Biography of Asa Dawson
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Dawson, Asa, a farmer of Brasher Falls, was born in Grand Isle, Vt., October 16, 1818, a son of John and Elsie (Babcock) Dawson. His father came to America from Scotland during the last years of the Revolution, and was a British soldier under Lord Oornwallis, was taken prisoner at Yorktown, and then joined the Continental army. The mother's people were of English birth and came to America when she was a child. Asa was the thirteenth of fourteen children, all but one, his younger brother John, of Rochester, being deceased. In early life Mr. Dawson was a sailor on the lakes, then a sawyer for about thirteen years in this county. He bought his farm in 1853, where he has since resided, a fine place of eighty five acres, under a good state of cultivation. He married first in October. 1839, Sally A. Hall, by whom he had eight children, six of whom grew to maturity: Thomas, Hannah, Marion, Ellen, Emery, and Ethan. Mr. Dawson was a Democrat in early life, but has been a Republican for the last thirty years. His first wife died in December, 1877, and he married second in February, 1882, Mrs. Mary Halcomb Hill, widow of Nelson Hill.

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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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