Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: William Lawton Sweat (1876-1947)

William Lawton Sweat
19 May 1876-26 May 1947

Copyright D Radcliff 2010
William Lawton Sweat was a brother of my maternal 2nd great grandfather James Walter Sweat. He was born 19 May 1876 to John Franklin Sweat, Jr and Ellen Johnson Sweat. On 6 Mar 1901 in Pierce County, Georgia, he married Doley Deen.

Together the couple had nine children that I'm aware of.
  • William Alfred Sweat, b 19 Feb 1901
  • Eva Sweat, b 1 Nov 1904, d 13 Aug 1994, m Kiler Mosley
  • James Estell Sweat, b 27 Nov 1906, d 21 Feb 2001, m Emma Waters
  • Purdom Howard Sweat, b 1 Dec 1901, d 1955, m Lillie Elizabeth Rowland
  • Inez Sweat, b 16 Feb 1911, d 5 May 1993, m Williford Leon Bennett
  • Alice Sweat, b ca 1915
  • Pauline Sweat, b 12 Oct 1916, d 14 May 1993, m Charles Smith
  • Archie C Sweat, b 8 Feb 1918, d 30 Sept 1985, m Pearl C --?--
  • Oscar Sweat, b 1 Aug 1922, d 5 May 2002, m Ouida Grantham

On 12 Sept 1918, William Lawton Sweat registered for the draft. His residence was listed as Blackshear, Pierce County, Georgia. It appears that he spent the majority of his life in Pierce County before moving to Ware County between 1920 and 1930.

William Lawton Sweat passed away 26 May 1947 in Ware County, Georgia. He is buried at Mount Green Church of the Prophecy Cemetery in Millwood, Ware County, Georgia. His wife and several children are buried there as well. I actually visited the cemetery in October of last year. While I was there, I met one of his grandsons, a child of his daughter Inez and my second cousin twice removed.

Sources:
W.L. Sweat headstone, Mount Green Church of the Prophecy Cemetery, Ware County, Georgia. Photo taken 11 Oct 2010 and in possession of D. Radcliff.

Marriage license and certificate, Pierce County Marriage Book, 1899-1912, Marriage Records from Microfilm, Georgia's Virtual Vault, Georgia Archives [Doley Deen is listed as Zellie Deen.]

1880 US Census, population schedule, District 584, Pierce County, Georgia, ED 80, Dwelling 17, Family 17, John F Sweat household, NARA Microfilm publication T9, Roll 161, Digital image, Heritage Quest Online (accessed 11 Jan 2011)[William L Sweat is found on the sheet without his family as they were listed on the previous sheet. He is listed as age 1, which would put his birth ca 1879.]

1900 US Census, population schedule, Blackshear, Pierce County, Georgia, ED 80, Sheet 13A, Dwelling 235, Family 235, John F Sweat household, NARA microfilm publication T623, Roll 216, digital image, Heritage Quest Online (accessed 11 Jan 2011)[Birthdate given as May 1881.]

1910 US Census, population schedule, Blackshear, Pierce County, Georgia, ED 148, Sheet 9B, Dwelling 161, Family 161, Lawton Sweat household, NARA microfilm publication T624, Roll 207, digital image, Heritage Quest Online (accessed 11 Jan 2011)[Transcribed as Lawton Swiart.][Listed as age 28, which would put birth ca 1882.] 

1920 US Census, population schedule, Militia District 1330 Sweats, Pierce County, Georgia, ED 143, Sheet 5A, Dwelling 72, Family 75, WL Sweat household, NARA microfilm publication T625, Roll 274, digital image, Heritage Quest Online (accessed 11 Jan 2011)[Listed as age 41, which would put birth ca 1879.] 

1930 US Census, population schedule, Millwood, Ware County, Georgia, ED 18, Sheet 10B, Dwelling 186, Family 200, W Lawton Sweat household, NARA microfilm publication T626, Roll 391, digital image, Heritage Quest Online (accessed 11 Jan 2011)[Listed as age 51, which would put birth ca 1879.]

World War I Draft Registration card for Lawton Sweat, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, database and digital image, Ancestry.com [Birthdate is given as May 1877.]

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