THE EDWARDS HOME
105 North Tyler
Dawson, Navarro Co. Texas
John W Edwards, born 1845, died
1912 and was buried in the Dawson Cemetery. Iit was some time
afterwards that his widow, Nancy Matilda Katherine Edwards born
1865….better known as “Nannie,” had this lovely home constructed.
Her step-son, Jim Edwards,
married Pauline Ponder and operated a Variety Store in Dawson for many
years. Pauline Ponder was a sister of Roy Ponder who operated THE
GREEN HUT in Dawson for many years. Jim and Pauline were said to
have had two daughters, Ruth Edwards and Essie Edwards.
Her step-daughter, Bessie Mae
Edwards born 1888, married Roy Ponder mentioned above and had two
children, Paul Ponder and
Another step-son was, probably,
Lewis W Edwards born 1870 and who operated the Dawson Lumber Company for
many many years.
“Nannie” and John had two
daughters of their own, Cora Edwards who married Felix Davis, and
Kathleen Edwards. who never married. Felix Davis had first married
Maud Gable and had the following children: Felix Earl Davis, Elizabeth
Davis, and Joe Guinn Davis. Felix and Cora Edwards Davis had one
child, Edwina Davis who married Carl Stipes and presently lives at
Arlie Edwards, who worked at a
Dawson Bank in the early 1930s, and, later, served with a Dallas bank
for many years, may have been a son of John W and Nannie Edwards.
Nannie Edwards died 1942.
Her daughter, Miss Kathleen Edwards, continued to live in the residence
until her death in 1991. An apartment was located upstairs and
occupied for a time by Dr Steen. Earlier J H & Agnes D Minse and
their daughter, a school teacher, lived in the upstairs apartment..
Jim Tucker and his wife lived there on two occasions.
During the 1950s, Beulah
Hopkins, a fine and cultured black lady, returned to Dawson after having
spent a number of years in Detroit, Michigan and lived with Miss
Kathleen. Her father, Professor Hopkins, was one of the first black
teachers in Dawson.
Edwina Davis, daughter of Cora
Edwards Davis, and niece of Miss Kathleen Edwards, inherited the
residence in 1991 and the residence was purchased by Steve Putnam. It
was resold in 1994 to Billy Hightower.
Richard and Deborah Clower of
Corsicana purchased the residence in 1998 and began a painstaking and
ongoing restoration. Deborah Clower, nee Deborah Onstatt, is a sister
of Duane Dill Onstott who lives at 209 North Tyler. The Clowers hope
to have the residence ready to participate in a Tour of Dawson Home in
the fall of 2006.
The Carl Matthews Collection