Biographies and Obituaries
We are compiling as many biographies and/or obituaries of the early ministers of Van Zandt County during the years 1848 to 1920 as we can find. Some lived in the county a short time but some lived out their lives here. We welcome submissions if you have an ancestor who was a pastor or minister at any time in this county. Email us, or write to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103.
"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. 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.".....obituary from the Wills Point Chronicle, 09 Apr 1914
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