Elisha Lawson, Co. I, 8th Pennsylvania Reserves

History of Cochocton County, Ohio - Its Past and Present, 1740-1881.  pg. 723-724.

ELISHA LAWSON, Coshocton; liveryman; was born February 7,1842, in Virginia; son of Alexander and Susannah (Gould) Lawson, of Scotch ancestors. Elisha left home when about nine years of age. He has traveled extensively in the South and West. June 11,1861, he enlisted in Company I, Eighth Pennsylvania Reserves or Thirty-seventh Pa, V. I., at Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, and served three years At the battle of the Wilderness he received two wounds in the right arm; he was once captured, but soon recaptured, at the second Bull Run battle. At the close of the war, Mr. Lawson engaged in photography, and followed it about twelve years; he then determined to go to South America, but when he reached Matamoras, Mexico, he was taken sick with fever; and, advised by his physician to return north, which he did, stopping in the Blue Grass region of Kentucky, where he remained until he regained his health. Then he came to Ohio and resumed the photographic art, and followed it for five years or until the fall of 1880, when he engaged in his present business. Mr. Lawson is a special admirer of fine horses, which would be readily inferred by any one visiting his stables and seeing his stock; especially two blooded mares, Hazards, his favorites. Though the Hazards, by many, are considered very wild, vicious and unmanageable; Mr. Lawson believes them to be pretty as a gold dollar, generally as sound as a silver dollar, fleet as the wind, harmless as a dove and kind as a kitten. Mr. Lawson was married October 4, 1873, to Miss Hersey daughter of James Alfred and Mary (Borlan) Mackey. They are the parents of two daughters, viz : Edna and Frankie.

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