Letter written by G.
to Mr. John W. Taylor,
of Summerville, GA.
Source: Dodson file,
Herman Brown Free Library
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- 2103 Oldham Street
- Austin, Texas
- October 19, 1915
- Dear Nephew,
- I have just received your letter of recent date, and will do
the best that I can to give you the information that you ask for.
I think that it was in 1876 that I visited my Uncles, William and Isaiah Dodson, in Henry and
DeKalb Counties and copied some records that I found with them in
an old Bible, and learned some other things about the Dodson
family that I did not know; also I have lately seen a book
belonging to a minister here (Mr. Minter), which is intended to be
a genealogy of the Dodsons. I also remember a few things that my
Father and Mother told me, but it is more difficult to trace the
Mother's than the Father's line -- in fact, I cannot go beyond my
- I learn from the book that I mentioned that there were three
families of Dodsons, who all came from England at a very early
date, and seemingly from the same place. One family settled in
Maryland, one in Pennsylvania, and one in Virginia. We are
descended from the Virginia branch, and there is mentioned in the
Colonial Records in 1632 a Dodson farm on the James River, which
was only 25 years after the first settlement at Jamestown. This
all agrees with the traditions that I have, and the book says that
the Virginia Dodsons Claim that they were there from the first.
- My name is English, but we are at least half Irish or Scotch.
Uncle Isaiah told me that the English was all gone but the name. I
cannot go beyond my great grandfather,
Joshua Dodson, who was about contemporary with Washington,
and was a Baptist preacher. My Father told me that he remembered
- Now, from the records, my grandfather, Joshua, was born in 1764, and was the
fourth son of Joshua, Sr. The older
brothers were Charles, Elijah and
Elisha. I think all these went to Kentucky soon after the
Revolutionary War. The younger brothers were Isaac and Daniel. Joshua Dodson, Jr., and Sarah Warnick (or
Wirnick) were married in Virginia and went to Georgia previous to
November 1785, and Daniel also went
to Georgia. I do not know as to Isaac, but Joshua, Sr., visited Georgia when my Father
was a child.
- Two of my grandfather's sisters married
Creels, and one a Ballinger,
and one a Stamps. If I have been
correctly informed, one of Ida
Autrey's boys married a Miss
Robertson, who is descended from Stamps. The children of Joshua, Jr., were
- Elijah, born November 20, 1785;
- Samuel (my father), November 21, 1788;
- William, March 22, 1791;
- Dicy, April 6, 1796;
- Ruth, December 12, 1801;
- Isaiah, June 9, 1804;
- Daniel, December 9, 1806.
- Of these brothers of my father, Elijah married a Miss
Rowden, and raised a large family, but I know very little
about them. My father was the second son. William, the next one, lived and died in
Henry County. Only one of his sons raised a family. This one was
named Newton. Frank was a Captain, I think in Gobbs
Legion, and was killed at Fredericksburg. The others, Marion and Green, died unmarried. I know
scarcely anything about Uncle William's daughters. One of them
married a man who owned a mill on South river, but I have
forgotten his name. I heard once that she was a widow living in
Atlanta. Uncle Isaiah married a Miss Brabin, and had one son, Jasper, who was living about Gadsen,
Alabama the last that I ever heard of him. Uncle Daniel was a Captain in some of the Indian
Wars. He was never married. Aunt Dicy
married Mr. Hulsey. She lived at
Lithonia and raised one son and two daughters. Marion was killed, I think, and left a
widow, but no child, in Atlanta. Aunt Dicy had a daughter who lived at Lithonia,
but I have forgotten who she married. Another one married Dr. Clark, and came to Texas before the
war. Aunt Ruth married Mr. Hollis, died young, and left one son, Andrew D. This is about all I can inform
you about my father's family and I will turn to my mother's side
of the house.
- My grandfather, Christopher Gardner,
was born in Ireland in 1754. He came to America when a boy,
served in Washington's army from Pennsylvania, was twice wounded,
married after the war and moved with a colony to Georgia. His wife
died, leaving him a daughter, who afterwards married Dick Saye, and lived in Cherokee County.
Some of the grandchildren may be there yet. Grandfather afterwards
married Sarah Simmons, from whom we
descended. I know nothing of her except the name. I think she was
Irish. She was the mother of three sons and six or seven
daughters, but I don't remember their names. I know who most of
them married. The sons, Asa and John,
moved to Mississippi and I presume their descendants are there
yet. Thomas lived and died in Henry
or DeKalb County, and I am sure that some of his children are
still there. Mother's sisters married men of the following names:
Rowden, Underwood, Caruthers, Drumners,
Trisar, and Gillespie. The last named lived in Banks
County, and the Drumners went to
Mississippi, and the Caruthers did
live near Chicamauga. None of them ever married except Jack, and
they are all dead except Julie, I mean of my Aunt's children, but
Jack left a family, and I am now going to write of my own family.
I hope you will preserve the main facts for the younger
generation. I like to see people pay some attention to the history
of their ancestry.
- In looking over this, I find that I might say more about my
father's mother. She was an Irish Presbyterian, as was also my
mother's father, and whom, I suppose, were Scotch Irish. My
parents were married, I think, in 1816. their children were:
- James Warnick, born January 3, 1818, died 1894
- Jefferson Monroe, Don't know when born, died 1882
- Areissa Wilshire, your mother, born Oct. 10, 1894,
- Sarah Ann, born in 1827, died 1890
- Caroline Margaret, born Feb. 1889--still living
- Samuel Putnam, born 1832, died 1853 [date not clear]
- Elijah Mosely, born 1835, died 1904
- John Lafayette, born 1837, died 1911
- George Washington, born January 26, 1840 [died 1916]
- Columbus and Sarah never married, and Putnam
left no children; neither did John. James married
Miss ____ and came to Texas in 1840. They are both dead. They left
two sons and five daughters, and many grandchildren. Monroe
married Miss Clem Flint in Texas--both dead. They left one
son and four daughters. The girls all married well--the son is in
California, not married. I leave out your mother, and ask you to
get Bernard to tell you about the Beatty family.
- Areissa married John Taylor, and lived and died
at Summerville. I think he, John Jr.,, is doing well. Sallie
(Taylor) Hassell lives at Fredericksburg, Virginia. She has
two sons missionaries in Japan. Areissa had a son,
Samuel Fleming, who died in Atlanta, and left a widow and
one son. I don't know whether they are still living or not.
- Brother Mosely married Miss Fannie Germany. They
are both dead--left two sons and four daughters. The boys went off
before Mosely died. I don't think it is know where they are. Two
of the daughters lived in Chattanooga--one is a widow, and I
expect a good woman--her name is Samuels. One of the other
girls, I think, lives in Savannah, and the other somewhere in the
North. I know but little about them--not even their names.
- We have five girls and three boys. the girls are Mattie,
Mary, Amy, Sarah, and Carrie; and the boys are Edwin, Sam
and William. Mattie and Sarah are teaching here--have a
home--and wife and I live with them. Mary and Samuel are
missionaries in Korea. Edwin is a lawyer at Rosebud, Texas.
Amy is married to Dr. Garrett, and lives at Bertram,
Texas. Carrie is teaching at Port Arthur, William at
- (signed) G.W. Dodson
- Records copied from the
Dodson Family Bible
- Samuel Putnam Dodson, Jr., son of Samuel Putnam and
Martha J. Dodson, was born March 3, 1854.
- R. G. Dodson was married May 17, 1854
- Elijah Mosely Dodson and Frances Germany were married
June 21st 1856
- George W. Dodson and Sallie J. Huie were married
December 20, 1870
- George Washington Dodson and Naomi S. Kendrick were
married Feb ruary 12, 1879.
- Samuel Putnam Dodson, son of Samuel and Rebecca Dodson,
died 6th of September 1853 in Anderson County Texas.
- Rebecca Dodson, wife of Samuel Dodson, died January 4th,
1872, aged 76 years, 9 months and 26 days.
- Sallie Jane Dodson, wife of George W. Dodson, died
February 22nd, 1872, aged twenty years, three months and
- Samuel Dodson died September 4th, 1879, aged 83 years, 9
months and 17 days.
- George Washington Dodson, youngest son of Samuel and
Rebecca Dodson, died July 21, 1916.
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