E. W. Dotson was born abt 1815 in TN. On the 1870 MS Census, Carroll (now Montgomery Co). E. W. Dotson is listed as 55 years of age born in Tennessee. He is married to Elmira Josephine Shadden Neal daughter of Elisha Dodson and Rachel Henry Dodson. On 1870 Census, she is listed as E. J. Dotson age 58 born in TN. (Elmira is my gg grandmother.) She was first married to Robert Ambrose Neal in TN.(my gg grandfather.) Robert and Elmira moved to Carroll Co., MS. in the 1840's. After Robert died in 1861 she married E. W. Dotson. I have no idea who E. W. Dotson is. Could he be a cousin who changed his name to Dotson? Elmira had two uncles that changed their names to Dotson, Reuben and Lazarus. They both moved to MS. one in Attala County and the other in Choctaw County.