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Joseph M. Dotson
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Birth: Feb. 21, 1837
Washington County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Nov. 8, 1921
Columbus Junction
Louisa County
Iowa, USA

Joseph M. Dotson was born 21 February 1837, son of B. S. and Mary (Davison) Dotson. The father was born in Maryland and the mother in England. They first settled in Pennsylvania and in 1844 Mr. Dotson moved to Des Moines Co. and in 1849, moved to Louisa Co. There were fourteen children in the family with seven surviving until after 1912: Joseph M.; Sarah J. m. George Turner of Washington; Mark; Harriet, m. E. Stevens; Irene; Oliver P. of Eldon and Eva m. George Deal.
In October 1865, Mr. Dotson married Amanda C. Van Horn who died in 1867 by whom he had one daughter Buena V. m. F. Abrams of Columbus Junction.
He remarried in 1868 to Josephine W. Welch, a native of Indiana.
The following was contributed by Dennis W Brumm

The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 3, November 10, 1921; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa:

Joseph M. Dotson Dies In Columbus Junction Tuesday.
Special To The Hawk-Eye.

Wapello (IA), November 9. -- Joseph M. Dotson, a veteran of the Civil war, died last evening, November 8 (1921), at his home in Columbus Junction, at the age of eighty-four years. He was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, February 21, 1837. He was the son of B. S. and Mary (Davison) Dotson, who came to this state from Pennsylvania in 1844, first settling in Des Moines county and later, in 1849, moving to Louisa county, Iowa, where they erected a cottage of two rooms. This was one of the first frame buildings in the county and regarded as an object of great interest by the early settlers, and in which they continued to live during the remainder of their lives.

Participated In Great Battles.

Joseph M. Dotson came to Louisa county with his parents and continued at home until after reaching his majority. Upon the breaking out of the Civil war he responded to the call of President Lincoln and enlisted in Company K, Second Iowa cavalry, in which he served continuously for four years and two months. He participated in several of the great battles of the war and in many other minor engagements, passing thru almost unscathed, as he received only a slight wound on the head during the entire period. He was honorably mustered out of service at Davenport, Iowa, and returned to Louisa county where he purchased seventy acres of land in Wapello township and engaged in farming for several years. He lived at Wapello for a period of two years, and in 1872 he located in Columbus Junction and entered the hotel business in which he continued for twenty years. He sold out and has since lived a quiet retired life. He cast his first vote for John C. Fremont for president and he has ever since continued as a staunch republican. He served with general acceptance as mayor of Columbus Junction and also as a member of the town board. A valiant soldier in the time of his country's need, he has been an honorable and progressive citizen and enjoyed the respect of a large circle of friends.

Was An Odd Fellow.

In October 1865, Mr. Dotson was united in marriage to Miss Amanda Van Horn and to them was born one daughter, Beuna (sic) V., who was married to Frank Abrams, and both of whom are now deceased. Mrs. Dotson died in 1867 and in 1868, Mr. Dotson was again united in marriage to Josephine Welch, who survives him. He is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Sarah J. Turner and Irving Dotson of Washington: Mark and Oliver P. Dotson, and Mrs. Harriet Stephens and Mrs. Eva Deihl of Wapello, Iowa.

Mr. Dotson was fraternally identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and with the Grand Army of the Republic. He was a true and devoted husband, and kind to all with whom he met. Being always of a cheerful disposition, he made many friends and acquaintances who will ever cherish his memory.
 (bio by: Darrell McLain) 
Family links: 
  Amanda Clarissa VanHorn Dotson (1839 - 1867)*
  Josephine W. Williams Dotson (1841 - 1922)*
  Buena Vista Dotson Abrams (1867 - 1904)*
*Calculated relationship
Columbus City Cemetery
Columbus City
Louisa County
Iowa, USA
Maintained by: Connie
Originally Created by: Alberta Daniels Withrow
Record added: Dec 19, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 7023924
Joseph M. Dotson
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Joseph M. Dotson
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DOTSON, Joseph ~~ CIVIL WAR VETERAN ~~ 1841 ~~1922 ~~Columbus City ~~ Louisa ~~ Co. K 2 Ia. Cav.
 Added: Dec. 29, 2010
Civil War CO. K 2 IA. CAV
- Darrell McLain
 Added: May. 17, 2010

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