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Civil War Veterans Obituaries

We would like to share with researchers our Tribute to Civil War Veterans who lived out their lives in Van Zandt County. Many came here from other states. The following is an obituary found in the collection of old newspapers on microfilm in the Library of Genealogy and Local History, Canton, TX. If you have an obituary of a Civil War Veteran ancestor and would like to share, please contact Sibyl. We would be happy to add your material to this site.


Wills Point Chronicle

April 9, 1914



Terminating an illness of several weeks , Rev. Dawson passed from the scenes of the living to the home beyond last Friday morning at 11:15 o'clock, at the home of his son, A. B. Dawson, in Wills Point. The end came peacefully, a fitting end of the life of this good man who had worked so faithfully in the Master's service for more than 50 years. The funeral services were under the auspices of the Masonic lodge, of which the deceased was an honored member. Religious services were conducted at the Christian church Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. R. W. Benge, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Athens, and Rev. W. E. Graham, pastor of the Presbyterian church in Greenville. A large concourse of friends gathered at the church to honor the memory of Rev. Dawson who had the love and esteem of all who knew him. Rev. Benge and Rev. Graham paid a glowing tribute to the life and character of the deceased. After the service at the church the remains were interred in beautiful White Rose cemetery with the ritualistic burial service of the Masonic lodge. The pall bearers were John Scott, R. W. Garrett, C. E. Gilmore, J. S. Teel, C. S. Rhodes and W. T. Curtis.

Rev. William Dawson was born March 22, 1832, in Limestone county, Ala.. He professed religion and joined the Cumberland Presbyterian church August 1, 1848, and entered the ministry in April 1852. He served as a minister of the gospel in the states of Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas. Was married to Miss Tee Sawyers of Lincoln county, Tenn., on Oct. 14, 1860. Entered the Confederate army in March 1862, joining the first Arkansas infantry; served four years in the Civil war and was wounded in the battle of Chicamauga. Came to Texas from Arkansas in November, 1871, and soon afterwards settled in Van Zandt county on a farm in the Wallace community, and has resided in the county almost continuously since - more than forty years. He was actively engaged in preaching for more than 50 years, and there is no estimating the influence for good that his life has been. Since he has been in this county, he missed only one meeting of his presbytery, and that was on account of the serious illness of his wife, and he either organized or assisted in organizing every church of his denomination in this county. He has united in marriage more than 450 couples, more than 300 of those marriages being in this county. Doubtless he has officiated at more than that number of funerals, though no record has been kept. He could not tell how many conversations and accessions to the church have been made under his ministry, though there have been a great many of both. There are six or eight ministers now engaged in the Master's vineyard, who began their ministry under the influence of Bro. Dawson, and thus his work will live on though he has passed to his eternal reward in Heaven.

Rev. Wm. Dawson was a quiet and unassuming man and went about his work of doing good in a modest way. His was a consecrated life and he lived his religion as much as any man could do so. Always cheerful and with a word of encouragement for those who came under his influence, he left the impress of his high character upon all who knew him. In his home, as a citizen, as a soldier and as a minister of the gospel, he did his duty by his family, his friends and his country, and his life was well spent. Some writer has expressed the belief that in the other world we do in God's own perfect way the good deeds we delighted to do here; if this be true, there was on last Friday's morn a great gathering of white robed children in the city of the Jasper Wall, and as the cherub voices were raised to sing their Redeemer's praise there appeared in their midst one who for many years found the greatest delight in teaching the children of earth the way of the Lord and training them to praise him with the cadence of song--it was Rev. Wm. Dawson. On earth there is no music so sweet as the blending of childish voices; but what must it be to hear the glad refrain when cherubim and seraphim and all the white robed throng sing the great song of redemption around the throne of God.

The deceased is survived by his aged life companion, three sons: V. G. Dawson of San Francisco, Cal., D. D. Dawson of Modesto, Cal., A. B. Dawson of Wills Point, and other relatives. To the bereaved relatives, more especially to his companion for more than 50 years, whose few declining years will be lonely indeed without his loving and cheery companionship, the Chronicle extends sincere sympathy.

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