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William Boyd Alison "Boyd" Dotson

William Boyd Alison "Boyd" Dotson

Male 1908 - 1987

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  • Name  William Boyd Alison "Boyd" Dotson  [1, 2, 3
    Nickname  Boyd 
    Born  6 Jun 1908  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 5
    Gender  Male 
    Alt. Spelling/AKA 
    • According to his obituary, he also went by the nickname of "Lefty."
    Alt. Spelling/AKA 
    • Per Boyd's grandson, Adam Dotson, the "William" in Boyd's name was named after Hopalong Cassidy. Boyd completely dropped it after he got older.
    Iowa Birth Records 
    • Name: W. Boyd Allison Dotson; Birth Date: 6 June 1908; Birthplace: Louisa, Iowa; Father's Name: O. B. Dotson; Mother's Name: Edith V. Baxter; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I01843-1; System Origin: Iowa-EASy; Source Film Number: 1006653; Reference Number: p. 81
    Non-line Spouse 
    • Boyd remarried to a woman named "Vera E." after his marriage to Louise Edger.
    Census  1910  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Boyd W. Dotson, son, male, white, age 1, single, birthplace Iowa, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa
    Census  1920  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • William B. Dotson, son, male, white, age 11, single, attended school since September 1919, could read, could write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa, could speak English, occupation none
    Iowa State Census  1925  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • William B. A. Dotson, son, male, white, age 16, single, number of years in the U.S.: (Citizen: 1), attended grade school, number of months in school in 1924: 4, could read, could write, place of birth: Iowa, name of father: Oscar PO. Dotson, father's birthplace: Iowa, father's age at last birthday: 43, name of mother: Edith V. Baxter, mother's birthplace: Iowa, mother's age at last birthday: 42, place of marriage of parents: Iowa, involved in agricultural pursuits, church affiliation: Methodist
    Newspaper Article  31 Dec 1925  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    The Davenport Democrat and Leader 
    • Morning Sun Babe Clothes Ignited; Died
      Homer Dotson, 2-Year-Old Child, Succumbs to Injuries at Home,
      Special to The Democrat

      Morning Sun (IA), December 31 -- Homer Dotson, two-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Dotson, was fatally burned yesterday afternoon while playing with matches in his home.

      The mother was spending the afternoon at a shower and had left the children in the care [of] their 16-year old brother, Floyd (sic: Boyd). He went out to do some chores and, returning in a few minutes, found his five-year-old sister, Genevieve, bravely trying to fight the flames which enveloped the baby. The child had somehow got a box of matches and set his clothing afire. The tragedy occurred at 3:30 o'clock in the afternoon and the baby died at 7 o'clock.

      The parents and eight brothers and sisters survive.
    Census  1930  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • (Rooming with the family of German immigrants Fred and Frances Dierks, along with fellow roomer Alfred Anderson, an immigrant from Sweden:) Line number 12: 409 Third Street, dwelling number: 358, family number: 392: Fred Dierks, head of household, owned home, value of house or monthly rental $7000, did not live on a farm, male, white, age 64, married, age at first marriage 28, did not attend school since September 1929, could read and write, born in Germany, father's birthplace Germany, mother's birthplace Germany, mother tongue German, state code: 13, country code: 13, nativity: V, immigrated to the US in 1869, naturalized, could speak English, occupation none

      Frances Dierks, wife, female, white, age 61, married, age at first marriage 25, did not attend school since September 1929, could read and write, born in Germany, father's birthplace Germany, mother's birthplace Germany, mother tongue German, state code: 13, country code: 13, nativity: V, immigrated to the US in 1875, naturalized, could speak English, occupation none

      Alfred Anderson, roomer, male, white, age 63, single, did not attend school since September 1929, could read and write, born in Sweden, father's birthplace Sweden, mother's birthplace Sweden, mother tongue Swedish, state code: 06, country code: 06, nativity: V, immigrated to the US in 1870, naturalized, could speak English, occupation billing? garage, nature of industry railroad, occupation code 7877, wage earner, actively employed at time of census, was not a veteran

      Boyd Dotson, roomer, male, white, age 21, single, did not attend school since September 1929, could read and write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa, state code: 65, could speak English, occupation lineman, nature of industry telephone, occupation code 8679, wage earner, actively employed at time of census, was not a veteran
    Residence  Dec 1948  East Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Residence  15 Jun 1967  Silvis, Rock Island County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Residence  Nov 1973  Silvis, Rock Island County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Died  17 Feb 1987  Merkle-Knipprath Nursing Home, Clifton, Iroquois County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 14
    Cause: complications from brain cancer 
    Obituary  19 Feb 1987  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    The Hawk Eye 
    • Boyd A. "Lefty" Dotson, 78, of East Moline, Illinois, died Tuesday, February 17, 1987, at the Merkle-Knipprath Nursing Home in Clifton, Illinois.

      Mr. Dotson was born June 6, 1908, in Wapello to Oscar and Edith Baxter Dotson. He married Vera McMeekan on December 21, 1940, in Canton, Missouri.

      He retired in 1968 as a quality control man for the John Deere Spreader Works in East Moline, where he had worked for 20 years. He was an Army veteran and a member of the East Moline Lodge No. 969 A.F. & A.M.

      Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Sullivan Esterdahl Funeral Home in East Moline.

      Surviving are his wife; a son, Weldon, Bourbonnais, Illinois; two stepdaughters, Maxine Hofstetter, Hampton, Illinois, and Leitha Mohr, East Moline; two sisters, Geneva Gilmore, Cedar Rapids, and Brona (sic) Walker, New London; four brothers, Kenneth, Seattle, Washington, Mack (sic), Portland, Oregon, Theodore, West Burlington, and Bert, Freeport, Illinois; and 12 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

      Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with graveside services at 11:30 a.m. at the Viola (Illinois) Cemetery.
    Personal Recollection 
    • Myrtle and Ted Dotson, along with their grandson, Scott Lox, once went to visit Boyd during the 1970s or 1980s. Scott remembers that instead of cooking for them, Boyd bought Kentucky Fried Chicken and served it.
    Buried  21 Feb 1987  Viola Cemetery, Viola, Mercer County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence  Abt 1970/1989  Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    • As recollected by Scott Lox, his great grand-nephew, Boyd Dotson lived in Moline in the 1970s or 1980s.
    Social Security Administration Information 
    • Boyd Dotson; born: 6 June 1908; died: February 1987; last residence: 60914 (Bourbonnais, Kankakee, Illinois); state where issued: Iowa
    Notes 
    • (Research):See attached sources. [6]
    Person ID  I256  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Father  Oscar Brown Dotson,   b. 13 Jul 1881, Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1948, Mercy Hospital, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Edith Virginia Baxter,   b. 18 Apr 1882, Northfield, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1967, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Alt. Marriage  20 Apr 1896  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Married  20 Apr 1899  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 11, 18, 19
    • According to Edith V. Dotson's obituary and Iowa marriage records online, they were married April 20, 1899.
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Dotson, Oscar B.; Spouse: Baxter, Edith V.; Marriage Date: 20 April 1899; County: Louisa; State: Iowa
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Groom's Name: Oscar B. Dotson; Groom's Birth Date: 1880; Groom's Age: 19; Bride's Name: Edith V. Baxter; Bride's Birth Date: 1881; Bride's Age: 18; Marriage Date: 20 Apr 1899; Marriage Place: Louisa County, Iowa; Groom's Father's Name: Mark Dotson; Groom's Mother's Name: Elizabeth Beard (sic); Bride's Father's Name: Jacob Baxter; Bride's Mother's Name: Sadie Davis; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I10083-7; System Origin: Iowa-EASy; Source Film Number: 1006649; Reference Number: cn691 p53
    Residence  Sep 1919  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    Newspaper Article  23 Mar 1927  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    The Davenport Democrat and Leader 
    • Mr. and Mrs. T. P. (sic: "R.") Dotson and son and Mr. and Mrs. G. P. Walker of New London came Monday evening to the home of Mr. Dotson and Mrs. Walker's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Dotson, called by the death of their grandmother, Mrs. Mark Dotson, who passed away Sunday afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Bailey, south of Newport.
    Photographic Record  Abt Apr 1940 
    • A photograph of Oscar, Edith, and their children exists. It may have been taken on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary, which would have been in 1940.
    Research 
    • A note from Marge Kimble regarding their marriage, as found in Louisa County marriage book: April 20, 1896: Oscar B. Dotson, age 19; Edith V. Baxter, age 18 (This would tend to indicate, based on birth dates, a 1900 marriage or possibly they lied about their ages.)
    Headstone Photograph 
    • Oscar Brown and Edith V. (Baxter) Dotson's grave is located at the Elmwood Cemetery near Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa. The epitaph on the stone is: "Dotson. Edith V., 1882 - 1967; O. B. Dotson. 1881 - 1948; Gone but not forgotten"
    The Headstone of Edith Virginia and Oscar Brown Dotson
    The Headstone of Edith Virginia and Oscar Brown Dotson
    Photos

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    Verona Violet Dotson and a Brother, Probably William 'Boyd' Alison Dotson
    Verona Violet Dotson and a Brother, Probably William "Boyd" Alison Dotson
    Verona Dotson was probably about age four when this photograph was taken, which would have been in about 1910. The younger boy beside her is likely her brother, Boyd.
    Verona Violet Dotson and Her Brother, Homer Leonard Dotson
    Verona Violet Dotson and Her Brother, Homer Leonard Dotson
    Verona Dotson was holding her baby brother, Homer, in this photograph taken in 1924. Homer died at age two, in 1925, in an accidental fire. Verona was married later in the year this photograph was taken to George Percy Walker.
    Oscar Brown and Edith Virginia (Baxter) Dotson
    Oscar Brown and Edith Virginia (Baxter) Dotson
    Oscar and Edith were photographed in about 1945 in this picture. Another of them and their children exists from about the exact same time period, probably taken the same date as this photograph. I imagine this photograph was taken in Morning Sun, Iowa.
    Oscar Brown Dotson and His Daughter, Verona Violet (Dotson) Walker
    Oscar Brown Dotson and His Daughter, Verona Violet (Dotson) Walker
    Probably taken in the late 1920s, this photograph of Oscar Dotson and his daughter, Verona Walker, appears to be in the fall, as the corn crop is dried in the fields and the leaves are off the trees. To my eyes, the old washtub at first appeared to be levitating, but it is sitting on a tree stump.
    The Family of Oscar Brown and Edith Virginia (Baxter) Dotson
    The Family of Oscar Brown and Edith Virginia (Baxter) Dotson
    This family photograph of Oscar and Edith Dotson's family may have been taken in 1940, when they would have had their 50th wedding anniversary. I believe the children can be identified as follows. Front row, left to right: William "Boyd" Alison, Oscar, Edith (Baxter), Verona Violet Walker (who is slightly behind her mother, Edith) and Geneva P. Dotson on the right.

    The back row, left to right, is: Theodore Roosevelt "Ted", Cleao R., Mark Jacob, Bert Kuttle, and Kenneth J. Dotson. (I am not certain about the order of the final three, but I listed them chronologically, which seems to match the indication of the ages of the people in the picture.)
    Family ID  F64  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Louise Charline Edgar,   b. 11 Jan 1918, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1990 
    Married  Abt 1933  [5, 16, 23, 24
    Divorced  Bef 1940 
    Marriage Fact 
    • William Boyd (Boyd) and Louise Edgar eloped.
    Residence  24 Apr 1952  Silvis, Rock Island County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [26
    Research 
    • Email from researcher Marge Kimble: Boyd and Louise eloped and were married for [a number of] years, then she left him and joined one of the armed forces.

      I was at George Percy Walker's house the day they eloped. Everyone had gone somewhere and these two people, Louise and Boyd, gave me strict orders not to tell anyone they were leaving, so I didn't. However when everyone began to wonder about their whereabouts and where they could be etc., I said "well they left and told me not to tell..." Boy was there an uproar then! I have no idea how old they were but I was just a little kid. I have vague memories of this. I do know there were kids [from the marriage] and I think you might be correct as to her death. I think she had cancer or something and I think she came back to her son's or someone close for her final days. Hope I am remembering this all correctly because it was not a close connection.
    Children 
    >1. Weldon Lorraine "Dewey" Dotson
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F186  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Vera E. McMeekan,   b. 30 Jan 1899,   d. Feb 1989 
    Married  21 Dec 1940  Canton, Lewis County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F8034  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    William 'Boyd' Alison Dotson
    William "Boyd" Alison Dotson
    Boyd Dotson was a son of Oscar Brown Dotson (1881-1948) and Edith Virginia Baxter (1882-1967). He was born June 6, 1908, and died February 19, 1987, of complications from brain cancer. Boyd married Louise C. Edgar (1918-1990) and later a woman named Vera.
    William 'Boyd' Alison Dotson
    William "Boyd" Alison Dotson
    This is Boyd Dotson, who was a brother of family members Theodore Roosevelt "Ted" Dotson and Verona Violet (Dotson) Walker. Marge Kimble, Walker family historian, has related a story of Boyd's first marriage that she remembers from her youth regarding Boyd's first marriage to Louise Edgar:

    "Boyd and Louise eloped and were married for a number of years, then she left him and joined one of the armed forces. I was at George Walker's the day they eloped. Everyone had gone somewhere and these two people -- Louise and Boyd -- gave me strict orders not to tell anyone they were leaving, so I didn't. However when everyone began to wonder about their whereabouts and where they could be etc., I said 'Well, they left and told me not to tell...' Boy was there an uproar then! I have no idea how old they were but I was just a little kid."

    Louise Edgar, Boyd's new wife, was the daughter Charles Houseman Edger and nancy "Lovilla" Prickett. She was a granddaughter of Thomas Edgar and Sarah Ann "Sally" (Houseman/Edgar) Walker.

    Obituaries, Deaths, Funerals
    The Obituary of William 'Boyd' Alison Dotson
    The Obituary of William "Boyd" Alison Dotson
    Boyd Dotson dropped the "William" from his name when he was older. His obituary stated his nickname was "Lefty." He was born June 6, 1908, in Wapello, Iowa, and died February 17, 1987, in Clifton, Illinois. He first married Louise C. Edgar in about 1933 (1918-1990), and later married Vera E. McMeekan (1899-1989) on December 21, 1940. His son from the first marriage is Weldon Lorraine "Dewey" Dotson.

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

    2. [S8076] Golliher, Virginia Mae (Dotson/Lox) - Email.

    3. [S19] 1920 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 102; supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 12B, page number: 238; enumeration date: January 6, 1920

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

    5. [S421] Dotson, William "Boyd" Alison - Obituary, (originally published in The Hawk Eye, page 10B, February 19, 1987; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S420] Dotson, Adam E. (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S72] 1910 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 101, supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 12B, page number: 178; enumeration date: May 13, 1910

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

    9. [S8237] Dotson, Homer Leonard - Death Notice, (originally published in The Davenport Democrat and Leader, page 16, Thursday, December 31, 1925; Davenport, Scott County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S77] 1930 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Burlington city, Ward 5 East, Burlington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; enumeration district: 29-12, supervisor's district: 15; sheet number: 15A, page number: 171; enumeration date: April 12, 1930

    11. [S228] Dotson, Oscar Brown - Obituary, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette, page 13, December 3, 1948; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    12. [S173] Dotson, Edith Virginia (Baxter) - Obituary, (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, June 15, 1967; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    13. [S5990] Dotson, Cleao Russell - Obituary, (originally published in The Daily Review, page 5, November 4, 1973; Hayward, Alameda County, California) (Reliability: 3).

    14. [S776] Social Security Death Index.

    15. [S251] Lox, Scott Alan - Phone Call (Reliability: 3).

    16. [S251] Lox, Scott Alan - Phone Call (Reliability: 4).

    17. [S27] Kimble, Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) (Reliability: 4).
      Records in a Louisa County Marriage book in the Morning Sun, Iowa, public library.

    18. [S173] Dotson, Edith Virginia (Baxter) - Obituary, (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, June 15, 1967; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 4).

    19. [S26] Iowa Marriages, 1851-1900 (ancestry.com) (Reliability: 4).

    20. [S226] Baxter, Benjamin Franklin "B. F." - 90th Birthday Announcement, (originally published in an unknown Louisa County, Iowa, newspaper, probably the Wapello Republican, September 1919; Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    21. [S150] Dotson, Martha Elizabeth (Beir) - Death Notice, (originally published in The Davenport Democrat and Leader, page 15, Wednesday, March 23, 1927; Davenport, Scott County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    22. [S227] Dotson, Oscar Brown and Edith Virginia (Baxter) - Headstone Photograph, (their grave is at the Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; photograph provided courtesy of Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble and Becky Ruth (Kimble) Murphy) (Reliability: 4).

    23. [S420] Dotson, Adam E. (Reliability: 4).

    24. [S27] Kimble, Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) (Reliability: 4).

    25. [S27] Kimble, Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker).

    26. [S419] Dotson, Edith Virginia (Baxter) - A Surprise Birthday Party, (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, April 24, 1952; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).