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William F. Dawson
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Birth: Jan. 26, 1834
Death: Apr. 26, 1908

Obituary - Capt. William F. Dawson
Contributed to Genealogy Pit Stop
By Sheila Fritts
East Liverpool Review
Monday, 27 April 1908 pg. 1

With the same characteristic bravery for which he was noted, Capt. William F. Dawson answered the roll call of life at 6:25 o'clock at the city hospital, yesterday morning, following a serious illness of bowel trouble. His condition became so critical that Tuesday morning a Pittsburgh physician performed an operation which was unavailing. The body was removed to his home, 818 Highland Avenue, soon after his demise. Mr. Dawson was a popular and highly esteemed citizen of this city.

He was born January 26, 1834, a son of Benjamin and Sarah Dawson of Ohioville, and lived there until the great rebellion.

December 30, 1861, he joined Company F, 161st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, as second lieutenant. He became first lieutenant July 31, 1862 and from his daring and bravery in the face of the enemy he was promoted to the captaincy in January 20, 1863, and faithfully served in the capacity until March 1, 1863 when he was discharged owing to illness. He later reenlisted and was Captain of Company D, 148th Ohio regiment. Upon his return from the great conflict, with T.A. Watson of Toledo, he commenced the oil refining business at Smiths Ferry and after continued success and having made considerable money he discontinued the oil business after many years of labor. He was one of the pioneers in the oil business in western Pennsylvania, and the driller of the second well in the Island run field. He became treasure of Beaver County in 1878. Mr. Dawson moved to the Fisher farm south of Fredericktown from Beaver in 1881. Thomas C. Toland lives on this farm now. With James D. West, who is located in Los Angles, CA now, he started a cooperage business in this city in 1884. Five years later he purchased Mr. West's interests and brought his family here. His son W.R. Dawson has been in partnership with him since then, and they own shops in the East End, Chester and Newell. Their mill is in Newell. Mr. Dawson was a prominent man in the G.A.R. Of which he was the local commander at the time of his death.

He married Miss Barbara McFarland at Marietta in 1863 and is survived by her and five children, as follows: Mrs. L.T. Morris, Cutler, O; Miss Nellie F., Miss Maud L., Doctor R.W. And W.R., all of this city. Two children, Sarah and Benjamin died in infancy.

Rev. Arthur D. Mink, of the First M.E. Church assisted by Rev. J.C. Taggart of the First U.P. And Rev. J. Benson Hamilton of Brooklyn, N.Y. Will officiate at the funeral which will be held from the late home at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.

Interment in Riverview Cemetery. The pall bearers will be comrades from the G.A.R. Friends may view the remains from 7 to 8:30 o'clock tomorrow evening.

Family links: 
  Benjamin Dawson (1796 - 1838)
  Sarah Bain Dawson (1800 - 1869)
  Barbara A. McFarland Dawson (1838 - 1931)
  Maude Leota Dawson (1868 - 1941)*
  Nell Fedelia Dawson (1868 - 1950)*
  Sarah N. Dawson (1871 - 1888)*
  William Ruton Dawson (1874 - 1944)*
  Catherine Dawson Robb (1819 - 1898)*
  Benoni H Dawson (1822 - 1897)*
  Elizabeth Dawson Carothers (1825 - 1904)*
  William F. Dawson (1834 - 1908)
*Calculated relationship
Riverview Cemetery
East Liverpool
Columbiana County
Ohio, USA
Created by: Deborah Wall
Record added: Apr 14, 2008
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William F. Dawson
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- Deborah Wall
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