Elizabeth Dawson

Tombstone Tuesday – Elizabeth Dawson (nee Overton)


This is the headstone at the grave of Elizabeth Dawson (nee Overton) at Holy Trinity Church, Cowling, West Yorkshire.  She married my 2nd cousin 3x removed, Thompson Dawson.

Elizabeth was born about 1848, probably in Cowling.  There are two births registered in the name of Elizabeth Overton, one in 1847 and the other in 1848.  Both are registered in the Skipton registration district.  So without getting at least the marriage certificate and probably one or both birth certificates I can’t be sure which is the correct person.

Anyway, Elizabeth and Thompson married in the December quarter of 1868.  Again this was probably at Holy Trinity Church in Cowling.

Thompson and Elizabeth made their home in the small hamlet of Middleton on the outskirts of Cowling.  I have found them in the 1871 census together with their son William Henry Dawson.

They had at least one other son, Ernest, born in 1874.

Elizabeth died on 8 June 1880 and was buried four days later at the young age of 32.

On this day … 5th September

1802 … Jane Nightingale was born in Dewsbury to parents Thomas Nightingale and Ann Wigglesworth.

1840 … Elizabeth Dawson was born to parents John Dawson and Elizabeth Benson. She is my 1st cousin 4x removed.

1950 … Mary Jane Spink died. She is my 1st cousin 3x removed.

On this day … 30th June

1822 … Sarah Bracewell was born in Cowling, West Yorkshire to parents Robert Bracewell and Leah Snowden.  She is the wife of my  1st cousin 4x removed.

1848 … Elizabeth Dawson was buried at St. Anfrew’s church in Kildwick, West Yorkshire.  She is my 1st cousin 4x removed.

1866 … Martha Jane Paley died at Threshfield, Yorkshire.  She is my 1st cousin 3x removed.

1876 … George Britcliffe and Ellen Rose married at Glentham in Lincolnshire.  George is my wife’s great grand uncle.