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Matthias Dawson

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Nancy McIlvain


Matthias Dawson was born June 14, 1808 in Indiana-- probably Marion County, Washington Township and died July 12, 1878 in Marion Co. Indiana (source: cemetery record/tombstone) He married Nancy McIlvain on July 14, 1829 in Marion Co., Indiana (source: Vol 1, page 95 Marriage Record of Marion County, IN) She was born February 22, 1808 in Kentucky according to census and tombstone records and died October 9, 1863 in Marion County, IN. Both Matthias and Nancy were buried in the Dawson Family Cemetery but later the cemetery was moved to the Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Matthias married Mary M Schock on October 2, 1870 in Marion County, Indiana. (Book 184, Marriage Licenses) They had two boys: Ernest and Iona Dawson.

Children of Matthias and Nancy McIlvain Dawson are:

James M. Dawson - born April 5 1832 and died Jun 1 1904 in Ames, Cloud Co. KS

Elijah Dawson - born abt 1830

Margaret Dawson - born abt 1834

William M. Dawson - born October 1836 in Marion Co, Indiana (1900 census record) and died May 18, 1908 in Indianapolis, IN (obituary). He married Sarah Johnson about 1860. She was born July 1843 in Indiana and died in March 1907 in Indianapolis. William M. and Sarah had three sons: William Dawson Jr. born about 1863; Charles Dawson born about 1861 and Vandalia Dallas Dawson born about 1865.

Obituary:The Marion County Mail, Indianapolis, Indiana, Friday, May 22, 1908-- Old Resident Dead. William Dawson, Sr. Dies at Home of Son at Broad Ripple. William M. Dawson, Sr. 72 years old, died Monday night at the home of his son William Dawson, Jr. in Broad Ripple. He suffered a stroke of paralysis about ten days ago and never recovered. The funeral services were held Thursday morning at the house and were conducted by Rev. E.C. Dunn, of Logansport. Burial was at Crown Hill Cemetery. The house in which he was born and in which he lived nearly all his like still stand at forty-eighth street and Central Avenue. A year ago last March Mr. Dawson's wife died at an advance age and from that time on his health rapidly failed. His wife was Miss Sarah Johnson, a sister of Oliver Johnson, another pioneer resident of Indianapolis, who died last year. All his life Mr. Dawson has been member of the M.E. Church and for years one of the trustees. Mr Dawson was the owner of a considerable amount of land, and recently divided this among his three sons, William, Jr. and Charles Dawson Dawson of Broad Ripple, and Dallas Dawson, who lives near Sterling. The three sons survive. The sons each had a room in their homes always ready for him and he happened to be at William's home when he became sick.

Uriah Dawson - born abt 1840 and died before 1878. He is mentioned in his father's estate papers as being deceased and has one daughter, Cora/Corey Dawson, a minor, who received an inheritance from her grandfather, Matthias Dawson.

Amanda Dawson - born abt 1844

Clarinda Dawson - born abt 1847 in Marion County, Indiana and died September 15, 1928 in Indianapolis IN. Census: 1910 Washington Twp, Marion Co, IN-- Apr 19 1910 Wolfram, Clarinda D. ; head, female, white age 63, widowed, mother of 2 children, one still living, born Indiana, parents born Indiana, own income, owns house; Lily D. Wolfram, daughter, female, white, age 40, single, born Indiana, parents born Indiana; Robert Gower, hired man, male, age 66, single, born Iowa.

Obituary: Indianapolis News, Monday, September 17, 1928-- Wolfram--- Mrs Clarinda D., age 80 years, passed away Saturday evening. Services Tuesday 3pm (daylight saving) at the residence 5631 Central Ave. Friends invited. Burial Crown Hill. For further information call Flanner & Buchanan Mortuary.

Children of Matthias and Mary M. Shock Dawson are:

Ernest Dawson - born August 1872 (per census records). He married Annie S. Robinson (Indiana Marriages:Bk 23, p. 551) on October 15, 1894 in Marion County, IN. They have one daughter; Halleen Marie Dawson, born March 1891 per the 1900 census records.

Census 1900 Marion Co, Center Township, Indianapolis City Indiana; June 16 1900-- Ernest Dawson, head, white, male, born Aug 1872, age 27, married 9 years, born Indiana, bookkeeper, owns mortgage on house; Annie S. Dawson, wife, white, female, born Dec 1874, age 25, married 9 years, mother of 1 child, 1 child still living, born Indiana; Marie U, daughter, born Mch 1891, age 9, single; Ellen Briner, sunt in law, white female, born Nov 1840, age 59, single, born Pennsylvania; Ross John Gardner, servant, black, male, born Mar 1880, age 20, born Ohio.

Census: 1910 Marion Co, Center Township, 3rd Ward, Indianapolis City, Indiana, June 16 1900-- Annie S. Dawson, head, female, white, age 35, widow, mother of one child, one child still living, born Indiana, mail clerk, office; Halleen M., daughter, female, white, age 18, single, born Indiana, musician, social events; Ellen Briner, aunt, female, white, age 60, single, born Pennsylvania.

Census: 1920 Marion Co, Center Twp, Indianapolis City, Indiana, North Talbot St, Jan 19 1920--- Owen Morrell E, head, rents, male, white, age 32, married, inventory manager, Automobile Co.; Marie wife, age 25, married, born Indiana; Annie S. Dawson, mother in law, age 44, widow, born Indiana; Ellen Briner, aunt in law, age 79, single, born Pennsylvania.

Iona Dawson - born January 1875 (per census records) in Martion Co, IN. He married Maud M. ? in 1896. They have two children: Thelma V. Dawson and Earl H. Dawson.

Census: 1900 Marion Co, Washington Twp, Indiana; June 26, 1900. Iona Dawson, head, white male, born Jan 1875, age 25, married 4 years, born Indiana, dairyman; Maud M Dawson, wife, white, female, born Feb 1875, age 25, married 4 years, mother of 2 children, 2 children living, born Maryland; Thelma V Dawson, daughter, white female, born May 1897, age 3; Earl H., son, born March 1900, age 2 months; Perry M Shock, boarder, white male, born Oct 1863, age 36, singles, born Indiana, farm laborer. Listed next door is Samuel Clark, head, born Dec. 1843, age 56, married 18 years, born Kentucky, farmer, owns farm; Mary Clark, wife, born Apr 1850, age 50, married 18 years, mother of 2 children, 2 children still living, born Indiana; Ream Shock, boarder, white, female, born Nov 1864, age 35, single, born Indiana, servant; Jesse Alberty, boarder, white male, born July 1846, age 53, widowed, born North Carolina, farm laborer. Mary Clark is probably Mary Shock Dawson Clark, Iona's mother.

Census: 1910 Marion Co, Washington Twp, Indiana; Apr 16 1910-- Iona Dawson, head, male, white, age 35, married (once) 13 years, born Indiana, farmer, general work, own farm; Maud M Dawson, wife, age 35, married (once) 13 years, mother of 2 children, 2 children still living, born Maryland; Thelma, daughter, female, white, age 12, single; Earl, son, male, white, age 10. Next door is Samuel Clark and wife Sorena S., wife; Eva and Mary R Shock. Iona's mother has died and Samuel has remarried.

Census: 1920 Marion Co, Washington Twp, Indianapolis City, Indiana-- January 7, 1920 Maud M. Dawson, head, owns farm, age 44, widow, born Maryland; Thelma Dawson, daughter, age 22, single, born Indiana, work stenographic in Doctor's office; Earl Dawson, son, age 19, single, born Indiana, work sawmill; Anna Phillips, mother, age 71, widow, born Maryland.



Census: 1830 Washington Twp, Marion Co, Indiana -- Mathew Dawson -- 1 male under age 5; 1 male age 20-30; 1 female age 20-30.

Census: 1850 Washington Twp, Marion Co, Indiana-- Sept 14, 1850 Mathias Dawson, age 41, male, property value $6000, born IN; Nancy Dawson, age 42, female, born KY; Elijah Dawson, age 20, male, born IN, attended school; James Dawson, age 18, male, born IN, attended school; Margaret Dawson, age 16, female, born IN, attended school; William Dawson, age 13, male, born IN, attended school; Uriah Dawson, age 10, male, born IN, attended school; Amanda Dawson, age 6, female, born IN, attended school; Clarinda Dawson, age 3, female, born IN; Elisa W. McLoaine, age 24, female, born Ohio.

Census: 1860 Washington Twp, Marion Co, Broad Ripple, Indiana -- July 23, 1860 Matthias Dawson, age 52, male, farmer, value real estate 13000, value personal property 1500, born Indiana; Nancy Dawson, age 53, housewife, born Kentucky; Wm Dawson, age 23, male farmer, born Indiana; Uriah Dawson, age 20, farmer, born Indiana; Amanda E. Dawson, age 15, born Indiana; Clarinda Dawson, age 13, born Indiana; Eliza McIlvain, age 48, serving, born Ohio.

Census: 1870 Washington Twp, Marion Co. Indiana -- August 19 1870 Mathias Dawson, age 62, male, white, farmer, value of real estate 24000, value of personal property 5000, born Indiana; Eliza McIlvain, age 58, female, white housekeeper, born Ohio; Mary M Shick, age 20, female, domestic, born Ohio; Ezra Haverstick, age 24 male, white, day Laborer, born Kentucky; Jo??wa Haverstick, age 20 Day Laborer, Kentucky; Frank DeLong, age 18, male white, Day Laborer, born Kentucky.

"Indianapolis and the Civil War", John H. Holliday, 1911--- Listed in the Index of names are: Mathew Dawson, Elijah Dawson, Squire Dawson and Wm. Dawson.


Obituary: Indianapolis News, July 13, 1878-- Death of an Old Settler. Mathias Dawson age 70 years, died at his residence four miles north of the city on the Broadripple road at midnight last night. He was well known as an honest upright citizen and thoroughly conscientious man. He was one of the oldest settlers of this county having come to Washington township in 1823 and lived there from that time until his death, which was caused by a stroke of paralysis. For the past five months he has been totally blind.

Death Notice: Indianapolis Journal, July 13, 1878-- Page 8--- The death of Mathias Dawson of Broad Ripple is announced. Mr. Dawson was one of the oldest citizens of Marion county, and has always enjoyed an enviable reputation for honesty and all the sterling virtues that go to make a man.

Obituary: Indianapolis News, July 12, 1878-- DIED: Dawson--- Thursday night at 12 o'clock, Matthias Dawson, aged 70 years. The funeral will take place at the residence, 4 miles north of the city on Broad Ripple pike Sunday morning at 10o'clock. Friends invited to attend.

Marion Co, Indiana Deed Book 6, page 440, December 4th, 1878 #4976 - Mathias Dawson's Estate, Partition of same. State of Indiana, Marion County, SS: Be it known, that on the 4th day of December 1878, being the 3rd Judicial day of the December Term 1878 of the Superior Court of Marion County, held at the court house in the City of Indianapolis County of Marion, and State of Indiana, before the Honorable Byron K. Elliott one of the judges of said court, the following proceedury ven had in the cause of, Mary Dawson of full age for herself and as Guardian of Ernest Dawson and Iona Dawson minors under the age of Twenty one years; and James Dawson and Sarah Dawson, his wife, Margaret Perrin, William M Dawson and Sarah Dawson his wife, Amanda E Wells and George Wells her husband and Clara D. Wolfram of full age and William M. Dawson Guardian of Corey A Dawson a minor under the age of twenty one years, Petitioners. This day come the petitioners by their attorneys and Reuben Bunnell and Green Danbenspeck. Two of the Commissioners heretofore appointed to make partition of the real estate in the case as adjudged and ordered by the court. Also come in proper person, and in open court take an oath faithfully to perform the duties of their said trust and having thereupon proceeded to and made partition of said real estate amongst the owners thereof now make return and acknowledged in open court their report of such partition in writing signed by them. And the court having examined said report and no objection appearing to the same and to the partition thereby make it is adjudged and ordered that said report be and the same is in all things approved of and conferred by the court and the same is entered of record in the order book of this court in the words figures following to wit: State of Indiana, Marion County in the Superior Court of said County, Mary Dawson of full age for herself and as Guardian of Ernest Dawson and Iona Dawson, minors under the age of Twenty one years, James Dawson and Sarah Dawson his wife, Margaret Perine, William M. Dawson & Sarah Dawson, his wife, Amanda E. Wells and George Wells her husband, and Clara D. Wolfram of full age and William M. Dawson Guardian of Corey A. Dawson a minor under twenty one years of age. Petitioners No. 23436 Room 3. Report of partition by Commissioners. We Reuben Bunnell and Green Danbenspect, two of the commissioners appointed by the court to make partition of the real estate in the above entitled cause, respectfully report to the court that having first taken an oath in open court faithfully to perform the duties of our said trust, duly entered in the Order Book, we proceeded to the discharge of our duties. To enable us more properly and intelligently to make partition of such real estate in the sub division required by the order and judgment of the court, we procured by consent of the petitioners, the services of Harvey B. Fatont County Surveyor; and have made partition of said real estate, to wit: The South East quarter of Section Twelve (12) in Township sixteen (16) North of Range three (3) east, (except one half acre in the south west corner thereof, conveyed away and used for school house purposes) containing one hundred and fifty nine and one half (159 ½) acres more or less, amongst the several owners thereof as follows, to wit:

That we have assigned and set off to Mary Dawson, her heirs and assigns the following described tract of said land, to wit: Beginning on the west line of the said south east quarter of Section Twelve (12) Town Sixteen (16) North of Range Three (3) east in Marion County Indiana at a point Ten (10) chains and forty two (42) links south of the north west corner of said Quarter section, thence running east parallel to the north line of said quarter section forty (40) chains and nine (9) links to the east line of said section. Thence south Twelve (12) chains and Thirty Nine (39) links thence west forty (40) chains and eleven (11) links. Thence North Twelve (12) chains and thirty nine (39) links to the beginning, containing forty nine and seventy hundredths, (49 70/100) acres, including the homestead thereon, the same being the one third (1/3) part in value and the full share and interest of said Mary Dawson in her right as Widow of said Mathias Dawson deceased in all the real estate herein above described.

James Dawson That we have assigned and set off to said James Dawson his heirs and assigns the following described tract and parcel of said land to wit: Beginning at the south west corner of the south east quarter of Section twelve (12) Town sixteen (16) north of Range 3 east in Marion County Indiana. Thence running north eight (8) chains and ninety one (91) links; thence east sixteen (16) chains & twenty one (21) links; Thence south eight (8) chains and ninety (90) links to the south line of said section, Thence west sixteen (16) chains and twenty one (21) links to the beginning, except one half (1/2) acre heretofore sold in the south west corner for school purposes containing thirteen and ninety two hundredths (13 92/100) acres, being one twelfth (1/12 part in value of all the real estate herein above described and his full share therein.

William M. Dawson That we have assigned and set off to said William M Dawson his heirs and assigns the following described tract and parcel of said land to wit: beginning on the west line of the south east quarter of Section twelve (12) Town sixteen (16) north of Range three (3) east in Marion County Indiana at a point eight (8) chains and ninety one (91) links north of the south west corner of said g? section; Thence north eight (8) chains and fifty nine (59) links; thence east sixteen (16) chains and twenty one (21) links, thence south eight (8) chains and fifty nine (59) links; thence west sixteen (16) chains and twenty one (21) links to the beginning, containing thirteen and ninety two hundredths (13 92/100) acres. Being one twelfth (1/12) part in value of all the real estate herein above described and his full share therein.

Margaret Perrine That we have assigned and set off to Margaret Perrine her heirs and assigns the following described tract and parcel of said land, to wit; beginning on the south line of the south east quarter of Section twelve (12) Town sixteen (16) north of Range three (3) east in Marion County Indiana at a point sixteen (16) chains and twenty one (21) links east of the south west corner of said gr? section; Thence running north seventeen (17) chains and forty nine (49) links; Thence east seven (7) chains and ninety seven (97) links, Thence south seventeen (17) chains and forty eight and one half (48 ½) links; thence west seven (7) chains and ninety seven (97) links to the beginning, containing thirteen and ninety two hundredths (13 92/100) acres, being the one twelfth (1/12) part in value of all the real estate herein above described and her full share therein.

Amanda E. Wells That we have assigned and set off to said Amanda E. Wells, her heirs and assigns the following described tract and parcel of said land, to wit: Beginning on the south line of the south east quarter of Section twelve (12) Town sixteen (16) north of Range three (3) east in Marion County Indiana, at a point seven (7) chains and ninety nine (99) links west of the south east corner of said section. Thence running west seven (7) chains and ninety seven (97) links; Thence north seventeen (17) chains and forty eight and one half (48 ½) links; thence east seven (7) chains and ninety seven (97) links; thence south seventeen (17) chains and forty eight (48) links to the beginning containing thirteen and ninety two (13 92/100) acres, being one twelfth (1/12) part in value of all the real estate herein above described and her full share therein.

Corey A. Dawson That we assign and set off to Corey A. Dawson her heirs and assigns the following described tract and parcel of said land, to wit: Beginning at the south east corner of Section twelve(12) Town sixteen (16) north of Range three (3) east in Marion County Indiana, thence west seven (7) chains and ninety nine (99) links, thence north seventeen (17) chains and forty eight (48) links, thence east seven (7) chains and ninety-six (96) links; thence south seventeen (17) chains and forty seven (47) links to the beginning, containing thirteen and ninety two hundredths (13 92/100) acres, being one twelfth (1/12) part in value of all the real estate herein above described and her full share therever.

Clara D. Wolfram That we have assigned and set off to Clara D. Wolfram the following described tract and parcel of said land, to wit. Beginning at the north east corner of the south east quarter of Section twelve(12) Town sixteen (16) north of Range three (3) in Marion County Indiana; Thence running west thirteen (13) chains and thirty six (36) links; thence south ten (10) chains and forty two (42) links thence east thirteen (13)chains and thirty seven (37) links; thence north ten (10) chains and forty two (42) links to the beginning, containing thirteen and ninety two hundredths (13 92/100) acres; being one twelfth (1/12) part in value of all the real estate herein above described and her full share herein.

Ernest Dawson and Iona Dawson, minors, That we have assigned and set off to Ernest Dawson and Iona Dawson, their heirs and assigns the following described tract and parcel of said land, to wit: Beginning at the north west corner of the south east quarter of Section twelve (12) Township sixteen (16) north of Range three (3) east in Marion County Indiana, Thence running east twenty six (26) chains and seventy two (72) links; thence south ten (10) chains and forty two (42) links, Thence west twenty six (26) chains and seventy two (72) links; thence north ten (10) chains and forty two (42) links to the beginning. Twenty seven and eighty four hundredths (27 84/100) acres, being two twelfths (2/12) parts in value of all the real estate herein above described and their full share therein being one twelfth (1/12) part to each to be owned and held in common by them as tenants.

Mathias Dawson's Estate-September 4, 1879-Marion County, Indiana, Final Report; Vol 52, page 393 This day comes William M. Dawson Administrator of said Estate and files his final report and settlement account of said Estate supported by his oath and vouchers showing therein amongst other things that the whole amount of the personal Estate of said deceased including assets of the Real Estate received by him amounted to the aggregate sum of $9673.80 cents with which he charged himself that the credits to which he is entitled for property taken by the widow for sales less than the appraisement and for payment of debts against said estate and costs and expenses of administering the same amount to the aggregate sum of $2312.39 cents and leaving for distribution amongst the widow and heirs of the deceased the sum of $7361.40 cents. That said deceased left surviving him his widow Mary M. Dawson and Ernest Dawson and Iona Dawson the infant children by her of whom said Mary M was and is lawful guardian. Also left James M. Dawson, William M. Dawson, Amanda E. Wells, Clara D. Wolfram and Margaret M. Perrine his children by a former marriage all of full age. Also Cora A. Dawson, daughter of his deceased son Uriah Dawson, who died before his said Father. Said Uriah being his son by his former marriage and said Cora being a minor and said William M Dawson being the lawful guardian. his heirs and only heirs at law and dis ??? of his said Estate. That he distributed said sum of $7361.40 amongst the said widow and children heirs as aforesaid according to their respective rights therein to wit: To said Mar M. Dawson in her right as widow one third or 4/12 parts thereof amounting to the sum of $2453.80 and to each of said heirs one twelfth part thereof being to each the sum of $613.45 and has fully paid the sum to them respectively paying the shares of said Ernest and Iona Dawson to said Mary M Dawson their guardian and the share of said Cora Dawson to said William M Dawson her guardian. He files their several receipts there fore with said report this finally and fully settling said Estate which report and settlement account is in these words and figures following to wit: (Here insert.) And the Court having examined the same and no objection being made thereto and to said settlement and distribution. It is ordered by the Court that the same being all things approved of allowed and confirmed by the Court as the full and final settlement of said Estate and that said William M. Dawson administrator thereof be and ? is forever discharged from said ? All of which is finally ordered and adjudged by the Court.

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