NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
The Dodge family in England has a history extending back to one Peter Dodge, of county Chester. The crest of this ancient family is: A demi-sea lion, azure, collared and finned; or. The family is numerous in Cheshire, Norfolk and Kent.
(I) John Dodge, English progenitor of the Essex county branch of the American Dodge family, lived and died in Somersetshire, England. By his wife, Margery, he had:
1. Richard, mentioned below.
2. William, born about 1604, came to Salem, Mass. in 1629.
3. Michael, lived and died in East Coker, Somersetshire, England.
4. Mary, died in England.
(II) Richard, son of John Dodge, was born about 1602 in England. He was in Salem, Mass. as early as 1638 and lived for a time on land of his brother, William Dodge, then settled in Dodge Row, Beverly, Mass., not far east of Wenham Lake.
The house that he built stood probably where Lucius R. Dodge lately lived [this was pub. in 1910], near the north line of Beverly. He and his wife, Edith, were members of the Wenham church before 1648. In 1653 he was one of the subscribers to the Harvard College fund, his name being first on the list and for the largest sum in his town. He gave a lot of land for the burial ground on Dodge Row, and his gift was further confirmed by deeds from the three sons of his son, Edward, who died in 1687.
He died June 15, 1671, leaving what was a large estate for his day, valued at one thousand seven hundred and sixty-four pounds and two shillings. He gave to his sons, John, Richard and Samuel, each a good farm, valued in the inventory at over a hundred pounds each. To his sons, Edward and Joseph, he gave the homestead and provided carefully for his widow. She died June 27, 1678, aged seventy-five.
1. John, baptized Dec. 29, 1631, in England.
2. Mary, born 1632.
3. Sarah, baptized 1644.
4. Richard, born 1643.
5. Samuel, born 1645.
6. Edward, died Feb. 13, 1727.
7. Joseph, mentioned below.
(III) Joseph, son of Richard Dodge, was born 1651, in Beverly, died Aug. 10, 1716. He married, Feb. 21, 1671-72, Sarah Eaton, of Reading. She died Dec. 12, 1714. He was a farmer in Beverly, and lived near his father, in Dodge Row. He was one of the executors of his father;s estate, and received a liberal share jointly with his brother Edward. They held the same under a verbal agreement until February, 1708-09, when they put their division in writing.
His sons, Jonah and Elisha, were his executors.
1. Abigail, born 1672, died 1681.
2. Joseph, 1676, mentioned below.
3. Noah, baptized Nov. 25, 1677; died young.
4. Prudence, baptized March 28, 1680.
5. Abigail, born Sept. 12, 1681.
6. Jonah, born Aug. 29, 1683.
7. Sarah, born Aug. 11, 1685.
8. Elisha, born Jan. 8, 1687-88.
9. Charity, born March 7, 1689-90.
10. Nathaniel, born April 17, 1694.
(IV) Joseph (2), son of Joseph (1) Dodge, was born in North Beverly, 1676, died about Feb. 9, 1756-57, aged eighty.
He married (first) Rebecca Balch, Nov. 28, 1695. She died Sept. 24, 1704, and he married (second) (intentions dated July 9, 1705) Priscilla Eaton, of Reading. She was born in 1675, died Feb. 9, 1715-16.
He was a physician, and lived on Dodge Row. His house was burned about 1735 or 1736, and doubtless rebuilt on the same site, according to a deed given to his son, Nathan, for a piece of land to be occupied by part of a double house. On Jan. 28, 1737-38, he deeded to his son, Noah, of Lunenberg, one-half of all his lands, except his dwelling house.
Children of first wife:
1. Rebecca, born Sept. 7, 1696.
2. Noah, Feb. 17, 1697-98.
3. Joseph, Jan. 9, 1698-99, died young.
4. Joseph, April 2, 1700, mentioned below.
5. Sarah, July 21, 1703.
6. Abigail, Sept. 19, 1704.
Children of second wife:
7. Priscilla, June 13, 1706, died Nov. 23, 1706.
8. Nathan, Sept. 3, 1707.
9. Elijah, April 18, 1709.
10. Mehitable, Nov. 4, 1710.
11. Daniel, June 3, 1712.
12. Nathaniel, Feb. 3, 1715-16.
(V) Joseph (3), son of Joseph (2) Dodge, was born April 2, 1700, in Beverly. He married, Feb. 21, 1742-43, widow Mary Irvine, of Groton, Mass.
He was, in his youth, a resident of Lunenberg, where he bought, March 13, 1729-30, forty-five acres of land, a house lot, No. 54, near east side of town. On Dec. 4, 1738, he sold fifty-two acres in the same town. Later he lived in Groton, and in 1747 signed a petition for division of the town. This division was effected in 1753, and the part set off was known as the district of Shirley.
Joseph, mentioned below.
(VI) Joseph (4), son of Joseph (3) Dodge, was born about 1747, in that part of Groton which was later set off as the district of Shirley. He sold his property there in 1781 to Joshua Longley, and removed at once to Hancock, New Hampshire. His name first appears on the town records of the latter town March 10, 1783, when it was voted that a portion of the church meeting for the coming year should be held at his house.
On the Lexington alarm, he marched from Shirley as a corporal. He took a prominent part in town affairs; was town clerk and selectman for the years 1785-86.
He and his wife helped organize the Congregational church.
About 1800 they removed to Andover, Vermont.
He married Molly Ritter.
He died about 1825, and his wife some years before.
1. Molly, born Sept. 4, 1769, in Shirley.
2. Joseph, Aug. 14, 1770.
3. Hannah, Feb. 18, 1772.
4. Thomas, Aug. 14, 1773, mentioned below.
5. Moses Ritter, May 25, 1775.
6. John, May 8, 1777, in Shirley.
7. Sybil, born in Hancock or Shirley; married, April 23, 1801.
8. Betsey, May 17, 1784.
9. Anna, Jan. 26, 1787, in Hancock; died young.
10. Ezra, Nov. 22, 1789, in Hancock.
11. Daniel (twin), Nov. 22, 1791, in Hancock.
12. Lucinda (twin), Nov. 22, 1791.
13. Rebecca, Sept. 15, 1796, in Hancock.
(VII) Major Thomas, son of Joseph (4) Dodge, was born in New Hampshire, Aug. 13, 1773. He married Hannah Kezar, who was born April 15, 1777. They removed from Andover, Vermont, in 1817, and settled below Massena Center, New York. In the latter place he bought one hundred and sixty acres of land, most of which is still (1910) in possession of the family, and soon after his coming built a large block house which stood as an old landmark for many years.
He was a Presbyterian, and brought up his family in that faith.
He gained his military title by service in the Vermont militia.
He died Oct. 20, 1840, and his wife died April 25, 1845.
Thomas, born Sept. 24, 1800.
Wallis, Aug. 30, 1802.
Nancy, March 20, 1804.
Luther, Oct. 1, 1806.
Eliza, July 23, 1808.
Hannah, June 6, 1810.
Sibel, July 11, 1812.
Levi R.,(twin), mentioned below.
Lephia, (twin) April 2, 1815.
Clarissa, Aug. 20, 1817.
Angeline, March 29, 1821.
(VIII) Levi R., son of Major Thomas Dodge, was born April 2, 1815, in Andover, died June 13, 1889. At the age of two he was taken by his parents to Massena, N.Y. He recieved his education in the public schools and at St. Lawrence Academy, of Potsdam.
He was clerk in a general store for a time, but a farmer during the greater part of his active life.
In politics he was a Republican, and he held various offices of trust and honor in the town.
He was a member of the Presbyterian church.
He married, March 20, 1844, Lois P., daughter of Robert Young, born in Massena, N.Y. Dec. 31, 1820, died Aug. 30, 1898.
Children born at Massena:
1. Sidney Wallis, March 9, 1845; mentioned below.
2. Luther A., Oct. 12, 1846; died Dec. 22, 1881.
3. J. Byron, Dec. 25, 1847, died Oct. 8, 1908.
4. Orange W., Jan. 17, 1850, a professor in Ogdensburg Academy.
5. Henry, Jan. 18, 1852; died Sept. 12, 1877.
6. Mary L., March 12, 1857, a teacher.
7. Harvey R., June 9, 1862.
(IX) Dr. Sidney W. Dodge, son of Levi R. Dodge, was born at Massena, N.Y. March 9, 1845. He attended the public schools and worked on his father's farm during his boyhood. He attended school at Lawrenceville, Malone and Potsdam, and taught school in various places in the vicinity.
He began to study medicine under Dr. W. P. Gordon, of Old Ripley, Illinois. After a year he entered the medical school of the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, Michigan. He continued his course, however, at the University of Vermont, and finally graduated there in 1875, with the degree of M.D.
He began to practice at Bloomingdale, New York. After three years in that town he went to Black Brook, Clinton county, and practiced for two years. Then for ten years he was in general practice at Franklin Falls, N.Y.
Since 1890 he has been esablished at Massena, N.Y., and enjoys a large and successful practice.
He is a member of the St. Lawrence County Medical Society, the Northern New York Medical Society, the New York State Medical Society, and the American Medical Association.
He was United States examining surgeon at Bloomingdale for fourteen years.
In politics he is a Republican, and for five years was town clerk of Franklin, N.Y. He was also health officer of the Dodge & Smith Plumbing & Heating Company, of Massena.
He is a member of Massena Lodge, No. 566, Good Templars; of Massena Grange, No. 704, Patrons of Husbandry; of Massena Court, No. 693, Independent Order of Foresters, of which he is court deputy, physician and chief ranger; member also of Gordon Lodge, No. 473, Free and Accepted Masons, of Illinois. formerly and now of Massena Lodge; of Massena Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of which he is high priest; of St. Lawrence Commandery, Knights Templar, of Canton; of Karnak Temple, Mystic Shrine, of Montreal, Canada; of Massena Lodge, No. 882, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
He married, July 28, 1875, B. Narina, daughter of Hiram and Martha (Rice) Fish, of Massena.
1. Leon H., born at Bloomingdale, July 15, 1876, died Dec. 10, 1903.
2. Mark F., Jan. 20, 1878, died April 26, 1906; married Gladys Wilson.
3. Sidney W., Jan. 11, 1885; died Sept. 23, 1903.
4. Martha L., Sept. 17, 1890, died Dec. 1, 1890.
5. Ruth Lucinda, Sept. 8, 1893.
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