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Dear Alistair,

I received an email from my cousin (very removed) in Australia about your quest. I decided to offer my story to your collection.

In the early 1920's, my father George Crichton Stevenson and a friend decided to immigrate. My father wanted to come to America, his friend wanted Australia. They decided to toss a coin and my father "won". They arrived in Ellis Island sometime between 1921 and 1923. My father never spoke of what happened to his friend, (wished I had asked) but dad went on to be an electrician working big construction jobs.

My father was born, March 25, 1900, in Paisley. His father, John Stevenson had married Annie Crichton. Both of their families were (coal) miners. John and Annie actually came to the states in the late 1800's and settled in Illinois where mining was what most people did in those days. They had two daughters while living in America, but Annie became homesick for the heather and they returned to Scotland in the 1890's. John Stevenson wanted to break the chain that kept the family in the mines and put his three son's through college. No other Stevenson worked the mines again.

Annie Crichton's brother, Lawson came to the United States in the 1800's, and settled in Illinois. That may have been the reason for John and Annie to come to America. However, he stayed and produced heirs.

My father met and married my mother while they both worked for RCA. They eventually moved to Florida where I was born. Being in construction work, we moved frequently to follow the jobs. My father retired in 1967, and died on his birthday in 1983.

My mother's grand father was from Scotland and his wife was English. I married an English girl while stationed in England in the Air Force and my son was born at Lakenheath, RAF station.

So, as you can see, we are truly a family of immigrants deep roots in Scottish soil.

I invite you to visit my website, The rest of my story is there. It details my search for the origins of my ancestors and my name, Lawson. Please let me know what you think about my story and if you need additional information.

Best Regards,

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