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43. Rawleigh DODSON29,31,58 was born on 18 February 1730 in Richmond County, Virginia.21,59 He died after 1793 at the age of 63 in Hawkins County, Tennessee.60

This birth record listed twice, 18 Jan 1730 and 18 Feb 1730.

The marriage record of Rawleigh Dodson has never been located. There is evidence that he lived in Prince William Co around 1759-1761. He may have been a member of Broad Run Baptist Church in 1763 when his name has been transcribed as "Roby". In 1766 "Raughley" Dodson witnessed a deed in Halifax. Then in 1768 he purchased 50 acres of land in Orange Co NC, on the East side Country Line Creek [Orange Co DB 2, p.160] - this tract fell in Caswell County in 1777 and he was assessed for property in Richmond Distrct in that year. 5 Jul 1778, Rawley Dodson & wife Mary of Caswell sold 50 acres on Country Line Crk to Clement Gann [Caswell Co DB A, p.84]. Perhaps at that time the Dodsons moved to Tennessee. The State of North Carolina issued grants to Raleigh Dodson for two tracts of land in Sullivan Co [before Hawkins Co created]; one of these tracts on Dodson's Creek, a branch of the Holston River. Dodson's Ford where the Great War & Trading Path crossed the Holston is nearby.


Caswell Co NC DB A, p.84 5 Jul 1778 Rawley Dodson of Caswell to Clement Gann of same ..50 acres south side Country Line Crk part of a tract Dodson purchased of John Robinson by deed of 6 Sep 1761 [?] Also signed by Mary Dodson. Wit: Thomas Robinson, John J. Farley, Jno Yeats.
DB A, p.273 24 Jul 1779 Clemtine Gann to Edward Bryant ..50 acres south side Country Line Crk part of tract John Robinson purchased of Earl Granville and purchased of Robinson by Rawley Dodson. Wit: Archd Murphey, Sarah Hudson, Jane Murphey

These may be records of his son:
Pittsylvania Co VA DB 7
p.600 28 Nov 1785 Joseph Terry to David Dodson. 100£. 150 acres on waters of Sandy Creek of Banister River. Signed: Joseph Terry.
Wit: Rawleigh Dodson, Thomas Madding, Thomas Shaw. Prove by witnesses 17 Apr 1786
p.612 28 Nov 1785 Joseph Terry to Rawleigh Dodson. 100£. Waters of Sandy Creek. 100 acres. Thomas Maddings line, James Conney line. Signed: Joseph Terry
Wit: Thomas Madding, David Dodson, Thomas Shaw. Proved 17 Apr 1786.

Will dated 20 Jul 1793, Hawkins Co TN. He was likely still alive in Nov of 1794 when he and son sold property. He left his whole estate to his wife for her lifetime, but did not name her. Dower relinquishments reveal her given name to have been Mary. After her death his plantation and another piece adjoining were to go to his son Rawleigh Dodson. He named grandchildren Mary and Nancy Shelton. Other children named in his will were Margaret [Peggey, wife of Mr. Manafee], Lazarus, Tolliver or Oliver, Eleanor "Nelly" [wife of John Saunders], and James.
Son Lazarus and neighbor Rodham Kenner to be executors.
He signed with his mark.
Witnesses: Thos Jackson, Rodham Kenner, Mary (X) Shelton

Mary [DODSON] was born (date unknown).

Rawleigh DODSON and Mary [DODSON] had the following children:

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Raleigh DODSON Jr.