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The Lawton's
Real-life models for "The Walton's" in Annie Fellows Johnston's "Little Colonel" series

Major General Henry W. Lawton
("General Walton")
ca. 1899
Mary Craig Lawton, his wife
("Mrs. Walton")
ca. 1900
Manly C. Lawton, "The Little Captain"
Manly C. Lawton
(Ranald, "The Little Captain")
age 11
Frances Lawton
("Allison Walton")
age 10

Catherine M. Lawton
("Kitty Walton")
age 8

Louise Lawton
("Elise Walton")
age 6

Another daughter, Annie, passed away in 1887.
Mrs. Lawton wrote a touching letter to her mother
which can be read by following this link

Major General Henry Ware Lawton and his Family
General & Mrs. Lawton, with their children:
Louise (Elise), Manly (
the "Little Captain"), Frances (Allison) and Catherine (Kitty)

Major General Henry Ware Lawton and his family "The Waltons"
Philippine Islands, 1899
(Ranald, in real life named Manly C., indeed had his own uniform and accompanied his father to the front as described in the Little Colonel stories.
In the books, his character was named after General Lawton's close friend from the Indian Wars,
Gen. Ranald S. MacKenzie.

The Little Colonel's Holidays
is dedicated:
"The Little Captain" and his sisters
whose proudest heritage is that
they bear the name of a NATION'S HERO.

Family photo from an 1899
 Stereo-view photo by R.W. Kilburn
taken a few months before the general's death.
large version


Shortly after General Lawton's death, the family
moved to Louisville.  This photo, ca 1900, shows
Mrs. Lawton wearing her black mourning dress.
This is the "Walton" family at the time of "The Little Colonel's Holidays."
Front row: Louise ('Elise'), Mary ('Mrs. Walton') and Catherine ('Kitty')
Second row: Manly ('Ranald, the Little Captain') and Frances (Allison)
Photo by Klauber Studios, Louisville

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This Site:
Home Page   What's New?   Biography of Annie Fellows Johnston,   
Books on Line
  (Complete Original Little Colonel Book Series)
    The Little Colonel (link to U. Penn))
The Giant Scissors
    Two Little Knights of Kentucky
    The Little Colonel's House Party
    The Little Colonel's Holidays
    The Little Colonel's Hero
    The Little Colonel at Boarding-School
    The Little Colonel in Arizona
    The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation 
    The Little Colonel, Maid of Honor 
    The Little Colonel's Knight Comes Riding
    Mary Ware, The Little Colonel's Chum 
    Mary Ware in Texas  
    Mary Ware's Promised Land
          Check our home page for more titles by AFJ on other sites
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"  

Cooking with The Little Colonel
Guest Book

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