When William Dawson was born about 1799, in Kentucky, United States, his father, Matthias Dawson, was 26 and his mother, Alice Alesce "Elsa" Harding, was 20. He married Cynthia Wandel on 19 February 1821, in Fayette, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He died in 1850, in Indiana, United States, at the age of 52.
English: patronymic meaning ‘son of Dawe’, from the Middle English personal name Daw(e) (see Daw 1 and 2), which is sometimes a pet form of David (see 2 below) but more generally of Rauf or Raw (i.e. Ralph ), of which Daw(e) is a rhyming form. Alternatively, the patronymic could mean ‘son of Daud(e)’, another Middle English pet form of Ralph evidently used interchangeably with Dawe. Dawson is one of the most numerous patronymics.
Scottish: patronymic, ‘son of Dawe’. In Scotland Dawe is a diminutive of David (compare 1 above).
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