Smith County, Texas

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By Andy Leath

Charles L. Dawson born c1824 VA died 1875/6 Tyler, TX, married Sarah S. Haller "Sallie" born 1826 Wythe Co., VA, died 1907 buried Oakwood Cem., Tyler, TX, unmarked. They were enumarated on the 1850 census of Carroll Co., VA, and the 1860 census of Sevier Co., AR. They moved to Tyler in the late 1860s, and in 1870 they bought over 100 acres just southeast of Tyler. Tyler's Dawson Hill (now occupied by the two large hospitals) and Dawson Street were named for this family. Smith County Federal Census Images - 1870 Tyler Beat p. 33; 1900 ED 96 p. 14A.

1. Charles Pinkney Dawson "Pink" born c1846 VA died 1888 Waco, TX, buried First Street Cemetery, Waco, TX, married 1870 Smith Co., TX, Cynthia Melvina Walters "Vina" born c1846 TX died 1870s. Her parents: Charles M. & Mary (Medford) Walters. He moved to McLennan Co., TX, in the 1880s. They are enumerated in the Smith County Federal Census Images - 1870 Starrville Beat, p. 78; 1880 ED 94 p. 32

  • i. Lela E. Dawson born 1871 TX died 1951 Tyler, TX, married 1888 Smith Co., TX, John F. Norton born 1855 GA died 1928 both buried Rose Hill Cem., Tyler, TX. His parents: Zachariah & Sarah C. Norton. [John F. Norton m1st 1878 Smith Co., TX, Mary Elizabeth Perry 1860-1878, no children. John F. Norton m2nd 1884 Smith Co., TX, Susie Q. Lorance 1859-1885, no children]

2. Ellen L. Dawson born c1850 VA died 1886 married 1875 Smith Co., TX, John Phillips born c1830 England. He was a stonecutter. They moved to Austin, TX, and are enumerated in the 1880 census of Travis Co., TX.

  • i. Sallie Phillips born c1877 TX died young.
  • ii. Charles Thomas Phillips born c1879 TX died young.
  • iii. Mabel Florence Phillips born 1882 TX died 1913 married 1903 Smith Co., TX, James Bruce Bryan born 1877 TX died 1927 both buried Liberty Hill Cem., Smith Co., TX. His parents: B. B. & Maggie E. Bryan.

3. Mary Margaret Dawson "Mollie" born 1851 VA died 1933 Tyler, TX, buried Oakwood Cem., Tyler, TX, unmarked, married c1877 Camp Co., TX, W. H. Allen born 1841 IL died c1902. He was a railroad contractor. Smith County Federal Census Images - 1880 ED 94 p. 16; 1900 ED 96 p. 14A; 1910 ED 65 p. 7A; 1920 ED 79 p. 7b; 1930 ED 4 p. 1b

  • i. Birdie Allen born 1881 TX died 1941 Dallas, TX, married 1898 Smith Co., TX, Emmett Leslie Ivey born 1879 Smith Co., TX, died 1953 Tyler, TX, bur. Rose Hill Cem., Tyler, TX. Divorced 1913. She moved to Dallas, TX. His parents: Thomas Jefferson & Laura E. Ivey.
  • ii. Henry H. Allen born 1884 TX died 1957 Tyler, TX, married 1917 Smith Co., TX, Bertha Nicholson born Aug 1893/4 TX. Divorced. Her parents: James Kinney & Margaret Nicholson. Henry H. Allen married 2nd 1923 Smith Co., TX, Mary Kelly born 1894 TX died 1980 Smith Co., TX, both buried Oakwood Cem., Tyler, TX. He was elected Smith Co. Tax Assessor in 1926 and served until 1934.
  • iii. Belle Allen born 1889 TX married 1907 Smith Co., TX, Hiram E. Grundy. Divorced 1910. Belle Allen Grundy married 2nd 1912 Smith Co., TX, T. J. Mecklenburg. She lived in Dallas, TX.

4. William LeRoy Dawson “Will” born c1854 VA died 1926 Tyler, TX, married 1887 Smith Co., TX, Dora G. Phillips born 1868 TN died 1913, both buried Oakwood Cem., Tyler, TX, his unmarked. He was a farmer. Her parents: William H. & Rebecca J. Phillips. Smith County Federal Census Images - 1900 ED 94 p. 5b; 1910 ED 71 p. 7B

  • i. Clarence William Dawson born 1887 Van Zandt Co., TX, died 1954 Tyler, TX, married 1919 Smith Co., TX, Myrtle Elizabeth Johnson born 1894 TX died 1966 Smith Co., TX, both buried Memorial Park Cem., Tyler, TX.
  • ii. Ellen Rebecca Dawson born 1888 TX died 1918 buried Rose Hill Cem., Tyler, TX, married 1909 Smith Co., TX, Monroe W. Goodrich born 1887 IA died 1910 Smith Co., TX, bur. Oakwood Cem., Tyler, TX, unmarked, no children. His parents: Herman B. & Frances B. Goodrich. Ellen Rebecca Dawson Goodrich married 2nd 1913 Smith Co., TX, David O. Ford born c1879 GA.
  • iii. Sallie Mae Dawson born 1891 TX married 1908 Smith Co., TX, George F. Adams born c1885 KY. Sallie Mae Dawson married 2nd 1920s Joe M. Holcomb born 1891 TX died 1974 Dallas Co., TX.
  • iv. Charles H. Dawson "Charley" born 1893 TX married 1911 Smith Co., TX, Vivian Grace Harris. Divorced 1914. Charles Dawson married 2nd Della Mae ___ born c1894 TX. He was a nurseryman, later a florist in Dallas, TX.
  • v. Ruth H. Dawson born 1904 TX died 1987 Harris Co., TX, married J. V. Wheeless.

5. Edgar A. Dawson born c1863 AR married 1885 Wood Co., TX, Jessie McCord, no children. Divorced 1894.



Sources of Information:

Smith County Probate Records,

  • Case 595 C. L. Dawson decd;
  • Case 10422 H. H. Allen decd.

Marriage Records of Smith County, Texas 1846-1899 (Tyler, TX: East Texas Genealogical Society, 1979); 1900-1926 (1999)

Cemetery Records of Smith County, Texas, Vol. I (Tyler, TX: East Texas Genealogical Society, 1981); Vol. V (1987)

Obituaries From Tyler Newspapers, Smith County Texas, 1905-1915 (Tyler, TX: East Texas Genealogical Society, 1988)

Obituaries in Tyler newspapers, microfilm, Tyler Public Library:

  • Ellen Rebecca Dawson Ford Mar. 18, 1918;
  • Will L. Dawson May 20, 1926;
  • Mary Dawson Allen Sep. 27, 1933;
  • Birdie Ivey Aug. 1, 1941;
  • Lela Dawson Norton Aug. 19, 1951;
  • Emmett L. Ivey Feb. 20, 1953;
  • Clarence William Dawson Mar. 28, 1954;
  • Henry H. Allen Jan. 6, 1957

Smith County, Texas, Deed Records Q:

  • 324; 88:511; 110:35 (heirs C. L. Dawson);
  • 110:459 (heirs E. L. & Charles Thomas Phillips)

Smith County, Texas, District Court, Civil Cases,

  • #6655 Grundy vs. Grundy;
  • #7268 Ivey vs. Ivey;
  • #7439 V. Dawson vs. C. Dawson;
  • #4021 E. Dawson vs. J Dawson


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