Doddridge County Roots

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Jackson DAWSON

Male 1822 - 1856  (33 years)


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  • Name Jackson DAWSON 
    Born 17 Apr 1822  Allegany Co, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  Allegany Co, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 1856  [2
    • The exact date and location of Jackson Dawson's death have not been determined. Though severely injured, he reportedly survived the house fire of Sep 25 1856 in which all his children perished. However, we know from Doddridge County Deed Book records that on Dec 22 1856, Eliza & Benjamin B. Dawson sold Jackson Dawson's 150-acre property on Dotson Run, Central District, to George W. Kidlow. In the next few years, several other of Jackson Dawson's properties were also sold by others. The Dotson Run property had been purchased by Jackson Dawson from John, Sarah and Philip Llewellyn on May 3 1855.
    Buried (DATES UNREADABLE)  Blockhouse Hill Cemetery (old SDB section), West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • THE BURNING OF THE DAWSON FAMILY.

      One of the most heart-sickening recitals in the history of Western Virginia, is that of the burning of the Dawson family, on the night of the 25th of September, 1856. The facts as gleaned by the writer are as follows: At the time, Jackson Dawson, his wife, five children of their own and a little girl of the name of Luvena Mires, resided in a frame house of a story and a half in height, which was located in the western part of the town, on the spot on which the residence of John Dye now stands. It was dark, chilly night at the hour of 1 AM when the alarm was given. The fire had started from the kitchen in the rear of the house, and the building, being constructed of the most inflammable material, the flames spread with frightful rapidity. Every member of the family was soundly sleeping, and when the alarm was given the father and mother rushed in a semi conscious condition from the building, but no sooner out than the father, crazed to frenzy at the perilous condition of his children, rushed into the burning building and lost his life in an attempt to rescue the helpless ones. Oh, the terrible scene; who, when at this late day, can bear to think of it? Six little helpless girls enwrapped in hissing flames, from which come their cries for help, but soon the last murmur is hushed in death and the awful scene is past. When daylight came Joseph Cheuvront, the undertaker, repaired to the fatal spot, and from the ruins collected the charred remains of half a dozen human beings, placed all in a box, which was then deposited in the cemetery, where they now repose. If the traveler who visits the town of West Union will stroll into the cemetery there, he will discover an ivy-covered mound, at the head of which stands a broad marble slab, from which he may read the following inscription:

      Sarah A., aged 7 years and 7 months.
      Mary M.F., aged 6 years, 1 month, 15 days.
      Charlotte S., aged 4 years, 6 months, and five days.
      Luvena B., aged 2 years, 7 months and 28 days.
      Elizabeth R., aged 2 months and 17 days.
      Children of Jackson & Charlotte Dawson, and
      Luvena Mires, aged 11 years, 7 months and 23 days.
      Perished by fire September 25th, 1856.

      Source: Hardesty’s 1883 History of Doddridge County
      http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvpioneers/doddridgecountyhistory.html

      NOTE: The grave marker described above was in the form of a tall vertical slab. But it eventually fell off its base, broke into several pieces, and became completely covered with dirt and sod. Its exact location became unknown for many years. On Jan 19 2015, a group of volunteers dedicated a day to cleaning up the cemetery, clearing vegetation and straightening headstones. One volunteer, a 12-year-old girl, found and uncovered a completely buried marker that proved to be that of the Dawson family. Nearby was the marker for Jackson Dawson, unreadable but known to be his from the record of a much earlier cemetery reading. Also nearby was the quite legible marker of Jackson Dawson's mother, Charlotte Potter Dawson Green.
    Person ID I50974  Doddridge County Roots
    Last Modified 15 May 2016 

    Father Noah Hillary DAWSON,   b. 17 Jul 1795, Allegany Co, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1829, Tyler Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years) 
    Mother Charlotte POTTER,   b. 11 Jun 1797, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1880  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 21 Jan 1817  Allegany Co, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F7596  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Charlotte LLEWELLYN,   b. CA 1823, Allegany Co, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 30 Mar 1848  Allegany Co, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Sarah A. DAWSON,   b. Feb 1849,   d. 25 Sep 1856, Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 7 years)
     2. Mary M. F. DAWSON,   b. 10 Aug 1850,   d. 25 Sep 1856, Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 6 years)
     3. Charlotte S. DAWSON,   b. 20 Mar 1852,   d. 25 Sep 1856, Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 4 years)
     4. Luvena D. DAWSON,   b. 28 Jan 1854,   d. 25 Sep 1856, Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     5. Elisabeth DAWSON,   b. 8 Jul 1856,   d. 25 Sep 1856, Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Family ID F21050  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBuried - (DATES UNREADABLE) - Blockhouse Hill Cemetery (old SDB section), West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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    Documents
    Milwaukee Daily Free Democrat, 4 Oct 1856
    Milwaukee Daily Free Democrat, 4 Oct 1856
    Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle, 15 Oct 1856
    Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle, 15 Oct 1856

  • Sources 
    1. [S1907] One World Tree, www.ancestry.com, (www.ancestry.com).

    2. [S2219] Hardesty's "History of Doddridge County", H. H. Hardesty, (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvpioneers/doddridgecountyhistory.html).

    3. [S1793] West Union WV Cemeteries (Doddridge County), (Wes Cochran, 2515 10th Ave, Parkersburg, WV 26101 (July 1990)).