I am interested in both the obit and the photo - it could well be Catherine Lawson (full-blood indian). I realize some of the dates may differ but as it is so difficult to get info there's still quite a probability.
Hereâ€™s what I know of this link in my family.
Pam Crocker (me) b: in Birmingham, Alabama
Father: Modies Eugene Crocker: b: 12/9/1920 in Clanton, Alabama
other: Sarah Esther Henderson b: 6/6/1923 in Wedowee, Alabama
Married: 10/4/1941 in Roanoke, Alabama
Father: Lawson Edward Crocker b: 1/17/1898 in Medline, Alabama
Mother: Laura Ann Terry b: 11/06/1900 in Perry, Alabama
Married: 12/28/1919 in Perry County, Alabama
Father: Sam P. Terry b: 4/1866 in Alabama
Mother: Eliza Ann Norton b: 5/1869 in Alabama
Married: 12/13/1894 in Perry County, Alabama
Eliza was married to Coleman Logan before Sam Terry
Christopher Columbus Logan b: abt 1886
Thomas Henry Logan â€œTerryâ€ b: 7/1888
James David Terry b: 9/1895
Rosa L. Terry b: 8/1899
Laura Ann Terry b: 11/6/1900
Lillie Terry b: 1903
John Terry b: 1905
Mattie Terry b: 1907
Grant Terry b: 1908
Father: Thomas Norton b: 1812 in North Carolina
Mother: Catherine F. Lawson b: 1843 in Sprott, Alabama
Married: 3/5/1868 in Hale County, Alabama
This is where our research ends. Catherine Lawson was a full-blood Native American (either Creek or Choctaw) --- family tradition indicates that she was Creek (which means most likely she was Upper Creek since the Poarch Band Creek were able to avoid the removal). The census information indicates that Catherineâ€™s parents were born in Georgia (may or may-not be valid). Catherine and Thomas Norton had 3 children:
Eliza Ann Norton b: 5/1869
Laura Norton b: abt 1870
Althea Norton b: 6/25/1875
According to family tradition â€“ Catherine Lawson and the 3 girls had to travel to Oklahoma during the Removal. Thomas Norton then followed to Oklahoma and brought them back to Alabama. Supposedly, Catherineâ€™s tribe was from the Beaver Dam, Creek area close to Marion, Alabama.
Harvey Edwards is the son of Althea Norton. Apparently Thomas Norton and Catherine Lawson both died while Althea was still young. Althea was raised by Robert Lawson (living in Perry County, Alabama).
In the same document where we located the marriage record of Thomas Norton and Catherine Lawson (Marriage Records of Marengo County, Alabama 1818-1860) â€“ there were several other Lawson marriages noted (no way to know if they are related in any way).
Malinea Lawson married Jacob Spiedle 12/25/1827
Matilda Lawson married Pleasant Henderson 12/25/1827
Cheborn Lawson provided the marriage bond for the 2 women (His name also appears as Cheborn and Chaboon). As it is such an unusual name, I thought it might indicate the Native American connection to the Lawsons.
On 1/29/1833 â€“ Martha Lawson married Samuel A. Cochran (John Lawson provided the bond).