Stephen Woods Dawson

1837–1881 (Age 44)
Hamilton, Ohio, United States

The Life of Stephen Woods

When Stephen Woods Dawson was born in 1837, in Hamilton, Ohio, United States, his father, Stephen Ludlow Dawson, was 31 and his mother, Nancy Jane Bumpus, was 27. He married Elizabeth Bruce on 16 August 1866, in Wabash, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He died on 16 February 1881, in Wabash, Illinois, United States, at the age of 44, and was buried in Keensburg, Wabash, Illinois, United States.

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Stephen Woods Dawson
Elizabeth Bruce
Marriage: 16 August 1866
Curtis Dawson
Augustus B. Dawson

Spouse & Children

16 August 1866
Wabash, Illinois, United States


  • Curtis Dawson


  • Augustus B. Dawson


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World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 2

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Age 9

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 19

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)

  • Stephen W Dawson, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Stephen W Dawson, "United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934"
  • S.W. Dawson in entry for Charles C. Dawson and Ora June Goodrich, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934"

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