I believe we connected several years ago as we were both looking for info on John Dawson, who is my great great grandfather. I stopped researching for several years after I had my children but have recently started up again, hoping that as the years have passed more info is available. Alas, I am still at a deadend too. Looking through census data, I suspect that John's father may have been Manos Hanley Dawson (he was a blacksmith too) but have no firm proof. Hopefully we can share any info as we find it and solve this puzzle one day. Hope you are well.