Scott County Arkansas
Civil War Pension Files
Contributed by Midge Stouffer
Charles Dawson & FamilyCharles Dawson was born in Illinois about 1810 and apparently stayed there until 1838. He then went to Clay Co. Missouri. By 1850 he was in Sugar Loaf Twp. of Sebastian Co., Arkansas. He probably had two wives, but the one who came to Arkansas with the family was Hester A. Unknown. She was born about 1823 and died 30 Sep 1877 near Barber, Arkansas where they lived. She is buried in Piney Log Cemetery, Charles is probably there also; but has no marker. The oldest known child was Hiram P. Dawson born Ca. 1830 while they were in Illinois, his wife Adoline and children lived near Abbott at least until 1870. Their children were Emma born about 1858, John born about 1859, Thomas born about 1862 and Zedock born in 1869. Adoline is listed as a widow in the 1870 Census, Hiram may be buried at Piney Log too. Peter Dawson, who was born Ca. 1834 in Illinois, and married Arneth Glisson the daughter of Finis Glisson and Granddaughter of Thomas Glisson, who came to Scott Co. in 1839. He went back to Illinois with his brother-in-law shortly after 1860 to join Union Forces there and was killed at LaGrange Tenn. 09 Jan 1863. Arneth remarried, but I don't know who. (See Pension records for more information.) Betsy A. Dawson was born 23 Apr 1838 in Illinois, she had three husbands. Benjamin Cowling, Jesse W. Davis, and Weslsey Burnett. Her family lived primarily in Cowlington, Oklahoma and the Fort Smith area. She died 01 Jan 1916 and is buried in Oak Cemetery at Fort Smith. Sarah Jane Dawson was born about 1839 in Missouri. She married Joseph Irvin Martin, the brother-in-law that Peter joined the Union Army with. Joseph's whole family returned to Illinois at that time, but Peter seems to be the only other Dawson that went with them. Sarah Jane and her family returned to Arkansas sometime before 1870 and lived for awhile on the Dawson property near Barber, however they soon went to the Fort Smith area and stayed. She died 06 May 1902 and is buried at Laird Cemetery in Cavanaugh. Elizabeth Walters Dawson was born Ca. 1840 in Missouri. I know nothing else of her. Mary A. George Dawson was born in May 1844 in Missouri. She married William H. Taylor, Sr. and her family resided in Fort Smith. She died 12 Sep 1920 and is buried at Oak Cemetery in Fort Smith. Her son William H. Taylor, Jr. was a Deputy Marshall for Isaac Parker, Captain of Police in Fort Smith. The younger children appear to have remained in the Fort Smith area, because Charles and Hester went into town and took the girls to weather the civil war. They were at the age to marry and apparently stayed with their husband's families, instead of returning to Scott Co. There may have been older children in the Scott Co. area, that I am just not aware of. Please contact me with additional information or for additional information. I have much more on the children who stayed in the Fort Smith area, because the records exist. Midge Stouffer
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