Thomas M. Dawson

B. ca. 1818, implied by 1850 census info

Thomas Dawson - 1870 census New
Jill Jones Posted: 11 Sep 2000 12:00PM GMT

I'm looking for information about a Thomas Dawson and his wife Sarah. They are found in the 1870 and 1880 censuses of Washington County. Their youngest daughter Mary Frances (Fannie) married Stephen Riester.

I found Thomas and his family in the 1850 Barren County KY census and in the 1860 Metcalf County KY census. Thomas, Sarah, and most of their children were born in Virginia. Does anyone know what might have brought the family to Indiana? Perhaps the war prompted the move. I'd be grateful for any additional information about this family and am willing to share what I have.

Sarah Bass m. Thomas Dawson, 1837 in VA
Posted by: Jill Jones
Date: December 06, 2001 at 08:31:05

I'm looking for more information about about Sarah (Sally) Bass who married Thomas Dawson in Virginia in 1837. Here's everything I know about this couple.

Thomas Dawson married Sarah Bass 8/21/1837 in Fluvanna County VA.

The 1840 census of Brooke County VA shows an entry for Thomas Dawson: 10001 10011. I think this might be Thomas and Sarah, but have no other evidence.

They appear in the 1850 Barren County KY census with children Julia A., Benjamin F., Mildred S., and James C.

They appear in the 1860 Metcalf County KY census with children Julia Ann, Susan M., James C., Martha J., and Sarah T.

They appear in the 1870 and 1880 censuses of Washington County IN.

Sarah died 10/31/1883 and is buried in the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Washington County IN. I haven't found any burial information for Thomas.

Thomas' profession is always listed as blacksmith. I'd love to correspond with anyone with more information about this family. I'd love to know what motivated the moves they made.

A reference to Thomas M. Dawson and wife Sarah in the records for a Thomas Edwin Pedigo (from

iv Thomas Edwin PEDIGO (2).
b. Abt 1828, Barren Co, KY, Ref # 136-33C,
d. 6 Dec 1901, Indianapolis,Marion Co, IN, Location: 1850 Census, Barren Co, KY.
Living with Thomas M. Dawson 32, and Sarah A. 34, on 1850 Census. === NOTE === Death date and place may be wrong.

Also, here

Title: 1850 Barren Co., Kentucky Census this 6th day of September 1850
Page: Page 463 Roll 191
Text: Thomas E. Pedigo age 22, Laborer.
*Note: Living with Thomas M Dawson, age 32, blacksmith. Sarah A. age 34. Children: Julia A. age 12, Benjamin F. age 8, Mildred S. age 5, James C. age 3, 19 yr old Columbus Beasley, blacksmith living same dwelling.