Nancy, Hi, I am a descendent of your line of Dotson's as well.I also know Wanda who responded to you first.I found back in the summer a post in the "Our Family Tree" about your Fountain Dotson.I became interested in researching him further as he was married to Mary Polly Parker.(I have a sister whose name is Polly Parker.)She and I got to looking at the family lines and notice that in Fountain's line he, his wife and over half of his children died in the same year.Being the dramatic that my sister Polly is, she was just sure that they were killed by Indians!LOLSo I dug further and found this piece of information taken from "A History of the Harwoods and Dotsons"---J.B.Harwood, Ft. Smith, AR, 1902.It states:
"Fountain Dotson, my grandfather, was born in Granger (Grainger) County, TN, but lived and died in Rhea County.Just before the Civil War he had made three trips to Arkansas with a view to locating near his father...and contracted for a large body of land near Kingston (Madison Co., AR). On the last trip he died of typhoid fever.He died possessed of considerable estate, much of which was divided among his children a short time after his death by his uncle, Allen Dotson, whom he had appointed executor.. Later G.W. Wallace was appointed executor for the purpose of winding up the estate, and when the Civil War came on and after the heirs had all come to Arkansas, several thousand dollars were in thehands of Wallance an at this time is shown in the record in the courthouse at Washington, the county seat of Rhea County."
I show that his parents were Wm. Abraham "Bart" Dotson b ABT 1703 in Grainville, N.C.d. Jan 1 or 2 1861 in Huntville, Madison Co. Arkansas.He married fisrt Elizabeth A. Raynor b. 1784d. BEF 1846 Children: 1. John Dotson x Elizabeth Fields 2. Stehpen Dotsonb 1797d. 1856 x Nancy Parker b. 1804 (belived to be sister or twin sister to Mary Polly Parker as both are shown born in the same year.) 3. Archibald Dotson b. ABT 1902 x Celey Amos RenoRaintree B. ABT 1900 4. Fountaine Dotson b. 1804d. 1858 x Mary Polly Parker b. Abt 1804d. 1858 5. Edmond "Edward" or "General" Dotson b. 3 Oct. 1805 d. 6 Jul 1887 x Susanna Caseyb. 1821d. AFT. 1880 6. Thomas Jefferson Dotson b. ABT. 1811d. AFT 1880 x Sarah "Sallie" Smith (These are my relatives) 7. Doctor Floyd "Docky" Dotson b. 1813 d 1904 x Polly Dawn Amos "Mary" Reno/Raincrow 8. Allen Dotsonb. ABT 1818 d 1865 x Martha Patsy Arwine 9. Jennie "Jane" Dotson b ABT 1822 x Wm Gipson Phillipsb. 1810 10 Noah Dotson b. Abt 827 x Mary J. Dotson b ABT 1845 11 Eli Dotson b 1829 12 Isabella Dotson b ABT 1838 13 Robert Dotson b. ABT 1839
Then Wm. Abraham (Bart) Dotson married Clarissa Cook b. 1820 in N.C.They had the following children: 1. Wm Hugh (Billy) Dotson b. 1847 in Arkansas 2. Bloomington Dotson b. 1848 in ? 3. Nancy Dotson b ABT 1850 in Arkansas 4. Glasco Dotson b. 1852 in Arkansas 5. DAvid Crockett Dotson b. a853 in Arkansas
Wm. Abraham "Bart Dotsons parents were: Lambert Dodson III and Hannah Witt b. ABT 1747
I hope this helps you.I also have some information about Wm. Abraham "Bart" Dotson that was taken from the "A History of the Harwoods and Dotsons".Too long to post here.I hope to hear back from you.Debra Parker Boring