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We are having a Grand Lawton Reunion in Newport, Rhode Island July 17-19,1998.  I've prepared an e-mail version of our Reunion Invitation and Registration Form.  It's not nearly as pictorial as the snail mail version (which some of you will be receiving) but will give you all the information you need if youÆre interested in attending.  Feel free to copy or forward the news to family or cousins.

We are also conducting a world-wide Lawton genealogical project.  If you would like to become a member or involved with the Lawton Family Association and
find out about your ancestry or would like to have your ancestry included in the eventually publication of a Lawton World Book please contact me.  We also
produce a quarterly Family Newsletter.  Do it for your descendants.

A Message from the Reunion Director

Some 360 years ago, the first Lawton family members came to America and, as we look back on the records of our ancestors, we find over the years they
traditionally got together to celebrate their heritage and to get to know each other better.  ItÆs now our turn to follow that tradition and time to put your
plans in motion to bring the family celebration to fruition.  Our weekend promises to be an exciting and memorable æGrand Lawton ReunionÆ in and around
Newport, Rhode Island.

Newport is truly a unique and charming old New England city which abounds withLawton history, elegance, and beauty.  Our celebration begins Friday afternoon
from 2 to 9 p.m. at the Royal Plaza Hotel function room in Middletown.Guests will arrive from all over the United States and abroad to an informalwelcoming and orientation as appetizers will be served throughout the day.

SaturdayÆs full afternoon of festivities center around an old-fashioned New England Clambake at KempenaarÆs Club in Middletown.  What better way to enjoy
our summer gathering than at their beautifully landscaped five acre private facility.  After a social hour, which features a full cash bar, weÆll whet our appetite on Steamers, Rhode Island Clam Chowder, and Clam Cakes with plenty of time to mingle again before the dinner bell beckons you to feast on New England Lobster (or New York Sirloin), corn-on-the-cob, brown bread, potatoes, cole slaw, lemonade, watermelon, and hamburgers and hot-dogs for the kids.

You can practice your soccer skills on their mini-field, relax with a game of horseshoes, volleyball, badminton, or lawn bowling.  ThereÆll be surprises for
the toddlers and, for the children, face-painting and circus hay rides.  Later in the afternoon enjoy an old fashioned New England tradition of Snicker cones, popsicles, kiddie cups and ice cream sandwiches.

A Sunday morning non-denominational service hosted by Wayne D. and Leon Lawton will be held in Newport to exonerate God who has sustained us and
who continues to love us and offer us His salvation.  Later in the afternoon those interested in a harbor cruise should meet at the Viking Tours Goat
Island launch at 1:00 pm.  The ship, complete with on-board snack bar, will stop at JFKÆs Summer White House, "Hammersmith Farm" for a personalized
guided tour.

ThereÆs much you can see and do on your own; sunbathe on one of the many local beaches, an historical bus tour of Newport, take the æNewport on
FootÆ tour; an easy paced walk to Historic landmarks and graveyards, tour one of NewportÆs famous mansions, a walk along NewportÆs historic Cliff Walk, visit a
Portsmouth Lawton Historical burial ground and stop by the Historical Society, or maybe youÆd like to browse around the many shops on Thames Street or check
out one of the museums where you can experience first hand Colonial life and architecture... the options are endless.  Take a peek inside for a complete list of scheduled activities and events.

I look forward to seeing you in July and sharing your pride in our Lawton Heritage and FamilyÆs achievements down through the generations.

Sincerely,    Stephen Thomas Lawton

PS. I encourage you to make your lodging reservations NOW!  This resort area fill fill up very quickly for the month of July.  Registration forms must accompany your check and returned to Lawton Ledger no later than July 2nd.  I must turn in our final counts no later than July ¦10.  If you have a last minute change please let me know.  Registration fees are non-refundable.

For Your Information...

Please help us by reading the following important Reunion notes before completing the form on the next page;

1. Attendance is by pre-registration only.  Registrations will be
accepted by
mail only, through Friday July 2nd.  Your canceled check or money
order is
your receipt.

2. There is no registration fee for children under eighteen years of

3. Each registrant will receive a name tag, schedule of events, Coat
of Arms
pin, tour guide magazine, maps, etc.

4. Please feel free to call us at (508) 533-3534, if the lodging
does not answer your questions.

5. The reception on Friday night will be informal, hosted by Stephen
and will offer appetizers through out the evening and featured

6. The Reunion Clambake will be a seated multiple course dinner with
full cash
bar offered throughout the afternoon.

7. Lawton Family T-shirts are available through Wayne Lawton only.
See details
on the registration form.  There will only be enough made to
accommodate your
orders.  We will be glad to ship T-shirts to those not attending.





Children/Other (only those attending Reunion)


Would you like to participate in a Friday evening talent show?

WhatÆs your  talent?_______________________________
* Not everyone knows their exact line of descent.  You will want to
one of the several Lawton immigrants; George Lawton of Portsmouth,
Lawton of Portsmouth,  John Lawton of Suffield,  William Lawton of
Island, South Carolina, Thomas Laughton/Lawton of Lynn, MA; still
another Lawton.
Fees: Registration fee is required for all attendees except children
under 18.
Other options you may wish to exercise include:
Early Bird Registration (by April 1st, per pers)   $20.00x ______ =$

Registration (after April 1st, per person)            $25.00x ______

Friday Reception and Talent Show                   $ 5.00x  ______

Saturday Reunion Clambake                           $30.00x ______
Of the total here, how many are Lobster____
                         how many are Sirloin  ____
Saturday Dinner for children under 13 years      $10.00x_______=$

I wish to make a gift to the Lawton Family Reunion Fund
My check is enclosed                              Total Enclosed:

The Sunday Harbor Cruise and Hammersmith Mansion Tour will be paid
individual at the ticket office.  (Special Lawton group rate
available at
Viking Tours ticket office at Goat Island)
Make check payable to Lawton Ledger and mail to: Stephen Lawton, 68
Street, Medway, MA 02053-1427

(508) 533-3534 (home)  -  (617) 695-1888 (office)  -  (617) 695-1991
(fax)  -
E-mail address:  LAWTONLEDG@AOL.COM

In anticipation of the LAWTON FAMILY REUNION Wayne D. Lawton has
designed some
wearables with an imprint which reads:

LAWTON   FAMILY   IN   AMERICA   SINCE 1638 (within an outline of the
Send your order now for a T-shirt ($9) Adult sizes: S-M-L-XL and
Youth sizes 6
- 16

Sweat Shirt ($19) adult sizes: S-M-L-XL Cook-out Apron ($10) (one
size fits
all)   Shirts and aprons are Forest Green in color with white imprint.
S/H $2 for first item add $1 per each additional item.  Shirts are
brand, heavyweight 50%polyester-50% cotton.  The adjustable apron is
cotton-40% polyester with a pocket.   If you wish to talk to Wayne,
you may
call at: (717) 361-8990 or E-mail him at: LAWTONWD@AOL.COM.  Send
order and
payable to Wayne D. Lawton, 624 Groff Avenue, Elizabethtown, PA

Main Renunion Lodging and Reception location:

*Royal Plaza Hotel
425 East Main Road
(401) 846-3555
(800) 825-7073 (RI only)

* Location of Friday Reception, etc.  Specify LAWTON for special room
Make reservations before June 17.  See below for additional Hotels,
Motels &
Campgrounds in and around Newport.

For additional information:
Contact Stephen Lawton Weekdays (617) 695-1888 Weekends (508) 533-


Directions to Royal Plaza Hotel in Middletown:

From Providence:  Take Rtes. 195 East, 24 South to 138 South.  Royal
Hotel is located on the left-hand side of Rte. 138 approximately 9

From Boston:  Take Rtes. 128 South/93 North, to 24 South 138 South.
Plaza Hotel is located on the left-hand side of Rte. 138
approximately 9 miles

From NY & Conn:  Take I95 North to 138 East (Exit RI #3).  Follow Rte.
over Jamestown and Newport bridges.  Take 2nd exit off Newport bridge
and turn
left at traffic light.  Go to 3rd traffic light and turn left.
Continue to
next traffic light and turn right.  Royal Plaza Hotel is at the top
of the
hill on the right.

To KempenaarÆs from the Royal Plaza Hotel:
Take a left out of the Hotel parking lot and proceed 1/4 mile to
first traffic
light.  (Wendys on left) Take a left onto Valley Road for + mile.
Take a
right where you see the signs for KempenaarÆs Clambake Club.  (401)

Sunday Harbor Cruise & Hammersmith Tour information:
Ship leaves 1:00 pm sharp from downtown Newport at Viking Tours Goat
In then out (after cruise) parking at dock.  The Royal Plaza offers a
shuttle service to downtown Newport leaving on the hour.  Parking
downtown is
not recommended.

Reunion Schedule
Friday, July 17
2-9pm  Registration at the Royal Plaza Hotel Middletown Appetizers

4pm  Welcome & Orientation by Lawton Families
6-7:30pm Talent Show

Saturday, July 18
1-7pm  Registration continues at Kempanaars Clambake
                  Social Hour, cash bar, Outdoor activities
3pm  Reunion Clambake at Kempanaars Clambake Club Middletown, RI

Sunday, July 19

9:30am  Family Worship Service Location and exact time to be

1-3:30pm Viking Tours Harbor Cruise & Hammersmith Mansion tour.
                  Ship leaves Goat Island downtown Newport. Parking
at dock.
Times are approximate and subject to slight changes
Be sure to bring family photoÆs and charts!

Hotels, Motels & Campgrounds in and around Newport:

Budget Inn
1185 West Main Road
(401) 849-4700

Courtyard by Marriott
9 Commerce Drive
(800) 321-2211

Howard Johnson
351 West Main Rd, Rte 138
(800) 688 4656

Meadowlark Trailer Park
132 Prospect Ave.
(401) 846-9455

Paradise Motel
459 Aquidneck Ave.
(401) 847-1500

Quality Inn & Suites
936 West Main Road
(401) 846-7600

Chase Farm Bed and Break.
308 Chase Land
(401) 845-9338

Pineapple Inn
1225 Aquidneck Avenue
(401) 847-8400
Portsmouth: (6 mls North)
Best Western Bay Point Inn
14 Anthony Road
(401) 683-3600

Founder's Brook Motel
314 Boyds Lane
(800) 334-8765

Melville Campgrounds
181 Bradford Ave.
(401) 849-8212

Jamestown (1 ml off-Island) The Bay Voyage Inn
150 Conanicus Ave.
(800) 225-3522

There are over 75 Hotels and B&BÆs in Newport:

Viking Hotel
One Bellevue Ave.
(401) 847-3300
(rates ¦$259 per night here)

Newport Marriot
25 AmericaÆs Cup Highway
(401) 849-1000

Seaview Inn
240 Aquidneck Ave.
(401) 846-5000

Doubletree Islander Hotel
One Goat Island
(800) 322-8733

Best Western Mainstay Inn
151 Admiral Kalbfus Road
(401) 849-4391
Newport Services:
Cozy Cab - T.F. Green/Providence Airport Shuttle to Newport (401) 846-

Newport Hospitality
PO Box 3305
(401) 848-2264

Bed and Breakfast Newport
33 Russell Avenue
(800) 800-8765

Newport Reservations
174 Bellevue Avenue
(800) 842-0102

Bed and Breakfast Society
Helen Burke
(800) 227-2130

Newport County Rhode Island Convention and
Visitors Bureau
(401) 849-8048

Newport Hospital
(401) 846-6400

Zip codes:
Newport: 02840
Middletown: 02842
Portsmouth: 02871

See you in July!

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