George Dotson was born July 15, 1873 in Dalton, Georgia. At the young age of 15 years, he left his home and traveled to Texas by covered wagon with friends from Georgia. They arrived in the Rose Hill area of Dallas County in 1888. He later moved to Rowlett, where he worked as a farmer.
In 1894, George met Mary Lucy Tomlinson from Lebanon, Tennessee. After a brief courtship, they were married September 3, 1894 in Garland. Although he continued to farm on his own land east of Rowlett, after a few years George got into the grocery business. By 1900, he had moved his family to the town of Chiesa, a small community farm town, where many pioneers of the area had settled. This community became home to the Dotsons.
George and Mary Lucy had nine children, four sons and five daughters. The sons were William, James, John and Charley Ponder. The daughters were Ader, Grovener, Arie Bell, Lettie and Georgia Mae. The children grew up in the family’s grocery store and attended school and church at Rowlett. Often they rode the train to school.
Lettie, who married Elzie Bayless, the son of James Walter “Walt” Bayless and Lucy Jane Chenault, is the only child of George and Lucy who is still living. At 93 years old, she is one of Rowlett’s most senior citizens and is still active in the community. (Update: Lettie Bayless 1908 – 2004)
George belonged was a longtime member of the Woodmen of the World and Mary Lucy belonged to the ladies’ circle. George passed away May 20, 1931 and Mary Lucy followed on August 13, 1961.
Courtesy Carolyn Sue Chenault for Proud Heritage, Volume III by Dallas County Pioneers Association.
Photo: George & Mary Lucy Tomlinson Dotson courtesy Dotson Family members.