William Henry Dawson

1830–1910 (Age 80)
Ohio, United States

The Life of William Henry

When William Henry Dawson was born in 1830, in Ohio, United States, his father, Stephen Ludlow Dawson, was 24 and his mother, Nancy Jane Bumpus, was 20. He married Nancy Lance on 26 February 1850. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Coffee Election Precinct, Wabash, Illinois, United States for about 10 years and Gray Township, White, Illinois, United States in 1910. He died after 1910, at the age of 81.

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William Henry Dawson
Nancy Lance
Marriage: 26 February 1850
Stephen Dawson
Ludlow Dawson
William H. Dawson
George Franklin Dawson
George Franklin Dawson
Nancy Dawson
Cora Dawson

Spouse & Children

26 February 1850


  • Stephen Dawson


  • Ludlow Dawson


  • William H. Dawson


  • George Franklin Dawson


  • George Franklin Dawson


+2 More Children

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+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1832 · Black Hawk War

Age 2

"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."
1836 · Kirtland Temple Dedicated

Age 6

On March 27, 1836, the Kirtland Temple was dedicated.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 26

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Name Meaning

English: patronymic from Daw 1.

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • William Dawson, "United States Census, 1880"
  • William Dawson, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William H Dawson in household of Ludlow Dawson, "United States Census, 1910"

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