One part of Lawson’s life that few people have examined is his engagement in entrepreneurial activities. For ten years in eastern North Carolina, Lawson made his way through several business activities. He worked as a surveyor, a skill he seems to have brought with him from England. He ran a business as a trader with Native Americans, particularly for animal pelts. And throughout the Pamlico and Neuse River areas, he speculated in land. Legal records are the predominant source about Lawson’s engaging in these activities.

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Robert Daniell v. John Lawson, 1706
Christoper Gale v. John Lawson, 6 March 1706
Abstract of John Lawson's Will, 12 August 1708
Thomas Peterson, attorney of Perry and Company v. John Lawson, 27 January 1708
The Lords of Trade Dartmouth, Meadows, and Turner, To Edmund Jenings Esq.
Contests of John Lawson's Will, 1712-1713
Christopher Gale v. Joseph Dereham, 15 April 1713