN, Anna Roan,   b. 23 Jan 1783,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 19 Mar 1812 
    Family ID F17  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 SANDERSON, Hannah Popham,   b. 1 Jul 1817,   d. 29 Apr 1854, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years) 
    Married 19 Oct 1843 
    Children 
     1. LAWSON, James Sanderson,   b. 1845, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +2. LAWSON, Margaret Sanderson,   b. 28 Jan 1848, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1912, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    Last Modified 24 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F19  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 STRAWBRIDGE, Ann Dale,   b. 1817, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1885, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 16 Apr 1858  Lewisburg, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 24 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F101  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S11] Bell's History of Northumberland County PA 1891, Page 982.

    2. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 17.

    3. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 39.

    4. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 28.

    5. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 5.

    6. [S4] Gravestone.