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Lydia Ann Beir

Female 1843 - 1926


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  • Name  Lydia Ann Beir  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born  24 May 1843  Old Florence, Louisa County, Iowa Territory Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 5
    Gender  Female 
    Iowa State Census  1856  [6
    • Lydia Bur, age 13, female, born in Iowa
    Census  1880  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • A. Lydia Dotson, wife, married, female, white, age 37, born in Iowa, keeping house, father's birthplace Pennsylvania, mother's birthplace Pennsylvania
    Iowa State Census  1895  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Lydia Dotson, age 51, female, married, born in Louisa County, Iowa, religion listed as M. P. church
    Iowa State Census  1905  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Card #: 330, Lydia A. Dotson, Post Office: Wapello RD No. 2
    Iowa State Census  1915  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • Card Number: 582, female, white, widowed, could read, could write, number of years in Iowa: 71, Lydia A. Dotson, age 71, Louisa County, post office address: Wapello, Wapello Township, extent of education in the common schools: 5, birth place: Iowa, did not own home or farm, church affiliation Methodist, father's birthplace: Pennsylvania, mother's birthplace: Pennsylvania, signed by assessor: T. A. Dotson
    Census  1920  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • (Widowed, living with her son-in-law George Hobbs and daughter, Lydia Hobbs and their family:) Mrs. Lydea (sic) Dotson, mother-in-law, female, white, age 76, widowed, could read, could write, born in Pennsylvania, father's birthplace Pennsylvania, mother's birthplace Ohio, could speak English, occupation none
    Died  24 Apr 1926  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Buried  26 Apr 1926  Fairview Cemetery, Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 12, 13
    Obituary  28 Apr 1926  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    The Burlington Hawk-Eye 
    • DEATH OF MRS. LYDIA A. DOTSON.

      Mrs. Lydia A. Dotson, an old and well known resident of Louisa county, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George E. Mellenger (sic: Mellinger), Saturday, April 24, 1926, at 5 o'clock in the morning.

      Mrs. Dotson was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Beir and was born May 24, 1843, at what was then known as Old Florence near Wapello, Iowa, and lived in Fairview neighborhood all her life.

      On November 2, 1863, she was united in marriage to David Dotson, who preceded her in death February 18, 1906. To this union was (sic) born the following children: T. A. Dotson of Newport, Iowa, Mrs. George E. Mellenger of Wapello, Iowa, Mrs. W. M. Westfall of Oakville, Iowa, Mrs. G. N. Hobbs of Morning Sun, Iowa, and Willie, deceased, dying in infancy. She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Mark Dotson, and nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, besides many other relatives.

      She was converted in early life and wrote the following testimony with her own hand some time before her death:

      Born May 24. 1843. Born anew and converted to God in early childhood; endeavored to live a Christian life up to all the teaching and light that I had then but with a hungering in my soul for more of God's love, and after hearing the gospel preached in its fullness I was enabled to grasp the promise "that those who do hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled" and lo, the promise was fulfilled for I was filled with God's love, and ever since then have felt his presence with me comforting and strengthening to defend what I thought was right and condemn the wrong. Therefore I can exclaim with the Psalmist -- Come and see what the Lord has done for my soul and let the redeemed of the Lord say so. Whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy "and to her was granted that she should forever be at rest, arrayed in fine linen, clean and white; for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saint. May it be said -- "not dead but sleepeth" and also "she has done what she could" therefore shall hear the welcome words of approbation -- "Come ye blessed of my Father inherit the Kingdom prepared for all those that love Him."

      She requested that the following poem be read at her funeral. Funeral services were conducted by the pastor. Reverend F. J. Young, at Fairview church. Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment at Fairview. Pall bearers were grandchildren.

      FULLY TRUSTING

      I have trusted Him In sunshine,
      I have trusted thro' the rain
      I have trusted Him in sorrow,
      Thro' heart ache and in pain.
      His grace has been sufficient.
      My needs have been supplied;
      And still I'm pressing onward
      Till I dwell beyond the tide.

      And when the trusting's over,
      And battles all are won.
      The cross will not seem heavy:
      The race that I have run
      Will be, but such a little.
      Compared to what is given
      That they will be forgotten
      When I have entered Heaven.

      I know not why He left me
      I do not understand.
      I only seem a burden
      To those whom strength is given.
      But buckling on the armor
      Of patience, faith and hope.
      I bear the cross most gladly.
      Nor with others try to cope.

      But the sweetness of his presence
      Could be never understood
      Had I not passed thro' trials
      Never been beneath the rod;
      For the peace which hath abounded
      Counteth far ahead in gain
      From the petty, little trials,
      Disappointments and the pain.

      I have heard the angels singing;
      I have seen the gates ajar
      I have felt the breeze of Heaven
      Wafted to me from afar.
      Still I'm lying anxiously waiting
      For the summons which will come.
      Then I'll hear my Master whisper,
      "Weary pilgrim, welcome home."

      Oh! what joy will be in Heaven
      When my Saviour there I greet
      And around the throne adore Him
      With the saints 1 there shall meet,
      Who have gone thro' tribulation,
      Washed their robes, so pure, so white,
      Loud their notes of praises swelling
      To the Lamb which is the Light.
    Alt. Death  Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cemetery Info/Epitaph  Louisa County, Iowa, Cemetery Records  [12
    • Name: Lydia Dotson; Sex: F; Born: 1843; Died or Buried: 1926; Age: 83; Buried: Fairview (township = Wapello); County/State: Louisa, Iowa; Military Service: none; Book: LCC 1990 - page W-12; Notes: 1843-1926; wife of David Dotson, born 1841
    Person ID  I5049  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Father  Henry Beir,   b. 13 Dec 1812, Chester County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1897 
    Mother  Elizabeth McCormick,   b. 1813, Chester County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1866, Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  5 Dec 1833  Chester County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F2029  Group Sheet

    Family  David Dotson,   b. 15 Oct 1841, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1906, near Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  2 Nov 1862  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 13
    Alt. Marriage  2 Nov 1863  [5
    Headstone Photograph 
    • David and Lydia Ann (Beir) Dotson are buried at Fairview Cemetery, Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa. The epitaph on the stone is: "Dotson, David, 1841 - 1906. His wife, Lydia A., 1843 - 1926"

      (There is also a quotation on the headstone, but is difficult to read on the available photograph.)
    The Headstone of David Dotson Jr. and Lydia Ann (Beir) Dotson
    The Headstone of David Dotson Jr. and Lydia Ann (Beir) Dotson
    Children 
    >1. Thurman Allen Dotson,   b. 22 Sep 1867, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1954, Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Sionilli "Nellie" Dotson,   b. 25 Jan 1873, near Fairview, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1964, Saint Francis Hospital, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. Bazella "Bazzie" Dotson,   b. 10 Mar 1875, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1957, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Willie Dotson,   b. 18 Jul 1882,   d. 21 Sep 1882
    >5. Mary Etta "Etta" Dotson,   b. 31 Jul 1886, Fairview, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1970, Morning Sun Manor, Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F2030  Group Sheet

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

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

    3. [S30] Louisa County, Iowa - Louisa County History 1911, Arthur Springer, (The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1911, Chicago, Illinois), pages 28-32 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S8588] Keck Funeral Home Records - Louisa County, Iowa (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S1148] Dotson, Lydia Ann (Beir) - Obituary and Ending Poem, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 3, April 28, 1926; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S424] 1856 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S628] 1880 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      From LDS Familysearch.org, online. Source Information: Census Place: Family History Library Film: Wapello, Louisa, Iowa; NA Film Number: 1254350; Page Number: T9-0350 452A.

    8. [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

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

    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).
      Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 102; supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 12B, page number: 238; enumeration date: January 6, 1920

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

    13. [S534] Online Record (Reliability: 3).
      From "The Ancestors of Sarah Beir, wife of Charles W. Webster." Originally in the Iowa Pioneer Project: http://www.nvsn.com/lrichard/MATTHEW.htm (1/2003): This URL is defunct. Original source apparently: Gen 1. - Iowa Pioneer Project PC #93-15 submitted by Glen Davison Mellenger of Moraga, CA.

    14. [S1149] Dotson, David (Jr.) and Lydia Ann (Beir) - 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).