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Re: Brittain Dawson Family
Posted by: Hugh Swift (ID *****0924) Date: March 16, 2003 at 11:15:30
In Reply to: Brittain Dawson Family by Patti Denson of 65474

Joan is right. By leaving out the dates you have more or less "shot yourself in the foot" before you even get started. If you are looking for 'names of grandchildren' then you should also list the names of their parents. The dates and locations are important because it tells you in which census to look for the children. All is not lost because the Handbook of Texas Online tells us Britton came to Texas in 1847 in search of grass and water for his cattle and indeed the town of Dawson was named after him. It also tells us he died in 1903. The Handbook also tells us he fought in the Battle of San Jacinto.

He was obviously alive during the 1880 census and now that Family Search now has that census online, you will find Britton (age 60)and his second wife Susana (age 50) living in Navarro County, Texas with two children Britton Jr. (age 13) and Frank (age 11). Both children were born in AL which is not consistant with the statement in the Handbook that Britton Sr. arrived and lived in Dawson, Texas in 1847, some 20 years before the birth of Britton Jr.

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