You may already have this, but here is something I recently ran across on the Dawsey surname in White Co.
Hope this is of some help, Elizabeth Ordway
HISTORY OF WHITE COUNTY, ILLINOIS, Inter-State Publishing Co., 1883, pp. 684-685
James DAWSEY, born in 1814 in Emma, where Major Williams's property now is, is a son of Halyard and Polly (KIGER) DAWSEY,both natives of Franklin County, N. C. They came here with their parents at the same time, at a very early date. His father died when he was five years old, and his mother when he was fifteen, when he was left to care for himself: When he was twenty-five years old he went to work on a flat-boat on the Mississippi,and ten years after went as second pilot on a steamboat, and was afterward first pilot. He remained on this boat ten years. He was married in 1843 to Mary VAN WINKLE, a native of this county, and went to housekeeping on the place where he still resides.His wife died in 1847, leaving four children, all now dead. Hewas married in 1849 to Mary MIERS, a native of this county. They have four children--Andrew, Abraham, Halyard and Eli. Mr. DAWSEY enlisted in 1861 in Company D, Fifty-sixth Illinois Infantry, and served two years, lacking three days. He was in General Grant's Division. He was wounded at Corinth, and was taken to Grant's headquarters, where he remained nearly eight weeks, and was then sent to the hospital at Louisville. He did not receive proper treatment there, and was sent to Mound City; was there only a week or two, when he was taken to the hospital in St. Louis, where he stayed nearly eleven months, and was then sent home on crutches.He has never recovered from his injuries, and receives a pension of $14 a month.He has never been able to do a day's work.Politically he is a Democrat.He has been School Director of his township, and takes a great interest in educational matters."