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The John C. Dawson Home Page

Updated September 20, 2010

John C. Dawson
759 Hazelwood Street
Vermilion, Ohio 44089
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(440) 967-4428

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I have worked on the West Virginia DEWEES' for many years, often submitting my data to the Dewees/Deweese Research Team. Our Dewees descendants came from Amsterdam, Holland. The first, Adriaen Hendricks Dewees was born ca. 1595, and owned a book store, as well as brokered paintings for artists including Rembrandt.
Many researchers have followed his grandson, Gerrit Hendricks Dewees through the immigration of his family. From New Amsterdam (New York), Old Germantown, Philadelphia, and into Delaware, I have followed our descendants to western Virginia, now West Virginia.
The children of John Dewees (Delaware Revolutionary)and his wife, Mary Updegrove, became the emphasis of my research. John removed from Delaware with his family and his brother's (Rev. Joshua Dewees) family and settled in the Fayette County/Monongahela County area. John lived in Redstone, Fayette County and was also said to have lived in the Springhill/Wharton Township. The Reverend Joshua's family in Monongahela County, now West Virginia.
John and Mary's children were sons Joshua (moved to Mason County, VA), John Jr. (Darke County, Ohio/Indiana) Samuel (Jackson County, William (Jackson County) and, Isaac Updegrove Dewees, the youngest son settled in Gilmer/Calhoun County area. Of their daughters, Sarah Dewees (b.1781), had a child with a Peter Johnson and both were living in Ohio/Indiana after her parents deaths. Mary Dewees was born 1779 and died before 1814. One other daughter, unnamed was born ca.1783 and died young.
The sons of Samuel and William Dewees fought in the civil war in the 11th West Virginia Infantry, all being wounded at one time or more, and were present at Lee's surrender in Appomattox. [I will soon have a web site @WVcivilwar site on this unit]

The following is great news from the Head Archivist for the Dewees/Deweese Family. We may soon be able to document without a doubt Lewis Dewees' lineage to Adriaen de Wees as he wrote me the following:
Hi John,

Good to hear from you. Thanks for sending the new Dewees information. It is of course always gratifying to see that the research we do can be verified in this way. Hope that you are doing well. I’m still doing my real life job here at the University.... teaching and lab research. Have recently become involved in an exciting new Dewees genealogy approach in which a company can analyze DNA from a male Deweese’s Y-chromosome and learn the relationship of that person to others of the same surname. Since only males receive a Y-chromosome, and it is only from the father, a living Deweese male’s Y-chromosome DNA will be similar to the first male Deweese in America. I am excited that this approach may answer a long unanswered question, which is whether or not Lewis Deweese of Kent Co., DE descends from the original Garrett Hendricks Dewees, as do descendants of his proven sons William and Cornelius. Already some answers are coming in with this ongoing new project. Interesting stuff!

Best wishes,


Allied families of this family are the UPDEGROVES, CASTOS, PARSONS, GATENS and many others I have researched.

I have also researched the HUNTERS/LUGARS families that married into this family in the modern era.

I am a direct descendant of Thomas Henry DAWSON from England. He married into the families of George Jacob BLETSCHER, and John William Gay ANDRAS (Direct ancestor of John Gay the famous English poet and writer of the Beggar's Opera). Other families include Fredrick LINCKS (veteran of Company L, 21st Pa. Cavalry, buried in the Dayton National Cemetery), and Phillip OYLER (also EULER) of Maryland/Chambersburg, PA.) I possess an extensive knowledge on the Dayton's Old Soldiers Home (for Civil War Veterans and others).

I welcome all inquiries..................

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  • Three Irish brothers to America - Gatens Family (67 KB)
    Three Gatens brothers (known) James, Patrick, and William emigrated to the States from Ireland via Scotland. James' family settled in Cincinnati, Ohio then moved west into Iowa. Patrick and William became miners in West Virginia.
  • The Dewees Family's "Casto Connection" (745 KB)
    The sons of the Delaware revolutionary John Dewees and his wife Mary Updegrove, left Fayette County after the death of their parents. John Jr. and family moved to Darke County, Ohio and Indiana. Joshua moved to Mason County WV. Samuel and William Dewees and families moved into Jackson County, WV. Isaac Updegrove Dewees, the youngest moved into Gilmer County. Samuel and William's families settled into the Parchment Valley area of Jackson County, near the family of William Casto and his wife Susanna Rollins. Many of these children married into the Dewees families.
  • The Dewees Family (3371 KB)
    From Adriaen Hendricks de Wees to the Jackson County Dewees' and allied family members.
  • Andras/Bletcher/Dawson/Lincks/Oyler Families (607 KB)
    From Walsingham Andras and Georg Jacob Bletcher to my father Robert E. Dawson. From Johan Fredrick Lincks and Johan Georg Euler to my mother Elva Rose Lincks Dawson
  • Johan Fredrick Lincks (765 KB)
    The latest Lincks'. Updated 9-20-2010

Family Photos

  • James Robert Dewees (566 KB)
    James Robert Dewees, son of Benjamin Casto Dewees and Grace Casto, born March 29, 1850. James married Florence Marcella Sisson, June 21, 1874 in Mason County, West Virginia. He died January 12, 1927 in Kanawha County, WV.
  • Family of James Robert & Florence (Sisson) Dewees (51 KB)
    Seated: James Robert Dewees and Florence Marcella Sisson Dewees Children: Arthur Donald (b.1875), Morton Harley (11/12/1876), Everett Allen (1878), Grace (ca.,1880), Ardelia Gertrude (10/17/1881), Harry Burton (1/8/1883), Alma (1885), Della Agnes (4/10/1889), Virgil Alfred (4/24/1891), and, Iris Thelma (10/17/1896) Dewees. Bancroft, Putnam County, WV.
  • Ann Dewees (258 KB)
    Ann Dewees was the daughter of William Dewees and Rachel Battin. She was born in 1815 and lived to be over 100. When she was in her 90's she would often walk from Leon, WV (her home) to Point Pleasant, almost 12 miles. She married William Robert Casto, the son of William Casto and Susanna Rollins.
  • Della Agnes Dewees (55 KB)
    The daughter of James Robert Dewees and Florence Marcella Sisson, born April 10, 1889. She married Cornelius Frances Gatens, June 16, 1906, and she died June 23, 1973.
  • James Robert Dewees(R) and George Riley Casto(L) (34 KB)
    James Robert Dewees, b. 1850 (Standing Right), was the half brother of George Riley Casto(Standing on the Left). They had the same mother, Grace Casto, however James' father was Benjamin Casto Dewees and George's father was Robert Casto.
  • John Phillip Oyler (148 KB)
    John P. Oyler was born June 24, 1817 in Chambersburg, PA and died Jan 2, 1900. He was the son of Phillip and Mary Oyler. He was the great grandson of Johan Georg Euler who emigrated from Eckartshausen, Germany to Philadelphia aboard the vessel "Townsend". John P. Oyler was the father of Mary Elizabeth Oyler who married Fredrick E. Lincks.
  • Susan Lincks (114 KB)
    Eldest child of Fredrick E. Lincks and Mary Elizabeth Oyler. She was born in Indiana in 1863, and died in 1921. She married James E. H. Mitchell, October 10, 1889 in Canal Fulton, Stark County, Ohio.
  • James E. H. Mitchell (140 KB)
    James was born August 6, 1866 in Colorado. He is the husband of Susan Lincks. James was killed in a mining accident on Jan 4, 1900, and is buried in Union Cemetery in Canal Fulton, Ohio.
  • Fredrick E. Lincks (73 KB)
    Son of Fredrick Lincks Sr. (Civil War Veteran) born 4-2-1838 Alsace-Loraine married Mary E. Oyler and died 12-24-1910

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