My sincere thanks go to Pete Dawson for providing all of the illustrative material and much of the detail of this family history.
Pete is the great grandson of William Dawson junior and it is with William that this section begins.
The Dawson family at Canal Side, Ilkeston, dated c. early 1890s. (From the personal collection of Pete Dawson)
Seated in the centre are William and Maria Dawson. At the rear are only daughter Lilly (born 1872) and son John Arthur (born 1870). On the far left is son Albert (born 1877) while eldest child William Henry (born 1868) is on the far right. At William's knee is youngest child Lambert (born 1885) and seated on the ground, right, is George Edward (born 1879).
" ... according to my aunt’s memory (Gladys May Dawson) her grandfather (William Dawson junior) lived on the left side over (Barker's) bridge i.e. opposite the wood yard (at the bottom of Duke Street).....She also said it was near Bennerley viaduct as they let the horses run in the fields underneath" (Pete)
And on to son William Henry ….