Frederick A. Dawson was the son of James Dawson and Sarah Echlin.
James Dawson may not have been born on Wolfe Island as stated in the article below, since the Dawson family does not appear on the 1831 assessment rolls for Wolfe Island, although the family had arrived by 1832.
James Dawson was the son of John Dawson and McCallum, both born in Ireland. James Dawson's brother Thomas served as Reeve of Wolfe Island and Warden of Frontenac County.
John Dawson (~1797-1882) operated a hotel on Wolfe Island from at least 1860, he having purchased the lot on which it was built in 1842. The "Dawson Hotel" was purchaed in 1925 and its name changed to "Island Hotel." Today the General Wolfe Hotel operates at the same location.
Although no descendants of the Dawsons, to my knowledge, still live on Wolfe Island, a couple of great great granddaughters of John Dawson still visit on occasion.
James Dawson - MPP 1823-1886
James Dawson, Pioneer of Sombra Township and lumber merchant there, was born at Wolf Island, near Kingston, Ont., on June 5, 1823. He married Miss Sarah Echlin of Lanark County. After coming to Sombra and establishing his lumber and timber business there, he was urged by his neighbors to enter municipal politics.
He was Reeve of Sombra township and in 1870 and 1871, Warden of the county of Lambton, the thirteenth citizen of the county to occupy the latter office. From 1871 to 1876 he was Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for Kent riding of which Sombra formed a part. IN 1878 he ran for the House of Commons as Conservative candidate in the riding of Bothwell, but was defeated by Hon. David Mills of Kent County.
IN 1885 he was appointed Postmaster at Sarnia. He and two of his sons, John and George, occupied that office for half a century.
The children of James Dawson and Sarah Echlin were John P Dawson, husband of Nellie Storey and successor to his father in the postmastership; Frederick A Dawson, who resided inChicago Ill., where he married, and in Biggar, Sask.; George B Dawson who married Caroline McCart and succeeded his brother John at the post office; Mary Dawson, who married John Rooney, and Elizabeth Dawson, who remained unmarried.
Although James Dawson moved with his family to Sarnia many years ago, his portrait and anecdotes concerning him, are still preserved among the records of the Lampman and Watson families, who were his neighbors and close friends.
Death Reg Lambton Sarnia 8308
James Dawson Nov 3, 1886 aged 63, postmaster, cancer of bladder , Dr Fraser, AS Fraser, Nov 19 1886.