My lineal ancestors are John C. Dawson and Sally Carroll. John Dawson was born in 1734 in Amerhst Co. Virginia, died 1804 in Nelson Co. Virginia. This is what I have on him. Facts about this person:
Fact 1 Hickory Creek
Fact 2 1775 served on Amherst County Revolutionary Committee
Fact 3 served as Capt. of Amherst Militia during the Revolutionary War
Lived 1759 on Carroll Creek
Alt. Lived 1764 Near Faber's Mill
Signer 1776 "Petition of Albemarle & Amherst Dissenters" for the Established Church of England
Funeral 1804 Sermon preached by nephew, Reverend Martin Dawson
From "History of Albemarle County", by Rev. Edgar Woods, 1901, pages 177-178:
As early as 1757, John Dawson, whose wife was Sarah Carroll, was living on the water of Carroll Creek. Did he remove to Amherst, now Nelson, and was he the father of Martin, the well known merchant of Milton? Certain it is, that Martin's father was named John, that his place was in Nelson, not far from Faber's Mills, and that he was the brother of Rev. Martin's father. Martin was one of nine children. He established himself in Milton shortly after it was founded, at first apparently connected with Brown, Rives & Co.; and he continued to be associated with the village, until its business was wholly absorbed by Charlottesville and Scottsville. By his diligence, thrift and good judgement, he amassed a considerable fortune. About 1822 he purchased Bellair on the north side of Hardware below Carter's Bridge, which had before belonged to Charles Wingfield, Jr., and there he made his residence until his death in 1835. He left a will so elaborately idited, that it was twice taken before the Court of Appeals for construction. In his desire to promote popular education, he directed that an academy shoud be established at each of the three places, Milton, Bellair, and his father's old homestead in Nelson; that suitable buildings should be erected both for teachers and scholars; and that their advantages should be assigned in the first place to the boys of Albemarle and Nelson. Having a premonition that these provisions might be adjudged invalid, he directed that in case they were set aside, his property at the places mentioned should be sold, the proceeds transferred to the Literary Fund of the State, and the interest devoted to the cause of education in the two counties specified. The latter bequest was approved by the judgment of the Court. He also prescribed the enclosing of ten acres at the old homestead in Nelson as a family burial place, where he enjoined his own remains to be interred. Besides his private business, he was much employed in that of the county. He was appointed a magistrate in 1806, and frequently occupied a seat on the bench of the County Court. He never married.
A brother, Pleasant Dawson, was the owner of nearly fifteen hundred acres on the lower Hardware. He was engaged in milling operations, in the prosecution of which he was involved in a long litigation with Littlebury Moon. He died unmarried in 1826. A sister, Nancy, was the wife of Rev. Hugh White, a Baptist minister, who was for a time a lot holder both in Charlottesville and Milton.
Research done by Mary Roy Hedian.Sources for her report are done mainly four DAR Papers, one SAR Paper, a research paper by Mary Roy (Dawson) Hedian, and correspondence with descendants, and the Charles Carroll Dawson book.
Sally Carroll was born 1736 in Amherst Co. Virginia and died Jan 25, 1836 in Nelson Co. Virginia. Research done by Mary Roy Hedian.Sources for her report are done mainly four DAR Papers, one SAR Paper, a research paper by Mary Roy (Dawson) Hedian, and correspondence with descendants, and the Charles Carroll Dawson book.