The ancestors of the Dawsons have been researched with documentary evidence up to Richard Dawson (III) who was born in 1740 in Kent. By documentary evidence I mean such things as birth, death and marriage records from government or church records.
There has been evidence found for the line continuing back to Roger Dawson (I) who was born in 1531. However we have not as yet been able to confirm these links with documents. That is because by these dates documents need to be found from local sources, not centralised government or church sources, and often these are lost, if even recorded at all, which means the links may never be proven.
As I have very little details of these ancestors’ individual lives, I will outline the historical era they lived in. It is interesting to think of a member of our family living in these periods.
Rather than starting from our oldest ancestor I have listed them starting from the more recent to the oldest. That is, from the father of Richard III.
RICHARD DAWSON (II)
Born end of Queen Anne’s reign and just before George I
Father: Richard (I) Married: Elizabeth Shoemaker.
Children: Richard (III)
RICHARD DAWSON (I)
End of reign of Charles II.
Father: Nicholas (II) Married: Margaret Wells.
Children: Richard (II), Margaret, John.
NICHOLAS DAWSON (II)
Born during the upheaval of the English Civil War. He was born in the middle of the Protectorate period of Oliver Cromwell. Just six years earlier, in 1649, Charles I had been defeated and executed by the British Parliament. Nicholas’ wife, Ann Daniels, was born five years after Nicholas, in 1660. This was the year of the ‘Restoration’ when Charles II took the throne, bringing to an end eleven years of Britain with no monarch.
Nicholas died aged 74.
Father: Nicholas (I). Married: Ann Daniels.
Children: Richard (I), John, Ann, Mary, Nicholas, Thomas.
NICHOLAS DAWSON (I)
Born 1617, baptized 1620.
Born at the end of the reign of James I.
Father: Nicholas (I). Married: Elizabeth Meakin.
Children: Richard, Elizabeth, Nicholas (II), John.
EDWARD DAWSON (I)
Born 1588, during the long reign of Elizabeth I.
Died aged 32, just one year after his father.
Father:Roger (II). Married: Ellen Foate.
Children: Joanne, Nicholas(I)
ROGER DAWSON (II)
Born in the middle of the reign of Mary I, a violent time when there were fierce political battles between the Protestants and the Catholics in England.
He died aged 60.
Father: Roger (I). Married: Katherine Witt.
Children: Nicholas, Elizabeth, Agnes, George, Edward, Henry, Roger, William.
ROGER DAWSON (I).
Born during the reign of Henry VIII.
Roger was born in Penrith, in Cumbria, in the Lake District of England. He married Margaret Lothrop of Yorkshire. This is a long way from Kent, however his children were born in Kent and he died in Kent, so he must have moved to Kent as a young adult, thus beginning our line of Dawsons living in Thanet, Kent, for fifteen generations over four centuries. He died aged 70.
Father: unknown. Married: Margaret Lothrop
Children: Roger (II)