Beman and Bertie Dawes married October 3, 1894. They had five children and their decedents are still proud supporters and members of The Dawes Arboretum.
Beman Gates (1870 – 1953)
Born and raised in Marietta, Ohio, Beman was the third of six children of Rufus R. Dawes and Mary Gates Dawes; he was named after his grandfather Beman Gates. Beman Dawes’ father was a Civil War veteran who served with the Iron Brigade, operated a wholesale lumber business in Marietta and served for one term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Beman Dawes was the great-great-grandson of William Dawes who rode with Paul Revere. He was also the great-great-grandson of Rev. Dr. Manasseh Cutler who helped draft the Ordinance of 1787 and was one of the founders of Ohio University at Athens, Ohio. An avid horticulturist, Rev. Dr. Cutler wrote one of the earliest works on flora in New England.
Beman’s oldest brother, Charles, co-won the Nobel Peace Prize for 1925 and was Vice President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge from 1925 – 1929.
Bertie Burr (1872 – 1958)
Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, Bertie was the second of four children of Carlos C. Burr and Mary Smith Burr. Bertie’s father was an attorney and served as Mayor of Lincoln and as State Senator.
At the age of 19, Bertie was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal for saving two women from drowning.
On October 3, 1894, Bertie Burr married Beman G. Dawes in Lincoln. Together the couple raised five children who later became founding Trustees of The Dawes Arboretum.
Bertie Dawes was a self-taught naturalist who enjoyed gardening, fishing, shell and butterfly collecting, bird watching and photography.