William Isaac Dawson

(born 1807 Frating, Essex died 9 Nov 1890 Edmonton, Middlesex)

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Maternal grandmother: Sarah Barker (born 1750 died 2 May 1821 Springfield)   View NotesHide notes  

Buried at Springfield Church, age 71. From handwritten memorial inscriptions of around 1867 held at CRO.

Left sizeable will, held at CRO Chelmsford. Catalogue D/ABW 129/1/36 - location HQ3C22C1. Dated August 1819 and proved 22nd July 1831.

“I Sarah Balls late of Springfield but now of Fraiting Hall in the Parish of Fraiting in the County of Essex Widow do make my last Will and Testament in manner following (that is to say / I do give and bequeath unto my Grand-daughter Sarah Elizabeth Bearman and Suzanna Bearman (the Children of my late Daughter Sarah Elizabeth Bearman deceased) the sum of two hundred and fifty pounds apiece of lawful money of Great Britain to be paid to them within six months after my decease in case they shall have then attained the age of twenty one years; but in case my said Grand-daughters or either of them shall not at the time of my decease have attained the said age, then I do direct her or their said Legacy or Legacies to be paid to her or them in immediately upon her or their attainment of that age with Interest thereon to be computed from the expiration of the said six months after my decease. I do also give and bequeath to my Grandson Thomas Frederick Balls (Son of my late Son Thomas Frederick Balls deceased) the sum of three hundred pounds of like lawful money to be paid to him within six months after my decease in case he shall have then attained the agge of twenty one years and if not then immediately upon his attainement of that age with Interest for the same to be computed from the expiration of the said six months after my decease. I give and bequeath unto Richard Haslar (the natural or reputed Child of my late Son Richard Warren Balls deceased) the Legacy or sum of One hundred and fifty pounds of like lawful money to be also paid to him within six months after my decease in case he shall have then attained the age of twenty one years and if not then immediately upon his attainment of that age and I do direct the Interest thereof in the mean time (which I intented to commence from the time of my decease) to be paid and applied by my executors herinafter named or the Survivor of them or the Executors or Administrators of such survivior for or towards his benefit maintenance and education and I emplower my said Executors upon the said Richard Haslar’s attaining a proper age to be placed out Apprentice to any Trade or profession to advance out of the said Legacy any sum not exceeding fifty pounds for that purpose And in case of the death of any or either of my said Grand-daughter Sarah Elizabeth Bearman and Susanna Bearman my said Grandson Thomas Frederick Balls and the said Richard Haslar before ....

“I give and bequeath unto my Grand-daughter Frances Balls Dawson ... my Daughter Judith Frances the wife of William Kendall Dawson of Fraiting Hall aforesaid Gentleman.”

Interestingly, no mention of grandson Thomas Bearman. Was Thomas Bearman not the son of Thomas Bearman coachmaker of Springfield. There was also no mention of Thomas Bearman her late daughter's husband who died in 1827 but who also had to sell his house and business not many years after writing this will.

married 25 Sep 1773 Chelmsford, Essex

Maternal grandfather: Richard Balls (born abt 1750 died 1798)   View NotesHide notes  

Moved from Chelmsford the short distance to Springfield between 1785 and 1791 when his son Richard Warren was born. The rector recorded that he was patron of the 3 Cups. His long will confirms he was a victualer as well as confirming his children - the copy, unfortunately is not great...

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Paternal grandmother: Elizabeth ??? (born abt 1760 )  

Paternal grandfather: Isaac Dawson (born abt 1760 )  


Mother: Judith Frances Balls (born 1785 Chelmsford, Essex died 24 Sep 1826)   View NotesHide notes  

FMP have record of burial of Judith Frances Dawson in Great Bentley, Essex. This is not far from Frating hall where she was a farmer's wife. Also on IGI, buried 24th September 1826.

married 15 Oct 1806 Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex

Father William Kendall Dawson (born 1786 Frating, Great Bentley, Essex died 19 Jan 1861 Great Bentley, Essex)   View NotesHide notes  

Baptised 20th April 1786 according to IGI, Frating, Essex.

Mentioned in the will of Richard Warren Balls and named as brother. Presume he meant brother-in-law.

He must have had a daughter who married somebody called Cuddon as his grandson can be seen in 1851 census - born 1841.

There was a William Dawson buried at Springfield church from inscriptions held at Chelmsford who died 20 Nov 1841 aged 70. However, I don't think this was him.

William Kendall was an estate agent/auctioneer and some some records can be found on seax - D/DU 381/27 (1825) :

Assignment of Term to attend the Inheritance (Lease and Release)

(i)Jas. Pulham, gentleman (ii) Robert Cana, auctioneer, both of Woodbridge (co. suffolk) (iii) James Jermyn of Roydon (co. suffolk)esq., administrator of goods of Henry Jermyn of Sibton (co. Suffolk), esq. deceased (iv) George Nevil Adams of Gloucester Place, Portman Square (co. Middlessex), esq.(v) WILLIAM KENDALL DAWSON of Frating hall, farmer,and (vi) WILLIAM Sparling of Colchester, gent.

Property as in D/DU 381/16,17

The above references 1811 - /DU 381/16,17:

Conveyance (Lease and Release) for £1,000

(i) James Pulham of Woodbridge (co. Suffolk) gent., s.and h. of James Pulham of Harwich and W. Mary, formerly Mary Brook, both decd., and w. Frances (ii) William Pearson of Ipswich, gentleman (iii) James Garrard of Frating, farmer, and (iv) Wm, London of Woodbridge (co. Suffolk), land valuer

Messuage called Sayers, building called Slowhouse (66a., field-names) in Frating and Great Bentley

To the uses to extinguish right of dower of Frances w. of James Pulham


Sister: Frances Balls Dawson (born 1809 Frating, Essex )   View NotesHide notes  

Baptised 28th February, on IGI - mother’s name Frances Dawson

Brother: Charles John Dawson (born abt 1810 )  

Wife: Elizabeth Boulter (born 1810 )  

Brother: Robert Richard Dawson (born 1812 Frating, Essex )   View NotesHide notes  

Baptism 10th August 1812 on IGI, father Willm K, mother Frances

Brother: Edward Boghurst Dawson (born 1824 Frating, Essex )   View NotesHide notes 5 children  

Edward was a high ranking Inspecting Veterinary Surgeon in India, achieving that rank on 25 May 1866 according to Hart’s Army Lists 1873 - see

Wife: Ann Victoria Lugar (born 1838 Ardleigh, Essex )   View NotesHide notes  

Fourth daughter of Robert Lugar according to attached marriage announcement

Daughter: Edith F Dawson (born 1859 Madras Cossoor )  

Daughter: Jessy Dawson (born 1861 Madras Cossoor )  

Daughter: Ethel Annie Dawson (born 1868 Bangalore )  

Son: Meredith Broderick Dawson (born 1873 Walton on the Naze, Essex died 1919 Scarborough, Yorkshire)   View NotesHide notes  

In 1911 FMP gives his second name as Roderick, freebmd has it as Broderick

Daughter: Mabel Mary Dawson (born 1880 Ipswich, Suffolk )  

Wife: Eliza Walker (born 1827 Grays, Essex ) married 1852 Hackney, Middlesex  

Daughter: Eliza Sarah Dawson (born 1847 Hackney, Middlesex ) 7 children  

Husband: James Grout (born 1845 Enfield, Middlesex )   View NotesHide notes  

Marriage on ancestry & freebmd

Son: James William Grout (born 1872 Edmonton, Middlesex )  

Son: Maurice Henry Grout (born 1874 Enfield, Middlesex )  

Son: Percy Charles Grout (born 1875 Enfield, Middlesex )  

Son: Philip Grout (born 1877 Enfield, Middlesex )  

Son: Perry Grout (born 1879 Enfield, Middlesex died 1959 Dartford, Kent)  

Daughter: Lizzie Margaret Grout (born 1881 Enfield, Middlesex )  

Daughter: Ethel Sophia Grout (born 1884 Hackney, London )  

William Isaac Dawson Notes:

Baptism on IGI, 1807 no exact date, mother Eliz. Frances Dawson Death (freebmd, also see attached image) also announced in The Belfast News Letter November 14th 1890, so wonder if he had some Irish connections.

Burial Abney Park Cemetery 15 Nov 1890 aged 83, ref 085555, section C07, index 3S12

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Present day Map with below census address/es in red

Census records:

1841 Foundry Yard, St Peter, Colchester, Essex
Dawson Willm K M 59 1782 Essex 2743

1851 61 Church Street, Frating, Essex, Essex
Dawson William K Head Married M 63 1788 Land Agent Auctioneer Essex, Frating 2743
Dawson Ann Wife Married F 39 1812 Essex, Dunmow? 2762
Cuddon Harry Grandson M 10 1841 Scholar Middlesex, London
Head Erne Servant M 23 1828 House Servant Essex, Elmstead

1861 An address in Hackney, Middlesex, Middlesex
Dawson Willm J Head Married M 53 1808 Essex 2767
Dawson Eliza Wife Married F 33 1828 Essex 2781
Dawson Eliza S Daughter F 14 1847 Middlesex 2782
Shipman Jane Servant F 18 1843 Middlesex

1871 Bush Hill Farm, Edmonton, Middlesex
Dawson William Isaac Head M 63 1808 Merchant Essex, Colchester 2767
Dawson Eliza Wife F 42 1829 Merchant’s wife Middlesex, Georges East 2781
Dawson Eliza Daughter F 24 1847 Merchant’s daughter Middlesex, Islington 2782
Burnes Georgina Servant F 34 1837 Servant (domestic) Suffolk, Ipswich

1881 Bush Hill, Edmonton, Middlesex
Dawson William J Head Married M 75 1806 Gentleman Frating, Essex 2767
Dawson Eliza Wife Married F 54 1827 Grays, Essex 2781
Currell Elizabeth Servant Single F 25 1856 Domestic Servant Southgate, Middlesex

1881 Eton House, Beach Rd, Great Clacton, Essex
Dawson Edward B Head Married M 57 1824 Inspecting Vety Surgeon Madras Army - Retired, Frating, Essex 2769
Dawson Ann V Wife Married F 43 1838 Ardleigh, Essex 2770
Dawson Edith F Daughter Single F 22 1859 Madras Cossoor 2771
Dawson Jessy Daughter Single F 20 1861 Madras Cossoor 2772
Dawson Ethel A Daughter Single F 13 1868 Scholar, Bangalore 2773
Dawson Meredith M Son Single M 8 1873 Scholar, Walton on the Naze, Essex 2774
Dawson Mabel M Daughter Single F 1 1880 Ipswich, Suffolk 2775
Clements Rose Servant Single F 24 1857 Cook (Domestic Serv), Pettistree, Norfolk
Cann Margaret Servant Single F 16 1865 Housemaid (Domestic Serv), Brightlingsea, Essex

1881 Shirley Lge, Windmill Hill, Enfield, Middlesex
Grout James Head Married M 36 1845 Sadler & Ironmonger (Emp 6 Men) Enfield, Middlesex 2783
Grout Eliza S Wife Married F 33 1848 London E.C., London 2782
Grout James W Son Single M 8 1873 Edmonton, Middlesex 2784
Grout Mauria H Son Single M 7 1874 Enfield, Middlesex 2785
Grout Percy C Son Single M 5 1876 Enfield, Middlesex 2786
Grout Philip Son Single M 4 1877 Enfield, Middlesex 2787
Grout Perry Son Single M 2 1879 Enfield, Middlesex 2788
Kingshot Annie Servant Single F 24 1857 Genl Servant Enfield, Middlesex

1901 45, Florence Road, St Paul Deptford, London
Cobb Thomas J Head Married M 40 1861 Insurance Broker’s Clerk Sevenoaks, Kent
Cobb Georgina F Wife Married F 29 1872 Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Cobb Thomas G N Son M 5 1896 New Cross, London
Cobb Sidney J D Son M 3 1898 New Cross, London
Stead Beatrice R Servant Single F 16 1885 (Domestic) Deptford, London
Grout Maurice H Boarder Single M 26 1875 Builder Enfield, Middlesex 2785
Grout James W Boarder Single M 27 1874 Builder Enfield, Middlesex 2784

1901 96, High Street, Bexley, Kent
Grout James Head Married M 56 1845 Living On Own Means Enfield, Middlesex 2783
Grout Eliza S Wife Married F 53 1848 Lime ST, London 2782
Grout Percy C Son Single M 25 1876 House Agent Enfield, Middlesex 2786
Grout Philip Son Single M 24 1877 Clerk Architect Enfield, Middlesex 2787
Grout Perry Son Single M 22 1879 Clerk Builders Enfield, Middlesex 2788
Grout Lizzie M Daughter Single F 19 1882 Enfield, Middlesex 3669
Grout Ethel S Daughter Single F 16 1885 Art Student Hackney, London 3670
Watling Harriet Servant Single F 22 1879 Cook Domestic Northfleet, Kent
Murphy Mary Servant Single F 19 1882 Horsekeeper Domestic Dowlas, Glamorganshire, Wales

1901 Tower Lodge, Penfold Road, Great Clacton, Essex
Dawson Edward B Head Married M 77 1824 Retired Major Indian Army Frating, Essex 2769
Dawson Ann V Wife Married F 63 1838 Ardleigh, Essex 2770
Dawson Jefsy M Daughter Single F 43 1858 India Brit Sub 2772
Dawson Ethel A Daughter Single F 33 1868 India Brit Sub 2773
Dawson Mable M Daughter Single F 21 1880 Ipswich, Suffolk 2775
Dalby Elizabeth Servant Single F 38 1863 General Domestic Ipswich, Suffolk

1911 2 Madras Villas, Whitehill Road, Gravesend, Kent
Grout Percy Charles Head Married M 35 1876 Builders Clerk Middlesex Enfield 2786
Grout Edith Wife Married F 27 1884 Westmoreland Windermere 3676

1911 4 Gloucester Road, Belvedere, Kent
Hoar William Head Married M 40 1871 Secretary To Limited Company Portsmouth Hampshire 3672
Hoar Ethel Sophia Wife Married7 years F 26 1885 Hackney London 3670
Hoar James William Son M 5 1906 Belvedere Kent 3673
Wyatt Elizabeth Servant Single F 24 1887 General Servant Domestic Plumstead Kent

1911 45 Florence Road Deptford S E, London
Cobb Thomas Joseph Head Married15 years M 50 1861 Insurance Brokers Clerk Kent Chiddingstone
Cobb Georgina Fanny Wife Married F 38 1873 Kent Tunbridge Wells
Cobb Thomas George Son M 15 1896 School London Deptford
Cobb Sidney Joseph Dudley Son M 13 1898 School London Deptford
Hall Minnie Gabrielle Adopted Daughter F 3 1908 London Deptford
Hall Sarah Minnie Visitor Single F 29 1882 Independent Warwickshire Birminghan
Grout James William Boarder Single M 38 1873 Builder Edmonton Middx 2784

1911 84 Bargery Road, Catford, London
Grout Maurice Henry Head Married M 37 1874 Builder Midx Enfield 2785
Grout Florence Margaret Wife Married7 years F 51 1860 Lincs Boston
Grout Maurice James Son M 6 1905 Kent Lewisham
Wellham Alice Gertrude Servant Single F 18 1893 General Servant Domestic Essex Clacton/sea

1911 An address in Tendring, Essex, Essex
Dawson Meredith Roderick Head M 38 1873 2774
Dawson Minnie Emily Wife F 34 1877 London 2776
Dawson Ethel Jessy Daughter F 7 1904 London 2777
Dawson Charles Meredith Son M 5 1906 London 2778
Dawson Edward Montague Son M 2 1909 Yorkshire, Doncaster 2779

1911 Ashwood, Halfway St, Sidcup, Kent
Harrison Gerald Stewart Head Married 5 years M 43 1868 Builder London 3674
Harrison Lizzie Margaret Wife Married F 29 1882 Enfield Middlesex 3669
Goodyear Ada Marjorie Visitor Single F 20 1891 Finchley Middlesex
Harrison Richard Stewart Son M 4 1907 Sidcup Kent 3675
Egger Hilda Servant Single F 20 1891 Domestic Servant Belveden Kent

1911 Deanery Road Warmley, Somersetshire
Grout Philip Head Married M 34 1877 Architect And Surveyor Enfield Middlesex 2787
Grout Florence Margaret Wife Married10 years F 34 1877 Battle Sussex 3666
Grout Phyllis Margaret Daughter F 8 1903 Balham London 3667
Grout James Son M 3 1908 Clifton Bristol 3668

1911 Jowes Lodge, Penfold Road, Clacton on Sea, Essex
Dawson Major Edward Boghurst Head Married M 87 1824 Staff Vet Surgeon Pensioned Retired By Madras Army Frating Essex 2769
Dawson Anne Victoria Wife Married F 72 1839 Ardleigh Essex 2770
Dawson Jessie Daughter Single F 45 1866 Dosoor India Resident 2772
Dawson Ethel Annie Daughter Single F 39 1872 Bangalore India Resident 2773
Dawson Mabel Mary Daughter Single F 29 1882 Ipswich Suffolk 2775