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Samuel Dotson

Male 1858 - 1931


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  • Name  Samuel Dotson  [1, 2
    Born  25 Mar 1858  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender  Male 
    Census  1870  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Samuel Dotson, age 12, male, white, occupation at home, born in Iowa, attended school during the census year
    Census  1880  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Samuel Dotson, white, male, age 22, son, single, occupation farm laborer, born in Iowa, father born in Pennsylvania, mother born in Pennsylvania
    Iowa State Census  1895  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Samuel Dotson, 36, male, single, born in Louisa County, farmer
    Census  1900  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Sam'l. Dotson, son, white, male, born in April 1859, age 40, single, born in Iowa, father born in Pennsylvania, mother born in Pennsylvania, occupation carpenter, not employed 0 months during the previous year, could read, could write, could speak English
    Occupation  1903  Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Samuel was a carpenter. He built the house Charles Pearsey Walker and Sarah (Houseman/Edgar) Walker lived in in Newport, Iowa.

      (From the back side writing of a photograph of the "Walker Homestead" near Newport, Iowa:)

      S. N. Walker farm home (built originally for Charles P. Walker), built the same year Aunt Flossie was married. Sam Dotson did the carpentry work - 1906 (sic: 1903)

      Built for Chas. P. Walker.
    Iowa State Census  1905  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Card #: 246, Samuel Dotson, Post Office: Wapello RD 2
    Census  1910  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • (Married to Nellie E., living with her and daughter Mary E. Dotson, as well as stepson, Samuel G. Allen:) Line number 59: dwelling number: 162, family number: 162: Samuel Dotson, head of household, male, white, age 33, married (once), years of present marriage 1, birthplace Iowa, father's birthplace Pennsylvania, mother's birthplace Pennsylvania, could speak English, occupation farmer, nature of industry farm, employer, could read, could write, owned home, mortgaged, a farm (not a house), number of house in the schedule: 147
    Biography  1911  [2
    History of Louisa County, Iowa, From Its Earliest Settlement to 1911 
    • Samuel Dotson, an enterprising and progressive business man of Wapello, is numbered among Louisa county's native sons, his birth here having occurred on the 25th of March, 1858. His parents, David and Mary (Jackman) Dotson, sere born and reared in Pennsylvania, but resided for many years in Louisa county. They are now deceased, the father passing away at the age of eighty-one years and the mother when seventy-nine years old. In their family were eight children, as follows: John, now deceased; Basil, of Nebraska; William, who has likewise passed away; O. Ella, who married Lafe Packwood, of Nebraska; Nancy Jane, deceased; Samuel, of this review; Hattie K., at home; and George W., a resident of Wapello township.

      Samuel Dotson was reared to farm life, acquiring his education in the country schools, and remained with his parents until after attaining his majority, assisting in the work of the fields and thereby gaining a thorough and practical knowledge of agriculture. When twenty-two years old he took up the carpenter's trade and since that time has divided his attention between that occupation and general agricultural pursuits. His home is located on a tract of fourteen acres, all of which is under cultivation and upon which he raises good crops, and he is also interested in Texas land, being the owner of ten lots in that state. In his trade he is proving himself capable and efficient, doing all kinds of general carpentering work, and in the conduct of both branches of his business he is meeting with gratifying results.

      Mr. Dotson was married, on the 3d of February, 1909, to Mrs. Nellie E. (Brady) Allen, of Louisa county, who by her former marriage has two children, Roy and Samuel G., the latter four years old. By her marriage to Mr. Dotson she has become the mother of a daughter, Mary Evelena, one and a half years old. The religious faith of Mr. Dotson is indicated by his membership in the Methodist church, and he also is a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He gives his political support to the republican party and has held several minor township offices, including that of trustee, the duties of which he has ever performed in a most faithful, efficient and satisfactory manner. His life has been one of well directed activity and intelligent effort, resulting in the attainment of a fair measure of success, and wherever he is known he is honored by reason of his genuine worth and high personal character.
    The Biography of Samuel Dotson (1858-1931)
    The Biography of Samuel Dotson (1858-1931)
    Arthur Springer, History of Louisa County, Iowa, From Its Earliest Settlement to 1911, Volume II, Illustrated; With Biographical Sketches of Some Prominent Citizens of the County (The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1911, Chicago, Illinois), pages 212-213.
    Iowa State Census  1915  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • Card Number: 353, male, white, married, could read, could write, number of years in Iowa: 56, Samuel Dotson, age 58, Louisa County, post office address: Wapello, Wapello Township, occupation carpenter, months unemployed in 1914: 12, total earnings in 1914: $800, extent of education in the common schools: 6, birth place: Iowa, owned home or farm, incumbrance on farm or home: $500, value of farm or home: $2000, father's birthplace: Pennsylvania, mother's birthplace: Pennsylvania, signed by assessor: T. A. Dotson
    Census  1920  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • (Samuel Dotson was widowed with children: Mary, Viola, Joe, and Katharine Dotson. Also in the household was Jennie Jones, 48-year-old housekeeper:) Line number 55: farm, dwelling number: 79, family number: 83: Samuel Dotson, head of household, owned home, free of mortgage, male, white, age 62, widowed, could read, could write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Virginia, mother's birthplace Virginia, could speak English, occupation farmer, nature of industry general farm, own account, number of farm in schedule: 56

      Jennie Jones, housekeepr, female, white, age 48, single, could read, could write, born in Illinois, father's birthplace Vermont, mother's birthplace Ohio, could speak English, occupation housekeeper, nature of industry general farm, wage earner
    Iowa State Census  1925  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • (Widowed, living with a housekeeper named Jennie, age 54 (no last name given), and children: Mary E., Viola, Joe, and Kathryn Dotson:) Line number 24: Samuel Dotson, head of household, male, white, age 66, widowed, owned, value of home: $4000?, amount of insurance on the home: $3260?, number of years in the U.S.: 66, number of years in Iowa: 66, attended rural school, highest reader attained: 5th grade, could read, could write, place of birth: Iowa, place of marriage of parents: U.S., occupation involved with trade/transportation, church affiliation: none
    Census  1930  Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    • (Widowed, living with his children: Joe, "Katherine," and Mary E. Dotson:) Line number 30: dwelling number: 9, family number: 9: Samuel Dotson, head of household, owned home, lived on a farm, male, white, age 73, widowed, did not attend school since September 1929, could read and write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Pennsylvania, mother's birthplace Pennsylvania, state code: 65, could speak English, occupation farmer, nature of industry general farm, occupation code VVVV, own account, actively employed at time of census, was not a veteran, number of farm in schedule: 1
    Died  27 Jul 1931  near Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [14, 15, 16
    Cause: a paralytic stroke 
    Obituary  28 Jul 1931  Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    the Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune 
    • Aged Resident of Newport Is Found Dead in Road

      Wapello (IA) -- Samuel Dotson aged 73, native of Louisa county, of his home near Newport, by his three daughters, when they were returning from Burlington, about 5 o'clock Monday afternoon (July 27, 1931). He had not been dead long when found, death being due to a paralytic stroke. He has been in his usual health.

      He was the son of David and Mary Dotson who came from Pennsylvania and were among the early pioneers. He was one of eight children, the only survivors of the family being Mrs. Ella Packwood of Arapahoe, Nebraska, and Miss Hattie Dotson of Wapello.

      He was married February 3, 1909, to Mrs. Mary E. Brady Allen, also of Louisa county. She died several years ago. He is survived by three daughters, Mary and Catherine Dotson and Mrs. Ben Odle and by one son, Joe, all living at home.

      No funeral arrangements have been made.
    Funeral Notice  29 Jul 1931  Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    the Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune 
    • Dotson Funeral Held at Newport

      Morning Sun (IA) -- Funeral services for Samuel Dotson, who was found dead near his home at Newport Monday evening, were held at the home at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon, conducted by the Reverend Robert Sterling of Gladbrook. Burial was in Fairview cemetery.

      Those from a distance attending the services were Miss Jennie Jones of Coulter, who lived in the Dotson home for many years following the death of Mrs. Dotson, Samuel G. Allen of near Des Moines and Mrs. O. Ella (Dotson) Packwood of Arapahoe, Nebraska.
    Cemetery Info/Epitaph  Louisa County, Iowa, Cemetery Records  [17
    • Name: Samuel Dotson; Sex: M; Born: 1858; Died or Buried: 1931; Age: 73; Buried: Fairview (township = Wapello); County/State: Louisa, Iowa; Military Service: none; Book: LCC 1990 - page W-13; Notes: 1858-1931
    Headstone Photograph 
    • Samuel Dotson's grave is located at the Fairview Cemetery, Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa. The epitaph on the stone is: "Samuel Dotson, 1858 - 1931"
    The Headstone of Samuel Dotson
    The Headstone of Samuel Dotson
    Buried  29 Jul 1931  Fairview Cemetery, Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [16, 17, 18
    Person ID  I2303  All Families
    Last Modified  22 Feb 2014 

    Father  David Dotson,   b. 2 Oct 1818, Cookstown, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Dec 1898 
    Mother  Mary Jackman,   b. 28 Aug 1826, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1908, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  23 Sep 1846  [1
    Newspaper Article  12 Oct 1977  Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    the Muscatine Journal 
    • Newport
      Hattie Dotson remembers the pioneers;
      Hallie Deam reminisces on early 1900's

      EDITOR'S NOTE: Ninth in a series about historic Louisa County.
      By NANCY BAUER Staff writer

      Newport (IA) -- Cattle, hogs, sheep -- that's what Newport claimed as it became a shipping and stockyard stop on the Iowa Central Railroad.

      Founded In 1885 by Harriett H. Briggs, the small crossroads community thrived into the early 1900's with several houses, a store which housed the post office as well as selling groceries, and a depot, the stockyards and an elevator.

      The town, which is now just a couple of houses on the intersection of U.S. 61 and Iowa 78, south of Wapello, was never very large - mainly because there were, and still are, several established communities in the immediate area, such as Bethel, Concord and Fairview.

      One family of early settlers near Newport were Bazzle and Mary Dotson, and Bazzle's brother, David.

      David and Bazzle Dotson were two of eight children of Thomas and Mary Sutton Dotson of Uniontown, Pennsylvania. And Thomas, according to family history, was the youngest of three children who, with their mother, sailed to America from Wales in the 1790's.

      But in Newport, David's daughter, Hattie Kate Dotson, had a flair for writing things down.

      She wrote "Memories of the Pioneers" in the 1940's for "the younger generation" and it has been saved by her family. It was about "how the pioneers worked and struggled, saved, and did without almost the necessities of life and now they are reaping the fruit of their labors in extravagant luxuries in the year 1940."

      Pollution, politics and celebrations were all a part of the pioneer life as Hattie describes it: "We have heard so much talk about the hoppers (grasshoppers) the last few years but the early settlers had them to combat, too, though they did not spread poison over their fields nor lose stock as a result of it. Any reasonable person would know the way they put out poison there was danger of stock dying from eating it. They called it steeping sickness and maybe that is what it was, but its my guess it was caused from eating poison. I don't believe it right to scatter poison that way. It looks like defying God when he sends pestilence on them for their wickedness like they did in olden times."

      Hattie celebrated the 1776 Independence Day celebrations. The one mentioned here was probably the Centennial in 1876. "I remember the celebration of 1776 (sic) though I was not old enough to realize what it meant. But I could see 1776 everywhere they went and I remember some of the older girls had calico school dresses with 1776 scattered over them. It was a mystery to me then, but I have never forgotten the time."

      Hattie's father, David Dotson, helped elect William Henry Harrison to the Presidency. "I noticed one of the papers calls Wilke the nominee for President as a Democrat Republican. Father was one. He was raised a Democrat, but he said when Wm. Henry Harrison was nominated he cast his vote to help have him elected and remained a Republican ever since."

      Bazzle Dotson was the first of the two brothers to come to Louisa county in the early 1840's, and David came from Pennsylvania in 1854, "though I guess they thought it was plenty, wild enough then," commented Hattie.

      Bazzle settled north of Newport about a mile and built what is believed to be the first frame house in the county. All 12 children, and two who died in infancy, were raised on the same farm, at the same site that both Hallie Deam, Bazzle's granddaughter, lived and now Deam's great-granddaughter Natalie Foor lives.

      Deam, 87, is the daughter of twin Mark Dotson, and remembers back at least 80 years.

      "I can remember grandmother and grandfather (Mary and Bazzle)," she recalled. "After grandfather died, grandmother lived in part of the house and our family lived in the other part."

      "After he married, my father built on to the original house so both families could live there, grandmother on her side and our family on the other," Deam noted.

      "Grandmother used to tell us how they lived in the old days. And how she would stay up late at night making things by hand for the children. There must have been a lot of work with 14 children.

      "I can remember when mother and I would walk to church (Bethel) and Sunday school, across the pastures. And that's the way I went to Bethel school, too."

      Bethel church is still nestled in the fields west of U.S. Highway 61 at the top of Jamison hill. The school was converted into a machinery shed, directly southeast of the church along the highway.

      The David Dotson family, which included writer Hattie Dotson, settled about a half mile south of where Newport is located, in a two-story brick house.

      "The stage ran past our place and carried mail and passengers from Burlington and Wapello and further on I guess," the Hattie Dotson memories continue: "There was a post office one mile south of where Newport is now in a private house by folks by the name of Van Horn or Downer, I don't remember which but I think Van Horn. Then it was moved to Nate Linton's one-quarter mile north. Then after father moved to the farm north of Lintons, they got to keep the post office. I don't know how long they kept it, not more than a year or two I think, then they got Mrs. John Tull, a widow to take it. She lived three-quarter mile south of us and it was called Linton when Father died. She kept it for many years. Afterwards it was moved to the B.C.R. and N. (Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern) Railroad. It is called Garland now."

      Hattie Dotson also recalled that there were no bridges over the river between Wapello and Burlington, and swamp land along the roads. "I remember seeing the stage coach horses when they were mired down in the slough south of T. G. Dotsons. Both horses were clear down.

      "How little any of the pioneers thought the time would come when their descendents would be riding over the same road with every foot of the way paved and some of them in cars that cost more than all of the worldly possessions many of the pioneers owned.

      "The pioneer men and women were a brave race and we will never know the privations, heartaches and disappointments or how they struggled," Hattie adds. "But it was not in vain for beautiful Iowa is a lasting memorial to the early pioneers and to their colonial ancestors for the early settlers of Iowa were descendants of them, at least most of them were."

      (The article also came with a photograph of the family with the caption: "The Dotson children -- In 1849, Bazzle and Mary Davis on Dotson settled in Louisa County near the Bethel community, north of Newport, and raised 12 children, six boys and six girls - Oliver, twins Mark and David, Irving, George and Joseph, the eldest; Sarah Jane Turner, Adeline Felger, Eva Diehl, Suzanne Hamilton, Harriett Stephens and Carey Smith. George, a minister, settled in Ohio; Sarah in California; Adeline in western Iowa; and the remaining children still have descendents in the surrounding communities. The Dotsons had two other children who did not live to be adults.)
    Headstone Photograph 
    • David and Mary (Jackman) Dotson's grave is located at the Fairview Cemetery, Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa. The epitaph on the stone is: "Mary Dotson, born August 28, 1826, died June 29, 1908. David Dotson, born October 2, 1818 died December 9, 1898. At rest."
    The Headstone of David and Mary (Jackman) Dotson
    The Headstone of David and Mary (Jackman) Dotson
    General Newsprint
    Newport - Hattie Dotson remembers the pioneers; Hallie Deam reminisces on early 1900's
    Newport - Hattie Dotson remembers the pioneers; Hallie Deam reminisces on early 1900's
    A story recounting the early days near Newport, Louisa County, Iowa, and the several Dotson families who settled there from Pennsylvania.
    Family ID  F485  Group Sheet

    Family  Nellie E. Brady,   b. 26 Jun 1886, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1918, Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Alt. Marriage  3 Feb 1907  [21
    Married  3 Feb 1909  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Name: Samuel Dotson; Titles & Terms: Mr.; Event: Marriage; Event Date: 3 February 1909; Event Place: Louisa, Iowa; Age: 51; Father: David Dotson; Mother: Mary Jackman; Spouse: Nellie E. Brady Allen; Spouse's Titles & Terms: Mrs; Spouse's Age: 23; Spouse's Father: Roseberry Brady; Spouse's Mother: Caroline Foster; Film Number: 1870162; Digital Folder Number: 004322391; Image Number: 00278
    Research 
    • Sam Dotson's Louisa County, iowa biography stated he and Nellie Brady were married February 3, 1900, but this date is apparently incorrect, as Nellie's marriage to John Allen was in 1902 and her marriage to Sam was apparently was after the death of John Allen (which was sometime between 1908 and 1910). The 1910 federal census stated Samuel and Nellie had been married for one year. That seems a possibility. Nellie's obituary, however, stated she married Sam February 3, 1907. As Iowa marriage records became available online, another date, that of February 3, 1909, has surfaced.
    Children 
    >1. Mary Evelena Dotson,   b. 5 Dec 1909, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1989, Putnam County Care Center, Unionville, Putnam County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Viola Marguerite Dotson,   b. 29 Mar 1911, Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1973, Memorial Hospital, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. Joseph Elburn Dotson, Sr.,   b. 12 Jul 1913, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1962, Fort McPherson, Fulton County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Kathryn Georgia-Ann "Katie" Dotson,   b. 14 Jun 1915, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1985, Elm View Care Center, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  22 Feb 2014 
    Family ID  F1011  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S540] Dotson, Timothy Ray - Web Site, Timothy Ray Dotson (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S30] Louisa County, Iowa - Louisa County History 1911, Arthur Springer, (The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1911, Chicago, Illinois), pages 212-213 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S267] 1870 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Page Number: 28, Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; Sheet 696, Post Office: Wapello; enumerated on August 5, 1870

    4. [S628] 1880 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; Page 7, Supervisor's District 1, Enumeration District 126, Sheet 453C; Enumerated on June 4 and 5, 1880

    5. [S29] 1895 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Louisa County, Iowa; Wapello Township; Sutro Library, San Francisco, California; Sutro Microfilm Roll #553, Reel 67 of 121

    6. [S54] 1900 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 90, supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 23B, page number: 142; enumeration date: June 27, 1900

    7. [S8594] Russell, Flossie Zella (Walker) - Papers and Photographs (Reliability: 3).
      Sam Dotson built Charles Pearsey Walker's new farmhouse in 1903.

    8. [S4157] 1905 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa; Roll: IA_96

    9. [S72] 1910 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 101, supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 13B, page number: 179; enumeration date: May 14, 1910

    10. [S544] 1915 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa, Post Office: Wapello; Roll: IA1915_309

    11. [S19] 1920 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 105; supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 4B, page number: 267; enumeration date: January 22, 1920

    12. [S38] 1925 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County Iowa; Roll: IA1925_1818

    13. [S77] 1930 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Newport village, Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 58-21, supervisor's district: 15; sheet number: 1A, page number: 120; enumeration date: April 2, 1930

    14. [S634] Louisa County, Iowa - Cemetery Records Through 1997 (Rootsweb).

    15. [S8590] Dotson, Samuel - Obituary, (originally published in the Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, page 10, July 28, 1931; Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    16. [S13075] Dotson, Samuel - Funeral Notice, (originally published in the Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, page 2, July 29, 1931; Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa).) (Reliability: 3).

    17. [S634] Louisa County, Iowa - Cemetery Records Through 1997 (Rootsweb) (Reliability: 3).

    18. [S8593] Dotson, Samuel - Headstone Photograph, (his grave is at the Fairview Cemetery, Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; photograph provided courtesy of Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble and Becky Ruth (Kimble) Murphy) (Reliability: 3).

    19. [S538] Newport, Louisa County, Iowa - History of the Area (Dotson Families), (originally published in the Muscatine Journal, page 15, October 12, 1977; Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    20. [S539] Dotson, David and Mary (Jackman) - Headstone Photograph, (their grave is at the Fairview Cemetery, Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; photograph provided courtesy of Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble and Becky Ruth (Kimble) Murphy) (Reliability: 3).

    21. [S782] Dotson, Nellie E. (Brady/Allen) - Obituary, (originally published on the front page of The Wapello Republican, January 31, 1918) (Reliability: 3).

    22. [S13] Iowa Marriage Collection, 1809 -1992 (Family Search) (Reliability: 3).