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I wanted to share this family photo of Eliza Dotson with the community. Location: unknown. Date: unknown.
life of eliza edleblute Dotson
Newspaper article written by A. E. Moore about 1899:
"An Interesting Character in Cloud County Who Has Had a Remarkable Life"
Mrs. Eliza Dotson, a Cloud county woman who lacks only a few months of being a centenarian was born among the historic New England hills of Pennsylvania, but moved, when a child, with her parents to Virginia where 64 years of her life was spent. She was born March 31 1800, just 117 days after the dath of George Washington and while John Adams was president of the young republic, which numbered but sixteen states. More than 99 years or 39,160 days have been recorded in the book of time since her birth and many stirring events have passed into history. The nation has been involved in eight wars, five of those with foreign powers; twenty-three presidents have held office, and twenty men who have filled this important office have passed to the unseen realm. During this period of time thirty three states and territories have been added to the union and more than sixty million souls to our population.
Mrs. Dotson's maiden name was Eddleblue. She was married at the age of 16 years to Zacharia Dotson, who died in 1862(?) leaving her a widow for 37 years. During this time she has lived with an adopted daughter, whose life of sacrifice and devotion can never be weighed this side of eternity.
Mrs. Dotson has been a consistent member of the church for 60 years. In 1871 she moved from Virginia to Cloud county, Kansas, returned to Virginia and remained six months in 1874, but from then until the present has resided near this locality. She is the mother of eleven children, forty-seven grandchildren and seventy-six great grandchildren. Three of her sons were in the civil war and remained with the old flag until its close. Three of her daughters married union soldiers. Through these six children thirteen sons of veterans sprang from the parent stock. In 1864 she went to the hospital at Cumberland MD at which place two of her sons were confined with disease contracted in the service and ministered to their wants with her own hand. She relates how it was customary to lower the flag at half mast when any of the boys died, and how eagerly she gazed at the cherished emblem when emerging from her sleeping apartments in the morning. If the old flag was high in the air she knew her boys were yet among the living. There is no doubt but she has shared more sleep, prun more yarn and knit more stockings than any woman in Kansas. The spinning wheel is yet among her possessions, and it is only about five years since we saw her spinning to entertain her company. More than once she has wove the cloth during the day, cut and sewed the garment during the same night to clothe one of her children. Thus in twenty-four hours turnign the raw material into a ready made garment.
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