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Oliver Perry Dotson

Male 1855 - 1939


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  • Name  Oliver Perry Dotson  [1, 2
    Born  15 Mar 1855  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Gender  Male 
    Iowa State Census  1856  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Oliver T. Dotson, age 0, male, born in Iowa
    Census  1870  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Oliver Dotson, age 16, male, white, occupation works on farm, born in Iowa, mother of foreign birth, attended school during the census year
    Census  1880  Center Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • (Mr. DOTOON in this group of unrelated individuals is apparently Oliver Perry DOTSON:) Kate Light, other, single, female, white, age 26, born in Virginia, occupation attendant, father's birthplace Virginia, mother's birthplace Virginia

      Kate Fisher, other, single, female, white, age 27, born in Iowa, occupation attendant, father's birthplace France, mother's birthplace Germany

      Eva Whitacre, other, single, female, white, age 22, born in Indiana, occupation attendant, father's birthplace England, mother's birthplace Wales

      Bertha Oleson, other, single, female, white, age 40, born in Norway, occupation attendant, father's birthplace Norway, mother's birthplace Norway

      Julia Smith, other, single, female, white, age 30, born in Germany, occupation attendant, father's birthplace Germany, mother's birthplace Germany

      Frank Archebald, other, single, male, white, age 22, born in Iowa, occupation attendant, father's birthplace Ohio, mother's birthplace Ohio

      Oliver Dotoon, other, single, male, white, age 25, born in Iowa, occupation attendant, father's birthplace Pennsylvania, mother's birthplace Pennsylvania

      Charles Connell, other, single, male, white, age 21, born in Iowa, occupation fireman, father's birthplace Ireland, mother's birthplace Indiana

      Enoch Sharick, other, single, male, white, age 26, born in Ohio, occupation milkman, father's birthplace Pennsylvania, mother's birthplace Pennsylvania

      William Stevens, other, single, male, white, age 21, born in Tennessee, occupation teamster, father's birthplace Tennessee, mother's birthplace Tennessee

      Swan Nelson, other, single, male, white, age 27, born in Sweden, occupation porter

      John Hall, other, single, male, white, age 32, born in Sweden, occupation Porter

      William Baldwin, other, male, white, age 50, born in New York, occupation farmer, father's birthplace (none listed), mother's birthplace (none listed)

      John Hart, male, white, age 29, born in New York, occupation farmer, father's birthplace Ireland, mother's birthplace Ireland

      Henry Swanson, other, single, male, white, age 19, born in Iowa, occupation teamster, mother's birthplace Sweden

      Peter Lingreen, other, single, male, white, age 29, born in Sweden, occupation porter

      Mary Coddington, other, widowed, female, white, age 54, born in Minnesota, occupation housekeeper, father's birthplace New York, mother's birthplace New York

      Elizabeth Snyder, other, single, female, white, age 31, born in Ohio, occupation ironer, father's birthplace Germany, mother's birthplace Germany

      Mary Stattles, other, single, female, white, age 22, born in Ohio, occupation ironer, father's birthplace (none listed), mother's birthplace (none listed)

      Elizabeth Thompson, other, single, female, white, age 24, born in Scotland, occupation ironer, father's birthplace Scotland, mother's birthplace Scotland
    Iowa State Census  1885  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • (Married to Sarah "Sadie" Dotson, living with her at the home of her parents, Milton and Sarah Gilmore:) David P. (sic) Dotson (Oliver Perry), age 32, male, married, born in Louisa County (Married to Sadie Gilmore)
    Iowa State Census  1895  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • (Living with his aunt, Hettie White:) Oliver P. Dotson, age 37, widower, born in Louisa county, member of the M. P. church
    Residence  Feb 1906  Eldon, Wapello County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Residence  1912  Eldon, Wapello County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Iowa State Census  1915  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • Card Number: A629, male, white, married, could read, could write, number of years in Iowa: 60, Oliver P. Dotson, age 60, Louisa County, post office address: Wapello, Wapello, Ward 1, occupation newsstand, months unemployed in 1914: 2, total earnings in 1914: $600, extent of education in the common schools: 6, extent of education in grammar school: 6, birth place: Iowa, did not own home or farm, father's birthplace: Pennsylvania, mother's birthplace: England, signed by assessor: R. E. Barr
    Residence  Nov 1921  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Residence  Apr 1923  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Residence  Aug 1926  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Newspaper Article  18 Mar 1928  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    The Davenport Democrat and Leader 
    • O. P. Dotson Given [Birthday Party] in Wapello

      Wapello (IA), March 17 -- O. P. Dotson's 73d birthday anniversary was observed Thursday, and shortly after he and his wife had gone to the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Syphrit, Mr. Dotson was called to the Odd Fellows lodge room where 60 friends awaited his arrival. He soon discovered three birthday cakes brilliantly illuminated with candles, and knew that he was the guest of honor. H. O. Weaver later presented Mr. Dotson with an arm chair.

      Mr. Dotson was born and reared in the southern part of Louisa county and practically all his life has been spent here. His parents were among the early pioneers of Louisa county and many of his old neighbors were present at this happy anniversary. The surprise was planned by Dave Morris and M. J. Deihl.
    O. P. Dotson Given [Birthday Party] in Wapello
    O. P. Dotson Given [Birthday Party] in Wapello
    An article reporting on a surprise birthday party given for Oliver Perry Dotson on the occasion of his 73rd birthday. The party was concocted by Dave Morris and M.J. Deihl. (published in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa)
    Residence  Jun 1928  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Obituary  12 May 1939  Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    the Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune 
    • Oliver Dotson, Louisa Native, Called in Death

      Wapello (IA) -- Oliver P. Dotson, 84, died at 9 p.m. Thursday at the Masonic home at Bettendorf. Born in Louisa county March 15, 1855, he was the son of Basil and Mary Davison Dotson.

      He married Sarah Gilmore in 1884 and they had one son, Milton, who died in infancy. After the death of his first wife, he married Mary Fitzgerald in 1896. They had four children, three of whom survive: Verne of Cedar Rapids and Mrs. Henry Meyerholz and Mrs. Leroy Hartsock, both of Wapello. Another son, Marvel, died in infancy. A sister, Mrs. Eva Deihl, also survives in Wapello.

      Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Presbyterian church in Wapello with Dr. John R. Frazer, pastor, officiating, assisted by the Reverend Jesse Huddle of the Church of God. There will be Masonic services at the grave in the Wapello cemetery.
    Cemetery Info/Epitaph  Louisa County, Iowa, Cemetery Records  [18
    • Name: Oliver P. Dotson; Sex: M; Born: 1855; Died or Buried: 1939; Age: 84; Buried: Wapello (township = Wapello); County/State: Louisa, Iowa; Military Service: none; Book: LCC 1990 - page W-42; Notes: 1855-1939; husband of Mary E.
    Died  12 May 1939  Bettendorf, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried  14 May 1939  Wapello Cemetery, Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 18
    Person ID  I5029  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  [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 -- 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 1  Sarah G. "Sadie" Gilmore,   b. 25 Oct 1861, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1889 
    Married  1884  [4
    Children 
     1. Milton G. Dotson,   b. 17 Jun 1885,   d. 21 Sep 1885
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F2026  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Mary Ellen Fitzgerald,   b. 23 Sep 1869, near Grandview, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1929, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  10 Dec 1896  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Datsm, O. P.; Spouse: Fitzgerald, Mary E.; Marriage Date: 10 December 1896; County: Louisa; State: Iowa
    Residence  1911  Eldon, Wapello County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Marvel Eva Dotson,   b. 27 Mar 1899,   d. 24 Aug 1899
    >2. Verne Elliott Dotson,   b. 1 Oct 1900, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1981, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. Nola E. Dotson,   b. 22 Feb 1903, Eldon, Wapello County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 1997, Wapello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >4. Laura Madelyn "Madelyn" Dotson,   b. 1 Nov 1910, Eldon, Wapello County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1982, Burlington Medical Center, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F2025  Group Sheet

  • Obituaries, Deaths, Funerals
    Oliver Dotson, Louisa Native, Called in Death
    Oliver Dotson, Louisa Native, Called in Death
    The obituary of Oliver Perry Dotson. Oliver Dotson, born March 15, 1855, in Wapello, Iowa, was a son of Bazzel S. and Mary (Davison) Dotson. Oliver married Sarah G. "Sadie" Gilmore (1861-1889) and later Mary Ellen Fitzgerald (1869-1929).

  • 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 165-168 (Reliability: 3).
      Republished online at the Louisa County, Iowa Genealogical Society committee of the Louisa County Historical Society at URL: http://www.rootsweb.com/~ialcgs/bio_st.htm (2/2008)

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

    4. [S1147] Dotson, Oliver Perry - Obituary, (originally published in the Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, page 8, May 12, 1939; Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    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. Source Information (Continued): Census Place: Center, Henry, Iowa: Family History Library Film: 1254344; NA Film Number; T9-0344; Page Number: 297A.

    8. [S929] 1885 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Louisa County; Morning Sun Township.

    9. [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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    16. [S8972] Dotson, Oliver Perry - 73rd Birthday Surprise Party, (originally published in The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Sunday morning, March 18, 1928; Davenport, Scott County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    17. [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).

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

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