ELISHA DAWSON. The gentleman whose name heads this sketch is the owner and resident of the farm on section 3, Western Mound Township. He is a Virginian by birth and early education, having been born in Morgan County, W. Va., July 9, 1827, where he remained until he reached the years of manhood. His early years were spent on a farm in his native State and he remained under the home roof until he attained his majority.
On November 2, 1848, Mr. Dawson was united in marriage to Miss Mary Shade, who was born in Frederick County, Va., July 28, 1828. Their marriage took place in her native town and their first home was made in Morgan County, W. Va. Where they lived from March 1849, until March, 1852, when they removed to Frederick County Va., and remained until September, 1854. In the fall of that year they removed to Macoupin County, and located in Barr Township living there until the following spring, when they removed to Western Mound Township, settling on section 3, of which place they have since been residents.
The farm of three hundred acres which our subject owns has been well improved and yields a good income to its owner. Mr. and Mrs. Dawson are the parents of eight children. They are: Thomas J., John S., Charles W., Marshall D., Elizabeth C., Henry C., Edwin C., and Minnie T. Elizabeth is the wife of T. J. Dawson; the daughter Minnie died when only two years of age.
Mr. Dawson has been awarded several offices in the township by virtue of his knowledge, ability and superior executive power. He has been Supervisor of Western Mound Township and Justice of the Peace for ten years, township Assessor for two years, Township Collector for one year, Highway Commissioner for three years, Township Trustee six years and School Director, also Township Treasurer for six years. Mr. Dawson has ever taken an active part in local politics, feeling that the integral parts of this great land should be as well governed as is the whole.
Mr. and Mrs. Dawson are members of the Baptist Church. They are the only surviving members of those who were associated in its organization. Our subject's parents were Thomas and Catherine (Hawvermale) Dawson, the former born in Morgan County, W. Va., of which county the mother was also a native. They came to Macoupin County in the fall of 1867 and there died, having spent their last days in West Mound Township. They were the parents of nine children of whom our subject is the eldest.