Location: North side of Bear Creek, three miles northeast of Norton on the old Norton and Northern Railroad.
Date: About 1840
Dotson got his claim to this
land before the county of Wise was organized. There
is no account in this
county either of his selling the place. At the sale
of the State mortgaged
land Ephraim Fraley became the purchaser on November
21, 1853. He lived
at the place until he sold to J. E. Lipps, January
house at this place was a
one room hewn log house about 18 x 20 feet with a
lean-to kitchen. Floored
with yellow poplar planks, batten door and a window
in the front. It had
a mud daubed stack chimney at the north end. Ceiled
overhead by laying
planks on top of the joists and the gabled ends
Significance: William (Billy) Dotson
was a son of Simon and Phoebe Hollingsworth Dotson,
who settled on Guest
River in 1827. Billy Dotson first married Miss
Hutchinson and later Celia
Plummer. After he moved away from this place he
moved to the Bold Camp
settlement and there lived until his death.
Sources of information: Molly Fraley, D. C. Dean, O. B. Gilley and Court Records.
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