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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Death Records can help prove relationships

George & Jenny's Question:
My gggranfather eLemuel Dawson b. abt 1827 OH, d. 20 May 1890 buried Maple Grove Cemetery Berrien Co., MI.
Quit claim deeds with the following names.
Starting with the 1850 census of Sarah Dawson 47 PA widow, in
Kankaee,La Porte Co IN

Group #5
Enoch & Permelia Dawson—Richland, Richland Co Wis.
Daniel & Elizabeth Dawson—Berrien Co Mich

Group # 6
Elemuel & Matilda Dawson—Berrien Co Mich
Milly A & Greenburg King—Berrien Co Mich
Mathias & Elizabeth Dawson—Clinton Co IN
By their attorney in fact of Berrien Co Mich--Daniel Dawson
All the people who purchased this land have Dawson connections
Sold by group 5 to George Dawson Feb 17 1884 Book 10 54/116
Sold by group 6 to Mary Ann Miller Feb 26 1884 Book 10 54/118
Sold by group 6 to Ella G Dawson Feb 26 1884 Book 10 54/119
Ones that was a bit different
Sold by Dawson (Benjamin, Lemuel, Ewell, Millie) to Ella Dawson 5 April 1884
stating they were heirs of Ewell Dawson Book 10 54/115
And going back to 1851 when there is another quit claim deed that involves
most of the Dawson siblings… there is this one…
Sold by Enoch Dawson, Uel Dawson Lemuel & Angeline Dawson, to James C
Cunningham on June 16 1851 Book2W/467-468

I beleive Sarah was eLemuel's mother, but have NO idea who her husband was?

Ask Olive Answer George & Jenny - You know that Lemuel (or is it Elemuel?) Dawson was buried in Michigan in 1890. Have you located the relevant census records for him? It is difficult for me to tell if you have.

It appears very tempting to assign Enoch, Daniel, Matthias, etc as siblings based on those quit claims, but further proof is required. There are a number of historical newspapers online which may have carried an obituary for Lemuel; and for his wife, if you know who she is and when she died. I suggest you try Newspaper Archives or GenealogyBank for their newspapers. Search Obituaries in or

The Berrien County Genealogical Society may also be able to assist. Tracing Lemuel and his wife through census and marriage records may lead to other connections with the individuals listed in those deeds. Have you looked for obituaries, death records or burial records for those potential siblings?

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