The first I was told of Grandpa, he and his wife and children lived on a farm near Scotland and were very prosperous. Iona was sweet and they had a happy marriage. When Challis was small Iona was desperately ill. She recovered but was a shrew and became a religious fanatic. Taylor would disappear for days at a time. The older boys resented this; they had to do the farming. Eventually Iona and Taylor separated. Taylor and my dad, Dudley, to stay on the farm. Iona to go with Challis to a small house in Scottland.
Years later after Taylor had put Dudley through medical school, Taylor and Judge signed a note, they party defaulted and they both lost their farms."
Lois and her husband were divorced and she had come to Scottland with LeRoy to live in Iona's house. LeRoy grew up and Lois was alone. Taylor made his home with her. Somewhere around 1938 Lois died. Taylor was in a desperate frame of mind. From then on out he had only a small old age pension and the children. He took turns living with them. It was at this period that I knew Taylor Dawson. He stayed with everybody but Dixie, a nurse. She had to care for her mother when she was sick and dying and she said it wasn't happening to her again.
I remember Taylor as a tall, rugged old gentleman with white hair and a mustache, a cane, very erect, old hand me downs for clothes. He was a gentleman above all, spirited, gentle with a lovely sense of humor."
I'll take the children in order and write about them next."
at son Challis' home in Suffolk, Va