Berkeley County, West Virginia DODD Biographies


    Biography of David DODD

         David DODD moved from the vicinity of Clearspring, Maryland, to Berkeley County, West Virginia, in 1851. The genealogy of the family was traced to the time of the Crusades. The family lived in England near the boundary of Wales. Two brothers came to America in 1635 and settled in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

         David Dodd purchased what came to be known as the old Dodd homestead 1 mile southwest of Falling Waters in 1851 and named the home “Stonington.” He was a barn builder. Children included Samuel L. Dodd, David Henry Dodd, John W. Dodd, Ella (Dodd) Williamson, and Ada (Dodd) Poince.

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    Biography of David Henry DODD

         David Henry DODD was a son of David DODD. He was a teacher in the rural schools and was the principal of the High Street School of Martinsburg for 36 consecutive terms. He was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Tucker Bowen (deceased) as County Superintendent of Schools of Berkeley County.

         David H. Dodd was the author of the first Catalogue of Free Schools of the county, and, in conjunction with Willie F. Evans, organized the Berkeley County Teachers’ Association, which functioned 12 years. That association was the forerunner of the Potomac Valley Round Table, a teachers’ association that embraced the valley of the Potomac River in Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Hampshire, Hardy and Mineral counties in West Virginia, and Washington and Allegheny counties, Maryland. That association merged into the Eastern Panhandle Teachers’ Association.

         David Henry Dodd had two sons, William E. Dodd, a practicing physician and surgeon in Rositer, Pennsylvania, and David L. Dodd, a professor at Columbia University.

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    Biography of Colonel John W. DODD

         Colonel John W. DODD, the son of David Dodd, was an auctioneer and practiced in Berkeley County for 40 years. He was elected county assessor for two terms, and while in that position put into operation a system of equal valuation.

         John W. Dodd was the Democratic candidate for Sheriff of Berkeley County against the Hon. James H. Smith, but was defeated by a small majority. He was proprietor of the Continental Hotel, a popular hostelry in the 1890’s, occupying the corner of the Public Square on the site of the Old National Bank building. He married Miss Georgia Jefferson, a member of an old established family of the county. He died in 1923.

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    Biography of S. Lowell DODD

         S. Lowell DODD was a son of Samuel L. Dodd and connected with the extension work of the West Virginia Experimental Station at Morgantown. His brother, D.E. Dodd was with the Department of Agriculture of West Virginia of Morgantown.

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    Biography of Samuel L. DODD

         Samuel L. DODD was a son of David DODD and lived in Little Georgetown, Berkeley County, West Virginia. He was a farmer, school teacher, County Superintendent of Schools, and Deputy Assessor of Berkeley County.


    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from History of Berkeley County, 1928.

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