I posted the following query on multiple Genforum message boards and received some great information in return.I am posting the replies I received in hopes that it may help some other person in their genealogy research.I’m still trying to learn more about Edward Dawson mentioned in the query. Edward Dawson and my gggm Cynthia Ann Heddleston lived in the Jolly Township, Washington County, OH on the 1850 census.I think this area later became a part of Monroe County, OH.Thanks, happy ancestor hunting.Susie
I'm looking for information on Delia Kershaw. She is found on the census 1850 Jolly Township, Washington County, Ohio: Delia Kershaw age 40, b. England; John age 6, b. England; Joshua ge 4, b. Ohio; Delia age 1, b. Ohio and Joshua Dawson age 91, b. England. In the census: 1860 Hamilton County, Mill Creek, Ohio. This census lists Delia Kershaw, age 50, b.in England; John age 16, b.in England; Joshua age 14 b. Ohio; Delia age 11, b. Ohio; and Eliza age 9, b. Ohio. She is shown on the 1870 Americus Town, Lyon County, Kansas: Delia Kershaw age 60, b. England and living in the household with Charles Bowler age 26, b. Maryland; Delia A. Bowler age 21 (I assume this is daughter Delia Kershaw); Delia age hard to read but looks like 2, b. Ohio; a one-year-old male whose name is hard to read, b. Ohio. I am hoping to link up my Dawson family research with Delia's descendents. I have some land records from the Washington County, Ohio courthouse that show Delia Kershaw, Joshua Dawson and Edward Dawson were involved in land transactions with each other.I feel that Delia and Edward were children of Joshua Dawson and hope to verify this.
From Tania Dennis on Kershaw Genforum: This may help. IGI - Batch number: M009304 John KERSHAW married Delia DAWSON 5th August 1833 Elland Yorkshire. IGI - Batch number: C107761 John KERSHAW C: 4 Feb 1844 - Brighouse Yorkshire
If you can obtain parish records of the marriage it may give you Delia's father. Hope it is of help. Regards,Tania.
From William Hartley on England Genforum: JOHN KERSHAW Event(s): Birth: Christening: 04 FEB 1844 Brighouse, Yorkshire, England Death: Burial: Parents: Father: JOHN KERSHAW Mother: DELIA
Batch No.: C107761 No others listed ______________________________________
DELIA DAWSON Event(s): Birth: Christening: Death: Burial: Marriages: Spouse: JOHN KERSHAW Marriage: 05 AUG 1833 Elland, Yorkshire, England
Batch No.: M009304 _________________________________ There is this marriage same place where Delia was married but do not know if it is the same Joshua Dawson or not that is found in the US -
Ottawa County Michigan, Holland Twp, 5 Jun 1900 BOWLER, Charles F.; Head; 55; Jul 1844; M; W; Married 33 yrs; Farmer; MD; MD; MD ---, Delia A.; Wife; 51; Nov 1848; F; W; 3 children/2 living; OH; England; England
From Sonia on England Genforum:
There are quite a lot of people researching the name Dawson in Yorkshire on this list. At least one mentions Elland:
I just checked the Lyon County Tombstone Inscriptions that were extracted for the entire countyby the Emporia Chapter of the DAR during the years 1939 - 1953. I found no Kershaw, Bowler tombstone inscriptions anywhere in the county. It would appear to me they moved on.
If you think they remained in Kansas, there is an 1875 state census with an every name index. It is available on microfilm at no charge from the Kansas State Historical Society on interlibrary loan. I would encourage you to borrow the index first, but then be sure and check the actual census as there is much more information given on the actual census. Good luck in your search! Gayle in Kansas