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NOAH W. DAWSON 1841 - 1915 Whose magnificent farm of seven hundred broad acres stretches along the main Poca River in Poca district, Kanawha County, W. Va., twenty miles north of Charleston, was born in this farm December 24, 1841, and is a son of Robert Wilson Dawson and a grandson of John Dawson. Grandfather John Dawson was born in Bedford County, Va., married there and continued to live in his native place until after the birth of five of his children, when he moved with his family, in 1810 to Spring Hill, Kanawha County, and in the spring of 1813 came from there to opposite Sissonville, now West Virginia. He had a lifetime interest in one thousand acres of land and improved some seventy acres on which he lived. He was a great hunter and took delight in tracking wild animals of which there were plenty in this section in those days. He married Ellen Williams, a daughter of John Williams of Bedford County and the following children were born to them: Jennie, who was the wife of James Clift and lived at Sissonville; William, whose death was a tragedy, lived near Sissonville; Nancy, who died in Ohio was the wife of Robert Craig and they lived on Frog's Creek; John , who lived at Red Hill, Poca district, married Libbie Smith, Noah, who died in Nicholas County at the home of a son, was twice married; and Robert Wilson, who was the only one of the family born after the parents left Bedford County. Robert Wilson Dawson was born in 1812, at Spring Hill, Kanawha County, and attended the subscription schools of that early day. Following his marriage he lived on a farm of eight hundred acres, a small portion of which he sold. In his early political life was a Whig, later voted with the Democratic party for a time but subsequently became a Republican. He lived to the same advanced age as his father, eighty-five years. he married Elizabeth Haynes, who was born in Botetourt County, Va. a daughter of Jasper and Mary Haynes. They became the parents of a large family, as follows; John Dawson, who is a well known resident of Poca district, has been twice married, first to Lucinda Scrobaugh, and secondly to a Mrs. Jones; Mary, who is deceased, was the wife of Samuel Fisher; Noah W.; Sally, who married William Rawlins, lives in Jackson County; Minta, who is deceased; Minerva and Elizabeth (twins,) the latter of whom died in infancy, the former being the wife of Daniel Parsell, of Charleston; Andrew F. who lives in Colorado, married Melinda Hammond; Millard T. who lives at Charleston, married Sarah Parsell, Susan, who lives in Jackson County, married Robert Duff; and Vincent Heenan, who was twice married, first to Elizabeth Willis and second to Nona Whittington. The parents of the above family were members of the Missionary Baptist Church. The mother died at the age of seventy years and their burial was in the Haynes Cemetery. Noah W. Dawson has spent the greater part of his life on his farm. In the early part of the Civil War he enlisted in Company F. 7th W.VA Cav., and was made a prisoner of war on December 19, 1863. He was first incarcerated in Libby Prison and then sent to Belle Isle and from there to Andersonville, GA., then taken to Savannah and Charleston SC., from there to Florence and then back to Richmond and held there ten days before the city's fall and was released February 24, 1865, after being a prisoner for fourteen months and thirteen days. He went to Annapolis, Md. and from there to Columbus OH. on his way home and when he reached Wheeling, W.VA he was prostrated with typhoid fever and was ill two months before he could reach the old home in the Poca Dist. Here he carries on general farming and raises stock and cattle cultivating a part and having one hundred acres yet in valuable timber and the rest in pasture. Mr. Dawson married Miss Virginia Holt of Poca district, and they have had five children namely; Vanderbilt, Elizabeth, Rebecca Pearl, Wesley E., and Alexander McKinley who is now deceased. Mr. Dawson is not a politician but he takes an interst in public matters and in the progress of a country whose liberties he fought to preserve. He votes with the Republican party. (Taken from History of Charleston and Kanawha County West Virginia and Representative Citizens, W.S. Laidley, Richmond Arnold Publishing Co., Chicago, 1911. )

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