Born in Tennessee on June 15, 1811. While very young learned the printing trade and worked at it in some of the principal cities of the United States.
Came to Nacogdoches, Texas, in November, 1835, in answer to pleas for volunteers for Texas Army. Was pressed into service publishing the "Texean and Emigrant's Guide," with essential war proclamations. Also printed handbills, patriotic songs and legal documents. His newspaper was one of several printed in Texas during war for independence, 1836.
In 1839, moved to what is now Jefferson County and engaged in cattle ranching. Served as captain of a ranger company. Was county's Chief Justice during the days of the Republic of Texas. Moved to Bastrop County in 1861, where he tried farming. Then moved to Williamson County where he died February 14, 1884.As a newspaper publisher and printer for the army of the revolution (1835-1836), an Indian fighter, frontiersman and judge, he contributed much to the early development of Texas.
In 1840, David Lawhon married Nancy Carr, a daughter of one of Stephen F. Austin's "Old Tree Hundred" settlers. Their eleven children carried on their pioneering spirit and tradition.