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Below is a family biography included in The History of Greene County, Illinois published by Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd in 1879.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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DAWSON, NATHAN, blacksmith, Sec. 33, P.O. Rockbridge, born in the “Old Dominion,” Morgan County, Virginia, March 11, 1820, he is a son of Mary and Henry Dawson, his father is of English descent, Nathan’s mother was of German. Nathan’s father was a tailor, but carried on farming at the same time. Nathan, after he became of age, began for himself, engaging in farming. At the age of 22 he married a lady by the name of Speelman, her Christian name being Seventh Ann, being that number in numerical order of her family, whose name was Ann, hence the title; their marriage took place Feb. 14, 1844. They have had eleven children, all of whom are now living: Richard, Peter E., Emily F., Cora B., Mary J., Napoleon, Henry C., Nancy J., Jefferson D., Taxana L., two of the above are still back in the State of Virginia. After he married he farmed it for three years, then engaged in the millwright business until 1869, when he emigrated to this State, and settled at Fayette, where he engaged in the same business; remained there five years, then came to Medora, where he staid a short time, then came to the town of Rockbridge, where he has since remained, and been engaged in the above named business. He is Democratic, and of the staunchest kind. Mr. Dawson is constructing an invention for cutting hedges by horse-power. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias.

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This family biography is one of 744 biographies included in The History of Greene County, Illinois published in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of Greene County, Illinois

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