man Richardson Hensley Dawson‏‎, son of Alexander B . DAWSON and Barbara L. (Barbary). ALLEN‏.
Born ‎ Aug 07, 1828 at Nelson Co., VA, died ‎ Jan 20, 1920 at Widen, Clay Co., WV‎, 91 years
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1860 United States Federal Census

Name: Richeson Dawson
[Richardson H Dawson]
Age in 1860: 30
Birth Year: abt 1830
Birthplace: Virginia
Home in 1860: Clay, Virginia
Gender: Male
Post Office: Clay
Value of real estate: 50.00
Household Members: Name Age
Richeson Dawson 30
Eve Dawson 30
Susan Dawson 10
Peter S Dawson 8
Jilson Dawson 6
Alexr Dawson 4
Sarah Dawson 4
Levi Dawson 2
1870 United States Federal Census

Name: R H Dawson
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1828
Age in 1870: 42
Birthplace: VA; USA
Home in 1870: Buffalo, Clay, West Virginia
Race: White
Gender: Male
Value of real estate: 200.00
Post Office: Clay Court House
Household Members: Name Age
R H Dawson 42
Eve Dawson 42
Susan E Dawson 20
Peter S Dawson 19
Jilson H Dawson 17
Alexander Dawson 15
Sarah J Dawson 15
Mary Dawson 5
William Z Dawson 2 (Should read William W)
1880 United States Federal Census

Name: R. H. Dawson
Home in 1880: Henry, Clay, West Virginia
Age: 52
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1828
Birthplace: Virginia
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Spouse's Name: Eve Ann
Father's birthplace: Virginia
Mother's birthplace: Virginia

Occupation: Farmer
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Can read/write
Household Members: Name Age
R. H. Dawson 52
Eve Ann Dawson 52
Jilson Dawson 27
Alexander Dawson 25
Jefferson Dawson 17
Mary V. Dawson 14
William W. Dawson 11
Morgan Mc. Dawson 6
Maryon M. Dawson 6
Mead McClellin Dawson 6
1900 United States Federal Census

Name: Ritelosson H Dawson (Spelling Error on Census)
[Richardson H. Dawson]
Home in 1900: Henry, Clay, West Virginia
Age: 71
Birth Date: Aug 1828
Birthplace: West Virginia
Race: White
Ethnicity: American
Gender: Male
Relationship to Head of House: Head
Father's Birthplace: West Virginia
Mother's Birthplace: West Virginia
Marriage Year: 1850
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 50
Residence : Henry Town, Clay, West Virginia
Occupation: Farmer

Household Members: Name Age
Ritelosson H Dawson 71 (Richardson)
Mede M Dawson 24 Teacher (Meade)
Morgan M Dawson 24 Teacher
Marion M Dawson 24 Teacher
1920 United States Federal Census
Census Date: January 20, 1920
Enumerator: Bryne Wilson
Name: Richard H Dawson
Home in 1920: Buffalo, Clay, West Virginia
Age: 92 years
Estimated birth year: abt 1828
Birthplace: West Virginia
Relation to Head of House: Father
Father's Birth Place: West Virginia
Mother's Birth Place: West Virginia
Marital Status: Widow
Race: White
Sex: Male
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Image: 353

Household Members: Name Age
Meade Dawson 45
Lucy Dawson 34
James Custer Dawson 10
George Dawson 8
Daisy Dawson 6
Donald Dawson 5
Paul Dawson 4
Marion M Dawson 45
Richard H Dawson 92
(Note: Richardson died on Jan 20 1920, same day as this census)
Age at time of death: 92 years
Somehow the link was broken.
Locate ** Richardson Hensley Dawson:
for the rest of this family. sorry for the inconvenience.
Richardson was quite a man, he served 3 times in the Civil War. Twice he was paid by neighbors to take their place, once he enlisted, he was captured once and escaped. He rode in the war with General Lee and told stories about the battles. One of the stories he told was about General Lee in Richmond. He was rough mountain man and very protective of his family. He had a beard and from his pictures he was a very nice looking man.He carried his sword for years to ward off "Carpetbaggers". He even used it to cut grass weeds
Source: Mary Hazel Dawson, Denney Nov. 1997 Grand Daughter of R.H.Dawson
"Grandfather Richardson was a man among men. His middle name is spelled HENSLEY. He left his family and went to Virginia to fight in the war. He fought with General Lee in one of the first skirmishes to arise.
He enlisted 3 times, the first two he served with no pay, the third time he accepted money to join in another man's place. He fought until the end of the war, then went home to his wife and chidren."

"My father Meade told me one Grandfather Richardson was an outstanding, unusual individual and that one day he was seen cutting corn with his sword. Another time we had been travling by train an as we were climing off the train my Mother had two babies in her arms and some people were sitting off to one side laughing at her, My grandfather still having his rifle pulled it out and marched back and fourth chanting some disgraceful poem and frightened the low class away."

"My Father Meade lived in Eckle, just down the river from Clay, all the children were born there. Dad had the only Grocery Store in this tiny mining town. Dad said before I was born Grandfather Richardson lived with him for many years. One day when as the mine was blasting close to the store we were warned to stay inside. But Grandfather went out anyway. He said "I'm not afraid, during the war I had mini balls falling all around me."

Harold said "Mini balls were great Lead Balls, used in cannons"

"We had an "Outhouse" (outdoor toilet) on the hill which we used summer and winter. Grandfather started up the steps, it was winter and everything was covered with ice and snow, he slipped and fell, broke his hip. He refused to let us call a Doctor, he died within 2 years at age 93."

Source: Harold Dawson, (son of Meade, Grandson of Richardson) Oct. 15, 1995.

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Married ‎ Apr, 2, at Nicholas County, VA (WV) (50 years married) to:

woman Eve Ann (Rogers) MILLER‏‎, daughter of See James MILLER and N.N.‏.
Born ‎ 11, Aug, 1828 at Webster, Botetourt Co., WVA , died ‎ 18, Mar, 1900 at Widen, Clay Co., WV‎, 71 years
Please Note:
Somehow the link was broken, check **Eve Ann Rogers Miller for the rest of this family.

Sorry for the inconvenience.
Cause of Death: CATTARAH
Information found by: Neva Adams, Oct 2003 at Clay Co. Court House

As I look back on all my ancesters I think I admire Eve Ann more then
the rest.

Richardson was off fighting with General Lee and she was home taking care of the children. By the time the Civil war started she had 10 children and 3 died very young. I can not imagine what kind of life she had. At least eight of the children were living with her when the War started, Richardson gone for 3 years, I wonder how she supported her family. Richardson did not accept pay the first 2 times he served.

Her oldest children John and James 2 sons of a previous marriage, Susan was 11, Peter; 9, Jilson 7, Levi and Maragaret 6, Alexander and Sarah were 5, little Richardson was a toddler, Isabella, Jefferson and Mary were born during the war.

I know that James enlisted the same day Richardson did, I am not sure about John. I wish there was a way to look back in the past.

Everyone I have talked to says that Richardson was a man among men, but I have yet to hear one word about Eve Ann. Why is it that the women in our past do not receive credit for their part in our families. As I look through the history some are listed "Unknown," with no record of their ancestry. I feel that they are as important in the family structure as the men and should be recognized for their sacrifices, I believe these women should be honored. I can see how their children grew into strong, self~sufficient men and women and I am proud to be a decendent of Eve Ann.

Eve Ann deserves a hand, I don't know any woman today that could handle 17 children. Let alone not having all the modern conviences.

I for one want to know WHERE I came from and these women are a very important part of our heritage.

God Bless you Grandma Eve, you were quit a woman.


man William (Poker Bill) Wyatt DAWSON‏
Born ‎ 8, Jul, 1868 at Clay Co., WV, died ‎ 14, Feb, 1945 at Clay Co., WV‎, 76 years
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Dawson, W.W.
Grave Stone was added in 1998 by Grandson Dallas Dawson.
1880 United States Federal Census Record

Name: William W. Dawson
Age: 11
Estimated birth year: abt 1869
Birthplace: West Virginia
Occupation: Works On Farm
Relationship to head-of-household: Son
Home in 1880: Henry, Clay, West Virginia
Marital status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Male
Father's name: R. H. Dawson
Father's birthplace: VA
Mother's name: Eve Ann Dawson
Mother's birthplace: VA _______________________________________________________________________
1900 United States Federal Census > West Virginia > Clay > Henry > District 7
William W. Dawson age 29 Head M W Saw Filer Woods
Florence age 23 Wife F W
Arnold age 9/12 Son M W
Sarah C. Cart age 48 Mo in law F W 1851 (?) Age last birth date 48
United States Federal 1910 Census > West Virginia > Nicholas > Beaver > District 106 334 McCarty Road
Name: William W Dawson
Age in 1910: 40
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1870
Birthplace: West Virginia
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: West Virginia
Mother's Birth Place: West Virginia
Spouse's Name: Florence M
Home in 1910: Beaver, Nicholas, West Virginia
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Occupation: Saw Filer Woods

Household Members: Name Age
William W Dawson 40
Florence M Dawson 30
William A Dawson 11
Patrick Dawson 6
Hazel Dawson 2 9/12
William and Florence left Clay County in 1917, they moved ot Nicholas Co., WV Their Daughter Wanda was born in Nicholas CO.

U.S. Census > 1920 United States Federal Census > West Virginia >
Address: Maple Street
Nicholas > Richwood > District 100 (McCarty Road)

William W. Head M 49 Laborer Lumber Mill
Florence F 40 House Keeping
William A. M 20 Laborer Lumber Mill
Patrick A. M 15
Hazel F 12
Wanda F 2- 7/12
Sarah C. Carte F 65 1855 ?? Mother-in-law (earlier Census says she was born in 1846)

U.S. Census > 1930 United States Federal Census > West Virginia > Fayette > Fayetteville > District 12
Address: Lower Loop Creek Road

Wyatt WM. Head 52 Rent Coal Loader Coal Mine
Margaret Wife 55
Patrick Son 25 (listed a second time in Indianapolis, IN)
Wanda Daug. 13
My Father, William was called "Wild Bill" when he was young. He always wore a black Stetson hat. He was a hansome man very outgoing and everyone liked him. When he contracted a job I always went with him, I was so proud of him. When my Grandmother Sarah became so mean to me he took me to Texas where we stayed a while then went to New Jersey.We stayed there until my Granmother passed on then went back to WVA.

Once while they were making "MOON Shine" they looked out the window and saw a man in uniform coming up the mountain toward the house, they hide everything and when the man came to the door it was my brother Pat in his uniform, he was in the Army and came home on leave. (They thought he was a "Revenuer.") Daddy got out the "shine" and they all had a drink to celebrate. That was about 1930 before he got married.

(Hazel had a good laugh over that one.)

William was buried near a stream at Dog's Run, Clay County, WVA. Ramsey County Cemetery. A marker was place on the grave by family members in 1998.

He was tall, blond and had blue eyes.

Source: Mary Hazel Dawson Denney, Nov 1997

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