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Hattie Katherine "Kate" Dotson

Female 1866 - 1949


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  • Name  Hattie Katherine "Kate" Dotson  [1, 2
    Nickname  Kate 
    Born  6 Apr 1866  Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Gender  Female 
    Census  1870  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Hattie Dotson, age 4, female, 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  [5
    • Haddie Dotson, white, female, age 14, daughter, single, occupation at home, attended school during the census year, 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  [6
    • Hattie Dotson, 28, female, single, born in Louisa County
    Census  1900  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Hattie K. Dotson, daughter, white, female, born in March 1867, age 33, single, born in Iowa, father born in Pennsylvania, mother born in Pennsylvania, could read, could write, could speak English
    Iowa State Census  1905  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Card #: 247, Hattie Dotson, Post Office: Wapello RD 2
    Census  1910  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • (Hattie K. was single, living alone:) Line number 48: dwelling number: 160, family number: 160: Hattie K. Dotson, head of household, female, white, age 43, single, birthplace Iowa, father's birthplace Pennsylvania, mother's birthplace Pennsylvania, could speak English, occupation none, could read, could write
    Iowa State Census  1915  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • Card Number: 298, female, white, single, could read, could write, number of years in Iowa: 49, Hattie K. Dotson, age 49, Louisa County, post office address: Wapello, Wapello Township, extent of education in the common schools: 6, birth place: Iowa, owned home or farm, value of farm or home: $1600, church affiliation Methodist, 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
    • (Single, living alone, near many other Dotsons:) Line number 7: dwelling number: 46, family number: 48: Hattie Dotson, head of household, owned home, free of mortgage, female, white, age 53, single, could read, could write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Pennsylvania, mother's birthplace Pennsylvania, could speak English, occupation none
    Census  1930  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • Line Number: 95; Street, avenue, road, etc.: Townsend; House Number: 536; Number of Dwelling: 237; Number of Family: 245; Name: Hattie Dotson; Relation: Head of Household; House Owned or Rented: Owned; Value of Home or Rent: $2,000; Live on Farm?: No; Sex: Female; Color or Race: White; Age at Last Birthday: 64; Marital Condition: Single; School or College Since September 1, 1929: No; Could Read and Write: Yes; Where Born: Iowa; Where Father Was Born: Pennsylvania; Where Mother Was Born: Pennsylvania; State or M. T. Code: 65; Whether Able to Speak English: Yes; Trade, Profession: None
    Residence  Jul 1931  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Newspaper Article  15 Sep 1931  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    The Burlington Hawk-Eye 
    • 96 Present at Dotson Picnic
      Gathering Held At Locust Grove Park in Honor of Washington, D. C., Residents

      Special To The Hawk-Eye.

      Morning Sun, Iowa, September 14. - There were 79 present at the picnic held at Locust Grove park Saturday in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Mary L. Dotson, Miss Iva Dotson and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Mullen of Washington, D. C. The dinner was served cafeteria style at noon. Following the dinner the men pitched horseshoes and the women enjoyed the social hours. The following were present from a distance: Mr. and Mrs. Ed Moyers and children of Kingston, Mrs. Theodore Dotson and children and Miss Leota Walker of New London, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Dotson and children and Miss Hattie Dotson of Wapello.
    Died  17 Jun 1949  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Obituary  19 Jun 1949  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    The Democrat and Leader 
    • Funeral Rites for Miss Dotson Will Be Held Today

      Wapello (IA) -- Funeral services for Miss Hattie Katherine Dotson, 83, will be held at 2:30 p.m. today in Fairview church east of Newport. Burial will be in Fairview cemetery.

      Miss Dotson died Friday in the Swoall(?) nursing home in Burlington where she had been the last five weeks.

      She was born April 6, 1866, in Newport, Louisa county, daughter of David and Mary Dotson, and was the last surviving member of her family. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
    Cemetery Info/Epitaph  Louisa County, Iowa, Cemetery Records  [15
    • Name: Hattie Dotson; Sex: F; Born: 1866; Died or Buried: 1949; Age: 83; Buried: Fairview (township = Wapello); County/State: Louisa, Iowa; Military Service: none; Book: LCC 1990 - page W-12; Notes: 1866-1949
    Headstone Photograph 
    • Hattie K. Dotson's grave is located at the Fairview Cemetery, Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa. The epitaph on the stone is: "Hattie K. Dotson, 1866 - 1949"
    The Headstone of Hattie Katherine 'Kate' Dotson
    The Headstone of Hattie Katherine "Kate" Dotson
    Buried  19 Jun 1949  Fairview Cemetery, Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 15, 16
    Person ID  I2315  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    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  [17
    Newspaper Article  12 Oct 1977  Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    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

  • Sources 
    1. [S8596] Dotson, Hattie Katherine "Kate" - Obituary, (originally published in The Democrat and Leader, page 40, June 19, 1949; Davenport, Scott County, Iowa) (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. [S634] Louisa County, Iowa - Cemetery Records Through 1997 (Rootsweb).

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

    5. [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

    6. [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

    7. [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

    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: 13A, 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).
      Iowa, Louisa County, Wapello Township, enumerated 19 and 20 January, 1920, E. D. 105, Sheet 3A

    12. [S77] 1930 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Louisa County, Iowa; Wapello City, Wapello Township; Sutro Library Microfilm 2128, Roll 666; Enumeration Date: April 14, 1930; Supervisor's District Number: 15; Enumeration District Number: 58-20; Sheet Number: 10B; Page Number: 113 7477.

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

    14. [S416] Dotson - Family Picnic 1931, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 10, September 15, 1931; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

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

    16. [S8597] Dotson, Hattie Katherine "Kate" - Headstone Photograph, (her 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).

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

    18. [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).

    19. [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).