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Charles William Matthew Howie or David Lawson

Charles William Matthew Howie or David Lawson

Male 1886 - 1980  (93 years)

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  • Name Charles William Matthew Howie or David Lawson 
    Born 18 Apr 1886  Glasgow, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Apr 1980  prob, Brooklyn, Kings, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I47887  Whipple Descendants
    Last Modified 7 Nov 2013 

    Father Hyson Paine Whipple,   b. 1834, Diamond Hill, Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jun 1888, Diamond Hill, Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Mother Helen Robertson "Nellie" Howie,   b. 30 Aug 1868, Dundee, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 24 May 1885  Glasgow, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F21788  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lola Ridge 
    Married Abt 15 Oct 1919 
    Last Modified 14 Jul 2019 
    Family ID F21791  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Apr 1886 - Glasgow, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Apr 1980 - prob, Brooklyn, Kings, New York Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • !SOURCE: Email from Alan McGowen, Historian, Chess Scotland (www.ChessScotland.com, amcgowan@golden.net) to the Whipple Website, 11 Apr 2011. He writes:
      Because of my involvement with chess history, I have an interest in David Lawson, author of Paul Morphy: The Pride and Sorrow of Chess, particularly because he was born in Glasgow.

      I have noted your very detailed web site on Whipple families, so I wanted to pass on a little information.

      I have attached the following 3 images obtained from the Scotlands People website:

      • Birth record 557 for Charles William Matthew Howie, born April 18th, 1886 at 20 Norfolk Street, Glasgow (Illegitimate). Mother: Nellie Howie, Fruit Saleswoman. Note the entry in the left margin re paternity.
      • Register of Corrected Entries, dated October 13th, 1886 at Glasgow. Father's information to be inserted as Hison Payne Whipple (residing at 390 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow). Mother is referred to as Helen Howie.
      • Birth record 652 for Helen Robertson Howie, born August 30th, 1868 at 28 South Tay Street, Dundee. (Your web page shows 1870.)
      I have searched the Scotlands People web site for marriage details but can find nothing regarding a Howie/Whipple ceremony (you give 24 May 1885 in Glasgow).

      A 2010 edition of 'Paul Morphy: The Pride and Sorrow of Chess' was published by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, edited by a Thomas Aiello. Mr Aiello, on page xiv of his Editor's Introduction, refers to the parents, and states that Lawson '...apparently moved to the United States in 1893.' I mention this because it differs from information in your notes re sources, which mentions the mother and son arriving on the Anchoria in 1890. The book also refers to several marriages of David Lawson. Let me know if you wish any further information on these marriages.

      I hope this information helps in some small way.

      Note: Prior to receiving Alan's email, the information entered in the database was:
      • Name: John Whipple or Charles M. Howie or Charles Whipple or David Lawson
      • Birth: 18 Apr 1886 in Glasgow, Scotland
      • Christening: 21 Apr 1895 in Ware, Hampshire, Massachusetts
      • Death: Apr 1980 probably in Brooklyn, Kings, New York


      !SOURCE: Xerox of notes on David Lawson, on a form with heading "Board of Transportation of the City of New York"; xerox of "Form of affidavit for a relative," signed 6 Nov 1919 by Carrie E. Greenleaf, cousin of David Lawson, "An applicant for an American passport"; xerox of a more formal "Affidavit of Birth to be Submitted with Application for American Passport," signed 6 Aug 1924 by Carrie E. Greenleaf, housekeeper and daughter of the brother of Hison Paine Whipple, in support of David Lawson's application for an American passport; xerox of affidavit signed 29 Oct 1919 by Helen H. Lawson, wife of Hyson P. Whipple; xerox of certificate of baptism of Charles W. Whipple, 21 Apr 1895, at Trinity Church, Ware, Massachusetts; xerox of marriage certificate of Wilfred L. Lawson and Helen H. Whipple, 19 Jul 1893, in Ware, Massachusetts; xerox of another baptismal certificate of Charles Whipple at Trinity Church, Ware, Massachusetts, 21 April 1895; xerox of handwritten letter to Mrs. Whipple from Jno. Morrison, St. James House, Pineapple Street, Brooklyn, New York, 13 Dec 1890. All of the above mailed to the Whipple Website by George C. Whipple III (undisclosed at example dot net), 7 Jul 2000.

      !NAME: "Mother [initially] recorded ... name as Charles M. Howie. Father recorded (?) or registered (?) birth and name of John ?? Whipple" in Glasgow, Scotland. On arrival at New York in Sept. 1890 aboard the steamship "Anchoria," name was recorded as John Whipple (with mother Mrs. Ellen Whipple), American citizens. [Father Hison Paine Whipple, who preceded his wife and son to the United States, had died two years earlier.] Baptized as Charles Whipple 21 Apr 1895, in Ware, Massachusetts; later took the name Charles W. Lawson, and (finally), David Lawson.

      !SOURCE: Email from Elaine Sproat (undisclosed at example dot net) to the Whipple Website, 19 Jul 2009: "David Lawson (b. 1886) died in 1980."

      !SOURCE: Social Security Death Index. David Lawson, b. 18 Apr 1886, d. Apr 1980, last residence Brooklyn, Kings, New York.


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