Dawson family


     The Dawson Family came from Micheldean England, a small town near London.  I have not spent much time researching the Dawson family,  all the information and pictures I received from my mother, and the many letters she wrote me over the years.  William Bunn Dawson,  my grandfather, grew up in Micheldean England, and at an early age went  to work in the family business that was run by his father.  In the store, they sold everything.


Dawson Stores.

     William did not want to work in the family store, he wanted to see the world,   but his father told him, that if he did not work in the family store that he would disinherit him.  William  was torn between working and seeing the world, and finally he and his brother Samuel decided to go to America.  Their father was furious, but their mother gave them what money she had and they went off to  America.  On board the ship the brothers met a man called Mowers who also was going out west and became friends.  Mr. Mowers and William finally became  partners in the drugstore in Kingston, New Mexico.  William and Samuel finally ended up in Calvert , Texas,  where Samuel became very ill and finally died.  I don’t know what he died from, but William erected a nice stone over his grave.


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Samuels  grave stone in Calvert , Texas.  William and his son WilliamII  standing by the stone.



Stone in 1959,  My daughter Cathe holding the original picture.

Stone today taken in 1991 with my third wife Dotty.



     After Samuels death, William bought an old building and had it torn down,  he loaded all the lumber onto some wagons and headed west up the Black Range toward Kingston , New Mexico,  Silver had just been found there and it was a rush to get there.  In Kingston ,  William built the first boarding house for the miners,  it was not much, but the miners needed a place to sleep.  Later he built a drugstore and a house for himself.  The town grew fast and there were many saloons all up and down the streets.  William and Mr. Mowers went into partnership in the drugstore and William invested heavily in the mining business.  Kingston  is situated in the Black Range, not to far from Silver City. 

     On one of his business trips to New Orleans,  William met a beautiful southern bell,  Anita Ball, and they were soon married.  Anita and William  went to Kingston to live, and there some of the children were born.  William and Anita were married on February 4 1885.  It was a hard life living in a mining town then, no electricity or running water,  but life still went on.  I was in Kingston, when my mother Olga was just born,  the wind took the curtain and blew it over the gas flame and caught the whole wall on fire, when an old China man came by the house and crawled into the window and put out the fire.  Since then my mother has always like the Chinese people.

    In 1887, my grandmother Anita Ball Dawson and her mother Harriet Jemison Ball took the stage to Lake Valley where the train stopped, on the way they were apprehended by some highwaymen and ordered out of the stage.  My great grandmother, in getting out of the stage dropped the baby Harriet and the baby never recovered, she finally died and is buried in New York.  Grandfather William B. Dawson went to Florida when the silver slumped to find some land to invest in and it was during that time the scarlet fever hit Kingston, the two little girls Anita and Clytia died and are buried in the cemetery in Kingston.  Grandmother with the rest of the children Olga and Una left Kingston for Florida to meet up with William.  Grandfather William made his money from helping the miners, giving them a grubstake and then making some money from their finds, he also owned the drugstore.

     When William decided to move to Florida, his friend Ed Doheny decided to move to California.  Ed Doheny became famous in California and was part of the Tea Pot Dome Scandal.    

      When I visited Kingston in 1959 we stayed at the Black Range Lodge,  at the time it was owned by an old gentleman, I have forgot his name, but I showed him the pictures that I had  that my mother had given me, and he left me for a while and came back with lots of tin cans and bottles,  they all had grandfathers name on them, ‘William B. Dawson Druggist and Stationer, Kingston New Mexice.”  I was thrilled and the old man let me have all of them,  he also told me that back of where the drugstore had been was a shed, and in that shed was all the items from the old drugstores.  I went through the items and loaded the trunk of the car with all the stuff.    Also on another trip to Kingston, after we moved to Albuquerque , I went into a shed behind the house my mother was born in, and I found an old wood chest, and when I removed the snow that covered the chest, I could read.”W.B. Dawson,

Kingston New Mexico”, on the lid.  Quite a find after all those years.  I donated a lot of bottles etz to the new  Museum that was built in the old Percha Bank Bldg. 


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Anita Ball Dawson,  my grand mother.


     The Dawson Home also called the Drummond house.







Dawson house now.




William B Dawson




Sadie Orchard stage line.  And the old Drugstore, Kingston New Mexico


     When William came to Jacksonville, Florida he first purchased a  business at 119 E. Bay St. Jacksonville, Florida, and ran a large wholesale liquor and wine business from there.  Some of the clay Jugs having the name ‘William B. Dawson liquor and wine dealer Jacksonville, Florida” are still around,  I had a few but I have given,   them to my children, you can still see some around in some of the antique stores.  William also purchased the land where the Seminole Hotel is standing , also the land where the Kress Bldg. is.  He also purchased land where many old negro houses were, all over the town,  we still own some of them.





Dawson store  E. Bay St. Jacksonville Florida.  He also built a large home for his family on E Adams St.



William always wanted to own a large tract of land, so he finally purchased the old Greenfield Plantation, a 1000 acre piece of land south of St. Johns river and bordered  by Greenfield creek and the Inland waterways.  The story of Greenfield is a separate story listed at the beginning of the family tree.  There he built a large house with large outbuildings , barn and corncrib.  He purchased many blooded animals such as cows,  horses, pigs etc.  He had his large farm when sickness came. William went to all the finest hospitals, but finally died and he never got to enjoy his wonderful Greenfield.

     William and Anita had two more children after they came to Florida;  Ovid Tristan Dawson who died at three.

William B. Dawson Jr.





Richard Edwards



Harriet Edwards,  Married Joseph Dawson Born 1810, Died August 20 1888.  Interred Bitton Cemetary.




William Bunn Dawson,  Born June 16 1856 In Micheldean England.  Died May 22 1916,  Jacksonville Florida.  Married Anita Ball, Born November 8 1858,  Died August 2 1931.  Date of Marriage February 4 1885




Anita Ball Dawson,   Born December 10 1885,  Died October 1 1892

Harriet Jemison Dawson  Born 1887,  Died July 19 1887

Clytia Isolde Dawson,  Born July 29  1888,  Died September 7  1892

Olga Mims Dawson “My Mother”, Born January 10 1890,  Died November 27 1978

Una Dawson

William B Dawson Jr.

Ovid Tristan Dawson,  Born 1897  Died April 4 1900

Joseph Dawson,  Died at birth.



Olga Mims Dawson Married Folke Jonsson from Sweden “ My Parents”  See Jonsson line.





         Richard Edwards.                       Joseph Dawson and family



Greenfield house,  Grandfather and son,  when first built.



With the help of New Mexico’s Cemetary Department, we located the gravesites of my mothers’ two sisters “Anita Ball” and “Clytia”, both buried in the Kingston, New Mexico’s cemetery.   I placed a stone in memory of the two girls at the gravesite, June 2007.



My daughters Marsha and Cathe at the gravesite in 1958.