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Mary Craig Lawton,, wife of General Henry W. Lawton
 "Mrs. Walton" of the Little Colonel Stories

1855-1934

"Mrs. Lawton's latest Portrait"

Mary (Mamie) Lawton, ("Mrs. Walton"), was born Mary Craig, March 31,1855 in Louisville, KY.  Since the late1860's the family lived in Pewee ("Lloydsboro") Valley at Edgewood.  Mamie married Henry Ware Lawton on December 6, 1881. A devoted wife, she insisted on following her husband wherever he went to serve, from the Indian Wars until his death in the Philippines in late 1899.  She was devastated by his death in battle, and continued to wear the black of mourning for the remainder of her life.

While on her "tour of duty" with the General, she was already known as a writer and somewhat a war correspondent back at home in the United States with her frequent letters from the front published in newspapers across the country.  Life well could have continued for her in this manner if General Lawton had not become the only General of the Spanish American War to have died in combat.  We may never have known her as the "Mrs. Walton of the Little Colonel books. 

When Mrs. Lawton returned to the United States in 1900 in relative poverty without the General's income for support, and to pay off the debt for their home in Redlands, California, she moved to Louisville (and a house that is a center for much of the story of  The Little Colonel's Holidays.)  A national subscription for the family of the fallen hero helped pay off the debts and for a new home, The Beeches, in 1901.  Because of the close knit circle of friends and relations in Louisville and Pewee ("Lloydsboro") Valley, Mrs. Lawton became a close friend of Annie Fellows Johnston and with her charm and imagination, a significant character and contributor to the stories.


Mrs. Lawton later in life, in 1928, Annapolis, MD
From The Sunday Herald Post
Louisville, Kentucky
December 23, 1928

Photos by Standiford

She lived at "The Beeches" until 1911 when she sold the house to Annie Fellows Johnston and moved with her family to Annapolis, MD. 

She died on January 5, 1934 in Annapolis.  She is buried next to General Lawton at Arlington ( Section 2, Grave 841).

More on Mrs. Lawton can be found in the following Links:

Mrs. Lawton at Home, an article from Harper's Bazar, April 28 1900.  This appeared a few months after General Lawton's death and just before Mrs. Lawton was introduced to us as Mrs. Walton in The Little Colonel's Holidays.   In fact, some of the pictures in the article might give a pretty good idea of the decor of the "Home of a Hero" described in Chapter 12 of the same book.  Mrs. Lawton would not remain long at Redlands.  Soon she moved to Louisville, where she stayed for about a year until "The Beeches" was completed.

In her own hand:

Letters from Mrs. Lawton ("Mrs. Walton") to Annie Fellows Johnston

Family & Group Photos showing Mrs. Lawton:

And of course, you can read all of the Little Colonel books from The Little Colonel's Holidays to The Little Colonel's Knight Comes Riding.  In each of those the fictionalized version of Mrs. Lawton, aka Mrs. Walton comes alive with much the same personality she had in real life.


 

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    The Little Colonel at Boarding-School
    The Little Colonel in Arizona
    The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation 
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    The Little Colonel's Knight Comes Riding
 
    Mary Ware, The Little Colonel's Chum 
    Mary Ware in Texas  
    Mary Ware's Promised Land
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The People & Characters:
The Little Colonel, Papa Jack and Mrs. Sherman,  The Old Colonel, Two Little Knights of Kentucky,  Two Little Knights of Kentucky(2), 
Uncle Sidney & Aunt Elise, parents of the Two Little Knights of Kentucky, Grandmother McIntyre, Aunt Allison, The Waltons, Rob and Anna Moore, Betty, Joyce Ware, Jack WareMom Beck, Walker, Katherine Marks, Gay Melville, The Lees of Arizona, Small Parts
Their Final Resting Places

The Places:
In Pewee (Lloydsboro) Valley: Map, Map 2, Where it all began, The Locust, The Beeches  Edgewood, The Little Colonel's Cottage, The Railroad Station, "Lloydsboro Seminary", Clovercroft, The Post Office, Churches, The Haunted House at Hartwell Hollow,  Confederate Home Rollington, Minor Places In Old Louisville: The Culbertson Mansion, "Home of a Hero"  in Indiana:: The Cuckoo's Nest (Indiana), In Arizona: Lee's Ranch, Camelback Mountain & Hole-in-Rock, In Texas: 
San Antonio, The Little Town of Bauer (Boerne), Penacres, The Barnaby Ranch, In France: The Gate of the Giant Scissors
Letters from Annie Fellows Johnston and "Mrs Walton"  
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