Dawson owned the SW quarter of section 1, the NE quarter of section 2, and the NW quarter of section 1 in Township 111 north of Range 17 West in Goodhue County. (See Goodhue Volunteer, 7 May 1862). He also owned land in St. Paul in Ramsey County. (See “The South Is Coming North,” Weekly Minnesotian, 4 November 1854, 4.)

He lived in Madison Parish, Louisiana. In 1860 his male slaves were ages 60, 50, 40 (5 of them), 38, 35 (5 of them), 30 (2 of them), 27, 25 (2 of them), 24, 22, 18, 16, 13, 11, 5 (3 of them), 4, 3, 2, 1, 7 months; his female slaves were ages 55 (2 of them), 45, 40, 38 (3 of them), 35 (5 of them), 28, 25, 22, 18 (3 of them), 10, 6, 4 (2 of them), 3, 2, 1 (3 of them).

Fielding Howard: He was mentioned as Dawson’s “colored” “servant” in the 11 October 1860 issue of the St. Cloud Democrat. In the 1870 census, he is listed in Madison Parish on Dawson’s land.

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