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Dodson/Dotson Family Connections
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(Names marked with * are my direct lineage)

Generation #1

  John Dodd(son)* was born in 1588 in England. John married Jane Eagle Plume. Jane was born abt. 1575, she was the daughter of Chief Eagle Plume, Chief of The Iroquois Indian Nation. John and Jane had 2 children; Jesse Dodson b.1621 and William Dodson b. 1623. In naming his sons John probably used the popular practice of the day, known as patronymics. Patronymics describes the act of creating a new name for male members of a family by adding the suffix "son" to the fathers last name. If this was the case the name Dodson stood for Son of Dod.
John departed London aboard the Susan Constant on December 19, 1606 along with Capt. John Smith. The Susan Constant, along with her sister ships, the Discovery and the Godspeed, arrived on the Virginia coast on May 6, 1907. The ships were driven inland by a storm and they took refuge in the area that is now known as Hampton Roads, Virginia. They then sailed  up the James River landing at Jamestown. John Dodd was listed as an laborer on the passenger list for the original 105 settlers of Jamestown. He was also a soldier in the expeditions agianst the Indians.
The colonist erected cabins out of poles and branches and some dug caves to live in. The site of the colony was unhealthy, and the deaths, especially during the first few years, were horrifying. From 1606 to 1618, a period of 12 years, eighteen hundred immigrants sailed from England for Virginia. At the end of that time only six hundred were living. Attacks by Indians, starvation, and the system of holding property in common added to the difficulties of the colonist. But by 1612 they began to grow tobacco and they fared better.
In spite of the hardships, John Dodd survived and was reported to have been a mighty hunter and fur trader and in his dealing with the Indians became the possessor of large bodies of land. The census taken by the Virginia Company of London in the years 1624 and 1625 list John Dodd and his wife Jane living in the Land of Neck village along with forty other individuals.


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Generation #2

  Jesse Dodson* (John) was born in 1621 in Jamestown, Virginia, he died on August 1, 1716 in North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., Virginia. He was the son of John Dodd(son) and Jane Eagle Plume. Jesse married Judith Hagger on May 17, 1645 in Jamestown, Virginia. Judith was born on December 25, 1612 in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England. She was the daughter of John Hagger and Alice Walker.
Jesse and Judith had 2 children; Charles Dodson b.1649 and William Dodson b.1651.


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Generation #3

  Charles Dodson* (Jesse, John) was born in 1649 in Rappahannock Co., VA., he died on Feb 6, 1705 in North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA.. He was the son of Jesse Dodson and Judith Hagger. Charles married Ann Elmore in 1678 in North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA. Ann was born in 1654 in Richmond VA., she died on Aug 1, 1715 in Richmond Co., VA.
Charles and Ann had 8 children; Charles Dodson b.1679, Thomas Dodson b.1681, Bartholmew Richard Dodson b.1683, William Dodson b.1685, John Dodson b.1687, Lambeth Dodson b.1689, Anne Dodson b. 1697 and Elizabeth Dodson b.1699.
Charles made a lease in Old Rappahannock County on July 8 1680. Rappahannock County became extinct in 1692, being divided into Essex and Richmond Counties. Charles owned land in both counties but resided in North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, where he became a large land owner. Records show that from 1680 he was busy acqiuring land which he and his sons proceeded to improve. He witnessed various documents for his neighbors and was named as executor of wills on several occasions indicating that he was trusted and held in high essteam by his neighbors. In the will of John Lincoln, dictated Dec 18, 1686, the comment is made in the affidavit of witnesses that the maker of the will "would have no other but Charles Dodson as his executor although several insisted that he should name his wife as executor."
Charles left a will dated Jan 11, 1703 in which his wife Ann and his 8 children were named. He bequeathed to his wife and his daughters, Anne and Elizabeth Dodson,"moveable estate." To each of his sons he gave a tract of land with the restriction that the land not be sold out of the Dodson name 'except that one brother selleth to another and if no male heir  appeareth by none of my sons that then my daughters may inherit the land." This provision caused some problems for those of his sons who later wanted to sell out and leave the area. Several, upon decided to leave, sold to brothers; one leased his land to another man "for three natural lifetimes."


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Generation #4

  Thomas Dodson* (Charles,Jesse,John) was born on May 15, 1681 in North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA., he died on Nov 21, 1740 in Richmond Co. VA.. He was the son of Charles Dodson and Ann Elmore. Thomas married Mary Durham in 1701 in Richmond Co., VA.. Mary was born on June 5, 1686 in North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA.
Thomas and Mary had 9 children; Thomas Dodson b.1702, David Dodson b.1704, George Dodson b.1706, Greenham Dodson b.1706, Alice Dodson b.1712, Mary Dodson b.1715, Abraham Dodson b. 1723, Joshua Dodson b.1725 and Elisha Dodson b.1726.


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  Lambeth Dodson* (Charles,Jesse,John) was born in 1689 in North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA., date of death unknown.. He was the son of Charles Dodson and Ann Elmore. Lambeth married Sarah Harris in 1722 in North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA.. Sarah was born in 1693 in North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA., she died on Feb 21, 1735 in Richmond Co., VA. She was the daughter of Phillip Harris and Unknown.
Lambeth and Sarah had 7 children; Mary Dodson b. 1724, Issac Dodson b.1726, Ann "Nancy" Dodson b.1734, John Dodson b.1736, Charles Dodson b.1737, Lambeth Dodson b.1739 and Daniel Dodson b.1740.
Lambeth recieved by will from his father, Charles Dodson, his father's "new dwelling plantation with 100 acres of land belonging to it." He sold the land to his brother, Thomas Dodson, before 1739. It appears evident that Lambeth left Richmond county before 1739. His whereabouts are unknown for several years. The Old Halifax County, Virginia Plat Book 1 , page 20, records a plat for 190 acres on Fall Creek for Lambeth Dodson, Nov 11, 1747 and a plat for 400 acres on Sandy Creek dated Feb 17, 1755. His name appears on a poll tax list in Halifax County in 1753.
On June 22, 1765 Lambeth patented 400 acres on the main fork of Mayo River which he transferred to George Gibson on Sept 19, 1766. On Aug 25, 1775 Lambeth patented 200 acres on the South Fork of Mayo River in Henry Co., VA.


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Generation #5

  Thomas Dodson* (Thomas,Charles,Jesse,John) was born in 1702 in North Farnham, Richmond, VA., he died in 1784 in Shenandoah Co., VA.. He was the son of Thomas Dodson and Mary Durham. Thomas married Elizabeth Goad in 1724 in Richmond, VA.. They had  11 children; Joseph Dodson b.1724, Thomas Dodson b.1728, Mary Dodson b.1730, Sarah Dodson b.1732, Elizabeth Dodson b.1732, Alice Dodson b.1734, Joshua Dodson b.1736,  William Dodson b.1737, George Dodson b.1740, Rhoda Dodson b.1745 and Jesse Dodson b.1752.


 
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  Daniel Dodson*(Lambeth,Charles,Jesse,John) was born on Dec 9, 1740 in North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., VA., he died in 1810 in Rockingham Co., VA.. He was the son of Lambeth Dodson and Sarah Harris. Daniel married Alcy Unknown. Alcy was born in 1750 in Rockingham Co., VA., she died in 1818/19.
Daniel and Alcy had 4 children; Eli Dodson b.1760, Elijah Dodson b.1767, Lewis Dodson b.1776 and Polly Dodson b.1790.



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Generation # 6

  William Dodson* (Thomas,Thomas,Charles,Jesse,John) was born in April 1737 in Richland Co., VA., he died on May 6, 1882 in Iredell Co., NC., burial at Three Forks Baptist Cem., Alexander Co., VA.. He was the son of Thomas Dodson and Elizabeth Goad. William married Winifred Johnston. Winifred was born abt 1750 in VA.
William and Winifred had 10 children; Annis Dodson , Elijah Dodson, James Dodson b.1764, Rachel Dodson b.1765, Winifred Dodson b.1770, Sarah "Sallie" Dodson b.1773, Rosannah Dodson b.1775, William Dodson b.1780, Mary Dodson b.1790 and Elizabeth Dodson b. 1796.


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  Elijah Dotson*(Daniel,Lambeth,Charles,Jesse,John) was born in 1767 in Pittsylvania Co. Va., he died Jan 1845 in Humphries Co. Tn.. He was the son of Daniel Dodson and Alcy Unknown. Elijah married his 2nd cousin 1 removed,  Sarah"Sallie" Dodson. They had 7 children; William Beverly Dotson b.1790, Lesneck Dotson b.1795, George C. Dotson b. 1807, Elijah Dotson b. 1810, James J. Dotson b.1812, David Gordon Dotson b.1815 and Joseph C. Dotson b.1816



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Generation #7

  William Beverly Dotson* (Elijah,Daniel,Lambeth,Charles,Jesse,John) was born in 1790 in Halifax Co. Va., he died in 1860 in Dickson Co. Tn. He was the son of Elijah Dotson and Sarah "Sallie" Dodson. William married Susannah Dodson April 14 1814 in Rockingham, NC. Susannah was born in 1790 in NC.
William and Susannah had 8 children; Margaret Dotson b. 1814, Nancy Jane Dotson b.1815, William C. Dotson b.1822, Lousia C. Dotson b.1823, Mary Dotson b.1828, Susannah Dotson b. 1829, James J. Dotson b.1831 and Felix Gordon Dotson b.1834



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Generation #8

  William C. Dotson* (William Beverly, Elijah,Daniel,Lambeth,Charles,Jesse,John) was born in 1822 in Dickson Co. Tn., he died in 1890 in Dickson Co. Tn.. He was the son of William Beverly Dotson and Susannah Dodson. William married Nancy Elizabeth Hudson Oct 8 1849 in Dickson Co. Tn.. They had 9 children; Zacharriah Taylor Dotson b.1850, Sarah Ann Dotson b.1852, William B. Dotson b.1853, James Robert Dotson b.1857, Susannah Dotson b.1860, Mary Dotson b.1865, Elijah Dotson b.1867, Alice Dotson b.1872 and Martha Dotson b. 1874



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Generation #9

  William B. Dotson* (William C., William Beverly,Elijah,Daniel,Lambeth,Charles,Jesse,John) was born in 1853 in Hickman Co., Tn.. He was the son of William C. Dotson and Nancy Elizabeth Hudson. William married Mary "Mollie" Wisdom. They had atleast one child; William Walter Dotson b.1879.




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Generation #10

  William Walter Dotson* (William B., William C., William Beverly, Elijah,Daniel,Lambeth,Charles,Jesse,John) was born in 1879 in Tn., he died c.1935/36 in Mo. He was the son of William B. Dotson and Mary "Mollie" Wisdom. William married Hiedi Mathus. They had 2 children; William Eldridge Dotson b.1908 and Irene Dotson b. 1912.



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Generation #11

  William Eldridge Dotson* (William Walter,William B., William C., William Beverly, Elijah,Daniel,Lambeth,Charles,Jesse,John)) was born Feb 14 1908 in Mo., he died Oct 1981 in Pike Co. Mo.. He was the son of William Walter Dotson and Hiedi Mathus. William married (1) Zola Blanche Montgomery, he married (2) Betty Bowles.
William and Zola had 3 children; Clarcie Dotson , Jim Dotson and Jerry Eldridge Dotson b.1935.
William and Betty  had 1 child; Linda Dotson.
William Eldridge Dotson went by the nicknames El or Slim. He was a tall, thin man with reddish brown hair. El had many different occupations throughout his life. In 1930 he owned his own blacksmith shop in Kelso, Scotts Co. Mo. In 1933 he and his family lived in Cape Gerardeau, Mo. and he worked as a tug boat captian on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. In 1938 El was the owner, operater of a garage in Maxwell, Mo. While living in Maxwell, El managed a local baseball team. He also worked for a time at the Centralia Trucking Company in Centralia IL. In the early 1940's El worked for the United States government as a welding inspector in St. Louis Mo. By 1947 El and his wife Zola had divorced and he and his second wife Betty Bowles were living in Neelyville, Mo. where he ran a sawmill near their home. In 1950 El and his family moved to Miami, Florida where he worked in general mantaince at Pan American Airlines.
The family moved back to Mo. in 1971, buying a home outside of Rolla Mo. They moved to Frankford, Pike Co., Mo. in 1978. He was the Petecostal minister of a local church in Frankford for several years before his death in 1981. El is buried at the Mt. Olivet cemetery in Hannibal Mo.

             
                               William Eldridge Dotson
                               and Betty Bowles Dotson

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Generation #12

  Jerry Eldridge Dotson* (William Eldridge, William Walter,William B., William C., William Beverly, Elijah,Daniel,Lambeth,Charles,Jesse,John)) was born on April 15, 1935 in Elmo, Scott Co., MO., he died on August 6, 1967 in Hannibal, Marion Co., MO., burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Hannibal, Marion Co., MO. He was the son of William Eldridge Dotson and Zola Montgomery. Jerry married Laura Ellen James on Sept 10, 1951 in Elmo, Scott Co., MO..  They had 4 children.
                           




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