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I have traced my part of my Lawton branch (Rhoda Lawton and most of the kids) to Halifax, arriving 1912.
I'm almost sure that her husband James Edward Lawton, came to Halifax ahead maybe as many as 7 years earlier with his eldest son James. I know that James E Lawton worked for the CPR, and immigrated with his wife and kids to the US trough Sumas, Washington in 1915.
I have no idea how to find out if he did stay in Halifax for some time, any suggestions would be appreciated.
No I only find the 1901 UK census then the 1920 US Census...
Josh, I've looked at the 1911 census for Canada and cannot find your Lawton's anywhere. What does it say in the 1920 census, anything about immigration?
For anyone trying to help find this family here they are in 1920 census. This way you have an idea of births etc.
1920 United States Federal Census
Name: James Lawton
Home in 1920: Tacoma Ward 8, Pierce, Washington
Age: 46 years
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: England
Mother's Birth Place: England
Marital Status: Married
Year of Immigration: 1915
Household Members: Name Age
James Lawton 46
Rhoda A Lawton 45
James Lawton 24
Lillian Lawton 24
Margaret H Lawton 19
William Lawton 18
Mary Lawton 17
Joseph Lawton 14
Dorothy Lawton 6
James Lawton 1
Dave Gallagher 22
Elizabeth Gallagher 19
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Tacoma Ward 8, Pierce, Washington; Roll: T625_1937; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 364; Image: 903.
Still cant find more for you re time in Canada
Can't find in 1930 either yet she was still alive
Washington Death Index, 1940-1996
Name: Rhoda A Lawton
Date of Death: 10 Feb 1942
Place of Death: Tacoma
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1877
Ancestry.com. Washington Death Index, 1940-1996 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.
Original data: Washington State Department of Health. State Death Records Index, 1940-1996. Microfilm. Washington State Archives, Olympia, Washington.
You could order her obituary form the Tacoma Library
Doesn't help query much but did find them in 1930, she is using perhaps her middle name of Alice? In household
United States Census, 1930 for Alice Lawton
James Lawton 55
Alice Lawton 55
L Mae Christkawtz 27
Dorothy L Christkawtz 3
Frances J Christkawtz 1
William Lawton 28
Joseph E Lawton 24
Obituary of Margaret Barlow, a sister to James Lawton, also in Tahoma..and mentions a living sister as well Mrs. Frank Edmunds
Regarding their time in Canada, it is possible they might have remained in Halifax for a time, but it is a port, and as with all harbours they could have gone anywhere, unless you have a destination written on their arrival in 1912. Unfortunately unless you find a marriage for the youngest born in Canada that shows her birth location, we won't have access to the birth for some time as it will take a while to transcribe...and depending on where the birth took place, perhaps we won't ever find it...But with any luck maybe a descendant might find you via this site!
A Jas. Lawton, age 30 born England arrived 17 May, 1905 Bavarian...you can look here for that entry, as age seems close...
Passenger Lists, 1865-1922
Mae Christkautz ( Perhaps Lillian May) divorced from husband Albert was enumerated twice in 1930 United States Census, 1930 for Mae Christkautz
Death of her son Francis J Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960 for Francis J. Christkautz
Oddly there is an R.H. Lawton showing Tacoma 1900 census, but never again...
United States Census, 1900 for R H Lawton
Margaret Barlow says they immigrated to U.S. much later United States Census, 1930 for Margaret Barlow
According to James Lawton's Declaration of Intention for naturalization in the United States, filed in Tacoma, Washington, on 25 Sept 1928, James "emigrated to the United States of America from Florence, N.S. on the vessel C. P. Ry; my last foreign residence was Florence, N.S...."
The document also states "I arrived at the port of Sumas in the state of Washington, on or about the 26th day of November, 1915."
So who am I? James Edward Lawton is the father-in-law of my great grand uncle. I am related to the Christkautz family. Cheers!