RICHARD DOTSON

 

 

(1752-1847)

and his Descendants

 

 

by

James M. Dotson

Barr Wilson

 

 

1992

 

 


 

RICHARD DOTSON

(1752-1847)

 

 

Published by James M. Dotson, 306 Bonanza Way,

Danville, California 94526

 

 

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The Authors, Barr Wilson and James M. Dotson

1988

 

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PREFACE

 

How this Book Came to be Written and Published

 

In 1985, I became interested in genealogy and started tracing my Dotson ancestral

line. This research led back to my native Ritchie County, West Virginia and the

adjoining counties of Doddridge, Tyler and Wood. It also led to a correspondence with

Barr Wilson who had lived all of his life at Toll Gate, Ritchie County, and who had

published a book on his Wilson ancestors and associated familes; one of these associated

families was “Dotson”. Subsequently, in corroberation with Bertha Dotson Sellers,

he wrote a separate Dotson family history Richard Dotson (1752-1847) which is the

precursor of this book. His typed manuscript, completed in 1983, was distributed to the

local libraries in the Ritchie-Doddridge County area, and generously loaned for

copying to interested descendants of Richard Dotson such as myself. This family

history was the first to recognize Richard Dotson as the sole progenitor of all the

Dotsons living in the Ritchie-Doddridge area in the early 19th century. Much of the

information in this family history came from his own personal knowledge of Dotson

descendants still living in the Ritchie-Doddridge area, plus contributions from individual

families; additional information was derived from local county public records—

marriages, deeds, court records— plus census data up through 1850. Most of the

information (and some misinformation) about Richard Dotson’s ancestors came from a

Mrs. Hazel Seevers Beck, a descendant of Richard Dotson, who had sent it to Bertha

Dotson Sellers.

 

 In 1988, I agreed with Barr to research, and publish as co-author, a major revision

to this family history. My principal contributions were to include (a) additional family

information uncovered during my search of land records for the book Dotson Land

Grants (1804-1865) published by me in 1988, (b) later census information, that is, post

1850; and (c) the results of research at many genealogical libraries, looking for Richard

Dotson’s parents and ancestors.

 

The result is this book containing 346 pages of text divided into eighteen chapters,

the last fourteen of which are devoted to each of Richard Dotson’s known children.

The book also includes five appendices, and an ‘every name’ index to the chaptered

text; this index contains some 7000 name entries, with about 25% being Dotson.

 

In addition to his 1983 Richard Dotson (1752-1847) providing the nucleus of this

publication, Barr has continued to contribute his more recently acquired information;

he has also reviewed the draft of each chapter going into this revised edition.

 

While the resulting book represents a major increase in the published information

about Richard Dotson and his descendants, it is by no means the final word. It should

be considered a progress report representing the current status of knowleldge about

Richard Dotson, his descendants, and his ancestors. Hopefully it will provide the

background and motivation for some of his descendants to continue research in these

areas, particularly that of his ancestors. Our goal of finding Richard’s parents was not

achieved; however, some promising leads are contained in the first chapter.

 

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Acknowledgments

 

Many sources of information were used in the preparation of this book and

gratefully acknowledged. Library sources included the family history libraries of the

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Oakland, California, and Salt Lake City,

Utah; Sutro Library in San Francisco, Californa; the West Virginia Archives and

History Library, Cultural Center, Charleston; the Virginia State Library and Archives,

Richmond, Virginia; the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Library in

Washington, DC. Public record type information was obtained at the County Clerk

offices of Doddridge County at West Union, and Ritchie County at Harrisville, West

Virginia; Frederick County at Winchester, and Shenandoah County at Woodstock,

Virginia; Federal Population Census information was copied at the National Archives,

San Bruno, California.

 

Several Dotson descendants have contributed valuable information on their own

family lines, and have reviewed drafts of their respectives sections in the book; these

sections, to which they have contributed, are identified in the text; Helen L. Simmons,

Margaret Buoncristiana, Viola Wadsworth, Emolene and Armour Lynch, Art Dotson,

Ruth Allen Stanley, and Linda Worden.

 

Publication of this book would not have been possible without the help and

support of my wife Irma McGinnis Dotson, who got me interested in genealogy in the

first place. Her contributions to the research for, and editing of this book, are gratefully

acknowledged.

 

How This Book was Prepared for Publication

 

“Desk-top publishing “ is a recent term applied to a technique for the preparation

of “camera-ready” material on a computer using the proper word-processing and page

lay-out software. This book is an example, in which the author prepared the text, and

type-set the master pages on a Macintosh computer. Printing of the “camera-ready”

text and photographs using an off-set method, and binding, were done by a commercial

printer.

 

James M. Dotson

August 30, 1992

 

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CONTENTS

 

 

Preface v

 

Contents vii

 

Introduction xi

 

Chapter I Early Pioneer Dotsons 1

 

Chapter II Revolutionary War Service 9

 

Chapter III Post Revolutionary War Period 17

 

Chapter IV Later Years in Western Virginia (1800 - 1847) 19

 

Chapter V William Dotson, Sr. 27

V-1 Emanuel Dotson 29

V-2 John Dotson 51

V-3 Nancy Dotson 59

V-4 Mary Ann Dotson 59

V-5 Elizabeth Dotson 60

V-6 Henry Dotson 64

V-7 Charlotte Dotson 65

V-8 Margaret Dotson 67

V-9 William Buskirk Dotson 71

V-10 Solomon “Sol” Dotson 83

V-11 Eliza Margaret Dotson 86

V-12 Cynthia Dotson 89

V-13 Squire Dotson 90

V-14 Mary Jane Dotson 91

 

Chapter VI Nancy Dotson 97

 

Chapter VII Emanuel Dotson, Sr. 99

 

VII-1 Girl Dotson (1) 104

 

VII-2 Girl Dotson (2) 104

 

VII-3 William L. Dotson 104

 

VII-4 Frances Dotson 106

 

VII-5 Benjamin Dotson 107

 

VII-6 Mary Dotson 126

 

VII-7 Girl Dotson (probably Elizabeth) 128

 

VII-8 John S. Dotson 128

 

VII-9 Robert Dotson 133

 

VII-10 Thomas Dotson, Jr. 155

 

VII-11 Joseph Dotson 156

 

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Chapter VIII Richard Dotson, Jr. 161

VIII-1 Melissa Dotson 162

VIII-2 William White Dotson 165

VIII-3 Anna Dotson 174

VIII-4 Luthur Dotson 175

VIII-5 John Calvin Dotson 180

VIII-6 Deliah Dotson 186

VIII-7 Drucilla Dotson 186

VIII-8 Malvina Dotson 186

VIII-9 Francis Marion Dotson 186

 

Chapter IX Elisha Dotson 191

IX-1 Richard W. Dotson 194

IX-2 Jackson Dotson 196

IX-3 Mary Dotson 196

IX-4 Zachariah Dotson 197

IX-5 Hiram Dotson 197

IX-6 Mahala Dotson 204

IX-7 Albert Dotson 205

IX-8 Clarinda Dotson 206

IX-9 Elisha Dotson 206

IX-10 Irvin Dotson 207

IX-11 Daniel Dotson 207

IX-12 Warner W. Dotson 208

IX-13 Robert Dotson 208

 

Chapter X Joseph Dotson 211

X-I Emily Jane Dotson 213

X-2 Michael Carey Dotson 219

X-3 Owen M. Dotson 220

X-4 Evaline Dotson 221

X-5 Mary Elizabeth Dotson 221

X-6 Samuel Scott Dotson 222

X-7 Margaret Dotson 223

X-8 Lucinda Dotson 223

X-9 Joseph Dotson 224

 

Chapter XI James Dotson 225

XI-1 Malinda Dotson 227

XI-2 Deborah Dotson 228

XI-3 Mathias Dotson 228

XI-4 Temperence Dotson 237

XI-5 Asbury Dotson 237

XI-6 Phebe Dotson 238

XI-7 James Dotson, Jr. 238

XI-8 Benjamin Dotson 241

 

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Chapter XII Zachariah Dotson 243

XII-1 Uriah Dotson 248

XII-2 Male Dotson 250

XII-3 Charles Dotson 250

XII-4 Alfred Dotson 251

XII-5 William Dotson 254

XII-6 Mary Ann Dotson 258

XII-7 Louisa Dotson 259

XII-8 James Garrison Dotson 260

XII-9 Emsy Dotson 261

 

Chapter XIII Margaret Dotson 263

 

Chapter XIV Thomas Dotson 265

XIV-1 Martha Dotson 272

XIV-2 Malvina Dotson 272

XIV-3 Perry Dotson 273

XIV-4 Lemmon Dotson 278

XIV-5 Ellis Dotson 281

XIV-6 Mary E. Dotson 288

XIV-7 Marshall Dotson 288

XIV-8 Elza Dotson 289

XIV-9 Clarissa Dotson 289

XIV-10 Cyrus Dotson 293

XIV-11 Aaron Jason Dotson 304

XIV-12 Lawson Dotson 322

 

Chapter XV Ruth Dotson 325

XV-1 Lorenzo Dow Cain 326

XV-2 Zachariah Cain 328

XV-3 “Polly” Cain 329

XV-4 Amelia Cain 329

XV-5 Silas Cain 330

XV-6 James Cain 330

XV-7 Stacy Cain 331

 

Chapter XVI Michael Dotson 333

XVI-1 Sylvanus Dotson 334

XVI-2 Emily Jane Dotson 334

XVI-3 Arieus Dotson 335

XVI-4 Francis Jerleen Dotson 339

 

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Chapter XVII Naomi Dotson 341

XVII-1 Henry Williams 342

XVII-2 Marion Williams 342

XVII-3 Angeline Williams 342

XVII-4 Eleazar Williams 342

XVII-5 Sophia Williams 343

XVII-6 Jasper Williams 343

XVII-7 Richard Williams 343

XVII-8 Maria Williams 343

XVII-9 Elizabeth V. Williams 343

XVII-10 Florence O. Williams 343

 

Chapter XVIII Lydia Dotson 345

XVIII-1 George Childers 345

XVIII-2 Jerome Childers 345

XVIII-3 Manerva Childers 345

XVIII-4 Amos Childers 346

XVIII-5 Elisha Childers 346

XVIII-6 Ella Childers 346

 

Appendix 347

A Myths, Legends Concerning Richard Dotson’s Ancestors 349

B Documentation for Chapter 1 (Early Pioneer Dotsons) 355

C Henry Franks 361

D Unplaced Dotsons 369

E Census Information 373

 

Index 377

 

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INTRODUCTION

 

Introductory Narrative of Richard Dotson’s Life, 1752-1847

 

Richard Dotson was born in Frederick County, Virginia, 1752. As a young man he

moved to the southwestern part of Pennsylvania, then under Virginia’s control, where

he lived as a frontiersman until the end of the Revolutionary War. While there, he

served in the 1774 Lord Dunmore campaign against the Indians, down the Ohio River

and on to Fort Charlotte at present day Chillicothe, Ohio; while on this campaign he

was undoubtedly introduced to the western section of Virginia where he later settled.

He served during the Revolutionary War as a soldier defending the forts in the southwestern

Pennsylvania area. Some of his older children, whose mother was Mary, were

slaughtered by the Indians; their son William survived. By the conclusion of the war,

Virginia had given up to Pennsylvania, her claim to the disputed territory southwest of

Pittsburgh to conform with an extended Mason-Dixon line. At this time Richard

removed back to Frederick County. The next several years were spent in Shenandoah,

Loudoun, and Hampshire Counties, Virginia; he may have resided for a short time in

the state of Maryland. His first wife Mary had died and he remarried a Mildred (Millie)

Miller. Richard and his oldest son William were each enumerated as “head-of-household”

during the years 1798-1799 in Hampshire County, Virginia.

 

Shortly after 1800, Richard brought his family to the Greenwood Area of present

day Doddridge County, WV, where he built his cabin on a six hundred tract of land

granted to him as assignee of a Isaac Pryon. His two older sons William and Emanuel

were each given part of this tract where they established households of their own. As

shown in the1810 Federal Population Census, all three Dotsons (Richard, William and

Emanuel) were enumerated separately as “head-of-household”, in what was then Wood

County. Shortly after 1810, Richard’s second wife Millie died. He then married Naomi

Villers Gregg, a widow of George Gregg who had built a mill at the JUG on Middle

Island Creek near Middlebourne.

 

About 1820, Richard moved to Tyler County, where he acquired land by deed and

grant in the Hugle Run area; this location was only a few miles northeast “across the

ridge” into what was then Tyler County (now Doddridge). Richard’s wife Naomi died

ca. 1826-27. His son William remained in the Greenwood area; Emanuel moved to an

area of Arnold Creek then in Harrison County.

 

 By 1830 Richard, who was getting up in years by then and again a widower, had

moved in with one or another of his younger sons (Joseph in Tyler or Elisha in Wood

County), with whom he was shown residing in the 1830 census. The 1840 census

showed him by name, as a Revolutionary War pensioner residing with his son James in

Tyler County. The younger sons with whom Richard was associated in his land

dealings after 1820 included Zachariah, Elisha, James, Joseph, Thomas, and Richard,

Jr.

 

Richard died in 1847 and is buried in a marked grave in the Arnold Creek Cemetery

in Doddridge County.

 

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Chapter I

Early Pioneer Dotsons

 

 

It is not known who the parents of Richard Dotson were or from where they came.

 

Many stories and myths have been proposed, have appeared in print, quoted and

requoted, and have therefore been given unwarranted credence by some. It is the author’s

conclusion that none have been adequately substantiated and that one account is actually

fraudulent.1 In order to avoid further confusion to the reader, and perpetuation of

misleading information, these myths will not be repeated here, but relegated to the

appendix (App. A). For those wishing to review them further, the following additional

 

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references are given.

 

The earliest documented record of Richard Dotson’s birth appears in his application

filed in 1833 for a Revolutionary War Pension; a transcript of this, and associated

documents, is included in a subsequent chapter. It is from this record that we must develop

clues as to his parentage. This information includes the following: that (1) he was born in

Frederick Co. Va. (the part now Shenandoah Co.) on October 23, 1752 and continued to

reside there until he was about 20 years of age; (2) he then removed to (present day) Greene

County, State of Pennsylvania, that in the year 1774 he served a tour of duty under Lord

Dunmore against the western Indians; he returned to his place of residence in the State of

Pennsylvania where he continued to live until after the close of the Revolutionary war; (3)

after the close of the Revolution he returned to Shenandoah County, Virginia; after

remaining there a few years (the precise number he cannot recollect) (4) he removed to

Landon (Loudoun) County, Virginia and continued there about two years, from Landon

(Loudoun) he removed to Hampshire Co., Va., where he lived about six years from thence

he removed to Wood Co., Va.

 

From this, it is apparent that a record of his parentage, if such exists, should be found

in Frederick or Shenandoah Co. Va. (Shenandoah was formed from the southern portion

of Frederick in 1772, first named Dunmore, then name changed to Shenandoah in 1778);

however, a search of the marriage records and wills in the Virginia State Library revealed

nothing about Richard. Nor was any other information found that led to the positive

identification of his parents. Richard’s name, as well as the names of several other Dotson

or Dodsons were found in tax and land records of these two counties during the 1750-1800

time period, some of whom were undoubtedly related to Richard. A summary and

discussion of this information is included here in the hope that, with further research, it may

help lead to the identification or Richard’s parentage.

 

The earliest record of Richard was found in the personal property tax records of

Shenandoah County for 1784, 1785 and 1786; other Dotson or Dodsons appearing with

him during these years were Thomas, Thomas Jr., Samuel, William and Peter. A copy of

 


 

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these personal property tax lists for Dotson or Dodsons in Shenandoah County for the

years 1782-1793 are shown in tabular form later in the chapter.

 

The following is a list of the Dotsons or Dodsons living in Shenandoah County who,

by virtue of age or other circumstance, could have been Richard’s father: (references are

included):

 

(1) John Dodson

(2) Peter Dodson

(3) Charles Dodson

(4) Samuel Dodson

(5) William Dodson

(6) David Dodson

(7) Thomas Dotson, Sr.

The pertinent available information concerning each of them, with discussion, is

summarized below:

 

(1) John Dodson

1754: 11 Nov. John Dodson of Augusta Co. granted 260 A. in said county; where

he lives on Mill Creek; adj. Mary Allen, Joseph Donhem (Donovon) (Note: this land in

present day Shenandoah Co. formerly Frederick and Augusta Counties.)4

 

1756: 30 Sept. John Dodson of Augusta Co. granted 400 A. in said County including

where he lives west side of Stoney Creek. (Surveyor Mr. Robt Rutherford)5 ( For the

location of Stoney Creek see map at end of chapter.)

 

1782-83: on Personal Property tax lists Shenandoah Co.

 

1784: Will book B, p.107, rec. Aug 1784; property left to wife Elizabeth, son Peter,

son Charles, daughter Elizabeth, and daughter Ann; did not name Richard as heir.

 

In his book The Dodson (Dotson) Family of North Farnham Parish, Richmond

County, Virginia; A History and Genealogy of Their Descendants6, Rev. Lucas states that

John was born (of Charles Dodson, Sr.) around the early 1700’s in Richmond County

Virginia; married Elizabeth Goad about 1724 and died Shenandoah VA in 1784. Lucas

lists John’s children as; Martha Ann (m. Callendar) b. 7 Nov 1725; Charles b. 28 Aug 1726,

Moses b. 12 Jan 1729; John, Jr. b. 12 Aug 1731 died young; Peter b. 22 May 1735;

Elizabeth (m. Kyle) b.d.? baptized Augusta Co. Va. 1741.

 

 As noted above he left his property to wife Elizabeth, son Peter, son Charles, daughter

Elizabeth, and daughter Ann; but did not name Richard as his heir. But John had at least

one other son (Moses) whom he left out of his will for reasons unknown (maybe deceased).

Therefore one cannot absolutely eliminate John as a possible father of Richard on the basis

of omission in his will.

 

Pertinent information of John’s sons Peter and Charles is summarized below. While

by virtue of their ages, John and his sons Peter and Charles all could possibly have been

Richard’s father, none appears likely to have been, since Richard was not included in any

of their wills.

 


 

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(2) Peter Dodson

1735: 22 May, born, son of John and Elizabeth Dodson7

 

1783-1793: on personal property tax lists Shenandoah Co.

 

1800: will proved; did not name Richard as heir

 

Lucas lists Peter Dodson’s children, named in his will, as8: William b. late 1760’s or

early 1770’s; Easter (Ester) b. ca 1770’s m. Kyle; Joseph b. ca 1780’s; Jacob b. d. ?; Ruth

 

b. d. ?, m. Rodeheffer; Dorcas b.d. ?; and Martha b.d. ?, m. Ludwick.

Lucas comments that Peter, born in 1735, had minor children in 1800; may be an

indication that he was married twice and could have had older children by an earlier

marriage who were not named in his will; or that he simply married late in life. Any reader

interested in this family (John, or his sons Peter and Charles) is referred to Rev. Lucas’

excellent book for much additional information contained therein.

 

(3) Charles Dodson

b. 28 Aug 1726, d.1797 in Greene Co., TN; son of John Dodson (above)9, Richmond

Co. VA.; at age eleven, ordered by church wardens bound out with brother Moses, reasons

unknown; was married to a Mary ———; living on Staunton River* in 1751-52 when his

son John was born (John Dodson, Rev. War pension claim S 2518); in 1779, Charles was

left 5 pds in his father John’s will and debarred from holding or possessing any of his

father’s land forever.

Charles Dodson’s children were: Elizabeth m. Ryan; John b. ca 1751/52 Staunton

River in VA (Rev. Pension Appl. S2518); Jemima; Edmund b. ca 1750/60 (second son);

Martha m. Roberts; Moses b. ca. 1764 d. ca. 1842; Sarah m. Kyle; Charles; Rebecca m.

Mooney; and Catherine m. Hice (Hise). Note a James Hice was mentioned as being

adjacent to a tract conveyed from an Elizabeth Dotson widow of James Dotson, dec’d. in

a Washington (Greene) Co. Tenn. deed in 1848.10 Most of the children of Charles Dodson

used the surname spelling “Dotson”.

 

Another mention of the name Staunton River is made in Lucas’s chapter under his

John Dodson #36 (Lambeth-7, Chas-1)(Vol. 1, p. 28) where in 1782 a John Dotson signed

a petition of inhabitants of Bedford Co., VA residing on the south side of Staunton River,

seeking a new County Franklin to be created from the southern part of Bedford and the

northern part of Henry counties.

 

*Two rivers by this name have been located in the state of Virginia:

 

(a) Portions of the Roanoke River are known as the Staunton River. This major river

in the southwestern part of Virginia rises in the vicinity of the city of Roanoke, flows

southeastward bordering the Virginia counties of Pittsylvania, Bedford, Franklin, Campbell,

Charlotte and Halifax, through Mecklenburg County and on into the state of North

Carolina; it empties into Albemarle Sound near Elizabeth City, NC. This river is dammed

in several places.

(b) A small river in Madison County is also called Staunton River. Rising on the

eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountain, it empties into the Rapidan River near Graves

Mill and the Rapidan into the Rappahannock near Frederiksburg. This Staunton River is


 

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shown on the US Geological Survey topographical map, Madison VA quadrangle, at

coordinates of 38o26' N.-78o22’30"W.; it is about 50 miles southeast of Shenandoah

County, separated by Page County.

 

(4) Samuel Dodson (Dotson)

1782-86: on personal property tax lists of Shenandoah Co. - one white male over

21, plus livestock (see table below)

 

In Wayland’s A History of Shenandoah Co. 2nd ed. 1980 p. 220, a Samuel Dodson

is shown for the the year 1785 “list of Edwin Young , east side of Massanutten (Mtn.),

Luray, 3 whites, 1 black.” (This area on the south fork of the Shenandoah river is in present-

day Page County; Page was formed in 1831 from parts of Shenandoah and Rockingham

counties). This Samuel Dodson is obviously not the same Samuel Dotson enumerated in

the same year on the personal property tax lists of Shenandoah County as shown below.

No other positive information is available for identification of either of these Samuels.

 

 A Samuel Dodson appeared in the deed books of Spotsylvania Co. relative to the

estate of James Brock and wife Mary Beverley, 23 Dec 1762 noted by Lucas from Frank

 

D. Fuller Notes11; however no connection was made to the Samuel appearing on the

Shenandoah personal property tax lists 1782-86 above.

In the discussion of a Samuel Dodson (son of Fortunatus), Rev. Lucas states that the

whereabouts of that Samuel after the period 1753 are not known; but could that Samuel (son

of Fortunatus) have been the Samuel Dodson appearing on the personal property tax lists

of Shenandoah Co. for the years 1782-1786? Samuel (son of Fortunatus) was the nephew

of John and Elizabeth Goad Dodson, discussed above, who were residing in Shenandoah

County at that time (John died in 1784)12

 

(5) William Dotson

1748: a tax delinquent in Augusta Co.13

1754: chain carrier, survey on fork of Shanandoah (sic) R. Frederick Co.14

1755: French and Indian War service- Frederick Co., 24 years of age.15

1781: March court - Shenandoah Co.16

1783: August court - Shenandoah Co.17

1782-1783: personal property tax list - Shenandoah Co.

 

It is evident that this William Dotson b. 1731, is much too old to be the son of Peter

Dodson. A search was made of the Lucas book index (Vol. II) for a William Dotson fitting

the description of the William b. 1731; the result was unsuccessful in finding any likely

matches. However the following are possible, should he have moved from Shenandoah

County subsequent to 1784: p.1306, William Dodson, May 1791 will, Granville Co. NC,

wife Frances sons William and Charles, daughter Holley; p. 1429 William Dotson

Pittsylvania Co tax list 1787 and Wm. Dodson 1784-1786, 1789-1799

 


 

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(6) David Dodson (Dotson)

1794: on Shenandoah county personal property tax list (1 white tithe)18

 

1798: his daughter Mary married Thos. Case19 (Cave)20

 

No additional information. While possible, unlikely to be Richard’s father.

 

Rev. Lucas 21 identifies a David Dodson, son of George and Margaret Dagord Dodson,

born probably after 1740; on 16 Aug 1794 this David and wife Elizabeth, sold 220 acres

in Pittsylvania Co. Lucas speculates that then they may have gone for a while to Tennessee,

later Kentucky. But might they have gone instead to Shenandoah Co. and appeared on the

personal property tax list there in 1794? However, on 16 April 1798 a David Dodson sold

a tract of land in Pittsylvania Co. VA to a Raleigh Dodson, Jr. 22 and a David Dodson and

David Dodson, Jr. both appear on the Pittsylvania county personal property tax lists as late

as 179923-(See Thos. Dotson, Sr. below, another son of George and Margaret Dagord

Dodson)

 

(7) Thomas Dotson, Sr.

1750: Aug. 28; added to list of tithables, Augusta Co. VA24

 

1783-1790: personal property tax list- Shenandoah Co. listed each year with Thomas

Dotson, Jr.

 

1791-1792: personal property tax list- Shenandoah Co.-only one Thomas Dotson

listed; in 1792 levy-free (indicating advancing age)

 

Rev. Lucas25 shows a Thomas Dodson #70, b. 25 May 1735, Richmond Co., VA

(North Farnham Parish Register) son of George and Margaret Dagord Dodson. Neither

their place of residence after leaving Richmond Co., VA, nor date of death have been

proven. This Thomas has not been further identified; it is therefore possible that he may

be the Thos. Sr. shown above. There were many confusing Thomas Dodsons; Corbari

shows a Thomas Dodson (relationship and geographical location unknown) as having

departed this life Nov. 21, 174026

 

(7a) Thomas Dotson, Jr.

 

 While not of an age suitable to be Richard’s father, he may be a relative (cousin or

brother); he is presumably the son of Thomas, Sr. above.

1748: birthyear from pension appl.1818 age 70

1783-1790: on personal property tax list with Thos. Sr.

1788: Thomas Jr. married to Catherine Gunner27

1790: Thos. Jr and Catherine his wife, two deeds, Powells Fort Passage Creek,

 

Shenandoah Co.(see map at end of chapter)

 

1795: deed in Shenandoah Co.

1804: daughter Esther m. Andrew Barnside28

1807: daughter Polly m. to H. Knicely29

1810: census Shenandoah Co. (males; 1 <10, 2 10-16, 1 16-26, 1 >45; females;

 

1 10-16, 1 16-26, 1 > 45)

 

 


 

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1820: census Woodstock Shenandoah Co. (males; 1 >45; females:1 <10, 2 2645)

1820: Rev. War pensioner, Appl. No. S39459 granted pension on application

 

executed 25 May 1818, age 70, while living in Shenandoah Co. VA, died 10 Apr 1835.30

 

Two other Dodsons who served in the Rev. War from Shenandoah Co. and who might

be a relative of Richard Dotson (most likely, by virtue of age, a cousin or brother) are31:

 

(1) John Dodson Claim S2518, b. 1751-52 in Va. near Staunton R.; afterwards father

(Charles) moved into County of Shenandoah; entered service 1 July 1775; filed pension

application 29 Nov 1820 Hawkins Co. Tenn.

(2)William Dodson S30994, b. Mar 29 1758 Shenandoah Co. Va, and while residing

there enlisted 1776; allowed pension on application executed while resident of Nelson Co.

KY.

In conclusion to the discussion of this chapter on pioneer Dotsons, it is apparent that

no real evidence has been found that links Richard to any of the preceding six possible

Dotson or Dodsons; hopefully, however, some of the information presented here may be

useful in further research toward this end.

 

Notes: Chapter 1

 

1 The Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr. and Mrs Sherman Williams, The Dodson (Dotson)

Family of North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia: A History and Genealogy of

Their Descendants, Vol. II ( P. O. Box 738 Easley, South Carolina 29641-0738: Southern

Historical Press, Inc., 1989), p. 1176-1177.

 

2 Bertha Dotson Sellers, The Dotson Family. Section 1, The Ancestry of Richard Dotson

according to genealogical records. (Unpublished 1974 [Source Hazel Seevers, Kansas City,

Kansas] typewritten copy placed with Ritchie Co. Historical Society, Harrisville, WV), p. 1.

 

3 Barr Wilson, Richard Dotson 1752-1847 (Unpublished 1983; typewritten copies placed

with Ritchie County Historical Society, Ritchie County Library and Doddridge County Library),

 

p. 1-3.4Gertrude E. Gray, compiler, Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, (Baltimore Maryland

;Genealogical Publishing Co. 1988)

 

5 Gray, Ibid.

 

6 The Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr. and Mrs Sherman Williams, The Dodson (Dotson)

Family of North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia: A History and Genealogy of

Their Descendants, Vol. I (P. O. Box 738 Easley, South Carolina 29641-0738: Southern

Historical Press, Inc. 1989), p. 6-8.

 

7 Shirley Kirkland Guio Corbari, The Guio-Dodson Family (Los Gatos CA: Printed by

Vasona Copy Center 1985; copy in Virginia State Library, Richmond VA), p. 43.

 

8 The Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr. and Mrs Sherman Williams, The Dodson (Dotson)

Family of North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia: A History and Genealogy of

Their Descendants, Vol. I (P. O. Box 738 Easley, South Carolina 29641-0738: Southern

Historical Press, Inc. 1989), p. 25-26.

 

9Ibid., p. 23.

 

10 The Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr. and Mrs Sherman Williams, The Dodson (Dotson)

Family of North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia: A History and Genealogy of

Their Descendants, Vol. II ( P. O. Box 738 Easley, South Carolina 29641-0738: Southern

Historical Press, Inc., 1989), p. 1344.

 


 

CHAPTER I EARLY PIONEER DOTSONS 7

 

 

11Ibid., p. 1449.

 

12 The Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr. and Mrs Sherman Williams, The Dodson (Dotson)

Family of North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia: A History and Genealogy of

Their Descendants, Vol. I (P. O. Box 738 Easley, South Carolina 29641-0738: Southern

Historical Press, Inc. 1989), p. 33.

 

13 Lyman Chalkley, Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia extracted

from...Court Records of Augusta County, 1745-1800, Vol. 2, 1912 (1980), p. 414.

 

14 Joyner, Northern Neck Warrants and Surveys 1747-1780 Vol. II (1985)

 

15 Bockstruck p. 15, 53.

 

16 Shenandoah Co. Order Book 1781-84, p. 14.

 

17 Shenandoah Co. Order Book 1781-84, p. 219.

 

18 The Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr. and Mrs Sherman Williams, The Dodson (Dotson)

Family of North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia: A History and Genealogy of

Their Descendants, Vol. II ( P. O. Box 738 Easley, South Carolina 29641-0738: Southern

Historical Press, Inc., 1989), p. 1448.

 

19 Vogt, John and T. William Kethley, Jr. (Comps.) Shenandoah County Marriage Bonds,

1772-1850 (Athens., GA, Iberian Publishing Co. 1984), p. 386.

 

20 The Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr. and Mrs Sherman Williams, The Dodson (Dotson)

Family of North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia: A History and Genealogy of

Their Descendants, Vol. II ( P. O. Box 738 Easley, South Carolina 29641-0738: Southern

Historical Press, Inc., 1989 [citing First Book of Marriages, Shenandoah County, VA, as given

by John Wayland's History of Shenandoah County, Virginia, 1927]), p. 1447-1448.

 

21 The Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr. and Mrs Sherman Williams, The Dodson (Dotson)

Family of North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia: A History and Genealogy of

Their Descendants, Vol. I (P. O. Box 738 Easley, South Carolina 29641-0738: Southern

Historical Press, Inc. 1989), p. 17, 51.

 

22 Ibid., p. 117.

 

23 The Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr. and Mrs Sherman Williams, The Dodson (Dotson)

Family of North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia: A History and Genealogy of

Their Descendants, Vol. II ( P. O. Box 738 Easley, South Carolina 29641-0738: Southern

Historical Press, Inc., 1989), p. 1429-1432.

 

24 Lyman Chalkley, Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia extracted

from...Court Records of Augusta County, 1745-1800, Vol. 1, 1912 (1980), p. 41.

 

25 The Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr. and Mrs. Sherman Williams, The Dodson (Dotson)

Family of North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia: A History and Genealogy of

Their Descendants, Vol. I (P. O. Box 738 Easley, South Carolina 29641-0738: Southern

Historical Press, Inc. 1989), p. 17.

 

26 Corbari, p. 43.

 

27 Vogt, Shenandoah Co. Marriages, p. 102.

 

28 Vogt, Shenandoah Co. Marriages, p. 386.

 

29 Vogt, Shenandoah Co. Marriages, p. 386.

 

30 Pension Appl. Claim S39459 (National Archives, read by author at San Bruno, Ca. 14

Dec. 1990).

 

31 John Dodson Claim S2518; William Dodson Claim S30994 (National Archives, read by

author at San Bruno, Ca. 14 Dec. 1990).

 


 

Chapter II

Revolutionary War Service

 

 

In present day Western Pennsylvania

 

 (1777-1779)

 

M

M

ost of what we know about Richard Dotson, especially his military service in present

day western Pennsylvania, and post-Revolutionary life until about 1800, is gleaned

from his application for a pension which he filed in 1833. At the time he made application,

he was living with his son James in the Deep Valley area of then Tyler County VA. A

transcript of his application, other pension documents, and an account of life on the frontier

are presented below:

 

Richard Dotson’s application for a pension. No. S. 5364...Va. No. 16219.

 

“State of Virginia

 

Tyler County to wit:

 

On this 10th day of June 1833, personally appeared in open Court before Robert

Gorrell; William Bond; John D. Wells; & James G. West, Justices of the Peace,

constituting the County Court of Tyler County, now sitting. Richard Dotson, a resident of

said County and State of Virginia, aged 81 years, who being first duly sworn according to

law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the

act of Congress passed June 7th 1832, that he was born in Shenandoah County (now

Frederick) (See editorial note below) State of Virginia and continued to reside there until

he was about 20 years of age, he then removed to Greene County State of Pennsylvania,

that in the year 1774 he served a tour of duty under Lord Dunmore against the western

Indians, that he marched to Fort Charlotte near the place where Chillicothe now stands, in

the State of Ohio, from whence he returned to his place of residence in the State of

Pennsylvania where he continued to live until after the close of the Revolutionary war, that

in the spring of the year 1777 he entered the service of the United States as a volunteer

Indian Spy under Captain John Minor and served six months of that year, that in the years

1778 & 79 he also served the United States six months each year as an Indian Spy under

Captain John Minor entering the service in the spring and leaving it in the fall, making in

all he served as an Indian Spy the term of eighteen months or more that services consisted

in watching movements of the Indians examining their trails and giving information of

their approach to the settlements that he principally served in Greene and adjoining

Counties, that his headquarters were at Jenkinses Fort in said County of Greene and Jarard

Fort about three miles from the former, that the said Captain John Minor was the

commandant of these stations, that in the summer of 1777 or 8 he and four of his

companions had a skirmish with about the same number of Indians, that one of his party

(to wit) John Nichols was killed and one of the Indians was also killed by Richard Hall. This

skirmish took place near Jarard Fort on Big Whiteley and that he has no recollection of

having received a discharge. He further says that after the close of the Revolution he

returned to Shenandoah County, Virginia after remaining there a few years (the precise

 


 

10 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

number he cannot recollect) he removed to Landon (Loudoun) County, Virginia and

continued there about two years, from Landon (Loudoun) he removed to Hampshire Co.,

Va., where he lived about six years from thence he removed to Wood Co., Va., since which

time he has continued to reside alternately in Wood and Tyler Counties until the present

time that he now lives in said County of Tyler. He further says he has a record of his age

and that he was born on the 23rd day of October 1752.

 

He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the

present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.

Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.

 

 his

 

 RICHARD X DOTSON

 

 mark

 

We, John Ripley, a clergyman, residing in the County of Tyler, State of Virginia and

William Wells, residing in the same, hereby certify that he was well acquainted with

Richard Dotson who has subscribed and sworn to the foregoing declaration that we believe

him to be eighty one years of age, that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where

he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution and that we concur in that opinion. Sworn

to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.

 

John Ripley

 

Wm. Wells.

 

And the Court do hereby declare their opinion, after the investigation of the matter and

after putting the interrogations prescribed by the war department, that the above named

applicant was a Revolutionary soldier and served as he states and the Court further certifies

that it appears to them that John Ripley, who has signed the preceding certificate is a

clergyman residing in the County of Tyler and that William Wells who has also signed the

same, is a resident of the County of Tyler, and is a creditable person, and that their statement

is entitled to credit.

 

I, David Hickman, Clerk of the County Court of Tyler County, in the State of Virginia,

do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said Court in

the matter of the application of Richard Dotson for a pension.

 

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of office this 10th day of

June 1833.

 

D. HICKMAN

Clerk of the County Court of Tyler County.”

(Note...Frederick County was formed in 1738. Dunmore County was formed from

Frederick in 1772. In 1778 the name of Dunmore County was changed to Shenandoah

County, Virginia; at the time of his birth 23 Oct 1752, he would have been born in Frederick

County, VA.)

 

Testimony of ANN REDDICK in support of Richard Dotson’s Pension Application

on 7 May 1833: “..age 95 on the 23rd day of last Sept...made oath that she lived during the

years 1777, 1778 and 9 in Greene County State of Pa. during all which time she was well

acquainted with Richard Dotson and knows that he served the United States as an Indian

Spy in the years 1777, 1778 and 9 and that she believes he served six months in each of said

years and that deporant and said Dotson were frequently inmates of Jenkins’s Fort at the

same time and further this deporant saith not.”

 


 

CHAPTER 2 REVOLUTIONARY WAR SERVICE 11

 

 

From the State of West Virginia Department of Archives and History, Charleston, W.

Va. Mrs. Roy Bird Cook, Director:

 

"Archives No. S.5364 Service, Virginia Virginia No. 16219.

 

Name of Person..... Richard Dotson.

 

Date and place of birth...Shenandoah Co., Va., Oct 23, 1752.

 

Service record...Indian Spy. 18 months under Captain John Minor.

 

Company or Regiment.....Virginia Militia.

 

Name of officers...Not given.

 

Battle or campaigns...Guarding and protecting frontiers Green County Pennsylvania

and Virginia.

 

Date of enlistment...1774, 1777, 1778, 1779.

 

Residence before Revolution...Tyler Co., Va. (This in error...residence Greene Co.,

Pa., and Frederick Co., Va.)

 

Date of application for a pension...June 10, 1833.

 

Residence at the time...Tyler Co., Va.

 

Date of death...not on A.B. .(Note...He died 1847).

 

Names of comrades of the soldiers who may have made affidavit in support of the

soldier and his widow’s claim. Their place of residence, age, or other data. Act of June 7,

1832...Rev. Ripley, William Wells and Ann Reddick signed.

 

Certificate issued July 18, 1833...Virginia Service, Private 18 months at $60.00 per

Annum.

 

 His tour of service as Indian Spy were 6 months each. In one skirmish one Indian

and one soldier to-wit, John Nichols, were killed. The Indian was killed by John Hall

near Jarrard Fort.

 

Born in Shenandoah (Now Frederick) County, Virginia and resided there 20 years.

Resided Greene Co., Pa., 1774. After close of war resided in Shenandoah, Loudoun,

Hampshire, Wood and Tyler Co’s."

 

Taken from West Virginians in the Revolution1

 

 "DOTSON, RICHARD VA. No. 16219 No. S. 5364

 

Born, Shenandoah (now Frederick) County, Virginia, Oct 23, 1752, and lived there

twenty years. Resided Greene County, Pa., 1774, and after the Revolution lived in

Shenandoah, Loudoun, Hampshire, Wood and Tyler Co’s. In the latter of which he filed

his pension application in 1833. It was issued to him, July 18, 1833."

 

STATE OF VIRGINIA, COUNTY OF WOOD, TO-WIT

 

OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK OF THE COUNTY COURT OF WOOD

COUNTY,

 

I, L. C. White, Clerk of the County Court in and for the County of Wood and State of

W.Va., having a seal, do hereby certify the above and foregoing to be the full and true and

complete photostatic copy of an original paper as presented in this office.

 

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and seal of this office in

the City of Parkersburg, Wood County, and State of West Virginia

 

this 14th day of March 1957.

 

L. C. White


 

12 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

Clerk Wood County Court,

 

Ruby Swearingen, Deputy.

 

STATE OF VIRGINIA, DODDRIDGE COUNTY, SS.

 

BE IT KNOWN That before me, Samuel Archibald, a Justice of the Peace in and for

the County aforesaid, personally appeared Richard Dotson and made oath in due form of

law, that he is the identical person named in the original pension certificate in his

possession, of which (I certify) that the following is a true copy. War Department

Revolutionary Claim. I certify that, in conformity with the law of the United States of the

7th of June 1832, Richard Dotson of the State of Virginia who was an Indian Spy in the War

of the Revolution is enlisted to receive Sixty Dollars per annum, during his natural life,

commencing on the 4th day of March 1831 and payable semi-annually on the 7th day of

March and the 4th day of September, in every year. Given at the war office of the United

States, this 18th day of July, one thousand eight hundred and thirty three.

 

 Appointment of attorney for receiving pension payments:

 

"Know all men by these presents, That I, Richard Dotson of Doddridge County, State

of Virginia, Pensioner of the United States, do hereby constitute and appoint Charles W.

Russell, my true and lawful attorney, for me, and in my name, to receive from the agent

of the United States for paying pensions in Wheeling, State of Virginia, my pension from

the 4th day of September 1846 to the 4th day of March 1847.

Witness my hand and seal this 5th day of March, 1847.

 

 his

Sealed and delivered RICHARD mark DOTSON

in the presence of Samuel Archibald

Witness, James Dotson

 

State of Virginia, Doddridge County, SS.

 

Be it known, That before the subscriber, a Justice of the Peace and for the County

aforesaid, personally appeared Richard Dotson, the above named, and acknowledged the

foregoing power of attorney to be his act and deed. In testimony whereof I have hereunto

set my hand, this 5th day of March 1847

 

SAMUEL ARCHIBALD J.P.

 

State of West Virginia...Ohio County...SS

 

Be it known, that on the second day of April, 1847, before the subscriber, a Justice of

the Peace in and for the County aforesaid, personally appeared Charles W. Russell, the

attorney in the foregoing power of attorney and made oath that the same was not given him

by reason of any sale, transfer or mortgage of the pension or arrears of pension therein

authorized to be received by him.

 

Sworn to and subscribed the C.W. Russell

 

day and year last above

 

written, before me John Roff J.P.

 

Last pension payment made 1847:

 

General Services Admn.

 

Nat’l. Archives & Rec. Service Washington, D.C.

 


 

CHAPTER 2 REVOLUTIONARY WAR SERVICE 13

 

 

Revolutionary War. (RG 217).

 

Military Pension Payment Files (Portion of the pension payment file of Richard

Dotson}

 

 UNITED STATES PENSION AGENCY

 

Wheeling, April 17, 1847.

Received of Acron Aul, Agent, for paying pensioners, Thirty Dollars -Cents, being for

six months-days pension, due to Richard Dotson from the 4th day of September 1846

to the 4th day of March 1847 for which I have signed duplicate receipts.

 

Charles W. Russell, Att’y for Richard Dotson.

 

Wheeling Va., 2nd quarter 1847 Box 9 Chalk 20.

 

John Robb

 

Acting Secretary of War.

 

Examined and countersigned...J.L. Edwards...Commissioner of Pensions. That he

now resides in Doddridge County, Va. and has resided there for the space of two years past,

and that previous thereto he resided in Tyler County, State of Virginia.

 

Sworn and subscribed this 5th day of March 1847 before me, Samuel Archibald J.P.

 

James Dotson

 

 his

 

RICHARD X DOTSON

 

 mark

 

Pensioner

 

INDIANS ATTACK THE SMITH HOME (“It was a bad year”).

 

The following article was taken from “AWHILE AGO TIMES” published by Glenn

Lough, Fairmont, W.Va. This was an Historical Newspaper of the upper Monongahela

Valley. No date but it was during the 1970’s.

 

 What follows was said to have been dictated to Joseph H. Powell by James Morgan,

a son of Col. Zackwell Morgan on James’ birthday in 1850. James was then eighty years

old. Powell said he wrote the story as James told it, using James’ own words.

 

“Seventeen and seventy-nine was the year my father moved his family from the house

where I was born to Decker’s Creek. I was nine then, being born in 1770. I went along with

the years. Father sold his home- stead land where Rivesville now is, in four parcels. I forgot

who the buyers were. I remember John and William Merrill got pieces. I think Bob Sgarer

(Shearer) got some. Father owned about 2500 acres there, joining Henry Batten at

Longwell Spring Run.

 

Everybody asks me where Longwell Spring Run was. This name for that little dreen

seems to be lost. It was the first dreen that emptied into the river below Pharoahs Run. At

first father had all the land around there. Then he sold Mr. Duthett (Deuther) a parcel and

Duthett didn’t pay and he sold the same piece to Casper Bunner. He let Uncle Dave

(Morgan) have a thousand acres for moving here from Pennsylvania and Uncle Dave took

up a lot besides, in his own right after he moved in. Father let Matty Hoult (Matthew Hoult)

have about four hundred acres. The Merrils got their first land here from father and Uncle

Dave. There was some blood tie with the Merrills that began in Delaware.

 

I’ve heard Uncle Dave say that William Merrill married a Morgan, cousin of ours.

She’s the woman that settled the hash for those Indians in Nelson County (Kentucky). I

 


 

14 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

was to visit them once. They always called her “Miff” and to save my life, I can’t recall

her given name. I’ve asked other Morgans, but nearly all the old Morgans are gone, and

the coming on Morgans don’t remember nothing. The year we moved in late

 

February or early March, onto the Lemaster land at Decker’s Creek (Morgantown)

was a bad year. Uncle Dave fought the Indians that year, April thirteenth, I think it was.

It was about a month later, those dirty beggers tried to get Steve and Sally (David Morgan’s

children).

 

Father and the Cochrans and the Evanses and others built our blockhouse on the first

rise below Decker’s Creek, and that was our new home. Every body called it “Morgan’s

Fort,” but it was just a big log house with peep holes in the walls to see and shoot from.

 

Just before we moved to Decker’s Creek, John Bozarth and family went down to Cheat

river to visit Mrs. Bozarth’s sister’s family, named Smith. The Bozarth’s first owned the

land where Fairmont is. They sold out to Tom Barnes and moved to the head of the West

Fork River, but John’s family still lived on their Fairmont land in the year I’m telling about,

1779. The bad year for all of us around. George, John’s boy, and I were good friends. Mrs.

Bozarth was there at Smith’s when the Indians raided on Cheat. I heard Uncle Dave say,

there was about thirty of them, broken into little bunches. Jacob Prickett had a brother

settled in that country, and his boy, Elias, was at the Smith’s that day. He was about twenty

years old, I think.

 

The children were playing outside right after dinner, and yelled that the Indians were

coming. Elias Prickett ran outside and was shot in the hip. He fell back into the door. The

Indians ran inside. Dick

 

(Richard) Dotson was in there, and he jumpted the Indian and threw him down on the

floor, yelling for something to kill him with. Mrs. Bozarth picked up an ax and chopped

open the Indian’s head. Another Indian ran in yelling and shot Dick Dotson. It’s been in

the papers and in books, that Dotson was killed, but he wasn’t. Its been in the papers and

books that the Bozarths lived on Dunkard Creek, but they didn’t. Just like Uncle Dave’s

fight with the Indians here, a pack of lies has been told and printed about the trouble there

on Cheat.

 

Mrs. Bozarth hit the Indian that shot Dotson, in the head and knocked him down and

chopped his belly open and his entrails went dragging after him as he crawled out of the

cabin. One of the Indians that was helping his friends murder the children in the yard, ran

to help the hurt one and Mrs. Bozarth axed him, splitting his head open to the chin.

 

Elias Prickett became conscious and got a gun and ran to the door and shot at the

Indians, who were then running for the woods. If he did any damage, it wasn’t known. I

have read stories that say that the people stayed shut up in the house with the dead Indians

and Dick Dotson for several days, but this isn’t true. The house was relieved within an hour.

I’ve heard Uncle Dave and Jacob Prickett say, and John Ice was with those that relieved

it, and helped bury the dead children of the Smiths, Dotsons and Bozarths, six in all.”

 

The given name of Mrs. Bozarth, who killed the Indians, was Experience. She was a

Bozarth before marriage.

 

From the foregoing documentation and accounts, it may be concluded that Richard (1)

was born in then Frederick County Virginia on Oct 23, 1752, and that he stayed there until

he was about twenty (1772); (2) he then removed to the vicinity of present day Greene

 


 

CHAPTER 2 REVOLUTIONARY WAR SERVICE 15

 

 

County Pennsylvania and continued to reside there until after the end of the Revolutionary

War (1782); (3) while residing in present day Pennsylvania, he served in the army of Lord

Dunmore in the year 1774 in the war against the western Indians and in which he

participated in the march to Fort Charlotte, present day Chillicothe, Ohio; (4) in the years

1777, 1778 and 1779 he served the Revolutionary Cause as an Indian Spy for six summer

months each year, under the command of Captain John Minor, commandant of Fort

Jenkins and Fort Garard; these forts were located on the river Big Whiteley, an eastward

flowing tributary of the Monongahela River. (See map below)

 

Records of his children born during this time period include the following:

 

(1) William Dotson (Sr.) - Chapter V

William Dotson (Sr.) death record in Doddridge County.2

Wm. Sr. parents given as Richard and Mary Dotson; information by Richard’s grandson

William C. (B) Where born; Hampshire Co age; 88 yr. 7 mo. Date of death Jan (or June)

1865

 

(2) Nancy Dotson - Chapter VI.

From the foregoing information, it is concluded that the following is probably correct;

 

a. Richard’s marriage to Mary______, prior to 1775; based on William Dotson’s death

record, indicating William’s birthyear to be 1776

b. William Dotson (Sr.) born 1775 or 1776 in Greene County, Pa. or Hampshire

County Virginia.

c. Other children probably born but killed by Indians; number, names and birth-years

unknown.

d. Nancy Dotson born ____.

Contradictory information in the above is William (Sr.’s) birthplace of Hampshire

County in 1776 according to his death record of 1865; also census of 1860 gives his

birthplace as Virginia; but he should have been born in Greene county, western Pennsylvania

according to Richard’s pension application of 1833 and the census of 1850 listing

William’s birthplace as Pennsylvania. See Chapter V.

 

Notes: Chapter 2

 

1 Ross B. Johnston, ed. West Virginians in the American Revolution (Excerpted from West

Virginia History Vol. I, Oct 1939-Vol. IX, Oct 1947; Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing

Co., Inc. 1977)

 

2 Index and Register of Deaths-Doddridge County WV (index p. 170 LDS film 838 196)

Bk. 3 p. 8 (LDS film 838 195)

 


 

Chapter III

Post Revolutionary War Period

(to 1800)

 

 

M

M

ost of the information about Richard Dotson’s life during this period (ca. 1783-1800)

comes from his Rev. War Pension application which he filed in 1833 and was

transcribed previously:

 

“........(3) after the close of the Revolution he returned to Shenandoah County,

Virginia. After remaining there a few years (the precise number he cannot recollect) (4) he

removed to Landon (Loudoun) County, Virginia and continued there about two years, from

Landon (Loudoun) he removed to Hampshire Co., Va., where he lived about six years from

thence he removed to Wood Co., Va.”

 

The Revolutionary War closed with the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown in

1781; assuming that he moved back to Shenandoah County (the part which was formerly

Frederick prior to 1772) in 1783 or 1784, then remained there for four to six years, his move

to Loudon would have been between 1787 and 1790; then after two years in Loudoun, his

move to Hampshire would have been in 1789 to 1792; after six years in Hampshire his

move to Wood County would have been in 1795 to 1798. But as shown below, he was taxed

in Hampshire through at least 1799.

 

Corroborating information found on Richard Dotson during this time period has been

scanty and sometimes contradictory, as indicated below:

 

On the positive side, the personal property tax records of Shenandoah County for

1784, 1785 and 1786 shows Richard Dotson for those three years.

 

To date, the tax records and/or enumeration of Loudoun County have not been

thoroughly researched for Richard Dotson.

 

He was enumerated in the Hampshire County Personal Property Tax Lists (17821799)

1 in the years 1795, 1797, 1798, and 1799.

 

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX LISTS (1782-1799)

 

1795: tax collected Jul 21:

 

Dotson, Richard..N/A.....1, NA, 0, 1, N/A

 

1797: tax collected May 24

 

Dodson, Richard..N/A....1, NA, 0, 1, N/A

 

1798: tax collected Jun 2

 

Dodson, Richard alleg.. N/A....2, NA, 0, 2, N/A

 

Dodson, William..N/A....1, NA, 0, 1, N/A

 

1799: tax collected May 17

 

Dodson, Richard..N/A....1, NA, 0, 2, N/A

 

Dodson, William..N/A....1, NA, 0, 1, N/A

 


 

18 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

Key: Line arranged in order; Surname, Given Name..WM>21....T1,T2, S, H, C.

 

Abbrev. : WM>21 = Names of white men over 21 other than the taxpayer.

 

NA or N/A = not available. S= slave. H= Horses. C= Cattle.

 

T1 and T2 are white tithes. T1 =white men above age 16 (1782, 17881799);

T2= N/A (for 1782, 1788-1799)

“alleg.” for year 1798 is cryptic descriptor concerning location or personal characteristic

added by tax man (meaning not interpreted).

The first record of Richard Dotson’s land holdings in Wood County was in 1801 when

he purchased 250 acres from Joseph Spencer at Toll Gate; then in 1803 Richard and his wife

2

 

Amelia sold it to John Marsh.

 

Records of his children born during this post - Revolutionary time period include the

following:

 

(1) Emanuel Dotson (Sr.)

....... marriage to Mary Reddick, marriage bond record, signed by Richard Dodson,

1804, ....”he is of age ....” that is, over twenty or twenty-one years (Chapter VII).This

would make Emanuel Dotson (Sr.) birthyear ca. 1784.

 

(2) Richard Dotson, Jr. b. 1792-1794 (Photo Chap. XII, ‘Richard Dotson, Uncle Dick,

was born in 1794; Uncle Zack’s half-brother’) 1850 Census age 56 b. Va., 1860 Census

age 68 b. Va., 1870 Census age 76 b. Va. Richard, Jr. married Margaret White 2 Sept 1810

Harrison Co. by Hamilton Goss; was probably not living at home at time of 1810 census

on Nov. 23.

(3) James Dotson, b. 1792-1797 1850 Census age 53 b. Va., 1860 Census age 64 b.

Va. Index and Register of Deaths-Doddridge County WV3 "James Dotson's father given

as Richard, mother not listed; Date of death 12 Apr 1869; Age 76yr 8mo 5da; where born;

Pennsylvania, information by M. Dotson, son"

The mother of the three children listed above was probably Mary; those below,

Amelia (Millie) Miller.

 

(4) Elisha Dotson, b. 1795 1850 Census age 55 b. Va

(5) Joseph Dotson, b. ca. 1796

(6) Zachariah Dotson b. 1797-1800 (Photo Chap. XII ‘..Uncle Zack, as he was called

was born in 1797, as near as we know,....’) 1850 Census age 52 b. Md. 1860 Census age

61 b. Va., headstone in Greenwood Cemetery d. July 23, 1863 age 63 yrs. (Chap. XII)

Notes: Chapter 3

1 Hampshire County, [West] Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists, 1782-1799 (P. O. Box

403369 Miami Beach, FL 33140-1369: T. L. C. Genealogy 1990)

2 James M Dotson , Dotson Land Grants (1804-1865) in Present Day Counties of RitchieDoddridge-

Tyler West Virginia (1988), p. 5.3 Index and Register of Deaths-Doddridge County WV (index p.170 LDS film 838 196)

Bk. 3 p. 16 line 8.

 


 

Chapter IV

Later Years in Western Virginia

(1800 - 1847)

 

 

S

S

ources of information about Richard Dotson during this latter period of his life include

his pension application filed in 1833; census records (1810, 1820, 1830, and 1840);

his and his children’s land records in the counties of Wood, Tyler, Doddridge and Ritchie;

other court-house records; county and family histories. When compared to the two earlier

periods of his life (Chapters II and III), documentation of this latter period is much more

abundant but of course not as complete as one would like it to be.

 

The portion of his pension application applicable to this period is:

 

“..........he removed to Wood Co., Va., since which time he has continued to reside

alternately in Wood and Tyler Counties until the present time that he now lives in said

County of Tyler”. (1833) (Other pension record information is transcribed in Chapter II.)

 

A thumb-nail outline of his life during this period may be helpful before presenting

further documentation:

 

ca. 1800 Moved from Hampshire Co. Va., or state of Maryland, to the Greenwood area

of present day Doddridge County, WV; bringing with him his second wife Amelia ‘Millie’

Miller and several children.

 

ca. 1810-1811 His wife Millie died. (census of 1810, one female age over 45; census

of 1820, one female age 26-45) (note age change for female between 1810 and 1820)

 

ca. 1812 He married his third wife Naomi Villers Gregg (widow of George Gregg)

 

ca. 1820 He moved to Tyler county.

 

1825-1830 His wife Naomi died; he moved in with one of his sons, Joseph in Tyler,

or Elisha in Wood County, perhaps alternately..

 

1833 Filed for his Revolutionary War pension.

 

1840 Living with his son James in the Arnold Creek, Deep Valley section of Tyler

County

 

1847 Died, buried in a marked grave in the Arnold Creek Cemetery, present day

Doddridge Co. WV

 

Hardesty, writing in1883, in his history of Doddridge County, Central District1 states:

 

“The first settler was Richard Dotson, who entered 600 acres of land, and in 1802 built

his cabin near where Thomas Scott now resides. His earliest neighbors were James Scott,

Nathan Davis, the Arnods (Arnold), Lottridges, Haltermans, Ruddecks and Fergusons.

The first white child born in the district was Ruth Dotson, a daughter of Richard and Millie

Dotson.....First religious discourse...1808 at house of Richard Dotson...”

 

The culmination of an extensive land search for this 600 acre parcel by the author,

concluded that its location was on Dotson Run in Doddridge County; that the location of

Thomas Scott’s residence (‘near where Richard Dotson built his cabin on this 600 acre

 


 

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parcel in 1802’) was on land given to him by his brother-in-law John Dotson ca. 1850, and

presently (1987) is land known as Parcel No. 17-007 (Johanna Rhinesmith) and Parcel 17

 

 

009.1 (Callie Dotson) on old US 50 in the town of Greenwood. The 600 acre parcel was

acquired in two 300 acre units, through successive assignments from William Lowther to

an Isaac Pryon to Richard. The original Land Office Treasury Warrant No. 2721 Dated

October 17, 1787, was to Lowther. The two 300 acre parcels were surveyed at the same

time March 24, 1803; the grants were issued 22 Aug 1804, one to Pryon, the other to

Richard directly. The results of this land research were published by the author (James M.

Dotson) in Oct 1988 as Dotson Land Grants (1804-1865) in Present Day Counties of

Ritchie-Doddridge-Tyler West Virginia.2 Reference should be made to this publication for

details of this search, as well as other land and genealogical information which will be cited

in this book.

The first land acquired by Richard Dotson in then Wood County was by deed for 250

acres on Hughes River from a Joseph Spencer et al. to Richard Dodson on 7 Sept 1801;

purchase price was $250. (Wood County, Deed Book 1, p. 134). Less than two years later

he sold this parcel to James Marsh for $500; (Wood Co. Deed Bk. 1, p. 271 James Marsh

from Richard and Amelia Dodson of Wood County, deed dated 6 June 1803). The grantor’s

names on this deed confirm the identity of Richard’s wife as Amelia (Millie). It is

improbable that he resided on this parcel, but instead built his cabin on the 600 acre parcel

on first coming to this area. Hardesty says 1802; this seems about right, based on a survey

of the 600 acres in March 1803, and considering the turmoil and time delays encountered

in processing land claims at that time on the western frontier. His purchase of the 250 acre

parcel from Joseph Spencer in 1801 indicates that he may have arrived in 1801 or perhaps

a year earlier.

 

No subsequent land records involving Richard Dotson were found until 27 March

1810, when he deeded (for one dollar) seventy-seven acres each to his two sons William

and Emanuel; these parcels were for adjacent portions of his 600 acre tract. These deeds

were recorded two years later in 1812 (April term Wood Co. Court) Deed Book 4, p. 370

Emanuel Dotson from Richard Dotson, both of Wood Co.; and Deed Book 4, p. 353,

William Dotson from Richard Dotson. (Note Richard Dotson alone signed these deeds on

27 March 1810). (Note: the Richard, Emanuel and William Dotson here are later referred

to as ‘Sr.’ in subsequent chapters to distinguish them from later off-spring with the same

given name.)

 

The census of 18103 shows only three Dotsons in Wood Co., Virginia as heads of

households; Richard, Emanuel and William.

Richard’s householdin 1910 consisted of: Free White Males; 3 under 10 years, 1 1016

years, 1 16-26 years, 1 45 and over; Free White Females; 2 under 10 years, 1 45 and over.

This would mean a family consisting of Richard (b. prior to 1765); Amelia (b. prior

to 1765): five boys and two girls. Of the boys, one was born between 1784 and 1794; one

 

b. between 1794 and 1800; three b. between 1800 and 1810; and the two girls b. between

1800 and 1810.

The likely names of the children are:

 

(1) Richard Dotson, Jr. b. 1792-1794 (Photo Chap. XII; ‘Richard Dotson, Uncle Dick,

was born in 1794; Uncle Zack’s half-brother’) 1850 Census age 56 b. Va., 1860 Census

age 68 b. Va. 1870 Census age 76 b. Va. (Richard, Jr. married Margaret White 2 Sept 1810


 

CHAPTER 4 LATER YEARS IN WESTERN VIRGINIA 21

 

 

Harrison Co. by Hamilton Goss: probably not living at home at time of 1810 census on Nov

23)

 

(2) James Dotson, b. 1792-1797 1850 Census age 53 b. Va., 1860 Census age 64 b.

Va .Index and Register of Deaths- Doddridge County WV4; James Dotson’s father given

as Richard, mother not listed. Date of death 12 April 1869; Age 76yr 8mo 5da; where born;

Pennsylvania, information by M. Dotson, son.

(3) Elisha Dotson, b. 1795; 1850 Census age 55 b. Va

(4) Joseph Dotson, b. ca.1796

(5) Zachariah Dotson b.1797-1799 (Photo Chap. XII; ‘..Uncle Zack, as he was called

was born in 1797, as near as we know,....’ 1850 Census age 52 b. Md. 1860 Census age 61

b. Va.

(6) Margaret (Peg) Dotson b. 1801; 1850 Census Harrison Co. Margaret Britton age

49 b. Maryland

(7) Thomas Dotson b. 1802 (Headstone in Buck Run Cemetery ‘Died 28 Dec 1847 in

the 45th year of his life.’)

(8) Ruth Dotson b. ca. 1803 (Hardesty ‘first white child born in Central District,

Doddridge Co.’ after Richard settled there in 1802)

Sometime after the census of 1810 was taken, Amelia died and Richard married

Naomi Villers Gregg, widow of George Gregg.

 

George Gregg m. Naomi Villers, ca. 1800. Information suggests that the Naomi

Villers, named above, was Eleanor Villers (single), a daughter of John Villers. Her

daughter, Mary Villers, b. 1894-1800, mentioned in the will of George Gregg, is an

illegitimate daughter. John Villers resided in the vicinity of the “JUG” in Tyler County.

 

Additional information is contained in The Gregg Family5, especially the added

information beginning on page 65.

 

George Gregg died in March 1810. This line from his will, the land I live on during

her natural life. This means that Naomi Villers Gregg was willed a lifetime interest in the

home and land in the vicinity of the JUG. The sale of his estate did not pay his debts, but

she may have retained her lifetime interest in the land. Her father, John Villers, lived

neighbor. Naomi Gregg may have continued to live on George Gregg land or on her

father’s land.

 

 Sometime ca 1812, Naomi Villers Gregg became the third wife of Richard Dotson.

They may have lived for a time in the vicinity of the JUG, or resided on his property in

Wood County. The latter is most probable based on (1) his census enumeration in Wood

County in 1820, and (2) the deed of 1819 cited below for 100 acres in Greenwood described

as “a part of 300 acre tract now occupied by Richard Dotson”.

 

 After giving his sons William and Emanuel each 77 acres of his 600 acre tract in 1810,

Richard Dotson sold the remainder of this land through the following three deeds:

 

(1) The easternmost 300 acre part of his 600 acre tract ( the part extending eastward

from Greenwood to Duckworth) was conveyed to William White in a deed dated 23 Feb

1819 from Richard and Neami Dotson; recorded 1819 in Wood Co. Deed Book 6, p. 10;

deed signed by Neami; signed by Richard by his mark.

(2) In a deed dated 29 June 1819, recorded 1826 in Wood Co. Deed Book 6, p. 628,

55 acres to John Garner, from Richard, Sr. and Neomi Dotson of Wood County;


 

22 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

acknowledged by magistrate same day (29 June 1819), both Richard and Neomi; signed

by mark by Richard only. This parcel described as “a part of 300 acre tract now occupied

by Richard Dotson”; this 55 acre parcel was the westernmost part of the 600 acre tract, that

is, closest to Toll Gate; Richard did not however live on this 55 acre portion.

 

(3) In a deed dated 29 Dec 1827, from Richard Dotson of Wood County, the remainder

of the 600 acre tract was conveyed to John Keeney; recorded in 1827 Wood Co. Deed Book

7, p. 103; it was described as “...lying in Wood Co. on the state road being the same on

which Richard Dotson heretofore resided and supposed to contain 100 acres being rest and

residue of a tract of 300 acres patented. .....” Deed was signed by mark by Richard only.

This 100 acre portion of his 600 acre tract overlays present day Greenwood and is the

location on which he built his cabin in 1802.

 

Another land acquisition by Richard Dotson in this area was by grant for a one-half

share of a 200 acre tract in then Wood County eastward of, and partially adjoining, his 600

acre tract in the Duckworth area. It straddled the county line between Wood and Tyler

counties which followed the ridge forming the watershed between drainage to the North

Fork of Hughes River on the west and Arnold Creek on the east.

 

1817 Wood Co. Land Grant Vol. 1 p. 201 Comm. of Va. to Hedgman Triplett for one

moiety (one half), and Richard Dotson assignee of said Triplett for the other moiety, 200

 

a. Wood Co. Exchange Treas. Warrant No. 2208 issued 3 Nov 1814; survey 28 Oct 1816;

grant issued 1 Aug 1817.

Richard sold all of this tract, conveyed by two deeds:

 

(1) Western half in Wood Co.: 1831 Wood Co. Deed Book 8 p. 96 John Griggs from

Richard Dotson of Wood Co. , 100 a. for $10 on run drain of N. F. Hughes River; deed dated

19 April 1830 and signed by Richard (only) by his mark.

This 100 acre tract was later conveyed in 1834 by Griggs (Gregg) to Richard Sr,’s

grand-son John Dotson and wife Mahala, then to Richard, Sr.’s son Elisha Dotson in 1845

and who was living on it at that time.

 

(2) Eastern half in Tyler Co.; in a deed dated 19 Nov 1838, Richard Dotson (of Tyler

Co.) conveyed the eastern 100 acres to his son Zachariah Dotson (of Tyler Co.), 1838 Tyler

Co. Deed Book 7 p. 149, deed signed by Richard (only) by his mark.

About 1820, concurrent with the disposal of his land in Wood County, Richard became

interested in acquiring land “across the ridge” in Tyler County. However, before presenting

the Tyler county land information let us look at the 1820 census. We find Richard

enumerated in Wood County, Va. (Reel No. 138 page 184) along with his sons Elisha and

William.

 

Richard Dotson, head of household: Free white males; 1 age 45 and over, 2 age 1016;

free white females; 1 age 26-45, 2 age 16-26, 1 age 10-16, and 2 under 10.

This family consisted of Richard b. before 1875; 2 boys b. 1804-1810; Naomi b. 17751794,

two girls b. 1794-1804, one girl b. 1804-1810 and 2 girls b. 1810-1820.

All of his sons shown previously in the 1810 census (including Thomas b. 1802) had

evidently left home by 1820.

Neither of the boys b. 1804-1810 fit exactly the ages of the two sons of Richard

attributed to him from other sources.

Michael b. 1812-1815 (in the Greenwood Cemetery, b. 1812...died 30 Nov 1851) and

 


 

CHAPTER 4 LATER YEARS IN WESTERN VIRGINIA 23

 

 

(the 1850 Census of Doddridge Co. Dotson, Michael age 35 years) (in the 1840 census of

Harrison Co. Michael Dotson, head of household, 1 male 20-30 yr. 1 male under 5; 1 female

20-30 yrs., 1 female under 5). Michael later settled on Leeson Run, near Greenwood.

 

The other son possibly is Lewis Dotson, b. ca 1819 (Marriage in Tyler Co. 30 May

1844...Lewis Dotson and Margaret Bobbins by Jacob Yeater). Note: Relationship of Lewis

to Richard is questionable; Lewis does not show in Census Index for Virginia (or West

Virginia) for years 1850, 1860 or 1870; he is therefore relegated to Appendix E “Unplaced

Dotsons”.

 

Or one son in the 10-16 age group may have been Thomas b. 1802.

 

The probable names of the girls b. 1794-1804 are:

 

(1) Margaret (Peg) Dotson b. 1801; 1850 Census Harrison Co. Margaret Britton age

49 b. Maryland

(2) Ruth Dotson b. 1803. From Hardesty above, ‘first white child born in Central

District, Doddridge Co., a daughter of Richard nd Millie Dotson.'

No known daughter fits the age group 10-16, with corresponding birth years 18041810.

Of the two girls in the age group under 10 years (b. 1810-1820), one undoubtedly was

Naomi b. 1816; the other was probably Lydia, although her birthyear from the 1850 census,

age 28, would have been 1822. Another possibility is Ann, but there is insufficient evidence

to show that she was a daughter of Richard and Naomi. (See Appendix E, Unplaced

Dotsons)

 

Naomi Dotson, b. Jan 16, 1816 [1850 census of Doddridge Co. Naomi Williams age

33 wife of John Williams age 32; Ritchie Death record (Vol.3, p.36) Naomi Williams,

female, died 18 March 1882; parents Richard Dotson and Naoma Dotson.

 

Lydia Dotson, b. 1822 (from age 28 in 1850 census) would not have been born prior

to the 1820 census assuming her age of 28 in the 1850 census is correct; however, realizing

the uncertainty of ages given in the census of that time, this child was probably Lydia.

 

The three known children of Richard Dotson and Naomi Villers Gregg were:

 

(1) Michael Dotson, b. 1812

(2) Naomi Dotson, b. 1816

(3) Lydia Dotson, b. 1822

A land acquisition by Richard in Wood County was on the North Fork Hughes River

in 1821 (now Ritchie Co.). 1821 Wood Co. Land Grant Vol. 1 p. 250 Comm. of Va. to

Richard Dotson 100 a. ‘head of drain of Long Run’ Treas. Warrant No 6356 issued 3 Sept

1818; survey 7 April 1820; grant issued 15 June 1821

 

Disposition of this 100 a. tract of land bordering George Richards Sr.’s tract (west of

Pennsboro) was by deed of conveyance to Edmund Taylor (of Ritchie Co.) from Richard

Dotson, Senior (of Tyler Co.) for $10; deed dated 19 Nov 1843 (Ritchie Co. Deed Book

1 p. 379) acknowledged personally by his mark Richard Dotson Sen. Nov 1843 before

Justices of the Peace of Tyler Co. to be his act and deed and desired us to certify the same

to the Clerk of the County Court of Ritchie; presented in Ritchie Co. Clerks office 6 Jan

1846 and admitted to record.

 

Note; this deed in Nov 1843 was the last recorded land transaction by Richard Dotson,

 


 

24 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

Sr. who died in 1847.

 

Land Acquisitions in Tyler County:

 

In a deed dated 12 April 1819, Richard Dodson (of Tyler Co.) acquired 300 a. on Long

Run of Arnold Creek branch of Middle Island (1819 Tyler Co. Deed Book 1 page 297)

 

Then on 17 April 1819, he resold 70 acres of this tract to his son James Dodson (of

Tyler Co.) from Richard Dodson (of Wood Co.) (1819 Tyler Co. Deed Book 1 p. 298, )

 

The remaining 230 acres was conveyed in a deed dated 21 Feb 1825 by Richard Dotson

and Naomi Dotson (of Tyler Co.) to William Hugill (1825 Tyler Co. Deed Book 2 p. 106).

The location of this tract is on Hugle Run, an eastward flowing branch of Long Run, of

Arnold Creek, of Middle Island Creek, of the Ohio River. The genealogical significance

of this deed is that this was the last deed signed by Naomi; this establishes her death date

at between 1825 and 1830. [1830 census shows a male (70-80 years , of Richard’s age)

living with both his son Joseph in Tyler and also his son Elisha in Wood]

 

It is presumed that Richard and Naoma built a cabin and lived on this property,

adjacent to his son James, until Richard and Naomi sold it in 1825. However, his wife

Naomi, a widow of George Gregg (miller), had been willed a life-time interest in property

at the JUG near Middlebourne; they may have resided there all or part of the period from

ca. 1820 until after her death 1825-1830.

 

In 1821, Richard Dotson was granted 50 a. on Long Run [1821 Tyler Co. Land Grant

Vol. 1 p. 72 Comm. of Va. to Richard Dotson 50 a. ‘on Long Run of Arnold Creek a branch

of Middle Island Creek Treas. Warrant No. 6103 issued 6 Dec 1817; survey 5 May 1820

grant issued June 1821]

 

Richard sold these 50 acres to Robert Patrick in a deed dated 5 Sept 1822 [1822 Tyler

Co. Deed book 1 p. 410 Robert Patrick from Richard Dotson (of Tyler Co.)] Note: This 50

acre parcel was adjacent to his 300 acre tract which he purchased from William Wells in

April 1819.

 

Abstracts of Court Records in Tyler County Referencing Richard Dotson:

 

The Tyler County Minute and Order Books from 1815-1840 contained the following

entries;

 

March Court 1823; Commonwealth Plf. against David Hickman Def., upon an

indictment of assault and battery. Jury; Lesse Frazure, James Birkland, Ralph Gorrell, Eli

Wells, David Hanes, Hohn Smith, Israel White, Uriah Morgan, John Steed and Richard

Dotson.

 

October Court 1823; Ordered that Daniel Wells, William Wells, Richard Dotson, and

David Hickman or any three of them after having been first sworn do appraise the personal

property of Geo.. Gregg decd. and report to Court.

 

December 1823 Court; Richard Dotson Plf. vs. John Steed and Thos. Inghram Defs.

upon a motion upon a forthcoming bond; case continued through January and February to

March Court 1824.; motion quashed and defendants to recover Court costs.

 

June Court (16th June) 1824; grand jury members.........Richard Dotson

 

 

June Court 1824; Settlement of County Claims; Richard Dotson for team impressed

on highway $2.50.

 

March 1825 Court; A deed from Richard Dotson to William Hugill for 230 acres of

 


 

CHAPTER 4 LATER YEARS IN WESTERN VIRGINIA 25

 

 

land on the Long Run of Arnold Creek was presented in court and ordered to be recorded

together with the certificate annexed.

 

No additional entries naming Richard Dotson were found.

 

1830 Census

 

In Tyler County, a Richard Dodson was enumerated as head of family; however as the

oldest free white male was in the 40-50 year old age group this was not Richard, Sr. but his

son Richard, Jr. On an adjacent line (page 169 Western Division allotted to Joshua Rupell)

a Joseph Dodson was listed;

 

Free white males; 1 70-80, 1 30-40, 1 5-10, 1 under 5; free white females; 1 30-40, 1

5-10, 1 under 5. It must be assumed that the 70-80 year of male was Richard, Sr.

 

In Wood County, a male in the 70-80 year group also appeared in his son Elisha

Dotson’s family; Free white males; 1 70-80, 1 30-40, 1 15-20, 2 5-10, 1 under 5; free white

females; 1 30-40, 1 10-15, 1 5-10. It is likely that this elderly man was Richard, Sr.,

mistakenly counted in both house-holds.

 

1840 Census

 

In the 1840 census for Tyler County, James Dotson Head of Family: Free white males;

1 80-90 with the notation “Richard Dotson 88 Rev. War pensioner”, 1 40-50, 1 15-20, 1

5-10, 2 under 5; free white females; 1 40-50, 1 10-15, 2 5-10, 1 under 5.

 

As transcribed earlier in this chapter, Richard’s last land transaction was a deed of

conveyance in Nov 1843 for 100 acres in Ritchie County to Edmund Taylor (of Ritchie

Co.) from Richard Dotson, Senior (of Tyler Co.) for $10; this deed was dated 19 Nov 1843

and acknowledged personally by his mark Richard Dotson Sen., Nov 1843 before Justices

of the Peace of Tyler Co.

 

No further records of Richard Dotson were found until 1847, when he appointed

Charles W. Russell his attorney for receiving his pension payment for the six months prior

to 4 March 1847. (Transcription in preceding chapter) This was Richard’s last pension

payment. He died that year, and was buried in the Arnold Creek Cemetery in Doddridge

County. His grave was placed beside that of his son Joseph (Chapter 10), who preceded

him in death.

 


 

26 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

 

A great-greatgranddaughter,

Mrs.

Gladys Pearl Cyphers

Wilson, secured Richard

Dotson’s Revolutionary

War monument

and had it placed

at his grave in the

Arnold Creek Cemetery

in 1982. Mrs.

Wilson’s address

(1982); Route No. 2

Box 14, Fairmont, W.

Va. 26554.

 

 Richard Dotson's Revolutionary War Monument

Arnold Creek Cemetery, Doddridge County, West Virginia

 

Notes: Chapter 4

1 H. H.Hardesty, Hardesty’s Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia, Maps and

Histories of Ritchie and Doddridge Co’s., W.Va., 1883; reprinted as Hardesty’s West Virginia

Counties; Doddridge Marion Upshur Wetzel Vol. 2 , and Gilmer Ritchie Lincoln Wayne Vol. 7.

(Richwood, W.Va. Jim Comstock, 1973), Vol. 2, p. 13.2 James M. Dotson, Dotson Land Grants (1804-1865) in Present Day Counties of RitchieDoddridge-

Tyler West Virginia (Danville, CA: James M. Dotson 1988)

3 Census of 1810 Wood Co. Virginia, (signed by Jonas Beeson Nov 23, 1810, total Wood

Co. 3036, Reel #71, p. 19)

4 Index and Register of Deaths-Doddridge WV; index p. 170 (LDS film 838196) Bk. 3 p.16

5 Barr Wilson, The Gregg Family (Unpublished 1980; typewritten copies placed in

Ritchie Co. Library, Harrisville, W. Va. and Doddridge Co. Library, West Union, W. Va.)

 


 

Chapter V

William Dotson, Sr.

 

 

W

W

illiam Dotson, Sr. was born in 1775 or 1776, either in Greene County, Pennsyl

vania, or Hampshire County, Virginia. The 1775 birthyear is supported by both the

1850 and 1860 census in which his age was listed as 75 and 85 respectively; his place of

birth was given as Pennsylvania in the 1850 census, Virginia in the 1860 census. From his

age of 88 years 7 months at death on 8 Jan 1865, as given in the Doddridge County Death

Register his birthmonth and birthyear would be June, 1776. This Register (Vol. 3, Page

8) listed his birthplace as Hampshire Co. Va. , parents Richard and Mary Dotson;

information was given by his son William C. (B) Dotson.

 

One can only speculate as to which of the listed birth-places, Hampshire County,

Virginia or Greene Co. Pennsylvania, is correct on the basis of conflicting data. In his

pension application, his father Richard stated that he removed from Shenandoah County,

Va. to Greene County Pa. in 1774 and served that same year in the Dunmore War; he also

served in the Revolutionary War defending forts in Greene County, during the years 1777,

1778 and 1779. At that time, this area was under the jurisdiction and control of Virginia.

It should also be noted that Hampshire County, during those years, was much larger than

today, encompassing present day Mineral County, WV and much of western Maryland;

Hampshire lay on the route between Shenandoah and Greene Counties, and William may

have been born enroute. Based on the account of the massacre of the Dotson and Smith

children on the Cheat River in 1779, as related in a preceding chapter, it appears that

William was the only survivor of Richard’s children born prior to that time. In conclusion,

it seems more likely that William was born in the area of present-day Greene County

Pennsylvania.

 

William Dotson, Sr. married Mary Franks. Mary A. (Molly or Polly) Franks, was born

in 1781 according to both the 1850 and 1860 census of Doddridge County (in 1850, age

69, birthplace PA; in 1860, age 79, birthplace VA) (1785 or 1786 are alternate birthyears

according to Frank’s Genealogy). Mary Franks was a daughter of Henry Franks, a

contemporary of Richard Dotson during the Revolutionary War when both the Richard

Dotson and Henry Frank families lived on the Big Whiteley River in present day Greene

County PA. An account of Henry Frank's service is given in Appendix C.

 

They were married in 1796 or 1797, most probably in Hampshire County, Va.

According to Henry Frank's pension application (Appendix C) he and his family were

living in Hampshire Co. at this time. William first appeared by name on the personal

property tax rolls of Hampshire County in 1798, and again the following year 1799.

William and family removed with his father Richard Sr. to Greenwood (now Doddridge

County, W.Va.) and were living there in 1804.

 

From Hardesty’s history of Doddridge County, originally published in 1883:1

 


 

28 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

 William Buskirk Dotson...”William and Mary (Franks) Dotson, his parents, now

many years deceased, settled in this vicinity in 1804.”

 

 They settled just west of Greenwood on land that was later owned by their grandson

William Dotson, the Ellifritts, and other descendants. They were farmers. For a more

complete account of William Dotson, Sr.’s land ownership, the reader is referred to the coauthor’s

book Dotson Land Grants (1804-1865). 2

 

William Dotson is listed in the 1810 census of Wood Co., Va. along with his father

Richard and brother Emanuel, each separate heads of family; no other Dotsons in Wood.

(Census taker was Jonas Beeson Nov 23, 1810; total Wood County population, 3036

persons).

 

WILLIAM DOTSON... Free White Males, 3 under 10; 1 10-16; 1 26-45; Free

White Females, 3 under 10; 1 26-45; from this there were seven children in household, with

the oldest boy born 1796-1800.

 

William Dotson is listed again in the 1820 census of Wood Co., Va. along with his

father Richard and brother Elisha, each separate head of family; no other Dotsons in Wood

Co., but brother Emanuel (Sr.) (Dodson) was enumerated in the adjacent county of Tyler.

 

WILLIAM DOTSON...Free White Males, 2 under 10; 1 10-16; 1 16-18; 3 16-26;

1 26-45; Free White Females, 3 under 10; 2 10-16; 1 16-26; 1 16-45. (3 are listed as being

in agriculture). Assuming all were their own children, 12 or 13 were still at home in 1820.

 

1830 Census of Wood Co. (page 381):

 

DOTSON, WILLIAM... Free White Males: 1 under 5; 2 10-15; 1 50-60; Free

White Females: 1 under 5; 2 5-10; 1 10-15; 2 15-20; 1 40-50. Assuming all were their own

children, nine were still at home.

 

1840 census of Wood Co.:

DOTSON, WILLIAM...males, 2 15-20; 2 20-30; 1 60-70; females, 1 10-15; 2

15-20; 2 20-30; 1 50-60. Assuming all were their own children, nine were still at home.

From the 1850 census of Dodd. Co. (page 7, Dwelling and Family Number 98):

DOTSON, WILLIAM, SR. (farmer - value of real estate $2000) born in

Pennsylvania, age 75 years, cannot read or write.

DOTSON, MARY A. born in Pennsylvania age 69 years, cannot read or write.

 

Listed in the same household was their son-in-law William Ellifritt age 20 farmer with

real estate $500, b. Md.; and their youngest daughter Mary Jane Ellifritt age 22, b. Va. (Ch.

V-14)

 

William Dotson and Mary Ann were last enumerated in the census of 1860, Va.

Doddridge Co. page 114, Dwelling No. 782 and Family No. 783; their entry was on the line

below that of their son-in-law and daughter W. C. Ellifritt age 30, and Mary J. (Dotson)

Ellifritt age 32: WM. DOTSON age 85 (occupation-does nothing), b. Va., cannot read

or write;

 

MARY ANN DOTSON age 79, b. VA., cannot read or write.

 

According to the Doddridge Death Register Vol. 3, page 8, William Dotson, Sr., died

Jan 8 (June 8 per index), 1865, at the age of 88 years, 7 months; cause of death, old age;

parents, Richard and Mary; consort, Mary Dotson; source of information, William C. (B)

Dotson son.

 

Mary Ann’s death was not found in the Doddridge Death Register.

 

Place of burial is not known for either, but is most likely the Greenwood Cemetery.

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 29

 

 

They were parents of fourteen known children:

 

1.- Emanuel Dotson, b. 1798 Chapter V-1

2.- John Dotson, b. 1800 V-2

3.- Nancy Dotson. no birth date V-3

 

4.- Mary Ann Dotson. No birth date V-4

5.- Elizabeth Dotson, b. 1807 V-5

6.- Henry Dotson, b. 1810 V-6

7.- Charlotte Dotson, b. 1811 V-7

8.- Margaret Dotson, b. 1813-1814 V-8

9.- William Buskirk Dotson, b. 1815 V-9

10.- Solomon “Sol” Dotson, b. 1817 V-10

11.- Eliza Margaret Dotson, b. 1820 V-11

12.- Cynthia Dotson, b. 1822 V-12

13.- Squire Dotson, b. 1825 V-13

14.- Mary Jane Dotson, b. 1828 V-14

 

The foregoing list of fourteen children is compatible with the age groups of the 1810,

1820, 1830 and 1840 census, with the following exceptions:

 

1810: there should be another male in the age group under 10

 

1820: there should be one additional male in the age groups, 16-18 and 16-26 (note;

if male’s age is 16-18, same person could fit both age groups)

 

Note: children other than their own could have been living in their household, or

conversely, one or more of their children could have been living with another family at the

time the census was taken.

 

CHAPTER V-1

EMANUEL DOTSON.

 

From Miss Lowther’s History of Ritchie County3:

 

“EMANUEL DOTSON...was b. at Greenwood, on March 1, 1798; and in his early

manhood was m. to Miss Hannah Sears (Sayers) (1804-1862) and on Cabin Run where

Thomas Dotson now lives, they established their home near the year 1820. Here they

remained until they crossed to the other side and at Toll Gate they rest. Mr. Dotson died

Feb 12, 1881 at the age of 82 years.”

 

Miss Lowther is in (partial) error...Emanuel Dotson was not born at Greenwood, as his

parents did not come to Greenwood until 1800 or later. He most probably was b. in

Hampshire Co., Va. as his father William was enumerated as a head of household

separately from William’s father Richard, in both the 1798 and 1799 personal property tax

lists for Hampshire County. See reference in chapter 4.

 

In the Toll Gate Cemetery:

EMANUEL DOTSON...died 12 Feb 1881...age 81 years..11 months..11 days.

HANNAH, WIFE OF M. (MANUEL) DOTSON. died 2 Dec 1862..59 years..7 mo...20 d.

 

In the Ritchie County Death Register p.11:

 

Dotson, Hannah died Oct 20, 1862, spinal aff. 59 yrs. 1 mo. 27 d. married Emanuel

Dotson, no place of birth or parents given; p. 36: Dotson, Emanuel died Feb 12, 1880; old

age; 83 yrs; farmer; parents, where born, and consort unknown; rept. by H. S. Dotson, a

 


 

30 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

friend. (Hiram S. Dotson, son)

 

Thus from his head-stone date of death, and age at death, he would have been born

March 1, 1798 as Miss Lowther stated; from his date of death per the Death Register (one

year earlier), he would have been born in 1797. In either case he would have been born

while his father William Sr. was residing in Hampshire County Virginia.

 

Hannah Sayre was the daughter of Benjamin and Nancy Sayre, who lived on Middle

Island Creek, Tyler County. Hannah’s sister Susan married John Dotson, Emanuel’s

brother. This information is gleaned from a deed dated 10 June 1829, Vol. 2, p. 461 and

recorded 1829; it conveyed 130 acres of land on Middle Island Creek, on which Benjamin

Sayre resided prior to his death, to Hiram T. Sayre from the other heirs. .....between

Snowden Kinney and Mary his wife, Solomon Sayre and Lydia his wife, Squire Sayre and

Lydia his wife, Manual Dotson and Hannah his wife, and John Dotson and Susannah his

wife which said Mary, Solomon, Squire, Hannah and Susannah are severally children and

heirs at law of Benjamin Sayre late of Tyler County now deceased, and Nancy Sayre widow

and relict of the said Benjamin Sayre decd. ......

 

From the 1830 census of VA; Wood County #381:

Manuel Dotson, free white males; 2 under 5, 1 5-10, 1 20-30; free white females

1 under 5, 1 20-30.

From the 1840 census of VA; Wood County #150:

Manuel Dotson, free white males; 3 10-15, 1 40-50; free white females 1 15-20,

1 30-40.

From the 1850 census of VA; Ritchie County (553-553):

Dotson, Emanuel 50 farmer born in Virginia .

Hannah 46 born in Virginia

From the 1860 census of VA; Ritchie County (Dwelling 643-Household 608):

Manuel Dodson farmer, age 62, b. Va.

Hannah age 57, b. Va.

(Note; this entry was one line below that of his son Hiram S. Dodson, Dwelling 642,

 

Household 607) (all Dotsons in Ritchie County were enumerated as “Dodson” in 1860)

 

Emanuel Dotson was not included in the 1870 census of West Virginia

 

From the 1880 census of Ritchie County;

 

In the household of Hiram, age 56, and Malvina Dotson, age 45; Amanuel, widower,

white male, age 82, father (of Hiram), farmer, b. WV, father b. VA, mother b. VA

 

The first deed for Emanuel and Hannah was the one for 100 acres in 1832 which he

purchased from his uncle Emanuel, Sr.; this tract was located at Duckworth on the divide

between the waters of Arnold Creek (Wilhelm Creek) and Hughes River (Dotson Run).

(Wood County Deed Book 8 p. 248 Manuel Dotson 2nd of Wood Co. from Manuel Dotson

Senior and Mary his wife of Harrison Co. for $100). Emanuel and Hannah sold this tract

in 1843 to his uncle Zachariah Dotson for one dollar (Ritchie Co. Deed Book 1 p. 64, 21

Oct 1843)

 

A second deed for Emanuel and Hannah was recorded in Ritchie County, Deed Book

1, p. 266, date of writing 1840, for 200 acres on Cabin Run, a branch of the North Fork of

Hughes River; grantor was Middleton Williams.

 

A third deed for Emanuel and Hannah was recorded in the year 1843 for a 200 acre

tract on Gum Run and Lick Run, drains of Cabin Run; from a survey of John Bunnell; Wood

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 31

 

 

County Deeds Book 12, p.534 from William Dixson for $200, date of deed 3 March 1841.

 

Upon the death of his uncle Thomas Dotson in December 1847, Emanuel became the

administrator of the Thomas Dotson estate. (Ritchie County Court, Jan 4,1848 term....Manuel

Dotson, Hiram his security- letter of administration goods and chattels of Thos. Dotson

decd. with consent of his widow....Ritchie Co., Will Book, No. 1, Pages 56, 57, and 58...3

Feb 1848; Thomas Dotson. Manuel Dotson, Adm. ) See Chapter 14- Thomas Dotson, for

a copy of the appraisement bill and sale.

 

Emanuel and Hannah were the parents of four children:

1.-Hiram S. Dotson, b. 1823

2.- Lovisa Dotson, b. 1825

3.- Granville Dotson, b. 1827

4.- John W. Dotson, b. 1829

 

1.-Hiram S. Dotson.

 

 From Miss Lowther: “Hiram S. Dotson was the only son that remained here, was born

on Cabin Run in 1823 and spent his entire life within the bounds of his native County, where

his ashes lie. He m(1) Miss Susan J. Markwell, who d. while he was serving as a Union

soldier in 1863, leaving 11 children. Both are buried at Toll Gate.”

 

Ritchie County Ministers return:

 

“2 Nov 1843...Hiram Dotson & Susan Markwell by Eli Riddle.”

 

In the Toll Gate Baptist Church Cemetery:

 

SUSAN J. WIFE OF H. S. DOTSON...d. 12 July 1863; age 30y.-10m.-9d.

 

On Oct 26, 1863 he was honorably discharged from the army service as his orphaned

children demanded his presence at home.

 

From Hardesty’s history of Ritchie County, 18834:

 

“HIRAM S. DOTSON...was born and raised on the farm he now owns and carries on

in Clay District, Ritchie County, and to which he has added three hundred acres cleared and

improved by himself. His birth was on the 21st of Sept 1823, Emanuel D. and Hannah

Dotson his parents. He has been twice married and the father of fifteen children. Susan his

first wife was the mother of: Mansfield H., born Aug 14, 1844; lives in Baltimore, Md.;

Spencer B., Dec 7. 1846, and Perry E., June 15, 1848, live in Ritchie County; Amos A., Nov

9, 1850, lives in Wirt County; William F., May 7, 1852 and Alpheus R., May 22, 1854, live

in Ritchie Co.; Mary E., Oct 4, 1856 and Alice Jane Nov 19, 1858, live in Dodd. Co., this

state; Granville, March 6, 1860 and Sarah J., Nov 9, 1862, live in Ritchie Co.; Susan Jane,

July 3, 1864, lives in Dodd. Co. The mother of these children died July 12, 1864 in the faith

of the Christian, having been, with her husband, in the membership of the Methodist

Episcopal Church since 1856.

 

In Ritchie County in 1865, Hiram S. Dotson was joined in wedlock with Melvina,

daughter of Thomas and Anna Pool. She was born in Harrison County, June 13, 1835, and

the children with her union with Mr. Dotson are: John W., born August 23, 1866; Daniel

V., March 30, 1867; Thomas, Jan 3, 1869; Anna B., Feb 4, 1871. Mr. Dotson served two

years in the Federal army, enlisting in Aug 1862, in the 14th (sic 4th Cav.) West Virginia

Infantry, and received discharge for disability. Mansfield D., Spencer and Perry, the three

older sons, were all Federal soldiers. The postoffice address of Hiram S. Dotson is Toll

Gate, Ritchie County, West Virginia.”

 


 

32 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

From the 1850 Census of VA; Ritchie County (554-554):

 

Dotson, Hiram 26 born Virginia farmer

Susan 23 born Virginia

Mansfield H. 6 born Virginia

Spencer 5 born Virginia

Perry 3 born Virginia

Amos 7/12 born Virginia

 

From the 1860 Census of VA; Ritchie County (642-607):

 

Dodson, Hiram 36 Va farmer

Susan J 33 Va

Mansfield 15 Va

Spencer B 14 Va

Perry C 12 Va

Amos A 10 Va

William F 9 Va

Afeous R 6 Va

Mary E 4 Va

Alice J 2 Va

Charles G 4/12 Va

 

 

Susan Rollins 14 Va

From the 1870 Census of WV; Ritchie County (451-424):

 

 

Dotson, Hiram S. 46 Va Farmer

Melona (Melvina) 34 Va Hskpr

Amos A 20 Va

Alpheus R 19 Va

Mary E 14 Va

Alice G 12 Va

Charles G 10 Va

Sarah J 8 Va

John W 4 WV

Daniel 3 WV

Thomas 1 WV

 

 

From the 1880 census of VA; Ritchie County:

 

Dotson, Hiram 56 Farmer WV WVWV

Amanuel (widower) 82 Father Farmer WV VA VA

Malvina 45 Wife Keeping Hs WV WVWV

Granville 20 Son Farm Labr WV WVWV

Susan 17 Dau At Home WV WVWV

John W. 14 Son At Home WV WVWV

Daniel 13 Son At Home WV WVWV

Thomas 11 Son At Home WV WVWV

Anna B 8 Dau WV WVWV

 

From the 1890 “Special Schedule.-Surviving Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines, and

Widows” for the Civil War, in West Virginia, Hiram S. and his son John S. (Spencer

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 33

 

 

P.’Buke’) Dotson were enumerated as follows:

 

Hiram S. Dotson John Spencer Dotson

 

Line No. 10 40

 

County, Locale Ritchie, Clay Doddridge, Central

 

SD, ED 1, 154 1, 139

 

House, Family No. 301,306 195,196

 

Rank Private Private

 

Company, Regiment G, 14th W Va Inf B, 4th W. Va. Vol. Cav.

 

Date of Enlistment 2 Aug 1862 — — —

 

Date of Discharge 15 Nov 1863 — — —

 

Length of Service 1 yr, 3 mo, 13 da. — — —

 

Post Office Address Toll Gate, W Va Toll Gate, Rit. Co., W.Va.

 

Disability Incurred Throat disease —————

 

Remarks —————— This man same as Spencer B Dotson

 

After the Civil War, the new state of West Virginia awarded medals to all of its Union

Soldiers; those not claimed by the veteran, have subsequently been, or attempted to have

been, awarded to family descendants. As of Oct 8, 1987, the medals of Hiram S. and his

brother John W. Dotson had not been claimed in Charleston.

 

Hiram and Susan were the parents of 11 children:

 

a.-Mansfield H. Dotson, b. 14 Aug 1844.

 

b.-John Spencer “Buke” Dotson, b. 7 Dec 1846.

 

c.-Perry E. Dotson, b. 15 June 1848.

 

d.-Amos A. Dotson, b. 9 Jan 1850.

 

e.-William Flavus Dotson, b. 7 May 1852.

 

f.-Alpheus R. (Alfred) Dotson, b. 22 May 1854.

 

g.-Mary Ellen Dotson, b. 4 Oct 1856.

 

h.-Alice Jane Dotson, b. 19. Nov 1858.

 

i.-Charles Granville Dotson, b. 16 March 1860.

 

j.-Sarah J. Dotson, b. 9 Nov 1862.

 

k.-Susan Jane Dotson, b. 3 July 1864.

 

a.-Mansfield H. Dotson, b. 14 Aug 1844.

This m. in Ritchie Co.:

“20 June1864...M.H. Dotson, 2O...single...b. Rit. Co...res. Rit. Co...parents, Hiram

 

 

S. & Susan J.; & M. A. Wigner, 17... single...b. Rit. Co...res. Rit. Co...parents, Jacob W.

& Elizabeth... by Van Lenden Sanford.”

Mansfield Dotson was a soldier in the civil war at the same time as his father and two

brothers (John Spencer aka Spencer B. 'Buke’ Dotson, and Perry E. Dotson). Living in

Baltimore, Md. in 1883. (Ref. Hardesty, above)

 

 Mansfield was not listed in the West Virginia index for the 1890 special census for

Civil War Veterans and widows, thus indicating that he was residing out of state. He must

have moved shortly after 1880, since he was enumerated in Pleasants Co. WV in the 1880

census as shown below.

 


 

34 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

From the 1880 census of WV; Pleasants Co.:

 

Dotson Mansfield WM 35 Works sawmill VA VA VA

Matilda A WF 33 Wife Kps hse VA VA VA

Victoria A WF 14 Dau WV VA VA

Susan E WF 13 Dau WV VA VA

Harry D WM 9 Son WV VA VA

 

b.-John Spencer “Buke” Dotson, b. 7 Dec 1846.

 

He was a Union soldier in the Civil War along with his father and two brothers. (See

item above for his enumeration in the 1890 census for Civil War Veterans and Widows in

WV) Shortly after the war he m. Emma Jane Divers, 18 Oct 1868.

 

This marriage in Ritchie County:

 

“18 Oct 1868...Spencer P. Dotson, 22...single...b. Rit. Co... res. Rit. Co...parents,

Hiram & Susan; and Emma Jane Divers, 22 b. Barbour Co...res. Dodd. Co...parents,

Andrew J. & Nancy by J. Z. Williams.” Living in Ritchie Co. in 1883 (Hardesty).

 

From the 1870 census of WV; Ritchie County (453-426):

 

Spencer Dotson 24 Va Farmer

Emsy 24 Va

S E (f) 9/12Va

 

Ellen Dwess 10 Va

From the 1880 census of WV; Ritchie County, 150 (Clay Dist.) 021:

 

Dotson, Spencer WM 34 Farm Laborer WV WV WV

Emza J WF 34 Wife Keeping House WV WV WV

Samantha WF 10 Dau At home WV WV WV

Edwin L WM 9 Son WV WV WV

Rosa A WF 6 Dau WV WV WV

William W WM 4 Son WV WV WV

Marietta WF 1 Dau WV WV WV

 

Samantha died 1 Aug 1884. Ritchie Deaths p. 45; “Dotson Samantha E. d. Clay Dist.

 

Typhoid fever 15 yrs. parents S B and E J Dotson b. Ritchie Co. Rept by parents.”

Emma Jane died before 1895.

From the 1900 census of WV; 38 126 17 22 Wirt Reedy Dist.:

 

Dotson Spencer D W Dec 1845 54 WV

Elizabeth W Aug 1844 55 WV

Charles E S Aug 1881 18 WV

Dolly M D Nov 1883 16 WV

Harmor F S May 1887 13 WV

Eva R D Nov 1891 8 WV

Cross Mary SD Dec 1891 8 WV (step daug.)

 

This Death in Doddridge County, Register book 5, p. 44:

 

John Spencer Dotson, Male, April 7, 1941; parents, Hiram Sears Dotson and Susie

 

Makewell (Markwell)

 

Parents of nine children:

1.- Samantha Dotson, b. ca. 1870; d. 1 Aug 1884.

2.- (Edwin) Lee Dotson, b. 21 May 1871; d. 19 May 1962.

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 35

 

 

3.- Rosie Dotson, b. 21 Dec 1873; d. 15 Sept 1932; m. Mr. Givens.

4.- (William) Walter Dotson, b. 13 March 1877; d. 1914.

5- (Marietta) Etta Dotson, b. 5 April 1879; d. 14 March 1971; m. Mr. Fleming.

6.- Charles Dotson, b. 14 Aug 1881; d. Oct 1947.

7.- Dollie Dotson, b. 24 Nov 1884 (1883); d. 17 Jan 1951; m. Alpha

 

 

Hamrick, 9 May 1903. Five children:

 

(1) Bernice Hamrick, b. 1904.

(2) Wenzel Spencer Hamrick, b. 1907.

(3) Naomi Beatrice Hamrick, b. 1910.

(4) Cleo Michelle Hamrick, b. 1913.

(5) Cecil Elmwood Hamrick, b. 1915...died 1971.

8.- Harmer Dotson, b. 3 May 1886 (1887)

9.- Eva Dotson, b. 7 Nov 1890 (1891); d. 27 Feb 1967; m.____ Dotson.

b.- John Spencer B. Dotson m. (2) Elizabeth Cross

This marriage in Ritchie Co.

“9 Nov 1895.. Spencer H. Dotson...widow... age 49...b. Ritchie...m. Elizabeth Cross

 

widow... b VA. resident Ritchie.”

See foregoing census of 1900: Elizabeth wife, step-daughter Mary Cross.

 

c.-Perry E. Dotson, b. 15 June 1848.

He was a Union soldier in the civil war with his father Hiram S. and two brothers

(John Spencer aka Spencer B 'Buke’ Dotson, and Mansfield Dotson).

Perry E. Dotson m (1) Cynthia Jane Ellefritts; this marriage in Doddridge County;

"6 Sept 1866...Perry E. Dotson...Age 20...m. Syntha Jane Ellefritts...age 20"

From the 1850 Census of VA; Doddridge County (Family No. 94):

 

Ellefritt, Samuel 54 MW Farmer VA

Mary 47 FW VA

Amanda 22 FW VA

James F 20 MW VA

Mary E 14 FW VA

Isaac R 13 MW VA

Enseh F 10 MW VA

Helen E 8 FW VA

Cynthia J 3 FW VA

Rubush (?) 3 MW VA

 

 

In the 1870 census of WV; Doddridge County, in the family of Mary Ellefritt, age 69,

 

b. Maryland:

Dotson, Perry 22 Male White Farmer b.VA

Cynthia J. 23 F W b.VA

Saml. W 2 M W b. WV

Annie M (Myrtle)7/12F W (b. Oct) b. WV

 

 

This death in Doddridge County Register, Book 3, p. 23:

"Jane Dotson, Female, Dec 8, 1874, Parents Samuel and Mary Ellifritt, In the

Greenwood Cemetery: “Scynthia Jane wife of Perry E. Dotson d - -”

Two children:

1.- Samuel W. Dotson, b. ca. 1868. In father Perry’s household in 1870, age 2, and

 


 

36 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

in 1880, age 12. No further information.

2.- Myrtle Ann Dotson, b. Oct 1869; d. 1948. She m. Benjamin F. Hill.

 

This marriage in Ritchie Co.: “20 Oct 1889...B. F. Hill...age 26...b. Tyler...resident

Ritchie...m. Mirta A. Dotson...age 20...b. Ritchie.” Benjamin Hill was a school teacher,

sheriff of Ritchie County and a merchant.

 

Six children:

 

(1) Orvil Price Hill, b. 28 Aug 1890; d. 14 April 1958. He was awarded the

distinctive service award in appreciation for 43 years of service to public school education

in Ritchie County, W.Va., being county superintendent for 26 years. He then became state

auditor in the tax commissioner's office. He m. Ethel Cross, 23 Nov 1923. She b. 1896.

One child; Carolyn L. Hill, b. & d. 1928

(2) Olive Louise Hill, b. 1891; d. 1918.

(3) Everett Hill, killed in accident, age 3.

(4) Franklin Hill, d. at age 3 years.

Both Everett and Franklin Hill are buried in the Egypt Cemetery, Cairo, W.Va.

(5) Lycurgus Perry Hill, 1905-1956. President of Shenandoah College,

Dayton. Ohio. m. to Margaret Glenn. They had; L. P. Hill Jr.; Glenna Jean Hill; and

PatriciaAnn Hill.

(6) Benjamin Franklin Hill Jr., b. 17 Sept 1901, Rit. Co.; m. in 1928 in

Harrison Co., W.Va., Mary Clark, b. 22 Aug 1902. (See, Salathiel Dotson, son of William

White Dotson, Chapter VIII-2). Mr. Hill was deputy Clerk of Wood Co., W.Va. He was

helpful to supply his line and Richard Dotson Jr.’s line which was his mother’s line. They

had; Benjamin F. Hill III, b. Wood Co., 16 Oct 1930; m. June 1954, June Mankin, Chicago,

Ill. B.A. in business from Northwestern Univ. with Fred James broker, Chicago. One child;

David James Hill, b. 8 May 1957.

c.-Perry E. Dotson, m (2) Helen E. Ellefritt.

 

This m. in Dodd. Co.: “Sept.6 1875...Perry E. Dotson, 30...b. Rit. Co...res. Dodd.

Co...Parents, Hiram & Susan; and Hellen E. Ellefritt, 32... b. Dodd. Co...res. Dodd.

Co...parents, Samuel & Mary by Eli Martin.” Cynthia and Helen were sisters. Perry

outlived both his wives.

 

From the 1880 census of WV; Doddridge Co. 122 (Central Dist.) 024:

 

Dotson, Perry A. WM 33 Farmer VA VA VA

Helen WF 37 Wife Keeping house VA MD MD

Samuel WM 12 Son farm laborer WV VA VA

Amy M (Annie) WF 10 Dauat home WV VA VA

Hiram S WM 7 Sonat home WV VA VA

Lulia WF 3 Dauat home WV VA VA

 

Kinney, S S (w) WM 73 Boarder PA PA PA

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; Ritchie Grant Dist 30 88 19 27:

 

Dotson Perry E W June 1847 53 WV

Hellen E W Mar 1843 57 WV

Zelona L D Dec 1876 23 WV

James P* S Oct 1890 19 WV

Ward Charles E Bo May 1888 12 WV

 

*This marriage in Ritchie County: “2 Oct 1901...James P. Dotson...age 20...b.

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 37

 

 

Ritchie...m. Lina Davis...age 21...b. Ritchie.”

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Ritchie 036 0069 0175:

Dotson Perry E H W 63 WV WV

Hellen S W 67 WV

For further information on the Ellifritts family please see Descendants of John Wilson,

the Ellefritts family section by Hobart Ellefritts,5 and The Duckworth Family . 6

From Ritchie County Deaths (1919-1970) p.100;

Dotson, Perry E, died Cairo, 27 May 1925, age 77 yr, 11 mo, 12 da; widower,

 

farmer, b. WV, parents Hiram S Dotson, Susan Marshall (sic Markwell) heart trouble

d.-Amos A. Dotson, b. 9 Jan 1850.

Shown in the family of his parents in the 1870 census, Ritchie County.

This marriage in Rit. Co.: “16 Nov 1876...Amos A. Dotson, 27...b. Rit. Co...res. Rit.

 

Co... Parents, Hiram & Susan; & Evaline Harper, 22...widow...b. Wirt Co...res. Rit. Co..by

 

R. A. Hill.”

Living in Wirt Co. in 1883.

From the 1880 census of WV; Wirt County, 156 001:

Dodson, Amos A WM 30 Farmer VA VA VA

Eveline WF 36 wife Keeping House VA VA VA

Ora N WF 2 dau WV VA VA

Orville H* WM 3/12son (Mar 1880) WV VA VA

 

Peck, George (m) WM 72 Fil VA VA VA

Peck, Drusella (m) WF 71 Mil VA VA VA

Peck, Ann L (s) WF 44 Sil VA VA VA

 

From the 1900 census of WV; 38? 127 10 16 Wirt Spring Creek Dist:

 

Dotson, Amos A W Nov 1849 50 WV

Orval* Son Mar 1880 20 WV

William D S June 1883 16 WV

Nettie D Oct 1878 21 WV

Minnie D Oct 1881 18 WV

Orma D Sept 1886 13 WV

From the 1910 census soudex of WV; Wirt 048 0113 0145:

Dotson Amos A H W 60 WVA WVA

William A GS 08 WVA

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Wirt 048 0113 0215:

*Dotson Orvil H W 30 WV WV

Della D W 25 WV

Carl M S 03 WV

 

This marriage in Ritchie Co.: “9 Oct 1903...Orville H. Dotson...age 23...b. Wirt...resident

Ritchie...m. Della D. Enochs...age 19...b. Wirt...resident Ritchie.”

 

e.-William Flavus Dotson, b. 7 May 1852.

 

This marriage in Rit. Co.: “4 March 1877...Wm. F. Dotson, 25...single...b. Rit. Co...

res. Rit. Co...parents, Hiram & Susan; & Jennie Warner, 17... single...b. & ...res.. Rit. Co...

by Enoch Harper.”

 

Living in Ritchie Co. in 1883.

 


 

38 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

From the 1880 census of WV; Ritchie Co., 150 (Clay) 021:

 

Dotson, WF WM 29 Farm laborer WV WV WV

Jennie WF 20 Wife Keeping house WV WV WV

Katurah WF 2 Dau WV WV WV

Floyd WM 8/12 Son (Sept 1879) WV WV WV

Lloyd WM 8/12 Son (Sept 1879) WV WV WV

 

From 1900 census soundex of WV; Ritchie Clay Dist 30 84 11 15:

 

Dotson Flabies W W May 1851 49 WV

Jennie W Sept 1859 40 WV

Ketmie D Apr 1878 22 WV

Lloyd S Sept 1879 20 WV

Amos S Apr 1887 13 WV

Silas S Dec 1888 11 WV

Freddie S Jan 1891 9 WV

Lola D D Nov 1895 4 WV

 

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Ritchie 036 0068 0190:

 

Dotson William F H W 58 WV WV

Jennie W 50 WV

Amos S 23 WV

Cyrus S 21 WV

William S 19 WV

Lola (Lora) D 14 WV

 

 

From Ritchie Deaths (1919-1970), p 104:

“Dotson, William Flavius, died Pennsboro, 26 Apr 1936, age 84 y 11 m 18 d, married,

farmer, b. WV Parents Hiram Dotson, Susan Markle (sic Markwell)”

Parents of eight children:

1.- Ketura Dotson, b. ca. 1878, m. Homer Moats.

This marriage in Ritchie County: “4 April 1901...Homer S. Moats...age 29...b.

Ritchie...m. Keturah Dotson...age 22...b. Ritchie.”

Five children:

 

(1) Harold

(2) Russell

(3) Lawrence

(4) Orville

(5) Edwin

2.- Floyd, b. Sept 1879

3.- Lloyd, b. Sept 1879

This marriage in Ritchie Co.: “12 July 1906...Lloyd Dotson...age 26...b. Ritchie...m.

 

E. Gay Jett...age 21...b. Ritchie.”

1910 census soundex of WV; Doddridge West Union 007 0034 0174

Datson Lloyd H W 30 WV WV

Gay W 26 WV

Ardie S 02 WV

 

 

4.- Cyrus, b. ca 1889, m. Gracie Ellen Wilson. For this family, see

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 39

 

 

Descendents of John Wilson, page 141.7

 

This obituary in the Ritchie Gazette, March 28, 1991: “Woodrow Wilson Dotson, 75,

of Pine View Continuous Care Center, Harrisville, WV, died Monday, March 25, 1991, in

St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg, WV.

 

He was born in Ritchie County, WV, a son of the late Cyrus Bukey and Gracie Ellen

Wilson Dotson. He was a member of the St. Andrews United Methodist Church and

attended the Mount Pisgah Church in Ritchie County.

 

Surviving are three sisters, Hattie Combs of Illinois, Hettie Bennett of Elizabeth, WV,

and Pauline Pluzdrak of Vienna, WV.

 

Preceding him in death was a brother, Paul Dotson....”

 

5. William, b. ca. 1881

6. Lora, b. ca. 1896, m. a Lamm. Three children:

(1) Kathleen, b. ca. 1918. This obituary from the Ritchie Gazette July 18,

1991: “Kathleen L. Vincent, 73, of Pennsboro, WV, died Tuesday, July 9, 1991, in

Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg, WV.

She was born in Beason Community near Pennsboro, Ritchie County, WV, a daughter

of the late Lakin C and Lola Dotson Lamm. ...

 

Surviving are her husband, Wayne Vincent of Pennsboro; a daughter, Mrs. Steve

(Doris) Locke of Rt. 2, Waverly, WV; two brothers, Jack E. Lamm of Nutter Fort, WV, and

Gerald E. Lamm of West Milford, WV; and three granddaughter, Kimberly, Stephanie and

Stacie Locke, all of Waverly. ...Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery, Ellenboro, WV.”

 

(2) Gerald

(3) Jack

7.- Fred Dotson, m. Hildred Lamm. Three children:

(1) William Dotson.

(2) Eugene Dotson.

(3) Carolyn Dotson.

8.- Daisy Dotson, m. Herbert Cottrill. No children.

 

f.-Alpheus R. (Alfred) Dotson, b. 27 May 1853.

 

This birth in Ritchie Co.; “Alf Dotson May 27, 1853; N. F. Hughes R.; parents Hiram

and Susan Dotson.”

 

This m. in Rit. Co.: “24 March 1875...Alford A. Dotson, 21...single...b. Rit. Co... res.

Rit. Co...parents, Hiram & Susan J.; & Jane Wells, 23... b. Rit. Co...res. Rit. Co...Parents,

Levi & Elizabeth by Philip A. Woods.”

 

From the 1880 census of WV; Ritchie County 150 (Clay) 022:

 

Dotson, A R WM 27 Wks Sawmill WV WV WV

 

Jennie WF 27 Wife Keeping house WV WV WV

 

Clarence WM 4 Son

WV WV WV

 

 From the 1900 census soundex of WV: 32 132 11 8 Taylor Co. Court House Dist

Grafton:

 

Dotson, Alfred R W

May 1854 46 WV

Jane W Nov 1852 47 WV

Clarence F S Aug 1875 24 WV

Lilly M D Aug 1881 18 WV

Charles G B March 1860 40 WV

 

 


 

40 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Taylor Grafton 035 0131 0213:

Dotson Charles B 49 WV WV

enumerated with Dotson Alfred H W

 

 

From the above censuses, Alfred and Jan were parents of two children:

1.-Clarence F b. Aug 1875

2.-Lilly M b. Aug 1881

 

 

g.- Mary Ellen Dotson, b. 27 May 1855.

This b. in Ritchie Co.; “Mary Ellen Dotson, May 27, 1855; parents Hiram and Susan

Dotson”

 

This marriage in Rit. Co.: “18 Sept 1873...William L. Stinespring 23 single Dodd.

Co...Parents, John W. & Mary Ann; & Mary E. Dotson, 18...single...b. Rit. Co...res. Rit.

Co...parents, Hiram & Susan J. by Eli M. Gaston.”

 

In the 1880 census of WV; Doddridge Co. 123 015):

 

Stinespring, William L. WM 29 Farmer WV VA VA

Mary E. WF 25 Wife Housekeeper VA VA VA

Dora M. WF 5 Dau WV VA VA

Lona M. WF 1 Dau WV VA VA

 

Leggett, John E. WM 24 Cousin works on farmVA VA VA

Living in Doddridge County in 1883.

1900 WV census soundex; Doddridge 5 26 5 13 Southwest Dist.:

 

Stinespring, Wm L W Oct 1849 50 WV

Mary E W Oct 1855 44 WV

Lona May D June 1878 21 WV

Grace L D Mar 1882 18 WV

C Fred S Apr 1884 16 WV

Hedrick C S May 1886 13 WV

 

 

Ross, Ted W Bo Oct 1864 35 WV

1910 WV census soundex; Doddridge 007 0033 0131:

 

 

Stinespring William L H W 60 WV WV

Mary E W 53 WV

Hedria C S 23 WV

Victor GS 20 WV

 

 

Parents of six known children (maybe seven):

1.- Dora Maude Stinespring, b. ca. 1875. m. Roy Ingram. See Page 405

 

Descendants of John Wilson.

 

Four children:

 

(1) Edna Ingram, m. ____ LaRock.

(2) Raymond Ingram.

(3) Frankie Ingram, m. Guy Broadwater (son of Charles Broadwater, son of

Jefferson Broadwater, see Broadwater Family.

(4) Robert Ingram.

2.- Lena May Stinespring, b. June 1878. m. ____ Black

3.- Grace Lewe Stinespring, b. May 1882. m. Frank Nutter (son of Andrew


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 41

 

 

Nutter).

Four children:

 

(1) Edith Nutter, m. Asa Dotson. She d. 198-. For this family, see Chapter

VII-7 Robert Dotson (Mary Elizabeth Dotson & Marshall Dotson).

(2) Forest Nutter, m.—— —— and had a son, Kay Nutter of Baltimore, Md.

Forrest is dead (1983). Kay has two children.

(3) Pauline Nutter, Never married. dead.

(4) Beatrice Nutter, m.——Wilson. Lives in Florida.

4.- Fred Stinespring. b. April 1884. Never married.

5.- Hedrick Stinespring, b. May 1886. m. Carrie Nutter. Two children:

(1) Chestine Stinespring, m. and lives in Arizona (?).

(2) Hayward Stinespring, m. Mildred Cumberledge. He is dead.

6.- Victor Goff Stinespring, b. ca. 1890. m. Susie Maxwell. One son:

(1) Charter Stinespring.

7.- Lillie Pearl Stinespring. Never married. (Not in any census)

h.-Alice Jane Dotson, b. 19. Nov 1858.

This m. in Rit. Co.: “15 March 1877...Wm. P. Ash, 26...single...b. Dodd. Co...res.

 

Dodd. Co...Parents, Stephen & Sarah J.; & Alice J. Dotson, 19... single...b. Rit. Co...res.

Rit. Co...parents, Hiram & Susan by E. J. ‘Doc’ Taylor.”

In the 1880 census of WV; Ritchie Co. 150 O22:

 

Ash, W. P. WM 29 Farm laborer WV WV DE

Alice J WF 22 Wife Keeping house WV WV WV

Floy WF 1 Dau WV WV WV

 

WV census soundex 1900; Doddridge Grant Dist 5 21 21 63:

 

Ash William C W Mar 1851 49 WV

Alice J. W Nov 1857 42 WV

Fany D Sept 1886 13 WV

Stanley S Aug 1889 10 WV

Ervin S Mar 1894 6 WV

 

 

WV census soundex 1910; Ritchie 036 0070 0026:

 

Ash William P M W 59 WV WV

Alice J W 52 WV

Stanly M S 20 WV

Ernent P S 16 WV

Opel F D 09 WV

 

 

Living in Doddridge County

in 1883.

Five known children:

1.- Montona Esta (Floy) Ash, b. ca. 1879, m. Oliver (Roscoe) Hayes. Ten

children.

 

(1) Florence Virginia Hayes

(2) Denzil (Robert) Hayes. b. 13 Feb 1908 at Shirley, WV d. 13 July 1964;

m. (1) Genevieve Ruth Elder b. 27 May 1922 Ellenboro WV. d. 30 May 1973 at Clarksburg,

WV*. Had a store in Salem, W.Va.

(3) Thelma Hayes, m. Don Cogar. Both dead 1983.

(4) Albert Hayes. Dead. Death march Phillipines.


 

42 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

(5) James Hayes. Killed in service, France.

(6) Eugene Hayes. Killed in service, France.

(7) Mary Hayes.

(8) Freda Hayes.

*Information from application for membership to DAR, Barbara Hayes Stout, West

Union WV, dau. of Denzil Robert Hayes; patriot Richard Dotson.

 

2.-Fany, b. Sept 1886

 

3.-Stanley, b. Aug 1889

 

4.-Ervin, b. Mar 1894

 

5.-Opel F, b. ca. 1901

i.-Charles Granville Dotson, b. 16(3) March 1860. Living in Ritchie County in 1883.

 

Enumerated in the 1880 census, Ritchie County, age 20, in the household of his father

Hiram Dotson (see above); in the household of brother Alfred in Taylor Co. in 1900, b.

March 1860, age 40 and again in 1910, age 49.

 

j.-Sarah J. Dotson, b. 9 Nov 1862.

 

This marriage in Rit. Co.: “1876...John W. Kiger, 23...single...b. Ohio...res... Rit.

Co...Parents, George W. & Sarah; & Sarah G. Dotson, 15... single...b. Va...res. Rit.

Co...Parents, H. S. & Susan by R. A. Witt.” Living in Ritchie County in 1883.

 

From the 1880 census of WV; Ritchie Co. 150 (Clay) O22:

 

Kiger, John WM 26 Laborer OH PA OH

Sarah WF 18 Wife Keeping house WV WV WV

Charles H WM 1 Son WV OH WV

Infant WM 1/12Son (May 1880) WV OH WV

Six children:

 

1.- Charles H, b. 1879

2.- Male, b. May 1880

3.- Fred Kiger, b. 24 Oct 1885; d. Sept 1964. He m. Dolia Dotson.

 

No children. For this family, see Chap. XIV- 8 Thomas Dotson and Eliza Dotson

4.- Mae Kiger, m. Arthur Markle. Two children:

 

(1) Pearl Markle, m. Howard Wanstreet. No children.

(2) Virginia Markle, m. Wilbur “Buck” Grose. They had Glenn Mae Grose

who m. Denzil Taylor. Both drowned in the Silver Bridge tragedy at Point Pleasant

December 1967. For this family, see The Descendants of John Wilson. 8

5.- Edward Kiger, m. Susan Maxwell. One child:

 

(1) Lewis Edward Kiger, m. Vertner.

6.- Charley Kiger. He worked for oil and gas Co. Lived at Pennsboro. Several

children.

k.-Susan Jane Dotson, b. 3 July 1864. Living in Doddridge County in 1883.

In the 1870 census Doddridge Co., Susan J. was not enumerated in the household of

 

her father Hiram S. (but there was a Sarah J., age 8): in 1880, a Susan J., 17, daughter of

Hiram Dotson.

This marriage in Ritchie County: “25 Dec 1904...G. P. Fetty... widow...age 45...b.

Monongalia... resident Tyler...m. Jane Dotson...age 40...b Ritchie.”

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 43

 

 

1.- Hiram Dotson, m (2) Melvina Pool.

 

This marriage in Ritchie County: “23 Aug 1864...Hiram S. Dotson, 40...widow...b.

Wood Co...res. Rit. Co...Parents, Emanuel & Hannah; & Melvina Pool, 29...single...b.

Harrison Co...res. Rit. Co...parents, Thomas & Anna by Eli Riddle.”

 

In the Toll Gate Cemetery:

 

HIRAM S. DOTSON, born 21 Sept 1823(8), died 25 Sept 1899

 

MELVINA POOL DOTSON, born 13 June 1835, died 12 March 1913

 

In the Ritchie Death records (p. 85);

 

“Dotson H. S. Sept 25, 1899 d Ritchie Co. pleurisy 76 parents Emanuel and Hannah

Dotson, farmer, no place given for birth consort Melvina Dotson. Rept by F. J. Dotson, son”

 

 Miss Lowther states: “Susan Markwell died while her husband was serving as a

Union soldier. He was later discharged because of his half orphaned children. Shortly after

his discharge he m. Melvina Pool.” Some reported dates are in conflict and do not support

this statement: eg. his date of discharge from the special 1890 census was 15 Nov 1863;

birth-date of Susan’s last daughter Susan Jane was 3 July 1864; Susan’s death from her

head-stone “SUSAN J. WIFE OF H. S. DOTSON...d. 12 July 1863; age 30y.-10m.-9d.”

: Hardesty gives her death date as July 12, 1864 and Hiram’s remarriage to Melvina Poole

as 1865. However the marriage record shown above says “23 Aug 1864”.

 

Parents of four children:

l.- John W. Dotson, b. 23 Aug 1866. He m. Hattie 0.___ .

Enumerated in the household of his father Hiram S. Dotson in the Ritchie County

Census of 1870: John W., 4, b. WV. and in 1880; John W., 14, b. WV

This marriage in Ritchie County: 4 July 1888..John W. Dotson...age 22...b. Ritchie...

 

m. Florence Clevenger... Age 21...b. Doddridge..Resident Ritchie.

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; Ritchie Clay Dist 30 84 9 45:

Dotson John W W June 1870 30 WV

Dellie W June 1873 27 WV

 

Ennis M S Oct 1894 5 WV

 

Leslie F S Aug 1896 3 WV

 

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Doddridge 007 0026 0026:

 

Dotson John W H W 45 WV WV

 

Hattie W 36 WV

 

Enos S 15 WV

 

Leslie S 13 WV

 

His wife’s names are confusing, Florence, Dellie and Hattie; Barr Wilson recalls John

 

W. as having only one wife; apparent discrepancy is unresolved.

He was caretaker of Crystal Lake.

In the Toll Gate Cemetery:

JOHN W. DOTSON......1865-1931.

HATTIE 0. DOTSON...1873-1956.

From the Index and Register of Deaths- Doddridge County, p. 170: “Dotson, John

Wesley, M, died Dec 8, 1931, parents, Hiram Dotson and Muina (sic Malvina) Poole”

 

Two known, possibly three, children:

1.- Enos Dotson, b. Oct 1894

2.- Leslie Dotson b. Aug 1896

3.- Girl Dotson who was m., lived for a time in the John Dotson house; later moved

 


 

44 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

to Baltimore.

m.- Daniel V. Dotson, b. 30 March 1867 (Hardesty9).

Enumerated in the household of his father Hiram S. Dotson in the census of Ritchie

 

County: 1870 age 3, and in 1880, age 13.

Daniel was not found in the Ritchie or Doddridge indexes to marriages or deaths, nor

 

1900 or 1910 census; apparently died young or moved out of area after 1880.

n.- Thomas Dotson, b. 3 Jan 1869; d. 5 April 1958.

He m. June Taylor (dau. of Edmund Taylor Jr, and Ermany Jane Baker). They resided

 

on Cabin Run, later at Toll Gate.

In the Toll Gate Cemetery:

THOMAS J. DOTSON, born 3 Jan 1869...died 5 April 1958

MRS. JUNE DOTSON, born 1 June 1889...died 3 Nov 1921. age 32yr. 5mo. 2da.

Enumerated in the household of his father Hiram S. Dotson, Ritchie Co. Census of

 

1870, age 1, and 1880, age 11.

From the Ritchie Co. Marriages: “(1908) Thomas Jefferson Dotson...Age 39...b.

 

Ritchie..m. June Taylor...age 19...b. Ritchie.”

In the Ritchie County Death Register, p. 110;

“Dotson Thomas Jefferson, male, white, widower, died Toll Gate, Apr 3 1958, age 89

 

- -, farmer, Rit. Co. WV, Parents Hiram Dotson, Melvina Poole.”

From the 1900 census soundex of WV: Ritchie Clay Dist 30 84 16 46:

 

Dotson Thomas W Jan 1870 30 WV

Mallie Mother July 1839 60 WV

Florence Ni Aug 1899 10 ? WV

 

 

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Ritchie 036 0068 0168:

 

Dotson Thos J H W 41 WV WV

Janie (June) W 20 WV

Cecil D S Nr WV

Melvina M 74 WV

 

 

Taylor Ralph BL 15 WV

Seven children:

 

 

1.-Cecil Dotson, m. Virginia Taylor, dau. of Oath Taylor. Oath Taylor, son of

Silas Taylor; Silas son of Eli; Eli, son of Daniel, who had Revolutionary service. See The

Daniel Taylor Family .10

 

 One child:

 

(1) Ronald Dotson, m. a German girl. They have; Charlotte Dotson; Rene

Dotson; and Kenneth Dotson.

2.- Carl Dotson, m. Juanita Fredrick. No children.

3.- Marie Dotson, m. Homer Dotson. (For Homer, see Chapter VII-9 Robert

 

Dotson, and The Gregg Family.11)

Three children:

 

(1) Linda Lou Dotson, m. Glen Jones. They have; Tammy LeDawn Jones;

Rebecca Yvonne Jones; and Terry Jones.

(2) Bonnie Lee Dotson, m. Kenneth Grose. They have; Stephenie Kay Grose;

Kevin Gale Grose; and Kenda Lee Grose.

(3) Roger Dean Dotson, m. Helen Richards. They have; Katrina Dotson.


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 45

 

 

4.- Mabel Dotson, m. John Chandler. One child:

 

(1) Evelyn Chandler, m. David Beeghley. They have; Randy Beeghley; and

Ricky Beeghley.

5.- Mildred Dotson, m. Clifford Dotson. Clifford Dotson is a brother of Homer

Dotson, above. No children.

6.- Clarence Dotson. Never married. Buried Toll Gate Cemetery.

“Clarence E Dotson WV PFC 745 Railway Opr. BN WWII Nov 2 1921 Nov 10 1948"

7.- Anna Belle Dotson, b. 4 Feb 1871. She m. Marion “Buke” Nutter.

See History of Doddridge County,1979.12

Nine children:

 

 

(1) O1dest child died young.

(2) Darius Nutter, m. ____ Grey. One son. Died March 1983

(3) Willa Nutter, m.(1)

____ Murphy. Two children:

(3a) Sam Murphy.

(3b) Girl. She is m. and lives in Clarksburg.

(3) Willa Nutter, m. (2) Barrick. Had cigar factory in Pennsboro. No children

(3) Willa Nutter, m. (3) ____ Hornbeck.

(4) Dora Nutter. Never married.

(5) Earl Nutter (twin), m. ____ ____. One adopted child.

(6) Paul Nutter (twin), m. ____ ____. One son killed in auto accident. Maybe

other children.

(7) Wonda Nutter, m. Herb Mayfield. No children.

(8) Leatha Nutter, m. Charles Zinn. One child:

(8a) Rose Ann Zinn, m. ____ Riggs.

(9) Ford Nutter. Died 1982. He was m. No known children.

2.- Lovisa Dotson, 1825-1875; m. James Taylor. This m. in Tyler Co.:

 

“30 July 1840...James Taylor and Louisa Dotson by George Monroe.”

 

From Miss Lowther’s History of Ritchie County 13:

 

“JAMES TAYLOR whose natal day was 7 Oct 1818, was a man of more than ordinary

ability. He was one of the early sheriffs of the County and served as a member of the State

Legislature. He resided on Lynn Camp, at Harrisville and finally went to Cornwallis, where

death overtook him. But he rests in the Taylor burying ground on the old homestead. He

was first m. to Miss Lovisa Dotson, ........”

 

From the 1850 census of VA; Ritchie County:

 

Taylor James 32 (farmer) born in Virginia

 

Lovica 25

 

Victoria 7

 

 Henrietta 5

 

 Edward 3

 

 Rachel 5 months.

 

From the 1860 census of VA; Ritchie County (379-361):

 

Taylor James 42 sheriff VA

 

Louisa 35 VA

 


 

46 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

Henrietta 16 househand VA

Edmund 14 VA

Rachel 10 VA

Lovina 8 VA

Lewis P 4 VA

James 1 VA

 

From the 1870 census of WV; Ritchie County (238-233):

 

Taylor James 51 merchant VA

Louisa 45 housekeeper VA

Louisa 18 VA

James 11 VA

Stonewall 3 VA

 

From the 1880 census of WV; Ritchie County 153 (Grant) 032:

 

Taylor James WM 61 Farmer VA VA VA

Emma WF 31 Wife Keeping house OH OH VA

Stonewall WM 13 Son At home WV VA OH

William G WM 2 Son (by wife No. 2) WV VA OH

McClane, LucindaWF 21 Serv. Housekeeper OH OH OH

In the Taylor Cemetery:

LOVISA wife of Hon.

 

JAS. TAYLOR Born June

15, 1825 Died Feb 25, 1875

 

JAMES TAYL0R Born

Oct 7, 1818 Died Sept 23,

1893

 

Lovisa Dotson Taylor

headstone in Taylor

Cemetery, near Lynn

Camp Ritchie County

WV.

Photo by Ruth Taylor Allen

1991

 

 

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 47

 

 

Parents of eight children:

 

a.-Victoria Mariah Taylor, m. Horatio Nelson Wilson. For this family see, page 181,

Descendants of John Wilson.14 Also see, Horatio Nelson Wilson and Victoria Mariah

Taylor, 15 by Linn Wilson.

 

b.-Hannah (Henrietta in 1850 and 1860 census) Taylor, m. Peter Broadwater, a son of

Jefferson Broadwater and Mary Recknor; marriage record in Ritchie Co. ...30 Nov

1865...Peter Broadwater ..age 21...b. Allegheny Co., Md...Resident Ritchie..son of Jefferson

and Mary....m. Hannah Taylor...Age 21...b. Ritchie..Dau. of James and Lovica (Lovisa

Dotson); (Note: another Peter Broadwater b. 20 March 1820, a brother of Jefferson

Broadwater, m. Love Taylor...Ritchie Marriage records...9 Oct 1845..Peter Broadwater m.

Lovina Taylor...This is not the Peter that m. Hannah Taylor. This is his uncle) see, pages

10, 27, and 28 Broadwater History15 Two known children:

 

1.- The late Wheeler Broadwater of Pennsboro. This is the son of Peter that

 

m. Hannah Taylor. This Peter Broadwater was a son of Thomas Jefferson Broadwater and

Mary Recknor.

2.- Sarah Dolly Broadwater, m. Wayne Wilson. For this family, see page 188,

Descendants of John Wilson. 16

c.-Edward (Edmund) (E J ‘Doc”) Taylor. b. 1846 or 1847. Shown in the household of

his father in the 1850 and 1860 census of Ritchie County.

From the 1870 census of WV; Ritchie (469-439):

Taylor E J 24 Farmer VA

C C 22 Hskpr VA

Milton 1 WV

 

 

From the 1880 census of WV; Ritchie Co. 150 (Clay) 018:

 

Taylor E J WM 34 Farmer WV WV WV

Cena C WF 33 Wife Keeping house WV MD MD

Milton WM 11 Son At home WV WV WV

Visey WF 7 Dau WV WV WV

Alice WF 4 Dau WV WV WV

Tasker WM 3 Son WV WV WV

 

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; Ritchie Clay District 30 84 9 60:

 

Taylor Edman J W Dec 1845 54 WV

Laura W Aug 1863 36 WV

Grover C S Mar 1885 15 WV

Carrie C D Aug 1887 12 WV

Opal D Dec 1890 9 WV

Phelps S Mar 1897 3 WV

 

 

From the 1910cCensus soundex of WV; Ritchie 036 0068 0177:

 

Taylor

Edman J H W 64 WV WV

Laura W 46 WV

Opal D19 WV

Phelps S 13 WV

 

 

E. J. “Doc” Taylor, m(1) Aseneth Catherine Broadwater (dau. of

Jefferson Broadwater). See, “Broadwater Family.” Four known children:

1.- Milton (Gowin) Taylor (b. 1868, d. Aug 1926) lived at Pullman. was a

 


 

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teamster, always having several teams in the oil and gas fields.

 

The following information on the Milton Taylor family, and photograph taken in the

Taylor cemetery, were furnished to the author by Ruth Taylor Allen, grand-daughter of

Milton Taylor and Etta Alice Wilson, 29 May 1991.

 

 Milton was married twice. Married (1) Mary V. Miller of Doddridge Co.; married

1890. She died in child-birth before 1896. Milton and Mary V. Miller had three sons:

 

(1) Shirley

(2) Lawrence, died 1907 of diphtheria.

(3) Clarence

Milton married (2) Etta Alice Wilson (b. 11 Nov 1877, d. 22 Feb 1981 at 103 years),

dau. of Alfred A. Wilson and Mary Catherine Snodgrass Wilson. Milton and Etta had eight

children:

 

(4) William Bryant b. 1896 d. 1907 diphtheria

(5) Thelma C. b. 1899 d. 1907 diphtheria

(6) Frank b. 21 March 1902 d. 23 Jan 1976 (6) m.(1) 10 July 1920, Ninnie

Elizabeth McCarty (b. 19 Feb 1900, d. 13 Dec 1967); parents of four children;

(6a) Robert Lee b. 13 Aug 1921 Pullman, Ritchie County, WV

(6b) Ruth Marie b. 26 May 1923 Pullman, Ritchie County, WV

(6c) Eleanor Ann b. 5 May 1925 Pullman, Ritchie County, WV

(6d) Charles Frank b. 12 Dec 1928 Akron, Ohio

 

(6) Frank Taylor m. (2) Beatrice Peteau (French, b. in Canada). One child;

(6e) John Milton Taylor b. 2 Aug 1949 (legally changed his name to John

Taylor Allen).

 

(7) Bess b. 26 March 1906 living 1991 m. Albert Long; four children;

(7a) James

(7b) Robert

(7c) Rosalie

(7d) Caroline

(8) Mary Nell b. 23 May 1912 living 1991; m. Bennie Ells; no children

(9) Milton O. b. 6 Dec 1909 living 1991 m. Wilma Clevenger; one child

(9a) Ronald

(10) Pauline b. 27 Nov 1916 living 1991 m. Alva Kirk; four children;

(10a) Joy

(10b) Sherri

(10c) Linda

(10d) Jeff

(11) Lorena (Teenie) b. 31 Mar 1920 d.18 April 1990 m. Lawrence Nestor;

two children; (11a) Melanie

(11b) David

2.- Visey Taylor, b. ca. 1773, m. Snodgrass. He was a mail carrier.

3.- Carrie Catherine (Alice) Taylor, b. ca. 1776 m. Charley Wilson. For this

 

family, see page 134, Descendants of John Wilson.

4.- “Tat” Tasker Taylor. b. ca. 1777, very large man. lived on Lynn Camp. He m.

a Cross. Three known children:

 

(1) “Tom” Taylor. Died at Williamstown.

(2) Raymond Taylor, m. Cornell. He is dead (1982).


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 49

 

 

(3) Taylor, m. Herman Pool. Lives at West Union, W.Va.

c.- E. J. “Doc” Taylor, m (2) Layune (Laura) Shuttlesworth.

Four children:

5.- Grover C Taylor. b. Mar 1885

6.- Carrie C Taylor, b. Aug 1887.

7.- Opal Taylor, b. Dec 1890.

8.- Phelps Taylor, b. March 1897, father of Phelps Taylor Jr., present postmaster

 

 

at Pennsboro, W.Va. (1983).

d.- Rachel Taylor, b. 1850; m. Ocran Corbin of Pennsboro. For their children see

 

Minnie Kendall Lowther's Ritchie County in History and Romance p. 430-431.

e.- Lovina Taylor, b. 1852; m. Patrick Monohan of Cairo18.

f.- Phelps (Lewis P) Taylor. b. 1846 Died in childhood (between 1860 and 1870)

g.- James Taylor, b. 1859 m. Susannah Belle Wilson. dau. of Barton Hudkins (‘Bail”)

 

Wilson and Sarah Jane McGregor. For this family, see page 187, “Descendants of John

Wilson.”

h.- Stonewall Taylor, b. 1867, of Parkersburg.

 

James Taylor married (2) Emma Windham:

 

This marriage in Ritchie County: “22 Aug 1876...James Taylor... widow...age 50...b.

Harrison...resident Ritchie...m. Emma Windham... age 27...b. Ohio...he, son of Edmund

and Rachel...she, dau. of John and Rebecca.”One known child: William G. b. ca. 1878

 

3.- Granville Dotson, b. 1827. This m. in Rit. Co.:

“26 Nov 1846...Granville Dotson & Sarah Cross by Eli Riddle”.

From the 1850 Census of VA; Ritchie Co. (571-171):

 

Dotson Granville 23 Farmer VA

Sarah 19 VA

Emaretta 3 VA

 

These births in Ritchie County (also in Mormon IGI):

“Josephine Dotson Nov 15, 1854 parents Granville Dotson”

“John Dotson Nov 23(1) 1856 parents Granville Dotson”

“ They went west where they sleep and where their descendants live.” Lowther, p. 143

From the 1860 census of Missouri, Adair Co. p 124 Clay Twp. Wilmothville PO Dwl.

 

 

1002 Fam. 813:

Dotson Granville 33 M Farmer $1070 VA

Sarah 28 F VA cannot read or write

Emmeretta 12 F VA attending school

Evelline 9 F VA

Martha E 7 F VA attending school

Lafsis? 5 M VA

John 3 M VA

Emanuel 1/12M Mo

Glena Calhoun 19 F VA

 

Note; in 1860 neighbors of Granville Dotson in Adair County were Eli B. and

Margaret Tucker (Chap. VII-1), Nelson Tucker (Eli’s son) (Chap. VII-1) and J F and Mary

 


 

50 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

A Kelley (Chap.V-4). None of these families were found in the 1870 census of Adair

County Missouri; but other Dotson relatives from West Virginia were living there, e.g.

Lloyd Dotson, Thomas Poole and Jasper Wilson (Chap. V-2)

 

From the Nebraska soundex 1900 vol 6 ED 40 sh 3 line 97 Cedar Co, Precinct 14:

Dotson, Emanuel W Apr 1866 34 Missouri

Harman, Ida Sister Feb 1875 25 Nebraska

 

Note; this Emanuel Dotson may or may not be the son of Granville Dotson and Sarah

Cross b. 1860, per the 1860 census above; the state of birth “Missouri” fits but the age is

off by six years (however not uncommon in census records).

 

From Minnie Kendall Lowther: “John Cross, brother of Nimrod, born 1808, made a

pioneer settlement on the Hooker Wilson Farm on Beeson (Ritchie Co.),.....he made his

will on July 15, 1886, ...he mentions the following children:......Sarah, wife of Granville

Dotson...”18

 

According to information provided by Jean Wilson (1986) Sarah Cross’ mother was

Katherine Jemima Prunty, who married John Cross on 2 Dec 1829; she died before 1865

and is buried in the Wilson Cemetery at Beeson Ritchie County.

 

Six or seven known children of Granville and Sarah Cross Dotson:

a.- Emeretta b. ca. 1847 No other information.

b.- Eveline b. ca. 1851

c.- Martha E b. ca. 1853

d.-Josephine b. Nov 15, 1854. (Listed in Mormon IGI, bap. 14 June 1978, Provo, UT)

 

 

(may be same as Martha E)

e.- Lafsis? (male)b. ca. 1855

f.- John b. 23 (1) Nov, 1856 (Listed in Mormon IGI, bap. 13 June 1978, Provo, UT)

g.- Emanuel b. 1860 (see note above)

 

4.- John W. Dotson, b. 1829; m. Amy Poole.

From the 1850 census of VA; Rit. Co.:

 

Dotson, John W 21. . Farmer b. Virginia

Amy 18

Enoch C. 6 months.

 

From the 1860 census of VA; Rit. Co. (641-606) (one family prior to Hiram S. Dodson,

 

642-607):

Dodson, John W. 30 Farmer b. VA

Amy B 29 VA

Enos B 11 VA

Arygha (m) 9 VA

Adorthy E 6 VA

Arzannath 4 VA

Simon 2 VA

 

These births in Ritchie Co.:

1853 12 Nov, Austin, parents John W. Dotson (Mormon IGI bap. 13 June 1978 Provo

 

 

UT)

1855 May 4th, Adortha Dotson parents John W. and Martha Dotson.

1856....Martha Dotson, parent J W Dotson

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 51

 

 

1859 6 Dec Simon Launtz; parents John Wesley Dotson/Amy Bull Poole. Toll Gate,

Ritchie Co. ((Mormon IGI bap 27 Mar 1981 Idaho Falls)

 

1861 Ira, parents John W. and Amy, (Mormon IGI bap. 13 June 1978 Provo UT)

 

From the Ritchie Co. Death Register, p. 1: “Dotson Austin ...Nov 30 1853...Cabin run..

 

Croup...18 days...father Jno W. ...Pendleton Co.”

John W. Dotson served in the Civil War attached to the 6th WV Infantry Volunteers.

When mustered out 1863 John W. Dotson, private.19

(NOTE; a John W. Dotson (Co. E 6th Inf.) was one (with John S. ‘Spencer’ Dotson)

whose W Va. Civil War Medal had not been claimed as of May 1992 in Charleston.)

They went to Minnesota many years ago, but they now live in California (1911).”

Lowther, p. 14320

They evidently moved from the Ritchie-Doddridge area between 1861 and 1870; not

enumerated in 1870 or 1880 census of Ritchie or Doddridge.

From the 1900 California Census (Vol 42 E.D. 93 Sh 7 Line 41); Residence Santa Cruz

Soquel Twp.:

Dotson, John W White b. Mar 1829 age 71 bp West Virginia

Amy B Wife b. Sept 1831 age 68 bp WV

From the California 1910 Soundex Santa Cruz 113 0123 0298:

Dotson John W H W 81 WVA Calif

 

Amy B W 78 Virginia

 

From the 1920 census soundex of California; Santa Cruz 124 226 2 88:

 

Santa Cruz; Caledonia

 

Dotson John W W 90 WV

 

Duatcher Dorthey E D 65 WV

 

also from the 1920 census soundex of California;

 

Santa Cruz Co 124 226 2 34; Santa Cruz; 49 South Branuforte:

 

Dotson, E P W 69 VA

Emma W 66 Indiana

It is believed that this E P Dotson is the Enoch or Enos Dotson, son of John W. and

Amy Poole Dotson b. ca. 1850.

No other Dotsons with bp West Virginia were found in the California census index for

1870, 1880 or 1900.

For children of John W and Amy B Dotson, see 1860 census and birth records above

(not entirely reconciled).

 

CHAPTER V-2

JOHN DOTSON.

 

From Miss Lowther’s history of Ritchie County, p.14321:

 

“JOHN DOTSON (brother of Emanuel 2nd), m. Miss Susan Sears, (SAYERS) sister

of Hannah Sears Dotson (wife of Emanuel), for his first wife; and his second was Miss

Mahala Myers. He, too, settled across the Doddridge County line, but removed to the

Harrisville vicinity in the ante-bellum days, and there he rests. His children; Oliver, Lloyd,

Mrs. Minerva Stinespring; Mrs. Cindona (Daniel) Malone; Clinton; Leeman; (John)

Noble; and Rufus Dotson.”

 


 

52 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

From her revised history of Ritchie County22 (note changes from first edition in

italics):

 

“JOHN DOTSON, brother of Emmanuel, born 1800, was first married to Miss Susan

Sears, sister of his brother’s wife and they settled on the Doddridge County side, where

Mrs. Dotson died, after some years. He then married Miss Mahala Myers, and removed to

the Harrisville vicinity in the antebellum days, where he rests. His children: Oliver, Lloyd,

Mrs. Minerva Stinespring, Cindona, Mrs. Daniel Malone; Clinton, Lehman, Mary S.,

Noble, and Rufus Dotson.

 

Susanna Sayre was the daughter of Benjamin and Nancy Sayre, who lived on Middle

Island Creek, Tyler County (prior to formation of Doddridge County). See verification of

this under foregoing section “Emanuel Dotson” who married Hannah Sayre, Susanna’s

sister.

 

In his two volume book on the genealogy of the Dodson-Dotson family, the Rev. Silas

Emmett Lucas, Jr. includes a section on Richard Dotson and his descendents compiled

from information sent to him; one version was contributed by Edythe McKinstry Gaston

of Denver, CO in 1969; she applied for membership in the DAR on May 13, 1963 using

Richard Dotson Sr. (1752-1847) as her patriot ancestor. (Application No. 495587); she

descended from Richard, Sr. via William, Sr., John, and John Noble, to her mother Agnes

Isabell who married her father LeRoy Edwin McKinstry in 1914. Her major contribution,

was of course, on the family of her great-grand-father John Dotson, and the reader is invited

to read her write-up in the cited reference23. In this chapter, references to this source are

made to supplement other independently derived information.

 

From the 1830 census of Wood County:

 

Dotson, John...males; 1 under 5; 1 30 to 40. females; 2 20-30 .

 

This means that he m. (1) between 1825 and 1830.

 

Could the second female, 20-30, be his sister, Mary Ann who married James F. Kelly?

(See below)

From the 1840 census of Harrison County:

Dotson, John...males; 1 5-10, 1 10-15, 2 20-30, 1 40-50: females; 1 under 5, 1 30

 

 

40. Obviously not all of the males were John and Susan’s children.

Names appearing on deeds in Tyler County:

 

“1839...John Dotson and Susannah Dotson.”

 

On Dec 30, 1842, the heirs of Benjamin Sayre were granted 100 acres of land in

Harrison Co. on a branch of Arnold Creek adjoining a corner of Gratz’s survey... heirs

named were Hannah and Susanna Dotson, Solomon Sayre, Squire Sayre, Hiram Sayre,

and Mary Kenney. This indicates that Susanna was still living at the end of 1842.

 

John Dotson was a prominent land broker in Tyler, Doddridge and Ritchie Counties;

for on the above land grant, and much other information concerning John Dotson’s land

holding and dealings, the reader is referred to the book Dotson Land Grants (1804-1865)

in the Present Day Counties of Ritchie, Doddridge, Tyler West Virginia by James M.

Dotson 1988.24

 

From the 1850 census of VA; Doddridge County (Fam. No. 198):

Dotson, John 50 (farmer) born in Virginia

Mahala (second wife) 40

 

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 53

 

 

 Lloyd 15

Minerva 13

Sindonia 10

(The following children by wife No. 2:)

Dotson, Clinton 6 VA

 

Leaman 4

Mary S. 2

Dougherty, Mary A. 18 VA

From the 1860 census of VA; Doddridge County (760-761):

 

Dotson Jno 60 M Farmer VA (Real est. $1000, pers. prop. $300)

Mahala 50 F

Sudona 16 F

Lemon 14 M

Mary 12 F

Clinton 16 M

John N 9 M

Rufus 6 M

 

From the 1870 census of WV; Ritchie County (330-330):

Dotson John 70 Ret farmer b.VA

Mahala 60 Hskpr VA

 

Miller Henry 30 Farmer Nassau

Mary S 21 Hskpr VA

H Grant 2 WV

Nora V 1 WV

 

From the 1880 census ofWV; Ritchie Co 149 (Union) 034, in the household of Henry

 

Miller:

Miller Henry P WM 42 Farmer GR GR GR (Germany)

Mary WF 32 wifeKeeping house VA VA VA

Herman G WM 12 son Farmer WV GR VA

Laura V WF 10 Dau At Home WV GR VA

Anna L WF 8 Dau WV GR VA

Jessie Ellen WF 2 Dau WV GR VA

Infant WF 2/12 Dau WV GR VA

Dotson Mahaly WF 70 (mother-in-law) VA VA VA

 

In the Ritchie Co. Deaths p. 36: Feb 15, 1880 John Dotson pl. of death Ritchie; no age

given; cause of death, parents, where born, occupation consort, all listed as unknown;

reported by H. P. Miller, a friend (his son-in-law)

 

In the Harrisville I.O.O.F. Cemetery:

JOHN DOTSON, Feb 5, 18OO...Feb 25, 1880; aged 80 years; 20 days.

HOWARD LEE DOTSON, d. May 28, 1906, aged 13 years.

 

The four children of John Dotson and Susan Sayers:

1.- 01iver Dotson, b. 1830. (Oliver a child of John and Susan Dotson according to Lowther)

This marriage in Doddridge County (Bk.1-p.15): “30 May 1850...O1iver Dotson and

Sarah Fleming by William Sexsmith.” Sarah Fleming, b. ca 1835.

 


 

54 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

From 1850 census of Doddridge County, family of John Fleming; “Oliver Dotson, 20

and Sarah Dotson 15.”

 

From the Index and Register of Births- Doddridge County, p. 237 (Bk 1-p.11):

 

“Dec 17, 1858; Dotson, Hiram M; Parents, Olive(r) and Sarah Dotson”

 

After the birth of their son Hiram M. Dotson in 1858, no subsequent record has been

found of Oliver and Sarah. From a contribution by Edythe McKinstry Gaston of Denver,

CO in 1969 to the Silas Lucas’ Dotson history25, p. 1178, the following additional

information was obtained;

 

The children of John (Squire) Dotson were given as:

 

a. Capt. Oliver Dotson- b. 25 July 1830; d. 1900; m. Sarah Fleming. Their children

were: 1. Columbia Cachelin - b. 1 July 1853; d. 6 April 1929; m. a Wolfe.

2. Sarah Dotson - b. 25 July 1875; m. a Cooper.

3. Virginia Dotson

4. Ely Dotson

5. Oliver Dotson

6. Clinton Dotson

7. Edward Dotson

8. John Dotson

9. Hiram Dotson

10. Lawrence Dotson

No further information

2.- Lloyd Dotson, b. 1835. In the household of his father John, 1850 census, age 15.

 

Lowther from her revised history of Ritchie County26:

 

“...RECORD OF COMPANY E, SIXTH WEST VIRGINIA INFANTRY

VOLUNTEERS,..........Discharged:-1862- Lloyd Dotson,1st lieutenant;....”

 

From Lucas, p. 1178, account of Edythe McKinstry Gaston of Denver, CO in

1969: Lloyd Dotson was b. 16 July 1833; served briefly in the Civil War as First Lieutenant

in Co. E. of the 6th Regt., W. Va. Inf. Volunteers. This company was composed of men

from Ritchie and Preston Counties, located at Pennsboro, and was organized with Larkin

Pierpoint as Captain, commissioned Oct 3 1861. Lloyd Dotson resigned on 15 Jan 1862 and

George M Ireland replaced him. His children were:

 

a. Sheridan (called Shedd) Dotson- his children: (a) Ora Dotson, (b) Jerry Dotson, (c)

Genevieve Dotson (d) son and (e) daughter.

b. Cora Dotson- m. a Barker.

In my notes; “Lloyd Dotson’s wife, Sarah Ann Dotson.”

From the Missouri 1870 census Adair Co. Township 64, Range 13 Wilmothville PO

10 10:

Dodson Loyd 37 MW Farmer $2000 1000 VA

Sarah 33 FW Keeping house VA

Craig A* 14 MW Assisting in farm VA

Sindona 12 FW at home att. sch. MO

Florence 9 FW at home att sch. MO

Clinton L 6 MW at home MO

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 55

 

 

Mary 4 FW MO

Sheridan 2 MW at home MO

Lillie C 5/12 FW b. Jany. MO

 

 From the 1880 census soundex of Missouri: Adair Co Clay Twp 1 144 28 21:

 

Dodson, Loyd WM 46 VA

Sarah W 44 VA

Clinton S 16 MO

Mary D14 MO

Phillip S 12 MO

Cora D10 MO

John S6 MO

 

 

From the 1880 census soundex of Missouri; Adair Co Clay Twp 1 144 28:

 

*Dodson Craig WM24 VA

Sarah W 23 MO

Clara D3 MO

 

 

3.- Minerva Dotson, b. 3 Jan 1836.

In the household of her father John Dotson in the 1850 census, age 13.

This marriage record in Doddridge County:

“25 January 1855...Manervy (Minerva) Dotson, 17...single...b. Wood Co...res. Dodd.

 

Co...parents, John Dotson & Susan; and William Stinespring, 24...single...born Harrison

Co...res. Dodd. Co... Parents, ohn and Mary.”

In the 1860 census of Doddridge Co. WV; 558 West Union PO, 080 5342, 659 650:

 

Wm T (or L) Stinespring 30 M b VA

Meneva 22 F VA

Anaus? 3 F VA

Sendona 1 F VA

 

 

From the 1900 census soundex of Nebraska; 14 58 4 13 Douglas Co. Omaha No. 40th

St 5118:

 

Steinspring Minerva W Jan 1836 64 VA

Oliver S May 1869 31 VA

John S Jan 1875 25 NE

Dra D Dec 1878 21 NE

 

 

From this information William and Minerva Stinespring moved from West Virginia

to Nebraska sometime after the birth of their son Oliver May 1869 and that of John, Jan

1875.

 

4.- Cindona Dotson, b. 1840, 1842, or 1844.

In the household of her father John Dotson, 1850 census “Sindonia 10”, and in the

1860 census “Sudona 16 F”

 

This m. in Ritchie County: “17 January 1866...Samuel S. Malone, 21...b. Rit. Co...res.

Rit. Co...Parents, James and Susannah; and Sindonah (Cindona) Dotson, 24... single...b.

Harrison Co...res. Rit. Co...parents, John & Susan by Isaac Holland.”

 

In the 1880 census of WV; Ritchie Co. 150 (Clay) 003:

Malone, Samuel WM 36 Miller WV OH OH

 


 

56 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

Sidonah WF 34 Wife Keeping House WV WV PA

 

Susan WF 13 Dau At home WV WV WV

 

Clara WF 2 Dau WV WV WV

Dotson, Clinton (s) WM 36 Boarder (bil)Wagonmaker WVWVPA

 

Note: Clinton Dotson, half-brother of Cindona living in household

John Dotson, m (2) Mahala Myers. This marriage in Ritchie County:

“11 June 1843...John Dotson & Mahala Myers by L. T. Henderson.”

 

 Parents of five children.

5.- Clinton Dotson, b. 1844.

 

In the household of his father John Dotson in the 1850 census (age 6) and the 1860

census (age 16).

 

In Miss Minnie Kendall Lowther’s Ritchie County in History and Romance 1990, p.

22327 “ RECORD OF COMPANY E, SIXTH WEST VIRGINIA INFANTRY VOLUNTEERS,

when mustered out, 1863:.....Privates.....Clinton Dotson, John W. Dotson, Lehman

Dotson,.....

 

Clinton not in index to 1870 census of WV. In 1880 census of Ritchie County (CO03),

residing in household of Samuel Malone; Dotson, Clinton (s) W M 36 boarder, wagonmaker,

WV WV PA. Note above, Cindona Dotson Malone (Mrs. Samuel) was Clinton’s half-

sister.

 

From Ritchie Marriages: “15 May 1884...Clinton Dotson...age 40...b.

Doddridge...resident Ritchie... m. Mary J. Fry...age 27...b. Greene Co. PA...res. Ritchie.”

 

Clinton and Mary apparently didn’t bother to report their children’s births, as two were

recorded later in the Ritchie Delayed Births; both records contain a lot of family

information

 

In 1942, Clinton Earl Dotson applied for a birth certificate: b. 4 Sept 1894, at

Harrisville; father Clinton Dewitt Dotson P.O. West Union, b. p. West Union, farmer white

age 50 at time child was born; mother Mary Jane Fry P.O. Waynesburg, Pa. bp.

Waynesburg, Pa., housewife white age 39 at time child was born; five children born to

mother before and including this child, none died before this child born; certified by Claude

 

R. Dotson, brother, 4-6-42.

In 1954, Wilbur Floyd Dotson applied; b. April 13th, 1890 at Harrisville; father

Clinton Dotson P.O. Harrisville, farmer white age 46 at time child was born; mother Mary

Jane Fry P.O. Harrisville, b.p. near Waynesburg Pa. housewife, white age 36 at time child

was born; three children born to this mother up to and including this child, none dead before

child was born; certified by Mrs. May Darnold*, sister, 4-1-54.

 

Then on May 6, 1956, Clinton Earl Dotson again applied on his own certification: b.

Sept 4, 1894 at Harrisville, Ritchie Co.; father Clinton Dotson PO. Harrisville, b.p.

Virginia; mother Mary Jane Fry, PO. Harrisville, b.p. Penna.

 

In the 1890 West Virginia Veterans Census Index (Index Publishing 1986):

“Dotson Clinton, Ritchie, Union Dist. SD 1 ED 153 (census not examined)”

In the 1900 census soundex of WV; 30 85 1 1 Ritchie Clay Dist.

 

Dotson Clinton W May 1844 56 WV

Mary J Wife Nov 1856 43 Pa

Claude R Son Jan 1885 15 WV

Emma M* Dau May 1888 12 WV

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 57

 

 

Wilber F Son Apr 1890 10 WV

Howard L Son Dec 1892 7 WV

Clinton E Son Sept 1894 5 WV

Fry, Aaron Fl(father in law) Sept 1824 75 Pa

Jane Ml(mother in law) May 1818 82 Pa

and in the 1910 census soundex: Ritchie 036 0066 0001:

Dotson Clinton H W 65 WV WV

Mary J W 55 Penn

Claude R S 24 WV

Emma M* D 22 WV

Wilber F S 20 WV

Clinton E S 15 WV

 

*This marriage in Ritchie Co.: “21 June 1911....Okey J. Darnold...age 26...b.

Doddridge...resident Ritchie...m. May Dotson...age 23...b. Ritchie.”

Clinton and Mary J. Fry Dotson were parents of the five children listed in the 1900

census above.

Ritchie Co. Deaths (1919-1970) p.100; “Dotson Clinton, Pennsboro RFD1, male,

widowed, married, d. Oct 15 1923, age 79 yr 5mo 14da., farmer, b. Va, father John Dotson,

 

b. Va.: mother Susan Sears (Sayers), b. Va: cause of death, angina pectoris, reported by

Odie Jones”

6.- Leaman Dotson, b. 1846; d. 1909.

In the household of his father John Dotson in the 1850 census (age 4) and in the 1860

census (Lemon age 14).

 

From Lowther’s revised history of Ritchie Co. 28" RECORD OF COMPANY E,

SIXTH WEST VIRGINIA INFANTRY VOLUNTEERS, when mustered out,

1863:.....Privates.....Clinton Dotson, John W. Dotson, Lehman Dotson,......

 

From the 1880 census of WV; Pleasants Co:

 

Dotson Leeman WM 34 Wagon Mkr. VA VA PA

Ella WF 33 W Housekeeper VA

Lenora WF 6 D WV VA VA

Vernetie WF 4 D WV VA VA

Emma WF 2 D WV VA VA

Ella WF 8/12 D Sept 1879 WV VA VA

 

From the 1900 census soundex of Ohio: 44 34 3 14 Delaware Genoa Twp:

Dotson Leeman W Nov 1845 54 VA

Ella W June 1846 53 VA

 

Palmer Lenora D W? Dec 1873 26 VA

Emery M S Dec 1877 22 VA

Oliver T S Sep 1879 20 VA

Oahlo L D Oct 1883 16 VA

 

No other information.

 

7.- Mary S. Dotson, b. 26 April 1848; d. 27 Aug 1941.

In the household of her father John Dotson in the 1850 census (age 2), the 1860 census

 


 

58 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

(age 12), and the 1870 census under her married name Mary S. Miller (age 21); in 1880,

 

age 32, wife of Henry Miller. (see preceding 1880 census for Miller children)

 

This marriage in Ritchie Co.:

 

“11 Oct 1866...Henry Miller, 25...single...b. Kasaee, Germany... res. Rit. Co...Parents,

John T. H. and Milles; m. Mary Dotson, 19... single...b. Rit. Co...Parents. John and

Mahala.”

 

Information from Lucas29 was that a son-in-law (of John and Mahala Dotson) Henry

 

P. Miller, tried to work the farm (near Harrisville) for a few more years, but found that it

was unprofitable and so gave it up; he then moved his family and his aging mother-in-law

to Nebraska in 1882.

8.- John A. (Noble) Dotson, b. 1851

 

In the household of his father John Dotson in the 1860 census (age 9), and in 1870 in

the household of George W. Thomas (John N. Dotson, laborer, born VA, age 19 years)

 

This marriage in Ritchie Co. “1874 OR 1875...John A. Dotson, 23...SINGLE...b.

Dodd. Co...res. Tyler Co...Parents, John & Mahala; and Annie L. Garner, 16... single...b.

Rit. Co...res. Rit. Co...Parents I. C. & Sarah A. by John Rexroad.”

 

From the census soundex of Nebraska 1900; 25 145 9 14 Lincoln Co Sutherland Pct

 

Dodson John M. W May 1851 49 West Va.

Anna L W Jan 1859 41 WV

Leslie W S July 1882 17 NE

Clara D D Oct 1885 15 NE

Bessie I D Feb 1888 12 NE

Mamie I D Feb 1890 10 NE

Agnes I D Feb 1892 8 NE

Mahala D Mar 1894 6 NE

Leo J S Sept 1898 1 NE

Garner, Ellis B.L July 1861 38 WV

 

Note: for further information on John Noble Dotson, see DAR Application of his

grand-daughter Edythe McKinstry Gaston, No. 495587, May 13, 1963: also her contribution

to Lucas30 which said that they moved west in the latter part of 1880, settling in Blair,

NE; then later in the northwest corner of Nebraska in Sheridan Co.; names fifteen children;

also grand-children.

 

9.- Rufus Dotson, b. 1854 or 1855.

 

In the household of his father John Dotson in the 1860 Ritchie census (age 6); in the

1870 Ritchie Census in the family of Charles S. Martin, 31, saddler; Rufus Dotson 16 b.

VA, appr. saddler

 

This marriage in Tyler Co.: “20 Dec 1874...Rufus Dotson, 20...b. Dodd. Co...and Mary

 

E. Welch, 17...born Barbour Co. by Davis Meredith.”

She is probably a descendant of Isaih Welch and Rachel Ingram. I cannot find her name

in West Virginia Welch Family by Mrs. Robert Butcher of Glenville, W.Va.31

In the Doddridge Co. WV census of 1880; 124 007;

Dotson Rufus WM 25 Saddle & harness mkr WV VA PA

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 59

 

 

Mollie WF 22 Wife Keeping house WV VA VA

Gracie L WF 4 Dau WV WV WV

John G WM 2 Son WV WV WV

not named WM 4/12 Son (Jan 1880) WV WV WV

not named WM 4/12 Son (Jan 1880) WV WV WV

CHAPTER V-3.

NANCY DOTSON.

 

Nancy Dotson was evidently one of the older children, probably born before 1806,

which fits the age groups given in the 1810 and 1820 census for her father William Sr. The

only evidence we have that Nancy was a daughter of William Dotson Sr. and Mary Franks

is that of Minnie Kendall Lowther. From Miss Lowther’s History of Ritchie County32, p.

 

142: “Nancy (Mrs. Griggs).” (Note...Griggs is probably Gregg). Also see The Gregg

Family,33 page 11; 1 and 2 are John and George Gregg, both probably born between 1800

and 1806.

Nancy Dotson likely married either John or George Gregg. We have no information

of either John or George Gregg.

 

CHAPTER V-4

MARY ANN DOTSON

 

Mary Ann Dotson, b. ca. 1824 or 1828 m. James F. Kelley.

This marriage in Tyler County, Book l, p. 52; “Kelly, James F. and Ann Dotson 2

December 1840 by Samuel Archbold”

From the 1850 census of VA; Doddridge County: Fam. No. 199:

 

James F. Kelley 29 M W Farmer Pennsylvania

Mary A(nn) 22 F W VA

Lowman 8 M W VA

Jacintha 6 F W VA

Alston 3 M W VA

Louisa J. 6/12 F W VA

 

From the 1860 census of Missouri; Adair County, p. 124 Clay Twp. Wilmothville PO

(north-central part of Missouri) 1001 812:

 

 J F Kelley 39 M Farmer $4000 $4000 PA

Mary A 36 F VA

Leman 19 M att sch VA

Centhia 16 F cannot read or write VA

Adsalon? (Alston)14 M att sch VA

Louisa 10 F att sch VA

Charles 4 M VA

Floyd 3 M VA

Arnold? 1 M VA

 

In 1850 William Dotson (Sr.) deeded James F Kelley a one-eighth interest in a 200 acre

tract of land on Dotson Run in Doddridge County;

 


 

60 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

“Dotson, William to James F Kelley, One-eight interest 200 acres(Vol 2, p. 267, 28

May 1850, rec. 26 Sept 1853), in consideration of one dollar and in consideration of natural

affection the said William Dotson doth grant unto the said James F Kelley the one eight part

of an undivided tract or parcel of land of two hundred acres more or less situated on Dotson

Run Doddridge County it being the same land now occupied by the said William

Dotson......”

 

This death in Ritchie County: “Dec 25, 1868; James A Kelley age 49yr 6mo 20da, bp

VA Parents Clayton and June Kelly, rept Mary Ann Kelly, wife”

 

Parents of children listed in above census of 1850 and 1860.

 

CHAPTER V-5.

ELIZABETH DOTSON

 

Elizabeth Dotson, b. 27 May 1807. (b. 1814 per headstone in Ruley Cemetery, d. Aug

1874 age 60 yrs) She m. Lloyd Ruley, 6 Oct 1831 in Belmont Co., Ohio.

 

From Hardesty’s history of Doddridge County, 188334:

 

“LLOYD RULEY...is a native of Ohio, born in Harrison Co., Oct 5, 1811. He was a

son of John and Margaret (Selby) Ruley, now deceased, his father, a native of Conn. In

Belmont Co., Ohio, Oct 6, 1831, Lloyd Ruley and Elizabeth Dotson were joined in

wedlock, and their children were nine: Margaret J., b. July 20, 1832 and d. in 1864; Flavius

Joseph, July 29, 1834; Sophronia, 1836; Mary Jane, 1838; d. when about 3 years old;

Daniel C., 1840; Cynthia 1842; Thama 1844; Granville 1846 and Octavia d. in infancy.

Elizabeth, wife of Mr. Ruley was b. in what is now Dodd. Co., a dau. of William and Mary

Franks Dotson, early settlers of this vicinity, and now deceased. Her birth was the 27 of

May 1807, and she d. at Salina City, Kansas, July 7, 1877. Lloyd Ruley made his home in

Dodd. Co., in 1841, and for many years was one of the most energetic and successful

business men of the County. He is now retired from active life, leaving to his sons, Flavius

 

J. and Daniel C. the control of his business interests. They have three sawmills now in active

operation, with about thirty miles of tramway, have a store of general merchandise on their

property at Sunnyside, own and control about 1808 acres of land, and employ an average

of the year around not less than 40 men. In the spring of 1883 they had on hand one million

feet of lumber, sawed and piled, in which were poplar logs 4 to 5 feet in diameter. Varied

and extensive as are their business interests, they are men fully qualified for their successful

management. Flavius J. was a soldier in the 1861 war, in the 7th Virginia Infantry, serving

3 years, for much of the time as a dispatch bearer for Col. Core. Lloyd R. Ruley is a family

of remarkable longevity. His father lived to the age of 102 and his maternal grandmothcr,

Sarah (Benson) Selby, d. at the age of 105 years. The family p. o. address is West Union,

Doddridge Co., W.Va.”

This family built the famous Ruley House, that stood where the four lane Route 50 and

Central Station Road now intersect. This house was three stories with a basement and was

built of walnut lumber. Supposed to have been a Station on the Underground Railroad,

before and during the Civil War. A man from Clarksburg bought this house from a Mr.

Maxwell. He tore it down, took the lumber to Clarksburg, and built four houses from the

lumber. This house was a tavern. The Jaco tavern had such a bad reputation that travelers

were afraid to stay there, so that is the reason the Ruley house was built.

 


 

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From the 1850 census of VA; Doddridge County (indexed and annotated by Mary

Davis Atkinson, 1989) Family No. 10:

 

Ruley, Lloyd 38 MW Carpenter bp.Ohio

Elizabeth (Dotson) 41 FW VA

Margaret A 17 FW VA

Flavius J.(osephus) 15 MW VA

Sophronia P. 14 FW VA

Daniel C. 12 MW VA

Cynthia 9 FW VA

Fanny R.(Thama) 8 FW VA

Granville 5 MW VA

 

(Mary Jane,dec’d)

 

(Octavia, d. infancy)

Annotation by Mary Davis Atkinson to her 1850 Census of Doddridge Co.:

“Family found in 1860 census. Lloyd Ruley married 6 Oct 1831, in Belmont County,

 

Ohio, Elizabeth Dotson, daughter of William and Mary (Franks) Dotson (formerly of

Doddridge/Ritchie area, near Tollgate.) Elizabeth Dotson was born 22 May 1807 in what

is (now) Doddridge County (d. 7 July 1877, at Salina City, Kansas.). At the time of her birth

her parents were living in (then) Wood Co., WV, in the part which became Ritchie County,

WV in 1843, and Doddridge County, in 1845.) Ref. H. H. Hardesty Sketches: Lloyd Ruley,

Flavius J. and Daniel C. Ruley, Dodd. Co. Hist.”

 

From the 1860 census of VA; Doddridge Co. (House 761, Family 762):

 

Ruly Lloyd 48 M Farmer Real est. $3000 Per.$950 b.Ohio

Eliz. 50 F OH

Josephus 27 M OH

D (Daniel) 21 M OH

Margaret 28 F OH

Fuma (Thama) 18 F OH

Granville 16 M VA

 

Note: Adjacent Family No. 761 was Jno and Mahala Dotson (Jno brother of

Elizabeth); no. 763 was T D Scott and Jacintha (Jacintha was sister of Elizabeth)

From the 1870 census of WV; Doddridge, Central Twp., West Union PO 144-144:

 

Ruley Lloyd 59 MW Farmer RE $4000 Pers.$700 b.p. Ohio

Elizabeth 61 FW keeping house VA

F. Josephus 34 MW farmer $3000 $2245 Ohio

Daniel 29 MW farmer $3000 $2245 Ohio

 

In the 1880 census, Lloyd Ruly, 68, carpenter, living in the household of his son Daniel

(see under Daniel Ruly).

 

In the Ruley Cemetery, Ruley Church Arnold Creek (above Central Station)

 

Lloyd Ruley d. Dec 27, 1884 age 74 yrs

 

Elizabeth L. Ruley d. Aug—, 1874 age 60 yrs.

The discrepancy should be noted between the death date for Elizabeth of Aug 1874

on the head-stone, and that given by Hardesty of July 7, 1877 in Salina Kansas.

 

Lloyd Ruley and Elizabeth Dotson were the parents of 9 children:

 


 

62 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

1.- Margaret J. Ruley, b. 20 July 1832; d. 1868. In the household of her father Lloyd Ruley

in the 1850 census of Doddridge County, “Margaret A 17 FW”: in the 1860 census,

“Margaret 28 F”.

 

In the Duckworth Cemetery: “Margaret daughter of L & E Ruley d. Jan 5 1868 in her

35th yr”

 

2.- Flavius Josephus Ruley, b. 29 July 1834. He was a soldier in the 7th regiment in the Civil

War. He was a dispatch bearer for Col. Core. For Col. (General) Core, see, pages 509 and

687, Clay District Ritchie Co.35

 

From Hardesty’s history of Doddridge County 188336:

 

“Flavius Josephus Ruley...saw-mill operator, merchant and farmer, born in Belmont

Co., Ohio, July 29, 1834, is a son of Lloyd and Elizabeth (Dotson) Ruley. In Huntington,

Cabell Co., W.Va., March 6, 1876, were recorded the marriage vows of Flavius J. Ruley

and Nora V. Bond, and two sons make glad their home: L1oyd E., b. Oct 30, 1877, and

William Joseph, b. Sept 7, 1882. George and Sarah A. (Smith) Bond were the parents of

Nora V., wife of Mr. Ruley, and she was b. in Tyler Co., Feb 5, 1850. The war record,

business interests and p. o. address of Flavus J. Ruley are given in the following sketch of

his parents lives.”

 

Nora V. Bond’s mother, Sarah A. Smith, was a dau. of William Smith and Susannah

Gorrell. After the death of William Smith, she m. Thomas Bond for her second husband.

 

Thomas Bond had a boy and a girl. Susannah Gorrell Smith had a boy and a girl. His

son m. her girl and her son m. his girl.

 

For more information of Nora V. Bond, see page 17, The Ripley Family.37

 

In the household of his father in the 1850 census of Doddridge County:

 

“Flavius J.(osephus) 15”; in the 1860 census,”Josephus 27 M”.

 

 From the 1880 census of WV; Doddridge Co. 122 021:

 

Ruly, Joseph F WM 44 Farmer OH OH VA

Lenora V WF 30 Wife Keeping house VA VA PA

Lloyd E WM 2 Son at home WV OH VA

Wells, Emory WM 7 S/son at home KS VA VA

Bond, Wm F WM 25 Bil wks at sawmill VA VA PA

Richard, Joseph WM 24 Boarder wks at sawmill VA VA VA

Tunning, Ella WF 17 Servant Servant VA VA VA

 

In the Ruley Cemetery, Ruley Church Arnold Creek (above Central Station):

“Lloyd E son of F J & L V Ruly died Jan 2 1886 8yr 2 mo 2 da”

Note: The presence of a step-son Emory Wells, age 7, born in Kansas, indicates a

previous marriage for Lenora V; no additional information.

 

3.- Sophronia Ruley, b. 1836.

 

In the household of her father Lloyd Ruley in the 1850 census of Doddridge County:

“Sophronia P. 14”: no additional information.

 

4.- Mary Jane Ruley, b. 1838; d. about 3 years of age.

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 63

 

 

5.- Daniel C. Ruley, b. 1840; d. 1898

 

From Hardesty’s of Dodd, Co. 188338:

 

“DANIEL C. RULEY...is a son of Lloyd and Elizabeth (Dotson) Ruley, whose record

is given in a sketch following this, as is the varied business interests of which Daniel C. has

charge. At his residence at Sunnyside, Central District, Dodd. Co., W.Va. in 1870, Daniel

 

C. Ruley was joined in the bands of wedlock with Annie E. Johnson. She was b. in Newton

(now) West Virginia, in 1845, a dau. of Addison and Mary Elizabeth (Russ) Johnson. Her

father is no longer living her mother now a resident of Central District. Mr. and Mrs. Daniel

C. Ruley are the parents of: Camilla, Lizzie V., Henry, Daniel A., and a little dau. not yet

named. The three saw mills of which mention is made below are situated on Arnold

Creek, one on Sheep Run, and the third on Hughes River in Ritchie Co. The store is at

Arnold Creek Cross Roads, in Central District, and Daniel C. Ruley should be addressed

at West Union, Dodd. Co., W.Va”

In the household of his father Lloyd Ruley in the 1850 census of Doddridge County:

“Daniel C. 12”; in the 1860 census “D (Daniel)21 M; in the 1870 census “Daniel 29

MW farmer R.E. $3000 Pers.$2245 Ohio”

 

From the 1880 census of WV; Doddridge Co. 122 021:

 

Ruly, Daniel WM 35(?) Farmer OH OH VA

Anny E WF 33 Wife Keeping houseVA VA VA

Cassanella WF 8 Dau at home WV OH VA

Elisabeth WF 5 Dau at home WV OH VA

Henry J WM 2 Dau? at home WV OH VA

Avery WM 9/12Son (Aug 1879) WV OH VA

Lloyd (w) WM 68 Father Carpenter OH CT VA

 

In the Ruley Cemetery, Ruley Church Arnold Creek (above Central Station)

 

“RULEY

Anna E. his wife Daniel C

Jan 26, 1845 May 22, 1840

 

March 6, 1898”

 

6.- Cynthia Ruley, b. 1842.

 

In the household of her father Lloyd Ruley in the 1850 census of Doddridge County:

“Cynthia 9”; no additional information.

 

7.- Thama Ruley, b. 1844.

 

In the household of her father Lloyd Ruley in the 1850 census of Doddridge County:

“Fanny R.(Thama) 8”; in the 1860 census, “Fuma (Thama) 18 F”; no additional information.

 

 

8.- Granville Ruley, b. 1846.

In the household of his father Lloyd Ruley in the 1850 census of Doddridge County:

“Granville 5”; in the 1860 census “Granville 16 M”

From the 1880 census of WV; Doddridge Co. 122 023:

Ruly, Grant C WM 35 Farmer VA OH VA

Victoria WF 34 Wife Keeping house OH OH OH

 


 

64 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

Charles A WM 12 Son Farm laborer KS VA OH

Ida Bell WF 11 Dau at home KS VA OH

Jennie WF 7 Dau at home KS VA OH

Minnie WF 4 Dau at home WV VA OH

 

It should be noted that the birthplace of three of their children is the state of Kansas,

thus indicating a Kansas residence from at least 1868 until their return to West Virginia

1873-1876.

 

9.- 0ctavia Ruley, died in infancy.

 

CHAPTER V-6

HENRY DOTSON

 

Henry F. Dotson, b. 1810. This marriage in Harrison County: “17 Nov 1833...Henry

Dotson and Rachel Tucker by Cornelius Huff.”

 

Rachel Tucker was a dau. of Eli Tucker and his first wife, Elizabeth Jaco.

 

Names appearing on deeds in Tyler County:

 

“1853...Henry F. Dotson and Rachel L. Dotson.”

In the 1840 census of Harrison County (82):

Dotson, Henry one male 5-10, one male 30-40; two females under 5, one female

20-30.

From the 1850 census of VA' Doddridge County:

Dotson, Henry F. age 40 years born in Virginia

 

 Rachel 36

 

 Fredrick M. 16

 

 Mariah 14

 

 Normanda 12

 

 Mary E 8

 

 Sanford 6

 

 Emeline 3

 

 Sophronia 1

 

 Martin VanBuren* 11

*Note: Martin VanBuren Dotson found in 1860 census of Missouri in

household of Nelson Tucker (Chap. V-8 Margaret Dotson )

 

In her annotation to the 1850 Census of Doddridge Co. (West) Virginia (1989)

Mary Davis Atkinson states; “Henry F. Dotson married Rachel Tucker, daughter of Eli B.

and (1) Elizabeth (Jaco) Tucker, 17 Nov 1833, in Harrison County, by Rev. Cornelius

Huff.”

 

Ritchie Co. Court, June Term 1843;

“Present Thomas Dotson late of said County for fornication with Elizabeth

Dotson, a single woman, evidence, Henry F. Dotson.” See Chap. XIV Thomas Dotson.

Ritchie Co. Court Feb 1845 Term:

“On motion of Henry F Dotson, ordered that Wm M. Somerville, John Dotson,

Richard Bond and Thos. Dotson or any three of them mark and review road leading through

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 65

 

 

his land”

 

Ritchie Co. Court April 1845 (p. 149):

 

Willis Nutter vs. Henry F Dotson..in case ..transferred to County Court of

Doddridge. (Note: On formation of Doddridge County in 1845, Ritchie land in Greenwood

vicinity, westward to present county boundary at Toll Gate, transferred to new county of

Doddridge”

 

Henry Dotson bought an item at Thomas Dotson’s estate sale in 1848.

 

Henry F. Dotson was the grantee of three land grants in the Ritchie-Doddridge area:

 

(1) David Dixon and Henry F. Dotson 90 acres; Vol. 1, p. 84; 30 Oct 1847 Treas.

Warrant 15,333 in conformity with a survey made on the 15 day of Oct 1845 ; Ninety acres

lying and being in the County of Ritchie on the south side of the North fork of Hughes River

and bounded......”

(2) Henry F. Dodson 97 acres, Vol. 1, p. 526; 30 Oct 1847; Treas. Warrant 15464 in

conformity with a survey made on the 12th day of Dec 1845; “....lying and being in the

county of Doddridge, on Long Run, a branch of Arnold Creek, and bounded..........”

(3) Henry F. Dotson 152 acres; Vol. 2, p. 134; 1 Jan 1852; Treas. Warrant 16560 and

17,456 in conformity with a survey made on the 2nd day of February 1849; One Hundred

and fifty two acres, lying in Doddridge County, on the north side of Lick Run a branch of

Long Run of Arnold Creek and bounded.....”

For a further description of the foregoing land grants see Dotson Land Grants (18051865)

by James M. Dotson 1988.

 

Then in late 1852 and first of 1853, Henry and Rachel Dotson sold their four tracts of

land in Doddridge Co.: Vol. 2 p. 135 Dec 10, 1852: p. 184 Apr 11, 1853; p. 185 April 12,

1853; and p. 195 May 17, 1853.

 

No further information was found about Henry Dotson after 1853.

 

He was not in the 1860 or 1870 census of WV, nor in the 1880 census of Ritchie or

Doddridge Co., nor in the WV soundex for 1900 or 1910. Did he move west, perhaps to

Missouri with Eli B Tucker (his father-in-law) and Margaret Dotson his sister? However,

he was not found with them in the 1860 census of Missouri.

 

CHAPTER V-7

CHARLOTTE DOTSON

 

Charlotte Dotson, b. 1811; m. John Wilson, Jr. Henry Franks and Richard Dotson are

the grandfathers of Charlotte Dotson. Both have service in the Revolutionary Wars. John

Wilson, Sr., the father of John Wilson, Jr. had service in the Revolutionary War. William

Wilson, the grandfather of John Wilson, Jr. had patriotic service in the Revolutionary War.

For the family of John Wilson and Charlotte Dotson, see page 49 and pages 293 to 339

 

39

 

inclusive, Descendants of John Wilson.

 

John M. and Charlotte Wilson were enumerated in the 1850, 1860, and 1870 census’

of Ritchie County.

 

The following abstract of the referenced pages of Descendants of John Wilson identify

the children of John Wilson and Charlotte Dotson:

1.- EdithMartin Wilson (1832-1905); m. Calvin Hanes

 


 

66 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

2.- Elizabeth Jane Wilson b. 1835. m. Jehu Shinn 6 March 1856 Ritchie Co.

 

3.- Angeline Wilson (1839-1923) m. James Graham Wilson 23 May 1858 Ritchie Co.

 

4.- Jasper Newton Wilson (1840-1920) In Aug 1867 he m. (1) Mary Deliah Poole, dau. of

Thomas Poole and Anna Kettle; she had a sister (Amy) that m. Squire Dotson (Chap. V13)

and another sister (Melvina) that m. Hiram S. Dotson (Chap. V-1). Jasper Newton

Wilson m. (2) Deliah March Bailey.

 

From the Missouri 1870 Census Adair Co. Township 64, Range 13 Wilmothville PO

 

Dwl 21 Fam. 21

Wilson Jasper 29 M W Farmer — $250 VA

Mary D 22 F W Keeping house VA

Rosetta 1 F W MO

 

Mary Pool Dotson’s parents, Thomas 66, and Anna Pool 64, were also enumerated

in the 1870 Missouri census of Adair County. (Chap. V-13), along with a Horatio Wilson,

29, blacksmith b. VA, and wife Massalona 25, b. VA. The relationship of this Horatio

Wilson to Jasper Wilson, if any, has not be established.

 

 Jasper Wilson d. 10 May 1920 in Wilmothville, Adair Co. Missouri

 

5.- Archibald Blackburn Wilson (1842-1882) served in Civil War Co. E, 6th W.Va. Inf. m.

Virginia Belle Richards. 28 Dec 1865.

 

6.- Almira Wilson (1844-1918) m. David B. Hogue in 1865 Ritchie Co.

 

7.- Mary Ann Wilson (1847-1911) m. Henry Nutter on 9 Aug 1868 Ritchie Co.

 

8.- Frances “Fan” Wilson (1849-) m. (1) John P. Yerke. m. (2)_______.

 

9.- Henrietta Wilson (1850-) m. Lewis Bond 8 Dec 1881 Ritchie Co.

 

The will of John Wilson left the property to Henrietta but she was to take care of John

Wilson and Charlotte Dotson as long as they lived.

 

John Wilson d. 1 April 1880 and is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery. When

Henrietta Wilson and Lewis Bond were m. they went to Indiana. She took her mother,

Charlotte Dotson, with her. Charlotte d. ca 1895 in Indiana, where she was buried.

 

.

10.- John Dotson Wilson (1856-1940) m. his first cousin Edith Martin Shinn in 1877.

 

11.- Charlotte M. (Siss) Wilson (1857-1948) m. Jedediah Benedum 25 March 1880

Ritchie Co.

 

12.- Wm. (Billy) Wilson- drowned as a child; birth year not known but not the youngest

child of John and Charlotte Dotson Wilson.

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 67

 

 

CHAPTER V-8

MARGARET DOTSON.

 

Margaret Dotson, b. 1813-1814.

 

In Miss Lowther’s History of Ritchie County 40p. 142, in naming the children of

William Dotson and Mary Franks states, “MARGARET (MRS. ELI TUCKER).”

 

There is some confusion about the names “Elizabeth” and “Margaret” as daughters of

William Sr. and Mary Franks Dotson. We know that:

 

(1) Elizabeth Dotson, b. 27 May 1807. (b. 1814 per headstone in Ruley Cemetery,

d. Aug 1874 age 60 yrs), m. Lloyd Ruley, 6 Oct 1831 in Belmont Co., Ohio.;

(2) Eliza Margaret Dotson, the dau. of William Dotson and Mary Franks, m.

Butler Bond (Chapter V-11) and

(3) Margaret (Peg) Dotson, dau. of Richard Dotson, Sr. and Amelia “Millie”

Miller, m. Phillip Britton (Chapter XIII).

While there should ordinarily not be two “Elizabeths” or two “Margarets” in the same

family, it is concluded that William Sr. and Mary Franks did name two of their daughters,

one “Elizabeth” and another “Margaret”, then name a third “Eliza Margaret”.

 

To better understand the Margaret Dotson genealogy, we had better give the Eli B.

 

Tucker information.

From Miss. Lowther’s History of Ritchie County, p. 141:

“TUCKER, ELI B...was b. in what is now Taylor County in 1797, and shortly after his

 

m. to MISS ELIZABETH JACO (Note...wife No 1), in his early manhood, he came to the

South Fork of Hughes river and founded his home on the Michaels Farm. (Note...near

community building, near cross roads, near Oxford); and from there he removed to what

is now the Broadwater farm.” (Note...I [Barr Wilson]do not know whether she means the

late Charles Broadwater farm near Oxford or the Jefferson Broadwater farm about two

miles below Toll Gate on the NFHR). If it were the Jefferson Broadwater farm he would

have sold this farm to Jefferson Broadwater in 1842 or 1843 and moved to (present day)

Doddridge County.

Continue from History of Ritchie County, “In 1856, he, with his family, went to

Mason Co., Missouri, (there is no Mason Co. in Missouri) where he fell asleep in 1876. He

three times took the marriage vow, Ruth Scott (Chapter VI), being the second wife, and

Margaret Dotson, sister of Emanuel, his third. The children of the first union (Elizabeth

Jaco) were: Harrison J.; Mary, who d. in youth (note...This may be in error. There is a Mary

Tucker shown in the 1850 census of the family of Solomon Dotson, Chapter V-10); Rachel,

Mrs. Henry F. Dotson (Chapter V-6): Orlinda (Mrs. Solomon Dotson Chapter V-10);

Phebe (Mrs. John Sears) (SAYERS); and Nelson (Note Nelson shown, age 28, in the 1850

census of Ritchie Co., WV in the family of Solomon Dotson, Ch. V-10; and in 1860 in

the census of Missouri Adair Co. p 124 Clay Twp. Wilmothville PO ; 998 809 Nelson

Tucker, age 39, adjacent to his father Eli B. Sr. and Margaret, 1860 Missouri Adair Co.

 

p. 124 Clay Twp. Wilmothville PO 998 809).

Those of the second (Ruth Scott, dau. of Nancy Dotson Scott Chapter VI) were; Eli

B. who is now spending his old age just across the Dodd. Co. line, near Toll Gate; James

R. of Toll Gate; Booth, Harrison, Thomas and Michael, who went west and where they rest.

Those of the third marriage (Margaret Dotson) were; Jackson, Preston, Elizabeth, Ruhama,


 

68 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

who d. single; Adaline (Mrs. Thomas Nicholson; Louise (Mrs. Henry Luck).”

In the Census of 1830 for Wood Co. VA (p. 402) (census was alphabetized):

Tucker Eli Males; 1 5-10, 1 15-20, 1 40-50; Females 1 5-10, 2 10-15, 1 15-20, 1

50-60

In the Census of Wood Co. in 1840 (not alphabetized, on the line below William

Dotson):

Ely B Tucker Males; 1 5-10, 2 10-15, 2 20-30,1 50-60. Females: 1 15-20, 1 2030,

1 50-60

If one exists, no marriage record for the union of Eli B. Tucker and Margaret Dotson

has been found in Ritchie, Doddridge, or Tyler Counties.

 

Their relationship started while he was still married to his second wife Ruth Scott, as

evidenced by the following account of his arraignment in the fledgling county of Ritchie

(formed February 1843); this action was initiated by his son-in-law Henry F. Dotson who

married Rachel, Eli’s daughter by his first wife Elizabeth Jaco; also Henry’s sister

Margaret was named as the contributor. Margaret Dotson’s father William Dotson Sr. was

shown in the 1840 census (above) as residing next door in Greenwood to the Eli B. Tucker

family.

 

From the Ritchie County Court Minute Book:

 

June Term 1843 June 7, 1843 p. 14 (p 18):

 

“Virginia Ritchie County to wit: The Jurors for the Commonwealth of Virginia

and for the body of the County of Ritchie aforesaid upon their oaths present Eli B. Tucker

of the County aforesaid for fornication with Margarette Dotson a single woman late of the

said County and within the said County on the 1st day of June 1843.

 

This presentment is founded upon the evidence of Henry F. Dotson of said County

sworn in open Court at the request of the Grand Jury to give evidence to the said Grand Jury.

 

A true bill; Lewis Bond foreman:

 

On motion of the Attorney for the Commonwealth and for reasons appearing to the

Court it is ordered that Eli B. Tucker be summoned to appear here at the next Court to shew

Cause if any he can why an information should not be filed against him upon a presentment

of the grandjury this day made against him.

 

The Commonwealth of Virginia.

 

Ritchie County to wit: The grandjurors for the Commonwealth of Virginia and for the

body of the County of Ritchie aforesaid upon their oaths present Eli B. Tucker late of the

said County a married man for adultery with Margarette Dotson late of said County and

within the said County on the 1st day of June 1843.

 

This presentment is founded on the evidence of Henry F. Dotson of said County

sworen in open Court at the request of the grand jury to give evidence to the said grandjury.

 

Lewis Bond foreman.

 

On motion of the Attorney for the Commonwealth and for Reasons appearing to the

Court ordered that Eli B. Tucker be summoned to appear here at the next Court to shew

Cause why an information should not be filed against him upon a Presentment of the grand

jury this day made against him.”

 

Action on this case was continued from one term to the next until over two years later

in the August 1845 term of court, the following:

 

“Aug 6, 1845; Henry F. Dotson who was duly summoned to appear hereon the first

 


 

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day of this term as a witness on behalf of the Commonwealth against Eli B Tucker was this

day solemnly called but came not; where upon on motion of the attorney for the

commonwealth is ordered that the said Henry F Dotson be summoned to appear hereon the

first day of the next quarterly term of this court, to shew cause, if any he can why he should

not be fined for his said contempt.”

 

Then in the November 1845 term:

“Commonwealth vs Eli B Tucker, Upon an information for Fornication:

This day Came the attorney for the Commonwealth as the defendant by his attorney;

 

 

and attorney for the commonwealth moves the court to continue this cause until the next

term; which motion was overruled, and thereon the attorney for the commonwealth saith

that he will not further prosecute said information; thereupon it is considered by the court

that said defendant be discharged from said information and go thereof without day. Same

vs Eli B Tucker upon an information for adultery. Same order”

 

Thus, some two and one-half years later, the failure of Henry F Dotson to appear and

help prosecute his father-in-law, resulted in dropping charges against him. Perhaps a

change of heart on Henry’s part led to this decision.

 

From the 1850 census of VA; Doddridge County, Family No. 310:

 

Tucker, Eli B. (farmer) age 63 years. born in Virginia

Dotson, Margaret 37 “

Jackson 7 “

Preston 6 “

Josiah (Joseph) 4 “

Rucy (Ruhama) 3 “

Elizabeth 2 “

Henry (John) 4/12 “

 

In her annotation to the 1850 Census of Doddridge Co. (West) Virginia (1989) Mary

Davis Atkinson states; “Eli B. Tucker married (1) Elizabeth Jaco, 20 Mar 1810, in Harrison

County, WV, Rev. Benjamin Webb: married (2) Ruth Scott; married (3) Margaret Dotson,

sister of Emanuel Dotson and daughter of Richard Dotson, Sr., who was one of the first

settlers here near what is now the Ritchie-Doddridge County line (then Wood County), ca

1802/03. It seems likely that Eli B Tucker was in the area, also, at an early date. (The

minister who married Eli and Elizabeth Jaco, Benjamin Webb (Settler at Webbs Mills,

Smithville, Ritchie Co.), was also listed in the 1810 Wood County Census.)” However,

correctly, Margaret was the sister of Emanuel II (or Jr.), both children of William Sr.

 

And in the 1850 census of Doddridge County, Family No. 281, residing in the

household of Henry F Dotson 40, and wife Rachel 36 was “Martin VanBuren Dotson 11,

born in VA.”

 

From the census of 1860, Missouri Adair Co. p. 124 Clay Twp. Wilmothville PO; 999

 

810:

Eli B Tucker 72 M Farm Laborer $800 $360 VA

Margaret 46 F VA

Jackson 12 M VA

John T 10 M VA

Louisa J 7 F VA

and in an adjacent dwelling,

 


 

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1860 Missouri Adair Co. p 124 Clay Twp. Wilmothville PO 998 809;

 

Nelson Tucker 39 M Farmer $1600 1520 VA

Adaline 28 F Ohio

Clarence 8 M Att sch. within year Ind

Walter A 6 M Att sch. Ind

Mary E 2 F Ind

Alice 1 F Mo

VanBuren Dotson 20 M Farm laborer VA

Joseph Tucker 14 M Att sch VA

Mary Tucker 2?/12 F VA

 

In Ritchie Co. Births 1853-1870 (LDS Film 32508 Pt 205) there is recorded in 1853:

“L. J. Dotson, May 11, N. F. H. R., Margaret Dotson” This is the Louisa J Tucker shown

above age 7, in the 1860 census of Adair Co. Missouri, and whom Miss Lowther said

married Henry Luck.

 

From the census of Iowa 1870; Mucatine County 336 Wapsinanoc Town Citalipa PO

313 313

 

G?ifford John 35 MW Laborer pers$160 Ohio

Margaret 30 FW Keeping house Ohio

Daniel A 10 MW Iowa

Segel 8 MW Iowa

 

Tucker Jackson 28 MW Farmer Virginia

 

Goodwin ??? 18 MW Laborer Tenn

 

From the census of Iowa 1870; p 286 Mucatine Co. Seventy Six Township Atalissa

PO 2 July 1870

 

Tucker Margout 60 FW Inmate of poor house Virginia Insane

 

From the 1880 Census of Iowa, Des Moines Co. Burlington Twp. Burlington

Washington St No. 857 Vol 10 ED 114 sh 25 line 30; 857 226 246:

 

Dotson Martin V W M 40 married boarding house VA VA VA

Eliza W F 36 wife married housekeeper Ill Ky Ky

Thomas W M 18 son unmar barber Mo VA Ky

 

Tucker John W M 24 brother unmar laborer unemp. VA VA VA

It is the above notation of “brother” to John Tucker, son of Margaret Tucker Dotson,

that ties Martin VanBuren Dotson to Margaret Dotson Tucker as his mother.

 

The children of the union of EliB Tucker and Margaret Dotson are not certain. Our

best deduction is for the following eight children:

1.- MartinVanBuren Dotson, b. ca. 1839 or 1840

2.- Jackson Dotson (or Tucker), b. ca 1843

3.- Preston Dotson (or Tucker), b. ca. 1844

4.- Josiah (Joseph) Dotson (or Tucker), b. ca. 1846

5.- Rucy (Ruhama) Dotson (or Tucker), b. ca. 1847

6.- Elizabeth Dotson (or Tucker), b. ca. 1848

7.- Henry (John) Dotson (or Tucker), b. 1850-1851

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 71

 

 

8.- Louisa J Dotson (or Tucker), b. May 11, 1853 in Ritchie County.

0.- Lafayette Dotson, b. 1836.

 

Before her involvement with Eli B. Tucker, it appears that Margaret had another child,

Lafayette Dotson, b. 1836.

 

This marriage in Doddridge Co.: “12 Aug 1858...Lafayett Dotson, 22...single...b.

Wood Co...res. Dodd. Co...Parents,Margaret Dotson; & Margaret J. Menerve, 21...single...

 

b.

...res. Dodd. Co...Parents, Asariah Menerve.”

From Index and Register of Births- Doddridge Co. p. 237, Bk 1 p 14:

"Aug 10 1859; Dotson Ida C, Female, parents Maria Dotson, Layfaette Dotson"

From the 1880 census of Iowa: Muscatine Co. West Liberty PO Sixth St.

Vol 25 ED 237 Sh 14 Line 49 Dwl 160 Fam 171:

 

Dotson Lafayette WM 44 married teamster disabled WV — VA

M. J. WF 42 wife March carpet weaver WV WV WV

Franz Ida M WF 20 dau March at home WV WV WV

Dotson Fred M. WM 18 son single laborer at sch.MO WV WV

Sarah WF 17 dau. single at school Iowa WV WV

Lucy M WF 15 dau. single at sch. Iowa WV WV

Gilbert L WM 13 son at home Iowa WV WV

Frank WM 9 son at home Iowa WV WV

Jennie WF 5 dau at home Iowa WV WV

Geo. R. WM 3 son at home Iowa WV WV

Franz W A G WM 11 boarder at school Iowa Pruss Ills

 

The ages of the children and their corresponding birthplaces suggest that the family

moved from West Virginia to Missouri about 1860-61, then on to Iowa before 1863.

 

It should be recalled that the above time frame parallels that of the move to Adair

County Missouri, later Muscatine County, Iowa, of the Margaret Dotson- Eli Tucker

families.

 

CHAPTER V-9.

WILLIAM BUSKIRK DOTSON

 

 

William Buskirk Dotson, b. 17 Sept 1815; d. 7 May 1906.

From Miss. Lowther’s history of Ritchie County 191141, p. 143:

“WILLIAM DOTSON was m. to Miss Louisa Ann Ankrom and settled across the

 

 

Doddridge County line where he lived and died.”

This is the Dougherty House, on the south side of old US 50, about halfway between

Toll Gate and Greenwood.

From Hardesty's history of Doddridge Co. (Vol. 2 p. 13): “The first grist mill was put

 

in operation in 1845 by William Buskirk Dotson.”

He m. Louisa Ann Ankrom, April 16, 1840 in Washington Co., Ohio.

From the 1850 census of VA; Doddridge County.

 

Dotson, William B. (farmer) age 34 years born in Virginia

Louisa A. 29

Hayden 9

 


 

72 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

Emanuel 7

Isreal F. 5

Teressa L. 3

William N. 1

 

From the 1860 census of VA; Doddridge County (barely legible):

Dotson, William B. age 43 years farmer born VA

 

L. A. (female) 41 born VA

Emanuel 19

Isaac (Israel) 15

Senecca (female) 13

William K. 11

Owen 9

Rosetta 7

Gabrella (female) 5

Caroline 3

From the 1870 census of WV; Doddridge County:

 

Dotson, William B. age 55 years farmer born VA

Louisa A. 49 born OH

Victor E. 26 born VA

Wm. L. 21

Owen 19

Mary R. 17

Cabrella 15

Caroline 13

 

From the 1880 census of WV; Doddridge County 122 011:

 

Dotson, Wm. B. age 64 years farmer VA VA VA

Louisa A. 60 OH VA VA

Carry dau. 23 WV VA OH

Sarah L. adopted dau. 7 WV VA VA

 

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; Doddridge County:

 

Dotson, William B. Sept 1813 age 86 b.p. WV

Louisa wife March 1819 81 Rhode Island

Dougherty, Teresa Dau. May 1847 53 WV

Joseph H S-L Sept 1842 57 Pa.

Bessie G-D Oct 1880 19 Kansas

Nellie G-D Jan 1883 17 Kansas

Joseph G-S Oct 1886 14 Kansas

 

From Hardesty’s history of Doddridge County, 188342:

 

“WILLIAM BUSKIRK DOTSON...is the oldest settler, native born, to Central

District, his birth having occurred close to Greenwood on the farm adjoining the one he

now lives on Sept 27, 1815. William and Mary (Franks) Dotson his parents, now many

years deceased, settled in this vicinity in 1804. In Washington County, Ohio, April 16,

1840, William B. Dotson and Louisa Ann Ankrom were joined in wedlock and the children

of this union were nine and one taken to raise; Hayden F., b March 16, 1841 and d. Feb 28,

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 73

 

 

1858; Victor E., April 9, 1843; Isreal N., March 16, 1845: Teressa E., May 27, 1847;

William L., 3 March 1849; Owen F., Jan 9, 1852 and d. Dec 1, 1871; Rosie L., Jan 9, 1853;

Gambrilla, March 17, 1855; Carrie Odell, April 5, 1857; Sarah Louise March 6, 1873.

Victor E. and Isreal N. were Federal soldiers of the 1861 war, both enlisting in Sept 1862

in Co. A, 4th Cavalry and receiving discharge in 1863. Isreal is now living in the west, as

is Teressa E., whose home is in Summer Co., Kan. The wife of Mr. Dotson was b. in

Washington Co., Ohio, March 3, 1820, a dau. of Margaret E. (Franks) Ankrum. William

 

B. Dotson has been a farmer all his life, and for many years, before incapacitated by age

and its infirmities, he was a local preacher of the Methodist Protestant Church. His p. o. is

Greenwood, Dodd. Co., W.Va.”

In the Greenwood (Doddridge Co.) Cemetery:

Wm B Sept 27 1814 died July 5 1906 91 yr 9 mo 8 days

Louisa Ann Dotson May 3 1820 died July 9 1900(?)

 

 

They were the parents of ten children:

1.- Hayden F. Dotson, b. 16 March 1841, d. Feb 1858. In the Greenwood cemetery:

“Haden F son of Wm B and L A Dotson d Feb 24 1858 age 16 yr 11 mo 22 days”

 

2.- Victor Emanuel Dotson, b. 9 April 1843.

He served in Company A, 4th Cavalry in the Civil War. This marriage in Doddridge Co.:

“1 April 1875...Victor E. Dotson, 28...single...b. Wood Co...res. Dodd. Co...Parents, Wm.

 

 

B. & Louisa A.; & Lucy E. Cheuvront, 20... single...b. Dodd. Co...res. Dodd. Co...Parents,

Joseph & Barbary by Sylvester Lowther.”

From ‘Doddridge Cemeteries’, Archives Library, Charleston, WV; “Victor E. Dotson

June 1885 age 42 y. Civil War-Union soldier, Old Odd Fellows Cemetery, West Union.”

From the 1880 census of WV; Doddridge County 121 004;

Dotson, V E WM 35 Grocer VA VA VA

L M WF 24 Wife Housekeeper VA VA VA

Joseph WM 4 Son WV VA VA

B O (Barbara) WF 2 Dau WV VA VA

 

Owens, Rhoda WF 15 Servant VA VA VA

From the 1910 census soundex of WV: Doddridge West Union 007 0034 0049:

 

Datson Lucy M H W55 WV WV

Joseph B S 34 WV

Barbara A D 31 WV

Katherine A D 28 WV

John R S 25 WV

 

 

Family not found in 1900 census Soundex of WV

Four known children, shown above in census of 1910.

 

 

3.- Israel N. Dotson, b. 16 March 1845. Served in Company D, 4th Cavalry in the Civil

War. He moved to Sumner Co. Kansas between 1871 and 1875, along with his sister

Teresa; then returned to Doddridge Co. between 1881 and 1885. He was living in the west

in 1883 (Hardesty). He was in Greenwood ca 1903 (see below, photo at Dougherty House

reunion). Israel was married to Louisa Jane Lynch of Gilmer Co. before 1865.

 


 

74 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

From the Index and Register of Births- Doddridge County W. Va.:

Dotson, Orlando A. male b. April 16, 1865; parents Jane & Israel Dotson

Dotson, Lary Bell female b. June 8, 1869: parents Jane & Israel Dotson

Dotson, Lama female b. Sept 8, 1870; parents Louisa & Israel Dotson

Dotson, Louisa female b. Feb 24 1885; parents L. H. (mother) and I. N. Dotson

 

(father)

From a delayed birth record for Benjamin Harrison Dotson filed July 3, 1943 in

Doddridge Co.

 

“b. May 1, 1888 at Greenwood, male, number in order of birth, 10; father Israel Nathan

Dotson, p. o. Greenwood, b. p. Dodd, occ. farmer, age at time child was born 43; mother

Jane Lynch, p. o. Greenwood, b.p. Gilmer, occ. housewife, age at time child was born 44,

number of children born to mother up to and including this child, 10; any of these children

die before this child was born, no information given; certificate signed by F. D. Dotson,

brother.”

 

From the 1870 census of WV; Doddridge Co.:

 

Dotson, Israel N. age 25 years farmer born VA

Louisa J. 25 VA

Judge N. 4 WV

Clinton L. 2 WV

 

 

From the 1880 census soundex of Kansas; Sumner Co., Belle Plaine Twp:

Dodson, I. N. age 35 b.p. W. Va.

Louisa J. wife 35 W.Va.

 

 

J. W. son 12 W.Va.

C. L. S 11 W.Va.

Ida A. D 9 W.Va.

Frank S 5 Kansas

Minnie D 3 Kansas

Charles E. S 3/12 Kansas

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; Doddridge Co. Central District:

 

Dotson, Israel b. March 1845 age 55 b.p. WV

Jane wife July 1845 54 WV

Clinton L. son Nov 1867 32 WV

Charles E. son Feb 1879 21 Kansas

Freddie son June 1882 17 Kansas

Laurie dau. March 1885 15 WV

Benjamin H. son May 1888 12 WV

 

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Doddridge 007 0026 0217:

 

Dotson Israel N H W 66 WV WV

Lizzie W 62 WV

Charles E S 31 Kansas

Benjamin H S 21 WV

 

 

Bollins Okunle NR 30 WV

Cora M W 23 WV

Dickworth Rachal SL 50 WV

 

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 75

 

 

Israel N. Dotson

headstone, Greenwood

Cemetery, Doddridge

County, W. Va.

From the 1890 Special Schedule census of surviving Civil War soldiers and widows:

“House no. 150, fam. no. 151, Israel Dotson, private, Co. D 4 W Va Cav,

Enlist. June 1863, Disch. March 1864, p. o. Greenwood, W. Va.”

 

From the Index and Register of Deaths- Doddridge Co., WV.

Dotson, Israel N. male died July 20, 1916 (Bk. 2, p. 35)

Dotson, Louisa Jane female died June 21, 1914 (Bk. 2, p. 34)

 

 

In the Greenwood Cemetery (Doddridge Co.):

“Israel N Dotson Comp D 4 W Va Cav*

Louisa Jane wife of I N July 30 1845 Jan 21 1914"

 

 

Israel Nathan and Louisa Jane Lynch Dotson were the parents of ten known children:

 

a. Judge N. (or W) (or Judson). b. Nov 1865 from 1900 census

b. Clinton L. b. Nov 1867 in WV

c. Laura Bell b. June 8, 1869 (from birth record)

d. Ida A. b. 1870 or ’71 in WV (from 1880 census); “Lama” b. Sept 8, 1870 from birth

record

e. Frank Victor b. ca. 1875 (from 1880 census, age 5) in Kansas

f. Minnie b. ca. 1877 (from 1880 census, age 3) in Kansas

g. Charles E. b. Feb 1879 in Kansas

h. Fred b. June 1882 in Kansas

i. Louisa b. Feb 24, 1885 from birth record; b. March 1885 from 1900 census)

j. Benjamin Harrison b. May 1888 in WV

According to the delayed birth certificate of their son Benjamin Harrison Dotson, they

were parents of ten children thus confirming number in the above listing.

 

a. Judge (Judson), alternately “Orlando A.” b. April 16, 1865 (from birth record WV)

Wife and children from the 1900 and 1910 census:

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; Wirt Co. Newark Dist 38 125 7 21:

Dotson Judge W

White Nov 1865 34 WV

Dolly H Wife Jan 1869 31 WV

 

 


 

76 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

Clarence Son Apr 188-14 WV

Isreal L S May 1889 11 WV

Jessie Dau July 1891 8 WV

Carrol A S Aug 1899 9/12 WV

 

 

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Wood Co. Parkersburg 044 0127 0202:

 

Dotson Judson W Head White 44 WV WV

Dollie H Wife 40 WV

Clarence Son 23 WV

Eva Dau in Law 19 WV

Pearl D 18 WV

Carl S 10 WV

Freda D 03 WV

 

 

b. Clinton L. b. Nov 1867 in WV (not in 1900, 1910, or 1920 WV census)

On Jan 11, 1912, Clinton L Dotson aged 44 and a resident of Greenwood WV and

Agnes C. Dotson aged 32, and a resident of Greenwood WV signed an affidavit stating that

they assumed care of Israel Dotson on or about the 15th of October 191143.

 

c. Laura Bell Dotson, b. June 8, 1869 (July 8, 1870) d. June 24, 1926; m. Eugene

Snodgrass. From the Doddridge Co. WV birth record, “Dotson, Lary Bell female b. June

8, 1869; parents Jane and Israel Dotson”. (Born July 8, 1870 from her obituary).

On Aug 20, 1910, she filed with the U. S. Pension Office, as Mrs. E. W. Snodgrass aged

40, a resident of Harwood, Harrison Co. WV., the following General Affidavit in the matter

of a claim of Israel Dotson Co. ‘D’ 4th West Va. Cal. Vols.:

 

“I am 40 years of age, I have known the above named claimant ever since I can

recollect, he has been a constant sufferer from rheumatism and catarh all the past years, is

now a helpless cripple, a burden thrown on my hands to take care of, and has to be cared

for the same as a child. He is my Father, and I his only Daughter and I have the constant

care of him day and Night”.

 

On August 18, 1916, Laura Belle Snodgrass applied to the Commissioner of Pensions,

Washington, D. C. for reimbursement for expenses in the last sickness and burial of her

father Israel Nicholas Dotson, Company “D”, 4th Regiment West Virginia Volunteer

Cavalry, an invalid soldier who died July 20, 1916. She gave her age as 46 years and was

a resident of Greenwood Doddridge County WV.44

 

The ages of 40 in 1910 and 46 in 1916, correspond reasonably closely to that of her

birth record.

 

From the 1900 census of her father Israel N. Dotson: “Laurie, dau, born March 1885,

age 15, place of birth WV”. It is concluded that this child was Louise, b. Feb 24, 1885 from

her birth record.

 

d. Ida A. b. 1870 or ’71 in WV (from 1880 census), “Lama” b. Sept 8, 1870 from birth

record.

e. Frank Victor Dotson

From the Doddridge Co. Death Index and Register (Bk. 5, p. 44-E);

"Dotson, Frank Victor male died Jun 17 1956 parents Jane Lynch and Israel N.

Dotson"

From the Dodd. Co. Index and Register of Births; (Bk. Del 1 p. 43)

Dotson, Russell Eugene, male born Jul 18 1902 Place of birth Greenwood, Dodd.

Co. , number in order of birth, 3; parents: father Frank Victor Dotson p. o Greenwood,

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 77

 

 

Dodd. b.p. Bellplain, Kansas occ. carpenter age at time child was born 27; mother Eva

Maude Leeson, p. o. Greenwood Dodd. b. p. Greenwood WV. occ. housewife. age at time

child was born 19: no. of children born to this mother up to and including this child 3; any

of these children die before this child was born, no; certificate signed by Eva M. Dotson,

mother 5-13-41.

 

From the Ritchie Co. register of delayed births:

 

Dotson, Dora Dean, female born Dec 12, 1905 at Pennsboro, WV; father Frank

Victor Dotson p. o. Pennsboro WV. b.p. Sumner Co., Kansas occ. Carpenter; age at time

child was born 30; mother Eva Maude Leeson p. o. Pennsboro WV b.p. Doddridge Co. WV

occ. housewife age at time child was born 23; no. children born to this mother up to and

including this child 5; any of these children die before this child was born, no; certificate

signed by F. V. Dotson father, 9-9-53.

From Ritchie County Deaths 1919-1970, p. 108, line 25:

 

Dotson Eva M., died Aug 21, 1948 at Pennsboro; female, white, married; age at death

64 yr. 10 mo. 7 days; occ. housewife, b. Dodd. Co,: father Amizar Leeson b. WV; mother

Ella Davis b. WV; cause of death heart failure, information by Bertha J. Riddle Registrar.

 

From his obituary (copy furnished by grand-daughter Helen L. Simmons):

 

“Frank Victor Dotson, 81, of Greenwood, died June 17, 1956, at Britton’s Rest home

in Doddridge County. He was born Jan 8, 1875, at Broken Bow, Kansas, a son of Israel and

Jane Lynch Dotson and on Jan 9, 1899 was married to Eva Leeson, who preceded him in

death. Survivors include the following sons and daughters; Mrs. Frank (Juanita) Collins,

Miss Vera Dotson, Miss Ruby Dotson, all of Pennsboro; Mrs. L. H. (Edna) Collins,

Greenwood; Miss Dora Dotson, Lancaster, Ohio; Harry Dotson, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Clint

Dotson, Rock Ledge Fla.; Russell Dotson, Honolulu, Hawaii; four brothers, Fred Dotson,

Cumberland, Md.; Clinton Dotson, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Charles Dotson, Cleveland, O.; and

Ben Dotson, Middletown, O.; 18 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren...........”

 

Note: Information from grand-daughter Helen L. Simmons corrects the above

obituary in that her mother Ruby Dotson Brooks (Mrs. Charles) was deceased in 1956,

having died in 1950.

 

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; Dodd. Cent. 5 20 10 73:

Dotson Franklin W Jan 1875 25 WV

 

Eva M W Oct 1881 18 WV

 

Ruby D Aug 1898 1 WV

(Frank Victor was not listed in the 1910 WV census soundex)

From the 1920 census soundex of WV; Doddridge 10 33 5 4:

 

Dotson Frank V W 45 Kansas

Eva M W 36 WV

Ruby J D 20 WV

Clinton S 18 WV

Russel S 17 WV

Harry S 14 WV

Dora D 13 WV

Edna D 10 WV

Ada V D 8 WV

Juniate D 7 WV

Ruth D 9/12 WV

 


 

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Frank Victor Dotson, who lived at Greenwood, was a carpenter.

 

Known children (from grand-daughter Helen L. Simmons and the 1920 census)

include:

 

1. Ruby J. Dotson, b. Aug 28,1899 (or 1898) m. Charles Brooks, d. April 30,1950

Three children:

(1) Lucille m. Edward Duckworth (Wayne Duckworth's son); she had two

children.

(2) Helen, m. Preston Simmons, Jr. of Petroleum, WV. Three children:

(3) Earl Dewayne Brooks m. Mae Braham , Parkersburg, four sons.

2. Clint L. Dotson., b. Oct 7, 1901, liv. Rock Ledge, Fla. (1956), d. July 2, 1985

3. Russell Eugene Dotson, b. July 18, 1902; m. Mabel _____ who d. 1990; living

Honolulu, HI (1956), Redlands, CA. (1991); has son Robert, b. 1930, who has son and

daughter.

4. Harry Dotson. b. ca. 1906 d. Homestead Pa

5. Dora Dean (Dode) Dotson. born Dec 12, 1905 (ca. 1907 from census);

never married; living Lancaster, Ohio (1956) d. Mar 3, 1976

6. Edna L. Dotson, b. ca. 1910, m. Lloyd H. Collins, have son Tommy Dotson

Collins who m. Shirley _____., live Greenwood.

7. Vera (Bid) Dotson, b. Jan 15, 1911, not married, d. June 25, 1989

8. Juanita V. Dotson, b. Feb 19, 1913, m. Frank Collins (brother of Lloyd Collins)

d. June 22, 1991.

From her obituary; “Juanita V. Collins, 78, of Harrisville, WV, died Saturday, June

22, 1991, in Cleveland (OH) Clinic.

She was born in Greenwood (Doddridge County), WV, a daughter of the late Frank

 

B. and Eva Leeson Dotson. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church,

Pennsboro, WV.

Surviving are her husband, Frank L Collins (later died Jan 23, 1992 age 88); a son

Dallas Collins of Harrisville; two daughters, Donna Francis of Westerville, OH, and Ada

Ruth Mercer of Fredericktown, OH; a brother, Russell Dotson of California; five

grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

 

Preceding her in death were three brothers and five sisters...Burial Mount Harmony

Masonic Cemetery, Pennsboro.”

 

9. Ruth M. Dotson, b. April 27,1919, m. Jim Messinger; d. Oct 30 1984

f. Minnie b. ca. 1877 (from 1880 census, age 3) in Kansas. In the Greenwood cemetery:

“Minnie O Dotson Williams 1877-1909”

g. Charles E. b. Feb 1879 in Kansas

h. Fred b. June 1882 in Kansas

i. Louisa b. Feb 24 1885 from birth record; (Laura b. March 1885 from 1900 census).

In the Greenwood cemetery: “Annie, Daughter of I N and L J Dotson Mar 24 1885 June

13 1908”

j. Benjamin Harrison b. May 1888 in WV

From the 1910 census, in the household of his father Israel: “Benjamin H, Son, age 21

born WV.”

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 79

 

 

4.- Teressa E. Dotson, b. 27 May 1847. She m. Joseph Dougherty. They were living in the

west (Kansas) in 1883. They returned to W.Va. and lived in the William Buskirk Dotson

house, about halfway between Toll Gate and Greenwood. They were enumerated in the

household of William B. in the 1900 census. Parents of three known children, all born in

Kansas:

 

a. Bess Dougherty b. Oct 1880. Bess taught school at Greenwood. She did not spare

the whip. I (Barr Wilson) do not know what became of her.

b. Nell Dougherty b. Jan 1883. She m(1) Crane. He must have been a carnival “Pitch

Man.” They came to Greenwood one time just before the Pennsboro Fair. This was in

the ‘teens and they had a Model T, Ford Touring car. A few days before the Fair they

were pulling this old Ford up and down the road, trying to get it started. By Fair time, things

were different. They had this Ford at the Fair. They were selling an attachment that

connected between the Spark Plug and the spark Plug wire. It was supposed to make the

car start easier. It was just a small piece of hard rubber, With a small hole on the center,

covered with clear isinglass. The spark could be seen jumping across the small hole. This

Ford was in A-1 condition. They would disconnect three wires, lift up the crank, and the

Ford would start and run on one cylinder. They would do the same for two or three

cylinders. These spark jumpers came in sets of four and sold for a dollar. They made a

killing. Everybody in the area, who owned a Model T, bought a set. ____ Crane must have

died. Nell came back to Greenwood and later m (2) ____ ____; and moved to Parkersburg.

Nell and ____ Crane had four children:

1.- Joe Crane. Moved to Parkersburg; now dead.

2.- Jim Crane. No information.

3.- Mamie Crane. She was in California (1983).

4.-Crane (girl). She was in California (1983).

 

 

c. Joseph b. Oct 1886; I do not know what became of him.

5.- William L. Dotson, b. 3 March 1849. This marriage in Ritchie Co.:

“16 Oct 1872...Wm. L. Dotson, 23...single...b. Dodd. Co...res. Rit. Co...Parents, Wm.

 

B. & Louisa A.; & Margaret A. Hickman, 17... b. Rit. Co...res. Rit. Co...Parents, Barton

H. & Nancy by Samuel B. Westfall.”

In the household of his father William B. Dotson in the 1850 census of Doddridge

County; “William L. 1 MW b. Virginia”; in 1860 “Wm L 11 M”; in 1870 “Wm L 29(?)”

From the 1880 census of WV; Doddridge 122 011:

Dotson W L WM 31 Farmer VA VA OH

Marget WF 25 Wife Keeping houseVA VA VA

Lucy WF 6 Dau at home WV VA VA

Barton H WM 2 Son at home WV VA VA

 

From the 1900 census soundex of WV;Doddridge Co. Dodd Cent Dist 5 20 8 52:

 

Dotson William L W Mar 1849 51 WV

Margaret W Apr 1855 45 WV

Barton S Dec 1877 22 WV

Boyd L S July 1883 17 WV

Golden S June 1889 10 WV

Shirley S May 1892 8 WV

 


 

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From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Doddridge 007 0026 0027:

 

Dotson William L H W 60 WV WV

Margaret W 54 WV

Wade H S 29 WV

Bou(y)d L S 26 WV

Golden S S 20 WV

Shirley M S 17 WV

 

 

From the 1920 census soundex of WV; Doddridge 10 33 5 30:

 

Dotson William W 70 VA

Margaret W 64 VA

Golden S 30 WV

 

Wm. L. Dotson died March 18,1925 (Dodd. Death Index Wm. E. Dotson, father W R

Dotson) and she 31 April 1936. In the Greenwood Cemetery:

 

“Wm L Dotson Mar 3 1849 Mar 18 1925.

 

his wife Margaret H Apr 30 1955?? “

Parents of six children:

 

a.-Lucy Dotson, b. ca. 1874; in the household of her father Wm. L, in the 1880 census

of Doddridge; “Lucy, WF, 6, Dau, at home, WV VA VA”

 

Lucy Dotson, m. “Rube” Taylor. For this family, see Clay District Ritchie Co. “The

Daniel Taylor Family,”45 pages 576, 596 and 674.

 

Two children:

 

1.- Floyd Taylor.

 

2.- Ethel Taylor.

 

 b.- Barton H. Dotson, b. Dec 6, 1877 (Dodd. Co. births, vol. 1, p. 85; Dotson Barton,

F?, parents Margarett Dotson and W. L. Dotson”; in the household of his father Wm. L,

in the 1880 census of Doddridge; “Barton H., 2, WM, son, at home, WV VA VA” m. Edith

____ in Conn. Four children:

 

1.- Harry Dotson.

 

2.- Elroy Dotson.

 

3.- Margaret Dotson.

 

4.-Dotson.

 

 c.-Wm. Hampton “Hamp” Dotson, b. Dec 15, 1880 (Dodd. Birth Index, Vol 1, p 108)

“Dotson Wm., M, parents Maragete Dotson and Wm. L. Dotson”; m. Maude Smith. This

marriage in Wood Co. 24 March 1914: “Dotson, Wade Hampton 30, Doddridge, and

Smith, Maude 27 Wood Co.” He was a career service man. No children.

 

d.- Boyd Dotson, b. 26 Aug 1883; d. 23 May 1958, buried at Greenwood. (no

headstone for Boyd was found in a 1987 inventory of the Greenwood Cemetery) From

Doddridge Co. birth index, Vol. 1 p. 126: “July 26 1883, Dotson, B.L., M, parents Marget

Dotson and Wm. Dotson”. He m. Martha Nutter, dau. of Eli Nutter. She d. 1982 and is

buried at Richwood, W.Va. Two children:

 

1.- Jack Dotson, m. Madge Marshall. He was postmaster at Richwood. He is dead

and buried at Richwood, W. Va.

 

2. Victor Dotson, m. Mary Frances Goff. He made a career in the army. He died

1971, buried at Cairo, W. Va. (Note 1992; Mary Frances Goff Dotson living in Cairo and

active in the Ritchie County Historical Society. For a family history sketch of her family

please see p. 112 of The History of Ritchie County West Virginia to 1980.) 46


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 81

 

 

 

Dougherty House, between Greenwood and Toll Gate, at Yeager Run Road

circa 1903-1904

 

First Row (left to right): Third Row:

1.- Wm. L. Dotson 1.- Victoria Sherwood

2.- Isreal Dotson 2.- Martha Edwards Ellifritts

3.- William Buskirk Dotson 3.- Rube Taylor

4.- Mrs. Teresa Dotson Doughert 4.- Jack Hickman

5.- Carrie Dotson Hickman 5.- Gussie Dotson Waldo

 

6.- Floyd Sherwood

Second Row: 7.- Winfield Ellefritts

1.- Margaret Hickman Dotson

2.- William Hampton Dotson Back Row:

3.- Floyd Taylor (hand over heart) 1.- Franklin Pierce Dotson

4.- Lucy Dotson Taylor

5.- Nell Dougherty Crane

6.- Joseph Dougherty

7.- Frank Sherwood

8.- Bess Dougherty

 


 

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RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

e.- Golden Dotson; in the household of his father Wm. L. in the 1900 soundex census

of Doddridge Co.; “Golden, Son, b. June 1889, age 10, bp WV”; in 1910, “Golden S, Son,

20, WV”; in 1920, “Golden, S, 30, WV” m. Emma Young. Resided at Greenwood. Both

dead. No children.

 

 f.- Shirley Dotson; in the household of his father Wm. L. in the 1900 soundex census

of Dodd., “Shirley, Son, b.May 1892, age 8, bp.WV”; in 1910, “Shirley M, Son, 17, WV”’

 

m. Helen ____.Had Joe Dotson and four girls.

From the 1920 census soundex of WV: Doddridge 10 33 5 33:

Dotson Shirley M.

W 27 WV

Helen R W 27 Ohio

 

 

6.-

0wen F. Dotson, b. 9 Jan 1851; d. 1 Dec 1871.

 

7.-

Rosie L. Dotson, b. 9 Jan 1853. (Mary R. in the 1870 census of Wm. B. Dotson).

 

This marriage in Doddridge Co.:

 

“17 Oct 1872...Rozel Dotson, 19...single...b. Dodd. Co...res. Dodd. Co...parents,

William B. & Roseta Dotson;& James T. Coffendaffer, 22...single...b. Harrison Co...res.

Dodd. Co...Parents, Abraham & Clemenza.”

 

8.-Gabrilla Dotson, b. 17 March 1855; m. Francis Maron Waldo.

 

This marriage in Doddridge County:

 

“14 Nov 1872...Gabrilla Dotson, 18...single...b. Dodd. Co...res. Dodd. Co...Parents,

Wm. B & Louisa; and Francis M. Waldo, 22... single..b. Dodd. Co...Res. Dodd. Co...Parents,

Hickman and Mary.” Miss Lowther’s History of Ritchie Co., states, “Francis Waldo of

Fairmont, W. Va.”

 

9.-Carrie Odell Dotson, b. 5 April 1857; m. Jack Hickman, son of Barton Hickman and

Nancy Taylor.. (Jack was a brother of Margaret Hickman, who m. William L. Dotson).

 

They resided several places on the North Fork of Hughes River and finally came to

Toll Gate, where they resided until their deaths. They are buried at Toll Gate.

 

 They were parents of three children:

 

 a.-Hugh Hickman, b. ca 1890. He worked in the oil and gas fields.

 

He went west and finally disappeared in Texas. He m. a Shepherd. They only lived

together a year or two.

Two children:

1.- Robert “Bob” Hickman. He has disappeared. He was married and

had children.

2.- Girl Hickman; died 1990.

b.-Stella Hickman, b. ca 1893; m. Porter Pratt. They resided at Toll Gate. She is still

living, by herself, at Toll Gate (1983). Parents of three children:

 

1.- Louise Pratt, m. Harlan Hogue who is a great grandson of Peter Broadwater

that m. Love Taylor. Love Taylor was a dau. of Edmund Taylor and Rachel McKinney.

From a Broadwater Family History by Wayne Bittenger...1988..p.16: “Peter Broad-

 

water (Sept 12, 1840 or 41-Oct 18, 1877); m. Hannah Taylor.”

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 83

 

 

Children:

 

(1) Sarah Dollie Broadwater (b. about 1867) First wife of Wayne Wilson.

Near Morgantown. (She d. in Ritchie Co., before Wayne Wilson went to Morgantown.

(2) Wheeler Comb Broadwater (March 1868-Aug 19, 1940. m. Catherine

“Kate” Pfeltz, sister of Charles William “Bill” Pfeltz, Pennsboro W. Va.

(3) Creed C. Broadwter (Aug 12, 1870), Muncie, Ind.

(4) Thomas J. Broadwater, (March 13, 1872-Dec 17, 1894). Not married.

(5) James T. Broadwater (b. about 1874).

(6) Peter Michael “Peter Mike” (b. Dec 25, 1876) Marion County

The late Frank “Mutt” Broadwater of Pennsboro was a son of Wheeler Broadwater.

For Harlan Hogue ancestry, seeThe Broadwater Family, "Peter Broadwater Branch”47.

Harlan and Louise Pratt Hogue live at Glenville, W.Va. Harlan was a county agent

until he retired. They have four children:

 

(1) Donald Hogue, m. Sue Ritchie and have; Donna Hogue.

(2) Dorothy Hogue, m. Ferman Lee Rhodes. They have; Robin Rhodes;

Ferman Lee Rhodes II; and Jack Rhodes.

(3) Helen Hogue, m. Lynn McClain. They have; Debbie McClain; Lisa

McClain; and Angela McClain.

(4) Patty Hogue, m. Jim Shaver. They have; Jimmy Shaver; Carol Shaver;

and Scottie Shaver.

2.- John Pratt, m. Mary Corra of Pennsboro. They live at Clarksburg. He drives

truck. They have three children:

 

(1) James Pratt, m. Martha Jenkins. They have; Rachel Pratt.

(2) John Pratt. He was a newscaster on TV Channel 12 in Clarksburg. Now

(1983) works in Secretary of State’s office.

(3) Michelle Pratt.

3.- Lawrence Pratt, m. Doris Burgy. (He has been married more than once). He

lived in Akron, Ohio; died 1990. One known child:

 

(1) Shirley Pratt, m. Rachel Arnett, daughter of James and Rebecca Wilson

Arnett. Rachel (1861-1942) married Henry Brooks. (Note: Helen Simmons’ grand-parents

on her father’s side)

c.- William Bryan Hickman, b. ca 1895. He worked in the oil and gas fields in W.Va.

and in the west. Married more than once. No children. He d. Berkeley, Ca., ca 1980.

 

10.- Sarah Louise ____ Dotson, b. 6 March 1873. This was an adopted

 

or raised child. No information.

 

CHAPTER V-10.

SOLOMON “SOL” DOTSON

 

Solomon “Sol” Dotson, b. 1817. This marriage in Harrison Co.: “8 Feb 1837...Solomon

Dotson & Orlinda Tucker by Peter Davis.” She was a dau. of Eli Tucker and

Elizabeth Jaco. She d. 26 Dec 1863. This was his first marriage.

 


 

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 From the 1850 census of VA; Ritchie County:

 

Dotson, Solomon (farmer) 33 born in Virginia

Orlinda 32

Serena A. 12

Eli B. 9

Squire 6

 

 

Christopher 2

 

Tucker, Mary 34

Nelson* 28

Scott, James 20

*Note: Nelson Tucker found in 1860 census of Adair Co. Missouri, adjacent to Eli B.

 

Tucker and Margaret Dotson Tucker

 

From the 1860 census of VA; Ritchie County (house 619, family 585):

 

Dodson Solomon L 45 Farmer Va

Orlinda 43 Va

Eli B 19 Fm HandVa

Esquire 14 Va

Christopher C(olumbus) 12 Va

Floyd M 9 Va

Clarence T 5 Va

Korah A 3 Va

 

 

Bogard, Eliza 27 Va

This birth in Ritchie Co. “not named; Aug 3, 1857; parents Sol. L and Belinda Dotson”

Solomon “Sol” Dotson, m (2) Elizabeth West. This marriage in Rit. Co.: “15 Sept

 

1864...Solomon L. Dotson, 47...widower...Wood Co...Ritchie Co...son of William &

 

Mary; married Elizabeth West, 22...single... Harrison Co...Ritchie Co...dau. of Henry &

 

Margaret by Eli Riddle.”

From the 1870 Kansas census; Marshall Co Vermillion Twp. Barrett Kansas 13th June

 

1870; Dwl 165 Fam. 166:

Dodson S. L.(Solomon) 49 MW Farmer RE$2000 Per.$800 VA

Elizabeth 25 FW Keeping house VA

Clarence 16 MW at home VA

Ciza? A (Korah A) 13 FW at home VA

Rutia A 5 FW at home Missouri

Vieta 4 FW at home MO

Evaline 1 FW at home KS

From the 1880 census soundex Kansas; Marshall Co Rock Twp. 12 172 6 1:

Dotson Solomon WM 68 VA

Labitha W 57 Ken.

Rissia (Rutia A) D 15 Iowa

Evalline D 11 KS

Porter S 6 KS

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 85

 

 

From the 1900 census soundex of KS; Marshall Co Rock Twp 33 56 5 11:

 

Dotson Solomon S W Jul 1816 83 WV

Carrie C W Jan 1837 63 NH

Porter L S Apr 1872 28 KS

Auld, Carrie C. GD Jul 1890 10 KS

Thomas, Fanny Si Dec 1853 46 IL

Thomas, Carl Bo Oct 1884 15 MO

 

Solomon Dotson bought an article at the sale of the estate of Thomas Dotson,

deceased, on Buck Run, 3 Feb 1848.

 

Solomon Dotson received five land grants in Virginia/West Virginia. The first was in

1843 for 100 acres on the waters of Hughes River in (then) Wood County; subsequently

four additional in Ritchie County in 1847, 1851, 1853 and 1865 in the Long Run/Hughes

River area. For further information see Dotson Land Grants (1804-1865)48

 

The seven known children of Solomon Dotson (by the first marriage to Orlinda

Tucker):

1.-Serena A. Dotson, b. 1838.

 

No information.

 

2.-Eli B. Dotson, b. ca. 1841. This marriage in Ritchie County: “17 Jan 1861...Eli B.

Dotson, 20...single...b. Rit. Co...Parents, S.L. & 0.; & Mary Harris, 16...single...b. Dodd.

Co...res. Rit. Co... Parents, Thomas & Mary Harris.”

 

From the Missouri 1900 soundex; 59 99 10 41 McDonald Co Prairie Twp:

Dotson, Eli B W Nov 1840 59 WV

Nancy W Apr 1844 56 WV

This may or may not be the same Eli B. Dotson; birth dates and ages check but wife’s

name is “Nancy” not “Mary”; may be a second marriage.

 

3.-Squire Dotson, b. 1844.

 

4.-Christopher Columbus Dotson, b. 1848.

From the 1880 census soundex of Kansas:

“Columbus Dotson, 30, brother, b. VA” in the household of Floyd Dotson, age

26, b. VA. (see below)

From the 1900 census soundex of KS; Marshall Co Rock Twp 33 56 5- 26:

Dotson Christopher C W Apr 1850 50 WV Living alone

 

5.-Floyd M, b. ca. 1851

 

From the 1880 census soundex Kansas; Marshall Co Clear Fork Twp. 12 166 12 1:

 

Dotson Floyd W M 26 VA

 

Emma V W 24 Iowa

 

Claria C D 6 KS

 

Lillian L D 3/12KS

 

Columbus B 30 VA

 


 

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Note; Marshall Co. is same county in which their father Solomon Dotson was found

in the 1870 and 1880 census of Kansas (see above)

 

6.-Clarence T, b. ca. 1855

 

7.- Korah A, b. ca. 1857

 

Four children by his second wife Elizabeth (from census of 1870 and 1880)

8.-Rutia A., b. ca. 1865 in Missouri or Iowa.

 

9.-Vieta, b. ca. 1866 in Missouri; apparently died young.

 

10.- Evaline b. ca. 1869 in Kansas.

 

11.- Porter, b. April 1872 in Kansas, from the 1900 census soundex of KS

 

Solomon married (3) Labitha______ b. ca. 1823 in Kentucky. (from the 1880 census

of KS)

 

Solomon married (4) Carrie C._____ b. Jan 1837 in New Hampshire (from the 1900

census soundex of KS)

 

CHAPTER V-11.

ELIZA MARGARET DOTSON.

 

 

From Jacob Collins Sr. and Phebe Stuthart, 49 page 105. “Benjamin Bond, Sr. had a

son, Benjamin Bond Junior, who m. Nancy Barney. Three known children” 1.- William

Bond; 2.- Thomas Bond; and 3.- Barney Bond.

 

William Bond m. 1809, Catherine Thomas. They had a son, Butler Bond, b. 31 March

1818; m. 11 Sept 1841, Eliza Margaret Dotson; b. 11 Aug 1820, a dau. of William Dotson

and Mary Franks.

 

This marriage in Tyler County:

 

“11 Sept 1841...Butler Bond and Eliza Dotson by M. Maddox.”

 

Mrs. Sacco’s (see below) records show that her name was Eliza Margaret Dotson. She

had a sister named Elizabeth (Chap. V-5) and another named Margaret Chap. V-8).

 

From William Clark’s diary,50 “1 Nov 1904...Butler Bond buried to-day.”

 

From the 1850 census of VA; Doddridge County:

 

Bond, Butler (farmer) age 32 years born in Virginia

 

Eliza 30

 

Oliver 7

 

Camden 6

 

Jane 5

 

William 3

 

Helen 2

 

Evaline 6 months.

 

Cain, James* 18 years.

 

Annotation by Mary Davis Atkinson:” Butler Bond married Eliza Dotson, 11 Sept

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 87

 

 

1841, in Tyler Co., WV by M. Maddox, Baptist Min. Res. Tyler County, 1860; Ref.

 

Census, Household No. 780-780"

*For James Cain, see Chapter XV Ruth Dotson.

From the 1860 census of VA; Tyler County; North Bend Mills PO780-780:

 

Bond Butler B 41 M Farmer R.E. $1200 per. $425 VA

Eliza 41 F

Oliver 17 M

Camden 16 M

Jane 15 F

William 16 M

Helen 12 F

Mary A 11 F

Emza 7F

Esquire 4 M

Cindona 1 F

 

From the 1870 census of VA; Tyler County; Centerville Twp, Middlebourne; 28-28:

 

Bond Butler 49 MW Farming $1000 $400 VA

Eliza 50 FW VA

Camden 23 FW VA

William 22 MW VA

Eveline 19 FW VA

Mary 18 FW VA

Emsy 17 FW VA

Squire 14 MW VA

John 10 MW VA

Sandony 12 FW VA

Sherman 6 MW VA

 

 

From the 1900 Census soundex of WV; Doddridge West Union Dist 5 27 21 77:

 

Bond, B. Frank W Apr 1828 72 WV

Eliza W July 1830 69 WV

Sulliven, Stella orphan Mar 1886 14 WV

 

 

Butler Bond and Eliza Margaret Dotson were parents of 16 children:

 

1.-01iver Bond, b. 1843.

 

2.- Camden Bond, b. 1844. He m (1) Caroline Pool; m (2) Mary Hart.

 

3.- Jane Bond, b. 1845; m. Jacob Netzer.

 

4.- William Bond. b. ca. 1847. Never married. Lived alone in Bond Hollow. He came to

Toll Gate to the store about once a month and visited all day with the people that came to

the store.

 

5.- Helen Bond, b. 1848; m. Andy Duty.

 


 

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6.- Eveline Bond, b. 1849; m. 22 July 1870, John Marshall Collins.

From “Jacob Collins Sr. and Phebe Stuthart,” 51 page 106.

“John Marshall Collins, b. 12 Dec 1849; m. 22 July 1870, Eveline Bond b. 1849; dau.

 

of Butler Bond and Eliza Margaret Dotson.

 

 In the Greenwood Cemetery;

John M. Collins, 1849-1912.

Eveline Collins, 1849-1940.

 

 

The graves are in different areas of the cemetery. They did not live together in later

years of their marriage. He died in Chicago.

 

They were the parents of nine children. (All of the children were b. in

Doddridge Co. and lived there for several years, then in the late 1920s many of them

moved ...mostly to Ohio.)

 

a.- Minnie Collins, m. Rogers.

b.- Alfred Collins, m. Jettie Gain, lived in Arkansas. From Descendants of Adam

 

 

J. & Susan Fleming Gain,52 by Evelyn P. Gain Furner; “Jettie Blanche Gain, b. Dec 23,

1876, in Dodd. Co.,. m. Alph C. Collins, May 4, 1898 in Dodd. Co.; d. Jan 4, 1950

in Washington, D.C." Had three children.

c.- Dona Collins, b. 1877, m (1) Monroe Koontz; m (2) Goff Fleming.

 

Lived in West Union, W.Va.

d.- Neal Collins, b. 1879, m. Dollie Cottrill. Lived West Union.

e.- Ina Collins, m. Fielding Britton. Lived in Ohio.

f.- John Collins, m. Ethel Lawson. Resided in Ohio.

g.- Mary Jane Collins, b. 1884; m. Jefferson Gain.

 

From Descendants of Adam J. and Susan Fleming Gain by Evelyn P. Gain Furner53

“George Jefferson Gain, b. Feb 3, 1879 on Arnold Creek; m. Mary Jane Collins, March

1, 1904. Died Aug 1916 at West Union.” Parents of three children:

 

1.- ____ ____

2.- ____ ____

3.- Helen Victoria Gain.

 

 

 “Helen Victoria Gain, b. Oct 18, 1906 in Ritchie Co., W.Va., married Russell Bonnell, Feb

20, 1924 in Dodd. Co. Died Sept 26, 1972 in Clarksburg, W.Va.” Parents of two children:

(3a) Mrs. Helen Pauline (Paula) Sacco, 4864 Rolling Hills Road,

 

Pittsburgh, Pa. 15236

(3b) Mary Madeline Bonnell Willis, Librarian Doddridge County

 

Library, West Union, W.Va.

h.- ____ ____

i.- ____ ____

 

7.- Mary Ann Bond, b. 1849 (1852); m. 1873, James A. Cain. For this family see Chapter

XV Ruth Dotson and History of Ritchie County to 1980, 54 Page 74, Column 2.

 

8.- John Bond, b. ca 1850 m. Jeanette .

 

9.- Emzy Bond, b. ca. 1852; m. James T. Cain. (Same as for Mary Ann Bond.)

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 89

 

 

10.- Squire Bond, b. ca. 1856 (twin), m. Lydia Duty. Mrs. Margaret Thomas, 124

Woodland Ave., Marietta, Ohio 45750 is a descendant of Squire Bond.

 

11.- Edith Bond (twin). d. at age 9 months.

 

12.- Cindona Bond, b. ca. 1858; m. John Chipps.

 

13.- Sherman Bond. b. ca. 1864 He was the youngest child. Never married. Known in all

counties bordering on Doddridge. Worked on oil pipelines. Killed by a train at Central

Station, W.Va.

 

14, 15, and 16.- Died at birth. not named.

 

CHAPTER V-12.

CYNTHIA DOTSON.

 

Cynthia Dotson, b. 15 June 1822. This marriage in Doddridge Co.:

“8 Feb 1848. (19 Aug 1850)..Thomas J. Scott and Jacintha (Cynthia) Dotson by

Samuel Archibald.”

 

From Hardesty’s history of Doddridge County, 188355:

“THOMAS SCOTT...was b. Jan 20, 1804 in Hampshire Co. (now) W.Va., a son of James

 

R. and Nancy (Dotson) Scott. (See Chapter VI) James R. Scott was a bound boy to “Joe

Logston” the celebrated pioneer of Ky., and at a later date served in the Indian war in that

country, under General James Scott. In 1809, with his little family, James R. Scott settled

near Greenwood. Afterwards he lived near Oxford, then on the North Fork of Hughes river

in Ritchie Co. (where his wife died), whence he went to Meigs Co., Ohio. Thomas Scott,

after remaining with his father through these years, returned to Dodd. Co. and entered and

bought his present farm, at first owning a very large tract round where he now lives.

He has sold off all but 127 acres, where he is now pleasantly located for the remaining

years of his life. 1 1/2 miles Southwest of Central Station. Near Greenwood, Dodd. Co.,

Aug 19, 1851 (Note...This date does not correspond to the marriage date above), Thomas

Scott and Cynthia Dotson were united in m. and the children born to them were six: Two

are now deceased, the others still living with them. These children were: Josie R., b. July

25, 1856; John W., b. Nov 26, 1857, d. June 6, 1872; Cecelia V. L., Oct 2, 1858, d. April

8, 1876; Laura A., June 12, 1861; William H., Jan 22, 1863; Jennie Jan 17, 1867. The wife

of Mr. Scott was b. in Dodd. Co., June 15, 1822, a dau. of William and Mary A. (Franks)

Dotson, who died in this Co., near Greenwood. The P.O. Address of Thomas Scott is

Central Station, Doddridge County, W.Va.

 

From the 1850 census of VA; Doddridge County (Family 108):

 

Scott, Thomas D. (farmer )age 45 years. born in Virginia

Jacynthia (Cynthia) 28(?) born in Virginia

Marvel, Sarah E. 9 born in Illinois

 

Families numbers 107 and 109 were respectively Henry V. Duckworth and Zachary

Dotson.

 


 

90 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

From the 1860 census of VA; Doddridge County (House 762, Family 763):

 

Scott, T D 56 M Farmer Real est. $4000, pers. $300

Jacintha 59(?39) F

R J (Josie R) 10 F

Jno W 8M

C V 6F

L A (Laura A) 4 F

W H (Wm. H.) 2 M

 

It is interesting to note that the two families preceding Thomas and Cynthia Scott in this

census were John and Mahala Dotson (Family 761), and Lloyd and Elizabeth Ruley

(Family 762); Jacintha and Elizabeth were sisters of John Dotson. Thomas Scott engaged

in many land dealings with his brother-in-law John Dotson during the 1850s.

 

From the 1870 census of WV; Dodd Central Twp West Union PO; 65:

 

Scott Thomas D 66 MW Farmer $2000 $250 Virginia

Cynthia 47 FW Keeping house VA

Josephine 19 FW VA

Sicillia 16 FW VA

Alice 12 FW VA

John W 17 MW VA

Wm H 12 MW VA

Cyntha J 4 FW WV

 

From the 1880 census of WV; Doddridge County 122 (Central) 004:

 

Scott, Thomas D. WM 76 Farmer VA VA VA

Jacintha WF 58 Wife Keeps house VA VA VA

Josie R WF 28 Dau Attend. school VA VA VA

Laura A WF 23 Dau At home VA VA VA

William H WM 20 Son Farm laborer VA VA VA

Jane L(Jennie) WF 13 Dau At home VA VA VA

 

Children of Thomas and Jacintha Dotson Scott are shown in the above censuses.

 

CHAPTER V-13

SQUIRE DOTSON.

 

Squire Dotson b. 1825. This marriage in Ritchie County:

“October 28, 1849...Squire Dotson & Caroline Pool by Eli Riddle.”

Squire Dotson bought an item at the sale of the estate of Thomas Dotson, deceased,

 

 

on Buck Run, 3 Feb 1848.

 

From the 1850 census of VA; Ritchie County:

Dotson, Squire (farmer) age 25 years born Virginia

Caroline 22 b. Va

 

From the 1860 census of VA; Ritchie County (633-599):

 

Dodson, Esquire 34 Farmer VA

Caroline 32 VA

Zodona 7 VA

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 91

 

 

Mary E 5 VA

Thomas 2 VA

These births in Ritchie Co. “Mary Ellen Dotson, —30, 1855; parents Squire and

Caroline Dotson” and “Thos. P Dotson Oct 16, 1857; parents Squire and C. Dotson”

From the 1880 census soundex of Missouri: Schuyler Co. Independence Twp 43 153

 

2 22:

Dotson Squire WM 54 VA

Caroline W 50 VA

Thomas S 22 VA

William L S 16 VA

Emma CD 9 Mo

 

 

From the Missouri 1900 soundex; 105 146 4 10 Adair Co Liberty Twp:

Dotson Squire W Aug 1825 74 WV

Caroline W Aug 1828 72 WV

From the Missouri 1870 census Adair Co. Township 64, Range 13 Wilmothville PO

19 19:

 

Pool Thomas 66 M W Farmer $3500 $600 VA

Annie 64 F W Keeping house VA

Charles P 27 M W Farmer VA

Misvasi?(Missouri) 29 F W without occup VA

 

Thomas and Anna Pool were Caroline’s parents, who with her brother Vanvensella

age 27 and family, were living in Adair County Missouri in 1870; Squire Dotson and

Caroline however were not found there in 1870. Squire and Caroline were found in 1880

in the adjacent county of Schuyler, and in 1900 in Adair Co. Missouri, as shown above.

 

No other information.

 

CHAPTER V-14

MARY JANE DOTSON.

 

 

Mary Jane Dotson, b. 23 Feb 1827; d. 1903. This m. in Doddridge Co.: “24 January

1850 (or 24 June per Mary Davis Atkinson census of 1850 book)..Mary Jane Dotson &

William C. Ellefritt.”

 

“William C. Ellefritts, b. 16 Sept 1819 in Md. and d. 9 Jan 1878 at Greenwood.

 

For more Ellifritts information, see age 21 The Duckworth Family,56 and page 434

Descendants of John Wilson 57 with reference to the Ellifritts family; additionally pages

136 and 137 of The History of Doddridge County, West Virginia., 1979 .58 The latter is the

Hobart Ellefritts family and his brother Duane Ellefritts family (immediate families).

 

 From the 1850 Census of VA; Doddridge County (Family No. 98):

William Ellefritt 30 MW Farmer b. Maryland

Mary Jane 22 FW b. Virginia

Note: Family Nos. 96 and 97 were respectively William Buskirk Dotson, a brother

of Mary Jane, and her father William Dotson Sr.

 

From the 1860 census of VA; Doddridge County (Family No. 782):

Ellifrit W C 39 M

 

 


 

92 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

Mary J 32 F

W S (Winfield Scott) 9 M

Victoria 7 F

A (Ethaniza) 5 F

Lafayette 3 M

Jno W 2M

Mary A 6/12 F

 

From the 1870 census ofWV; Doddridge Co., Central Dist. West Union P. O. p. 8,

 

106-102:Ellefritt, Wm C. 52 MW Farmer R.E. $2000 per $300 Md.

Mary J. 43 FW keeping house VA

Winfield S. 19 MW VA

Victoria 17 FW VA

Athanissa 15 FW VA

Lafayette 13 MW VA

John 11 MW VA

Mary A 10 FW VA

Sherman 8 MW VA

Emanuel 6 MW WV

Henry 2 MW WV

 

From the 1880 census of WV; Doddridge County 122 012:

 

Ellifritt, M J (w) WF 52 Keeping hse VA VA VA

Ethaniza WF 25 Dau at home VA MD VA

John WM 22 Son farm labr. VA MD VA

Sherman WF(M) 13 Son farm labr. VA MD VA

Manuel WM 18 Son farm labr. WV MD VA

Henry WM 11 Son farm labr. WV MD VA

(C011):

Ellifritt, Winifred (Winfield) WM 29 Farmer VA MD VA

Martha WF 24 Wife Keeping hse VA VA VA

Lilia WF 1 Dau at home WV VA VA

(C010): under Bee, Wickliff

 

Ellifritt, Mary A WF 20 Servant Servant VA MD VA

 

 William C. and Mary Jane Dotson Ellifritts were parents of 10 children:

1.- Victoria Ellifritts, b. 17 Dec 1852; d. 4 Feb 1937. She m. Frank Sherwood, 17 April

1873. Frank Sherwood, b. 2 April 1850; d. 11 Feb 1950. Five children:

 

a.- Avie Lillian Sherwood, 1875-1953; m. James Waldo (son of Hickman Waldo).

Five children:

1.- Ralph “Hick” Waldo, b. 1896; d. 21 Feb 1972. He m. Nellie Dotson. (Chapter

XVI-3 Arius Dotson)

Three children:

 

(1) William “Bill”. Waldo, m. Maxine Burgess.

(2) Elena Waldo, m. Roy Underwood.

(3) Helen Larraine Waldo, m. Porter Nutter.


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 93

 

 

2.- Sam Waldo, m. Alice Dotson (dau. of Richard Michael Dotson and Maud

Batton. (Chapter VIII-9).

 

3.- ____Waldo, m. Everett Wilson.

 

4.- ____Waldo, m. Coy Cantwell.

 

5.- Girl Waldo, m. ____ ____.

 

b.- Cornelius Sherwood, b. 25 March 1877: d. 16 Jan 1965.

 

c.- Ida Sherwood, b. 2 March 1879; d. 28 Feb 1890.

 

d.- Reginald Floyd Sherwood, b. 17 April 1881; d. 10 Sept 1976. He m. Lillian

Tidd.

 

e.- Walter Sherwood, b. 10 Jan 1886; d. 24 April 1956. He m. Marietta Jennings.

 

Four children:

 

1.- Walter Sherwood.

 

2.- Frank Sherwood.

 

3.- Geraldine Sherwood.

 

4.- Mary Sherwood.

 

2.- Anthansia Ellifritt, 1854-1942; m. Anthony Mason in 1883. He b. 14 May 1853; d.

 

1939.

 

Four known children:

 

a.- Cecil Mason.

 

b.- Carl Mason.

 

c.-____ Mason.

 

d.- Girl Mason. Never married.

 

3.- Winfield Scott Ellifritt, b. 4 May 1855 (b. 1851 per 1860, 1870 and 1880 census); d. 5

 

May 1917. He m. Martha Edwards 23 Aug 1877. She b. 1856; d. 1934.

 

Eight children:

 

a.- Lillie Ellifritt, m. Theodore Hufford.

 

b.- Dessie Ellifritt, m. Matt Shuttlesworth.

 

c.- Jud Ellifritt, m (1) Nora Nolan; m (2) Elsie Doak.

 

d.- Brant Ellifritt, m. Lora Harper.

 

e.- Ona Ellifritt, died young.

 

f.- Grover Ellifritt, m. Edna Gary.

 

g.- Edna Ellifritt, m. Clyde Dotson. (Descendant of Zachary, Chapter XII).

 

h.- Victor Ellifritt, m. Gussie Hudkine. For Hudkins, see page 387, Descendants of

John Wilson.59, with reference to the Ellifritts family.

 

4.- Latimer (Lafayette) Ellifritt. b. ca. 1857

 

5.- John Ellifritt, b. 3 May 1858; d. 28 Jan 1926. He m. Nora Dotson, 1857-1952.

 

From the Doddridge Death Register:

 

Ellifritt John W died 5 28 26 Dodd. Co. age 61y 1m 25 d; married, farmer; b 5 28 1858

Greenwood WV; father Ellifritt Wm., mother Mary Jane Dotson; undertaker A J Osborne;

informant Mrs J W Ellifritt.

6.- (Mary) Ann Ellifritt, 1860-1926; m. “Pep” Waldo (son of Hickman Waldo). “Pep”

Waldo, b. 29 March 1860; d. 1 Nov 1926. Two children:

 


 

94 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

a.- Will Waldo.

 

b.- Hugh Waldo.

 

7.- Sherman Ellifritt, b. 30 Nov 1862

 

8.- Squire Ellifritt, b. 3 April 1864; d. 20 April 1864.

 

9.- Henry Ellifritt, b. 9 Nov 1868; d. 1897.

 

10.- Emanuel Ellifritt, b. 18 Jan 1869 (1864 or 1862 per census).

 

Notes: Chapter 5

 

1 H. H.Hardesty, Hardesty’s Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia, Maps and

Histories of Ritchie and Doddridge Co’s., W.Va., 1883; reprinted as Hardesty’s West Virginia

Counties; Doddridge Marion Upshur Wetzel Vol. 2 , and Gilmer Ritchie Lincoln Wayne Vol. 7.

(Richwood, W.Va. :Jim Comstock, 1973) Vol. 7, p. 17.

 

2James M. Dotson, Dotson Land Grants (1804-1865) in the Present Day Counties of

Ritchie, Doddridge, and Tyler West Virginia, (Danville, CA: published by the author 1988), p.

43-47.

 

3Minnie Kendall Lowther, History of Ritchie County (Wheeling, W. Va.: Wheeling News

Litho. Co., 1911), p. 142.

 

4 H. H. Hardesty, Hardesty’s West Virginia Counties Gilmer Ritchie Lincoln Wayne

Vol.. 7, p. 68.

 

5 Barr Wilson, The Descendants of John Wilson (Parsons W.Va.: Printed by McClain

Printing Co. Barr Wilson Toll Gate WV 26442, 1975), p. 434.

 

6 Barr Wilson The Duckworth Family. Unpublished, prior to 1980, p. 13 & 21

 

7 Barr Wilson, The Descendants of John Wilson (Parsons W.Va.: Printed by McClain

Printing Co. Barr Wilson Toll Gate WV 26442, 1975), p. 141.

 

8 Ibid., p. 195.

 

9 H. H. Hardesty, Hardesty’s West Virginia Counties Gilmer Ritchie Lincoln Wayne

Vol.. 7, p. 68.

 

10 Barr Wilson, The Daniel Taylor Family (Unpublished 1980), p. 576 & 674.

 

11 Barr Wilson, The Gregg Family (Unpublished 1980; typewritten copies placed in

Ritchie Co. Library, Harrisville, W. Va. and Doddridge Co. Library, West Union, W. Va.), p. 16.

 

12 History of Doddridge County, 1979 ( Dallas, TX, Paoli, PA: Taylor Publishing Co.

1979), p. 217.

 

13 Minnie Kendall Lowther, History of Ritchie County(Wheeling, W. Va.: Wheeling News

Litho. Co., 1911), p. 138.

 

14 Barr Wilson, The Descendants of John Wilson (Parsons W.Va.: Printed by McClain

Printing Co. Barr Wilson Toll Gate WV 26442, 1975), p. 181.

 

15 Linn Wilson, Horatio Nelson Wilson and Victoria Mariah Taylor (Unpublished July

1978; 2353 Glenmawr Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43202: Linn Wilson)

 

16 Barr Wilson, Broadwater History (Unpublished), p. 10, 27, 28.

 

17 Minnie Kendall Lowther, Edited by Barr Wilson, Ritchie County in History and

Romance, (Parsons WV: McClain Printing Company, 1990), p. 152.

 

18 Ibid., p. 157.

 

19 Minnie Kendall Lowther, History of Ritchie County(Wheeling, W. Va.: Wheeling News

Litho. Co., 1911), p. 646

 


 

CHAPTER 5 WILLIAM DOTSON, SR. 95

 

 

20 Minnie Kendall Lowther, History of Ritchie County(Wheeling, W. Va.: Wheeling News

Litho. Co., 1911), p. 143.

 

21 Ibid., p. 143.

 

22 Minnie Kendall Lowther, Edited by Barr Wilson, Ritchie County in History and

Romance (Parsons WV: McClain Printing Company, 1990), p. 468- 469.

 

23 The Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr. and Mrs Sherman Williams, The Dodson (Dotson)

Family of North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia: A History and Genealogy of

Their Descendants, Vol. II ( P. O. Box 738 Easley, South Carolina 29641-0738: Southern

Historical Press, Inc., 1989), p. 1177-1182.

 

24 James M. Dotson, Dotson Land Grants (1804-1865) in the Present Day Counties of

Ritchie, Doddridge, and Tyler West Virginia, (Danville, CA: published by the author 1988)

 

25

 

The Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr. and Mrs Sherman Williams, The Dodson (Dotson)

Family of North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia: A History and Genealogy of

Their Descendants, Vol. II ( P. O. Box 738 Easley, South Carolina 29641-0738: Southern

Historical Press, Inc., 1989), p. 1178.

 

26 Minnie Kendall Lowther, Edited by Barr Wilson, Ritchie County in History and

Romance (Parsons WV: McClain Printing Company, 1990), p. 223.

 

27 Ibid., p. 223.

 

28 Ibid., p. 223.

 

29 The Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr. and Mrs Sherman Williams, The Dodson (Dotson)

Family of North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia: A History and Genealogy of

Their Descendants, Vol. II ( P. O. Box 738 Easley, South Carolina 29641-0738: Southern

Historical Press, Inc., 1989), p. 1178.

 

30 Ibid., p. 1177-1181.

 

31 Mrs. Robert Butcher,West Virginia Welch Family (Unpublished 1977, 12 pages)

 

32 Minnie Kendall Lowther, History of Ritchie County(Wheeling, W. Va.: Wheeling News

Litho. Co., 1911), p. 142.

 

33 Barr Wilson, The Gregg Family (Unpublished 1980; typewritten copies placed in

Ritchie Co. Library, Harrisville, W. Va. and Doddridge Co. Library, West Union, W. Va.)

 

34 H. H.Hardesty, Hardesty’s West Virginia Counties: Doddridge Marion Upshur Wetzel

Vol. 2, p. 19.

 

35 Barr Wilson, Clay District Ritchie Co. (Unpublished), p. 509, 687.

 

36 H. H. Hardesty, Hardesty’s West Virginia Counties: Doddridge Marion Upshur Wetzel

Vol. 2, p. 19.

 

37 Barr Wilson, The Ripley Family (Unpublished 1970s), p. 17.

 

38 H. H. Hardesty, Hardesty’s West Virginia Counties: Doddridge Marion Upshur Wetzel

Vol. 2, p. 19.

 

39 Barr Wilson, The Descendants of John Wilson (Parsons W.Va.: Printed by McClain

Printing Co. Barr Wilson Toll Gate WV 26442, 1975), p. 49, 293-339.

 

40 Minnie Kendall Lowther, History of Ritchie County(Wheeling, W. Va.: Wheeling News

Litho. Co., 1911), p. 142.

 

41 Ibid., p. 143.

 

42 H. H. Hardesty, Hardesty’s West Virginia Counties: Doddridge Marion Upshur Wetzel

Vol. 2, p. 17.

 

43 General Affidavit in the matter of Israel Dotson “D” 4th W. Va., filed Jan 11, 1912; from

Israel Dotson pension file, obtained from National Archives by Helen L. Simmons.

 

44 General Affidavit filed Aug 20, 1910 by Mrs. E. W. Snodgrass, and Application for

Reimbursement filed Aug 18, 1916 by Laura Bell Snodgrass; from Israel Dotson pension file,

obtained from National Archives by Helen L. Simmons.

 


 

96

RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

45 Barr Wilson, Clay District Ritchie County, "The Daniel Taylor Family" ( Unpublished),

 

p. 576, 596 and 674.46 History of Ritchie County to 1980 (Harrisville, WV: Ritchie County Historical Society

1980), p. 112.

 

47 Barr Wilson, The Broadwater Family (Unpublished)

 

48 James M. Dotson, Dotson Land Grants (1804-1865) in the Present Day Counties of

Ritchie, Doddridge, and Tyler West Virginia, (Danville, CA: published by the author 1988)

 

49 Barr Wilson, Jacob Collins Sr. and Phebe Stuthart (Unpublished 1982), p. 105.

 

50 William Clark, William Clark’s Diary 1874-1900 (Unpublished; transcribed copies

placed in the Doddridge Co. WV Library and the Ritchie Co. WV Library.)

 

51 Barr Wilson, Jacob Collins Sr. and Phebe Stuthart (Unpublished 1982), p. 106.

 

52 Evelyn P. Gain Furner, Descendants of Adam J. and Susan Fleming Gain (Publisher

unlisted, Nov 1980)

 

53 Ibid.

 

54 History of Ritchie County to 1980 (Harrisville, WV: Ritchie County Historical Society

 

1980), p. 74.55 H. H. Hardesty, Hardesty’s West Virginia Counties: Doddridge Marion Upshur Wetzel

 

Vol. 2, p. 19.

 

56 Barr Wilson, The Duckworth Family (Unpublished prior to 1980), p. 21.

 

57 Barr Wilson, The Descendants of John Wilson (Parsons W.Va.: Printed by McClain

 

Printing Co. Barr Wilson Toll Gate WV 26442, 1975),

p. 434.58 History of Doddridge County, 1979 ( Dallas, TX, Paoli, PA: Taylor Publishing Co.

1979), p. 136, 137.59 Barr Wilson, The Descendants of John Wilson (Parsons W.Va.: Printed by McClain

Printing Co. Barr Wilson Toll Gate WV 26442, 1975), p. 387.

 


 

Chapter VI

Nancy Dotson

 

 

N

N

ancy Dotson, b. ca 1782 or 1783. We do not have positive proof that Nancy

Dotson was a dau. of Richard Dotson. She m. James R Scott. In 1809 they settled

near Greenwood. This goes a long way to indicate that she was a daughter of Richard

Dotson.

 

They had a son, Thomas Scott, b. 20 Jan. 1804 in Hampshire Co., Va. This was

probably their oldest child. If she were twenty years of age, at the time of the birth of

Thomas, this would make her birthyear 1784 or before. Refer to Cynthia Dotson, Chapter

V-12 for proof of the above as well as information of the travels of the family.

 

In the 1850 census of Ritchie Co., family of Solomon Dotson (Chapter V-10), there

is a James Scott, 20 years of age. He is probably the youngest child of James R. Scott and

Nancy Dotson. I t is reported that James R. Scott moved to Meigs Co., Ohio; the son,

Thomas Scott and the daughter Ruth Scott remained in, or returned to, the Central Station

area of present day Doddridge County, WV.

 

Parents of three known children:

 

1.- Thomas Scott, b. 20 Jan. 1804 in Hampshire Co., Va. He m. Cynthia Dotson. Chapter

V-12.

 

2.- Ruth Scott, m. Eli B. Tucker. See Chapter V-8.

 

3.- James Scott, b. ca 1830. Shown in the family of Solomon Dotson, Chapter V-10.

 


 

Chapter VII

Emanuel Dotson, Sr.

 

 

E

E

manuel Dotson, Sr., born ca. 1785, married Mary Redick, b. 1785, on 19 June

1804. The marriage bond, signed by Richard Dotson, Sr. provides proof of his

relationship to Emanuel, Sr.

This marriage in Harrison County, VA: “19 June 1804...Emanuel Dotson & Mary

Redick by John Davis.”

A copy of the marriage bond, signed by Mary’s parents Robert and Agnes Redick, and

Richard Dotson, father of Emanuel, is shown below, together with a transcription:

 

Transcription of Marriage Bond, Emanuel Dotson and Mary Redick:

 

“Know all men by these presents, that we Emanuel Dodson and Lawrence Mealy are

held and firmly bound unto John Page Governor of Virginia, in the just and full sum of one

hundred and fifty dollars, to which payment well and truly to be made, to the said Governor

or his successors, we bind ourselves, and each of our heirs, executors and administrators,

jointly and severally, firmly by these presents. Sealed with our seals and dated the 19 day

of June 1804.

 

The condition of the above Obligation is such, that whereas there is a Marriage shortly

intended to be solemnized between said Emanuel to said Mary Reddick.

 

Now if there be no lawful cause to object the said Marriage, then the above Obligation

to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

 

Signed sealed and delivered in presence of (illegible) Emanuel Dodson (seal)

Lawrence Mealy (seal)

 

We do certify that our daughter Mary is twenty years of age and has not any objections

against her being married to Emanuel Dodson given under our hands this 18th day of June

1804 Teste Lawrence Mealy Agnes X Redick Robert Redick

 

I do certify that Emanuel Dodson is of age and has not any objections to his being

married to the above young womin Richard X Dodson”

 

If Emanuel were 20 years of age at the time of his marriage, it would make his birthyear

1785. It should be noted that in this marriage bond, Richard said that he (Emanuel) was “of

age”.

 

Emanuel, Sr. (along with his father Richard and brother William Sr.) first appeared by

name in the 1810 census of Wood Co. VA:

Dotson, Emanuel: Males; 1 under 10, 1 26-45; Females; 2 under 10, 1 26-45.

 


 

100 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

Marriage

Bond

1804

Emanuel

Dotson

and

Mary

Redick

 

 

 


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 101

 

 

From the 1820 census of VA; Tyler County;

Dotson, Emanuel: Males, 2 under 10; 1 10-16; 1 26-45.

Females, 3 under 10; 2 10-16; 1 26-45.

Assuming all were their own children, this makes a total of 8 children (3 boys and 5

girls), born by 1820.

From the 1830 census of VA; Harrison County;

Dotson, Amanuel: Males, 1 under 5, two 5-10, 1 10-15, 1 15-20, 1 20-30, 1 50-60;

 

 Females 1 10-15, 1 15-20, 1 40-50.

 

Assuming all were their own children, three additional boys were born after 1820.

 

An attempt to place these children by name in the appropriate age group will be given

and discussed later in the chapter.

 

Emanuel Dotson was not found in any subsequent census, thus indicating that he died

before 1840, and deeds signed by him and Mary in 1832 place his death after 1832. In the

1840 census, Mary was found (female, age 50-60) in the house-hold of their son William

 

L. in Harrison County; then finally in 1850, Mary (age 63, born in Pennsylvania) in the

household of her son Joseph, age 23, in Ritchie County.

In 1810, Emanuel was given (for one dollar) seventy-seven acres of land on Dotson

Run by his father Richard; this plot (in present-day Greenwood and adjoining that of his

brother William, Sr.) was subsequently sold by Emanuel and wife Mary of Harrison Co.

to his brother William Sr. in 1832. In 1815, Emanuel was granted 100 acres situated on

the divide between the waters of Dotson Run and Wilhelms Creek at present day

Duckworth; this land was deeded by Emanuel and wife Mary of Harrison Co. to his nephew

Emanuel (son of William Sr.) in 1831. In 1818 and 1820 Emanuel was granted three

adjacent tracts totalling 200 acres situated on Buck Run in then Wood County (later

Ritchie); all three of these tracts were sold by Emanuel and his wife Mary of Harrison Co.

to his brother Thomas, Sr. in 1832. For details of these land transactions, including ‘meets

and bounds’ descriptions, as well as county boundary changes during this period, the reader

is referred to the author’s Dotson Land Grants (1804-1865).... ,19881.

 

Emanuel Dotson served in the Virginia Militia during the War of 1812; he commenced

service August 30, 1814 in the 6th Regiment, Captain Henry Steed’s Company (Wood

County). Later transferred to Captain Davidson’s Company. On mustering out on

February 22, 1815 at Norfolk, he was attached to Captain Steed’s company in the 5th

Regiment of the Virginia Militia. Copies of his Pay Roll and Muster Roll are shown below.

 

It is interesting to note that he was allowed pay, at the rate of eight dollars per month,

for travel time home of 30 days, 600 miles from Norfolk to Wood County.

 

At the time of the outbreak of the War of 1812, Virginia’s militia regiments were

organized by county; Wood County’s militia was commanded by Captain Henry Steed.

Virginia’s Governor Barbour, realizing the need for a strong force to defend the Norfolk-

Chesapeake area from attack by the British Fleet, which was stationed outside the entrance

to Chesapeake Bay, called up militia units outside of the immediate counties under threat.

Among these was the Wood county company, commanded by Captain Steed, which was

attached to the 6th Regiment; the latter was formed in August 1814 when the British Fleet

was augmented and again appeared to threaten the Norfolk area. It saw no action however

and was disbanded in February 1815 at the cessation of hostilities. The stationing of large

numbers of soldiers in the Norfolk area insured that the landing of a large-scale British

 


 

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invasion force was not attempted. Emanuel’s service from Aug 1814 to Feb 1815

corresponds to that of the 6th (or 5th) regiment.

 

Additional information about the Virginia Militia in the War of 1812 may be found in

Stuart Lee Butler’s A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 2.

 

 

Emanuel Dotson

Pay Roll and Muster Roll

Virginia Militia

War of 1812

 

 


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 103

 

 

From information presented later (Chap.VII-3 Wm. L Dotson), it is concluded that

in 1830, Emanuel and Mary resided somewhere on the left-hand branch of Arnold Creek

above Central Station which at that time was in Harrison County; later, after its formation

in 1846, it became a part of Doddridge. It is further concluded that after his father

Emanuel’s death (1833-1840) William L continued to live there until sometime between

1840 and 1844, when he and his wife Elizabeth moved to Washington County Ohio. It is

likely that at about the same time, widow Mary (Aunt Polly) with her remaining children

moved to Buck Run near her daughter Mary Dotson Gregg (Mrs. Elza); her brother-in-law

Thomas Dotson, Sr., to whom she and Emanuel had sold the 200 acre Buck Run tracts in

1832, also resided in that community. Thomas Dotson, Sr. had subsequently deeded

portions of these tracts, totaling ninety-three acres, to Elzy (Elza) Gregg on 4 Jan 1843.

 

In her later widow-hood while residing on Buck Run, Mary was known as “Aunt Polly

Dotson.” The proof of this: When her daughter, Mary Dotson Gregg (widow), m. (2)

Andrew G. Yeager, 14 Dec 1867 in Dodd. Co., she gave as her parents, “Emanuel and Polly

Dotson”.

 

From Miss Lowther’s History of Ritchie County 3p. 144: “AUNT POLLY” DOTSON,

a widow, whose identity we have been unable to learn, was another early settler on

Buck Run, but the names of her children have been given us as follows: Benjamin, Robert,

Thomas, John S., Joseph and Mrs. Mary Griggs (Gregg). And from these two pioneers (that

is, Aunt Polly and her brother-in law, Thomas, Sr.), the numerous families of the name on

Buck Run to-day are descended. Like the other Dotsons they are said to be a peaceable, law

abiding race of people. Many of them are religiously inclined, and not a few of them have

entered the ministry of the Christian Church (Church of Christ), and some of the younger

generations are identified in the teaching profession.”

 

From her revised edition4, written in the late 1930s: “MRS. MARY DOTSON, or

‘AUNT POLLY’ as she was known, was another pioneer with her family on Buck Run.

(Maiden Name, Mary Redick, wife of Emanuel Dotson, brother of Thomas J., Zachary and

etc.) We know nothing of her identify other than that she was born in Pennsylvania in 1785

and that she was a widow with the following named children but it is evident that she

belonged to this family: Benjamin, Robert, Thomas, John S., Joseph, with whom she made

her home, and Mrs. Mary Griggs. (Mary Gregg, wife of Elza Gregg). These two pioneer

families were the forebearers of the large number of the name on Buck Run today.”

 

In Ritchie County Deaths (p. 3, line 10): “Mary Dotson, white female, Aug 8, 1855;

age 70 consumption; rept by Mr. Dotson”.

 

Mary Redick Dotson is likely buried in the Buck Run Cemetery. There are no

markers. Since the first person buried in this cemetery was Thomas Dotson, Sr. (d. Dec

1847) it is evident that Emanuel was buried elsewhere, perhaps on the left-hand branch of

Arnold Creek above Central Station.

 


 

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Emanuel Dotson and Mary Redick were the parents of eleven children:

 

1.- Girl Dotson Chap. VII-1

2.- Girl Dotson Chap. VII-2

3.- William L. Dotson. b. 1810 Chap. VII-3

4.- Frances Dotson Fleming b. 1811-1812 Chap. VII-4

5.- Benjamin Dotson, b. 10 Nov 1817. Chap. VII-5

6.- Mary Dotson Gregg Yeager b. 1818 Chap. VII-6

7.- Girl Dotson (prob. Eliza) b. ca. 1820 Chap. VII-7

8.- John S. Dotson, b. 1821 Chap. VII-8

9.- Robert Dotson, b. 1823 Chap. VII-9

10.- Thomas Dotson, b. 1825 Chap. VII-10

11.- Joseph Dotson, b. 1827. Chap. VII-11

 

Two girls, born before 1810, are shown as evidenced by the enumeration of two

females, under 10, in the house-hold of Emanuel Dotson in the 1810 census of Wood

County, and again in the 1820 census of Tyler County, two females 10 to 16; these two girls

have not been identified by name.

 

In the 1820 census, three girls under 10 were listed; two have been identified as

Frances b. 1811-12, and Mary b. 1818; the third has not been positively identified, but it

is concluded that this child was probably Elizabeth, who later lived on Buck Run and raised

a family by Thomas Dotson. This conclusion is based on: (1) Age-wise Elizabeth would

fit, if her birthyear were 1820 or before. Her age was recorded in the censuses of 1850, 1860

and 1870 as respectively, 28, 39 and 50, which would make her birthyear 1822, 1821 or

1820. Considering the age uncertainty of these early censuses, she could very well have

been the one unidentified female under 10, recorded in Emanuel’s household in 1820.

 

(2)Other members of Elizabeth’s family were living on Buck Run, having moved there

following Emanuel’s death sometime in the 1830s; Elizabeth’s first child Clarissa was born

ca. 1837, thus showing that she was residing in the Buck Run area at this time.

CHAPTER VII-1.

GIRL DOTSON (1) b. before 1810.

 

 

CHAPTER VII-2

GIRL DOTSON (2) b. before 1810.

 

 

CHAPTER VII-3

WILLIAM L. DOTSON

 

 

William L. Dotson, b. ca. 1810, is the oldest identified child of Emanuel Dotson and

Mary Redick.

 

The most positive proof of the parentage of William L. as being the son of Emanuel

Dotson and Mary Redick is that contained in a Ritchie County Deed (Bk. 19, p. 165, Jan

1, 1875) in which he was named as one of the heirs-at-law of his brother Thomas,

Jr.(deceased) along with the other known children of Emanuel and Mary (Mary Dotson

Gregg Yeager, Robert Dotson, and Joseph Dotson), and as being a resident of Washington

 


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 105

 

 

Co., Ohio. (Frances Fleming, with her husband James Fleming, was also listed as an heirat-

law and thus establishes her sibling relationship to Thomas, Jr.) The cited deed was

dated 1875, and named their brother John S. as grantee; William was the only grantor who

did not sign the deed. (See Chap. VII-8 John S. Dotson)

 

William was found by name in the census of 1840, 50, and 60; he also fits the proper

age bracket for a male child of Emanuel in 1810, 20 and 30. The essential data for the 1840,

50 and 60 census are given below:

 

1840 Harrison Co. VA William L. Dotson

Age bracket Males Females Identified as

Under 5 1 -Emanuel (see 1850 census)

5-10 --10-

15 1 -prob. a Hammond boy (see 1850 census) or a younger

 

brother of Wm. L.

15-20 1 -prob. a Hammond boy (see 1850 census) or a younger

 

brother of Wm. L.

20-30 1 -William L.

30-40 -1 Elizabeth (wife)

40-50 --50-

60 -1 Mary (Polly) (mother)

(Emanuel, Sr. was not found in the 1840 census index of Virginia)

 

1850 US Census Roll 738 p. 931 Fam. No. 14 Washington Co. (Newport) Ohio

William Dodson 40 M VA

 

Elizabeth 43 F VA

Elias Hammond 24 M VA

Greenburg Hammond 21 M VA

Amanuel Dodson 10 M VA

 

 

Benjamin (Franklin) 4 M Ohio

George W. 3 M Ohio

Margaret Ann 1 F Ohio

 

 

1860 US Census Reel 1048 Page 8 Washington Co. (Newport) Ohio

Wm. Dodson ?? M VA

 

 

M. Dodson ?5 F VA

Emanuel 18 M VA

Franklin 14 M VA

George 12 M VA

Margret 10 F Ohio

1870 US Census Reel 1279 Washington Co. Ohio

 

A search of Newport and the other eight townships on Reel 1279 in Washington

County Ohio for 1870, was negative for Wm. Dotson (Dodson) or a wife “Elizabeth” or

“M”; but found in Newport township was one Benjamin Franklin Dodson age 24, male,

farm laborer, birthplace WV, living with a James Smith family.

 

A search of the land records of Washington County, Ohio for this time period, likewise

proved negative for a William Dotson.

 


 

106 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

From an analysis of the foregoing information one may conclude with reasonable

certainty that:

 

a.-William L. moved from Harrison Co. VA to Washington Co., (Newport

Township) Ohio between 1840 (after census) and 1846, based on ages and birthplaces

listed for sons Emanuel, Benjamin Franklin, and George W. The fact that one of William

L.’s sons was named Emanuel further helps confirm the father-son relationship between

Emanuel Sr. and William L.

 

b.-The placing of William L.’s death date after 1860 is based on the census of that

year and the failure to find him listed subsequently in the 1870 or 1880 census. His son

Benjamin Franklin Dotson was listed in 1870 as living with a James Smith in Washington

(Newport) Co., Ohio. The reason for his having been named an heir-at-law of his brother

Thomas, Jr. in 1874, residence Washington Co. Ohio, but then not signing the deed, has

not been positively established but one plausible reason is that he was deceased; his exact

death date and place cannot therefore be determined from the information at hand.

 

However, in the Greenwood Cemetery, there is a headstone: “William Dotson Born

in 1810 Died Jan 8. 1865” and beside it “Mary Dotson Born in 1815 Died Jan 13, 1863”

The William Dotson appearing on this headstone has not been identified; he may be

William L. Dotson, son of Emanuel, Sr. born in 1810.

 

c.- The listing of two Hammond boys in William L.’s household in 1850 (with

corresponding correct age brackets in 1840) indicates a possible step-son relationship, but

this has not been confirmed.

 

CHAPTER VII-4

 

FRANCES DOTSON

 

Frances Dotson: b. 1811-1812 m. James Fleming

 

The primary basis for identifying Frances as a daughter of Emanuel and Mary is the

sibling relationship with the other known children as indicated in the 1875 deed cited

previously in Chap. VII-3 (William L.). She and her husband James Fleming have been

found by name in the census of 1850, ’60, ’70 and ’80 in Doddridge County; her age given

in these four censuses place her birthyear at 1811 or 1812; this birthyear is compatible with

the age-bracket for a female in the household of her husband James Fleming in 1840

(Harrison) and that of her father Emanuel in 1820 (Tyler) and 1810 (Wood).

 

 In the 1850 census (Doddridge, Household No. 395-68), four children were listed as:

Emily 17 F, John 7 M, Rosetta 5 F, Adam A. 1 M. In the 1840 census, children listed by

age bracket were: 1 M 5-10, 1 M under 5, 1 F 5-10. From this information it would appear

that there were two male children, born before 1840, in addition to the four identified by

name in the 1850 census; or alternately, they may have been two of Frances’ younger

brothers who were by then fatherless.

 

 From the 1860 census of WV; Doddridge; Dwl. 727 Fam. 728 17 July 1860:

 

J Fleming 51 M Farmer pers $150 VA

F 49 F VA

John* 17 M VA

Rosetta 13 F VA

A A 11 M VA

B F 9 M VA

 


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 107

 

 

From the 1870 census of WV; Doddridge Dwl 28 fam 26:

 

Fleming James 60 M W Farmer Per $175 VA

Frances 58 FW Keeping house cannot write VA

Adam A 21 MW Common lab. RE $1510 Per $200 VA

Benj F 18 MW Common lab RE $1510 Per $200 VA

 

Dwl 29 Fam 27 (son John Fleming)

 

Fleming John* 27 M W Farmer RE $400 Per $300 VA

Harriet 29 FW Keeping house VA

James E 8 MW VA

Patrick V 7 MW VA

Wm F4 MW WV

Adam J 2 MW WV

Mary F 2/12 FW (March) WV

 

From the 1880 census of WV; Doddridge County, 121 034:

Fleming, James WM 70 VA VA VA

Frances WF 68 VA VA VA

 

 

It should be noted that in the 1850 census of Doddridge County, the James Fleming

household was adjacent to that of the Luke Jaco household, thus indicating the location to

be in the Arnold Creek area above Central Station.

 

In 1840, the census taker recorded families in this area of Harrison County in the

following sequence: Nathan Davis, William Dotson, Thomas Bond, John Dotson, Luke

Jaco, James Goodwin, Richard Dotson, Lewis Fleming, James Fleming, Elizabeth

Goodwin, John Fleming, Pauline Flasher, Michael Connelly, George Starkey, William L

Dotson, Michael Dotson, Alexander Summerville, —— B. Lee, Henry Dotson.

 

 Mary Davis Atkinson footnotes the 1850 census of Doddridge County with: “James

Fleming and wife, Frances, residing in Dodd. Co., 1860; Ref census, Household No. 727

 

 

728. Their daughter, Emily Fleming, married Edward McGrew, 13 Feb 1853, in Doddridge

County (Bk. 1-Pg. 40/41)”

Neither James Fleming nor Frances Fleming were found in the Index to Deaths,

Doddridge County; a survey of the Fleming Cemetery (UB Church) on the left-hand fork

of Arnold Creek for their gravestones was also negative.

 

CHAPTER VII-5

BENJAMIN DOTSON.

 

Benjamin Dotson, b. 10 Dec 1816. He m. Melinda Dotson, 5 Sept 1839. She b. 1818.

They were first cousins. Melinda Dotson was a daughter of James Dotson and Lucinda

(Clevis) Dotson (Chapter XI).

 

Benjamin was the oldest of the six children of the widow “Aunt Polly Dotson” given

by Lowther in her history of Ritchie County.5 The other five “names given to me” were

Mary (Griggs), Robert, Joseph, John S. and Thomas. In addition, Benjamin’s widow

Malinda gave information for his death register in 1868 that Benjamin’s parents were

Emanuel and Mary Dotson.6 His relationship to Emanuel and Mary is thus one of the best

documented of any of the six given by Lowther, equal to that of Mary and John S. as

discussed subsequently.

 


 

108 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

Benjamin Dotson died 29 Nov 1868 (Ritchie Co. Deaths p. 19). “Benjamin Dotson

Nov 29 1868, Clay Twp; typhoid fever 51y 11 m 19 d; parents Manuel and Mary Dotson,

 

b. Doddridge Co.; farmer; wife Malinda; info. by wife.”

Benjamin is buried in the Arnold Creek Cemetery, along with two of his children who

also died in 1868: “Dotson Benjamin died Nov 18 1868 age 52yr 1mo 19day”. “Martin

L son of B & B Dotson Sept 1 1868.” “Lucinda daug of B & B Dotson died Aug 2 1868

age 23y 11m 22d”

 

 From the 1850 census of VA; Ritchie County:

Dotson, Benjamin 34 years (farmer) born in Virginia

 

Melinda 32

 

Armstrong 10

 

Jacob 8

 

Susanna 6

 

James 3

 

Asbury 1

 

From the 1860 census of VA; Ritchie County (535-510):

 

Benjamin Dodson 44 VA Farmer

Malinda 42 VA

Armstrong 20 VA Fm Hand

Jacob 17 VA Fm Hand

Lucina 16 VA House Hand

James 14 VA

Columbus 10 VA

Keener 8 VA

Cindarilla 4 VA

Benjamin 2 VA

Asbery 12 VA

 

In addition to her husband Benjamin, Malinda also lost two children, Lucinda and

Martin Lee, to typhoid fever in 1868.

From the 1870 census of WV; Ritchie County (274-264):

 

Malinda Dotson 51 VA Hskpr

Jacob 27 Va Farmer

James 24 VA Farmer

Columbus 17 VA

Keener 16 VA

Benjamin 12 VA

Cindersilla 13 VA

Littleton 11 VA

 

From the 1880 census of Ritchie County 151 002;

 

Dotson, Malinda(w) WF 63 Housekeeping WV WV WV

James WM 32 Son Farmer WV WV WV

Kena WM 26 Son Farmer WV WV WV

C Columbus WM 27 Son Farmer WV WV WV

Cinderilla WF 24 Dau At home WV WV WV

Benjamin WM 21 Son Farmer WV WV WV

 


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 109

 

 

Littleton WM 19 Son Farmer WV WV WV

Griggs, Anjaline (s) WF 32 Boarding Servant WV WV WV

 

 Parents of 11 children:

 

1. Armstrong b. 20 Feb 1840

2. Jacob b. ca. 1843

3. Lucinda b. ca. 1844. d. Aug 2, 1868

4. James b. ca. 1846

5. Asbury b. 1848

6. Columbus b. ca. 1850

7. Keener b. ca. 1852

8. Cindarilla b. ca. 1856

9. Benjamin b.. ca 1859

10. Littleton b. ca. 1861

11. Martin Lee b. June 29, 1863. d. Sept 1 1868

1.- Armstrong Dotson, b. 20 Feb 1840; m. (1) Catherine Doak. She was a descendant of

Nathan Davis; see page 105 Davis, The Settlers of Salem, W.Va.7 Also see page 69 of Doak

Family History and Genealogy.

 

From the 1870 census of WV; Ritchie County (432-405):

 

Armstrong Dotson 30 VA Farmer

Catharine 28 VA Hskpr

Davis 7 VA

Ananise L (Narr Lee) 5 WV

Loni Leoti 3 WV

Evie V 7/12WV

 

 

Catherine Doak, d. 27 Jan 1878.From Ritchie Co. Deaths, “Catharine Dotson Jan 27,

1878, Clay Dist. Neuralgia; 35y—10d.; parents J. and H. Doak. born Clay Dist. farmer;

consort A. Dotson; rept. did not give relationship.”

 

She is buried Arnold Creek Cemetery: “Catherine wife of Armstrong Dotson d. Jan

27 1879 age 35y 5 m 19d.”

From the 1880 census of WV; Ritchie County 151 002:

 

Dotson Armstrong (w) WM 40 Farmer WV WV WV

Davis WM 17 Son Farmer WV WV WV

Arminia WM 15 Son Farmer WV WV WV

Lem Leah(Lona Leota)WF 13 Dau At home WV WV WV

Evor V WF 11 Dau At home WV WV WV

Clinton WM 9 Son WV WV WV

Hiram WM 5 Son WV WV WV

Leton WM 3 Son WV WV WV

 

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; 5 20 7 14 Doddridge Central Dist.

Dotson Armstrong W Feb 1840 60 WV

Enumerated with Cochran, James; relationship to above, father in law

 

 


 

110 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Doddridge 007 0026 0013:

Dotson Armstrong FL 70 WVA WVA

enumerated with Cochran James

 

From the 1920 census soundex of WV; Doddridge 10 33 4 92;

Dotson Armstrong W 80 VA

 

enum. with Cochran, James L, father-in-law

Parents of seven children:

a.- Davis Dotson, b. Nov 1862. m. (1) Laura Mason. dau. of Jacob Mason.

This marriage in Ritchie Co.; “7 July 1889...Davis Dotson...age 26...b. Ritchie...m.

 

Laura B. Mason... age 17...b. Ritchie.”

She died of TB. She is buried at Toll Gate by the side of her mother. “Laura Mason

 

wife of Davis Dotson 1872-1894” Parents of two children:

1.- Earl Dotson

2.- Francis Dotson, m. Leona McIver. Resided in Indiana. Eight children:

 

(1) Pauline Dotson

(2) Ezra Dotson

(3) William Dotson

(4) Murl Dotson

(5) Jane Dotson

(6) Ralph Dotson

(7) Idell Dotson

(8) Elvena Dotson

a.- Davis Dotson, m. (2) Viola Orr. For her Orr family, see The Family of Cecile

Fluharty 8; also see The Nicholas Orr Family in America 9

“Viola Elizabeth Orr m. Davis Dotson.” She dau. of William Harrison “Tatts” Orr,

who is a son of Robert Underwood Orr, who is a son of Nicholas Orr the immigrant

ancestor. This family (Davis Dotson and Viola Elizabeth Orr) went to Indiana.

 

From the 1900 census soundex of Indiana: Orange Co Jackson Twp 57 96 13 23:

 

Dotson, David W Nov 1862 37 WV

Viola E W Mar 1874 26 WV

Earl S Jan 1890 10 WV

Francis L S June 1892 7 WV

Mildred D July 1897 2 WV

Three children:

 

3.- Mildred Dotson, m. Desco McFarland. Two children:

 

(1) Gertrude McFarland

(2) Wallace McFarland

4.- Ernest Dotson, m. Clarice Milburn.

5.- Willia Dotson.

b.- Narr Lee Dotson, b. ca. 1865; m. (1) Hannah Smith. Three children:

 

1.- Ida Dotson, m. Davis.

 

2.- Elmer Dotson. He was married. No children.

 

3.- Guy Dotson, m. Ollie Poole. For her family, see page 45 The Duckworth

 

Family.10 They resided in Williamstown, W.Va. She is dead. He is living 1983.

 


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 111

 

 

Two children:

 

(1) Burnita Lee Dotson, m. Floyd Showalter. They have; Stephen Showalter

and Terry Showalter.

(2) James Dotson, m. Bernetta Cleveland. They have; Michael Dotson;

Timothy Dotson; Joseph Dotson; and Jeffrey Dotson.

b.- Narr Lee Dotson, m. (2) May Wood. No children. both dead.

c.- Lena Leota (Leni) Dotson, b. ca. 1867; m. James Cochran.

This marriage in Ritchie County: “23 Jan 1887...James Q. Cochran...age 20...b.

 

Ritchie...m. Leni N. Dotson...age 20...b. Doddridge...resident Ritchie.”

From the 1900 soundex of WV; Doddridge Central 5 20 7 9:

 

Cochran, James W Apr 1863 37 WV

Lena W Jan 1867 33 WV

Ezra S Mar 1887 13 WV

Pearl D Aug 1892 7 WV

Vera D Dec 1899 6/12 WV

Dotson, Armstrond F. L. Feb 1840 60 WV

 

(See 1910 and 1920 census above, Armstrong Dotson, father-in-law, in house-hold of

James Cochran)

They lived at Vienna, W.Va. Four children:

1.- Ezra Cochran, b. Mar 1887; m. Fern Humphries. He was an engineer on the

 

B. & O. R.R. Two children:

(1) Robert Dale Cochran. He has been m. three times. Two children by first

wife. Dead before 1990.

(2) Betty Jean Cochran, m. Bill Thomas; both retired 1983; resided at Vienna,

W.Va.; no children. Bill Thomas died about 1990. Betty Jean m. (2) a Moore, reside in

Parkersburg.

2.- Pearl Cochran, m. Ira Duckworth. For lra Duckworth, see page 46 The

Duckworth Family..11 They resided at Vienna, W.Va. He worked at the American

Viscose Company. Both dead 1983. Two children:

 

(1) Leota Duckworth, m. “Bob” Mullinex. Two children, live in Texas

(1992).

(2) James Carroll Duckworth, m. Tracy. He lives Vienna. They have;

James Duckworth Jr. and Tracy Duckworth, who moved to Texas in 1991.

3.- Vera Jean Cochran, m. Hamer McGlothin. They resided in Williamstown;

both dead 1983; no children

4.- Winona Cochran, m. Cecil Deem. They have 3 or 4 children.

d.- Eva Dotson, b. ca. 1870; m. George Duckworth. For her ancestors, see The Doak

Family History and Genealogy12 and Davis, The Settlers of Salem, W.Va.13 For his

14

 

ancestors, see The Duckworth Family.

In the Duckworth Cemetery: “GEORGE W. DUCKWORTH, 1860-1931. EVA

DOTSON DUCKWORTH, 1869-1950.”

From the census soundex of WV 1900; Doddridge Central Dist 5 20 6 8:

Duckworth, George W Nov 1861 29 WV

Eva W Oct 1869 30 WV

Dotson, Lilian SiL July 1882 17 WV (half sister to Eva)

 


 

112 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

 Parents of three children:

1.- Leland Duckworth, m. Jaunita Dragoo. He is dead, buried South Charleston,

W.Va. She died about 1988, buried in South Charleston. Two children:

 

(1) Yvonne Duckworth, m. Pat Yount. They are divorced. She lives in Cape

Canavaral, Fla. No children.

(2) Jean Duckworth, m. Ralph Feather. He is an aviator; resided in Tenn.,

then moved to Florida 1991. They have; Steve Feather, who was in the army, died about

1990, buried in Detroit.; Caroline Feather, not married; and Bruce Feather who is married

and resides in Detroit, Mich.; they have two girls.

2.- Jaunita Duckworth, d. young child. Buried in Duckworth Cemetery.

 

3.- Kathleen Duckworth, m. Barr Wilson. (note; co-author) See page 166,

Descendants of John Wilson.15. No children

 

e.- Clinton Dotson, b. 1872; m. Myrtle Weinrich. He worked for the Telephone

Company. She is buried in Kansas. He is buried Arnold Creek Cemetery, beside his mother

“CLINTON DOTSON, Born 12 April 1872...Died 6 Jan 1957.” One child:

 

1.- Dorothy Dotson, died young, buried in Kansas.

f.- Hiram Dotson, b. ca. 1875, m. Dora Layne. He worked for Telephone Co. Resided

in California.

From the 1910 census soundex of California; San Bernardino Redlands 075 0108 0077

 

Dotson Hiram H W 34 WV CA

Dora W 33 Louisiana

Nola L D 13 Louisiana

 

 One known daughter, Nola L.

g.- Leighton Dotson, b. ca. 1877; m. Nel1ie Tweed. He was a railroad engineer.

Resided Chillicothe, Ohio. Both buried Chillicothe, Ohio. Parents of three children:

1.- Elsworth Dotson, m. and had a store in Chillicothe, Ohio. He is dead and buried

Chillicothe, Ohio. She died before 1992. No children.

2.- Virginia Dotson, m. “Bill” Galliger. Lived in Chillicothe, Ohio.; Virginia died

about 1990; buried Chillicothe. No children.

 

3.- Albert Dotson. Never married. Dead and buried, Chillicothe, Ohio.

1.-Armstrong Dotson, m. (2) Sarah Marsh. She was a dau. of Eli Marsh and Adalade Allen

(dau. of Asa Allen & Margaret Taylor). This marriage in Ritchie County; “8 March 1881...

Armstrong Dotson... Widow...age 40...b. Doddridge...resident Ritchie... m. Sarah F.

Marsh...age 25...b. Ritchie.”

In the Duckworth Cemetery: “ARMSTRONG DOTSON, born 20 Feb 1840...died 19

 

Nov 1920. SARAH MARSH, wife of A. Dotson, born 11 Dec 1854; d. 11 Dec 1898.”

 

One child:

 

h.- Lillian Marsh Dotson, b. July 1882

 

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; Doddridge Central 5 20i? 6 10:

 

Dotson Lilian W July 1882 17 WV

 

Enumerated with Duckworth George; Sister-in-Law

 

Lillian m. John Doak. John Doak was a son of Alexander Doak and Charlotte Shinn.

Charlotte Shinn, dau. of George Washington Shinn and Mary Amy Wilson, dau. John

Wilson. For John Doak, see page 357 Descendants of John Wilson16 and page 70 the Doak

 

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Family History and Genealogy.

 


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 113

 

 

They lived in Oklahoma but returned to Parkersburg, W.Va. There they died. In the

Mount Olivet Cemetery: “JOHN W. DOAK, 1874-1945. LILLIAN M. DOAK, 18821953.”

 

 

 Parents of one child (adopted):

 

1.- Robert Doak, m. Loudin. He died 1982 in Texas. Had two or three children.

 

In the March 28, 1991 issue of the Ritchie Gazette, there appeared a public notice

informing the heirs of Armstrong Dotson, as defendants, to appear for the partition and sale

of the oil and gas on seventy-five acres on Sugar Run of Dotson Run of Buck Run, which

was owned by Armstrong Dotson at his death. Our genealogical interest centers on the

names of the heirs appearing in this notice. For clarity, the entire legal notice is transcribed

as follows:

 

“In the Circuit Court of Ritchie County, West Virginia. Civil Action No. 91-C-17. Trio

Petroleum Corp., a Corporation and WACO Oil and Gas Co. Inc. a Corporation, Plaintiffs

VS. Everett W. Dotson, Marsha Dotson, Philip R. Dotson, Loretta K Goldman, Lorena

Mae Tosh, Loulla S. Turner, Lucinda D. Dotson, James Armbt, Faye McCoy, Marcia I.

Master, Newell Dotson, Brenda Dotson Watson, Maryl Shirley, Laura Jane Cook, Clara

Alvenia Willoughby, Mary Dotson, Claris Dotson, William G. Dotson, Thelma Self, Frank

Self, Carolyn J. Wolfington,Darrell Keith McFarland,Martha Taylor, Alvenia McFarland,

 

W. Gertrude Reynolds, Bessie Brothers Dotson, Guy Dotson, William L. Davis, E. Louise

Cockran, Cecil Deem, Laverne Eberly, Clyde McGlothlin, Alma McGlothlin, Carl G.

McGlothlin, Berdeal McGlothlin, William B. McGlothlin, Macel McGlothlin, Vonnie

Looney, Travis Ellis, Sybil Ellis, Cecil Ellis, Garnett Batton, Ruby Jo Conley, Ernest

Truman, Josephine Looney, Gerald Looney, D. J. McGlothlin, Osva O. McGlothlin,

Jimmy Duckworth, Nina Duckworth, Leota Mullinix, Robert M. Mullinix, Kathleen

Wilson, Barr Wilson, Aloha Jean Feather, Ralph Feather, Haught Oil Producing Co., a

Corporation, Defendants,

And any and all unknown spouses, of the above named person, and any and all

unknown heirs or devisees of such of the above named person as may be deceased, and any

and all unknown heirs, or devisees or successors in title to Armstrong Dotson, Davis

Dotson, Anniah Lee Dotson, Lena Leota Cockran, Vera Cockran McGlothlin, Eva Duck-

worth, Clinton Dotson, and any and all persons, infants or persons otherwise under legal

disability who may have claim or interest in and to the oil and gas underlying those two

certain tracts of land containing 75 acres 111 poles and 20 acres, more or less, situate on

water of Sugar Run of Dotson Run of Buck Run, in Clay District, Ritchie County, West

Virginia owned by Armstrong Dotson, at the time of his death, and as the same is described

in Ritchie County Deed Book No. 91 page 231, all of whom are hereby made parties to this

action and designated as ‘Unknown Defendants’. Unknown Defendants.

 

Order of Publication

 

The object of the above entitled action is to partition among those entitled thereto by

sale at public auction all the oil and gas underlying those two certain tracts of land

containing 75 acres 111 poles and 20 acres, more or less, situate on waters of Sugar Run

of Dotson Run of Buck Run, in Clay District, Ritchie County, West Virginia, owned by

Armstrong Dotson, at the time of his death, and as the same is described in Ritchie County

Deed Book No. 91 page 231.

 

It appearing by affidavit filed herein that the above named defendants, Everett W.

 


 

114 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

Dotson, Marsha Dotson, Phillip R. Dotson, Loretta K. Goldman, Lorena Mae Tosh,

Loulla S. Turner, Lucinda D. Dotson, James Armbt, Faye McCoy, Marcia I. Master,

Newell Dotson, Brenda Dotson Watson, Maryl Shirley, Thelma Self, Frank Self, Carolyn

 

J. Wolfington, Darrell Keith McFarland, Martha Taylor, Alvenia McFarland, W. Gertrude

Reynolds, Bessie Brothers Dotson, William L Davis, Jimmy Duckworth, Nina Duck-

worth, Leota Mullinix, Robert M. Mullinix, Defendants, are either non-residents of the

State of West Virginia, and/or their whereabouts cannot be ascertained, although due

diligence has been used in that regard without effect; that there are or may be other

interested persons other than those named above as defendants, whose names are unknown

to plaintiffs, and who are made parties to the Complaint filed in this action by the general

description of unknown defendants; it is accordingly Ordered that each of the above named

defendants, mentioned and/or unknown, do appear and serve upon J. W. Perrill, plaintiffs’

attorney, whose address is P. O. Drawer 428, Glenville, West Virginia 26351, an answer

or other defense to the complaint filed in this action on or before the 22nd day of April,

1991, otherwise judgment by default will be taken against them at any time thereafter.

A copy of said Complaint can be obtained from the undersigned Clerk at her Office

located in the Town of Harrisville, Ritchie County, West Virginia. Rose Ellen Cox Clerk”.

 

A notice of sale appeared in the August 15, 1991 issue of the Ritchie Gazette, saying

that the sale of this property situate on “Dotson Run and Buck Run, Clay District,..” would

occur on the 28th day of August, 1991.

 

No attempt has been made to place the above named heirs of Armstrong Dotson into

their proper descendant lines.

 

2.- Jacob Dotson, b. 16 Nov 1842: died 4 April 1932. He m., 20 Oct 1872, Hannah Doak,

 

b. 1848; d. 16 July 1922. They resided on Buck Run and are buried at Buck Run. “JACOB

DOTSON, 1842-1932. HANNAH DOTSON, 1848-1922.”

For her ancestors, see Davis, Settlers of Salem, W.Va.18 and The Doak Family.19

This marriage in Doddridge Co.: “20 Oct 1872...Jacob Dotson, 29...single...b. Tyler

Co...res. Rit. Co...Parents, Benjamin and Melinda; & Hannah Doak...single...b. Dodd.

Co...res. Rit. Co...Parents, William and Letty by L. M. Ward.”

 

From the 1880 census of WV; Ritchie County 151 002:

 

Dotson, Jacob WM 38 Farmer WV WV WV

Hannah WF 32 Wife Keeping hse. WV WV WV

Tryphena WF 7 Dau WV WV WV

Liddie J WF 5 Dau WV WV WV

Theodocia WF 3 Dau WV WV WV

Hayden WM 1 Son WV WV WV

Ada WF 1 Dau WV WV WV

 

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; Ritchie Clay Dist. 30 86 7 22:

 

Dotson Jacob

W Nov 1842 57 WV

Hannah W Nov 1848 51 WV

Jane D Mar 1875 25 WV

Ada D Apr 1879 21 WV

Haken S Apr 1879 21 WV

Lilton S Apr 1881 19 WV

 

 


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 115

 

 

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Ritchie 036 0068 0041

 

Dotson Jacob H W 66 WV WV

Hannah W 61 WV

Ada D 30 WV

Littleton S 27 WV

Lucy* GD 12 WV

Nellie* GD 06 WV

 

 

From the 1920 census soundex of WV; Ritchie 48 115 2 68

 

Dotson Jacob W 76 WV

Hannah W 71 WV

Littleton S 38 WV

Fetty, Jane D 46 WV

Dotson, Lucy* GD 22 WV

Nellus* GD 17 WV

 

*Children of Jacob and Hannah’s daughter Tryphena (deceased) and Lemon

Dotson (Chap. XIV-5).

 

From Ritchie Co. Deaths 1919-1970; p. 102; “Dotson Jacob, male, white, widow; died

Toll Gate Mar 6 1932, age 89y 4m 20d, farmer, b. Toll gate, parents Benjamin Dotson, b.

WV, Malinda Dotson, b. WV, myocarditis, rept. by Odie Jones regist.” and p. 100. “Dotson

Hannah, female white, died Pennsboro rfd July 15 1922, age 75y 8m 6d, Housewf, b. WV,

parents Wm Doak, b. WV, Lettie Doak, b. WV, brights disease, rept. Odie Jones”

 

Parents of six children:

 

a.- Tryphene Dotson, b. 27 July 1873; d. 14 April 1905; m. Lemon Dotson, son of Ellis

Dotson see Chapter XIV-5, and page 13 The Gregg Family20

 

b.- Jane Dotson, m. George Fetty, 24 Dec 1904 by Lemon Dotson, her brother-in-law.

One still born child.

 

c.- Theodoshia Dotson, b. 9 Nov 1877, m. Joseph M. Dotson, son of Cyrus Dotson

and Susan Doll. For Joseph Dotson’s family, see Chapter XIV-10 Cyrus Dotson (son of

Thomas and Eliza Dotson).

 

d.- Ada Dotson (twin), b. 28 Feb 1879; d. 13 June 1960 (Her twin died same

day...double funeral and burial); m. Frank Newberry; d. 1960. In the Buck Run Cemetery:

“ADA NEWBERRY, 1879-1960.” Frank Newberry is buried with his first wife and

family. One child:

 

1.- Ray Newberry, b. Jan 1920. He m. Olive Dotson, 13 Oct 1946. She b. 21

March 1925; d. April 5, 1991; For her family (including her obituary), see, Chapter XIV5

(Ellis Dotson) and page 13 The Gregg Family.21 Four children:

 

(1) Freddie Ray Newberry, m. Yolanda Hogue, 25 July 1970. They have;

Angela Rae Newberry.

(2) David Newberry.

(3) Dianne Newberry, m. “Tiny” Todd. Two children.

(4) Mark Newberry,. b. Nov 1962.

e.- Hayden Dotson (twin), b. 28 Feb 1879; d. 13 June 1960 (twin died same

day...double funeral and burial); m. Sarah Hadley, 30 July 1905 by Lemon Dotson. She b.

27 Feb 1880; d. 22 March 1956.

 


 

116 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

From Ritchie Co. Deaths 1919-1970 p. 12 “Dotson Hayden, male, white, widow, died

Ellenboro June 13 1960, age 81y 3m 1d; farmer, b. Ritchie Co, parents Jacob Dotson,

Hannah Doak; congestive heart failure, rept. by Nelle Cannon” and from p. 110,

 

“ Dotson Sarah Ellen, female, white, married, died Ellenboro Sheppard Nursing Home

Mar 22 1956, age 79y- -, farmer, b. WV, parents Geo. W. Davis, L. Conaway; chordoma

cerv. spine: rept. by Nellie Cannon regist.”

 

In the Buck Run Cemetery: “HAYDEN DOTSON, 1879-1960 SARAH DOTSON,

1880-1956” Parents of five children:

1.- Francis Henry Dotson, b. 27 June 1906; d. 24 Oct 1906. In the Buck Run

Cemetery: “FRANCIS HENRY DOTSON, 27 June 1906; 24 Oct 1906.”

2.- Zelma Inez Dotson, b. 25 Au. 1907; d. 22 July 1926, m. Howard Thomas, 24

Oct 1923. No children.

 

3.- Hobart Elvert Dotson, b. 24 March 1910; m. Helen Isner, 30 Sept 1934 by

Charles Fogle; both dead 1992, buried Buck Run Cemetery. (For Helen Isner, see Chapter

XIV-5, Ellis Dotson.) Four children:

 

(1) Nona Marleen Dotson (twin), b. 2 June 1935; m. Harry Seese, 21 May

1960. He b. 11 June 1933. They have; James Hobert Seese, b. 6 Feb 1967; Carmila Louise

Seese, b. 23 June 1961; and Carrie Louella Seese, b. 20 May 1963.

(2) Ona Merleen Dotson (twin), b. 2 June 1935; m. Roy Lee Ray, b. 16 Jan

1931. They have; Jennifer Leigh Ray.

(3) Alex Orman Dotson, b. 16 Aug 1936; m. Ruth Cosgrove, 22 April 1962.

She b. 23 Dec 1942. They have: Christopher Cosgrove Dotson, b. 9 March 1967 and

Matthew Hobert Dotson, b. 10 Feb 1969.

(4) Marjorie Jeanneane Dotson, b. 30 Oct1938; m. Elwood Leggett, 9 Nov

1957. He b. 23 June 1931. They have; Jeffrey Elwood Leggett, b. 7 March 1963; Timothy

Elvert Leggett, b. 23 Aug 1959; and Rebecca Darlene Leggett, b. 29 Dec 1961.

4.- Bertha Ann Dotson, b. 20 March 1918; m. Joseph Sellers, 15 July 1938. He

 

b. 16 Nov 1915; d. 17 June 1974. Married by Lemon Dotson who also married her parents.

ln the Buck Run Cem.: “JOSEPH SELLERS, 1915-1974. BERTHA SELLERS, 1918-”

Parents of four children:

(1) Francis Irvin Sellers, b. 3 Feb 1940; m. Rowena Fern Horner, 15 Sept

1961. She b. 18 March 1940. They have; Loren Allen Sellers, b. 16 Nov 1962 and Francis

Irvin Sellers II, b. 15 Sept 1965.

(2) Karen Elizabeth Sellers, b. 21 Sept1942; m. James Griffith, 8 Sept1961.

They have; Kimberley Rene Griffith, b. 21 March 1963; Kathy LeAnn Griffith, b. 30 Dec

1964; Kelly Denise Griffith, b. 26 Feb 1968 and Karla Jo Griffith, b. 17 July 1969

(3) Dennis Joseph Sellers, b. 30 June 1947; m. Delsa Ruth Valentine, 12

Aug 1966. She b. 13 March 1946. They have; Antoni Wade “Tony” Sellers, b. 24 May 1967

and Penny Alaine Sellers, b. 20 June 1973; d. 28 Sept 1977; Bur. Buck Run.

(4) MicheleRene Sellers, b. 3 Nov 1950. She m. ____ Leggett.

5.- Dorothy Eliza Dotson, b. 10 June 1921; m. Gordon Isner, 22 Dec 1945. Six

children:

 

(1) Michael Lee Isner, b. 11 Nov 1946; m. Carol Caplinger, 11 March 1966.

She b. 8 July 1947. They have; Michael Lee Isner II, b. 7 Feb 1968; and Jennifer Lynn

Isner, b, 5 May 1972.


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 117

 

 

(2) Arnold Gordon Isner, b. 9 June 1948; m. Sharen Nehing, 12 June 1971.

They have; Arlene Sue Isner, b. 6 Oct 1972.

(3) Keith Allen Isner, b. 2 Sept 1949.

(4) Danna Marie Isner, b. 9 Nov 1950; m. Eugene Bates, 18 May 1972. They

have; Heather Dawn Bates.

(5) Janet Elaine Isner, b. 2 Sept 1954; m. Ronald Lee Smith, 1 May 1972. He

b. 22 April 1952. They have; Ronald Lee Smith Jr., b. 22 April 1973.

(6) Gary Duane Isner, b. 7 Sept 1957.

f.- Littleton Dotson, b. 1882; d. 1946; m. Bertha Thomas. One still-born child. From

Ritchie Co. Deaths 1919-1970, p. 104, “Dotson no name, Pennsboro, male, white, ,Aug

20 1935, Stillborn, Greenwood, parents Littleton Dotson, b. Greenwood, Bertha Thomas,

 

b. WV, knot in cord, rept. Odie Jones regist”

In the Buck Run Cemetery: “LITTLETON DOTSON, 1882-1946. BERTHA DOTSON,

1902-1991.”

Bertha married (2) Daniel Dotson (Chap. XIV-5) and m. (3) Fred Ferrebee. Fred and

Daniel both died before 1990

 

3.- Lucinda Dotson, b. 1844; d. Aug 2, 1868. Ritchie Co. Deaths, p. 19; “Lucinda Dotson

Aug 2, 1868 Clay Twp. typhoid fever; 23y. 11m. 27d. parents Benj. and Malinda Dotson;

 

b. Clay Twp., unmarried;

person giving inf. was Malinda, mother.”

(1850 census has Susanna).

4.- James Dotson, b. 1847; d. 1923. He m. Elitha Ann Richards.

 

This marriage in Ritchie Co.; “20 Nov 1880...James Dotson...age 32...b. Ritchie...m.

Elitha A. Richards...age 22...b. Ritchie.”

 

From Doddridge Co. Death Index, v. 2, p. 36; “Dotson, James, male, July 3, 1923,

 

From the 1900 census soundex of WV: Ritchie Clay Dist 30 86 6 54:

 

Dotson James W Sept 1846 53 WV Living alone

 

Parents of two children:

 

a.- Martin Lee Dotson, b. 22 Feb 1882 d. 1 Dec 1953. He m. Georgianna Myers 20 June

1906. She b. 13 Aug 1886; d. 1 Feb 1923. Parents of six children:

 

1.- Wilma May Dotson (twin), b. 21 March 1908; d. 21 April 1970. She m. John

Alexander Brooks. He b. 26 Feb 1896; d. 29 April 1958. One child:

 

(1) Jackie Rae Brooks, b. 22 Oct1938; m. Russell Lloyd Heldreth, 30 May

1959. They have; Russell Lloyd Heldreth Jr., b. 27 March 1960; Mark Andrew Heldreth,

b. 10 July 1961; Gregory Scott Heldreth, b. 16 Aug 1962; David Allen Heldreth, b. 4 Nov

1966; and Deborah Dawn Heldreth, b. 19 Oct 1969.

2.- Wilma Stella Dotson, b. 21 March 1908 (twin); m. Adrian Lee Parsons, 23

Aug 1936. Two children:

 

(1) Anna May Parsons, b. & d. 23 March 1940.

(2) Susan Marie Parsons, b. 13 Oct 1956.

3.- Grace Leena Dotson, b. 3 June 1910; m. Carl Willis Titus, 27 Oct 1932.

4.- Dorothy Louise Dotson, b. 20 March 1912.

5.- Thelma Marie Dotson, b. 31 March 1916; m. Warren Philip Saunders, Sr., 29 Oct

1933. Two children:

 


 

118 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

(1) Warren Phillip Saunders Jr., b. 3 Sept 1934; m. Nancy Trainer. They

have; Kathy Saunders; Keith Saunders and Kent Saunders.

(2) Anna Lee Saunders, b. 11 Feb 1937; m. Bruce Blexena.

6.- Everett Lee Dotson, b. 13 Sept 1922; d. 10 Oct 1965. He m. Mable Kathleen

Quinn, 20 Dec 1940. He d. of lung cancer and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Five children:

 

(1) James Edward Dotson, b. 28 July 1941; m. Ruth Ann OrrThey have:

Michael J. Dotson and Angela Kay Dotson.

(2) Richard Lee Dotson, b. 24 Dec 1942; m. Glenda Sue Bosley. They had;

Richard Lee Dotson Jr., b. 23 Jan 1970.

(3) Patricia Ann Dotson, b. 13 June 1944: m(1) Keith Anderson. They had;

Donald Keith Anderson.

(3) Patricia Ann Dotson, m. (2) Long. They had; Tina Long.

(3) Patricia Ann Dotson, m. (3) Ronald McDougle. They have; Janet

McDougle.

(4) Ginger Kay Dotson, m. Malcolm Manning. They have; Ginger Kathleen

Manning.

(5) Joseph Wayne Dotson, m. Virginia . They have; Wendt Dotson.

b.- Stella Frances Dotson, b. 22 April 1893; d. 14 April 1959; m. Ira Emerson

Cumberledge in 1902. (Her birthyear must be 1883). He b. 28 Oct 1883; d. 11 July 1947.

This marriage in Ritchie Co.: “ 10 Sept 1903...Ira Cumberledge...age 29...b. Tyler...m.

Stella Dotson...age 19...b. Ritchie. “Ten children:

1.- Martin Ellis Cumberledge, b. 26 June 1904; m. Rose Virginia Bakeer 11 Sept,

1936. Seven children:

 

(1) Charles Lee Cumberledge, b. 12 Nov 1937; m. Phyllis Cumphrey.

(2) Martin Ellis Cumberledge Jr., b. 1938.

(3) Wavelen June Cumberledge, b. 1939; m. Jerry Singleton in 1966.

(4) Barbara Lee Cumberledge, b. 1943; m. Singleton, in 1968.

(5) Danny Ray Cumberledge, b. 1949.

(6) Jo Ann Cumberledge.

(7) John Edward Cumberledge, b. 1952; m. Kathy McCarthy, 6 Nov 1971.

2.- Walter Alton Cumberledge, b. 24 Nov 1907; m. Ruby Dean, 30 May 1936. Six

children: (1) Martha Ellen Cumberledge, m. William Snobs in 1955.

 

(2) Mary Lorraine Cumberledge, m. Harold Steward.

(3) Paul Emmett Cumberledge, d. 1958.

(4) Carlen Cumberledge, m. Jean Mitchell.

(5) Robert Cumberledge.

(6) Shella Diana Cumberledge.

3.- Fonda Marie Cumberledge, b. 8 Aug 1909; m. Howard Snider, 4 April 1930.

He b. 21 June 1895; d. 5 March 1967. Five children:

 

(1) Howard Herbert Snider, b. 15 Jan 1931; m. (1) Adele Pritt, b. 16 Nov 1935.

They have; Pamela Snider, b. 23 April 1952; Kay Snider, b. May 1954; Trenton Snider, b.

9 Sept 1959;

(1) Howard Herbert Snider, m. (2) Nancy Hardman in 1964. They have;

Rodney Snider, b. 16 Nov 1962; Tonya Snider, b. 24 Dec 1963; Mark Snider, b. 16 Aug


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 119

 

 

1967; and Wanda Muriel Snider, b. 4 Aug 1969.

 

(2) Walter Lee Snider, b. 24 Nov1935; m. Betty Hersh. They have; Walter

Lee Snider Jr., b. 24 Nov 1957; David Howard Snider, b. 12 Sept 1958 and Janet Lee

Snider, b. 22 June 1963.

(3) Frank Snider, b. 23 Jan 1939; m. Sally Diane Perkins, Dec 1957. They

have; Franklin Robert Snider, b. 26 June 1957; Franklin Delanore Snider, b. 12 Nov 1958;

Diane Marie Snider, b. 18 Aug 1960; Michael Snider, b. 31 Aug 1963; and James Snider,

b. 16 Aug 1961.

(4) Nancy Mae Snider, b. 9 May 1949; m. Jack McElwain, 14 Jan 1966. They

have; Triesa Ann McElwain, b. 6 June 1966 and Carolyn Lorraine McElwain, b. 4 Feb

1969.

(5) Pearl Marie Snider, b. 3 Nov 1932; d. 2 Dec 1932.

4.- Wanda Mae Cumberledge, b. 2 Feb 1912; m. Sylvius W. Davis, 27 June 1936.

He b. 4 Aug 1912.

5.- James Edward Cumberledge, b. 2 April 1914; m. Louise Virginia Watson, 15

Feb 1936. She b. 30 March 1917. Five children:

 

(1) Ernest Eugene Cumberledge, b. 5 Nov 1937; m. Shirley Koch, June

1960. They have; Tina Marie Cumberledge and Edward Eugene Cumberledge.

(2) Ruth Eloise Cumberledge, b. 28 Oct 1938; m. Woodrow J. Perkins, 9

June 1956. They have; Lora Ann Perkins; Diana Louise Perkins; Richard Allen Perkins;

and James Michael Perkins.

(3) Carolyn Sus Cumberledge, b. 9 Nov 1942; m. Henry G. Elder V, 11 Dec

1962. They have; Henry G. Elder VI; and Tenya Laraine Elder.

(4) James Emerson Cumberledge, b. 26 Sept 1948.

(5) Derenda Ann Cumberledge, b. 15 Oct 1950.

6.- Leo Darrell Cumberledge, b. 28 April 1916; m. Belva Nicholson 3 Nov 1934.

Four children:

 

(1) Leonard Darrell Cumberledge, b. 9 July 1940; d. 12 July 1940.

(2) Darrell Lee Cumberledge, b. 2 March 1939: d. 5 March 1939.

(3) James Lee Cumberledge, m. Viola Joanne Gillispie. They have; Terry

Lee Cumberledge; Peggy Sue Cumberledge; and Mark Allen Cumberledge.

(4) Vearl Nicholson Cumberledge, m. Pauline Henning. They have; James

Cumberledge; Darrell Lee Cumberledge; Ricky Cumberledge; and Monica Cumberledge.

7.- Clarence Hubert Cumberledge, b. 10 July 1917; m. Carrie Elizabeth Nicholson,

30 Sept 1937. She b. 11 April 1919. Three children:

 

(1) Linda Lou Cumberledge, b. 17 June 1940; m. Dominick Russell Davoli,

28 Dec 1963. They have; Russell James Devoli, b. 19 June 1967; Elizabeth Lynn Davoli,

b. 4 March 1969; and Kevin Pateric Davoli, b. 7 Feb 1971.

(2) Carmen Mae Cumberledge, b. 24 Dec1942; m. Terry Lee Trent, 24 Aug

1962. He b. 22 Feb 1944. They have; Clarence Lee Trent, b. 18 May 1963; Russell Lynn

Trent, b. 13 May 1964; Gary Hudson Trent, b. 12 Oct 1965; and Henry Presley Trent, b.

6 Nov 1970.

(3) Dulcie Frances Cumberledge, b. 27 Nov 1944: m. Billy Devaughn

Carroll, 8 June 1963. They have; Jamie Davaughn Carroll b. 9 July 1965; Ricky Devaughn

Carroll, b. 29 June 1968; and Lisa Kay Carroll, b. 19 Feb 1970.


 

120 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

8.- John Edward Cumberledge.

 

9.- Lyda Ann Cumberledge.

 

10.- Russell Emerson Cumberledge.

 

5.- Asbury Dotson, b. 26 April 1848; d. 26 May 1870.

 

In the household of his father Benjamin in the 1850 and 1860 censuses.

 

In the Arnold Creek Cemetery: “Asberry son of B and M Dotson Died May 26, 1870

aged 22 years”

 

6.- Christopher Columbus Dotson, b. 26 June 1850; d. 10 Sept 1937.

 

From Ritchie Co. Deaths 1919-1970, p. 104, “Dotson Christopher, male, white,

single, died Pennsboro Oct 10 1937, age 87y 3m 16d, farmer, b. WV, parents Benjamin

Dotson, b. Ritchie, Malinda Dotson, -, cerebral hemor., rept O. Jones regis.”

 

 He never married. Buried Buck Run. No marker.

 

7.- Keener Dotson, b. 26 Nov 1853; d. 1 July 1937.

 

He m. Alice Marsh, 26 March 1882. This marriage in Ritchie Co.: “26 March

1882...Keener Dotson...age 28...b. Ritchie...m. Alice N. Marsh...age 20...b. Ritchie.”

 

She d. 10 Oct 1926. She was a dau. of Eli Marsh and Adelade Allen; dau. of Asa Allen

and Margaret Taylor. Three children: Before we give the families of the three children we

will give the following:

 

 TRANSCRIPT OF BlBLE RECORDS OF THE KEENER DOTSON FAMILY.

 

“This is to certify that Keener Dotson and Alice Marsh were united by me in Toll Gate,

W.Va. on the 26th day of March in the year of our Lord 1882. Signed, W. M. Oliver.

(Note...W. M. Oliver was a Baptist Minister. His name appears in the records of the Toll

Gate Baptist Church.)

 

KEENER DOTSON born Buck Run, W.Va. Nov 26, 1853; m. March 26, 1882.

ALICE DOTSON born Toll Gate, W.Va. July 17, 1861; married March 26, 1882; died

October 7, 1927.

 

Luella A. Dotson born Toll Gate, W.Va. Sept 24,1886. married Jan 18, 1920.

 

Harley Truman Dotson born Buck Run, W.Va. Nov 30, 1889, married Nov 8, 1917.

 

Lyda Marie Dotson born Buck Run, W.Va. Dec 17, 1899, married April 21, 1920.

 

Infant born Feb 2, 1885; died Feb 2, 1885.

 

George M. Reass and Luella A. Dotson married Jan 15, 1920.

 

Luella Anita Reass born Nov 2, 1920; died Nov 8, 1920.

 

George M. Reass died May 18th, 1935.

 

Luella Dotson was baptized by A. M. McVey Sept 7, 1902.

 

Truman Dotsonwas baptized by J. M. Cochran July 10, 1810.

 

Marie Dotson was baptized by W. H. Bankes Jan 13, 1915.

 

Eli M. Marsh born Sept 1, 1827, died July 30, 1886.

 

Adaline Allen Marsh born July 21, 1832, died Sept 17, 1891.

 

Asa E. Marsh born Dec 29, 1853, died Jan 21, 1854.

 


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 121

 

 

Sarah F. Marsh born Dec 11, 1854, died Dec 1898.

James A. Marsh born Dec 3, 1856, died Nov 19, 1918.

Alice N. Marsh born July 17, 1861, died Oct 7. 1927.

Sherman Marsh born June 30, 1865, died Sept 20, 1925.

Olive N. Marsh born Nov 20, 1876, died Dec 1951.

Benjamin Dotson, born Dec 10, 1816.

Malinda Dotson born Sept 15, 1818. was married May 8, 1839.

Armstrong Dotson born Feb 20, 1840.

Jacob Dotson, born Nov 16, 1840.

Lucinda Dotson born Aug 5, 1844.

James Dotson, born Sept 5, 1846.

Asbury Dotson born March 26, 1848.

 

 

C. C. Dotson born June 26, 1850.

Keener Dotson born Nov 26, 1853.

Cinderilla Dotson born Jan 12, 1856.

Benjamin Dotson born May 21, 1858.

Littleton Dotson born Feb 14, 1860.

Martin Lee Dotson born June 29, 1863.

Benjamin Dotson died Nov 26, 1868.

Malinda Dotson died March 12, 1896.

Benjamin Dotson, Jr. died July 3, 1913.

Armstrong Dotson died Nov 19, 1920.

James Dotson died Feb , 1922.”

(end of Keener Dotson Bible transcript)

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; Ritchie Clay Dist 30 86 7 40:

Dotson Kener W Nov 1853 46 WV

Alice U? W July 1861 38 WV

Luella A D Sept 1886 13 WV

Harly T S Nov 1889 10 WV

Marie D Dec 1899 5/12 WV

 

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Tyler 045 0104 0301:

Dotson Keener H W 56 WV WV

Alice N W 49 WV

Luella D 22 WV

H Truman S 20 WV

Marie D 10 WV

 

From the 1920 census soundex of WV: Wood 54 168 3 33 Parkersburg 504 Fifth:

Dotson Kenner W 65 WV

Alice N W 58 WV

Luella 33 WV

Truman S 30 WV

Delma DL 22 WV

Marie D 20 WV

Dorthy V GD 10/12 WV

 

Cohen, Joseph L 46 Kovna na. (naturalized)

 


 

122 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

Parents of three children:

a.- Luella Adaline Dotson, b. 24 Sept 1886; m. 15 Jan 1920, George Reass. George M.

Reass, d. 18 May 1935. One known child:

1.- Luella Anita Reass, b. 2 Nov 1920; d. 8 Nov 1920.

b.-Harley Truman Dotson, b. 30 Nov 1889; d. 13 Oct1969; m. Delma Givens, 5 Nov

1917. She b. 26 Nov 1898. Three children:

1.-Dorothy Virginia Dotson, b. 21 Feb 1919 m. Alva Francis Shears, 23 Nov

1939. He b. 16 May 1916. Four children:

 

(1) Larry Lynn Shears, b. 6 Feb1941; m. Sandra Kay , 8 Oct 1961. She b.

12 Jan 1944. They have; Lori Lee Shears, b. 12 Aug1962; Larry Lynn Shears, b. 9 Jan

1964; Lorne Lane Shears, b. 6 Dec 1965; and Lance Leslie Shears, b. 1 Dec 1967.

(2) Philip Ray Shears, b. 10 June 1942: m. Janet Louise Snider, 1 Sept 1962.

She b. 21 Oct 1943. They have; Jeffrey Todd Shears, b. 18 Nov 1964 and Stephen Ray

Shears, b. 4 Oct 1966.

(3) Leonard Neil Shears, b. 15 Aug 1943; m. Lee Ann Ogyden, 22 March

1956. She b. 18 Sept1947. They have; Dwain Neil Shears, b. 10 May 1968 and Stacy Dawa

Shears, b. 21 July 1940.

(4) Linda Kay Shears, b. 2 March 1946.

2.- Robert Paul Dotson, b. 23 Sept 1924; m. Mildred Lucille Campbell, 25 June

1945. She b. 27 April 1925. Two children:

 

(1) Robert Truman Dotson, b. 10 June 1946; m. Sharon Clark, 13 Nov 1966.

She b. 31 Aug 1946. They have; Wendy Jeanette Dotson, b. 10 March 1971.

(2) Dennis Lyle Dotson.

3.- Alice Estelle Dotson, b. 12 March 1926; m. Milton L. Wyatt, 25 July 1953.

One child: (1) Gregory Wyatt.

c.- Lydia Marie Dotson, b. 17 Dec 1899; m. Harry Dougherty, 21 April 1920. He b.

1 Feb 1896; d. 21 Aug 1968. Nine children:

1.- Kenneth Eugene Dougherty, b. 11 Jan 1922; d. 24 Nov 1970. He m. Barbara

Ruth Berry, 26 Jan 1946. She b. 16 Aug 1922; d. 27 April 1968. Three children:

 

(1) Sharon Lynn Dougherty, b. 22 Feb 1953; m. Ronald McCurry, 11 May

1971.

(2) Molly Kay Dougherty, b. Sept 1955.

(3) Michael Sean Dougherty, b. 13 Oct 1958.

2.- Harry Francis Dougherty, b. 9 June 1923; m. Reba Fern Stanley, June 1947.

Two children:

 

(1) Donald Wayne Dougherty, b. 13 July 1950.

(2) Kathy Faye Dougherty, b. 13 Feb 1952.

3.-Lillian Oela Dougherty, b. 2 Feb 1925; m. Charles Leslie Plum. He b. 10 Aug

1944. He was Chief of Police at Parkersburg at the time of his death. Two children:

 

(1) Charles Edward Plum, b. 13 Oct 1945; m. Phyllis Jean Moore, 6 June

1970.

(2) Steven Mark Plum, b. 19 Jan 1949; m. Marilyn Sue Allman, 12 Dec 1970.

4.- Marjorie Dale Dougherty, b. 18 Oct 1926; m. Ira Hubert Showalter, 11 July

1946.

 


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 123

 

 

Four children:

 

(1) Rebecca Sue Showalter, b. 28 March 1948.

(2) Thomas Wayne Showalter, b. 21 Feb 1950.

(3) David Scott Showalter, b. 4 Oct 1954.

(4) John Leo Showalter, b. 11 Aug 1959.

5.- Earl Edward Dougherty, b. 7 Feb 1928; m. Hazel June Wina. Three children:

(1) Pamela Gail Dougherty, b. 16 Aug 1954.

(2) Terri Lynn Dougherty, b. 10 Sept 1955.

(3) Judy Kay Dougherty, b. 28 Oct 1956.

6.- Barbara Jean Dougherty, b. 26 March 1929.

7.- Olive Marie Dougherty, b. 29 Aug 1930; m. Arnold Eugene Petty, June 1947.

Six children: (1) Kenneth Duane Petty, b. 26 Aug 1947; m. Marcia Oliver, 6 June 1971.

 

(2) Douglas Allen Petty, b. July 7, 1951. At present (1983). Pastor of the

Church of Christ at Pennsboro, W.Va.

(3) Randell Lee Petty (twin), b. 20 Feb 1954.

(4) Richard Neil Petty (twin) b. 20 Feb 1954.

(5) Timothy Eugene Petty, b. 11 Jan 1962.

(6) Gary Joe Petty, b. 16 Nov 1965.

8.- Ava Lee Dougherty, b. 19 Aug 1933; m. Ray Milton Stanley. Three children:

(1) Cynthia M. Stanley, b. 13 Sept 1955.

(2) Cheryl M. Stanley, b. 25 Oct 1958.

(3) Jeffrey Mark Stanley, b. 5 Jan 1960.

9.- James Paul Dougherty, b. 30 Aug 1936; m. Barbara Ann Locks, 31 Oct 1959.

Two children: (1) Todd Colon Dougherty, b. 17 May 1965 (twin).

 

 (2) Christopher Thadd Dougherty, b. 17 May 1965 (twin).

8.- Cinderella Dotson, b. 12 Jan 1856; d. April 1922. She m. Job Smith.

 

This marriage in Ritchie Co.: “3 Sept 1896...Job B. Smith...widow...age 51...b.

Washington Co. Oh...resident Ritchie...m. Cinderilla Dotson...age 40...b. Ritchie”

 

They resided on Buck Run; buried Gnats Run Cemetery. One child: Daniel Smith

never married, died and buried in California.

 

9.- Benjamin Dotson, Jr., b. 21 May 1858; d. 3 July 1913. He m. Amanda Shepherd. She

 

b. 2 May 1876; dau. of Charles and Sarah A Sheppard. Amanda d. 28 April 1958.

This marriage in Ritchie Co. “26 Feb 1897 ... Benjamin Dotson...age 31...b. Ritchie...m.

Amanda A. Shepherd...Age 20... b. Ritchie.”

From the 1880 census of WV; Ritchie County 150 (Clay) 029:

 

Sheppard, Charles WM 39 Farmer WV PA WV

Sarah A WF 37 Wife Kps. house WV WV WV

E Grant WM 13 Son At home WV WV WV

Elizabeth WF 9 Dau WV WV WV

Catherine WF 8 Dau WV WV WV

Creed WM 6 Son WV WV WV

Amanda L WF 4 Dau WV WV WV

Ethelbert WM 1 Son WV WV WV

 


 

124 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

From the 1900 census soundex of WV: Ritchie Clay Dist. 30 86 7 38

Dotson, Benjamin W May 1858 42 WV

Manda L wifeMar 1877 23 WV

From the 1910 census soundex of WV: Ritchie 036 0068 0042

 

Dotson Benjamin H W 51 WVA WVA

Amanda L W 32 WV

Ivah A D 07 WV

Floyd L S nr WV

 

From the Ritchie Register of Deaths 1904-1918; “Dotson, Benjamin; white, male;

died July 3, 1913 Buck Run; dysentery; age 55y 2m 2da; farmer; married; rept. G D Lind,

MD.” Three children:

 

a.- Ivy Dotson, b. 7 July 1902; m. Shirley Elliott, 25 Dec 1920.

 

He b. 8 Feb 1902; d. 3 March 1964. He was a son of Thomas Elliott and Mary Isabelle

Hogue, who was a dau. of Almira Wilson and David B. Hogue. Almira Wilson was dau.

of John Wilson and Charlotte Dotson. Chap. V-7; also see Descendants of John Wilson,

p 328.22 Parents of seven children:

 

1.- Howard C. Elliott, b. 19 Dec 1924; m. Helen Petty.

2.- Nellie Elliott, b. 13 Oct 1922; m. Alfred Daily.

3.- Marcella Elliott, b. 8 June 1927; m. E. C. Garretson.

4.- Marjorie Elliott, b. 23 Nov 1929; m. Wilbur Starcher.

5.- Virginia Lucille Elliott, b. 28 June 1932; m. Loyal D. Hoce, 1 July 1950. He

 

 

b. 11 Aug 1917. Five children:

(1) Loyal Dewaine Hoce Jr., b. 6 Nov 1951.

(2) Anita Kay Hoce, b. 12 Feb 1953.

(3) Martha Ellen Hoce, b. 10 May 1954.

(4) Mark David Hoce, b. 21 Nov 1956.

(5) Peter Matthew Hoce, b. 3 July 1959.

6.- Shirley Elliott, b. 25 Jan 1935; m. Daniel F. Berlin, 10 May 1957. He b. 22 Aug

1917. Three children:

 

(1) Robert Michael Berlin, b. 11 March 1958.

(2) Elizabeth Ann Berlin, b. 5 Nov 1960.

(3) Dana Whitney Berlin, b. 9 June 1962.

7.- Doris Lea Elliott, b. 12 April 1938.

b.- Georgie Dotson, b. 26 Aug 1905; d. 8 May 1949. She m. Harold Bauman, 5 Nov

1928. He b. 14 May 1907. Five children:

1.- Betty Bauman, b. 10 July 1931; m. Alfred Uppole Sr., 18 June 1949. He b. 17

May 1928. Five children:

 

(1) Alfred Ray Uppole Jr., b. 4 Nov 1950; m. Bobbie Jo Mabry, 8 Aug 1970.

She b. 21 Dec 1949. They have; Christopher Ray Uppole, b. 30 May 1971.

(2) Randell Lee Uppole, b. 28 May 1952.

(3) Johnny Harold Uppole, b. 4 July 1954.

(4) Patti Sue Uppole, b. 12 Oct 1958.

(5) David Vernon Uppole, b. 4 Nov 1961.

2.- Donald Eugene Bauman, b. 3 March 1937; m. Bonnie Ellen Benson, 9 June

1960. She b. 12 March 1943.

 


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 125

 

 

Three children:

 

(1) Tammy Bauman, b. 5 May 1962.

(2) Lori Bauman, b. 9 Oct 1963.

(3) Lisa Bauman, b. 16 March 1968.

3.- Nancy Louise Bauman, b. 5 Feb 1939; m. Everett M. Silket, Sr., 5 Nov 1955.

He b. 22 Feb 1932 Three children:

 

(1) Everett M. Silket Jr., b. 27 July 1956.

(2) Darline Silket, b. 3 Sept 1965.

(3) Silket, b. 14 Feb 1969.

4.- Carolyn Sue Bauman, b. 28 Aug 1942; m. James Dale Biery, Sr., Three

children:

 

(1) James Dale Biery Jr.

(2) Larry Harold Biery.

(3) Brian Lee Biery.

5.- Judith Ann Bauman, b. 9 Nov 1945; m. Glendon A. Roche, 26 April 1964. He

b. 24 Oct 1939. Two children:

(1) Rita Marie Roche, b. 24 April 1965.

(2) Linda Kay Roche, b. 14 Aug 1968.

c.- Leslie F. Dotson, b. 13 Sept 1908; d. Dec 7, 1987. m. Virginia H. Winans. She b.

7 April 1917; d. 23 Dec 1954. Two children:

1.- Floyd E. Dotson, b. 30 June 1946; m. Sandra Malery. (div. 1985) Five

children: (1) Rhonda b. 1965

 

(2) Laura b. 1967

(3) Vickie b. 1969

(4) Christina b. 1974

(5) Eric b. 1979.

Floyd in living Princeton, MO, 1987.

2.- Benjamin Dotson, b. July 1953; m. Barbara Tennant 1984; living Parkersburg,

WV 1987.

 

10.- Littleton Dotson, b. 14 Feb 1860; d. 1941.

 

From Ritchie Co. Deaths 1919-1970, p. 106 “Dotson Littleton Sr., male, white,

married, died Buck Run, Feb 14 1941, age 81y 9m 21d; farmer, b. Ritchie Co. parents

Benjamin Dotson, b. WV, Malinda Dotson,—; acute myocarditis, rept. by Odie Jones

regist.”

 

In the Buck Run Cemetery: “LITTLETON DOTSON, 1860-1941.”

 

He m. (1) Martha Freeman, 18 May 1893. She b. 11 Oct 1871; d. 31 April 1898.

 

From Ritchie Co. Deaths, p. 82; “Dotson Martha A, died May 1, 1898 Ritchie Co.;

consumption; age 26; parents W and M Freeman b. Ritchie; housewife; husband Littleton

Dotson; rept. by husband.”

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; Ritchie Clay Dist. 30 86 7 45

Dotson Littleton W Feb 1860 40 WV

 

Carison R S Mar 1894 6 WV

 

Two children:

 

a.- Carson Rennie Dotson, b. 19 April 1894.

 


 

126 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

b.- Tressie Elizabeth Dotson, b. 10 Jan 1898; d. 31 July 1898.

10.- Littleton Dotson, m. (2) Rosa Cumberledge, 19 Nov 1900.

From Ritchie Co. Deaths 1919-1970, p. 108: “Dotson, Rosa C, Greenwood route,

female, white, widow, died Jan 23 1949, age 71y 3m 7d, housewife, b. Wilbur WV,

parents Ellis Cumberledge,-, Betty Smith,-, arterioclerosis, rept. by Bertha J Riddle regis.”

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Ritchie 036 0068 0044:

 

Dotson Littleton D H W 50 WV WV

 

Rosa C W 33 WV

 

Lona B S 04 WV

 

One child:

c.- Lonnie Basil Dotson, b. 12 May 1905; m. Grace Richards, 29 Sept 1926. She b. 2

Sept 1909. Three children:

1.- Delbert “Dick” Dotson, b. 1 Aug 1927; m. Patricia Doak. He died in

Arizona ca 1 March 1983. Buried in Arizona. Two children:

 

(1) Nanette Dotson

(2) Mark Dotson.

2.- Edith Pauline Dotson, b. 5 Feb 1929; m. Charles Kesner. Three children:

(1) LindaDarline Kesner, b. 26 Sept 1947.

(2) Charles Harvey “Butch” Kesner, b. 19 Sept 1948.

(3) Deborah Lynn Kesner.

3.- Fondella Mae Dotson, b. 2 July 1931; m. Ronald Beachler, 30 Aug 1950. He

b. 15 March 1930. Three children:

(1) Ronald Marvin Beachler.

(2) Randall Beachler, b. 26 Jan 1953.

(3) Robert Beachler, b. 20 June 1954.

11.- Martin Lee Dotson, b. 29 June 1863; d. Sept 1,1868;

 

From Ritchie Co. Deaths, p. 19. “Martin Lee Dotson Sept 1, 1868 Clay Twp. typhoid

fever; 5y. 2m. 2 d.; parents Ben and Malinda Dotson, b. Clay Twp. rept by Malinda

mother”.

 

CHAPTER VII-6

MARY DOTSON

 

Mary Dotson, b. 12 March 1818; m. (1) Elza Gregg, 25 Feb 1836. This marriage in

Tyler Co.: “25 Feb 1836...Elzy Gregg...m. Mary Dotson by John Ripley.”

 

Elza Gregg was the brother of Ruth Gregg Dotson, wife of Thomas Dotson, Sr. who

also lived on Buck Run.

 

From the 1840 census of VA; Wood County (one line above that of Thomas Dotson,

Sr.): Gregg, Elzey: Males; 1 10-15, 1 30-40; Females; 2 under 5; 1 20-30.

 

Besides the parents, the two females under 5 were undoubtedly their two daughters

Lydia and Mary A, shown respectively ages 14 and 12 in the 1850 census. The one male

10-15 is too old to be their child; he is probably one of Mary’s brothers, perhaps Joseph b.

1827 or Thomas b. 1825, who by then were fatherless. (Emanuel, Sr. died before 1840).

 


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 127

 

 

From the 1850 census of VA; Ritchie County (533-533);

 

Elza Gregg 42 VA Farmer

 

Mary 32 VA

 

Lydia 14 VA

 

Mary A 12 VA

 

Ruth 9 VA

 

(Sarah)Elizabeth 6 VA

 

Angeline 5 VA

 

Frances E 2 VA

 

From the 1860 census of VA; Ritchie County (536-511):

 

Elzy Gregg 52 VA Farmer

 

Mary 42 VA

 

Mary A 21 VA

 

Ruth 19 VA

 

Sarah E 17 VA

 

Angeline 13 VA

 

Frances E 12 VA

 

Catharine J 10 VA

 

Martha 7 VA

 

Perry 2 VA

 

Parents of nine children:

 

1. Lydia b. ca. 1836

2. Mary A b. ca. 1838

3. Ruth b. ca. 1841

4. (Sarah) Elizabeth b. ca. 1844

5. Angeline b. ca. 1845

6. Frances E b. ca. 1848

7. Catharine J b. ca. 1850

8. Martha b. ca. 1853

9. Perry b. ca. 1858

Mary Dotson m. (2) Andrew Yeager.

This marriage in Doddridge Co.: “14 Dec 1867...Andrew G. Yeager,

49...Widower...born Lewis Co... Res. Dodd. Co...Parents, Jonathan and Elizabeth; ad

Mary Gregg, 43... widow...born Tyler Co...Res. Dodd. Co...Parents, EMANUEL and

POLLY DOTSON.” The name “POLLY” on this marriage record, proves that MARY

REDICK was the “POLLY” Dotson, who lived on Buck Run.

 

Her birthplace of Tyler County (1818) concurs with the county of residence of her

father Emanuel in the 1820 census, that is, “Tyler”. There is a discrepency in the age she

gave on her marriage license (younger) from those in all of the censuses.

 

From the 1870 census of WV; Ritchie County (277-167):

 

Mary Yeager

52 VA Hskpr

Angeline Gregg 23 VA

Martha Gregg 17 VA

Marion S Gregg 2 WV

Floyd Gregg 5/12 WV

 

 


 

128 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

In 1870 in the house-hold of Lamon Dotson: Catharine J Grigg 19 VA Dom Svt

From the 1880 census of WV; Ritchie County 148 032:

 

Griggs, Mary (w) WF 64 Farming WV WV WV

Martha WF 27 Dau At home WV WV WV

Perry WM 23 Son Farming WV WV WV

Dotson, George W* WM 19 Nephew Farm wrk. WV WV WV

In the house-hold of Malinda Dotson (widow of Benjamin):

 

Griggs, Anjaline (s) WF 32 Boarding Servant WV WV WV

 

*Note; George W. Dotson was a son of Perry Dotson; Perry a son of Thomas and Ruth

Gregg Dotson; Ruth Gregg was a sister of Mary Dotson’s husband Elza Gregg; therefore

Geo. W. Dotson was a nephew of Mary Gregg’s husband Elza Gregg who died in 1862.

 

We know little about Andrew Yeager, except that he purchased a lot in Greenwood

from Thomas and Jacintha Scott in June 1866, then resold it to Henry Davis in October

of the same year23; in the latter deed to Davis, Mary was not included as a co-grantor; nor

do we know exactly when Andrew and Mary’s marriage terminated, but it must have been

prior to 1870, since he was not enumerated with her in the 1870 census; also she was named

alone as the heir-at-law to her brother Thomas, Jr. in 1874. In the 1880 census (the last one

in which she was found) she had resumed using the name Gregg (Griggs); listed with her

were a son Perry, age 23, a daughter Martha 27 and a nephew Geo. W. Dotson 19. We place

her deathyear as after 1880; no record of her death was found in the Ritchie Death Register.

 

For further details of this family, see The Gregg Family page 17.

 

CHAPTER VII-7

GIRL DOTSON (probably Elizabeth) b. ca. 1820

 

For the family of Elizabeth and Thomas Dotson please see Chapter XIV

 

CHAPTER VII-8

JOHN S. DOTSON.

 

John S. Dotson, b. ca 1821. He m. (1) Martha Elizabeth Dotson: b. ca. 1831. We can

find no record of this marriage.

 

In the Buck Run Cemetery: “MARTHA, WIFE OF JOHN DOTSON, died 14 April

1851, in 23rd year.”

 

 Martha was the daughter of Thomas Dotson, Sr. (son of Richard, Sr.) and Ruth Gregg

(proof of this relationship is found in Ritchie Co. Deed Bk. Vol. 11, p. 436 1866, see Chap.

XIV-1). John S. and Martha were first cousins.

 

From the 1850 census of VA; Ritchie County:

Dotson, John S. (farmer) age 29 yr. born in Virginia

 

Martha 19

 

Oliver 3

 

Mary E. 4 months

From the 1860 census of VA; Ritchie, John S. 37, was living with his brother Joseph

32 and sister-in-law Christiana.

 


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 129

 

 

From the 1870 Census of WV; Doddridge, John S. 51, was living with his brother

Robert 49, and sister-in-law Catherine.

Parents of two children:

 

1.- O1iver Dotson, b. 1847; m. Mary Ann Waters, b. 1844. She was a daughter of the Rev.

John Waters, who is buried at Arnold Creek. Oliver and Mary Ann resided on Sugar Run;

both are buried Buck Run Cemetery. This marriage in Tyler County:

 

“8 May 1867...01iver M. Dotson, 20 and Mary A. Waters, 23.”

 

 From Ritchie County Deaths 1919-1970; p 102 ,”Dotson Oliver, died Pennsboro,

Dec 30 1929, widow, age 83y 1m -, farmer, b. p. Pa (?), father, J S Dotson, cause infl. pneu,

source of info. O Jones, registrar.”

 

In the census of 1860 for Ritchie Co. WV, Oliver M., age 14, was enumerated in the

house-hold of his maternal grand-mother, Ruth Dotson (widow of Thos. Sr.)

From the 1870 census of WV; Ritchie Co. (431-404):

 

Oliver M Dotson 22 VA Farmer

Mary A 25 PA Hskpr

John W 2 WV

Wm L 4/12 WV

 

 

From the 1880 census of WV; Ritchie Co. 151 001;

 

Dotson, Oliver WM 33 Farmer WV WV WV

Mary A WF 35 Wife Hskp. WV PA PA

John W WM 12 Son Farmer WV WV WV

Wm L WM 10 Son Farmer WV WV WV

Comodore WM 7 Son WV WV WV

Sylvannus WM 3 Son WV WV WV

Olovemia WF 5 Dau WV WV WV

 

 

From the census soundex of 1910; Ritchie 036 0068 0049

 

Dotson Oliver M H W 63 WV WV

Olivenia D 34 WV

Miranda C D 28 WV

 

 

From the 1920 census soundex of WV: Ritchie 48 1157 47

 

Dotson Oliver W 73 WV

C P S 47 WV

Olivenia D 44 WV

 

 

M F D 38 WV

This death in Ritchie County (p 36); “Elizabeth Dotson May 28, 1880; d Ritchie Co.

 

1 mo. 4 da.; parents Oliver M. and Mary Dotson rept by Mary Dotson, mother.”

Parents of seven children:

a.- John Wesley Dotson, b. 1868 d 1950; m. Mary Primm; dau. of Nathan W. Primm

 

and Keziah Bee. See page 106, Davis, The Settlers of Salem, W. Va. No children. Genefie

Dotson (below) kept house for John Dotson.

From the 1910 census soundex of WV: Ritchie 036 0068 0047

Dotson John W H W 42 WV WV

Mary W 38 WV

 


 

130 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

From Ritchie Co. Register of Deaths 1904-1918: “Dotson Mary, white female, died

March 13, 1916 Toll Gate, heart trouble and dropsy, age 44y - -, rept. by assessor”

 

From Ritchie Co. Deaths 1919-1970, p. 108, “Dotson John Wesley, Greenwood rt.,

male, white, widow, died May 9 1950, age 82y 1m 18d, farmer, b. Ritchie, parents O M

Dotson, Mary Ann Waters; hypertension, rept. Bertha J Riddle”

 

In the Buck Run Cemetery: “John Wesley Dotson, 12 March 1868... . Mary

Primm his wife, 12 Aug 1871...13 March 1916.”

 

b.- William L Dotson. b. 1870. he resided below Cairo, W.Va. Two children. Both

adopted. The boy lives in the Cairo, W.Va. vicinity. The girl, m. a Brookover and lives at

Pennsboro, W.Va.

 

This marriage in Ritchie Co.: “2 Aug 1903...W. L. Dotson... age 33... b. Tyler...

resident Ritchie...m. Icie Toothman... age 25 b. Ritchie.”

 

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; Dodd McClelland Dist 5 24 12 27:

 

Dotson William L W Nr Nr 28 WV

 

Enumerated with Smith Samuel H; Hired hand

 

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Ritchie 036 0067 0234:

 

Dotson William L H W 40 WV WV

 

Icie W 32 WV

 

c.- Commodore (Porter) Dotson, b. July 18, 1872; this birth in Ritchie Co. “Commodore

P Dotson, 7/18/72; parents Owen (sic) M and Mary Ann Dotson information by O M

Dotson father”;

 

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; Ritchie Union Dist. 30 93 7 65:

 

Dotson Comadorell?? W July 1872 27 WV

 

Enumerated with Alender, Milton W, servant

 

m. Della Leason. They separated. She d. Grafton, W.Va. area ca 1914. She must have been

buried in that area. Porter Dotson buried at Buck Run (grave unmarked). One child:

1.- Genefie Dotson, b. ca 1904. Never married. She died on Sugar Run and is buried

at Buck Run (grave unmarked).

From Ritchie Co. Deaths 1919-1970 p. 112, “Dotson Genefie, Greenwood Rt, female,

white, Single, died Mar 8 1960, age 56y - -, —, b. Rit. Co, parents Porter Dotson,—,Della

Leason,—; coronary thromb., rept. Nelle Cannon”

 

d.- Olivenia Dotson. b. ca. 1875. In the 1910 census, 34, in the house-hold of her father

Oliver. Never married. Buried Buck Run.

 

e.- Sylvannus (Vanice) Dotson. b. ca. 1877 resided at Mannington, W.Va. Two

children, a boy and a girl. The boy lives at Mannington, W.Va. The girl lives in Pa.

 

f.-Elizabeth b. Apr. 1880 d. May 28, 1880.

 

g.- Miranda C. Dotson. b ca.1882; in the 1910 census, 28, in the household of her father

 

Oliver; never married. Buried Buck Run Cemetery.

 

2.- Mary E. Dotson, b. ca. 1850; m. David Ferrebee.

 

This marriage in Ritchie Co.: “14 May 1868...David Ferrebee, 21...single...born

Mineral Co... res. Rit. Co...Parents, Joseph & Elizabeth; & Mary Ellen Dotson,

19...single...born Rit. Co...Parents, John & Martha by J. Z Williams.”

 

From the 1870 census of WV; Ritchie Co. 264-254:

 

Joseph Ferribee Sr. 60 PA Stone mason

 


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 131

 

 

Elizabeth 61 PA Hskpr

David 23 VA Farmer

Mary E 20 VA Hskpr

John E 1 WV

 

 

From the 1880 census of WV; Ritchie Co. 151 008:

 

Ferrebee, David WM 35 Farmer WV WV WV

Mary E WF 27 Wife Hsk. WV WV WV

John E WM 11 Son Farmer WV WV WV

Martha WF 9 Dau WV WV WV

Leroy WM 7 Son WV WV WV

Cora J WF 5 Dau WV WV WV

Warner WM 2 Son WV WV WV

 

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; Ritchie Clay Dist. 30 86 5 42:

 

Ferrebee, David W June 1848 51 VA

Mary E W Jan 1852 48 WV

John E S Mar 1871 29 WV

Dollie D June 1873 26 WV

Cory J D May 1876 24 WV

Warner S Apr 1878 22 WV

Margaret C D Apr 1884 16 WV

Arza E S Aug 1888 11 WV

Ora B D Nov 1892 7 WV

 

 

Parents of eight children:

a.-John E Ferrebee b. Mar 1871

b.-Martha (Dollie) Ferrebee, b. 3 June 1873; d. 1 April 1960; m. Gordon Garner. He

 

b. 26 May 1877; d. 24 May 1947. Two children:

1.- Earl “Soap” Garner, b. 10 Nov 1903; m. Hattie Adams. Retired from Eureka

Pipeline Co. Five children:

 

(1) Mary Garner, b. 14 Feb 1929; m. Warren Hornbeck. They have; Dollie

Hornbeck, b. 26 June 1948 m. Gerlad Wallace; and have, Angela Wallace, b. 28 Aug 1975;

Jean Hornbeck, b. 17 May 1951, m. Darrell Williams; Marjorie Ellen Hornbeck, b. 27 Nov

1949, d. Feb 1950; Marion Hornbeck, b. 26 May 1953, m. Gary Ramsey and have Shannon

Ramsey, b. 30 May 1972.

(2) Helen Garner, b. 18 March 1931; m. Walter Hornbeck. They have; Dale

Hornbeck; David Hornbeck; Iris Hornbeck; Dean Hornbeck; Violet Hornbeck; Danny

Hornbeck; and Daisy Hornbeck.

(3) Elvert Garner, m. (1) Mildred Wlliamson. They have; Allen Garner;

Debra Garner; and Donna Garner.

(3) Elvert Garner, m. (2) Stella . They have; Nancy Garner.

(3) Elvert Garner, m. (3) Karea .

(4) David Garner, m. Kathleen Underwood. They have; Cotton Garner and

Teresa Garner. See Chapter XI-7.

(5) Roy B. “Beanie” Garner, m. Connie Lambert. They have; Roy Garner.

2.- Vurl Garner, m. Ruby Terrell (widow). She is dead. No children.

c.-Leroy Ferrebee. b. ca. 1873. .

 

 


 

132 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

d.-Cora Ferrebee, b. May 1876 d. 28 Sept 1964. She m. Gordon Spencer, 1 Nov 1904.

He b. June 6, 1875; d. 28 Sept 1964.

 

Parents of one child:

 

1.- Zellie Spencer, b. 11 Jan 1912; m. LeRoy Wise, 28 Dec 1930.

 

Parents of five children:

 

(1) Robert Wise, b. 30 Jan 1932; m. Jean Vullatic 1951. They have; Debra

Ann Wise, b. 27 April 1953.

(2) Glenda Wise, b. 31 March 1936; m. Keith Doughty, 14 April 1960. They

have; Kenneth Doughty, b. 1 May 1960 and Kimberley Doughty, b. 24 May 1962.

(3) Loren D. Wise b. 6 Oct 1954; m. Winnie Perine 1956. They have; Candise

Wise, b. 1957.

(4) Loretta K. Wise, b. 7 May 1940; m. Dale Huston, 14 April 1960. They

have; Denise K. Huston, b. 10 Oct 1963 and Alan D. Huston, b. 7 Oct 1965.

(5) Roger L. Wise, b. 27 March 1947; m. Linda Long, 20 March 1968. They

have; Michelle Wise, b. 9 June 1972.

 

e.-Warner Ferrebee. b. Apr. 1878. Never married.

 

f.- Maggie (Margaret C) Ferrebee, b. Apr 1884; m. John Ridgeway. She wife No. 2.

 

No children.

g.-Arza E. Ferrebee. b. Aug 1888; Never married. Buried Buck Run.

h.-Orabell Ferrebee. b. Nov 1892. Died age 9 years.

i.-Claidia Rose Ferrebee. Died young. ?

 

 John S. Dotson, (son of Emanuel, Sr.) m. (2) Lydia Dotson. This marriage in Ritchie

Co.: “24 Dec 1874...John S. Dotson, 55 (53)..widower...b. Harrison Co... res. Rit.

Co...Parents, Emanuel & Mary; and Lydia Dotson, 45... widow...b. Harrison Co...res. Rit.

Co...Parents, Elias & Williams by Stephen Loveall.”

 

Her maiden name was Lydia Williams. She was the widow of Thomas Dotson, Jr.,

brother of John S. (See Chapter VII-10 for Thomas Dotson, Jr.)

 

From “The Williams Family” in Clay District Ritchie County 37page 387 by Carsie

Williams, in listing the children of Elias Williams and Honora Trenarie, he states, “Two

daughters have not been identified.” From the marriage record above, this would be the

daughter, Lydia Williams, b. 1829, which would make her next to the youngest child, Isreal

Williams. She would be a sister of John Williams, b. 1817, who married Naomi Dotson.

(See Chapter XVII). The other unidentified sister, may beMary Williams. This m. in Tyler

Co., “3 Jan 1833...Edward Thomas and Mary Williams by John Ripley.

 

In a deed dated January 1, 1875, (Ritchie Co. Deeds Vol. 19, p. 165) 84 acres, plus 2

1/2 acres; Buck Run. To John S. Dotson, from Thomas Dotson Heirs (Robert, Joseph, Mary

Yeager, Frances Fleming and Wm. Dotson.

 

“This deed made this 1st day of January 1875 between Robert Dotson and Catharine

his wife, Joseph Dotson and Christina his wife, Mary Yeager of Ritchie County, W Va;

James Fleming and Frances his wife of Doddridge County West Virginia and Wm Dotson

of Washington County Ohio all heirs of Thos Dotson decd late of Ritchie County West Va

Grantors of the first part and John S Dotson Grantee and party of the second part of Ritchie

County West Virginia.

 

.....in consideration of the sum of twenty dollars ($20 in hand paid....Situate on Buck

 


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 133

 

 

Run in county of Ritchie....Beginning at a stake on the bank of said run...thence to the

beginning containing 84 acres. Also a lot beginning at a chestnut at the county road thence

N 43 E 26 poles to a black oak in a line of the Griggs survey and with said line S47E 19

1/2 poles to a stone a corner to a church lot with a line of the same S30W 15 poles to a stake

at said road thence with the same N64W 22 poles to the beginning containing 2 1/2 acres....

Signatures or marks by all except Wm. Dotson. Signatures of Robert and Catherine Dotson,

and James and Frances Fleming acknowledged Apr. 3, 1875 in Doddridge Co.; signatures

of Joseph and Christina acknowledged Feb 12, 1877 in Ritchie Co.: Mary Yeager

acknowledged Feb 22, 1875 in Ritchie Co.; deed admitted to record Aug 17, 1877 in

Ritchie County.”

 

This deed proves the sibling relationship of Robert, Thomas, Frances, Joseph, William

and Mary; Mary’s relationship to Emanuel and Mary (Polly) Dotson proved in her

marriage record when she took Andrew Yeager as her second husband; John S. relationship

to Emanuel and Mary (Polly) Dotson proved in his marriage record to Lydia Dotson,

widow of his brother Thomas.

 

It is not understood why the named heirs of Thomas Dotson did not include his sister

Elizabeth Dotson (consort of Thomas Dotson, Sr. Chap. XIV), plus heirs of his brother

Benjamin. By 1875, Benjamin was deceased; Elizabeth was still living.

 

In the 1880 census soundex of WV; Ritchie County 151 003:

 

Dotson, John S. WM 60 Farmer WV WV WV

 

Liddia WF 51 Wife Keeping house WV WV WV

 

In the 1900 census soundex of WV; Ritchie Clay Dist 30i? 86 4 79:

 

Dotson Liddie B W b. June 1829 age 70 b.p.WV

 

Enumerated with Garner Francis L; Aunt (to Francis L Garner)

 

Presumably, John S. died prior to 1900. No grave-stone found in Buck Run Cemetery.

 

CHAPTER VII-9

ROBERT DOTSON.

 

Robert Dotson, b. 1823, d. 1892-1894; m. Catherine “Katy” Thomas, b. ca. 1818, on

12 Jan 1843.

 

This marriage in Tyler County: “12 (2) Jan 1843...Robert Dotson and Catherine

Thomas by Samuel Archibald.”

 

From Ritchie Co. Deaths p. 38; “Dotson, Catherine died June 6, 1881 Ritchie Co; age

62y 11m 6d, fever; parents Thomas, A & E; b. Ritchie Co., farmer; death rept. by husband

(no name).”

 

No death certificate for Robert was found in Ritchie or Doddridge Counties.

 

The last known deed written by Robert was on May 7, 1892 (Ritchie Co. Deeds Bk

39 p. 214; 1892; Robt. Dotson to Lydia M. Fleming two acres Sugar Camp Run; part of 3

acre parcel deeded to Robt. from Elias and Sarah Thomas 28 Jan 1875 Rit. Deed Book 33

 

p. 26); thus his death date is fixed as subsequent to 1892.

Then on 28 Aug 1894, the remaining one acre of this parcel was sold by

Robert’s heirs to W.F. Cox. (Ritchie Deeds Book 41 p. 199): “Lilidia (Delila) A. Dotson,

wife of Loston Dotson, Mary E. Dotson, widow of Marshall Dotson, Sarah H. Richards,

wife of Samuel Richards, C. W. Dotson of the county of Ritchie, ....and G. T. Dotson and

 


 

134 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

Nancy his wife of the county of Roane, heirs of Robert Dotson deceased, parties of the

first part and W. F. Cox of Tyler County, party of the second part, for..... $160.....a small

boundary of land and house thereon...lying Ritchie, and district of Clay on Sugar Run, a

branch of the NFHR,...beginning at a stone in an old line known as the Flynn land.....”

 

Deed was signed by G T and Nancy Dotson, and acknowledged in Roane County on

7 Sept 1894; in Ritchie County, signed by Mary E. Dotson , C. W. Dotson, Delila A Dotson

(her mark) and Loson Dotson (his mark) her husband, Sara H Richards and Samuel

Richards (his mark) her husband; acknowledged 15 Sept 1894 by Ben Wilson, Notary

Public.

 

Thus the death date of Robert Dotson has been fixed between 7 May 1892 and 24 Aug

1894.

 

From the 1850 census of VA; Ritchie County:

Dotson, Robert (farmer) 27 born in Virginia

 

Catherine 32

 

Charles W 6

 

Delia A 3

 

Mary E. 1

From the 1860 census of VA; Ritchie County 551-524:

Robert Dodson 37 VA Farmer

 

Catherine 42 VA

 

Charles W 16 VA Farm hand

 

Delila A 13 VA

 

Mary E 11 VA

 

George T 6 VA

 

Sarah H 2 VA

From the 1870 census of WV; Doddridge County (30 June) p. 16, 113, 108:

 

Dotson, Robert 49 MW Farmer Pers.$100 VA

Catharine 52 FW Keeping Hs. VA

Charles W 27 MW Com. labr. Pers.$100 VA

Delilah A 22 FW at home VA

George T 14 MW VA

Sarah H 12 FW VA

John S 51 MW Com. labr. (brother) VA

From the 1880 census of WV; Ritchie County 151 001:

 

Dotson, Robert WM 55 Laborer WV WV WV

Catherine WF 62 Wife Hs. keeping WV PA PA

Delia WF 34 Dau At home WV WV WV

Sarah WF 21 Dau At home WV WV WV

Vircenor(Vercina)WF 3 G/Dau At home WV WV WV

 

Robert and Catherine Thomas Dotson were the parents of 6 children:

 

1.- Charles Wesley Dotson

 

2.- DelilaAnn Dotson

 

3.- Mary Elizabeth Dotson

 

4.- Sarah Dotson

 


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 135

 

 

5.- George T. Dotson

 

6.- Alice Dotson

1.- Charles Wesley Dotson, b. 4 Mar 1844 d. 19 Sept 1904; on 10 Jan 1878 m. Sarah­Ann

Elder b 29 Apr. 1859, d. 31 Jan 1892.

 

From Ritchie County Marriages; “10 Jan 1878..Charles W. Dotson... age 31...b.

Ritchie...son of Robert and Catherine...m. Sarah Ann Elder...age 18...b. Ritchie...dau. of

 

J. S. and Ruth; by E J ‘Doc’ Taylor”.

Sarah Ann was the oldest child of James Sanford Elder and Rutha Richards.

From Ritchie Co. Deaths, p. 67; “Dotson S. A. died Jan 30 1892 Toll Gate; age 30y

18d. Parents J. S. and Ruth Elder b. Ritchie Co. rept by husband (no name given)”

Both Charles Wesley and Sarah Ann Elder Dotson are buried in the Buck Run

 

Headstone of Charles

Wesley and Sarah Ann

Elder Dotson

 

 

Buck Run Cemetery

 

 

Ritchie County, WV

 

 

 

Cemetery, with a common headstone: "Charles Wesley Dotson Mar. 4, 1844 Sept 19, 1904.

 

Sarah Ann Dotson Apr 29, 1859 Jan 31, 1893"

From the 1880 census of WV; Ritchie Co. 150 (Clay) 009:

Datson, Charles W WM 34 Farmer WV WV WV

Sarah A WF 21 Wife Keep. hse. WV WV WV

Mary C WF 1 Dau WV WV WV

Laura B WF 5/12Dau (Dec 1879) WV WV WV

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; 30 06 6 44 Ritchie Clay Dist

Dotson, Charles W W Mar 1844 56 WV

Laura B D Dec 1879 20 WV

Rutha A D Oct 1881 18 WV

Plesia M D Apr 1883 17 WV

Lillie M D July 1884 15 WV

James R S May 1886 14 WV

Loela D Mar 1888 12 WV

Erman R S Aug 1889 10 WV

Iva M D Aug 1891 8 WV

 


 

136 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

Chales Wesley and Sarah Ann Elder Dotson were parents of nine children:

 

a.- Mary C. b. __ Dec 1878 d._________ m. Frank Childers

b.- Laura Bell b. 2 Dec 1879 d 10 Feb 1963 m. Norman Childers

c.- Ruthie Alice b. 23 Oct 1881 d._________ unmarried

d.- Plezy M. b. 14 Apr 1883 d._________ m. Sylvannus Nutter

e.- Lillie Mae b. 14 July 1884 d. 26 Sept 1981 m. William Cline

f.- James Robert b. __ May 1886 d. ________ m. Velma Bruner

g.- Louella b. __ Mar 1888 d._________ m. Sam Williams

h.- Erman Ray b. 15 Aug 1889 d. 1 July 1967 m. Susie Arman

i.- Iva Maude b. 15 Aug 1891 d. 24 Jan 1959 m. Roy Gaskins

 

Erman Ray Dotson

and sisters at Dotson

reunion, ca. 1945

 

 

Left to right,

Maude Gaskins

Loella Williams

Laura Childers

Plezy Nutter

Erman Dotson

Lille Cline

Mary Childers

 

 

 

a.- Mary C. Dotson, b. Dec 1878, m. Frank Childers.

This marriage in Ritchie Co.: “14 Sept 1899...F. A. Childers...age 30...b. Doddridge...m.

Mary C. Dotson...age 20...b. Ritchie.

Frank and Norman Childers were sons of Amos and Frances E. Griggs Childers. For

the Childers line, see Chapter XVIII, Lydia Dotson.

From the 1900 census soundex WV: Doddridge McClellan Dist 5 24 11 33:

Childers, Frank A W May 1869 31 WV

Mary C W Dec 1878 21 WV

 


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 137

 

 

From the 1910 census soundex WV; Doddridge 007 0030 0012:

 

Childers Franklin H W 40 WV WV

Mary C W 31 WV

Luie M D 09 WV

Ruie B D 06 WV

Burley R S 04 WV

Jennie B D nr WV

 

 

From the 1920 census soundex of WV; Doddridge Co 10 37 12 22:

 

Childers, Franklin A W 50 WV

Mary C W 40 WV

Luie M D 19 WV

Rosie B (Ruie) D 16 WV

Burley R S 14 WV

Mary M D 4 WV

Madoline R D 1 7/12 WV

 

Six children:

1.- LuieM Childers, daughter, b ca. 1901, m. Clarence Murphy; Children:

 

(1) Nina

(2) Lucile

(3) Juanita

2.- Ruie B Childers, daughter, b ca. 1904, m. Underwood

3.- Burley R Childers, b. ca. 1906; Children:

(1) Jerrell

(2) Linnabell

(3) Louella (Davis)

(4) Nina (Miller)

(5) Jerry

(6) Charlotte

4.- Jennie B Childers. b. before 1910 census, age not recorded, died young

5.- Mary M Childers b. ca. 1916, m. George Cork; Children Jack, Stanley.

6.- Madeline R Childers, b. ca. 1918, m. Ford Brown; Children:

(1) Barbara

(2) Richard

(3) Betty

(4) Ralph

(5) Rita Faye

(6) Linda Sharon

b.- Laura Bell Dotson, b. 2 Dec 1879, m. Norman Childers.

This marriage in Ritchie County: “18 Nov 1903...Norman Childers...age 30...b.

Ritchie...resident Doddridge...m. Laura Dotson...age 24...b. Ritchie.”

From the 1910 census soundex WV: Doddridge 007 0031 0095

Childers Norman

H W 37 WV WV

Laura W 32 WV

Harvey S 04 WV

Otha S 02 WV

 


 

138 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

From the 1920 census soundex of WV; Doddridge Co. 10 38 4 95:

 

Childers, Norman W 46 WV

Lara B W 40 WV

Harvey E S 13 WV

Otha T S 11 WV

Nola D 9 WV

Fonda D 7 WV

Danna M D 4 7/12 WV

Willa R S 1 7/12 WV

 

From the Doddridge Co. Death Register:

Vol. 5 p. 28-A; “Childers Norman, Male, d. Mar 29 1952, age 70, at Ashley Dodd

Co.; bur. Chestnut Grove Cem; b Sept 21, 1873, parents Eilen Greigg Amos Childers .”

 

Vol. 5 p. 28-C; “Childers Laura Bell, Female, widowed, died Feb 10 1963, age 83y,

at Center Point (Broad Run F. W.); bronchial pneumonia; buried Feb 13, 1963 Chestnut

Grove cemetery, Big Flint Doddridge WV; retired homemaker farming; b Dec 2, 1879

Ritchie Co.; parents Sarah Ann Elder Charles Wesley Dotson; informant Otha Childers

(son), Center Point Rt WV.” Six children:

 

1.- Harvey Childers , b. ca. 1906 (unwed).

2.- 0tha Childers, b. ca. 1908 (unwed).

3.- Nola Childers b. ca. 1911, m. Ferrebe; Children: (1) Janice (2) Norman

4.- Fonda Childers b. ca. 1913, m. Dade

5.- May Childers. b. ca. 1915, m. Vest

6.- Willie Ray Childers b. ca. 1918 (unwed).

 

 

Dotson Family

Reunion, 1930s,

at Greenwood Hill

 

 

Front row, l to r:

Childers boys (2)

Gerald Gaskins

Mildred Nutter

Velma Gaskins

James M. Dotson

 

 

 


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 139

 

 

During the 1920s and 30s, a Dotson reunion was held each summer, usually at the

Greenwood Hill or Sunnyside picnic grounds. The children of Charles Wesley Dotson

always attended if possible with their families, including my father Erman Ray. Two

photos of one of these reunions in the early 1930s shows the assembled group, and the

means of transportation for the Childers families.

 

c.- Ruth Alice Dotson, b. 23 Oct 1881 (unwed).

 

After the death of her father in 1904, Ruth, along with her brother Erman Ray, then

orphaned, were taken to raise by their cousin Alice Gay Dotson Doll and her husband

William E. Doll. In that household in the 1910 census, Rutha A., 27.

 

 d.- Plezy M. Dotson, b. 14 Apr. 1883, m. Sylvannus Nutter.

 

From the 1910 Census Soundex WV; Gilmer 010 0039 0006:

Nutter Sylvania H W 29 WV WV

 

Elizzy (Plezy) W 27 WV

 

Gleya (Glenna) D NR WV

From the 1920 census soundex of WV; Harrison Co 18 53 23 90 (Southern Ave.):

 

Nutter, Sylvanis W 40 WV

Plezy W 36 WV

Glennia D 9 WV

Lona D 7 WV

 

 Four children (one deceased):

1.- Glenna Nutter, b. ca. 1911, m. James Bradford.

2.- Lona Nutter, b. ca. 1913, m. Russell Goodlaw.

3.- Mildred Nutter, m. James McCray.

 

Dotson Family

Reunion, 1930s,

at Greenwood Hill

Childers family

truck, loaded

ready to go home


 

140 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

Sylvannus and Plezy followed the carnivals; were residing at Nutters Fort, Harrison

Co. in the 1950s.

 

e.- Lillie Mae Dotson, b. 14 July 1884: d. 26 Sept 1981. m. William Cline, 15 March

1903. He b. 19 March 1871.

 

This marriage in Ritchie Co.: “15 March 1903...William Cline...age 31... resident

Ritchie...m. Lillie May Dotson... age19...b. Ritchie.”

 

From the 1920 census soundex of WV; Ritchie Co 48 115 3 66

 

Cline, William W 48 Ohio

Lillie W 35 WV

Iva E D 14 WV

Harry E S 11 WV

Mary M. D 8 WV

Susana Mother 79 Ohio

 

This obituary from the Ritchie GazetteOct 1, 1981: Mrs. Lillie Mae Cline, 97, of 125

Court St. West Union, WV, died Sept 26, 1981, at her residence following a length illness.

 

She was born July 14, 1884, in Pennsboro, a daughter of the late Charles Wesley and

Sarah Ann Elder Dotson. Her husband, William Cline, preceded her in death Dec 15, 1953.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Iza Mulvay of Rt. 1, Greenwood, and Mrs. Jay (Mary)

Collins of Follansbee; two sons, Harry E. Cline and Wayne Cline, both of West Union; a

sister, Mrs. Loella Williams of Lancaster, OH; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, five sisters, a grandson and three

great-grandchildren.

 

She was a member of the Gnats Run United Methodist Church in Ritchie County for

73 years.

Services were held at the Spurgeon Funeral Home in West Union with the Rev. G.

Bland Brady officiating. Burial was in the West Union Masonic Memorial Park.”

Four children:

1.- Iva Etta Cline, b. 4 Oct 1905; m. Corbia “ Jake” Mulvey. They have two

children:

 

(1) Delmer Mulvey, b. 17 July 1932; m. Patty Cogar. They have; Sharon

Mulvey, m. Ricky Nutter; and Harlon Mulvey.

(2) Wilmer Dane Mulvey, infant; d. 15 Oct 1939.

2.- Harry Earnest Cline, b. 10 Oct 1908; m. Mildred Lewis. They have two

children:

 

(1) Delgreta Lee Cline, m. William Tarbet and have; Debbie Tarbet and

Sheril Ann Tarbit.

(2) Harry Cline, m. (1) Judy Davis and have; Rhoda Rene Cline; Judith Lynn

Cline; and Tara Lane Cline.

(2) Harry Cline, m. (2) Shirley Kurlack and have; Cynthia Lee Cline.

3.- Mary Monnie Cline, b. 8 Feb 1911; m. Jay Collins, son of Hiram Collins: for

the Collins line see Jacob Collins Sr. and Phebe Stuthart.24 Four children:

 

(1) Nina Mae Collins, b. 9 June 1936; m. William Molnar and have; Ricky

Molnar; Monty Lee Molnar; Bonnie Molnar; Renada Molnar; and Darrell Molnar.

(2) Delverna Collins, b. 27 June 1940; m. John Murray McKitrick. They

have; Rhonda June McKitrick; Zena LeAnn McKitrick; and John McKitrick.


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 141

 

 

(3) Jay Glenn Collins, b. 13 Aug 1943; m. Barbara Guzy and have; Mary Jo

Collins.

(4) Glenda Rose Collins, b. 13 Sept 1944; m. Bobby V. Lantz and have;

Danny Lantz, b. 18 Jan 1967 and David Lantz, b.

1 Aug, 1969.

4.- William Wayne Cline, b. 8 Aug 1921; m. Waneta McDonald. Three children:

 

(1) Loraine Cline, m. Tom Marks and have; Tommy Marks and Jimmy

Marks.

(2) Lorena Cline, m. Terry Smith and have; Terry Lee Smith.

(3)

f.- James Robert Dotson, b. May 1886; m. Velma Bruner. Married and lived in

Colorado a large part of his adult life; returned to West Virginia for a time in the 1930s.

From the 1920 census soundex of Colorado; Grand Co. Vol. 6 ED 46 Sheet 8 line 31;

Dodson, James W 33 West Virginia

Enumerated with Hester, Robert; relationship to above; roomer

 

Three children:

1.- Bernard Elmer Dotson.

2.- Bernita Dotson, m. Franks.

3.- One son deceased.

 

g.- Louella Dotson, b Mar 1888, m. Sam Williams.

From the 1920 census soundex of WV: Harrison Co. Vol 18 ED 73 Sh 28 line 20

 

 

Williams, Samuel A W 45 WV

Loella W 33 WV

Thelma D 11 WV

Charlie Br 38 WV

 

According to the obituary of her sister Lillie Mae Cline in 1981, quoted above

“surviving...a sister, Mrs. Loella Williams of Lancaster, OH.... “ One child:

1.- Thelma Williams, m. Denton

Gaskins (brother of Roy Gaskins, who

 

m. Iva Maude Dotson).

h.- Erman Ray Dotson, b. 15 Aug

1889; d. 1 July 1967. m. Susie Arman on

3 April 1918. She born 9 June 1891, d. 11

June 1967. both buried IOOF Cemetery,

Harrisville.

 

Erman Ray Dotson and

Susie Arman Dotson

ca. 1920

 

 


 

142 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

From the 1920 census soundex of WV; Ritchie 48 113 3 80 Ellenboro Pike St

 

Dotson, Erman R. W 30 WV

Susie F W 27 WV

Five children:

 

1.- Wilma Elizabeth Dotson, b. 3 Sept 1921 at Petroleum, Ritchie Co. m. (1)

Herbert Bowersock ca. 1946 Two children:

 

(1) Ronald Bowersock

(2) Patricia Bowersock Kilgore

1.- Wilma Elizabeth Dotson Bowersock m. (2) Dallas Malone

2.- JamesMilburn Dotson. b. 4 Jan 1923 at Petroleum, Ritchie Co., m. on 20 Dec

1947 at Morgantown, WV, Irma McGinnis of Raleigh Co., b. 25 May 1923. Two children:

 

(1) Rodney James Dotson b. 2 June 1952, Morgantown, WV

(2) Terrence McGinnis Dotson b. 25 May 1955, Schenectady, NY; d. 14 Aug 1991.

3.- Mildred Louise Dotson, b. 18 June 1926 at Petroleum Ritchie Co.; m. on 15

Jan 1949 at Morgantown WV, John W. Bransford, Jr. of Roane County. Three children:

 

(1) Jane Louise Bransford, b. 20 Oct 1957, Dearborn, MI m. Roger A.

Feusier 25 Nov 1979

Three children; Jessica Suzanne Feusier, b. 29 Jul 1985; John Roger Feusier, b. 8 Jul

1986; and Clark Thomas Feusier b. 1 June 1988

 

(2) Susan Ann Bransford, b. 14 Apr 1959 Dearborn MI m. Peter Arcuri. Two

children; Alison Lynne Arcuri b. 7 June 1989 and Anthony John Arcuri b. 9 March 1991

(3) John William Bransford III, b. 7 Apr 1961 Dearborn MI m. Marjorie Lynn

Oglove 21 June 1987

4.-Erman Ray Dotson Jr., b. 12 Oct 1929 at Petroleum, Ritchie Co, m. Gloria

Gunter 14 Jun 1952 at Atlanta GA, Peachtree Christian Church. Four children:

 

(1) Jeffrey Lynn Dotson, b 25 Apr 1954 at Portsmouth VA

(2) Cynthia Patrice Dotson b. 23 July 1956 at Sandersville GA. m.

Raymond Phillip Jabaley Jr 2 May 1986. Two children: Raymond Phillip Jabaley III, b.

18 Oct 1988 and Carol Marie Jabaley, b. 15 June 1991, both at LaGrange, Georgia.

(3) Stephen Charles Dotson b. 27 May 1962 at Casper WY

(4) Benjami Craig Dotson b 2 Mar 1964 at Sandersville GA; m. 17 Dec 1988

Leigh Ann Brown.

5.-Harold William Dotson, b. 13 February 1933 at Petroleum, Ritchie Co. m. (1)

Myrtle Marie Stanley. Three children;

 

(1) David Emory Dotson, two children David, Jr. b. 31 Oct 1974 (adopted)

and James b. 1 Nov 1988

(2) Debra Louann Dotson

(3) Dennis Allen Dotson b. 25 Aug 1956, d 10 Jan 1958

5.- Harold m. (2) Della Godfrey (divorced) One child;

(1) Harold William Dotson, Jr. b. 1964 or 65 Macon GA d. 3 hr.

5.- Harold m. (3) Connie Woodson on 11 Nov 1971

i.- Iva Maude Dotson, b. 15 Aug 1891, d. 24 Jan 1959; m. Roy Gaskins.

From Doddridge Co. Death Register Vol. 5 p. 64-C; “Gaskins Iva Maude F died Jan

 

24 1959, age 67, Salem Rt 2; buried 1/27/ 59 Keys Cemetery Dodd. Co WV; b. Aug 15,

1891, parents Sarah Ann Elder John (sic Charles) Wesley Dotson; informant Roy C.

Gaskins (husband) Rt 2 Salem.”

 


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 143

 

 

From the 1920 census soundex of WV; Doddridge Co 10 35 11 53:

 

Gaskins, Roy C W 38 WV

Maude W 27 WV

Forest S 10 WV

Versie D 6 WV

Ranza S 5 WV

Five children:

 

1.- Forest Gaskins, b. ca. 1910, d. 24 Feb 1986. (unwed)

2.- Versie Gaskins, b. ca. 1914, m. Rex Gaines. Two children:

 

(1) Delores Gaines, m. F. A. Robertson and have Greg Robertson, Sandy

Robertson, Tammy Robertson, and Karen Robertson.

(2) Lee Ann Gaines, m. Tom Smith and have Patina Smith and Tom Smith.

3.- Ranza E. Gaskins, b. ca. 1915 m. Sarah Ford. Five children:

(1) Lawrence D. Gaskins. b. 18 Dec 1942

(2) Donald E. Gaskins, b 27 Nov 1945.

(3) Lora Jean Gaskins, b. 10 May 1950, m. Roger Friend.

(4) Charles V. Gaskins, b. 21 May 1952.

(5) Gary D. Gaskins, b.

12 Aug 1955.

4.- Gerald Gaskins, m. Dorothy

Ash. Three children:

 

(1) Sam Gaskins.

(2) Sharon Gaskins

(3) Connie Gaskins.

5.- Velma Gaskins, b. 4 Jan

1923, d. 4 May 1988. m. Elza Tate.

Three children:

 

(1) Nelda Tate, m. Robert

James.

(2) Jim Tate, m. Penny

Shingleton.

(3) Duane Tate.

Gerald, Ranza, and Forrest Gaskins

 

 


 

144 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

2.- Delila Ann Dotson, 1847-1903; m. Lawson Dotson.

 

Lawson Dotson, son of Thomas Dotson and Eliza Dotson, was born on Buck Run in

1848. Delila Ann and Lawson were second cousins, Robert Dotson being a son of Emanuel

Dotson and Mary Redick (“Aunt Polly). Thomas Dotson was a half brother of Emanuel

Dotson. For this family, see Chap. XIV-12 Lawson Dotson.

 

3.- Mary Elizabeth Dotson, 1849-1934; m. Marshall Dotson, 1844-1888.

Marshall Dotson was a son of Thomas Dotson & Ruth Gregg. For additional

information on the Marshall Dotson line see Chapter XIV-7 and The Gregg Family, 25 page

 

16.

Mary E. Dotson found in the household of her father Robert in the 1850 census, age

1, and in the 1860 census, age 11.

This marriage in Ritchie County: “2 May 1867...Marshall Dotson...age 23...b.

Ritchie...son of Thomas and Ruth...m. Mary E. Dotson...age 17...b. Ritchie...dau. of Robert

and Catherine..”

 

From the 1870 census of WV; Ritchie County (279-269):

 

Marshall Dotson 25 VA Farmer

Mary E 20 VA Hskpr

Ezra B 1 WV

Ruth 63 OH Ret. Hskpr (mother of Marshall)

Elzy 23 VA (brother of Marshall)

 

From the 1880 census of WV; Ritchie County 151 007:

 

Dotson, Marshall WM 37 Farmer WV WV OH

Mary E WF 31 Hsk. WV WV WV

Alice WF 8 Dau WV WV WV

Charles WM 6 Son WV WV WV

George A WM 2 Son WV WV WV

Alias R (Elias R) WM 4/12 Son (Jan 1880) WV WV WV

Elza (s) WM 35 Brother WV WV WV

 

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; Ritchie Clay Dist 30 865 65:

 

Dotson Mary E W Sept 1849 50 WV

Charles W S June 1874 25 WV

Elias R S Jan 1880 20 WV

Earnest J S Jan 1882 18 WV

Harvy H S Aug 1885 14 WV

Florly M D May 1888 12 WV

 

 

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Ritchie 036 0068 0002:

 

Dotson Mary E H W 61 WV WV

Elias R S 30 WV

Ernest G S 27 WV

 

 

From the 1920 census of soundex WV; Ritchie 48 115 2 46:

Dotson, Mary E W 70 WV

enum. with Dotson, E. J., mother

 

 


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 145

 

 

From Ritchie Co. Deaths, 1919-1970: p. 104; 12; “Dotson Mary Elizabeth, died

Pennsboro rfd, female, white, widow, died May 18 1934, age 84y 8m 10d, hswork, born

Toll Gate, parents Robert Dotson, b. WV, Mary Elizabeth Dotson (sic Catherine), b. WV,

myocarditis, Odie Jones Reg.”

 

In the Buck Run Cemetery: “MARSHALL DOTSON...1844-1888. MARY E. DOTSON...

1849-1934.”

 

This obituary from the Pennsboro New s , May 24, 1934—Mary E. Dotson

 

“Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Dotson, one of Buck Run’s oldest and most highly respected

women, died Friday morning after an extended illness. The funeral was held from the Buck

Run Church Sunday afternoon, conducted by evangelist G. W. Atkins and interment made

in the nearby cemetery, McCulty and McKinley in charge. Mrs. Dotson would have been

85 years old September 8. She was the wife of the late Marshall Dotson who died February

13, 1889.

 

She is survived by the following children; Charles W. Dotson, George A. Dotson,

Elias R. (Rob) Dotson and Earnest Dotson, with whom she lived on Buck Run; Harvey .

Dotson of Parkersburg and Mrs. Howard Doak of Greenwood; also by twenty eight

grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. G. T. Dotson of Akron Ohio is a surviving

brother. Two children are dead, one of them (Alice Gay) the wife of W E. Doll. Mrs.

Dotson has been a member of the Church of Christ since early childhood.”

 

Parents of eight children:

 

a.- Ezra B. Dotson, b. 1869

 

b.- Alice Gay Dotson, b. 6 Oct 1871

 

c.- Charles W. Dotson, b. 3 June 1874

 

d.- George A. Dotson, b. 13 Nov 1878

 

e.- Elias Robert Dotson, b. Jan 1880

 

f.- Ernest Jefferson Dotson, b. 4 Jan 1883

 

g.- Harvey Dotson, b. 20 Aug 1885

 

h.- Flora Mae Dotson, b. 3 May 1888

 

a.-Ezra B. Dotson b. 1869. In the 1870 census, enumerated, age 1 yr., with his parents

Marshall and Mary E Dotson. Died young (1874). In the Buck Run Cemetery: “Ezra B

Dotson...1869...in his 5th year... Son of M & M E Dotson”

 

b.-Alice Gay Dotson, b. 6 Oct 1871; d. 5 Nov 1917; m. William Doll. He b. 1848,

 

d. 28 April 1938.

In the Buck Run Cemetery; “William E Doll...1848-1938, Alice G Doll...1871-1917”.

From Ritchie Co. Deaths 1919-1970, p. 106; “Doll William Edward, male, widow,

died Pennsboro Apr 28 1938; age 89y 5m 17d, farmer, b. WV parents, Daniel Doll, b VA,

Darius (Dorcus) Ferrebe, b. VA, myocardiat. degeneraton, etc., rept. by Odie Jones regis.”

This marriage in Ritchie County: “10 Nov 1891...William E. Doll...widow...age

42...b. Mineral Co...resident Ritchie...m. Alice G. Dotson...age 21...b. Ritchie.

From the 1900 soundex of WV; Ritchie Clay Dist 30 86 5 92:

 

Doll, William E W Nov 1849 50 WV

Alice G W Oct 1871 28 WV

Bertha D May 1895 5 WV

Ezra C S Aug 1899 6/12 WV

Dorcas M Mar 1826 74 NJ

 


 

146 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

From the 1910 census of Ritchie County (Clay Dist. ED 0067, Sh. 0254, 15 April 1910,

Supervisors Dist B F McGinnis, 251, 254):

 

Doll, William E. Head Male White 59 Mar.(2) yr.mar.18 VA Eng. US

Alice G Wife F 37 Mar.(1) yr. mar.18 WV WV WV

Ezra C. Son M 10 Single WV VA WV

Archie M. Son M 7 S WV VA WV

Vina M. Dau F 4 S WV VA WV

Alta E. Dau F 2 S WV VA WV

Alva N. Son M 2 S WV VA WV

 

Dotson, Erman R. Cous.* M 20 S (Teacher) WV WV WV

Dotson, Rutha A. Cous.* F 27 S WV WV WV

*On the death in 1904 of their father Charles Wesley Dotson, Erman Ray and Rutha

 

A Dotson, then orphans, were taken to raise in the home of William E, and first cousin

Alice Gay Dotson Doll.

 

Erman Ray (the author’s father) remained close to his “foster” father William Doll

until the latter’s death in 1938, and later with his Doll “brothers”, Ezra, Archie and Nathan.

The author fondly remembers the visits and stories of “Grandpa Doll” at Erman Ray’s

home at Petroleum during the 1920s and 1930s. At this time William Doll was pretty well

‘laid up’ with rheumatism but his stories remained vivid.

 

William Doll, a stone-mason by trade, was born in the same house as Nancy­Hanks

Lincoln in Mineral County, near ‘the Saddle’.

For a family history sketch of William Edward Doll by his son Nathan, please see page

108 of The History of Ritchie County West Virginia to 1980.

 

Erman Ray Dotson mowing hay on William E. Doll farm near Pennboro, WVMr. Doll at right; ca. 1915

 

 


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 147

 

 

Five children:

1.- Bertha B. Doll, b. May 1895; died 5 Nov 1902 (Ritchie Co. Deaths, p. 96).

2.- Ezra Carson Doll, b. Aug 1899, m. Alice McCullough. Two children:

 

(1) Dorothy Doll, m. John Burrows and have; David Burrows; Danny

Burrows; and Johnny Burrows.

(2) David Doll, m. Loretta .

3.- Archie Marion Doll, b. 15 Sept 1902; d. 11 Jan 1968; m. Edra Calhoun. Six

children:

 

(1) Archie Marion Doll, Jr., m. Rosemary McCullough and have; Randall

Doll, m. Kim ____ and have, Ryan Doll; Karen Ann Doll, m. Janes Johnson and have

Brian Johnson; Archie Lee Johnson; and Carey Johnson.

(2) George Doll, m. Betty Tennant and have; Myra Doll.

(3) John Doll, m. Evelyn Gross and have, Sandra Doll, m. Mike Keller; and

Mickie Doll.

(4) Ernest Doll, m. Loretta Tasket and have, Donita Doll and Patricia Doll.

(5) Louise Doll, b. 27 July 1926; m. Ray Flanagan, Jr., 2 Oct 1944. He b.

11 March 1925. (For this family, see Descendants of John Wilson, 26 page 123). They have,

Mike Flanagan, b. 13 Dec 1946, m. Carolyn Hooper and have, Michael Ray Flanagan;

Linda Flanagan, b. 10 Sept 1950, m. Robert Hill, 16 Oct 1970; Joe Flanagan, b. 3 May 1954,

m. Charlotte Thomas, 1976; and Gregg Flanagan.

(6) Jean Doll, m. Tom Summers, Sr. and have, Tom Summers, Jr., m. Pamela

Hurst and have Regina Summers, b. 12 Sept 1972; and David Summers.

4.- Vina May Doll, b. ca. 1906, m. Otto Haines. Twelve children:

 

(1) Thelma Haines, m. Peter Malinotto.

(2) Edith Haines, m. Edward Sampson.

(3) Norma Haines, m. George Serbin.

(4) Erma Haines, m. Davin Bayus.

(5) Peggy Haines, m. Donald Miller.

(6) Goldie Haines, m. James Kerr.

(7) Ruth Haines, m. Bob Wishard.

(8) James Haines.

(9) Donnie Haines.

(10) Jerry Haines.

(11) Edward Haines.

(12) Dean Haines, m. Linda Lou Kitchen.

5.- Alva Nathan Doll, b. ca. 1908, m. (1) Gertrude Markle. Three children:

(1) Alice Doll.

(2) Alva Lee Doll.

(3) Edward Doll.

5.- Alva Nathan Doll, m. (2) Irene Campbell Weekley

This obituary from the Ritchie Gazette June 1982: “Wife of Former News Editor Dies

in Broaddus Hospital: Mrs. Irene Doll, 71, of 209 E. Raymond Ave., Pennsboro, WV, died

Thursday evening June 17, 1982, at Broaddus Hospital in Philippi, WV.

 

She was born in Marietta, OH, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Campbell.....She

is survived by her second husband, Nathan Doll, former owner and publisher of the

 


 

148 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

Pennsboro News; a daughter, Mrs. Nell DeLancey of Williamstown; a stepdaughter,

Mrs. Alice L Zegrea of Winston-Salem, NC; two step-sons, FloydDoll of Cincinnati, OH,

and Alva Doll of Clarksburg, WV; and nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Rex G. Weekley, a daughter and a

sister....Burial was in the Pennsboro Masonic Cemetery.”

Living in 1991, Nathan Doll was honored as Grand Marshall of the Country Roads

Festival at Pennsboro.

6.-Alta Doll, b. ca. 1908; died young.

c.-Charles W. Dotson, b. 3 June 1874; d. 13 April 1966. He m. Minnie Doak; b. 1884;

 

d. 9 Feb 1959.

From Ritchie Co. Deaths 1919-1970, p. 112, “Dotson Charles W. male, widow, died

Pennsboro April 13 1966, age 91y - -, farmer, b. Ritchie Co, parents Marshall Dotson, Mary

 

E. Dotson, bronchopneumonia, rept. by Nelle Cannon Registrar” and p. 112, “Dotson

Minnie Ellen, female, married, died Pennsboro Rt 1 Feb 21 1959, age 74y - -, housewife,

b. WV, parents W L Doak, Lucindia McGinnis, artery occlusion, rept. Nelle Cannon,

Regist.”

In the Buck Run Cemetery: “CHARLES W. DOTSON...1874-1966. MINNIE E.

DOTSON...1884-1959.”

From the 1910 census soundex of WV: Ritchie 036 0068 0005

 

Dotson Charles W H W 35 WV WV

Minnie E W 25 WV

Marshal (Avery) S 06 WV

Ivah G D nr WV

Parents of four children:

 

1.-M. Avery Dotson, b. ca. 1904, d. Feb 24, 1991. m. Delia E. McKinney; d. Sept 11,

1988. One child:

 

(1) Marlene Dotson, m. Clarence Maze.

From Avery Dotson’s obituary appearing in the Ritchie Gazette, April 28, 1991. “M.

Avery Dotson, 87, of 107 Willow St., Pennsboro, WV, died Sunday Feb 24, 1991 in

Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg, WV.

 

He was born in Buck Run (Ritchie County), WV, a son of the late Charles W. and

Minnie E. Doak Dotson...Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Clarence (Marlene) Maze, Jr. of

Petersburg, VA; a brother, Everett Dotson of Pennsboro; two sisters, Cartha Collins and

Iva Poole, both of Pennsboro; and two grandsons, Tom Maze of Fayetteville, NC, and John

Maze of Charlottesvile, VA. Preceding him in death was his wife, Delia E. McKinney

Dotson, Sept 11, 1988...Burial was in Coleman Cemetery, near Crystal Lake (Doddridge

County).”

 

For a family history sketch and photograph of M. Avery and Delia McKinney Dotson,

please see p. 110 of The History of Ritchie County West Virginia to 1980.27

2.- Iva Dotson, m. Howard Poole. Three children:

 

(1) Keith Poole, m. Velma Dougherty. They have; Karen Poole, m. William

Ellyson; Larry Poole, m. Debbie ; Brian Poole; and Kevin Poole.

(2) Ethan Poole, m. Jean Reed. They have; Ethan Allen Poole; and EricGlen

Poole

(3) Sharon Poole, m. Gerald Hall. They have; Gerald “Gerry” Hall; Terry


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 149

 

 

Hall; Michael Hall; and Mark Hall.

3.- Cartha Dotson, m. William Collins. Four children:

 

(1) Norma Jean Collins. Died young of burns.

(2) Floyd Collins, m. Mary Lou Mahony. They have; Pam Collins and Penny

Collins.

(3) Lyndon Collins, m. Judy Penniger. They have; Stacy Collins.

(4) Neil Collins, m. Lila Coast. They have; Brett Collins.

4.- Everett Dotson, b. Dec 17, 1917 (Ritchie Co. Reg. of Births “Lenard Evert

Dotson, b. Pennsboro, father Chas. W Dotson, mother Minnie E. Doak Dotson”) m.

Virginia Amos. Two children:

 

(1) Charles Dotson, m. Pamela Doak Markle. They have; Marsha Lynn

Dotson.

(2) Denise Dotson, m. Rocky Walters. She d. 1975. They had: Jennifer

Walters.

d.- George Albert Dotson, b. 13 Nov 1878; d. 14 Jan 1942. He m. (1) Nettie Doll. She

 

d. 18 Nov 1902.

This marriage in Ritchie Co.: “11 Sept 1897...George A. Dotson...age 19...b.

Ritchie...Stanley...m. Nettie A Doll...age 22...b. Ritchie...Stanley”

From Ritchie Deaths p. 96; “Nettie Dotson d. Buck Run , age 28, consumption; b.

1874, parents W. (William) E. and A. G. Doll; consort G. A. Dotson rept by G. A. Dotson

husband. (Nettie a child of W E Doll’s first marriage, not his second to Alice Gay Dotson

in 1891)

 

In the Buck Run Cemetery: “NETTIE A. DOTSON...1875-1902.”

Parents of two children:

1.- Gertrude Dotson, m. David Ryan. One child:

 

 

(1) Arthur Ryan, m. Nellie Mossor. They have; Rosalie Ryan, m. Joseph

Snyder and have Joe Snyder.

2.- Asa Dotson, m. Edith Nutter. Two children:

 

(1) Eleanor Dotson, m. Stanton Maple. They have; Larry Maple; Jimmie

Maple; Steven Maple; and Richard Maple.

(2) Carolyn Dotson, m. Steve Taylor. They have; Steven Taylor.

For a family history sketch of the Asa Arthur Dotson family please see p. 109 of The

History of Ritchie County West Virginia to 1980.

 

d.- George A. Dotson, m. (2) Ina Fleming.

 

This marriage in Ritchie Co.: “16 Jan 1910...G. A. Dotson...widow...age 32...b.

Ritchie...m. Ina Fleming...age 18...b. Doddridge...resident Ritchie.”

 

In the Buck Run Cemetery: “GEORGE A. DOTSON...1878-1942. INA F. DOTSON...

1889-1968.”

 

From Ritchie Co. Deaths (1919-1970)106 27: “Dotson George Albert, d. Pennsboro

rfd, Jan 11 1942, age 63y 2m 1d; farmer; b. Buck Run, parents Marshel L Dotson, b. WV

and Mary E Dotson, b. WV; bronchial pneumonia rept. by Odie Jones.” Two children:

 

3.- Homer Dotson, m. Marie Dotson. For Marie Dotson’s line see Chapter V-1

Emanuel Dotson (Hiram). Homer and Marie Dotson operated a store and the Toll Gate

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150 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

This obituary from the Ritchie Gazette, Feb 18, 1983:

 

“Homer Kenneth Dotson, 69, of Toll Gate. WV. died Monday, Feb 14, 1983, at his

home following a brief illness.

 

He was born in Ritchie County, WV, a son of the late George Albert and Ina Fleming

Dotson. He was owner and operator of the Toll Gate Grocery and was a farmer in

Doddridge and Ritchie counties.

 

Surviving are his wife, Marie D. Dotson; two daughters, Linda D. Jones of Toll

Gate,and Bonnie D. Grose of Parkersburg, WV; a son, Roger 'Doc' Dotson of Toll Gate;a

brother, Clifford Dotson of Pennsboro, WV; a half-brother, Asa Dotson of Pennsboro; six

grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

 

Services were held at the Spurgeon Funeral Home in West Union, WV, burial was in

the Pennsboro Masonic Cemetery.” Three children:

 

(1) Linda Lou Dotson, m. Glen Jones. They have; Tammy LaDawn Jones,

Rebecca Yvonne Jones, m. Ash; and Terry Glen Jones.

(2) Bonnie Lee Dotson, m. Kenneth Grose. They have; Kevin Gale Grose;

Kenda­Lee Grose; and Stephanie Kay Grose, stillborn 1972.

(3) Roger Dean Dotson, m. Helen Richards. They have; Katrina Dotson,

b.1981

4.- Clifford Dotson, m. Mildred Dotson. Sister of

Marie Dotson, above.

 

e.- Elias Robert Dotson, m. Martha Washburn.

 

This marriage in Ritchie Co.: “17 May 1914...E. Robert

 

Dotson...age 34...b. Ritchie...m. Martha E. Washburn...age

19...b. Ritchie.”

1920 census soundex of WV; Ritchie 48 115 2 33:

 

Dotson E R W 40 WV

Martha W 25 WV

Decie D 4 11/12 WV

Leslie S 4 11/12 WV

Lloyd A S 3 11/12 WV

Ora S 1 2/12 WV

 

This obituary from the Ritchie Gazette June 27, 1985:

“Mrs. Martha E. Dotson, 91, of Pennsboro, WV, Died

Saturday, June 22, 1985, in Parkview Health Care Center,

Parkersburg, WV, after a long illness.

 

She was born at Mountain (Ritchie County), WV,

daughter of the late Loyd C. and Mary Elizabeth Doak Washburn. She was a member of

the Pennsboro Church of Christ and Pennsboro Senior Citizens. Surviving are two

daughters, Mrs. Delcie W. Jackson and Mary Lucile Dotson, both of Pennsboro, WV;

three sons, Leslie W. Dotson and Berkley W. Dotson, both of Pennsboro, WV, and

Marshall Loyd Dotson of Charleston, WV; a brother, Aubra Washburn of Coolville, OH;

13 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by a son and three brothers.

 

Services were held a McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro...”

 

Elias Robert “Robb”

Dotson as a young

man

 

 


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 151

 

 

 Six children:

1.- Leslie Wyman Dotson (twin), m. Wilma Hart. Two children:

 

 

(1) Dolores Dotson, m. Larry Butcher. They have; Deborah Butcher; Timothy

Butcher; Bradley Butcher; and Jason Butcher.

(2) David Dotson, m. Bonnie Davis.

2.- Delcie Winnifred Dotson (twin), m. Carrol Jackson. Six children:

(1) Leamon Jackson, m. Sharon Hill. They have; Timothy Jackson; and

Melissa Jackson.

(2) Norman Jackson, m. Gladys Hurst. They have; Mark Jackson; Beckey

Jackson; and Steven Jackson.

(3) Judy Jackson (twin), m. Joseph Basile. They have; Julie Basile; and Jason

Basile.

(4) Robert Jackson (twin), m. Melinda Jamison.

(5)Sandra Jackson, m. Roy Hammond. Divorced. They had; Kelli Hammond.

(6) Barbara Jackson.

3.- 0ra Marvin Dotson, d. 1976; m. Lorean McKinney. Two children:

(1) Sonja Dotson, m. Steve Upton. They have; Andrew Üpton.

(2) Letita Dotson, m. John Bennett.

4.- Marshall Lloyd Dotson, b. ca. 1917, d. May 10, 1992. m. (1) Marion Stevens.

One child:

 

(1) Marshall L. Dotson II, m. Ramona . They have; Micky Dotson.

4.- Marshall Lloyd Dotson, m. (2) Kathryn Weekley. Two children:

(2) Gregory Dotson.

(3) Cathy Jo Dotson, m. Higginbotham.

5.- Lucille Dotson (unwed).

6.- Berkeley Dotson (unwed).

f.- Ernest Jefferson Dotson, m. Opal Faye Sellers, 3 Nov 1926. He b. 4 Jan 1883; d.

5 Dec 1969.

In Buck Run Cemetery: “ERNEST J. DOTSON...1883-1969. OPAL FAYE DOTSON...

1906-.” Opal Faye Dotson died 24 Apr 1992.

For a family history sketch of the Earnest Dotson family, please see p. 111 of The

History of Ritchie County West Virginia to 1980. Two children:

1.- Lona Mae Dotson, b. 27 Oct 1927; m. Robert Doak, 13 Sept 1946. This

obituary from the Ritchie Gazette Nov 14, 1991:

“Lona Mae Doak, 64, of Buck Run Community, Pennsboro, WV, died Saturday, Nov

9, 1991, in St Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg, WV.

 

She was born in the Buck Run Community, Ritchie County, WV, a daughter of Opal

Faye Sellers Dotson of Pennsboro and the late Ernest J. Dotson. She was homemaker and

a member of the Pennsboro Church of Christ.

 

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her husband, Robert W. Doak; a son, Gary

L Doak of Buck Run Community; a daughter, Sheila Diane Wells, a sister, Glenda J.

Dotson, and two grandsons, Evan Wells and Chris Wells, all of Pennsboro.

 

Services were held at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with

Evangelists Cecil Dotson and Terry Jones officiating. Burial was in the Buck Run

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152 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

Two children:

 

(1) Gary L. Doak.

(2) Sheila Dianne Doak. m. a Wells.

2.- Glenda Jean Dotson, b. 30 July 1946. Not married.

g.- Harvey Dotson, b. 20 Aug 1885; d. 16 Feb 1941. He m. Stella Williamson. See

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page 77 The Doak Family. Six children:

1.- Robert Ray Dotson, m. Grace Emeric. Three children:

 

(1) Alta Jaunita Dotson, m. Earl Newberry Jr. They have; David Wayne

Newberry, m. Jean Walker : Diane Kay Newberry, m. Robert Rissiter and have Donna Jean

Rissiter, Debra June Rissiter and Dale Ann Rissiter.

(2) Betty Jean Dotson, m. Edward Pfalsgraf. They have; Jeanette Pfalsgraf

and Jennifer Pfalsgraf.

(3)Carolyn Ruth Dotson, m. Paul Skidmore. They have; Kevin Ray Skidmore;

Kemp Gray Skidmore; and Kary Shay Skidmore.

2.- Martha Bell Dotson, b. 20 May 1911; m. Tom Butterfield, 12 Sept 1938. He

 

b. 8 Nov 1903. Two children:

(1) Thomas Dotson “Tom” Butterfield, b. 26 Aug 1940; m. Nina Deane,

6 Sept 1958. She b. 21 Nov 1940. They have; Thomas Mark Butterfield, b. 2 Aug 1959;

Brenda Jo Butterfield, b. 11 July 1940; Paul William Butterfield, b. 12 Jan 1963; and Brian

Jennings Butterfield, b. 24 July 1970.

(2) William Butterfield, b. 25 Aug 1945; m. Linda Lou Stanley, 6 June 1965.

She b. 26 April 1947. They have; William Shawn Butterfield, b. 12 July 1969. (Adopted).

3.- Estil E. Dotson, m. Clifford Butterfield. Two children: (1) David Eugene

Butterfield, m. Ann Carol Stephens. They have; Kristie Karie Butterfield.

 

(2) Janet Sue Butterfield, m. Gary Lee Truex.

4.- Cecil Dotson, b. Sept 1914; m. Helen Tennant, 22 Nov 1939. She b. 15 May

1912; d. 6 Oct 1972. Three children:

 

(1) Connie Dotson, m. Bill Bartels, 14 July 1961. She b. 26 Feb 1943. They

have; William “Billy” Bartels, b. 20 Oct 1963; and Brad Bartels, b. 13 June 1969.

(2) Sherry Dotson, m. Rollins. One child.

(3) Douglas Dotson, m. Carol Crawford, 3 June 1966. They have; Pamela

Kristine Dotson, b. 5 June 1967 and Casey Sue Dotson, b. 22 Sept 1969.

5.- Josephine Dotson, b. 25 Nov 1923, m. Earl Florence, 15 Dec 1946. He b. 26

Oct 1914. Two children:

 

(1) Patty Ilene Florence, b. 16 Sept 1947; m. Michael Balisle, 19 Dec 1970.

He b. 11 Sept 1949.

(2) Gala Jo Florence, b. 17 Jan 1956.

6.- Dale Dotson, m. Shirley .

h.- Flora Mae Dotson, b. 3 May 1888: m. Howard Doak.

This marriage in Ritchie Co.: “24 April 1907...Howard Doak...age 22...b. Doddridge...m.

 

Flora May Dotson...age 19...b. Ritchie.”

In the Buck Run Cemetery: “HOWARD DOAK...1884-1959. FLORA M.

DOAK...1888-1983.”

 


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 153

 

 

Three children:

1.- Carl Doak, m. Vada Young. Two children:

 

(1) Dorothy Doak, m. Robert Cazad. Divorced. They had; Gary Cazad; and

Mark Cazad.

(2) Vernon Doak, m. Aloma Cristel. They have; Jeffrey Doak; and Pamela

Doak

2.- 0pal Doak, m. Arden Hodge. Five children:

 

(1) Judy Hodge, m. Marshall Doll. They have; Angela Doll.

(2) Paula Hodge, m. Michael Waldo. They have; Nocole Waldo.

(3) Martha Kay Hodge, m. .

(4) Roger Hodge.

(5) David Hodge.

3.- Marshall Doak, m. Edith McCullough.

This obituary from the Ritchie Gazette Feb 20, 1992:

“Marshall ‘Doc’ Doak, 71, of Pennsboro, WV, died Thursday Feb 13, 1992 in

 

Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg, WV.

He was born in Greenwood (Doddridge County), WV, a son of the late David Howard

and Flora Mae Dotson Doak...

 

Surviving are his wife, Edythe McCullough Doak; a daughter, Mrs. Charles (Pam)

Dotson of Pennsboro; a brother, Carl Doak of Proctorville, OH; a sister Opal Hodge of

Berea, WV; and two grandchildren, Marsha Dotson and Ryan Dotson, both of

Pennsboro....burial followed in the Mount Harmony Masonic Cemetery, Pennsboro....”

 

One child:

 

(1) Pamela Doak, m. (1) Cecil “Butch” Markle. Killed in racing car accident.

(1) Pamela Doak, m. (2) Charles Dotson. They have; Marsha Lynn Dotson

and Ryan Dotson.

4.- Sarah Dotson, b. 1858. m. Samuel Richards on 5 Dec 1889.

Sarah found in the household of her father Robert Dotson in the census of 1860, age

2; 1870, age 12; and 1880, age 21.

This marriage in Ritchie Co.: “5 Dec 1889...Samuel F. Richards...age 26...b. Ritchie...m.

Sarah H. Dotson...age 31...b. Ritchie.”

1900 census soundex of WV ; Ritchie Co. Union Dist; 30 93 11 25:

 

Richards, Samuel R W Jan 1863 37 WV

Sarah H W Feb 1858 42 WV

Myrtle G D Jan 1891 9 WV

Harvey O S Oct 1893 6 WV

Alpheus W S June 1896 3 WV

 

1910 census soundex of WV; Doddridge Co. 007 0033 0001:

 

Richards Samuel H W 47 WV WV

Myrtle D 19 WV

Harvey S 16 WV

Alfa S Nr WV

Three children:

 

a.- Myrtle Richards. b. Jan 1891. Never married. Lived with her brother, Alpha

Richards. Died at Pennsboro.

 


 

154 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

b.- Harvey Richards, b. Oct 1893. m. Margaret Elder. Six children:

1.- Darrell Richards, m. Joyce Monahan. One child: (1) Melanie Richards, m.

Thomas Ferris.

2.- Bernard Richards, m. Freda Cornell. Four children:

 

(1) Gary Richards, m. Ann Ayers and have; Angeline Richards.

(2) Roger Richards.

(3) John Richards.

(4) Martha Richards.

3.- Stanley Richards, m. Betty Cornell. Four children:

(1) Ralph Richards.

(2) Wayne Richards.

(3) Randall Richards.

(4) Larry Richards.

4.- Stella Richards. Unmarried.

5.- Frances Richards, m. Dale Masters. Four children:

(1) James Masters.

(2) Janet Masters, m. Jason Goff.

(3) Julie Masters.

(4) Lisa Masters.

6.- Arnold Richards, m. Mary Taylor. Mary is a dau. of Tighe Flinn Taylor,

who is a son of Susannah Bell Wilson and James D. Taylor, who is a son of James

Taylor and Lovisa Dotson. For this family, see page 193 Descendants of John Wilson.

30 Four children:

 

(1) Terry Richards.

(2) Dinah Richards.

(3) Debbie Richards.

(4) Mark Richards.

c.- Alpha Richards. b. June 1896. Never married. Sister Myrtle lived with him. Had

a store at Pennsboro, W.Va.

 

5.- George T. Dotson, b. 1856,

 

From the Index and Register of Births Doddridge County, W. Va. Vol. 1, p. 8: “Nov

1, 1856, Dotson, Geo. Thomas, Male, parents; Catherine and Robert Dotson”. m. (1) Mary

Doll and (2) Nancy Doll; they were sisters, daughters of Daniel and Dorcas Ferrebe Doll.

 

In the household of his father Robert Dotson in the census of 1860, age 6, and in 1870,

age 14.

 

From the 1880 census of WV; Ritchie Co. 151 004:

 

Doll, Daniel WM 52 Farmer WV WV WV

Dorcas WF 52 Wife Hskp. WVEN EN

Nancy V WF 25(?) Dau At home WV WV WV

Martha A WF 39 Dau At home WV WV WV

Dotson, George (m) WM 24 Sil Farmer WV WV WV

Dotson, Mary (m) WF 20 Dau At home WV WV WV

Dotson, Dorcas V WF 1 G/Dau WV WV WV

Dotson, Wm T WM 4/12 G/Son (Jan 1880) WV WV WV

 


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 155

 

 

George T Dotson m. (1) Mary V. Doll, 24 Jan 1878. This marriage in Ritchie Co.:

“24 Jan 1878...George T. Dotson...age 22...b. Doddridge...res. Ritchie...son of Robert and

Catherine...m. Mary V. Doll...age 18 ...b. Tyler...resident Ritchie...dau. of Daniel and

Dorcas...by D. W. Ward”.

 

Parents of two known children:

 

a.-Dorcas V. Dotson, b. ca. 1879

 

b.- William T. Dotson, b. Jan 1880. m. . . Parents of three children:

 

1.- Carl Dotson.

 

2.- Lee Dotson.

 

3.- Gertrude Dotson, m. Langfitt. One child, deceased.

 

George T Dotson m. (2) Nancy Doll. This marriage in Doddridge Co. (Bk 3 p. 79):

April 5, 1885 George T. Dotson and Nancy Doll.

 

George and Nancy signed a deed as an heir to George’s father Robert Dotson’s estate,

(Ritchie Deeds Book 41 p. 199), and acknowledged it in Roane County on 7 Sept 1894.

George T. Dotson was not found in either the 1900 or 1910 census soundex of WV. In the

obituary of his sister Mary Elizabeth Dotson in 1934: “ G. T. Dotson of Akron Ohio is a

surviving brother.” Parents of six children:

 

c.-Mae Dotson, m. McCune.

 

d.-George Wesley Dotson.

 

e.-R. Sheldon Dotson.

 

f, g, and h.-Girls. Deceased.

 

6.-Alice Dotson

 

From Ritchie Births: “6 December 1860; Alice Dotson, parents; Robert and Catherine

Dotson.” Must have died young; not in 1870 census of father Robert Dotson.

 

CHAPTER VII-10

 

THOMAS DOTSON, JR.

 

Thomas Dotson, b. 1824, m. Lydia Williams.

 

Note; the title “Jr.” for Thomas Dotson Jr. is used to distinguish this Thomas (son of

Emanuel Sr. and Mary) from his uncle Thomas Sr. who was the son of Richard Dotson Sr.

and Amelia Miller Dotson. This use follows the custom of the time (19th century, e.g.

Ritchie Deed Book Index 1843-1900) and does not indicate the present-day (20th century)

implication of a father-son relationship.

 

Thomas Jr. was another of Lowther’s31 six identified as children of “Aunt Polly”.

This marriage in Ritchie County: “Nov 28, 1847...Thomas Dotson, 22 m Lydia

Williams, 17, by Eli Riddle.” She was a dau. of Elias Williams and Honora Trenarie.

From the 1850 census of VA; Ritchie County:

Dotson, Thomas age 26 years (farmer) born in Virginia

Lydia 21

From the 1860 census of VA; Ritchie County (534-509):

Thomas Dodson 35 Va Farmer (value of real est. $1000)

Lydia 31 Va

 


 

156 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

From the 1870 census of WV; Ritchie County (275-265):

 

Thomas Dotson 45 Va Farmer (value of real est. $1500)

Lydia 40 Va Hskpr

W W Cooper 11 Va

Eliza J Lawson 19 Va

 

We find no record of Thomas and Lydia as having any children. Records examined

included a. the census of 1850, 60, and 70 quoted above, b. Ritchie births 1853-1872 (LDS

film 32505 pt 205) and c. the deed cited below in which his heirs-at-law included no

children, but instead his brothers and sisters then known or assumed to be living.

 

In the Ritchie Deaths, p. 25: “Dotson, Thomas Dec 26, 1873, d. Buck Run fever age

49y 2m, parents Emanuel and Mary Dotson, born in Harrison Co. farmer, consort; did not

give person rept.”

 

In the Arnold Creek Cemetery; “Rev Thos Dotson d Dec 26, 1873 age 49y 2m 19 day”

 

In 1874, Thomas, Jr.'s widow, Lydia Dotson, became the second wife of his brother,

John S. Dotson. See Chapter VII-8.

 

This marriage in Ritchie County: “24 Dec 1874...John S. Dotson, 53...widower...b.

Harrison Co... Res. Rit. Co...Parents, Emanuel & Mary; and Lydia Dotson, 45...widow...b.

Harrison Co...res. Rit. Co...parents, Elias & Williams by Stephen Loveall.”

 

Her parents were Elias Williams and Honora Trenarie. In The Williams Family32 by

Carsie Williams, he states; “We know that there were more than two daughters but we do

not have their names.” This would be one of the unnamed daughters. The other unnamed

daughter may be “Mary Williams.” but this is not proven. This marriage in Tyler County:

“3 Jan 1833...Edward Thomas and Mary Williams by John Ripley”

 

Lydia was a sister of John Williams, who m. Naomi Dotson (Chapter XVIII).

 

CHAPTER VII-11.

JOSEPH DOTSON

Joseph Dotson, b. 1827; d. 1893; m. Christiana Tralinger, 28 October 1856.

This marriage in Dodd. Co; “28 Oct 1856...Joseph L. Dotson, 28...single...born

 

 

Harrison Co... res. Dodd. Co...Parents, Emanuel & Mary; and Christiana Tralinger, 18...

single...b. Allegheny Co., Md...res. Dodd. Co...Parents, Joseph and & Mary T.”

Christiana Tralinger, b. 1838...died 1919. In the Buck Run Cemetery: “Joseph Dotson

1827-1893. Christina Dotson 1838-1919“

From the 1850 census of VA; Ritchie County, Dwl. 534, Fam. 534:

Dotson, Joseph 23 (farmer) VA

Mary 65 PA

This is Mary Redick (“Aunt Polly”) the mother of Joseph Dotson.

From the 1860 census of VA; Ritchie County, 540-515:

Joseph Dodson 32 VA Farmer

 

Christena 22 MD

 

Mary J 3 VA

 

Fred N 1 VA

John S (brother) 37 VA Fm hand

 


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 157

 

 

From the 1870 census of WV; Ritchie County, 285-275:

 

Joseph Dotson 42 VA Farmer

Christina 32 MDHskpr

Mary J 12 VA

Frederick N 10 VA

Rozena A 8 VA

Margaret C 5 WV

Flora B 3 WV

Sarah I 3/12 WV

 

 

From the 1880 census of WV; Ritchie County, 151 (Clay) 003:

 

Dotson, Joseph WM 52 Farmer WV WV WV

Christina WF 45 Wife Kp. house MD MD MD

Frederic WM 20 Son Farmer WV WV WV

Rosa A WF 18 Dau At home WV WV WV

Margarite WF 16 Dau At home WV WV WV

Flora B WF 14 Dau At home WV WV WV

Rosina WF 8? Dau WV WV WV

Joseph M WM 2 Son WV WV WV

 

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; 30 86 8 51 Ritchie Clay Dist:

Dotson, Christina W May 1839 61 Maryland

Double Zelinial A S L June 1855 44 PA

 

 

Margaret C D July 1867 32 WV

Green Ira B G D Aug 1888 11 WV

Double, Hazel G G D June 1899 11/12 WV

 

 

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Ritchie 036 0068 0039

Dotson Christina M 71 Maryland WV

enumerated with Dotson Fred N H W

 

 

They were parents of seven (possibly eight) children:

 

1.-Mary J Dotson b. Aug 30 1857 (Ritchie Co. Births “M M Dotson parents Joseph

and Christine”.

 

2.- Fredrick N. Dotson, b. 1859; d. 1943. He m. Nancy Loveall, b. 1858; d. 1941.

This marriage in Tyler County: “4 May 1881...Fredrick W. Dotson, 21...b. Rit.

 

Co...and Nancy Loveall, 22...b. Wetzel Co...by E. J. “Doc” Taylor.”

From the 1900 census soundex WV; Tyler Centerville Dist. 34 8116 28:

Dotson Fred W nr nr 39 WV

Nancy C W July 1858 41 WV

Delbert S Aug 1882 17 WV

Eddie S Dec 1891 8 WV

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Ritchie 036 0068 0039:

Dotson Fred N H W 50 WV WV

Nancy C W 51 WV

Edward B S 18 WV

Christina M 71 Maryland

 


 

158 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

From the 1920 census soundex of WV; Ritchie 48 115 2 64:

Dotson, F M W 60 WV

N C W 61 WV

 

 

 From Ritchie Co. Deaths (1919-1970), p. 106 41: “Dotson, Frederick, died Greenwood

route 1, male, white, widow, Aug 31 1943; age 84y -m 9d, farmer, res. Buck Run, parents

Joseph Dotson, b. Rit. WV, Christine Trellinger, b. Rit WV, nat. cause senility, Bertha J.

Riddle Registrar”

 

 From Ritchie Co. Deaths (1919-1970), p. 106 22, “Dotson, Nancy Kathyrn Loveall,

Harrisville route no. 2; female, white, married, d. May 31 1941, age 82y 10m 30d,

Housewife, b. Wetzel Co., parents Stephen Loveall, b. Pa, Harriet Foster Cox, b. Wetzel

Co., Fracture rt. hip acute myocardites, Odie Jones Regis.”

They lived on Buck Run. In the Buck Run Cemetery: “FREDRICK N. DOTSON...18591943.

NANCY C. DOTSON...1858-1941.”

Parents of two children:

a.- Delbert Dewey Dotson, b. 3 Aug 1882. (Still living 15 Sept 1976). He m. Enid Elliott,

28 June 1924. She b. 28 Nov 1890; d. 26 Feb 1967. He resided in the west. Colorado. One

child:

 

1.- Barbara Jean Dotson, b, 23 July 1929; m. (1) in 1947, Gail. One son:

 

(1) Terrence Gail b. 7 Feb 1948; m. Kathy Marie Thompson.

1 .- Barbara Jean Dotson, m. (2) Lloyd Victor Cooley in 1950. He b. 19 Nov 1927.

They have three children:

 

(2) Donna Jean Cooley, b. 25 Dec 1950; m. Bruce Lee Upoton. He b. 5 Aug

1950. They have; Kristine Marie Upoton, b. 31 Dec 1972.

(3) Lyle Edwin Cooley, b. 21 Oct 1952; m. Shawna Lee Sackett, 17 Nov

1972.

(4) Ronald Allen Cooley, b. 24 Aug 1955.

b.- Edward Bryan Dotson, b. 29 Dec 1891; d. 3 July 1920. He was not married. He was

working in Clarksburg as a watchman; he was shot and killed (probably by a stray shot).

 

3.-Rosa A (Rosina?) Dotson b. ca. 1862

 

 

4.-Margarite Dotson b. ca. 1864 (or July 1867); m. Zephaniah A Double; this marriage

in Ritchie Co. “11 March 1896...Zephaniah A. Double...widow...age 37...b. Butler Co.

PA...resident Doddridge...m. Margaret C. Dotson...age 26...b. Ritchie.”

In 1900, in the household of her mother with husband and baby Helen, b. June 1899.

 

 

5.-Flora B Dotson b. ca. 1866

 

 

6.-Sarah J. Dotson, b. Feb 7, 1870 (Ritchie Births); d. 18 Feb 1872...age 2 years.

 

 

7.- Joseph Minor Dotson, b. 17 Sept 1877; d. 22 Dec 1899 (from headstone in the Buck Run

Cemetery). This death in the Ritchie County Register, p. 85; “Dotson Joseph Minor d. Dec

21, 1899, age 22; lung trouble; parents Jos. and Christina Dotson, farmer, single, rept by

 

 

mother Christina”

 

 


 

CHAPTER 7 EMANUEL DOTSON, SR. 159

 

 

Notes: Chapter 7

1 James M. Dotson, Dotson Land Grants (1804-1865) in the Present Day Counties of

Ritchie, Doddridge, and Tyler West Virginia (1988), p. 49-54.2 Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 (Athens, Georgia:

Iberian Publishing Company, 1988).

3 Minnie Kendall Lowther, History of Ritchie County (Wheeling, W. Va.:Wheeling News

Litho. Co., 1911), p. 144.4 Minnie Kendall Lowther, Edited by Barr Wilson, Ritchie County in History and Romance,

(Parsons WV: McClain Printing Company, 1990), p. 469.5 Minnie Kendall Lowther, History of Ritchie County (Wheeling, W. Va.:Wheeling News

Litho. Co., 1911), p. 144.

6 Ritchie Co. Deaths and Marriages, Historic Records Survey Box 145, Morgantown, WV

LDS Film 250 166 Salt Lake City7 Susie Davis Nicholson, Davis, The Settlers of Salem, W. Va. Revised Edition (Strashburg,

Ohio: Gordon Printing Co., 1979), p. 105.8 B. E. Hanes,Doak Family History and Genealogy (Clarksburg W. Va.: The Exponent Job

 

Shop, 1931), p. 69.

 

9 Cecile Fluharty, The Family of Cecile Fluharty (Unpublished 1974).

 

10 E. Nicholas Orr IV,The Nicholas Orr Family in America (Unpublished, privately printed

1974).

 

11 Barr Wilson, The Duckworth Family (Unpublished, prior to 1980), p. 45.

 

12 Ibid., p. 46.

 

13 B. E. Hanes, Doak Family History and Genealogy (Clarksburg W. Va.: The Exponent

Job Shop, 1931).

 

14 Susie Davis Nicholson, Davis, The Settlers of Salem, W. Va. Revised Edition

(Strashburg, Ohio: Gordon Printing Co., 1979).

 

15 Barr Wilson, The Duckworth Family (Unpublished, prior to 1980).

 

16 Barr Wilson, The Descendants of John Wilson (Parsons W.Va.: Printed by McClain

Printing Co. Barr Wilson Toll Gate WV 26442, 1975), p. 166.

 

17 Ibid., p. 357.

 

18 B. E. Hanes, Doak Family History and Genealogy (Clarksburg W. Va.: The Exponent

Job Shop, 1931), p. 70.

 

19 Susie Davis Nicholson, Davis, The Settlers of Salem, W. Va. Revised Edition

(Strashburg, Ohio: Gordon Printing Co., 1979).

 

20 B. E. Hanes, Doak Family History and Genealogy (Clarksburg W. Va.: The Exponent

Job Shop, 1931).

 

21 Barr Wilson, The Gregg Family (Unpublished 1980; typewritten copies placed in

Ritchie Co. Library, Harrisville, W. Va. and Doddridge Co. Library, West Union, W. Va.), p. 13.

 

22 Ibid., p. 13.

 

23 Barr Wilson, The Descendants of John Wilson (Parsons W.Va.: Printed by McClain

Printing Co. Barr Wilson Toll Gate WV 26442, 1975), p. 328.

 

24 James M. Dotson, Dotson Land Grants (1804-1865) in the Present Day Counties of

Ritchie, Doddridge, and Tyler West Virginia (1988), p. 22.

 

25 Barr Wilson, The Gregg Family (Unpublished 1980; typewritten copies placed in

Ritchie Co. Library, Harrisville, W. Va. and Doddridge Co. Library, West Union, W. Va.), p. 17.

 

26 Barr Wilson, Jacob Collins Sr. and Phebe Stuthart (unpublished 1982).

 

27 Barr Wilson, The Gregg Family (Unpublished 1980; typewritten copies placed in

Ritchie Co. Library, Harrisville, W. Va. and Doddridge Co. Library, West Union, W. Va.), p. 16.

 


 

160 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

28The History of Ritchie County West Virginia to 1980 (Ritchie County Historical Society,

1980), p. 108.

 

29 Barr Wilson, The Descendants of John Wilson (Parsons W.Va.: Printed by McClain

Printing Co. Barr Wilson Toll Gate WV 26442, 1975), p. 123.

 

30 The History of Ritchie County West Virginia to 1980 (Ritchie County Historical

Society, 1980), p. 110.

 

31 Ibid., p. 109.

 

32 Ibid., p. 29.

 

33 Ibid., p. 111.

 

34 B. E. Hanes, Doak Family History and Genealogy (Clarksburg W. Va.: The Exponent

Job Shop, 1931), p. 77.

 

35 Barr Wilson, The Descendants of John Wilson (Parsons W.Va.: Printed by McClain

Printing Co. Barr Wilson Toll Gate WV 26442, 1975), p. 193.

 

36 Minnie Kendall Lowther, History of Ritchie County (Wheeling, W. Va.:Wheeling

News Litho. Co., 1911), p. 144.

 

37 Carsie Williams, Clay District Ritchie County, The Williams Family (unpublished), p.

 

387.


 

Chapter VIII

Richard Dotson, Jr.

 

R

R

ichard Dotson Jr., b. 1792-1794, probably in Hampshire Co., Virginia.

This marriage in Harrison County: “2 Sept. 1810...Richard Dotson & Margaret White

by Hamilton Goss.”

Margaret White was b. 1793-1797. They resided on the Greenwood Hill, east of

Greenwood, W.Va.

 

From Miss Lowther’s History of Ritchie County 19111: “Richard Dotson, the head of

another branch of the family, was also a brother of William Sr. and Zachariah Dotson. He

removed from the Old Dominion to the Monongahela Glades, and from there to Doddridge

County, where he met the destroyer. Though he is said to have owned land in the Toll Gate

vicinity as early as 1800, we have no account of his having made any improvement there.

His home, however was in Doddridge Co., and in a burying ground on Arnold’s Creek his

ashes lie.” There is another paragraph but all of it is in error.

 

The above paragraph is partly in error. Most of the above information is of Richard

Dotson, Sr. and not of Richard Dotson, Jr.

 

Richard Dotson, Jr. had a half brother William Dotson (Chapter V), and another half

brother, Zachariah Dotson (Chapter XII). In the later chapter on Zachariah Dotson a

picture of Richard Dotson, Jr. and Zachariah Dotson is shown and the proof that they were

half brothers.

 

 At the time of their marriage, (from ages given in censuses), Richard Dotson, Jr.

would have been 16-18 years of age and Margaret White 13-17 years of age.

 

In 1825 Richard, Jr. and his wife Margaret sold a 65 acre tract located on Simpson's

Creek in Harrison Co. to his brother-in-law Philip Britton, husband of Richard's sister

Margaret (Chap. 13). (Harrison Co. Deeds Vol. 17 p. 417, deed dated 8 July 1825) This tract

was acquired less than a year earlier from Richard's brother Joseph and wife Nancy

(Harrison Co. Deeds Vol. 17, p. 307, 24 Nov. 1824). The deed in 1825, naming Richard's

wife as Margaret proves that this was Richard, Jr. and not Richard, Sr.

 

From the 1830 census of VA; Tyler County:

Richard Dotson; males; 1 under 5; 1 10-15; 1 15-20; 1 40-50; females; 2 under

5; 1 10-15; 1 20-30; 1 30-40.

From the 1840 census of VA; Harrison County (two dwellings from Luke Jaco):

Richard Dotson; males; 1 5-10; 1 15-20; 1 20-30; 1 40-50; females; 1 under 5; 1

5-10; 2 10-15; 1 20-30; 1 40-50.

From the 1850 census of VA; Doddridge County (Fam. 114)

 

Dotson, Richard 56 MW Farmer VA

Margaret 53 FW VA

Francis M 15 MW VA

 

In a footnote to this family, in her 1850 Census Doddridge County, (West) Virginia,

 


 

162 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

Mary Davis Atkinson states that this Richard Dotson (Son of Richard, Sr., first actual

settler, 1802/3, in Central District, now Doddridge Co., then part of Wood Co., in 1843

Ritchie Co., in 1845 Doddridge Co., probably Dotson Run), married Margaret White.

Living in Doddridge County, 1860; she references the 1860 census, Household No. 766767;

also H H Hardesty, Dodd. Co. Hist, Sketch of son William W. Dotson.

 

From the 1860 census of VA; Doddridge Co. p. 112 (766-767) West Union:

Richard Dotson 68 M Laborer Pers. prop. $25 VA

Margarat 67 F

From the 1870 census of WV; Doddridge Co. p. 16 (116-111):

Dotson Richard 76 MW Common lab.VA cannot read or write

 

Millie (Melissa, dau) 57 FW At home VA cannot read or write

 

Victoria 15 FW VA

Richard Dotson’s name, and Margaret’s, appear on the marriage record of their son,

Marion in 1856. Richard also appears on the census record of 1860, then again in 1870 for

the last time. Presumably he died between 1870 and 1880; he is not in the Doddridge Co.

Death Index. His photograph, reproduced from a tin-type, is shown in Chapter XII.

 

They were the parents of nine known children.

1.- Melissa Dotson, b. 1813 ChapterVIII-1

2.- William White Dotson, b. 1815 VIII-2

3.- Anna Dotson VIII-3

4.- Luthur Dotson, b. 1819 VIII-4

5.- John Calvin Dotson, b. 1823 VIII-5

6.- Deliah Dotson, b, 1826 VIII-6

7.- Drucil1e Dotson, b. 1829 VIII-7

8.- Malvina Dotson, b. 1832 VIII-8

9.- Francis Marion Dotson, b. 1835 VIII-9

 

CHAPTER VIII-1.

MELISSA DOTSON.

 

Melissa Dotson, b. 27 Nov 1813. No record has been found of a marriage.

 

From the 1850 census of Doddridge County:

Dotson, Melissa 36 VA

 

Perlina 12

 

John C. 7

 

Delia A. (Haseline) 3

 

Mary J. 1

From the 1860 census of Doddridge County, Dwelling 767, fam. 768:

 

Milly Dotson 46 F VA

Haseline 13 F VA

Milly 8 F VA

Victoria 5 F VA

Jno C 17 M VA

 

Note: This family enumerated one dwelling and family number after that of Milly

Dotson’s father Richard, Dwl. No. 766 and Fam. No. 767

 


 

CHAPTER 8 RICHARD DOTSON, JR. 163

 

 

Melissa was the mother of six children:

 

1.-Perlina Dotson, b. ca 1838.

In the household of her mother Melissa in the 1850 census.

From the 1860 census of Virginia: Wood Co. p. 549; Dwl 1319 Fam 1324;

 

Lerry McMullen 40 M Livery Stable Per 1800 MD

Perline Dodson 23 F VA

Kate Dodson 1/2? F VA

 

 

No other information.

 

2.- John C. Dotson, b. ca 1843.

 

This marriage in Doddridge Co.: “1 Sept. 1875...John C. Dotson, 32...b. Dodd.

Co...res. Dodd Co... Parents, Melissa Dotson; & Ella Childers, 20...b. Tyler Co...Res.

Dodd. Co...parents, Jonathan & Lydia by Sylvester Lowther.”

 

For Ella Childers, see Chap. XVIII, Lydia Dotson (Childers).

From the 1870 census of Ritchie County, 435-408:

 

 

John C Dotson 26 VA Farmer

E J 16 VA Hskpr

Wm R* 4/12VA

 

 

From the 1900 census soundex of WV: Doddridge Central Dist 5 20 7 25

 

Dotson J Calvin W Oct 1843 56 WV

Ella W May 1857 43 WV

Romeo S Feb 1878 22 WV

Maggie D June 1881 18 WV

Katie D Sept 1884 15 WV

Harry S Aug 1887 12 WV

Asa S Jan 1890 10 WV

Clarence S May 1893 7 WV

Raymon S Mar 1896 4 WV

Eva D Jan 1898 2 WV

 

 

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Doddridge 007 0026 0168

 

Dotson John C H W 66 WV WV

Ella S W 51 WV

Kate D 25 WV

Harry S 22 WV

Osa G S 19 WV

Blanche** D 16 WV

Raymond S 12 WV

Eva M D 11 WV

 

 

In the Greenwood Cemetery: “Dotson John C Oct 5 1842 Apr 3 1913. Ella his wife

May 26 1858-_____”

*William Remus Dotson, m. Mary Lillian “Lillie” Dotson, dau. of Arius Dotson. See

Chapter XVI-3 for the Mary Lillian Dotson family.

**This marriage in Wood County: “11 March 1917; Jordan John Howard 22 Wood

and Dotson Lula Blanche 21 Wood” Note; this may not be the same Blanche, but right age.

 


 

164 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

From the 1900 census of WV: Doddridge Central Dist 5 20 11 10

Dotson William R W Jan 1870 30 WV

Mary L W Apr 1873 27 WV

From the 1910 census soundex of WV: Doddridge 007 0026 0203

 

Dotson William R HW 40 WV WV

Mary S W 37 WV

Mollie E D 09 WV

 

3.- Delia A. Dotson, b. ca 1847. No information.

 

4.- Mary J. Dotson, b. ca 1849.

This marriage in Doddridge Co.: “ 23 Nov. 1865...Mary Jane Dotson...age 18... &

Owen Davis...age 22.”

From page 71, Davis The Settlers of Salem W.Va. “Owen Davis, b. 19 Aug. 1843; d.

 

27 Aug. 1904; m. 23 Nov. 1865, Mary J. Dotson.” Four children shown on page 71:

a.- John C. Davis, 13 years old.

b.- Minnie Mae Davis, six years old.

c.- Emma Davis, 3 years old.

d.- William Davis, 5 months old.

From the 1880 census of WV; Doddridge Co., 122 006:

 

Davis, Owen WM 36 Laborer VA VA VA

Mary J WF 31 Wife Keeps house VA VA VA

John C WM 13 Son At home WV VA VA

Robert C WM 11 Son At home WV VA VA

Minnie May WF 6 Dau At home WV VA VA

Emma WF 3 Dau At home WV VA VA

William WM 5/12Son At home WV VA VA

 

One boarder

From the 1900 census soundex of WV: Harrison Ten Mile Dist. Salem Town

 

Davis Owen W Aug 1843 56 WV

Mary J W Oct 1849 50 WV

Willi S Jan 1880 20 WV

Catherine D July 1885 14 WV

Fanny D Apr 1889 11 WV

Etta J DL Mar 1869 31 WV

 

Parents of seven children from above census of 1880 and 1900.

 

5.-Millie Dotson, b. 1850 or 1851

. This marriage in Doddridge County: “29 April 1869...Millie Dotson, 18...single...b.

Rit. Co...res. Dodd. Co...Parents, Millie Dotson; & Anderson G. Davis, 27...b. Harrison

Co...res. Dodd. Co...Parents, Absoleme & Pelina.”

 

 

From the 1880 census of Doddridge County, 121 030:

 

Davis Anderson WM 42 Laborer VA VA VA

Millie WF 22? Wife Housekpr VA VA VA

Jno H WM 10 Son WV VA VA

 


 

CHAPTER 8 RICHARD DOTSON, JR. 165

 

 

F J WM 7 Son WV VA VA

Birdie WF 5 Dau WV VA VA

Lovie WF 1 Dau WV VA VA

 

 The following from Davis, The Settlers of Salem, W.Va. page 1282: “Anderson G.

Davis, b. 4th of Aug. 1840; d. 1911; m. 29 March 1869, Millie Dotson (dau. of Millie

Dotson of Tyler Co.) This family lived on Arnold Creek in Doddridge County.”

 

Parents of twelve children:

a.- John Davis, m. 7 July 1887, Elizabeth E. Carder.

b.- Ettie Davis died young.

c.- Thomas S. Davis, m. 7 Oct. 1886, Lucy Smith.

d.- Bird Davis, m. 23 June 1893, Chapman Costilow.

e.- Lovie Marie Davis, b. 14 Feb 1879; d. 6 Feb 1961; m. 30 May 1900, James C.

 

 

McCuen.

f.- Clara Dovie Davis, b. 28 March 1880; d. 21 July 1973; m. 16 May 1900

Charles Claud Davis, b. 8 July 1875: d. 16 July 1964. One known child:

 

1.- Ruby Davis, b. 27 Feb. 1902; m. 7 Jan. 1922, Frank Williams.

g.- Lelia Davis, d.-1969; m. Mead Fleming.

h.- Bessie Davis, died young.

i.- Nora Davis died 1960 m. William Ross.

j.- Icie Davis died young.

k.- Cora Davis, m. Richard Hall. Lived at Akron, Ohio.

l.- Noah Davis, b. 29 April 1892; d. 10 May 1973; m. (1)Roxie Bland, b. 8 Feb. 1895;

 

d. 14 Oct. 1938. He m. (2) 6 May 1944; Louise Martin Rutherford. (Children: Paul B.,

Blaine F., Eugene L.)

6. Victoria Dotson b. ca. 1855.

This marriage in Ritchie County; “6 June 1881...James F. Clayton...age 25...b.

Ritchie...m. Victoria Dotson...age 24...b.VA....resident Ritchie.” No other information.

 

CHAPTER VIII-2.

WILLIAM WHITE DOTSON.

 

 

William White Dotson, b. 19 Oct 1814; d. Dec 9, 1893 (per headstone) He m. Mary

Cross, b. May 1820, dau. of Richard and Mary Lake Cross.

 

In Doddridge Co. Deaths Bk. 3 p. 43, line 21: “Dotson Mary E, white female Dec 24

1885, parents Richard Cross Margaret (Mary) Cross, fever 64y 7m 23d, b Doddridge

housewife, consort Wm W Dotson husband”

 

and Bk. 1 p. 75: “Dotson W W , male Dec 13 1893 place of death Sunny Side (Clay

Lick Run, a tributary of Arnold Creek); this man was found dead; buried Summit

Duckworth; undertaker W S Jones Central Station WV” Note; discrepancy in place of

burial.

 

Both buried Greenwood Cemetery, with headstone inscribed:

“W W Dotson Oct 19, 1814 Dec 9, 1893. Mary C wf of W W Dotson May 1, 1821

 

 

d. Dec 24 1885"


 

166 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

 From Hardesty’s history of Doddridge County, 18833:“WILLIAM W. DOTSON...was

a son of Richard and Margaret (White) Dotson, who was born, raised and died in what is

now Doddridge County, and a grandson of Richard Dotson, the first actual settler in what

is now Central District. He was born Oct. 19, 1814 and has passed his life in this county,

following the varied avocations of an agricultural life. In Doddridge County he wedded

Mary, daughter of Richard and Mary (Lake) Cross, now residents of Taylor County, this

state, but at the time of their daughter’s birth in May 1820, living in Taylor County (then)

Virginia. Twelve children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Dotson; Sophronia, now deceased;

Salanthiel; Helen, who lives in Kansas; Jasper; Victoria; William Marshall, lives in

Kansas; Josephine; Laverna; Catherine; Cloyd (Floyd); Walter and Laura. The living

children, except, Helen and William, reside in West Virginia. The family postoffice

address is Central Station, Doddridge County, West Virginia.”

 

From the 1860 census of VA; Doddridge Co. Dwl 534, Fam 535:

Dotson, William 45 M Farmer (RE $200, Pers $50) VA

 

Mary 38 F VA

Davis, M. F. 2 F VA

Dotson, H. M.(Helen) 17 F VA

 

S.(Salathiel) 20 M VA

 

J. A.(Jasper) 15 M VA

V. (Victoria) 11 F VA

William M. 9 M VA

M. J.(Josephine) 7 F VA

L. F.(Loverna Francis)5 F VA

R. C.(Rulana Kate) 3 F VA

From the 1870 census of WV; Doddridge Co.:

Dotson, William W. 54 farmer VA

Mary 49 VA

Joshephine 16 VA

Loverna F. 14 VA

Rulana C. (Kate) 11 VA

Floyd 9 VA

Walter J. 7 VA

Laura B. (Blanch) 2 WV

 

From the 1880 census of WV; Doddridge Co. 1880, 122 020:

 

Dotson, Wm H (W) WM 63 Farmer VA VA VA

Mary A WF 59 Wife Keeping houseVA VA VA

Francis L. WF 24 Dau At home VA VA VA

Kate WF 22 Dau At home VA VA VA

Floyd WM 19 Son farm laborer VA VA VA

Walter E. WM 16 Son farm laborer WV VA VA

Blanch L. WF 12 Dau At Home WV VA VA

Parents of twelve children:

 

1.- Sophrona Dotson. b. ca. 1839. Deceased before 1883. This marriage in Doddridge Co.:

“3 March 1859...Sophroma Dotson, 20...single...b. Dodd. Co... Parents, William &

Mary Dotson; & Isaac C. Snider, 24...single... b. Harrison Co...res. Dodd. Co...Parents,

 


 

CHAPTER 8 RICHARD DOTSON, JR. 167

 

 

John & Sydney.”

From the 1870 census of WV; Doddridge County, New Milton Twp.161-139

Snider Isaac C 36 MW Farmer VA

Sophrona 32 FW Keeping house VA

Olive 10 FW VA

Odell 8 FW VA

Austin 6 MW WV

Jasper 4 MW WV

Isaac 1 MW WV

From the 1880 census of WV; Doddridge County, 122 008:

Snider Isaac C (w) WM 46 VA VA VA

Auston WM 13 son at home WV VA VA

Jasper WM 11 son at home WV VA VA

Isaac WM 9 son at home WV VA VA

Ira WM 7 son at home WV VA VA

Levi C WM 5 son at home WV VA VA

 

2.-Salathiel Dotson, b. 15 Dec. 1840, Central Station; d. 9 March 1929.

He m. Anna Caldwell, Columbia, Ohio. She b. 29 May 1844: d. 20 March, 1927. This

 

marriage in Doddridge Co.: “3 Dec. 1863...Salathiel Dotson, 24...single...b. Harrison Co...

 

res. Dodd. Co...Parents, Wm. W. & Mary; & Anna Caldwell, 18... single...b. Columbia

 

Co.,.Ohio...res. Dodd. Co...Parents, Robert and Catherine by George W. Duff.”

From Ritchie Co. Deaths 1919-1970, p. 102 15: “Dotson Salathiel, male, white,

 

widow, died Rutherford Mar 9 1929, age 88y 2m 24d, ret farmer, b WV, parents William

 

Dotson, Mary Cross, no Dr., H H Martin Reg.” and p 102 1: “Dotson Anna, female, white,

 

married, died Harrisville Mar 20 1927, age 82y 8m 1d, Cereb. hem., H H Martin Regis.”

From the 1870 census of WV; Doddridge Co., Southwest Dist., West Union PO; Dwl.

 

3, Fam. 3:

Dotson, Sylathiel 29 M W Common laborer VA

Annie 24 F W Keeping house OH

Mary C 5 F W WV

Cora E 3 F W WV

Curtis G 1/12M W (June) WV

From the 1880 census of WV; Doddridge Co., 123 013:

Dotson, Selathiel WM 33 works on sawmillVA VA VA

Annie WF 34 Wife Housekeeper OH IR IR

Mary C WF 15 Dau Housework WV VA OH

Corra E WF 13 Dau Housework WV VA OH

Curtes G WM10 Son WV VA OH

William C WM7 Son KS VA OH

Ice G WF4 Dau WV VA OH

From the 1910 census soundex of WV: Ritchie 036 0071 0183

Dotson Salathiel H W 69 WV WV

Annie W 64 Ohio

 


 

168 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

Five known children:

 

a. Mary C Dotson, b. ca. 1865, m. 2 July 1882 Andrew J. Wells.

This marriage in Ritchie Co. “2 July 1882...Andrew J. Wells...age 21...b. Ritchie...m

Mary C. Dotson...age 18...b. Ritchie.”

 

b. Cora Ellen Dotson, b. ca. 1867; m. 23 Dec. 1886, Emory G. Hibbs.

This marriage in Ritchie Co.:”23 Dec. 1886...Emory G. Hibbs...age 20...b. Marion...res.

Ritchie...m. Cora Ellen Dotson...b. KS...resident Ritchie.”

From the 1910 census soundex of WV: Ritchie 036 0071 0180

Hibbs

Emory G H W 43 WV WV

Cora E W 42 WV

Lawrence S 21 WV

Gladis D D 18 WV

Sarah M D 15 WV

Harry A S 12 WV

Florence M D 09 WV

Myra N D 05 WV

James G S 02 WV

 

 

c. Curtis G Dotson, b. June 1870

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Ritchie 036 0071 0182

Dotson Curtis G

H W 40 WV WV

Ida M W 25 WV

Annie F D 04 WV

Dorthy Wilma D 02 WV

 

 

d. William C Dotson, b. May 1874 Kansas. (Indicates family resided in Kansas for

a few years after 1870, and before returning to WV by 1876; relatives resided in Kansas,

see Hardesty above)

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; Ritchie Grant Dist 30 87 14 11

Dotson William C W May 1874 26 Kansas

Bessie W June 1871 ? 18 PA

 

 e.- Isa Gertrude Dotson, b. Ritchie Co., WV, 27 Jan 1876; m. 29 Dec 1895, David

 

E. Clark. This marriage in Ritchie Co.: “29 Dec. 1895...David E. Clark...age 24...b. Noble

Co. OH...resident Ritchie...m. Isa G. Dotson...age 19...b. Ritchie.”

From the 1900 census soundex of WV: Ritchie Grant Dist. 30 87 10 28

Clark David E W June 1871 28 Ohio

Isa G W June 1876 24 WV

Fred R S Oct 1896 3 WV

 

 

From the 1910 census soundex of WV: Ritchie 036 0071 0172

 

Clark David E HW 38 Ohio WV

Ica G W34 WV

Fred R S 13 WV

Mary E D 07 WV

 

 

Two children:

1.- Fred R Clark, b. Oct 1896.

2.- Mary Clark, b. Ritchie Co., WV, 22 Aug 1902; m. 1928, Benjamin Franklin

 


 

CHAPTER 8 RICHARD DOTSON, JR. 169

 

 

Hill, Jr., b. 17 Sept 1901. He was deputy County Clerk, Wood Co., WV, in 1959.

One known child:

1.- Benjamin Franklin Hill III, b. Wood Co., WV, 16 Oct 1930; m. 1954, June

Mandus of Chicago, Ill. They have; David James Hill, b. 8 May 1957.

 

Benjamin Franklin Hill, Sr. (grandfather of Benjamin Franklin Hill III above), m.

Myrtle Ann Dotson; dau. of Perry Dotson; Perry, son of Hiram; Hiram, son of Emanuel;

Emanuel, son of William, Sr. (See, Chapter V-1)

 

3.-Helen Dotson, b. ca. 1845

 

This marriage in Doddridge Co.: “15 March 1871 James G. (Garrison) Dotson,

30...single...b. Harrison Co...res. Dodd. Co... Parents, Zachariah & Eliza; & Hellen M.

Dotson, 26...single...b. Harrison Co...res. Dodd. Co...Parents, Wm. W & Mary Dotson.”

Living in Kansas in 1883.

 

From the 1880 census soundex of Kansas: Cloud Co. Arion Twp 4 39 26 47;

 

Dotson Garrison W M 43 VA

Helen W 36 VA

Dorance S 8 KS

Early E S 7/12 KS

 

 

For the James G. (Garrison) Dotson family, see Chapter XII-7.

 

4.- Jasper Dotson. b. May 1845. This marriage in Doddridge County:

 

“24 Dec. 1867...Jasper P. Dotson, 22...single...b. Harrison Co... res. Dodd. Co...Parents,

Wm. W. & Mary; & Eliza C. Hutson, 16... single...b. Dodd. Co...res. Dodd. Co...Parents,

Evin (Ervin) & Charlotte by George W. Duff.”

 

From Ritchie Co. Deaths 1919-1970, p. 104 19: “Dotson Jasper A, male, white,

married, died Petroleum July 14 1935, age 90y 1m 26d, b. WV, parents William Dotson,

 

b. WV, Mary—, angina pectoris, Odie Jones Regis.” and from p. 106 14, “Dotson Eliza

Caroline, female, white, widow, died Petroleum Jan 23 1940, age 88y 3m 22d, housewife,

b. WV, parents John Huston,—, carcinoma of stomach, Georgia Sandy Regist.”

From the 1880 census of WV; Doddridge Co., 124 027:

Dotson, Jasper E WM 35 Wks on sawmill WV WV WV

(Eliza) Caroline WF 37 Wife Keeping house WV WV WV

Annie WF 12 Dau WV WV WV

Mona WF 10 Dau WV WV WV

Floyd (Lloyd) WM 7 Son WV WV WV

Helen WF 6 Dau WV WV WV

Guy WM 5 Son WV WV WV

Missouri WF 2 Dau WV WV WV

Amy WF 1 Dau WV WV WV

 

From the 1900 census soundex of WV: Ritchie Grant Dist 30 88 21 10:

 

Dotson Jasper A W

May 1845 55 WV

Eliza C W Oct 1851 48 WV

Guy S Sept 1874 25 WV

Gracie D Apr 1884 16 WV

Bertha D Nov 1887 12 WV

 

 


 

170 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

Walter E S May 1892 8 WV

From the 1910 census soundex of WV: Ritchie 036 0070 0143

 

Dotson Jasper A H W 64 WV WV

Eliza C W 54 WV

Bertha D 22 WV

Walter E S 17 WV

 

Parents of ten known children:

 

a. Annie Dotson, b. ca. 1868; m. Samuel A. Moats. This marriage in Ritchie Co.: “16

Sept. 1889...Samuel A Moats...widow...age 28...b. Ritchie...m. Annie C. Dotson...age

20...b. Doddridge...resident Ritchie.”

b. Mona Dotson, b. ca. 1870; m. Boyd M. Williams. This marriage in Ritchie Co.: “29

Dec. 1892...Boyd M. Williams...age 22...b. Upshur...resident Ritchie...m. Mona G.

Dotson...age 22...b. Doddridge...res. Ritchie.”

c. Lloyd Dotson, b. ca. 1872

From Ritchie Co. Deaths 1919-1970, p. 110 17: “Dotson Lloyd, Petroleum rfd, male,

white, widow, died Dec 19 1953, age 83y 9m 11d, farmer, b. Rit .Co, parents Jasper A

Dotson Elsia Dotson; aortic regurg., Nelle Cannon Regis.”

 

From 1910 census soundex of WV; Ritchie 036 007- 0144

Dotson Lloyd K H W 38 WV WV

Maude W 23 WV

 

d. Helen Dotson, b. ca. 1874

No information

e. Guy Dotson, b. Sept. 1874

This marriage in Ritchie Co.: “29 Sept. 1912...Guy P. Dotson...age 34...b.

Doddridge...resident Ritchie...m. Winnie Dotson...age 17...b. Ritchie.”

 

f. Missouri Dotson, b. ca. 1878

No information

g. Amy Dotson, b. ca. 1879

No information

h. Grace Dotson, b. April 1884

This marriage in Ritchie Co.: “2 Sept. 1906...George W. Moore...age 21...b. Tyler...m.

Grace Dotson...age 22...b. Ritchie.”

 

i. Bertha Dotson, b. Nov. 1887; m. Levi M. Webb

This marriage in Ritchie Co.: “18 Aug. 1912...Levi M. Webb...age 28...b. Ritchie...m.

Bertha Dotson...age 24...b. Ritchie.”

 

j. Walter Dotson, b. May 1892; m. Mollie M. McClaskey;

This marriage in Ritchie Co.:“2 Nov. 1914...Walter I. Dotson...age 22...b. Ritchie....m.

Mollie M. McClaskey...age 18...b. Ritchie.”

 

5.- Victoria Dotson, b. 30 March 1848; d. 1 Sept. 1932

 

 This m. In Doddridge Co.: “ 24 Dec. 1867...Victoria Dotson, 18...single...born Taylor

Co....res. Dodd. Co...Parents, William W. & Mary Dotson; & Alvin M. Davis, 25...single...b.

Dodd. Co...res. Dodd. Co... Parents, William & Martha.”

From the 1880 census of WV; Doddridge Co. 120 009:

 

Davis Alven M WM 37 Farmer VA VA VA

 


 

CHAPTER 8 RICHARD DOTSON, JR. 171

 

 

Victoria WF 32 Wife Keeping house WV WV WV

Jetty G WF 10 Dau WV WV WV

Gladie O WF 8 Dau WV WV WV

Mary I WF 6 Dau WV WV WV

 

From Davis, The Settlers of Salem, W.Va.. pages 89 and 1484: “Alvin Marcellus

Davis, b. 3 Dec. 1842, Dodd. Co.; d. 3 Jan. 1908, Salem, W.Va.; m. 1 Jan. 1868,

Victoria Gay Dotson, b. 30 March 1848 Taylor Co., W.Va.; d. 1 Sept. 1932, buried IOOF

Cemetery, Salem, (dau. Wm. W. & Mary Dotson).” Parents of 3 children:

 

a.- Jettie Gay Davis, b. 15 Sept 1869, Doddridge Co.; m. Waitman T. Carder

 

They had nine children:

1.- William Davis

2.- Frances Beatrice Davis

3.- Elizabeth Ruth Davis

4.- Beulah Mary Davis

5.- Maud Murreil Davis

6.- James Bryan Davis

7.- Gladys Naomi Davis

8.- Waitman Lawson Davis

9.- Paul Walter Davis

 

For more on these children see page 148, Davis, The Settlers of Salem, W.Va.5

b.- Gladiolus Davis, b. 30 Aug 1871, m. Scott Divers.

c.- Mary Imogene Davis, b. 2 March 1874, m. 8 March 1896, Mingo Davis.

 

 

6.- William Marshall Dotson, b. Dec. 1850; m. Mary Garlow. This family resided in

Kansas in 1883.

From the 1880 census soundex of Kansas: Cloud Co. Arion Twp

 

Dotson William W M 29 WV

Mary J W 22 WV

Curtis G S 10/12 KS

 

From the 1900 census soundex of Kansas; Cloud Co Vol 10 ED15 SH 12 li. 57

 

Dotson William M W Dec 1850 49 WV

Mary J W May 1858 42 WV

Curtis G S July 1874? 20 KS

Goldie D Dec 1886 13 KS

Manuel S Jan 1889 11 KS

Essie D Dec 1891 8 KS

Lena D Nov 1898 1 KS

 

From the 1910 census soundex of Kansas; Cloud Co. 013 0017 0098:

 

Dotson W HW 59 WV Kans.

J J (Mary J) W 51 WV

Manuel S 21 KS

Essa D18 KS

Lena D11 KS

 

Parents of six children:

a.- Curtis G. Dotson, b. 1879 m. Mable Croson. Four children:

 

 


 

172 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

1.- Gilbert Dotson, m.____ ____ . One child:

 

 (1) Ronnie Dotson.

2.- 0pal Dotson.

3.- Perle Dotson.

4.- Dale Dotson.

b.- Goldie Dotson, b. Dec 1886. m. Nelson Vass. Four children:

1.- Duane Vass.

2.- Wayne Vass.

3.- Lynn Vass.

4.- Rex Vass, m.____ ____ . Three children:

 

 

(1) Larry Vass.

(2) Lonnie Vass.

(3) Lynn Vass.

c.- Manuel Dotson, b. Jan 1889; d. 14 Dec. 1934; m. at Jamestown, KS., Esther

Clemons. She b. 13 April 1892. Five children:

1.- 0rland Dotson, m. Dorothy Byrne. Two children:

 

(1) Janet Dotson, m. Dan Goodman. They have; Carol Goodman.

(2) Leona Dotson, m. Phil Mann. They have; Duane Mann and Ronnie Mann.

2.- Delmer Dotson, m. Ruby Champlin. Nine children:

(1) Gerald Dotson, m. Jeanne Cady and have; Randy Dotson; Mary Dotson,

m. Dana Ristow; David Dotson; Cathy Dotson; Cary Dotson; and James Dotson.

(1) Gerald Dotson, m (2) Joanne P. Borlang and have; Shelly R. Dotson and

Diana Dotson.

(2) Donald Dotson, m. Mary Ellen Carpenter and have; Bryan Dotson; Curt

Dotson; and Grant Dotson.

(3) Sharon K. Dotson, m. Royal Heemier. They have; Kevin Heemier and

Cathy Heemier.

(4) Beverley Dotson, m. Thomas Cady. They have; Kimberley Cady;

Michael Cady; Karen Cady; and Lisa Cady.

(5) William R. “Bill” Dotson. Single.

(6) Jacqulin L. Dotson, m. Gary Parsons. They have; Debra Parsons; Denise

Parsons; and DeAnn Parsons.

(7) Prudence A. Dotson, m. Sam Rugg. They have; Vicky Rugg; and Brett

Rugg. (8) Cheryl Dotson. Single.

(9) Marsha Dotson. Single.

3.- LeRoy Dotson, m. Bernise Augmeir. One child:

(1) Nikkie Dotson, m. Larry Marley.

4.- Evelyn Dotson, m(1) George Shumock. Four children:

(1) Connie Shumock, m. and had four children.

(2) Mary Shumack, m. and had two children.

(3) George Shumack, m. ___ Trode and had four children.

(4) Jessie Shumack, m. Joe Spect.

4.- Evelyn Dotson, m (2) Dean Simpson.

5.- Eldon Dotson, m. Virginia Teasley. One child:

(1) Sandre Dotson, m. (1) Wayne Newton and have; James Newton; David

Newton; and Sonya Newton.


 

CHAPTER 8 RICHARD DOTSON, JR. 173

 

 

(1) Sandre Dotson, m. (2) Dr. Keith Vowles.

d.- Eddie Dotson. (not shown in 1900 or 1910 census-may have died young)

e.- Essie Dotson. b. Dec 1891

f.- Lena Dotson. b. Nov 1898

7.- Josephine Dotson. b. 1853-54. No information.

 

8.- Lavernia Dotson. This marriage in Doddridge County: “11 Oct. 1874...Levina J.

Dotson, 22 & Gamble B. Davis, 28.” She was his 2nd wife. She d. before 1880.

 

From, Davis, The Settlers of Salem, W.Va., page 56: “Gamble B. Davis, b. 28 April

1846, m. (1) 29 July 1867, Nancy J. Thomas; m. (2) 11 Oct. 1874, Levina J. Dotson. They

were in Central District, Dodd. Co. 1880, with Josephine, 25; dau’s., Letha, age 10 and

Atha, age 9.”

 

From the dates, the two children belonged to wife No. 1. No other information.

 

9.- Catherine Dotson. b. ca. 1858.; in father’s house-hold (R. C.) age 3 in 1860,

(Rulana C.) 11 in 1870 and (Kate) 22 in 1880.

This death in Doddridge Co. Deaths, Bk 2 p. 34.; “Dotson Kate, female d. June 18

1912; Blood poison age, 29y - -, Single; C S Pease Undertaker”. Note; discrepancy in age.

 

10.- Floyd Dotson. b. ca. 1861.; in father’s house-hold age 9 in 1870 and age 19 in 1880

census. No further information.

 

11.- Walter Dotson, b. 1867; d. 20 Feb 1932. He m(1) Miss Nancy Hibbs. From

Lowther, Ritchie County in History and Romance,6 1990, p. 373, “Eleanor Lough,

daughter of Robert Lough, was married to Jacob Hibbs, of Marion County;....other

members of the family were:...Nancy, Mrs. Walter Dotson..... “

 

He was overcome by gas fumes while sleeping. Funeral services were held 22 Feb

1932 at the Goose Creek Baptist Church and burial in the church cemetery. (Not in Ritchie

Co. Deaths 1919-1970)

 

From Ritchie Co. Marriages; “5 Sept 1886...Walter I Dotson...age 23...b.

Doddridge...resident Ritchie...m. Nancy Hibbs...age 21...b. Marion...resident Ritchie.”

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Ritchie 036 0070 0131:

 

Dotson Walter I HW 46 WV WV

Attie W 40 WV

Floyd S 20 WV

Lula D 14 WV

Vada D 12 WV

Thelma D 07 WV

Clause (Claude) S 0l5?WV

Enid D 04 WV

Addie D nr WV

 

 

Five children:

a.- Mrs. J. L. Smith.

b.- Mrs. R. D. Morehouse.

 

 


 

174 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

c.- Floyd Dotson.

 

d.- Mrs. Emmett Tucker.

 

e.- Mrs. J. H. Jordon.

11.- Walter Irvin Dotson, m (2) Miss Attie Davis. Four children:

 

f.- Mrs. Nolan Sargeant.

 

g.- Mrs. C. C. Adams.

 

h.- Mrs. H. L. Tippens.

 

i.- Claude Dotson.

 

12.- Launa Dotson. b. 18 May 1868; in father’s house-hold (Laura B) age 2 in 1870 census,

and (Blanch L) age 12 in 1880; married William Edward Dotson, son of Marten Luther

Dotson and Mattie Smith; grandson of Luther Dotson and Nancy Reed, g. grandson of

Richard Dotson, Jr. and Margaret White.

 

From Index to Marriages, Doddridge County; Bk. 3, p. 479; “Dotson, William E., Feb.

8, 1890, m. Launa Blanche Dotson” Ed and Launa Dotson lived on Long Run of Pleasants

County.

 

Parents of eleven children, plus two died at birth. For this family see Chapter VIII-4.

 

CHAPTER VIII-3.

ANNA DOTSON.

 

Anna Dotson, b. 12 April 1817. She m. James Goodwin, 8 Feb. 1848. This marriage

in Doddridge County: “8 Feb. 1848...Ann Dotson & James Goodwin.”

 

In her addendum to the 1850 census of Doddridge County, Mary Davis Atkinson notes

(38-7) that James Goodwin m. (2) Ann Dotson, 8 February 1848, in Doddridge County,

WV, Ref. Book I, page 10.

 

They were living in 1850 in Doddridge County, in the vicinity of the head of Cabin

Run.

 

From the 1850 census of VA; Doddridge County (Fam. No. 38):

 

James Goodwin 38 M W Laborer VA

Ann (Dotson) 29 FW VA

Angeline 12 FW VA

Rulany 10 FW VA

Richard 8 MW VA

Margaret W 5 FW VA

Edward M 4 MW VA

Elizabeth M 3 FW VA

Mary E 3 FW VA

James W 9/12MW VA

 

Note: only James W. born after their marriage in 1848; older children presumed to be

from his previous marriage.

From the 1860 Census of WV; Doddridge County West Union PO; Dwl 896 Fam 897

Ann Goodwin 40 F VA

 

Families on either side were: Dwl 895 Fam 896 John Maxwell 32, and Dwl 897 Fam

898 Jacob Benninger 31. (Jacob Benninger resided on Wilhelm Run about midway

between Duckworth and Central Station.)

 


 

CHAPTER 8 RICHARD DOTSON, JR. 175

 

 

 Parents of eight children (Note; only John W. born after their marriage 8 Feb 1848):

 

1.- Angeline Goodwin, b. 1838; m. David M. Bonnell. See page 87, History of Doddridge

County, 1979.7 One known son:

 

a.- Jonathan (John) Bonnell, m. Mary Catherine Jones. Mary Catherine Jones is a

granddaughter of Elizabeth Collins and James Jones. For this family, see page 9 Jacob

Collins Sr. & Phebe Stuthart.”8 Their son:

 

1.- Lewis Russell Bonnell, m. Helen Victoria Gain Feb 20, 1924 in Doddridge

Co. Helen Victoria Gain b. Oct 18, 1906 in Ritchie Co., WV. died Sept 26, 1972 in

Clarksburg, WV.; she a dau. of George Jefferson Gain and Mary Jane Collins. For this

family, see Descendants of Adam J. and Susan Fleming Gain.9

 

Lewis Russell Bonnell and Helen Victoria Gain had two daughters:

 

(1) Mrs. Helen Pauline (Paula) Bonnell Sacco, 4864 Rolling Hills Road,

Pittsburgh, PA 15236.

(2) Mrs. Mary Madeline Bonnell Willis, Librarian, Doddridge County

Library, West Union, WV. More information will be found in the Jacob Collins history,

reference above.

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. No information. Mrs. Chandos Hickman, Rural Route, Pennsboro,

W.Va. is a descendant of one of these children.

 

CHAPTER VIII-4.

LUTHUR DOTSON.

 

Luthur Dotson, b. 23 December 1819, m. Nancy C. Reed. He was a carpenter. Nancy

Reed b 1818 in Tyler Co; d. 1852.

 

This marriage in Tyler County: “31 Dec 1840...Luthur Dotson and Nancy Reed by

George Monroe.”

 

Much of the following information on the Luther Dotson family, and photograph,

were generously furnished by Armour Lee and Emolene Lynch of Coolville, Ohio, Armour

Lee being a direct descendant.

 

From the 1850 census of VA; Wood County:

 

Luthur Dotson (laborer) 31 VA

 

Nancy 32

 

Marion 8

 

Marten (Luther) 6

 

Margaret 3

 

William (M) 1

 

Two children born after 1850:

 

Eliza Jane Dotson, b. 1851.

 

Sarah F. Dotson, b. 1852.

 

This family in 1852 were living on the St. Mary’s Ridge in the vicinity of the old

Church of Christ Cemetery.

These graves in the Church of Christ Cemetery: "NANCY DOTSON, died 1852.

ELIZA JANE DOTSON, 1851-1852. SARAH F. DOTSON, 1852-(1852)."

 


 

176 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

1.-Marion Dotson. b. 1833 (Dec 1844 from 1900 census) d. 1900. m. Sarah Barker.

This marriage in Pleasants County; “7 June 1866...Marion D. Dotson...age 23...m.

 

Sarah Barker...age 20.”

From the 1870 census of WV; Pleasants Co. McKimm Twp Union Mills PO, p. 482

 

Dwl 38 Fam 38:

Dodson Marion 33 MW Farm Hand Per. $25 VA

Sarah 30 FW VA

William (Commodore)* 12(2) MW VA

John** 1 MW VA

From the 1880 census of WV; Pleasants Co.:

Dotson Marion WM 35 Cooper WV WV VA

Sarah E WF 31 Wife Keeping hse.WV WV VA

William C J WM 13 Son At home WV WV WV

John W WM 10 Son At home WV WV WV

Mary C WF 8 Dau WV WV WV

Rosanna T WF 6 Dau WV WV WV

Minnie G WF 3 Dau WV WV WV

Barker Lucinda (w) WF 59 Mil WV WV WV

From the 1900 census soundex of WV: Pleasants Washington Dist 26 71 4 60

Dotson Marion D W Dec 1844 55 WV

Sarah E W Oct 1847 52 WV

James L S June 1882 17 WV

Bonnie E D Oct 1885 14 WV

Kate D Mar 1888 12 WV

John W** S Sept 1869 30 WV

Raymond GS Feb 1892 8 WV

Harry G GS June 1893 6 WV

Lena D Gd Feb 1896 4 WV

Barker Lucinda Ml April 1821 79 WV

Howell, Phoebe Se May 1882 18 WV

From the 1910 census soundex of WV: Pleasants St Marys 036 0065 0197

Dotson Sarah H W 62 WV WV

James S 28 WV

Bonnie D 24 WV

Kate D 21 WV

From the 1910 census soundex of WV: Pleasants 036 0064 0033

**Dotson John W H W 40 WV WV

Delia W 28 WV

Harry S 16 WV

Lenna D 14 WV

Garnet D 07 WV

Commodore S 05 WV

From the 1910 census soundex of WV: Pleasants 036 0065 0010

Dotson W C * H W 41 WV WV

Fannie W 41 WV

 


 

CHAPTER 8 RICHARD DOTSON, JR. 177

 

 

Beryl S 20 WV

Glenna D 18 WV

Toye D 16 WV

William S 13 WV

Eva D 10 WV

*William Commodore Dotson.

 

The following taken from West Virginia in History, Life, Literature and Industry,10

by Morris Purdy Shawkey, 1928:

 

“WILLIAM C. DOTSON, whose family has lived in Pleasants County and vicinity

since the earliest pioneer days, is a banker and business man, being president of the First

National Bank of St. Mary’s. He has also been a successful oil operator, and at all times

has been a leader in the substantial developments of the community.

 

Mr. Dotson’s Great-Grandfather, Richard Dotson, settled six miles north of the

present town of St. Marys in 1800. He was not only one of the early settlers of this section

but part in all subsequent developments there. Richard Dotson subsequently removed to

the adjoining county of Doddridge. He reached the remarkable age of a hundred years

(Note...95 or 96). His son, Luthur Dotson, was born in Doddridge County, and followed

the trade of carpenter. In later years he moved to Pleasants County. His wife was Nancy C.

Reed...Their son, Marion D. Dotson was b. in Pleasants Co. in 1843, became a cooper and

followed that business at St. Mary’s for many years. He d. in 1900. His wife, Sarah (Barker)

Dotson, is still living at St. Mary’s.

 

(Note...He missed one in his line of descent. The line of descent is; Richard Dotson,

Sr.; Richard Dotson, Jr.; Luthur Dotson; Marion D. Dotson; and the dictator of the above,

William C. Dotson.)

 

William C. Dotson, one of a family of eight children, was born in Pleasants Co., June

2, 1867, and from early childhood has lived at St. Mary’s. He attended country schools,

learned telegraphy and was an operator with the Baltimore & Ohio and other roads for ten

years. He was elected Clerk of the County Court and held that office for 12 years. While

serving as Clerk he became financially interested in the formation of a new bank at St.

Mary’s and became a director at the organization of the First National Bank. This bank was

organized in 1899. lts first President, John F. Barron, was succeeded in a couple of months

by John F. Mallory, who continued for two years. The first cashier was H. B. McGregor.

Mr. Dotson in 1900 was elected Vice-President and a year later he succeeded Mr. Mallory

as President and has filled that position now for a quarter of a century. The bank was started

with a capital of $50,000.00. This has been a bank that has steadily made profits for its

stockholders as well as keeping its funds in use and service to supply the business needs

of the community. From its earnings the capital was increased to $100,000.00 and its

account of surplus and profits of over $140,000.00 also represents some of the earnings.

The bank has deposits of over a million dollars and its total resources are approximately

$1,600,000.00. The bank is a member of the Federal Reserve system.

 

Mr. Dotson has been very successful as an individual business man. He has shown

much vision and constructive leadership, and a number of years ago he became engaged

in oil development and has benefitted a great deal from that important natural resource of

Pleasants County. Mr. Dotson is a York Rite and thirty second degree Scottish Rite Mason

and Shriner.

 


 

178 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

He married Miss Fanny Olive Houser, daughter of David and Martha J. (Cooper)

Houser. The Cooper family came from Johnstown, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. Dotson have five

children; Beril A., assistant cashier of the First National Bank; Mrs. Glenna Olive

Tripplett; Mrs. Foye Marie West; William Commodore Jr., bookkeeper of the First

National Bank: and Mrs. Eva Cather.”

 

2.- Martin Luthur Dotson. b. July 1845 (1841)

This marriage in Pleasants County: “23 June 1865...Martin S. Dotson...age 21...m.

Martha Smith...age 17.”

From the 1870 census of WV; Pleasants Co Union Twp Bens Run PO p. 486 Dwl 34

Fam 34

 

Dodson M L 26 MW RE $50 Pers $30 VA

Martha 22 FW VA

Nancy 4 FW VA

William (Edward)1 MW VA

 

From the 1880 census of WV; Pleasants Co:

 

Dotson Martin L WM 34 Cooper WV WV WV

Martha A WF 30 Wife Kps. hse WV PA WV

Nancy R WF 14 Dau At home WV WV WV

William E WM 11 Son At home WV WV WV

 

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; Pleasants Co Washington Dist 26 71 2 51

 

Dotson Martin L July 1845 54 WV

Martha E W May 1850 50 WV

Mahaney Manuel Bo May 1883 27 WV

 

 

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Pleasants St. Marys 036 0065 0101

 

Dotson Martin H W 64 WV WV

Martha W 59 WV

Ercell GD 19 WV

 

 

Martin Luther and Martha Smith Dotson were parents of two known children:

 

a. Nancy Dotson, b. ca. 1866, m. Zed Pethtel

b. William Edward Dotson, b. Feb 9, 1869, m. Launa Blanch Dotson; she b. May 18,

1869, dau. of William White Dotson. William White Dotson (see Chap VIII-2) son of

Richard Dotson, Jr.

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; Pleasants Co. Washington Dist 26 71 1 68:

 

Dotson Edward W W Feb 1869 31 WV

Launa B W May 1869 31 WV

Carmen E D Feb 1891 9 WV

Floyd L S Mar 1895 5 WV

William Z S Sept 1897 2 WV

 

 

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Pleasants 036 0064 0134

 

Dotson William E

H W 41 WV WV

Launa B W 40 WV

Carman E D 19 WV

Mary E D 17 WV

Floyd L S 15 WV

 

 


 

CHAPTER 8 RICHARD DOTSON, JR. 179

 

 

William J S 12 WV

Andra B D 09 WV

Earl E S 06 WV

Elgar G S 03 WV

Mathew L S nr WV

 

This family lived on Long Run of Pleasants County.

 

Parents of eleven children, two of whom died shortly after birth:

 

a. Carmen Ercell b. 25 Feb 1891, d. 1977, m. O’Grady Hammett

b. Mary Elma Jane, b. 19 May 1892, m. Mose Williams; Mary Elma worked for

telephone company at St Marys for 32 years and was “Hello Central”

c. Floyd Luther, b. 18 Mar 1895, m. (1) Hattie Morrell, m. (2) Nancy O’Brien

d. William Zedock, b. 14 Sept 1897, m. Beulah Grace Hays

e. Joy L. b. 11 Apr 1900, died in infancy

f. Audrey Blanch, b. 18 Mar 1901, d. 12 Feb 1973, m. Hobart L. Smith

g. Earl, b. 21 Mar 1904, d. 1947, m. Helen Bruce

h. Elgar G. , b. 20 Dec 1907, m. (1) Daisey Carter, m. (2) Floris Bowers

i. Mathew L., b. 12 July 1909, m. Vorla Bowers

j. Umber Eugene, b. 1 Mar 1912, m. Audrey Butler of Big Run

3.- Margaret Dotson, b. ca. 1846, m. Franklin P. Barker.

 

This marriage in Pleasants County: “9 Dec 1866...Franklin P. Barker...age 28...m.

Margaret A. Dotson...age 20.” No further information.

 

4.- William Miner Dotson, b. Oct 14, 1850 (b. ca. 1849 from age 1 in the 1850 census of

his father Luther Dotson), d. 19 Feb 1928; a cooper by trade; m. Elizabeth Poole 15 Apr

1873, dau of Richard Poole and Sarah Hackathorn, of Newport, OH; she born 13 April

1855, died 21 April 1918, Waverly WV.

 

Parents of eleven children:

 

a. Bertha, b. 1876, d. 1930; m William Munsee 21 June 1898.

b. Richard Oak, b. 1879; m. Addie Roach 2 May 1901.

c. Ada, b. 1889 Wood Co., d. 23 Jan 190_. m. Charles Galbraith 23 Jan 1908.

d. Annie, b. 1872 Wood Co; m. William Cain 20 Nov 1895.

e. Mae D., b. 1884 Wood Co., d. 1926; m. a Sleeth

f. Lillian, b. 1881, d. 1969; m. (1) Guy Huggins 22 Jan 1915; m. (2) Ray Wolfe

g. Okie, b. 1893, m. Audrie Cleavinger 8 June 1913.

h. Launa, b. 25 Sept 1890 Waverly WV, d. 10 July 1990 Athens Co. OH; m.

William Pearl Lynch 1908; he b. 17 Feb 1886 Wood Co, d. 15 Oct 1949, son of

James Milton Lynch and Sarah Jane Alton.

Parents of eight children:

 

1. Aunieka, b. 3 Oct 1908 Waverly Wood Co. WV, m. John Rowles; no issue

2. Geneivev, b. 5 Feb 1911, m. (1) David Booth, m (2) John Whitaker; no issue

3. Chalmer Crooks, b. 9 Apr 1914, m. (1) Genevia Frazer, parents of one son

Micheal P.; m. (2) Mildred Hindriks, parents of one son Douglas and one daughter Linda

4. Glendora, b. 11 Nov 1916, m. (1) Ronald Knotts, had one daughter Joan; m. (2)

Robert McAttee had one daughter Shelia.


 

180 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

5. Charles Eugene,

b. 31 Dec 1922, m. (1) Pearl

m. (2) Alberla

6.William

Desmon, b. 8 May 1920, m.

Virginia Mickens; had one

son James.

 

7. Armour Lee, b.

2 June 1928, m. Emolene

Weaver 30 Sept 1949; she b.

13 Dec 1932 at Perkins

Gilmer Co WV; dau of

Carrell Honest Weaver and

Gracie Magdalene Kerns.

Parents of four children:

(1) Donald

Eugene, b. 29 Jan 1951

Pontiac, Oakland Co. MI,

m. Linda Kay Griffin 4 Sept

1970; she b. 4 Jan 1951. They

have David b. 20 Aug 1971

and Bryan b. 7 Feb 1975.

(2) Donna

Jean, b. 24 Nov 1952, d.

1955.

(3) Brenda Gale, b. 12 Apr 1955, m. Heamon Baxter Hart, 8 June 1973; he

b 14 Apr. 1953. They have Tracy Marie, b. 28 Oct 1976 and Timothy James b. 7 Jan 1981.

(4) Karen Lee, b. 5 Apr 1959, Waverly Wood Co. WV.

8. Robert Edward, b. 24 Oct 1933, m. Marlene ?; they had Carrie G.

i. William Edward b. 1898, d. 1969, m. Mattie Sinclair 1 June 1909

j. Ralph, b. 1 Nov 1895, d. 2 Mar 1970

k. Blanch

5.-Eliza Jane Dotson, b. 1851. d. 1852 (headstone)

 

 

6.-Sarah F. Dotson, b. 1852. d. 1852 (headstone)

 

 

CHAPTER VIII-5

JOHN CALVIN DOTSON.

 

 

John Calvin Dotson, b. 14 Dec.1823. He m. ca 1847, Mary Nancy Gatrell, 21. She b.

30 Sept 1832; d. 4 Feb 1903.

From the 1850 census of VA; Doddridge County, Fam. No. 57:

Dotson, Calvin 26 farmer VA

 

William Miner and Elizabeth Poole DotsonPhoto courtesy Armour Lee and Emolene Lynch

 

 


 

CHAPTER 8 RICHARD DOTSON, JR. 181

 

 

Nancy 18

Victoria 1

From the 1860 census of VA; Doddridge County, Dwl. 348, Fam. 349:

 

 

Calvin Dotson 37 M Grocer VA

Nancy 31 F VA

Victoria 10 F VA

Ducket L 7 M VA

Calvin 3 M VA

Draper 5 M VA

Frederick 8/12M VA

 

 

From the 1870 census of WV; Doddridge County, West Union borough, Dwl. 137,

Fam. 130:

 

Dotson, Calvin 46 MW Com. lab. RE $600, Pers. $20 VA

Nancy 38 FW Kp. house VA

Duckit 19 MW Com. lab. VA

Draper 16 MW VA

John C 13 MW VA

Frederick R 10 MW VA

Franklin 3 MW WV

 

From the 1880 census of WV; Doddridge, 121 006:

 

Dotson, Calvin WM 56 Farmer VA VA VA

Nancy WF 48 Wife Housekeeper VA VA VA

Fred WM 20 Son at home VA VA VA

Frank WM 13 Son at home WV VA VA

Lloyd WM 9 Son WV VA VA

Richard WM 4 Son WV VA VA

 

From the 1900 census soundex of WV: Dodd West Union Dist 5 27 8 51

Dotson Nancy W Aug 1831 68 WV Living alone

 

 

In Doddridge Co. Deaths Vol. 1, p. 146: “Dotson, Nancy female Feb 4, 1903; age 71y

5m 5d widow; life res. of state; place of death West Union WV; bur. West Union;

undertaker C S Pease West Union” Parents of eight known children:

 

1.-Victoria Dotson, b. 18 June 1848; d. 4 Sept 1957. She m. John A. Smith.

 

This marriage in Doddridge County: “14 June 1866...Victoria Dotson & John A.

Smith by Calvin H. Laken.” She was 18 and he was 23. John A. Smith, b. 2 Dec 1842; d.

23 April 1913.

 

 Both buried I.O.O.F. Cemetery, West Union, W.Va.

[Note; this Victoria Dotson not to be confused with another Victoria Dotson, dau. of

Wm. W. & Mary Cross Dotson, Chapter VIII-2].

Parents of eleven children:

 

a.-Thomas D. Smith, b. 23 Dec 1867; m. Lenora Dotson, 27 July 188 by George

McGill. (Lenora Dotson, dau. of Francis Marion Dotson, child No. 5, Chapter VIII-9). Two

children:

 

1.- Henry C. Smith, b. 1896. Has four children.

2.- Infant Smith, b. 20 Nov 1889; d. 21 Nov 1889.

 

 


 

182 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

b.- Robert Lee Smith, b. 21 Oct 1869; d. 23 Dec 1932. He m. Dochia Delila Lawson

of Wood County. Five children:

 

1.- Dessie Smith, b. 1905

 

2.- Lewyer Smith, b. 1908

 

3.- Pearl Smith, b. 1910; m._____ Holtz. Four children

 

4.- 0lga Smith, b. 1919

 

5.- Christina Louise Smith, b. 1923; m.___ Money. Three children

 

c.- John Calvin Smith, b. & d. 5 July 1872

 

d.- Draper C. Smith, b. 25 July 1873; m. Mandia (Maud) Congrove, b. Aug 1878,

Jackson Co. Two children:

 

1.- Male Infant, b. 6 July 1894

 

2.- Keith Smith, b. 20 April 1901.

 

e.- Mary Nancy Smith, b. 1 June 1876; m.____Costilow.

 

f.- Fredrick Howard Smith, b. 26 June 1979. He, age 21, m. Maud Ramsey, age 19;

4 July 1900 by F. N. Boyd.

 

g.- Floyd Nelson Smith, b. 28 March 1882; d. 7 Feb 1942. He m. Martha Alice Bee,

1 March 1900 by Riley G. Davis. Martha b. 7 Oct 1875. Six children:

 

1.- Tessa Ruby Smith, b. 7 March 1901

 

2.- Eldridge Cody Smith, b. 21 Nov 1903

 

3.- Willa Leota Smith, b. 6 Feb 1905

 

4.- Infant Smith, b. 7 May 1906. Deceased

 

5.- Infant Smith, b. 7 March 1911. Deceased

 

6.- Mary Virginia Smith, b. 11 Aug 1913

 

h.- William Henry Smith, b. 7 July 1884; m. Mary Etta Day, Feb 1911 by N. E.

Duckworth. She b. 20 May 1885. Seven children:

 

1.- Neva Ruth Smith, b. 12 Jan 1912

 

2.- Kenneth Day Smith, b. 30 July 1914

 

3.- Noca June Smith, b. 15 Feb 1917

 

4.- William Henry Smith, b. 24 July 1918

 

5.- Victoria Lee Smith, b. 24 May 1921.

 

6.- Juretha V. Smith, b. 19 Nov 1924.

 

7.- Pearl Leone Smith, b. 6 Aug 1913

 

i.- Samuel L. Smith, b. 19 Aug 1886; d. 23 June 1887. Measles.

 

j.- Clifford P. Smith, b. 5 May 1888; d. 3 May 1942. He m. Sally Martin, b. 11 Dec

1886: d. 6 Nov 1971. She dau. of George W. and Emily Smith Martin. Nine children:

 

1.- Howard Ralph Smith, b. 9 April 1910

 

2.- Clyde Paul Smith, b. 13 Nov 1911

 

3.- Flora Smith, b. 27 Sept 1913

 

4.- Lulu Smith, b. 31 Aug 1915

 

5.- Charles Harry Smith, b. Oct_______.

 

6.- Edward Smith, b. 27 July 1921

 

7.- Mable Smith, b. 26 April 1925

 

8.- Mildred Smith

 

9.- Mona Morea Smith

 


 

CHAPTER 8 RICHARD DOTSON, JR. 183

 

 

k.- LucyMinie Smith, b. 22 Aug 1890; m. Barney Bond of Tyler Co. by N. E.

Duckworth. (Barney Bond, son of Squire Bond; see Chapter V-11 Eliza Margaret Dotson)

 

2.- Ducket L. Dotson, b. 1851.

 

This marriage in Doddridge County: “14 May 1871...Ducket L. Dotson, 20...single...b.

Dodd. Co...res. Dodd. Co...Parents, Calvin & Nancy; & Harriett Ann Russell, 17...

single...b. Dodd. Co...res. Dodd. Co...Parents, Joseph Smith & Eliza Bond by J. M.

Harshbarger.”

 

From the 1880 census of WV; Doddridge Co., 121 029:

 

Dotson, D L WM 29 Blacksmith VA VA VA

H A WF 25 Housekeeper VA VA VA

Nancy WF 8 Dau WV VA VA

Eliza WF 4 Dau WV VA VA

Calvin WM 11/12 Son WV VA VA

 

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; Doddridge West Union Dist 5 27 18 31

 

Dotson Dick L W Nov 1851 48 WV

Harrieh? A W Apr 1854 46 WV

Lyde D Mar 1876 24 WV

Bessie D Oct 1885 14 WV

Claude S Aug 1889 10 WV

Cleva D Nov 1892 7 WV

Preston D S Mar 1895 6 WV

 

From the Doddridge Co. Death Index, Vol. 3, p. 24: “Dotson, Howard, male, May

9, 1875; parents Hattie Dotson, Ducket L Dotson.”

 

From the Doddridge Co. Death Index, Vol. 3, p. 36: “Dotson, Magie, female Feb. 17

1882; parents Harriett Dotson, Ducket Dotson.”

 

3.- Draper C. Dotson, b. 25 Sept 1853. d. Aug 16, 1934.

 

From the Doddridge Co. Death Index Vol. 4, p. 44: “Dotson Draper C., male, Aug

16, 1934; parents Nancy Gatrill, Calvin Dotson.”

 

Draper Dotson m. (1) Columbia A Metz; First marriage in Doddridge County: “24

Nov. 1874...Draper Dotson, 21...single...b. Dodd. Co...res. Dodd. Co...Parents, Calvin &

Nancy; & Columbia A. Metz, 19...single... b. Harrison Co...res. Rit. Co...Parents, Henry

& Ruth by W. E. Powell.” He was 21 at the time of this first marriage. He shortly lost his

wife and small child.

 

From the Doddridge Co. Death Index, Vol. 3, p. 26: “ Dotson, Columbia, female, July

13, 1876; parents Henry Metz.” and from p. 30: “Dotson, S. V., female, Mar 3 1878; parents

Draper Dotson”.

 

Draper Dotson m. (2) Mary Frances Davis; second marriage in Doddridge County:

“28 (4) Jan 1877...Draper Dotson, 23...widowed...b. Dodd. Co...res. Dodd. Co...parents,

Calvin & Nancy; & Mary F. Davis, 18...single... b. Dodd. Co...res. Dodd. Co...Parents,

Xacharias & Huldah by J. M. Harshbarger.”

 

From the 1 census of WV; Doddridge Co., 121 002:

Dotson C D WM 26 Laborer VA VA VA

 

Mary A WF 22 Wife Housekeeper VA VA VA

 

Lelia J WF 1 Dau WV VA VA

 


 

184 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; Doddridge West Union Dist City West

m....town??? 5 27 1 70:

 

Dotson Draper C W Sept 1854 45 WV

Mary F W Sept 1857 43 WV

Katie Y D Mar 1881 19 WV

Ethel G D Mar 1886 14 WV

Ralph R S July 1890 9 WV

Perly C (Clay) S Nov 1895 4 WV

G Dewey(George) S Jan 1899 1 WV

 

Willis John S-L nr nr 32 WV

Lelia J D May 1879 21 WV

Griffin D G-S Feb 1900 2/12 WV

 

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Doddridge 007 0034 0178

 

Dotson Draper C H W 56 WV WV

Mary W 50 WV

Katy Y D 28 WV

Clay S 14 WV

George S 11 WV

Vera D 04 WV

Jettie V (Wallace)DL 16 WV

 

 

From Davis, Settlers of Salem, W. Va., page 18711: “Mary Frances Davis, b. 4 Sept.

1857; m. 28 Jan. 1877, Draper Dotson, (son of Calvin Dotson)” Seven of their children,

died young. Parents of three living children:

 

a.- Lelia Dotson, b. at West Union, WV.; m. John K. Willis. Lived at Central Station.

From Page 218...six children:

1.- 0scar G. Willis, b. 5 Feb 1900; m. 14 March 1921, Madge Ruth Miller, b. 24

 

Aug 1905; d. 4 June 1974.

2.- Gerlad E. Willis, b. 11 July 1902; m. Glenda Elder.

3.- Kenneth J. Willis, b. 20 Dec 1904; m. Dessel W. Brown.

4.- Mary Francis Willis, b. 18 May 1907; m. 19 April 1922, Lewis Brown

 

(deceased).

5.- Katheryn Lucille Willis, b. 15 June 1909; m. Frank Black.

6.- Dessie W. Willis, b. 24 Nov. 1911; m. 4 June 1942, Lee M. Garner. Resides

 

at Greenwood, W.Va.

b.- Ethel Dotson, m. 21 Feb 1905, Oran Moran.

c.- Raymond Dotson, m. Jetty Wallace. Two children:

 

1.- Clay Wallace.

2.- Katie Wallace.

 

 

4.-John Calvin Dotson b. ca. 1857, d 22 Dec 1877.

 

From Doddridge Co. Death Index, Vol. 3, p. 28: “Dotson, John C. Dec 22, 1877;

parents N. Dotson, C. Dotson.”

 

5.- Fredrick R. Dotson, b. ca 1859; d. June 19, 1933.

 


 

CHAPTER 8 RICHARD DOTSON, JR. 185

 

 

From the Doddridge Co. Death Index, Vol. 4, p. 44: “Dotson, Frederick R., male, June

19, 1933; parents Nancy Gatrell John C. Dotson”.

 

This marriage in Doddridge Co.: “19 Dec. 1880...Fredrick E. Dotson, 21...single...b.

Dodd. Co... res. Dodd. Co...Parents, Calvin & Nancy; & Ruth R. Weekley, 20... single...b.

Tyler Co...res. Dodd. Co...Parents, Isreal & Elizabeth by F. J. Ashburn.”

 

Isreal and Elizabeth were m. in Tyler Co. and are in the 1850 census of Tyler Co. but

I do not find them in “The Weekley Family” by Henry A. Davis. Henry A. Davis also wrote

“A Davis Family History” These are Davises that settled on Middle Island Creek, below

West Union, W.Va.

 

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; Dodd West Union Dist 5 27 8 23

 

Dotson Fred W Oct 1859 40 WV

Ruth H W Mar 1860 40 WV

Joh(n) C S Mar 1881 19 WV

Zack R S May 1882 18 WV

Walter H S Mar 1884 16 WV

Frederick S S Mar 1886 14 WV

Clifton S Nov 1889 11 WV

Franklin B S Mar 1892 8 WV

Bruce S July 1894 5 WV

 

From Doddridge Co. Death Index, Vol. 4, p. 43: “Dotson, Franklin B, male Sept 20

1927; parents Bertha H. Weekley, Fredrick R. Dotson”

 

6.-Franklin B. Dotson. b. ca. 1867; d. 5 Aug 1887.

 

In the household of his father Calvin in 1870, age 3, and in 1880, age 13.

 

From the Doddridge Co. Death Index, Vol. 3, p. 46: “Dotson, Franklin B., male, Aug

5 1887; parents Nancy Dotson, Calvin Dotson.”

 

7.-Lloyd Dotson b. ca. 1871;

 

In the household of his father Calvin Dotson in the 1880 census, age 9.

 

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; Doddridge West Union Dist West Union 5 27?

 

3 61:

Dotson Lloyd W Oct 1870 29 WV

Ella M W Apr 1869 31 WV

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Doddridge 007 0034 0176

Datson Lloyd G

H W 39 WV WV

Ella W 45 WV

 

8.-Richard Howard Dotson, b. 21 Jan 1876

 

In the 1880 census of his father Calvin Dotson, age 4.

 

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Doddridge 007 0034 0195

Dotson Richard H W 35 WV WV

 

Josephine W 34 WV

 

Hazel D 05 WV

 

Clorine D nr WV

0.-One other unnamed birth for Nancy and Calvin Dotson was recorded in Doddridge

County. From Doddridge Co. Births Vol. 1, p. 60: “May 1873; Dotson ——, male, Nancy

Dotson Calvin Dotson.”

 


 

186 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

CHAPTER VIII-6.

DELIAH DOTSON.

 

Deliah Dotson, b. 20 April 1826.

 

This marriage in Doddridge Co.: “14 Oct 1850...James E. Wells, 21; & Deliah

Dotson, 2O...res. Dodd. Co...Parents, Richard Dotson.” No other information.

 

CHAPTER VIII-7.

DRUCILLA DOTSON.

 

Drucilla Dotson, b. 13 Aug 1829.

 

This marriage in Wood Co.: “Jacob Juda (Judy) and Drusilla Dotson 24 Feb 1846 by

William D. Lowther.”

 

From the 1850 census of Doddridge County, Fam. No. 115:

 

Jacob Juda 20 MW Farmer PA

Drusilla 20 FW VA

Luther A 1 MW VA

 

Note; next door to Fam. No. 114 Drusilla’s parents Richard and Margaret Dotson

 

CHAPTER VIII-8.

MALVINA DOTSON.

 

Malvina Dotson, b. 22 Aug 1832. No other information.

 

CHAPTER VIII-9.

FRANCIS MARION DOTSON.

 

 

Francis Marion Dotson, b. 22 Feb. 1835; d. 4 March 1915.

In the 1850 census of VA; Doddridge Co., age 15, in the household of his father

Richard, Jr.: “Francis M 15 MW VA”

 

This marriage in Doddridge County: “ 5 June 1856...Marion Dotson, 21...single...b.

Harrison Co...res. Dodd. Co...Parents, Richard and Margaret; and Isabel Hufford,

15...single... b. Washington Co., Pa...res. Dodd. Co...Parents, Peter and Mary Ann by

Ezekiel Bee.” She b. 1 Jan. 1841.

 

From the 1860 census of VA; Doddridge Co. (p. 483), Dwl 347, Fam 348:

 

Dotson, M. 26 M Farmer VA

Isabelle 20 F VA

Francis M 2 M(?) VA

 

Goodwin, B J, 18 and Lorraine Goodwin, 19, and four children in Dwl. 347.

From the 1870 census of WV; Doddridge Co. (p. 58), Dwl 289, Fam. 253:

 

Dotson, Francis M 34 MW Farmer VA

Isabel 28 FW Keeping house PA

Frances 11 FW VA

Helen M (ary) 9 FW VA

Luther D 6 MW VA

 


 

CHAPTER 8 RICHARD DOTSON, JR. 187

 

 

Margaret 3 FW VA

Leanora 8/12FW WV

From the 1880 census of Ritchie Co., 150 028:

 

 

Dotson, Marion WM 45 Farmer WV WV OH

Isabell WF 31 Wife Keeping housePA PA PA

Mary H WF 18 Dau At home WV WV PA

Luther WM 16 Son At home WV WV PA

M C( Margaret) WF 13 Dau At home WV WV PA

Lenora WF 10 Dau WV WV PA

Henry WM 7 Son WV WV PA

Richard M WM 5 Son WV WV PA

Daisy WF 6/12Dau (Dec 1879) WV WV PA

 

From the 1900 census soundex of WV: Doddridge Central Dist 5 20 11 12

 

Dotson Marion W Feb 1835 65 WV

Isabel W Jan 1841 59 Penn

Hellen M D Apr 1861 39 WV

Henry C S Aug 1872 27 WV

Richard M S Apr 1875 25 WV

Daisy D Dec 1879 20 WV

Stella D Oct 1882 17 WV

 

 

From the 1910 census soundex of WV: Doddridge 007 0026 0063

 

Dotson Marion H W 75 WV WV

Isabel W 69 Penn

Helen M D 49 WV

Stalla D 27 WV

Glenn GS 06 WV

 

 

Parents of nine children:

 

1.-Frances Dotson, b. 17 July 1858; d. 29 Oct. 1928.

 

On 5 October 1878 she m. Barton Rollins. He b. 1 April 1856; d. Aug. 1951. This

marriage in Ritchie Co.: “3 Oct. 1878...Barton Rollins...age 22...b. Ritchie...son of Edward

and Mary...m. Frances Dotson...age 20 ...b. Doddridge...resident Ritchie...dau. of Marion

and Isabelle.”

 

Her sister, Mary Helen Dotson lived with them. After Frances’ death Barton Rollins,

 

m (2) Mary Helen Dotson

Barton Rollins and Frances Dotson had seven children:

a.- Mamie Rollins, m. lsaac “Ike” Miller. They went to Oklahoma. They had four

 

children.

b.- Sherman Rollins, m. Cora Melven. They had four children.

c.- Nellie Rollins, m. Goff Mason. They had several children.

d.- Bessie Rollins, m. Lloyd Ingram. Lived Cabin Run. Parents of several children.

e.- Leamon Rollins. No information.

f.- Lucy Rolllns, m. Carl Mason. He, son of Anthony Mason.

g.- Russell Rollins. No information.

 


 

188 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

2.- Mary Ellen Dotson, b. 3 April 1861; d. 31 Oct 1947. After the death of her sister,

Frances Dotson, she m. her brother-in-law, Barton Rollins. She had made her home with

Barton and Frances for many years.

 

3.- Luthur Dotson, b. 9 .May 1864; d. 16 June 1944. He m. Ella Cottrill. She d. 7 Jan 1942.

 

Eight children:

 

a.- Claude Dotson, m. Myrtle Edwards. He d. 1929.

 

b.- Retta Dotson, m. John Bunch.

 

c.- Vernie Dotson, m(1) Guy Russell; m (2) Claude Roach.

 

d.- Delphia Dotson, m. Everett McCarty.

 

e.- Clady Dotson

 

f.- Charlie Dotson

 

g.- Dollie Dotson, m. Harvey McCarty.

 

h.- Edna Dotson. Never married.

 

4.- Margaret Caroline Dotson, b. 17 Dec 1866: d. 19 June 1938. She m. (1) Dolph Cottrill.

 

Two children:

 

a.- Gussie Cottrill, m. Clyde Hufford. Two children:

 

1.- Rex Hufford

 

2.- Ray Hufford

 

b.- Isabel Cottrill, m. Walt Smith.

4.-Margaret Caroline Dotson, m (2) Hat Hufford. Two children:

 

c.- Arlie Hufford. (Killed by train at age 18 or 19).

 

d.- Mark Hufford

 

5.- Eleanor (Lanor) Dotson, b. 1 Sept 1869; d. 3 Jan 1901. She m. Tom Smith. (See, Chapter

 

VIII-5 John Calvin Dotson) Four children:

 

a.- Homer Smith, b. 19 Feb 1894.

 

b.- Henry Clay Smith, b. 4 Aug 1896; d. 15 July 1952.

 

c.- Infant Smith, b. 20 Nov 1889; d. 21 Nov 1889.

 

d.- Infant Smith.

 

6.- Henry Clinton Dotson, b. 3 Aug.1872; d. 31 Dec 1930. He m. Maxine Calhoun 18 Sept.

 

1901. She b. ca. 1878. One son:

 

a.- Burl Dotson.

 

Lived on Goose Creek, east of Petroleum, near Victory School.

 

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Ritchie 036 0070 0130

 

Dotson Henry C H W 37 WV WV

 

Maxie W 32 WV

 

Burl Dotson m. Stella Varner, dau. of Oliver and Elizabeth Varner.

 

This obituary from the Ritchie Gazette, 1991: “Stella Virginia Dotson, 73, of 1320

40th St., Parkersburg, WV, died Thursday March 28, 1991 at her residence after a brief

Illness.

 

She was born in Petroleum, WV, a daughter of the late Oliver and Elizabeth Harris

Varner. She was a member of the Grace Gospel Church, Pettyville, WV.

 


 

CHAPTER 8 RICHARD DOTSON, JR. 189

 

 

Surviving are her husband, Burl H. Dotson; three sons, Clinton H. Dotson and

Burl Patrick Dotson, both of Parkersburg, and Ronald Michael Dotson of Redlands, CA;

four brothers, Shirley Varner of Harrisville, WV, George Varner of Petroleum, Utah

Varner of Akron, OH, and Calvin Varner of Parkersburg; five sisters, Nellie Metz, Inez

Smith and Verna Wilson, all of Parkersburg, Julia Donley of Akron, and Nina Miller of

Shippensburg, PA.

 

Services were held at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with the Rev. Bill Angel

officiating. Burial was in the Ellafritz Cemetery*, Petroleum.”

 

*Note; Ellifritt Cemetery is four miles east of the village of Petroleum, on Goose Creek

near the mouth of Short Run. See Chap. IX-5 Hiram Dotson.

 

7.- Richard Michael Dotson, b. 13 April 1875; d. 5 March 1937.

 

He m. Maud Batton. This marriage in Ritchie Co.; “3 April 1909...Richard M.

Dotson...age 28...b. Doddridge...m. Eunice M. Batton...age 19...b. Doddridge...resident

Ritchie.” She b. 1889.

 

From the 1910 census soundex of WV: Doddridge 007 0026 0190

 

Dotson Richard R (M) H W 35 WV WV

Maud W 20 WV

Gladys D nr WV

Seven Children:

 

a.-Gladys Isabell Dotson, m. Austin “Austie” Nutter.

b.-Pearl Elizabeth Dotson; m. ____ Wilson. One child:

1.-“Bill” Dotson.

c.-Alice Jane Dotson, m. Sam Waldo (Chap. V-14). One child:

 

1.- Mike Waldo m. Paula Hodge, one child.

d.-Lawrence Dotson

e.-Opal Dotson, m. ____ Bunch.

f.-Roxie Dotson, m. ____ Davis. Lives at Pennsboro

g.-A still born child, b. 13 May 1878.

 

8.- Daisy Dotson, b. 15 Dec 1879; d. 8 Jan 1959.

She m. Eph Bee 29 Dec 1901. He b. 12 Nov 1874, d. 8 Sept 1955. Two children:

a.-Vonda Bee, m. Forrest Leggett.

 

b. - A stllborn child.

9.-Stella Dotson, b. 16 Oct 1882; d. 31 July 1958.

She m. 26 Nov 1916, William Frankhouser; he b. 4 May 1889, d. 4 May 1958. Five

 

children:

a.-Glen Dotson, b. 8 Feb 1904, d. 10 Sep. 1958.

b.-Reed Dotson. (These two were Stella’s children and were Dotsons.)

 

c. - William Earl Frankhouser, b. 5 June 1917, m. Letha Myers 21 Aug. 1941. Letha

b. 22 Aug 1920. Three children:

1.-William Michael Frankhouser, m. Pearl _____ 7 Nov____. One child:

(1) Michael Allen Frankhouser, b Aug.___


 

190 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

2.-Barbara Jane Frankhouser, m. Melvia Mosser. Two children:

 

 (1) Mark Andrew Mossor, b. 20 Aug 1968

(2) William Davis Mossor.

3.-James Anthony Frankhouser.

d. Gordon Frankhouser, b. 20 May 1919; m. Leatrice Joyce Kennedy 24 Dec 1945"

They have three children:

1.- Roger Bruce Frankhouser, m. Joyce Ann Medina, 19 Aug. 1967. She b. 16

May 1948. One adopted son:

 

(1) William Joseph Frankhouser, b. 28 April 1971.

2.- Stephen Reid Frankhouser, b. 20 Aug 1948; m. 19 May 1972, Karen Lemasters.

3.-Kathy Sue Frankhouser, m. 13 April 1968, Stephen J. Yacheuv. Two

children:

 

(1) Craig Allen Yacheuv, b. 6 Jan 1971.

(2) Melissa Ann Yacheuv, b. 11 Oct 1972.

e.- Ralph Kent Frankhouser, m. (1) Betty Jo Kiger, divorced. He b. 23 Sept 1924; d.

5 May 1969.

e.- Ralph Kent Frankhouser, m. (2)____ ____

 

 .

 

Notes: Chapter 8

 

 1MinnieKendallLowther,HistoryofRitchieCounty(Wheeling,W.Va.:WheelingNewsLithoCo.,

1911); p. 144.

 

2 Susie Davis Nicholson, Davis, The Settlers of Salem, W. Va. Revised Edition

(Strashburg, Ohio: Gordon Printing Co., 1979), p. 128.

 

3 H. H. Hardesty, Hardesty’s Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia, Maps and

Histories of Ritchie and Doddridge Co’s., W.Va., 1883 and Hardesty’s West Virginia Counties

Doddridge Marion Upshur Wetzel Vol. 2 , and Gilmer Ritchie Lincoln Wayne Vol. 7. 1883,

Reprints (Richwood, W.Va.: Jim Comstock, 1973), Vol. 2, p. 17.

 

4 Susie Davis Nicholson, Davis, The Settlers of Salem, W. Va. Revised Edition (Strashburg,

 

Ohio: Gordon Printing Co., 1979), p. 89 and p. 148.

 

5Ibid., p. 148.

 

6Minnie Kendall Lowther, Edited by Barr Wilson, Ritchie County in History and Romance,

(Parsons WV: McClain Printing Company, 1990), p. 373.

 

7History of Doddridge County, 1979 (Dallas TX: Paoli PA: Taylor Publishing Co., 1979),

 

p. 87.8Barr Wilson,Jacob Collins Sr. and Phebe Stuthart (unpublished, 1982), p. 9.9Evelyn P. Gain Furner, Descendants of Adam J. and Susan Fleming Gain., (Publisher

unlisted, Nov. 1980)

10Morris Purdy Shawkey,West Virginia in History, Life, Literature and Industry, Vol. IV

(Chicago and New York: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1928), p. 242.

11Susie Davis Nicholson, Davis, The Settlers of Salem, W. Va. Revised Edition (Strashburg,

Ohio: Gordon Printing Co., 1979), p. 187.

 


 

Chapter IX

Elisha Dotson

 

 

E

E

lisha Dotson, b. 1795; m... Miss Nancy Wineger. From Wood County Death

Records (see below): “Dotson, Elisha ... Parents; Richard and Millie Dotson.... “

From Miss Lowther’s History of Ritchie County 19111:

 

“ELISHA DOTSON was a soldier of the War of 1812, and his wife was Miss Nancy

Wineger. Their family consisted of the following named children; Irvin Dotson of Rusk is

the only surviving member of the family and he is now seventy four years of age. Richard

who married Miss Elizabeth Deem, was the head of the Elizabeth (Wirt Co.) family, who

have, since died, removed to Parkersburg. Albert rests in Wood Co.; Hiram on Goose

Creek; Jackson in Oregon; Mary (Mrs. John Hustage) and Mahala (Mrs. John Fleming),

both in Wood Co.; and Clarinda (Mrs. George Elefritz) of Goose Creek.”

 

Elisha was a veteran of the War of 1812; he served in Capt. Henry Steed’s Company

“D”, Infantry, 5th Reg’t. Virginia Militia, commanded by Lieut. Col. Isaac Booth, from

Aug. 30, 1814 to Mar. 24, 1815. Elisha’s service parallels closely that of his older brother

Emanuel, Sr. (Chap. VII).

 

From the 1820 census of VA; Wood County (p. 184):

Elisha Dotson...males: 2 under 10; 1 16-26; Females: 1 under 10; 1 16-26.

Assuming all were their own children, they had two young boys and one young girl.

From the 1830 census of VA; Wood County:

 

Elisha Dotson...males; 1 under 5; 2 5-10; 1 15-20; 1 30-40; 1 70-80; females; 1

5-10; 1 10-15; 1 30-40. The male 70-80 is assumed to be Elisha’s father, Richard Dotson

Sr., born 1752. This would mean that Richard’s 3rd wife, Naomi Villers Gregg had d.

before 1830 and that he was living with his son Elisha. It should also be noted that a male

70-80 yrs. of age, also assumed to be Richard Dotson, Sr. was enumerated in the household

of his son Joseph Dotson in Tyler County in the 1830 census.

 

Assuming all were their own, six children were in the family; one girl and three boys

born after 1820; the one girl born before 1820 is shown as now 10-15; however only one

boy is in the 15-20 age group and none 10-15, whereas there should have been two based

on the 1820 census; perhaps one boy died or one of the boys listed in the 5-10 group should

have been in the 10-15 group; the latter explanation would fit the identified children listed

below.

 

From records in Tyler County:

 

Tyler Co. Deed Book 2 p 34, 1823; Elisha, wife Nancy and Ruben Martin to Thomas

Cochran and James Morris 60A Ohio River Cresept and Baily line.

 

Tyler County Land Grants; Bk 1, p. 395, 1836; Elisha Dotson 150A Short Run (of

Arnold Creek).

 


 

192 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

 Tyler Co. Deed Book 7, p. 394; 1839; Elisha and Nancy to Nathan Hanes, 150A.

Arnold Creek. This means Nancy Wineger Dotson was living 1839.

Records in Doddridge County:

Doddridge Co. Deeds Vol. 1, p. 165; 1 Feb. 1845 (rec. 6 Mar. 1847) Dotson, John and

 

Mahala to Elisha Dotson, 100 acres for one dollar... one moiety (half) of a two hundred acre

tract of land situate in County of Doddridge and the same which was pattened (sic) to

Hedgmen Triplett and Richard Dotson the 1st day of Aug. 1817 and the same on which the

said Elisha Dotson now lives..the west end of the aforesaid 200 acre tract.

 

Doddridge County Deeds Vol 2, p. 462; 8 Feb 1855 (deed dated 12 Jan. 1855) Dotson,

Elisha and Ingabee to Josephus Culp 96 3/4 acres Hughes River $1161. ....deliver

possession to Culp on 1 Apr. 1855.

 

 Elisha was not found in the census of 1840 in the counties of Tyler, Wood or Harrison,

as head of a household, although from the above deed he was living on the 100 acre tract

in the Duckworth area. In 1850, he and his second wife Ingaby and children were

enumerated in the same house-hold as that of Henry Ellefritt in Doddridge County; his

relationship to the Henry Ellefritt family has not been determined.

 

From the 1850 census of VA; Doddridge County Fam. No. 118:

Henry Ellefritt 28 MW Farmer Maryland

 

Nancy 28 FW Virginia

Flora E 4 FW Virginia

Eleanore 2 FW Virginia

Mary E 4/12FW Virginia

Elisha Dotson 55 MW Virginia

Ingaby 34 FW Virginia

Elisha 16 MW Virginia

Irvin 13 MW Virginia

Daniel 3/12MW Virginia

 

Note: Fam No. 115 was Jacob and Drusilla Dotson Juda, Fam. 114 was Richard and

Margaret White Dotson, Fam. 112 was Wellington and Charlotte Duckworth, Fam. 109

Zachary and Eliza Edelbute Dotson, Fam 108 Thomas and Jacynthia Dotson Scott, Fam

107 Henry and Rhoda Duckworth, Fam 104 Aaron and Jane Duckworth, Fam. 97 William

Dotson, Sr. and Mary A. Franks Dotson. These families lived in the Duckworth- Greenwood

area of Doddridge Co.

 

From the above deed, in which he sold his ca. 100 acre tract in the Duckworth area

to Josephus Culp with possession on April 1, 1855, it is concluded that it was at this time

that he moved his family to the Belleville, Steele Township area of Wood County. The

exact reason for making this move to Wood County has not been clearly established; it

should be noted however that in the 1850 census of Wood Co., his son Richard W., 39, was

enumerated as head of household, and with whom two of Elisha’s other sons Zachariah,

28 (farmer), and Albert, 22 (farmer), were living. Perhaps it was a move to be near these

children.

 

From the 1860 census of VA; Wood Co. Belleville PO; Dwl 207; Fam. 207

 

Elisha Dodson 64 M Farmer RE$1000 Per$253 VA

Ingaby 42 F Wife VA

Warren W 7 M VA att.sch

Robert 2 M VA

 


 

CHAPTER 9 ELISHA DOTSON 193

 

 

From the 1870 census of WV; Wood Co Steele Twnshp Wadesville PODwl 15 Fam

 

15 Dotson Elisha 76 MW Farmer $500 $200 VA cannot r. or w.

Ongeba 52 FW Kps house cannot r. or w.

Warner W 18 MW Farming VA att sch.

Robert 13 MW VA att sch cannot write

 

From Wood County Death Records: “Dotson, Elisha d. Aug. 30, 1871, Wood Co.

Steele District. 77 yrs 6 mo. 8 days. Parents; Richard and Millie Dotson. Informant;

Enzaba, WF. (wife).”

 

While living in Wood County, Elisha wrote a will in 1867; after his death Aug. 30,

1871, this will was proven and recorded in the Recorder’s office of Wood County on Nov

1, 1871; a copy of this will was found by Art Dotson in “The Book of Wills, Wood County

Courthouse, Parkersburg, W. Va.”, Pages 124 and 125; researched in October, 1991.

 

WILL OF ELISHA DOTSON

 

In the name of God Amen, I Elisha Dotson being of sound mind and feeling the

uncertainty of human life and wishing to settle worldly affairs, do make and publish this

my last will and testament. First, I give and bequeath to my wife, Ingaba Dotson, one

bedstead and bedding, twelve chairs, one side saddle, bridle and martingales, one Loom

and rigging, one big wheel and one little wheel, one looking glass, all the family books and

pictures, matixs and hoes, plows, two chests and trunk, knives and forks, cupboard ware,

1 brass kettle, two iron kettles, two tables and 1 stand, all the hogs on the farm, all the sheep

on the farm, one cook stove and fixtures and all fire cooking utensils, two cows, one hors

and gear, one horse wagon, Second to my sons Richard W. Dotson, and Zach Dotson and

Hiram Dotson, Albert Dotson, Irvin Dotson and my daughters, Mahala Fleming, Clarinda

Ellefritz, and my daughter Mary Hustage, I give and devise to each of them the sum of one

dollar and a certain note as judgement on Owen Dotson* for one hundred and fifty dollars,

the interest and cost paid by me on same be equally divided among my above married

children if the same can be collected they being at his expense at collecting the same, Third

to my sons, Warner W. and Robert W. Dotson I give and bequeath all the residue of my

personal property of which I may die seized to be equally divided between the two, hereby

revoking all former wills by me made. Given under my hand seal this 8 day of February,

1867. His

 

Elisha X Dotson (seal)

Mark

Signed and sealed in the presence of the undersigned, Witnessses at the request of

 

Testator it being in his presence and in presence of each other.

 

s/ J. S. Keeves

 

s/ James D. Loomey West Virginia Recorders Office

 

s/ Peter Sellers Wood County November 1st 1871

 

 The foregoing last will and testament of Elisha Dotson dec’d. was this day duly

proven before me in said office by the oaths of James D. Loomey and Peter Sellers

Subscribing witneses thereto and admitted to record therein.

s/ W. H. Smith, R. W. C.

(Recorder Wood County)

*Owen Dotson, son of Joseph Dotson and a nephew of Elisha; see Chap. X-3; Owen

 

lived for a time in the late 1850s in Wood Co.; later Indiana and Kansas.

 


 

194 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

Children missing from this will were (1) Jackson, who was reported as having moved

to Oregon, (2) Elisha, who died in 1853, (3) Daniel oldest child of Ingaba, shown age three

months in the 1850 census, not in 1860 or 1870; probably died young.

 

Elisha and Nancy were parents of ten known children:

 

1.- Richard W. Dotson, b. 1812 Chapter IX-1

2.- Jackson Dotson Chapter IX-2

3.- Mary Dotson, b. 1817 Chapter IX-3

4.- Zachariah Dotson, b. 1822 Chapter IX-4

5.- Hiram Dotson, b. July 1825 Chapter IX-5

6.- Mahala Dotson, b. ca 1825-26. Chapter IX-6

7.- Albert Dotson, b. 1828 Chapter IX-7

8.- Clarinda Dotson, b. ca 1830 Chapter IX-8

9.- Elisha Dotson, Jr. b. 1833 Chapter IX-9

10.- Irvin Dotson, b. 1837 Chapter IX-10

 

Elisha Dotson m. (2) Ingaba Louther Eustler (Utchler) on Nov 3, 1847; she b. 1816

 

 

18; d. Oct 2, 1899 in Springhill, Johnson Co. Kansas.

Elishand Ingaba wereparents of three children:

11.- Daniel Dotson, b. ca. 1850, d. before 1860 Chapter IX-11

12.- Warner W. Dotson b. 1852 Chapter IX-12

13.- Robert W. Dotson b. ca. 1858 Chapter IX-13

 

CHAPTER IX-1.

RICHARD W. DOTSON.

 

Richard W. Dotson, b. ca 1812-1816. Lowther: “Richard who married Miss Elizabeth

Deem was the head of the Elizabeth (Wirt Co.) family, who have, since died, removed to

Parkersburg.” This must have been a second marriage.

 

This marriage in Tyler County: “Dotson, Richard W. and Keziah Griffin, 14 January

1837 by Joseph Barnett.”

From the 1840 census of Tyler County:

 

Richard W. Dotson...males, 1, 10-15; 1 20-30; females, 1 under 5; 1 20-30. The

male, 10 to 15 years of age is probably Lauson F. Mauls (see below), or a relative. The

female, under 5, may be Helen Dotson, 7 years of age in 1850 census of Wood County, but

should not be if her age is correct in the 1850, 1870 and 1880 census’.

 

This item from the Minute Book of the County Court of Tyler County Virginia, 18371840:

“Henry F. Dotson vs. Richard W. Dotson for use of Lauson F. Mauls.”

From the 1850 census of VA; Wood Co. Dist 65 Kenna Bowman asst Marshal 12th

day of July 1850 Dwl 225 Fam 225

 

Rich W Dotson 39 M Farmer VA

Keziah 28 F VA

Helen A* 7 F VA

Elizabeth A 3 F VA

Zachariah 28 M Farmer VA

Albert 22 M Farmer VA

 

Zachariah Dotson and Albert Dotson were brothers of Richard W. Dotson. The

 


 

CHAPTER 9 ELISHA DOTSON 195

 

 

Dotsons living in Wirt Co., W.Va. are descendants of Richard W. Dotson

*Shown age 28 in 1870; and age 38, in 1880 census of Ritchie Co. in house-hold of

her uncle Hiram Dotson on Goose Creek.

From the 1860 Census of VA; Wood Co. RR Parkersburg PO Dwl 764 Fam 758;

 

Richard W Dodson 48 M Farmer $700 $158 VA

Sarah E 27 F wife VA

Helen M 18 F VA

Elizabet A 14 F VA

Frances C 12 F VA

Franklin P 6 M VA

America 4 F VA

Emily 2 F VA

Louisa 2/12 F VA

 

 

From the 1870 census of WV; Wood Co Lubeck Twp, Lubeck PODwl 151 Fam 146

 

Dotson Richard 57(or 53) MW Farmer $500$500 VA

Sarah E 38 FW Keeps house VA

Helen 28 FW VA

Elizabeth 24 FW VA

Frances 21 FW VA

Franklin 16 MW VA att sch

Annsice?(America)12 FW VA att sch

Emily 11 FW VA att sch

Nancy 10 FW VA att sch

Eliott 8 MW VA att sch

Commodore 7 MW WV

Calvin 4 MW WV

 

Osbourn Fayette 24 MW Carpenter VA

Mary 13 FW Ohio att sch

Jasper 8 MW Ohio att sch

 

From the 1880 census of WV; Wirt Co. 158 014:

 

Dotson, R W WM 64 Farmer WV WV ___

Sarah E WF 47 Wife Kps hse. WV WV OH

Francis C WF 28 DauHousekeeper WV WV WV

Nancy WF 20 DauAt Home WV WV WV

Eliott WM 18 Son Wks on farm WV WV WV

Commodore** WM 16 Son Wks on farm WV WV WV

Calvin WM 14 Son At Home WV WV WV

Ella WF 8 Dau WV WV WV

Lillie WF 2 Dau WV WV WV

Geo W WM 25 Nephew,* Farm lab. WV WV MA

 

*George, age 16 in 1860 census of his parents Albert and Mary Dotson (Chap. IX-7);

note birthplace of his mother Mary is MA.

 


 

196 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

**From the 1900 census soundex of WV; Wood Parkersburg Dist Parkersburg City

Fourth 461 37 138 4 46

Dotson, Comador D W June 1864 36 WV

Mable W Dec 1874 26 WV

**From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Wood Parkersburg 044 0127 0124

Dotson Commodore C H W 44 WV WV

Mabel W 44 WV

 

CHAPTER IX-2.

JACKSON DOTSON.

 

From Miss Lowther2: “Jackson Dotson in Oregon.” No other information; not found

in any census of Oregon; Jackson not included in his father Elisha's will of 1867 (see above)

 

CHAPTER IX-3.

MARY DOTSON.

 

Mary Dotson, b. 1817. She m. John Hustage (Hustead), ca 1839.

From the 1850 census of VA; Tyler County:

 

Hustaed, John 32 (farmer) PA

Mary 33 VA

Eliza Ann 10

 

James 8

Mary 2

From the 1860 census of VA; Wood, Rural Route Parkersburg PO; Dwl 246 Fam 740

 

John Hustead 42 M Farmer Pers $1450 PA

Mary 42 F wife VA

James M 18 M Farm Lab VA att. sch

Mary E 12 F VA att sch

Wm. A 6 M VA att sch

John 11/12 M VA

 

Not in 1870 census index for WV, nor 1880 census index for Wood, Ritchie,

Doddridge, Harrison, Gilmer, Calhoun, or Wirt; however in the 1880 census of Wirt, 158

O27 & 158 O28:

 

Foster, T F WM 46 Merchant WV WV ___

M E WF 32 Wife Kp. hse. WV PA WV

L A WF 12 Dau. At home WV WV WV

Frank WF 9 Dau. WV WV WV

Jimmy WM 7 Son WV WV WV

 

Hustead, J S WM 20 Bil Clk. in store WV PA WV

 

It is likely that the “M E, 32 wife” is the “Mary E, 12” daughter of John and Mary

Hustage in the 1860 census above; and that the “J S Hustead, 20 brother in law” is the “John

11/12 “ son of John and Mary Hustage in the 1860 census. Note that in addition to the ages

checking, the birthplace of the father of both is given as “PA” which corresponds to the

birthplace of John Hustage in 1850 and 1860 census’.

 


 

CHAPTER 9 ELISHA DOTSON 197

 

 

CHAPTER IX-4.

ZACHARIAH DOTSON.

 

Zachariah Dotson, b. 1822. Shown, age 28, in the 1850 census of Wood Co., in the

family of his brother Richard W. Dotson. Named in his father’s will dated 1867, proven

1871. No other information.

 

Note: Not found by name in the 1860 or 1870 census index of WV; nor in the 1880

census of Ritchie, Doddridge or Wood.

 

CHAPTER IX-5.

HIRAM DOTSON.

 

Hiram Dotson, b. June 18,1825, d. 1901., m. Lucinda Leap, b. March 9, 1842 in

 

Kentucky, d. May 8, 1921

“Hiram Dotson rests on Goose Creek.”3 (in the Ellifritt Cemetery)

From the 1850 census of VA; Wood Co. Dist 65 Dwl 213 Fam 213

 

Reuben Dickson 62 M Farmer NY

Hiram Dotson 25 M Labourer VA

From the 1860 census of VA; Wood Co. Belleville PO; Dwl 213 Fam 213

 

Hiram Dodson 36 M Farm Labor $600 $29 VA

Lucinda 21 F wife VA

Victoria 2 F VA

Delia A 1 F VA

 

From the 1870 census of WV; Ritchie County (433-418):

 

Hiram Dotson 44 VA farmer

Lucinda 30 VA housekeeper

Victory V 13 VA

Delilah 12 VA

Sarinda 3 WV

Nay (m) 9/12 WV

 

From the 1880 census of WV; Ritchie County 153 023:

 

Dotson, Hiram WM 54 Farmer WV WV WV

Lucinda WF 40 Wife Kps. house WV WV WV

Victoria WF 23 Dau At home WV WV WV

Delilah A WF 21 Dau At home WV WV WV

Clarinda WF 13 Dau At home WV WV WV

Ney WF 10 Son At home WV WV WV

Grace WF 3 Dau WV WV

Helen WF 38 Niece At home WV WV WV

 

The special census of Civil War veterans and their widows of 1890 shows that Hiram

Dotson of Grant District Ritchie County served as a private in Company B 6th W. Va.

Cavalry from 17 May 1863 to May 1866.

 


 

198 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

From the 1900 census of WV; Ritchie Grant Dist 30 88 19 26 (Dwl. 341, Fam. 341)

 

Dotson Hiram D MW Head June 1825 74 WV WV OH

 

 Married 41 yrs.; farmer; can read and write, owner of farm free of mortg.

 

Lucinda FW Wife Mar 1839 61 WV WV WV

 

Rexroad Edward MW Bo Dec 1887 12 WV

 

From the 1910 census of WV; Ritchie Co. Grant Dist. 27 Apr. 1910; ED 70 Sh7:

 

Dotson Lucindie Head FW 67 Wd. 6 children/5 liv. KY VA VA

 

Gardener/sm. truck, can read and write, owns house free of mortgage; living alone

 

From the 1920 census soundex of WV: Ritchie 48 116 4 96

 

Dotson Lucinda 79 WV

 

enum. with Hanlon, William; relationship, mother- in- law

 

In the Ellifritt Cemetery, Goose Creek, Ritchie Co.;

 

“DOTSON Lucinda Dotson Mar 9 1842 May 8 1921 age 79 yrs. 1 mo. 29 ds Hiram

Dotson July 19, 1825 Dec 26, 1901 aged 76 yrs 5 mo. 7 ds; E. R. Dotson”

 

The location of the Ellifritt

Cemetery on Goose

Creek, Grant District, Ritchie

County, WV is shown on the

map at the end of this chapter.

 

In 1980 Hiram and

Lucinda Dotson’s granddaughter

Olive Shriver Metz

contributed an article and photograph

of “Grandma Dotson

1842-1923” to the book The

History of Ritchie County,

West Virginia, to 1980; 4 p.

 

111. In it she relates her recollections,

at age eighty years,

of her grand-mother Lucinda

Leap Dotson at the home place

on Goose Creek.

Deed in Ritchie County:

Bk. 29 p. 422; 1886; “Geo.W.

Elifritz to Lucinda and Nay

Dotson deed for 15a. Goose

Creek.”

 

Parents of five known children*:

*In 1910 census, Lucinda mother of 6 children/ 5 living. note “E R Dotson” at bottom

of Hiram and Lucinda headstone in Ellifritt cemetery; may be child 6 died young

 

1.- Victoria, b. 1857, was reported to have married a Harlon; no record found of this

marriage; nor Harlon in 1900 or 1910 census soundex of WV. In the 1920 census (above),

Lucinda was enumerated in Ritchie Co. with a William Hanlon, her relationship to Hanlon

"mother-in-law." No additional information.

 

 Headstone of Lucinda and Hiram Dotson

in the Ellifritt Cemetery, Goose Creek, Ritchie Co.

Photo by Art Dotson November 1991

 

 


 

CHAPTER 9 ELISHA DOTSON 199

 

 

2.- Delilah A, b. ca. 1858, d. 1936, m. Perry Davis, both buried in Ellifritt Cemetery, Goose

Creek.

This marriage in Ritchie Co. “1 Sept 1887..John P. Davis... age 32...b. Doddridge...

res. Ritchie...m. Delila A Dotson...age 23...b. Wood...resident Ritchie.”

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; Ritchie Grant Dist 3088 19 62;

 

Davis John P W July 1855 44 WV

Delilah A W June 1858 41 WV

Estella B D June 1883 16 WV

Sarah A D June 1888 11 WV

Idella G D Dec 1890 9 WV

Lelia B D July 1892 7 WV

Murnie N D May 1894 6 WV

Buleah M D May 1900 0/12 WV

 

 

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Ritchie 036 0069 0228;

 

Davis Perry J HW 53 WV

Delia A W 50 WV

(no children listed)

 

 

3.- Clarinda, b. ca. 1867, d. 1937, m. Henry Cantwell, b. 1858, d. 1953, buried in Ellifritt

Cemetery, Goose Creek.

This marriage in Ritchie Co. “18 Sept . 1887..Henry Cantwell...age 28..b. Washington

Co. Oh...resident Ritchie...m. Clarinda Dotson...age 20...b. Wirt... resident Ritchie.”

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; Ritchie Grant Dist 30 88 21 48;

 

Cantwell William HW July 1857 42 Ohio

Cara C. W Feb 1867 33 WV

Bessie F D July 1888 11 WV

William N S June 1890 9 WV

George S Nov 1892 7 WV

Thomas R S Dec 1894 5 WV

Clarence S Oct 1896 3 WV

Gouldie L D Sept 1899 10/12 WV

 

 

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Ritchie 036 0070 0136

 

Cantwell Henry W HW 52 Ohio WV

Clara E W 43 WV

Nay S 19 WV

George S 17 WV

Tom S 15 WV

Clarence S 13 WV

Goldie D 11 WV

Herbert S 08 WV

Harvy S 05 WV

 

 

Ellifitt George W U 84 Maryland

 


 

200 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

4.- Nay W., b. Aug 10, 1869, d. Oct 17, 1959 in Parkersburg WV

Buried in Hopewell Cemetery. m. Roberta J McClead. b. July 9, 1879 in Washington

Co. Oh, d. Feb 21, 1964, in Olney Illinois, buried in Hopewell Cemetery, WV.

This birth in Ritchie Co. p. 44: “Nay Dotson Grant Dist. Aug 9, 1869; parents Hiram

and Lucinda Dotson; information by Hiram Dotson, father”

This marriage in Ritchie Co. “7 April 1895...Nay W. Dotson..age 24...b. Ritchie...m.

Robirdie McClead...age 17...b. Washington Co. OH...resident Ritchie.”

From the 1900 census of WV; Ritchie Co. Grant Dist. 1 June 1900 Sup. Dist 4, ED 88,

Sh 20 p 14, Dwl 355, Fam 355:

McClead Elias Head MW 74 mar. 49 yr. b. Apr. 1826 PA PA PA

Farmer owns farm free and clear; can read and write.

Rachael E Wife FW 63 mar. 49 yr. Mother of 16, 10 living; b.

Apr. 1837 OH OH OH Can read/ cannot write

Bird J Dau. F W22 mar. 5 yr. Mother of 3, 3 living; b. July 1877

OH PA OH Can read and write

Dotson, Nay W. Son-in-lawMW20 mar. 5 yr.; b. Aug 1879 WV WV WV;

 

Farmer, can read and write

Winnie G. Dau. FW 4 Single b. Oct .1895 WV WV OH

Gertie A Dau. FW 3 Single b. Apr.1897 WV WV OH

Clyde C Dau.? MW1 Single b. Apr 1899 WV WV OH

 

From the 1910 census of WV; Ritchie Co. Grant Dist 27 Apr. 1910; ED 70, Sh. 7; Dwl

 

138, Fam 139:

Dotson, Nay W. Head MW40 Mar.#1, 15 y. WV UnK UnK Farmer

owns farm free of mortgage, can read and write

 

Berd Wife FW 32 Mar.#1, 15 y. mother of 6/ 6 living

OH UnK UnK can read/write

Winnie G Dau. FW 15 Sing. WV WV OH school

Gurtie Dau. FW 12 Sing. WV WV OH school

Clyde Son MW11 Sing. WV WV OH school

Nutie Son MW8 Sing. WV WV OH school

Ada Dau. FW 5 Sing. WV WV OH school

Dora Dau. FW 3 Sing. WV WV OH

 

McClead Elias F in L MW83 Wd. PA PA PA supported Veteran of

Civil War U. A.

From the 1920 census soundex of WV; Ritchie 48 117 1 1

 

Dotson Nay W W WV

Bertie W 42 Ohio

Neuta E S 18 WV

Ada R D 15 WV

Dora B D 13 WV

Pearl I D 11 WV

Norma D9 WV

Nay W. Jr S 6 WV

Earnest S 4 WV

Iwanda D 6 moWV

 

 


 

CHAPTER 9 ELISHA DOTSON 201

 

 

Dotson, Clyde C S 21 WV

Gusta DL 26 WV

 

 

This deed in Ritchie County: Bk. 43 p. 254, 1896; “Rachel E. McClead to Nay and

Robirda Dotson deed for 54 a. Goose Creek.”

 

Nay and Roberta were leaders in the Church of Christ congregation at Metz Chapel;

this church was located at the head of Cabin Run, Grant District (see map at end of chapter);

a photo and article about the organizational meeting in 1915 with Nay Dotson elected

chairman of the trustees (another trustee was Lemon Dotson), is included in the book The

History of Ritchie County, West Virginia, to 1980; 5 p. 10.

 

Parents of twelve children:

 

a.- Winnie

 

b.- Gurtie Agnas

 

c.- Clyde Carl

 

d.- Newton E.

 

e.- Lawrence

 

f.- Ada Ruth

 

g.- Dora

 

h.- Pearl Irene

 

i.- Norma Carolyn

 

j.- Nay Woodrow

 

k.- Earnest Howell

 

l.- Hilda Iwanda

 

The following account of the families

of Nay and Berd Dotson, and their

son Newton E. Dotson, has been researched

and written (Nov. 1991) by

Nay and Berd’s grandson, Art Dotson.

 

a.- Winnie Gazera b. Oct 25, 1895 m. (1) Guy Dotson. This marriage in Ritchie

County; “29 Sept. 1912...Guy F. Dotson...age 34...b. Doddridge ...resident Ritchie...m.

Winnie Dotson...age 17...b. Ritchie.”

 

From the 1920 census soundex of WV; Ritchie 48 116 13 12 Cairo

 

Dotson, Guy P W 45 WV

 

Winnie W 24 WV

 

Goodwin, Eva no relation 15 Ohio

 

 Guy Dotson was the son of Jasper E. Dotson. In the 1880 census, in the household

of Jasper E. Dotson, “Guy age 5”. For Jasper Dotson see Chap. VIII-2 William White

Dotson.

 

Winnie was reported to have married five times; one was to a John Newman. Both are

deceased and had no children. No information on other marriages.

 

b.-Gurtie Agnas, b. April 22, 1897 m. (1) Buehl Davis; this marriage in Ritchie Co.;

“7 Sept. 1911...Buel Davis...age 21...b. Doddridge...resident Ritchie...m. Girtie A.

Dotson...age 15...b. Ritchie.” both are deceased and had children as follows:

 

Nay and Berd Dotson, ca. 1940

 

 


 

202 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

1.- Shirly

 

2.- Kenneth

 

3.- Wilda

 

b.- Gurtie m. (2) ____Sperry, had girl

 

4.- Mary Jo

 

c.- Clyde Carl, b. 1899; d. Aug 30 1976; m. Augusta Cantwell, (marriage date

unknown). They had 5 children:

 

1.- Carl

 

2.- Eleanor

 

3.- Shirley

 

4.- Gene

 

5.- Daniel

 

All of the above had children and some grandchildren but names are unknown.

 

d.-Newton E., b. July 24 1901 in Parkersburg WV d. Aug 2, 1987 in Phoenix AZ. m.

Daisy Lea Overfield b. April 13, 1902 in Ritchie Co WV; d. Jan 11, 1984 in Phoeniz AZ.

Both are buried in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park in Toledo OH. They were married March

4, 1921 by Lemon Dotson (son of Ellis Dotson Chap. XIV-5) well known preacher in the

Church of Christ in Ritchie County, and a trustee of the Metz Chapel Church of Christ

congregation.

 

Parents of six children (18 grandchildren, 26 g. grandchildren and 5 g.g. grandchildren):

1.-Williard Kenton Dotson, b. Apr 9, 1921 in Ritchie Co. m. Lova Irene Steiner,

 

b. July 30, 1923 in Bluffton OH, on Jan 17 1942 in Toledo Ohio. They had six children,

Randall Owen b. Oct 13, 1942; Janice Kay, b. July 25, 1946; Susan Beth b. Aug 21, 1946;

David Stephen b. Mar 23, 1948; Gregory Allan b. July 9, 1954; and Gerald Neil b. Mar 7,

1956.

2.-Evelyn Juanita Dotson, b. Sept 1, 1923 Petroleum, Ritchie Co. m. Leyder

Ness. No children. (Leyder had a son Leyder by a prior marriage).

 

3.- Jack Everett Dotson b May 16, 1925 in Ritchie Co..m Miriam Decker Sept

1953. Two children, Jeffery Guy and Kay Elizabeth.

 

4.- Dorothy Eileen Dotson, b. May 31, 1927 Akron OH, d. May 31,1977 in

Ontario CA; buried Pomona CA. m. (1) Jack Calvin b. May 16 1925 Monroe Mich; Their

four children are Connie b. June 15, 1947; Sandra b. Apr 22, 1949; Jackie b. Sept 1951; and

Denise b. June 6, 1953. Dorothy m. (2) Ralph Henry: Three children: Shiela; Ralph

Edward; and Robert Everett.

 

5.-Arthur Joel Dotson b. June 5, 1931 Toledo, OH. m. Peggy Jean Henderson,

 

b. Jan 29, 1931 Jackson TN, on November 21, 1953 in Toledo Ohio. Their three children

are Lisa Ann b. Feb 26 1962; Kenneth Everett b. Apr 25, 1964; and Ronald Stephan b. Jan

28, 1967.

6.- James Lee Dotson b. June 5, 1943 in Toledo, OH; m. Karen Vergiels b. June

 

9, 1945 Toledo OH, d. 5 May 29, 1987 Ann Arbor MI, married Apr 1, 1967; no children.

e.-Lawrence, b. ca. 1902/03, d. at birth.

f.-Ada Ruth, b. Sept 25, 1904 d. Feb 15, 1981; m. Tom Duffy, also deceased.

 


 

CHAPTER 9 ELISHA DOTSON 203

 

 

Their five children are:

1.-Robert

2.-Nelma

3.-Madeline

4.-Norma

5.-Donald

 

g.-Dora, b. Aug 9, 1906 d. Oct 28, 1973. m. (1) ____McGinnis (killed on the railroad).

One child;

 

1.-Wilma, m. Gene Rice; one boy David.

g.- Dora m. (2) Brooks Fouty, divorced.

h.- Pearl Irene, b. Aug 4, 1910, m. (1) ___ Dieble; Two children:

 

1.- Kathleen Iwana, m. John Morlan

2.- Donald Lee

 

h.- Pearl m. (2) Ira Cochran; Children:

3.- Carol Lee

4.- Iris

5.- Phillis Joan

6.- William Ira

7.- Joyce Kay

8.- Nay W

9.- Michael

 

i.-Norma Carolyn, b. Aug 24, 1912, m. Kenneth Adams May 24, 1931; two children;

1.- Joanne b. 1931, m. Jack Mason, have children.

2.- Kenneth, m. ____ , have children.

 

j.-Nay Woodrow, b. Nov 5, 1914, d. Feb 12, 1989 in California. m. (1) ___Fayma;

have children; m. (2) Dorthea ____.

k.-Ernest Howell, b. Jan 13, 1916, d. Nov 14, 1983; m. (1)_____Had a daughter

 

1.- Phyllis, who is married with children.

k.-m. (2) Maxine Kinkade. No children.

l.-Hilda Iwana, b. Aug 11, 1919, d. March 7, 1973; m. Dane Fouty; had children

 

5.- Grace, b. 1875, in Ritchie Co. WV, d. 1932 in Ritchie Co.

 

Grace m. John Hagan Shriver in 1897. This marriage in Ritchie Co: ”15 July

1897...John H. Shriver...widow...age 40...b. Tyler...resident Ritchie...m. Grace Dotson...age

20...b. Ritchie.”

 

From the 1900 census soundex of WV; Ritchie Grant Dist. 30 88 21 87:

 

Shriver John H W Apr 1854 46 WV

Grace E W July 1876 23 WV

Rebecca R D Feb 1880 20 WV

John H S Feb 1882 18 WV

James B S Aug 1884 15 WV

Benjamin M S Oct 1886 13 WV

Harrison H S June 1889 10 WV

Delilah E D Dec 1897 2 WV

Olive G D Oct 1899 7/12 WV

 


 

204 RICHARD DOTSON (1752-1847)

 

 

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Ritchie; 036 0070 0134:

 

Shriver John H HW 56 WV WV

Grace E W 35 WV

Olive G D 10 WV

Myrtle M D 08 WV

George F S 05 WV

Frona M D nr WV

 

The children listed in the 1900 census, through Harrison H., were children of Hagan

Shriver’s previous marriage; those of his marriage to Grace Dotson in 1897 were:

 

a.- Delilah E., b. Dec 1897

 

b.- Olive G., b. Oct 1899

 

c.- Myrtle M, b. ca. 1902

 

d.- George F., b. ca. 1905

 

e.- Frona M.

 

f.- Mark D.

 

The following newspaper article from the Ritchie Gazette, July 6, 1989, may help

identify some later descendents of John Hagen Shriver.

 

“Family Reunion Held; Shriver Family

 

Descendants of the late John Hagen Shriver of Petroleum, WV held their 15th annual

reunion on Saturday, June 10th, at the Shriver homeplace on Goose Creek near Petroleum.

 

Relatives and friends attending were: Donna Metz, Shirley Wolodkin, Brian and Shari

Beckett, all of Wheeling, WV; Rae Ann Wolodkin of Columbus, OH; Scott Reynolds of

Martinsburg, WV; Stephen Metz of St. Marys, WV; Donna Reynolds Flesher of

Murphytown, WV; Howard C. Mattern of Vienna, WV.

 

Dennis Affolter, Ray and Edna Combs and Chris Ferree, all of Mineral Wells, WV;

Myrtle Shriver Affolter, Walter and Inez Shriver McKain, John and Ruth Reynolds, Robin

and Amber Perry, Jenny Reynolds, Kevin, Debby and Wendi Reynolds, Pat and Ruby

Perry and Dempsie Scott, all of Parkersburg, WV; Jim and Thelma Robinson, Mike and

Patty Metz, and the host, Mark D. Shriver, all of Petroleum, WV.

 

The 1990 Shriver Reunion will be held the third Saturday in July at the Shriver

homeplace.”

 

CHAPTER IX-6.

MAHALA DOTSON.

 

Mahala Dotson, b. ca 1825.

From Lowther: “Mahala (Mrs. John Fleming)” This marriage in Doddridge County:

“11 April 1847...Mahala Dotson & John Fleming.”

From the 1860 census of VA; Wood Lubeck PODwl 708 Fam 702:

John J. Fleming 38 M Fm Labor Per$40 VA

 

Mahala 37 F wife VA

 

Franklin 11 M VA

 

Senetta 8 F VA

 

Elisha 1 M VA

 

Patonop?? 1? M VA

 


 

CHAPTER 9 ELISHA DOTSON 205

 

 

 From the 1880 census of WV; Wood Co., 170 038:

Fleming, John J WM 52 Farmer WV WV WV

 

Mahala WF 57 Wife Kps. house WV WV WV

 

Nancy A WF 17 Dau At home WV WV WV

 

John L WM 15 Son Wks farm WV WV WV

From the 1900 census of WV; Wood Co. Steele Dist 20 June 1900 4 142 11 86; Dwl

208 Fam 208

Fleming John J Head WM Feb 1828 72 married WV WV WV

 

Farmer owns farm free of mort.

Ellen Wife W F Dec 1846 53 married 8 yr, mother of 5

children, 4 living Ohio NY Md

 

Dotson Marion C stepson WM March 1881 19 single WV OH OH

Wife Ellen evidently a second marriage for John J. Fleming, m. ca. 1892; stepson

Marion C. Dotson not identified.

From the 1910 census soundex of WV; Wood 044 0136 0142:

Fleming John HW 82 WV WV

Ellen W 63 Ohio

 

CHAPTER IX-7.

ALBERT DOTSON.

 

Albert Dotson, b. 1828. Shown, age 22, in the 1850 census of Wood County, WV, in