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[Nov 12, 2012 information donated by Brenda Dawson]

I am a direct descendant of Edward Dawson, the revolutionary soldier who is buried in Tippecanoe County. There is a lot of incorrect information on the page you have for him. I would like to submit the correct information.
Edward Dawson born 1755 in Frederick Co., MD married Hannah 1774 in Frederick Co., MD. Edward and Hannah had two children, Elizabeth and Leonard, who were born in Washington County Maryland. These were transitional times during the birth of a nation. Frederick was the first new county to be created in the western Province of Maryland. Frederick was later divided into Washington and Montgomery County in 1776. Allegany County was created in 1789 from land that was previously Washington County. Edward was born, married and had children in what is now Allegany County.

Edward was a farmer. During the American Revolution He was a private in the Washington County Militia, 1st Class, Capt. Daniel Cresap’s Company, 3rd Battalion in 1776 and 1777. Edward took the Patriot Oath of Fidelity and Allegiance before the Hon. Samuel Barrits on 16 March 1778. According to the 1800 census he resided in Upper Old Town, Allegany, MD. After his father's estate was settled he moved to Ross County Maryland.

In April 1805 he was elected as a constable in Ross County Ohio. According to Ross Co. Deed Records, Edward did not receive a land grant for being a solider, but acquired land from Abraham Baldwin, a Revolutionary soldier, who received 666 acres from the government. The Ohio Census records he lived in Jefferson Township, Ross County, OH until 1818. In 1820, he is recorded living in Franklin Township, Ross, County Ohio where his daughter, Elizabeth, and son-in-law, Enos Moore, were living in 1830. The 1830 census shows him living back at Jefferson Township where his son, Leonard, was farming.

Some histories state that Edward followed his daughter to Indiana, but considering the fact that they were living in Ohio in 1830 and Enos Moore purchased land in 1832, I was suspect they traveled to Indiana together. According to the U.S. General Land Office records, Enos Moore purchased 80 acres in Tippecanoe County, Indiana on 6 June 1832. Edward died 28 August 1833 and was buried in the family cemetery, Shelby Township, Tippecanoe Co., IN. Hannah died 25 July 1839, only her stone is left standing on the old farm cemetery in Shelby Township.

The Sons of the American Revolution have placed a tombstone in Greenbush Cemetery, Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN. On 17 May 2003, the William Henry Harrison Chapter SAR. had a rededication ceremony. There has been a lot of controversy over Edward's military service in regards to the DAR/SAR. "The Roster of Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution Buried in Indiana" claim He was a Private in Capt. Samuel Montgomery's Co., 7th Pa. Reg., commanded by Col. William Irvine, Continental Line enlisting 24 December 1776 during the Revolutionary War. This has since been proven incorrect and the DAR has updated its records to show his service as a patriot.

Brenda Dawson , 2012. 

I have also posted the paper discussing the misinformation




 The Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution will honor Private Edward Dawson in a graveside memorial service on May 17, 2003 at 11 AM Greenbush Cemetery. 

Private Edward Dawson, was born in 1755, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Edward’s parents were Edward and Margaret (Allum) Dawson. Edward Dawson married Hannah Dawson. Hannah was born in 1759 in Chester Co., Pennsylvania. 

Edward was a private in Captain Samuel Montgomery’s Company, seventh Pennsylvania Line 1776, William Irvin’s Continental line in the War of the Revolution. Documentary evidence – see page 221 Vol. III Pennsylvania Archives, Fifth Series.

Edward and Hannah moved to Allegheny Co., Maryland where their first child Elizabeth was born January 24, 1777. 

Their second child Leonard Dawson was born in 1778 in Maryland also. He married Mary Jane Wolf. Leonard settled his family in Ross County Ohio. Leonard and Mary Jane had 13 children.

Edward and Hannah moved their family to Highland Co., Ohio then to Ross Co. Ohio in 1805 according to the tax records. Then in 1830 the moved to Warren Co., IN.

Edward and Hannah came to Tippecanoe County and purchased a farm. The farm was located ¾ of a mile from the Warren County line, 1/2 of a mile from the road and one mile south of state road #26 in Tippecanoe County. They both died in Tippecanoe County, Edward on August 28, 1833 and Hannah July 25, 1839. They are buried on their farm. A plot of ground had been set aside for the family, and it was their wish that their last resting place should be near the home where their activities and happiness was located.

Elizabeth Dawson married Enos Moore, February 24 1792.  Enos was born November 29, 1765 in Chester County Pennsylvania. Enos and Elizabeth established their home in Virginia and in 1801 removed to Ohio and settled near Big Bottom in Ross County where they resided for many years. The Tippecanoe County Historical Atlas states that Enos Moore and family came to Tippecanoe County, Indiana in 1829, locating about ten miles west of Lafayette.  Enos and Elizabeth had 13 children. James Moore born, Jan 10, 1793, Edward C. born 21 September 1794, Hannah born 16 November, 1796, Joseph Moore born 16 February, 1799, John, Benjamin, Leonard, Mary, William, Thomas, Elizabeth, Nancy and Catherine.

Elizabeth died 24 February 1861 in Tippecanoe County Indiana and is buried in the Armstrong Cemetery in Warren Co., IN.  Enos died January 31, 1845 and is buried in Warren Co., IN. They were members of the Armstrong Methodist Church.

The source of the material came from DAR and Lillian Philips who is a direct descendent from Joseph Moore and Ann Brown.

Researched and Written by Peggy Reen.  2003


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