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Thurman Allen Dotson

Thurman Allen Dotson

Male 1867 - 1954

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  • Name  Thurman Allen Dotson  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Born  22 Sep 1867  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 6, 7
    Gender  Male 
    Census  1880  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Thurman Dotson, son, single, male, white, age 12, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Pennsylvania, mother's birthplace Iowa
    Iowa State Census  1895  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • (Listed with his wife, Minerva D., and son, Walter E. Dotson:) Thurman Dotson, age 27, white, born in Louisa County, Iowa
    Census  1900  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • (Married to Minerva, living with her and children Walter and Lois Dotson, as well as two boarders: Ike (Isaac N.) Vaughn, and William Sellers:) Line number 45; dwelling number 496, family number 511: T. A. Dotson, head of household, white, male, born in September 1867, age 32, married, married for 10 years, born in Iowa, father born in Iowa, mother born in Iowa, occupation farmer, not employed 0 months during the previous year, could read, could write, could speak English, owned home, free of mortgage, a farm (not a house), number of farm in schedule: 171

      Ike Vaughn, boarder, white, male, born in July 1876, age 23, single, born in Iowa, father born in (nothing listed), mother born in Iowa, occupation merchant, not employed 0 months during the previous year, could read, could write, could speak English

      William Sellers, boarder, white, male, born in (nothing listed), father born in (nothing listed), mother born in (nothing listed), occupation rail road laborer, not employed 0 months during the previous year, could read, could write, could speak English
    Iowa State Census  1905  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • (Thurman was listed with "Mienervia" Dotson, Walter and "Louis" [sic: Lois] Dotson:) Card #: 123, Thurman Dotson, Post Office: Newport, Iowa
    Census  1910  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • ("Thomas" A. Dotson (Thurman A.) was married to "Mar" (Minerva), living with her and children: "William" E. (Walter E.) and "Otiw?" L. (Lois Alta) Dotson:) Line number 63: dwelling number: 163, family number: 163: Thomas A. Dotson, head of household, male, white, age 42, married (once), years of present marriage 20, birthplace Iowa, father's birthplace Pennsylvania, mother's birthplace Pennsylvania, could speak English, occupation farmer, nature of industry farm, employer, could read, could write, owned home, free of mortgage, a farm (not a house), number of house in the schedule: 149
    Biography  1911  [3
    History of Louisa County, Iowa, From Its Earliest Settlement to 1911 
    • Thurman A. Dotson, a prosperous farmer of Wapello township, is the owner of an eighty acre tract of land located on sections 34 and 35, known as the Twin Willow Farm. He is a native son of Louisa county, his natal day being September 22, 1867. He is a son of David, Jr., and Lydia A. (Bier) Dotson, the former born October 15, 1841,in Pennsylvania, and the latter in Louisa county. The father brought his family to Louisa county in an early day and here spent his remaining years, his death occurring in 1906. The mother still survives and yet makes her home in Louisa county on the old home place in Wapello township. Unto them were born five children: Thurman A., of this review; Sionilli, the wife of George Mellinger, of Louisa county; Bazella, the wife of William Westfall, also of this county; Etta, at home; and one who died in infancy.

      Thurman A. Dotson was reared on the home farm, early being trained to the duties and labors that fall to the farm lad as he assisted in the work of plowing, planting and harvesting in the spring and summer months, while in the winter seasons he pursued his studies in the district school. When he attained his majority he started out upon an independent business venture, choosing as his life work the occupation to which he was reared. For five years he operated rented land, and at the end of that time began the manufacture of brick and tile in Newport, which he conducted for four years. However, this did not prove congenial to him, and he disposed of his business interests and invested his money in the farm which is now his home, this tract comprising eighty acres on sections 34 and 35, Wapello township. His place, known as the Twin Willow Farm, is well improved with good buildings, while the land has been placed in good condition through the efforts of Mr. Dotson. He makes a specialty of raising seed corn and he also raises good grades of stock.

      Mr. Dotson was married November 19, 1889, to Miss Minerva Jamison, who was born in Louisa county, January 29, 1872, a daughter of J. W. and Rachel (Vaughn) Jamison, likewise natives of this county and both still living, their biographies appearing on another page of this work. Mrs. Dotson is the fourth in order of birth in a family of five children, and by her marriage has become the mother of a son and daughter: Walter Elsworth, who was born July 21, 1890, and is still with his parents; and Lois Alta, who was born May 6, 1897. In his political views and affiliations, Mr. Dotson is a republican and at the present time is serving as assessor of his township, and he is also filling the office of school director. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Protestant church and they enjoy the high regard of a host of friends.
    The Biography of Thurman Allen Dotson (1867-1954)
    The Biography of Thurman Allen Dotson (1867-1954)
    Arthur Springer, History of Louisa County, Iowa, From Its Earliest Settlement to 1911, Volume II, Illustrated; With Biographical Sketches of Some Prominent Citizens of the County (The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1911, Chicago, Illinois), pages 28-32.
    Iowa State Census  1915  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    • Card Number: 583, male, white, married, could read, could write, number of years in Iowa: 47, Thurman A. Dotson, age 47, Louisa County, post office address: Wapello, Wapello Township, occupation farmer, total earnings in 1914: $1200, extent of education in the common schools: 8, birth place: Louisa County, Iowa, owned home or farm, incumbrance on farm or home: $none, value of farm or home: $19,500, 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  [14
    • (Married to Minerva, living with her and son, Walter Dotson:) Line number 4: farm, dwelling number: 45, family number: 47: Thurman Dotson, head of household, owned home, free of mortgage, male, white, age 52, married, could read, could write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa, could speak English, occupation farmer, nature of industry general farm, own account, number of farm in schedule: 27
    Iowa State Census  1925  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • (Married to Minerva D. Dotson, living with her:) Line number 22: T. A. Dotson, head of household, male, white, age 57, married, owned, value of home: $15,000, amount of insurance on the home: $2,480?, number of years in the U.S.: 57, number of years in Iowa: 57, attended rural school, highest reader attained: 6th grade, could read, could write, place of birth: Iowa, name of father: David Dotson, father's birthplace: Pennsylvania, name of mother: Lydia Bier, mother's birthplace: Iowa, mother's age at last birthday: 82, place of marriage of parents: Iowa, involved in agricultural pursuits, church affiliation: Methodist Episcopal
    Residence  Apr 1926  Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Newspaper Article  30 Aug 1928  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    The Davenport Democrat and Leader 
    • Dotson Family Reunion Held; 86 Are Present

      Wapello (IA), August 30. -- The tenth annual reunion of the Dotson-Davison families was held Tuesday, August 28, at the Mediapolis chautauqua grounds, with 86 relatives present. Shortly after the noon hour a short program was given. Prof. Ware Stephens, of St. Louis, was to have given a talk but since he was unable to be present, he sent a very enjoyable paper which was read by Dev. C. E. Coggeshall. Professor Stephens paid tribute to the pioneer familes, the ancestors of those present at the reunion. This paper was followed by a talk by Reverend B. G. Hankins, of Wapello. He too, spoke of the earlier day and of the flood of recollections that each reunion brings.

      The program was followed by a business meeting at which time the following officers were elected for the coming years: President, T. A. Dotson; vice president, Harry Dotson; secretary and treasurer, Miss Martha Peters.

      Those present from a distance were: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Barns and daughter, Esther, of Burlington; Mr. George B. Hamilton of Chicago, Illinois; Edith Barns, Blair and husband, of Crete, Nebraska; Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Dotson, Max, and Virginia, of New London; Verona Dotson Walker and children Maizie and Vera, of New London; Ina Jamison Willson and children, Robert and Mary Louise, of Muscatine, Iowa.
    Dotson Family Reunion Held; 86 Are Present
    An article reporting on the tenth annual Dotson-Davison family reunion, held August 28, 1928, in Mediapolis, Iowa. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Census  1930  Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    • (Married to Minerva D. Dotson, living with her:) Line number 38: dwelling number: 11, family number: 11: Thurman A. Dotson, head of household, owned home, value of house or monthly rental $3950?, lived on a farm, male, white, age 35, married, age at first marriage 25, 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 farmer, nature of industry general farm, occupation code VVVV, own account, actively employed at time of census, was not a veteran, number of farm in schedule: 2
    Died  11 Jul 1954  Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Buried  13 Jul 1954  Kossuth Cemetery, Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Obituary  15 Jul 1954  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    the Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • Thurman Dotson of Mediapolis Dead

      Thurman Allen Dotson, 86, died Sunday (July 11, 1954) at Mediapolis, where he had lived for the past few years after retiring as a farmer.

      Born in Louisa county September 22, 1867, he was married to Minerva B. Jamison on November 19, 1889. She is dead, as is a son.

      Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Lewis Pilling, Mediapolis rural; two grandchildren, four great grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Nilli (sic) Mellinger, Mediapolis; Mrs. Etta Hobbs of Morning Sun and Mrs. Bazzie Westfall, Wapello.

      Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Fry funeral home with burial in the Kossuth cemetery.
    Research 
    • He was a janitor for the Mediapolis, Iowa, library in 1949
    Person ID  I5056  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Father  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 
    Mother  Lydia Ann Beir,   b. 24 May 1843, Old Florence, Louisa County, Iowa Territory Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1926, Wapello, 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, 19
    Alt. Marriage  2 Nov 1863  [16
    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
    Family ID  F2030  Group Sheet

    Family  Deborah Minerva "Minerva" Jamison,   b. 29 Jan 1870, Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1952, Burlington Hospital, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  19 Nov 1889  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 7, 21
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Dotson, Thurman A.; Spouse: Jamison, Minerva D.; Marriage Date: 19 November 1889; County: Louisa; State: Iowa
    Newspaper Article  20 Sep 1937  Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [23
    the Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune 
    • Gail Chamberlin Heads Annual Beir Family Reunion

      Gail Chamberlin of Muscatine was named president for the coming year at the Henry Bier family reunion held at Cartwright park in Mediapolis Sunday.

      Others chosen were Mrs. N. M. Stark, vice president; and Mrs. Cora Spring, secretary and treasurer.

      At the business meeting, which followed a basket dinner at noon, Will Bailey of Wapello presided and Miss Martha Peters of West Liberty served as secretary-treasurer.

      Forty-one attended the event, which was the fourth annual reunion.

      Those present were Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Webster, Mrs. N. M. Stark, H. H. Nichols, Mr. and Mrs. George Bahr, Freddie and Robert, Mr. and Mrs. Gail Chamberlin, Marjorie and Joan, Mrs. Lulu Webster, Mrs. Nellie W. Spring, and Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Spring, all of Muscatine; Miss Martha Peters of West Liberty; Mr. and Mrs. Will Bailey, Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Dotson, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Peters, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Callahan, Mr. and Mrs. George E. Mellinger of Wapello. Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kelley and Gene, Mediapolis; Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Helm and daughter, Jane, and Mr. and Mrs. Will Westphal of Oakville; Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Hobbs of Morning Sun; Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Dodson (sic) and Virginia, and Miss Beverly Broeker of New London.
    Gail Chamberlin Heads Annual Beir Family Reunion
    Gail Chamberlin Heads Annual Beir Family Reunion
    An article about the fourth annual Beir family reunion held in Mediapolis, Iowa, September 20, 1937.
    Children 
    >1. Walter Elsworth Dotson,   b. 21 Jul 1890, Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1930, Quincy, Adams County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Lois Alta Dotson,   b. 6 May 1897, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1978, Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
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    Thurman and Minerva Dotson
    Thurman and Minerva Dotson
    Thurman Allen Dotson (1867-1954) and Deborah "Minerva" Jamison (1870-1952) were married November 19, 1889. They had a son and daughter. Son Walter Elsworth Dotson (1890-1930) married Mary Charlotte Pilling (1891-1982), the daughter of Charles Broadbent Pilling and Sarah Alice "Allie" Seeds. Walter and Minerva's daughter was Lois Alta Dotson (1897-1978), who married Lewis D. Pilling (1896-1959). Lewis was a brother to Mary Charlotte, Walter's wife.
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F2035  Group Sheet

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    Thurman Dotson
    Thurman Dotson
    Thurman Allen Dotson, born September 22, 1867, in Louisa County, Iowa, was a son of David Dotson Jr. (1841-1906) and Lydia Ann Beir (1843-1926). Thurman was one of five children in his birth family, the eldest, the others being Sionilli "Nellie" Mellinger, Bazella "Bazzie" Westfall, Willie Dotson (died in infancy), and Mary "Etta" Hobbs. Thurman married Deborah "Minerva" Jamison (1870-1952), the daughter of John Walter "J. W." Jamison (1841-1911) and Rachel A. Vaughn (1843-1919). She was a granddaughter of Louisa County, Iowa, pioneer John Bergin Vaughn. Minerva died in 1952, and Thurman died two years later, July 11, 1954.

    Obituaries, Deaths, Funerals
    The Obituary of Thurman Allen Dotson
    The Obituary of Thurman Allen Dotson
    Thurman, born September 22, 1867, in Louisa County, Iowa, died July 11, 1954, in Mediapolis, Iowa. He was the son of David Dotson Jr. and Lydia Ann Beir. His wife was Deborah "Minerva" Jamison (1870-1952); they were married November 19, 1889.

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

    2. [S882] Orr, Paul Robert "Bob" (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. [S30] Louisa County, Iowa - Louisa County History 1911, Arthur Springer, (The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1911, Chicago, Illinois), pages 44-49 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S30] Louisa County, Iowa - Louisa County History 1911, Arthur Springer, (The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1911, Chicago, Illinois), pages 546-547 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S54] 1900 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 87, supervisor's district: 74, sheet number: 11B, page number: 93; enumeration date: June 15, 1900

    7. [S1150] Dotson, Thurman Allen - Obituary, (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, front page, July 15, 1954; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    8. [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.

    9. [S29] 1895 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S54] 1900 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 90, supervisor's district: 74, sheet number: 23A, page number: 142; enumeration date: June 27, 1900

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

    12. [S72] 1910 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 101, supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 13B, page number: 179; enumeration date: May 14, 1910

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

    14. [S19] 1920 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 105; supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 3A, page number: 266; enumeration date: January 19 and 20, 1920

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

    16. [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).

    17. [S167] Davison-Dotson Families Reunion - Mediapolis August 1928, (originally published in The Davenport Democrat and Leader, August 30, 1928; Davenport, Scott County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    18. [S77] 1930 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Newport village, Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 58-21, supervisor's district: 15; sheet number: 1A, page number: 120; enumeration date: April 2, 1930

    19. [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.

    20. [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).

    21. [S38] 1925 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      (courtesy of Paul R. Orr)

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

    23. [S168] Dotson, Theodore Roosevelt "Ted," Zella "Myrtle (Walker), and Virginia Mae; and Beverly Jean Broeker - Beir Reunion, (originally published in the Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, page 5, September 20, 1937; Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).