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Below is a family biography included in The History of Spencer County, Indiana published by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co. in 1885.  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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ALBERT G. DAWSON, Sr., an early pioneer of Spencer County, Ind., was born June 16, 1816, in Clermont County, Ohio, and is the third son in the family of eight boys and five girls, born to Joseph and Nancy (Miseltoe) Dawson, both natives of Virginia, in which State they were married. Soon after their marriage they removed to Clermont County, Ohio; where they lived upward of thirty years. They then removed to Hamilton County, Ohio, where they passed the remainder of their lives, with the exception of one year spent in Spencer County, Ind. The former died about 1852, and his wife four years earlier. Albert G. Dawson, Sr., received his education in the primitive log-schoolhouse of the frontier. In his twenty-second year he came to Spencer County, Ind., and rented land of Samuel Hammond, living in a small hut on the present site of Grandview. November 22, 1838, his marriage with Permelia Adams was solemnized. Five children were born to them, none of whom are now living. In 1840 he bought the farm where he now lives. About two years later he commenced flat-boating on the Ohio and Mississippi. He was the owner of the boats, running two and three during the winter season. He was in New Orleans when President Lincoln delivered his first inaugural address. He made only one trip after the war. Mrs. Dawson died July 11, 1852, and January 23, of the next year, he married Caroline Fagin, who died March 28, 1854. One child was born to this union. November 11, 1855, he married Cynthia A. Burkhart, a native of Spencer County, Ind. To them thirteen children have been born, nine of whom, Millard F., Albert G., Isabella (now Mrs. Albert Byrne), Christopher C., Laura, Ella (now Mrs. Wesley Tuton), Mary E., Cora A. and Franklin C., are living. Mr. Dawson has a good farm, well improved, and is well known as an honest and upright citizen.

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This family biography is one of 344 biographies included in The History of Spencer County, Indiana portion of the book: History of Warrick, Spencer and Perry Counties Indiana published in 1885 by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Spencer County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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