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James (snr) DAWSON, Sergeant

James (snr) DAWSON, Sergeant

Male 1785 - 1865  (~ 80 years)

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  • Name James (snr) DAWSON  [1, 2
    Suffix Sergeant 
    Born 00 May 1785  Falkirk Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Christened 29 May 1785  Falkirk Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Gender Male 
    Military Service Dec 1815  Tehran Persia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Email from John Mathews 8 May 2016; his source attended (dates not provided) Public Records Office, Kew, London. WO54/287 Description Book 6th Btn., RA, WO54/299 Description Book 9th Btn., RA, WO10/799 Pay roll 9th Btn.,RA (various years) WO10/1130 Pay List 9th Btn., Adjutant's Detachment, RA (dates not provided)
     
    Military Service 1810-1816 
    Email from John Mathews 8 May 2016 Limited evidence. "In Royal Artillary 1810-1816, FO60/4, FO60/6 and FO60/10. Correspondence file from British Embassy in Tehran to Foreign Office."dates attained not provided, Repository:assume Public Records Office Kew UK
     
    Marriage/Wedding 16 Feb 1816  Falkirk Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    DAWSON JAMES m.JEAN HAMILTON FR2560 (FR2560) on 16/02/1816 479/ 90 195 at Falkirk Scotland. no credits for document of OPR MARRIAGE
     
    Military Service 1817-1826  Iran Find all individuals with events at this location 
    (Iran; Previously named Persia as records state Persia) Repository assumed Kew London, dates/locations/war field locations not provided. FO60/27 (1826) Records payment to "Sgt Dawson". James was the father of Catherine Dawson who married Allen McLean b1811 in Scotland
     
    Died 22 May 1865  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Buried 24 May 1865  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • Plot 80, DIV 1, Strathalbyn Cemetery Parker Road
    Biography Notes 12 Oct 1944  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Newspaper:Southern Argus (Port Elliot, SA : 1866 - 1954) Thu 12 Oct 1944 Page 4 "Gifts to the Corporation. During the past week further valuable gifts have been received by the Town Clerk for inclusion with the archives of early Strathalbyn. Mr. H. R. Hooper, of Dulwich, has presented the town with the photos of his late great-grandfather and great grandmother, Colonel James Dawson and his wife, and also with a sword, the property of the late colonel. This sword has an interesting story to tell. Colonel Dawson fought in the Persian wars, his wife accompanying him as his orderly,dressed as a soldier. The secret was well kept and no one but the Colonel knew that the soldier orderly was a woman. During the war the Colonel saved the life of a priest, and for this act was presented with the sword that has now come back to Strathalbyn. That was in 1818. Later Colonel Dawson came to South Aust and was one of the first settlers in Strathalbyn. The sword has been handed down from descendants of the late Colonel and was in the possession of Mr. Hooper. Mr. Hooper has supplied the clerk with a long, and interesting account of early Strathalbyn and this has been added to the wealth of information being provided by old residents. Mrs.J.S.Richardson is one who has written up quite a lengthy article on the early days, and Miss Foster is also assisting. Others have offered to send in their reminiscences. Mrs. M.G.Rankine has presented a very old picture of the Presbyterian Church, and bridge, and has loaned Dr. Rankine's Memoirs, and numerous newspaper cuttings for the clerk to take copies. These actions by old residents are very commendable, and future generations, with an interest in early history, will have cause to thank them for their thoughtfulness.  
    Military Service Kew UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Public Records Office, Kew, London.UK Incomplete detail with no dates or locations of military attendance just pay codes.. WO54/287 Description Book 6th Btn., RA, WO54/299 Description Book 9th Btn., RA, WO10/799 Pay roll 9th Btn.,RA (various years) 
    Person ID I-779  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 8 Apr 2021 

    Family Jane (Jean) HAMILTON,   b. 24 Feb 1802, Hamilton Lanarkshire Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1885, Springfield SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 16 Feb 1818  Falkirk Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 11, 12
    • Irregular marriage:
      A marriage by declaration was perfectly legal in terms of Scots Law until 1939 [but] it wasn't at all "legal" in terms of the canonical "laws" of the Established Church of Scotland. ..... A proportion of those who underwent a marriage by declaration did so in the presence of a minister of a secession church, or a minister who had at that time no "charge", ie wasn't the minister of any church. .... It could have equally been the case that the minister involved here, unnamed, was a secession church minister, but the couple still wanted the marriage recorded in the Old Parochial Register ... of the Established Church of Scotland.
      (Source: DavidWW, 28th Feb 2007 in http://talkingscot.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8203)


    Children 
    +1. James (Jnr) DAWSON,   b. 28 Jan 1817, Falkirk Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1868, Akatore NZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)  []
     2. Archibald DAWSON,   b. 28 Jan 1821, Tehran Persia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1851, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 30 years)  []
     3. Catherine DAWSON,   b. 1825, Tehran Persia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1892, Hackney SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)  []
    +4. Eliza Willock DAWSON,   b. 13 Feb 1830, Tehran Persia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1926, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)  []
     5. George DAWSON,   b. 2 May 1832, Falkirk Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1832, Falkirk Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  []
    +6. Jane DAWSON,   b. 15 Jun 1834, Falkirk Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1903, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)  []
    +7. Ann DAWSON,   b. 28 Oct 1836, Scotland UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1914  (Age 77 years)  []
     8. Jean DAWSON,   b. 1838,   d. c Apr 1839  (Age 1 years)  []
    +9. Mary DAWSON,   b. 1840, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1937, Clare SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years)  []
    Last Modified 30 Jun 2021 04:57:44 
    Family ID F-257  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    ww - James Dawson - baptized 29th May 1785 in Falkirk
    ww - James Dawson - baptized 29th May 1785 in Falkirk
    Child: James Dawson (lawful)
    Parents: James Dawson & Margaret Gilchrist
    Witnesses: Walter Nicol & John Robertson
    WW - James Dawson & Jean Hamilton - Marriage lines 16th Feb 1816, registered 3rd March in Falkirk
    WW - James Dawson & Jean Hamilton - Marriage lines 16th Feb 1816, registered 3rd March in Falkirk
    James Dawson and Jean Hamilton both in this parish irregular Lines dated Feb 16 - 1816.
    There is a notation of 7/2 which indicates that there was a fee of 7 shillings and 2 pence.

    OPR OF FALKIRK SCOTLAND. DATED 1837 6 May C [child] DAWSON George law [lawful son] P [parents] James Dawson and Jean Hamilton W [witnesses] George Logan James Horn Born 2 current.{likely born date was 2nd and this date of 6th is likely baptism all batched together.

    Headstones

    HS STRATH DAWSON James and Jane

  • Sources 
    1. [S-14] FM John Mathews Email 18.5.2016 re gfather-evidence pending, physical evidence declined: provided on email.
      Florence's second son was James Dawson gets many mentions on the tree and also in original BRB biographies. He is referred to in these as Col or Colonel. The family story according to John Mathews that Dawson was never a Commissioned Officer, least of all a Colonel which is an extremely high rank. Having researched his military history, I (John Mathews) can say with confidence that Dawson Snr joined the Royal Artillery as a Gunner 3rd Class and rose to Gunner 2nd Class by the time he was discharged in 1816. When he went back to Persia in 1817 as a drill instructor for the Shah's army, he was no longer in the British Army but may have been given an honorary rank of Sergeant by the Shah (or just called himself Sergeant) in order to have the necessary authority over the Persian troops he was training. A Sgt Dawson is mentioned in an official dispatch from the British Charge d'Affaires in Persia in 1826 (which I have sighted in a Foreign Office file in the Public Records Office Kew London Best Wishes John Mathews).
      As the request of this immediate family member: John Mathews, the title Col was removed. LJM03.05.2016

    2. [S-137] FS Mark Brabant-no evidence provided-pending evidence, my heritage (with a log in), 17 Apr 2019 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      Jane ( Jean ) Dawson nee Hamilton 1802 - 1885 Birth:Mar 8 1802 Hamilton,Lanarkshire,Scotland,UK Nationality:Australia Title:Mrs Religion:Protestant: Marriage to: James Dawson on Feb 16 1816 Falkirk Scotland Immigration:Apr 30 1839 Port Adelaide, South Australia Death: Aug 9 1885 Springfield, Strathalbyn, SA Burial:Strathalbyn General Cemetery SA
      Family members Parents:William Hamilton 1777 - 1850 Janet / Jannet Hamilton (born Pollock) 1777 - 1857 Husband: James Dawson 1781 - 1865

    3. [S-8] PUBLICATION Dawson book in Goolwa Library, Yvonne Heath of Morphettville, (Heath of Morphettville), C0461991941 - Goolwa.

    4. [S-13] REGISTER Burials & Cremations - Alexandrina Council SA, Family History Group at Library, 21, 9 May 2016.
      Burial Register; states-burial-not cremated, religion-not stated, Plot No.80 DIV1. Age at demise 84yoa, d.24.05.1865 (register, headstone and burial date), Minister officiating; MOSIST, Strathalbyn Cemetery.

    5. [S-181] John Mathews - 'Calatria, The Journal of the Falkirk Local History Society' Spring, 2013, number 29, p 78.

    6. [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au requires login, https://www.genealogysa.org.au requires log in , 8 Feb 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      DAWSON Given Names:James Parents:Life Information:Birth c1785 SCT. Death 24.05.1865 Strathalbyn SA. Burial Strathalbyn SA. Arr SA by 1839. Occupation:Farmer Residence:Strathalbyn Spouse(s):Jane HAMILTON (16.02.1816 Falkirk STI SCT) Children:With Jane HAMILTON: James (28.1.1817-18.7.1868), Archibald (c1821-), Catherine McLEAN (c1823-21.1.1892), Eliza Willock HALDANE (13.2.1830-28.5.1926), George (2.5.1832-by 1839), Jane/Jean HOOPER (15.6.1834-7.6.1903), Annie STEPHENS (28.10.1836-27.8.1914), Mary LANDER (c1841-28.9.1927).
      SNcode: BISA2

    7. [S-52] http://ancestry.com.au, ancestry.co.au with log in , 23 May 2021 Lorna McLean Researcher.
      Name:James Dawson Gender:Male Baptism Date:29 May 1785 Baptism Place:Falkirk, Stirling, Scotland
      Father:James Dawson Mother: Margaret Gilchrist
      Visible on Ancestry but citation states SOURCE OF EVIDENCE FROM FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY OF Family Search scan of the OPR of 1785; Falkirk-FHL Film Number:1041943 Reference ID:- 2:17BZH4X
      see researchers image of the birth OPR; Lorna Mclean on 08.04.2021

    8. [S-52] http://ancestry.com.au, ancestry.co.au with log in , 23 May 2021 Lorna McLean Researcher.
      Name:James Dawson Gender:Male Baptism Date:29 May 1785 Baptism Place:Falkirk Stirlingshire Scotland Father:James Dawson Mother:Margaret Gilchrist (Family Search source: FHL Film Number:1041943 Reference ID: - 2:17BZH4X

    9. [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au requires login, 24 Nov 2017 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      Given Name(s):James, Last Name: DAWSON, Death Date: 22 May 1865, Gender: M, Age: 84y, Approx. Birth Year: 1781, Death Place: Springfield, District: Strathalbyn, Book/Page: 20/72
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    10. [S-13] REGISTER Burials & Cremations - Alexandrina Council SA, Family History Group at Library, 21, 6 Apr 2016.
      Strathalbyn Plot 80, DIV 1.
      Unfortunately this offers a slight different DOB 1781 or 1785 due to entry reading date at death being 84yrs from date of death (consensus: 24.5.1865) Accuracy outstanding unless a death certificate number & transcription available. Awaiting headstone image information.

    11. [S-59] http://www.familyhistorysa.info/colonists.html, Barry Leadbetter, 1.
      MCLEAN Allan, Catharine DAWSON, married 29 feb 1844 at Wheatsheaf Inn Mt Barker as this information does not match the uncited/sourced information. As it is so different I have left it for further researchers to confirm or delete. Sourced 5 Feb 2016 Researcher Lorna McLean



    12. [S-87] BDM Scotlands People requires own login , https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/record-results?search_type=people&event=M&record_type%5B0%5D=opr_marriages&church_type=Old%20Parish%20Registers&dl_cat=church&dl_rec=church-banns-marriages&surname=dawson&surname_so=exact&forename=james&forename_so=starts&spouse_name=hamilton&spouse_name_so=exact&from_year=1800&to_year=1850&record=Church%20of%20Scotland%20%28old%20parish%20registers%29%20Roman%20Catholic%20Church%20Other%20churches, 21 Apr 2019 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      DAWSON JAMES m.JEAN HAMILTON FR2560 (FR2560) on 16/02/1816 479/ 90 195 at Falkirk Scotland.saved on desktop as a snip page.