He was approximately 28 years old and had been in the Navy for just over two years and seven months. He left behind a wife and a three year old son.
DependentsWife: Margaret Lawless (married 11 September 1860)
Son: Matthew John Lawless (born 29 October 1861)
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Alternate Spellings of Name
References and Sources Return of the United States Naval Rendezvous, New York, NY for the week ending February 6, 1864
 NARA T1099. An index to rendezvous reports during the Civil War, 1861-1865.
 "Navy Gazette: List of Deaths in the Navy of the United States, reported to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Navy Department, during the week ending December 3d, 1864." Army and Navy Journal, 10 Dec. 1864, p. 253.
 Officers and Enlisted Men who Died in the Active Service of the U.S. Navy 1776-1885
 Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Dependents of Civil War and Later Navy Veterans ("Navy Widows' Certificates"), 1861-1910