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Harriet R. Dotson

Female 1848 - 1928


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  • Name  Harriet R. Dotson  [1, 2, 3
    Born  1 Nov 1848  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender  Female 
    Alt. Spelling/AKA 
    • She was Harriet "A." Stevens on the 1920 federal census.
    Iowa State Census  1856  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Hariet Dotson, age 6, female, born in Iowa
    Census  1870  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Harriet Dodsen, age 22, female, white, occupation assists in home, born in Iowa, mother of foreign birth, attended school during the census year
    Census  1880  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Harriet Stephens, wife, married, female, white, age 31, born in Iowa, occupation keeping house, father's birthplace Pennsylvania, mother's birthplace England
    Residence  Feb 1906  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Census  1920  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Harriet A. Dotson, wife, female, white, age 71, married, could read, could write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Pennsylvania, mother's birthplace Pennsylvania, could speak English, occupation none
    Residence  Nov 1921  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Residence  Apr 1923  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Residence  Aug 1926  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Obituary  26 Jun 1928  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    The Davenport Democrat and Leader 
    • Mrs. Stephens (sic) [of] Wapello Dies

      Wapello (IA), June 26. -- Mrs. Harriet R. Stephens (sic), aged 79 years, a life long resident of this community, died at 9 o'clock this morning in her home following an attack of paralysis.

      Mrs. Stephens, who was formerly Miss Harriet Dotson, the daughter of Basil and Mary Davison Dotson, who settled in this community from Pennsylvania in 1844, was born November 1, 1848, and in 1872 married Nathaniel E. Stephens. Mr. Stephens preceded his wife in death in 1921. Two sons, O. B. of Wapello and Prof. G. W. Stephens of the Washington university, St. Louis; three daughters: Mrs. J. D. McLaughlin, Carter, South Dakota; Mrs. S. T. Isett, Wapello; and Mrs. J. E. Jamison, Oakville; two brothers, O. P. Dotson, Wapello, and Irwin, Reardan, Washington, and a sister, Mrs. G. P Deighl, Wapello, survive.

      Funeral arrangements have not been completed but services will be held in this city and burial will be in the Wapello cemetery.
    Died  26 Jun 1928  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 12
    Cause: attack of paralysis 
    Buried  Wapello Cemetery, Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID  I5026  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Father  Bazzel S. Dotson,   b. 8 Feb 1814, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1873, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary Davison,   b. 3 Jul 1817, North Skirlaugh (Historical?), Humbershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1896, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Newspaper Article  12 Oct 1977  Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    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 -- 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 
    • Bazzel S. and Mary (Davidson) Dotson's grave is located at the Fairview Cemetery, Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa. The epitaph on the stone is: "Bazzel S. Dotson, February 8, 1814 - March 25, 1873. Mary Dotson, July 3, 1817 - May 11, 1896"
    The Headstone of Bazzel S. and Mary (Davison) Dotson
    The Headstone of Bazzel S. and Mary (Davison) 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  F486  Group Sheet

    Family  Nathaniel Ewing Stevens,   b. 1848, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1921 
    Married  12 Sep 1872  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Stephens, N. E.; Spouse: Dotson, Harriet A.; Marriage Date: 12 September 1872; County: Louisa; State: Iowa
    Residence  1912  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. Orel Bazzle Stevens,   b. 1873, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1962
     2. George Ware Stevens, Prof.,   b. Between 1878 and 1879, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1940
     3. Orpha Anna Stevens,   b. 31 Jan 1881,   d. 28 Dec 1962
    >4. Adah Josephine Stevens,   b. 24 Jan 1883, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1967, Morning Sun Manor, Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Alberta Stevens,   b. 1 Oct 1887, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1973, Wapello Nursing Home, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F2024  Group Sheet

  • Obituaries, Deaths, Funerals
    Mrs. Stephens, Wapello, Dies
    Mrs. Stephens, Wapello, Dies
    The obituary of Harriet R. (Dotson) Stevens. Harriet R. (Dotson) Stevens was a daughter of Bazzel S. and Mary (Davison) Dotson. She was the wife of Nathaniel Ewing Stevens.

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

    2. [S8970] Stephens, Harriet R. (Dotson) - Obituary, (originally published in The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Tuesday evening, June 26, 1928; Davenport, Scott County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S30] Louisa County, Iowa - Louisa County History 1911, Arthur Springer, (The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1911, Chicago, Illinois), pages 179-180 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S19] 1920 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello city, Ward 1, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 106; supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 5A, page number: 277; enumeration date: January 12, 1920

    5. [S424] 1856 Iowa State Census, (online) (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township

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

    7. [S628] 1880 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      From LDS Familysearch.org, online. Census Place: Family History Library Film: Wapello, Louisa, Iowa; NA Film Number: 1254350; Page Number: T9-0350 466B.

    8. [S8968] Dotson, David (Jr.) - Obituary, (originally published in The Wapello Tribune, Friday, February 24, 1906, Page 1; Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S1145] Dotson, Joseph M. - Obituary, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 3, November 10, 1921; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S1146] Turner, Sarah Jane (Dotson) - Obituary, (originally published in The Wapello Republican, front page, Thursday, April 12, 1923; Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S795] Dotson, Mark - Obituary, (originally published in The Davenport Democrat and Leader, April 6, 1928; Davenport, Scott County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    12. [S8971] Dotson, John Irvin - Obituary, (originally published in The Davenport Democrat and Leader, August 26, 1928; Davenport, Scott County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    13. [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).

    14. [S541] Dotson, Bazzel S. and Mary (Davison) - 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).

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