The second son of William and Maria, John Arthur Dawson was born in Ilkeston on August 18th 1870, though his birth was registered at Shardlow while his parents were temporarily living there.
Here we see him, as a young man, flanked by two companions (unknown).
He married Ellen Edna Wright at Bath Street Primitive Methodist Chapel in 1899.
Born on June 13th 1878, his bride had her origins in Pensnett, Staffordshire and her family had come to Ilkeston in the 1880’s.
Her father John was trading as a house painter in North Street at the time of Ellen Edna’s marriage and she then moved into John Street with husband John Arthur.
“My great grandfather John Wright .. was a house painter …. I can remember (one job he did was) .. for (the) Spring Cottage Inn”. (Pete)
Ellen Edna Dawson nee Wright