The first of Scotty’s family pages is now up. This was the family that hooked me on genealogy and writing about family history. I saw a picture that included Cynthia Viola Lawton, Mary Etta Pickle Lawton, and John Pickle, and I had an epiphany. My father-in-law knew his great-grandfather well and had in fact spent the first 12 summers of his life on John Pickle’s farm. I was able to talk to a man that actually knew someone who fought in the Civil War and lost part of his arm at the Battle of the Wilderness.
The newest research in this line actually centers around Mary Mitchell, John Pickle’s mother. The family of Robert Mitchell and Jane Smith of Armstrong Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania, is proving to be tough to sort out. There are several Mitchell families in the area and the time period is pre-1850 so there is quite a tangle and not as many online records as I’d like.
The other area of work needed is on the family of Margaret Jamison born 1842, whose parents appear to be Archibald Jamison and Hannah Thomas. Margaret Jamison is the mother of Elmon Grant Lawton and wife of Stephen C. Lawton. Stay tuned – this is going to be another tangled line.