|Birth: ||Mar. 27, 1777|
|Death: ||Aug. 29, 1848|
OBITUARY: Weekly Badger, September 14, 1848, page 2.
This was the first issue, I believe, of the very first newspaper published in Beaver Dam.
"The Death of a Pioneer"
"Mr. James Clason, the pioneer settler on Clason’s Prairie, Dodge County, has been ‘gathered to his fathers.’ He died on the 29th ult. [August, 1848], at the advanced age of seventy-three years. Mr. C. settled on the prairie to which his name has been given early in the spring of 1841. At that time his nearest neighbors were Amasa Hyland and William Stanton, on Hyland Prairie, four miles distant, and his next nearest neighbor at Beaver Dam, then a hamlet of two or three shanties, five miles distant. Between Watertown (at that time rejoicing in some half-a-dozen buildings) and the spot which Mr. Clason had selected for his future home, there were but two buildings – J.G. De Koy’s in Emmet, and Maj. Pratt’s in Oak Grove. The first Presbyterian meeting ever held in Dodge County was at the house of Mr. Clason, and he was mainly instrumental in organizing the first society of the same order in the county. He had been an active and consistent member of that Church for the last fifty years of his life."
The above article was transcribed into the book "The History of Dodge County, 1880" and if it had not been, it may have forever been lost.
EXCERPTS from "Clason Prairie" written by Edna Clason, "Great Granddaughter of Pioneers," published in the Centennial History Book of Beaver Dam in 1941.
"In the spring of 1841, James Clason, then a man of 64 years, came from Steuben Co., N.Y., with his wife (formerly Abigail Ferris), seeking a home in the wild frontiers of Wisconsin Territory. He found what he wanted on the rich untamed prairie four miles southeast of Beaver Dam, then a hamlet of two or three cabins, and here he built his home. His eight sons with their families came with him or soon after and built their cabins nearby. This beautiful little section came to be known as "Clason Prairie."
Samuel Clason (1740 - 1824)
Abigail Ferris Clason (1779 - 1852)*
Joseph Clason (1802 - 1880)*
Benjamin Clason (1806 - 1874)*
James Clason (1777 - 1848)*
James Clason (1777 - 1848)
Clason Prairie Cemetery
Created by: R. D. Mittelstadt
Record added: Jul 09, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11327509