If you are researching any form of the LAWSON surname, welcome.
If your Lawson line has been in the US since 1747, when the Ship Gildart arrived with prisoners who were indentured slaves, punishment for the Jacobite uprising, then you may want to review the data for the Lawson Family Heritage Program
. Their database is hosted on Rootsweb.com
The LFHP is specifically for the descendants of William "The Scottish Rebel" Lawson & his wife, Rebecca. (Her surname is not Banks
as was reported at one time.)
"William was taken prisoner by the English following the Scottish uprisings of 1746. He was given a conditional pardon by King George II of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and banished to the colonies. He arrived on the ship Gildart in July, 1747 near Port Wicomico, St. Mary's County, Maryland. The land location is now known as Bushwood. We believe that the ship anchored offshore in this general area."NOTE
: The Lawson Family Heritage Program just created a Message Board
. Registration is no longer required to post, but you do have to be registered to post attachments such as documents or photos.