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Lorton Cemetary in Cowden

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Re: Lorton Cemetary in Cowden

Elaine Laux (View posts)
Posted: 1043112258000
Classification: Query

I know the story about the coffin and the cemetary! Thanks for posting it. I have met Leon and Otis Lorton. I think this is your lineage:

1. Lewie Lorton married to Hattie Beck (I do not have Lewie and Hattie's list of children. If you do, would you provide it?)

2. William Granville Lorton (b. 1855) and Nancy Elizabeth Black (b. 1855) They called W. G. Lorton, Bappy. He bought an elaborate coffin years before his death and had it in an upstairs bedroom. My mother says she remembers people coming on Sunday to visit and trooping upstairs to see this coffin.

3. John Marion Lorton (b. 1832) and Mary Ann Elizabeth Mahan Lorton ( b. 1837) I believe John M. is the one who insisted the coffin face East/West.

(The above all born in Fayette Co.)

4. Henry Lorton (b. 1799 in Henry Co. VA) and Sarah Carson (b. 1799, maybe in NC)

5. Revolutionary War patriot Robert Lorton (b. 1746 or 47 in Charles Co. VA) and Tabitha Gannaway (b. 1763 VA)

TThe calendar was changed in the mid 1750s so that's why you see double dating for people born before.)

Go to and select the Lorton forum. You will find quite a lot of information on Robert Lorton. Sarah Carson (wife of Henry Lorton) is also descended from a Rev. War soldier, James Starrett. I am trying to find proof for that line.

How I am related to you is that Lewie's sister, Mary Jane Lorton is my great grandmother. She married Joseph Wasson. My mother is Wanda Wasson, daughter of Bill and Hazel Wasson. My father was Ray Black. I spent a lot of time at their farm which is not far from the Lorton Cemetary and near Oak Grove Church. Nice to hear from you! You can correspond with me directly at
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