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engaged in dairying and has a farm of two hundred
acres in New Boston and one hundred and sixty
in Derry. He is a progressive farmer and en-
deavors to keep abreast of the times, and is an
active member of the local Grange, in which he
has filled the principal chairs, having served three
times as master. He was six years a trustee of the
cemetery and is a member and officer of the Pres-
byterian church. In politics he supports the princi-
ples and policies of the Republican party, and has
been selectman three years, two of which he was
chairman. He was married November 27, 1895 to
Cora Fiske, daughter of Henry Fiske, of New Bos-
ton. She was educated in the district and high
schools, and has been active in Grange work, filling
several of the offices of the Grange, and is also a
member of the Daughters of Rebekah. She is also
active in the work of the church. They are the
parents of one child, Carolyn E., born July 25, 1905.

(Ill) Captain William (2), second son and child
of William (i) Dodge, was born September 19,
1640, and died 1720. He inherited his father's
homestead and resided in Beverly, and was a "mal-
ster." He was made a freeman in 1683, was deputy
in 1689, and representative in 1690. He was in the
war against the Narragansetts in 1675, and acquired
distinction for courage and skill. In Hubbards'
narrative an account is given of his bravery and
success. In this expedition Josiah Dodge, who is
supposed to have been a brother of Captain William,
together with John Balch and Peter Woodbury,
were killed at Muddy brook, while fighting under
Captain Lathrop. In the historic controversy about
the bell of Bass River Church (first church of
Beverly) which was captured at Port Royal, in
1654, William Dodge and Thomas Tuck, Senior,
with military spirit took the bell and put it to its
intended use. Captain Dodge was almost continu-
ously in service upon some town or parish com-
mittee, and the records are replete with mention
of his services, extending from the period over
1670 to 1708. He was married (first) to Mary Con-

ant, widow 0/ John Balch, who was dro\vned. He
was married (second) May 26, 1685, to widow
Johanna Larkin, daughter of Deacon Robert Hale,
of Charlestown. She died August 18, 1694, aged
forty-seven years, and he married (third) in 1698,
Mary Greatly, who died about February i, 1702.
She was the widow of Captain Andrew Creatty,
of Marblehead. His first six children were born of
Mary Conant, his first wife, and the remainder of
the second wife, Johanna (Hale) Dodge. Their
names are as follows : William, Mary, Joshua,
Hannah, Elizabeth, Sarah, Robert and Rebecca
(twins), Josiah and Elisha. Mary Conant was a
daughter of Roger Conant (see Conant), who be-
queathed to his daughter, the wife of Captain
Dodge, £5 and the same sum to each of her five

(IV) Robert, third son of Captain William
Dodge, and eldest child of his second wife, Johanna
(Hale) Dodge, was born October 9, 1686, in Beverly,
and died January i, 1764. He was a prosperous
farmer, residing in North Beverly. Three of his
sons were coopers, one a cordwainer and another a
joiner. At the age of twenty-four years he was
chosen surveyor of highways, and subsequently held
many other town offices. He was buried with his
wife at the old churchyard of the Second Church,
where their gravestones are still in a perfect state
of preservation. He married Lydia Woodbury,
daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth (Herrick) Wood-
bury, of Chibaco Parish. Their intentions were
published -June 26, 1709. She died April 6, 1759, in
her sixty-eighth year. Their children were : Isaac,
Rebecca, Caleb, Lydia, Johanna, Elizabeth, Robert,
William (died young), Nicholas and William. (The
last named receives further mention in this article).

(V) Nicholas, fifth son and ninth child of
Robert and Lydia (Woodbury) Dodge, was born
April 16, 1728, in North Beverly, and was a farmer
in Boxford, Massachusetts. In December, 1762, he
sold the farm in Boxford to William Seers, of
that town, which included a fraction over seventeen
acres, with the buildings thereon, which had been
deeded to him by his father in April of the same
year, 1762. In March, 1763, he bought in Boxford
forty-four acres and a fraction, with buildings
thereon for the sum of £200. In October, 1775, he
sold tlie same with some small pieces in addition for
£240 and moved to Londonderry, New Hampshire,
where he died between June 10,, 1780, and
June 15, 1785, the respective dates of the
making and proving of his will. He was
dismissed from the Second Church of Beverly,
September 2, 1764, and probably joined some other
church at that time. His will indicates that he was
possessed of a considerable estate in Londonderry.
He gave to one of his sons, £12 and a half of his
farming tools. To his widow he gave the use of
half of all his personal estate and buildings and the
use of the land, which was bequeathed to a son and
daughter until they became of age. He was married
March 3, 1752, to Experience Woodbury, who prob-
ably survived him. Their children were: Nicholas,
Caleb, Anna, Mary, Ebenezer, Lydia and Isaac.

(VI) Isaac, youngest cliild of Nicholas and E.x-
perience (Woodberry) Dodge, was baptized August
2, 1767, in Boxford. He received by will one half
of the house, barn and farming tools of his father
in Londonderry, and all of the livestock at the
decease or marriage of his mother and a part of
the paternal homestead, his sister, Lydia. receiving
the remainder of thirty acres. He died in London-
derry, and appointed his wife and friend, Benjamin
Woodbury, as sole executors. His wife was Mary

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Austin, of Salem, Massachusetts, and their children
were : Isaac, Caleb, Samuel, Moody and Benjamin.

(VII) Caleb, second son and child of Isaac and
Mary (Austin) Dodge, was born February 2, 1793,
in Londonderry, and grew up there in attendance
of the district school during his boyhood. He be-
came a carpenter and cabinet maker and was also
engaged in farming. He sold his farm in Merri-
mack and removed to Manchester. He was mar-
ried in Londonderry to Theresa Garvin, daughter of
Moses Garvin. They were members of the Con-
gregational Church. Mr. Dodge was in early life a
Democrat in politics, but the issues precedmg and
arising at the time of the Civil war turned him from
that allegiance and he became an enthusiastic Re-
publican. His children were : Mary Jane, Isaac,
Eliza Ann, ]\Iargaret W., Hazen G. and Charles M.
Six besides these died in infancy.

(VIII) Hazen G., second sen of Caleb and
Theresa (Garvin) Dodge, was born August 24, 1837,
in Merrimack, New Hampshire, and was educated
in the common schools of that town and the Man-
chester high school. At the age of nineteen years
he quit the schoolroom and engaged in carpenter
work with his father and became adept at the
trade. At the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted
in September, 1861, in Company I, Seventh New
Hampshire Regiment, and was in active service for
three years and three months, participating in many
important battles. At the close of the war he was
employed for three years in the mills at Manchester,
and then settled in Merrimack, where he engaged in
farming and lumbering. In 1867 or '68 he pur-
chased a farm near Baboosic Pond ; he sold this
farm in 1886; in 1887 he purchased the farm on
which he now resides and is successfully engaged
in agriculture. He is a steadfast supporter of the
Republican principles and policies. He was married
October 10, 1861, to Anna L. Fisher, who was born
March 4, 1840, in New London, daughter of Levi
and Fanny (Wilkins) Fisher, of that town. Mrs.
Dodge is identified with the Congregational church.
They have one son, Edwin H. Dodge, who was
born December 4, 1867, in Merrimack, and was edu-
cated in the district school, Nashua public school
and McGaw Institute at Reed's Ferry, and is a
machinist by occupation. He married Veda Blake,
of Hudson, March 2, 1900, and they have two
daughters: Hazel V., born March 13, 1901, and
Anna G., born February 27, 1907.

(V) Deacon William (3), sixth son and tenth
and youngest child of Robert and Lydia (Wood-
bury) Dodge, was born at North Beverly, Massa-
chusetts, and was baptized January 2, 1732. He was
a joiner and cabinet maker in his native town, and
was a deacon of the Second Church there. William
(3) Dodge was twice married, and had twelve chil-
dren in all. His first wife was Mary (Baker)
Dodge, to whom he was united November 14, 1752.
She' died in 1761, leaving four children : William,
Simeon, whose sketch follows ; Anna and Lydia.
On August I, 1764, he married his second wife,
Mary (Trask) Dodge, died April 25, 1812, aged
seventy-six years. They had eight children : Ed-
ward, Levi, Nabby, Mary or Polly, Joanna, Ezekiel,
Pyani and Mercy. Deacon Dodge died June 3,
1810, aged seventy-nine years. He and his second
wife are buried in the cemetery adjoining the
church at North Beverly.

(VI) Simeon, second son and child of Deacon
William (3) Dodge and his first wife, Mary (Baker)
Dodge, was born March 26, 1755, in Beverly, Mas-
sachusetts. He took part in the fight at Concord and
Lexington, and followed the British back to Boston.

The pursuit was close, and he saved his life by tak-
ing refuge in a cellar. Afterwards he served for
three years in the Revolutionary war, beginning
February 13, 1777, and continuing till the same date
in 1780. He was in Captain Billy Porter's company.
Colonel Benjamin Tupper's regiment. Soon after
1781 Simeon Dodge moved to Francestown, New
Hampshire, where he lived till his death, nearly
fifty years later. On December 31, 1780, he mar-
ried Mary Balch, of Beverly, Massachusetts, and
they had ten children : Simeon, Joshua Balch, Mary,
Ruth, Lydia, Sarah, Anna, William, whose sketch
follows ; Samuel Davis and Baker. Simeon Dodge
died at Francestown, New Hampshire, December
25, 1827.

(VII) William (4), third son and seventh child
of Simeon and Mary (Balch) Dodge, was born at
Francestown, New Hampshire, August 15, 1795.
In 1823, in company with his early wedded wife,
he moved to Whitefield, this state, where he be-
came the first merchant in town. He built the third
house in the village, still standing at the north
end of the bridge, and in the south part of this
building he opened his store. The next year, 1S24,
mail facilities were established in the new settle-
ment, and Mr. Dodge was appointed postmaster,
which position he held under successive administra-
tions until his death, thirteen years later. In ad-
dition to his other activities he carried on the
manufacture of pot or pearl ash for many years.
Mr. Dodge was a man of liberal education, and he
at once became an influential citizen. He was town
clerk for seven consecutive years, was superintend-
ent of "schooling," and was representative to the
New Hampshire legislature for the years 1834-35-36.
All his official life was distinguished by marked
ability and strict conduct, and he was an actiVe
promoter of the cause of education. William (4)
Dodge married Eunice Newell, of Mason, New
Hampshire, who was born January 20, 1804. They
had seven children. Eunice, born July 15, 1S25 ;
Amorensa M., born July 19, 1827, died May 11,
1838; William Franklin, whose sketch follows; i\Iary
Viola, born February i, 1831, died in infancy; Piam,
born October 16, 1832, who died in babyhood; Levi
W., born July 21, 1834; ^^^d Henry C, born July
30, 1836. Levi W. Dodge married Carrie Webb,
and lived in Syracuse, New York, where he was
agent of a coal company. He had strong literary
tastes and wrote the "History of Whitefield" and
other works. Henry C. Dodge married (first)
Lizzie Southworth, and (second) Susan Colby
Spooner, and was a successful business man in New
York City, and a deacon in the Baptist Church.
William (4) Dodge died at Whitefield, November

6, 1837, at the early age of forty-two. Had his
life been spared he would undoubtedly have become
one of the leading men in Coos county. His widow
married Joseph Colby, and lived till 1884, dying at
the age of eighty years.

(VIII) William Franklin, eldest son and third
child of William (4) and Eunice (Newell) Dodge,
was born at Whitefield. New Hampshire, November

7, 1829. In early life he was engaged in the starch
business in his native town, but in 1861 he bought
his present estate, a tract containing one hundred
and fifty acres, now containing seventeen hundred
acres, fifteen hundred of which is timber land,' and
the remainder is devoted to farming purposes.
Sixty head of horses and cows are kept on the
place. The original dwelling was a farm house,
but in 1869, attracted by the beauty of the scenery,
boarders began to appear. The result is the present
Mountain View House, containing one hundred




rooms and all the appliances of a first class hotel.
It is situ.. ted thirteen hundred feet above sea level,
and commands magnificent views of the Franconia
and Presidential ranges, and of the mountains in
Vermont. The surrounding grounds have been
fitted up in a manner to enhance their natural beau-
ties, and the place is one of the most attractive in
the entire White Mountain region. William F.
Dodge is a deacon in the Free Will Baptist Church,
and a man who stands high in the community. He
belongs to the Blue Lodge Masons. He is a Re-
publican in politics, and served as selectman and
town clerk for many years, and as representative
in the New Hampshire legislature for two terms.
He has often been engaged in the settlement of
estates. William F. Dodge married Mary Jane,
daughter of William and Rebecca Eastman, whose
father was one of the first settlers of Whitefield.
They have had three children: A daughter died in
infancy; Van Herbert, whose sketch follows; iind
Charles Eben, born June i, 1861, who is engaged in
the manufacture of typewriter ribbons at Syracuse,
New York. He married Ida Bray, of Whitefield,
and has two daughters, Beulah and j\Iary.

(IX) Van Herbert, elder son and second child
of William F. and Mary J. (Eastman) Dodge, was
born at Whitefield, New Hampshire, March 21, 1859.
He was educated in the public schools of his native
town, and at New Hampton Institution, this state.
He went to Providence, Rhode Island, in 1870, and
was cashier in a store for three years. In July,
1873, he returned to Whitefield, which became his
permanent home. He is co-proprietor with his
father in the Mountain View House, also one of
the owners in the Whitefield 'Farm Company, and is
interested with his brother in manufacturing at
Syracuse, New York. In the winter he is exten-
sively engaged in lumbering, as the family own a
thousand acres, and the business gives employment
to the horses which are used for livery at the
hotel in the summer. Mr. Dodge is a Republican,
but is now too busy to give time to politics, though
he served several terms as selectman in his youth,
beginning in 1883, and was chairman of the board
for three years. In 1897 he was made director of
the Whitefield Savings Bank and Trust Company,
and was elected president in 1904. He is a member
of the Blue Lodge Masons, and attends the Free
Will Baptist Church. On May i, 1888, Van Herbert
Dodge married Alice Stebbins, daughter of Schuyler
and Joanah (Turner) Stebbins, of Newbury, Ver-
mont. They have one son, Frank Schuyler, born
January 5, 1889, who entered Dartmouth College in

the fall of 1907-

(II) Richard Dodge, ancestor of a very large
progeny scattered throughout the United States, ap-
peared at Salem, Massachusetts, as early as 1638,
and "desired accommodations." It is shown by the
records of East Coker, in England, that he resided
and came from there. As immigrants were ad-
mitted to the colonies only by applying to the town
and obtaining leave, it is probable that Richard and
his family came in 1638, and it is also probable
that he left England without royal permission.
After living for a while on the land of his brother
William, he settled on "Dodge Row" in North
Beverly, not far from Wenham Lake. The house which
Richard Dodge buih was near the present North
line of Beverly. He evidently gave his attention
chiefly to farming. He was a loyal church member
and one of the most liberal contributors to the sup-
port of the gospel. He and his wife were mem-
bers of the Wenham Church before 1648, under the
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pastorate of John Fiske. Fle was also interested in
the progress of education, and his name appears
first in a list of twenty-one subscribers to Howard
College in 1653, while the next largest sum was one
fourth as much as his. The cemetery of "Dodge
Row" is on land which he dedicated for that pur-
pose and this grant was subsequently conferred by
his grandson. He died June 15, 1671, leaving an
estate valued at one thousand seven hundred and
sixty-four pounds and two shillings, a very con-
siderable property for that time. He gave to each
of his three sons a good farm valued at over one
hundred pounds. He made liberal provision for
annual payments by the sons to the support of their
mother. His wife's name was Edith and she sur-
vived him seven years, dying June 27, 1678, at. the
age of seventy-five years. The inventory of her
estate indicates that she was possessed of con-
siderable property. Their children were : John,
Mary, Sarah, Richard, Samuel, Edward and Joseph.
(Richard, Samuel and Joseph, and descendants, re-
ceive further notice in this article.)

(III) John, eldest child of Richard and Edith
Dodge, was baptized December 29, 1631, in Eng-
land, and died in 171 1. He was mentioned in the
will of his grandfather, John, who died in 1635,
Somersetshire, England. He probably came to
Salem with his father, in 1638. He settled in what
was then included in Beverly, but but was later an-
nexed to W^enham. He built a saw-mill on Mill
river at Wenham Neck, which was not used until
about 1822, and received from his father's estate
about eighty acres lying about this mill and five
acres of meadow on the same side of Longham
brook where his house stood near what was then
the north line of Beverly. He deeded his home-
stead to his son, Andrew, iNIay 5, 1708, consisting
of forty acres and other lands in the vicinity. Lieu-
tenant John Dodge was a man of more than ordinary
standing in the community. He was often elected
selectman of the town, and served in almost every
public capacity where good sense and integrity were
desired and also served as deputy to the general
court. There are many evidences that he was a
strong advocate of temperance and good morals
generally. The town record of Beverly from 1667
to 1702 are replete with reference to the various
public services of Lieutenant John Dodge. He
served on every sort of committee, to lay out lands
and make rates to seat inhabitants in the new meet-
ing house, to prosecute town claims and in various
other capacities. His wife Sarah (surname un-
known) died February 8, 1706, aged sixty years.
Their children were : Deliverance, John, Josiah,
Sarah, Ebenezer, JSIary, Deborah and Andrew.
(Mention of Josiah and Andrew and descendants
appears in this article.)

(IV) John (2), eldest son and second child of
John (i) and Sarah Dodge, was born April 15,
1662, in Beverly, and died January 18, 1704, in his
forty-second year. He lived in Wenham, probably
not far from his father. Both his parents and the
father of his first wife were witnesses of his will,
dated July 7, 1703, and all the signatures are still
preserved in the original document in the probate
office at Salem. The inventory of his estate
amounted to four hundred and fifty-three pounds,
with debts at thirteen pounds. His first wife
Martha, daughter of Thomas and Martha Fisk, died
December 29, 1697, and he was married (second)
April II, 1698, to Ruth Grover, of Beverly. The
first wife was the mother of four of his children,
and the other of five, namely : Phineas, Amos,



Martha, Elizabeth, Nehemiah, Ruth, Sarah, John
and Mary.

(V) Phineas, eldest child of John (2) and
Martha (Fiske) Dodge, was born May 23, 1688,
in Wenham, and died in that town July 19, 1759,
in his seventy-second year. He was a prosperous
man and his estate was appraised at six hundred and
forty-eight pounds. By the will of his father he
was to have that part of the paternal homestead
joining upon the town common and Thomas
White's land, estimated at thirty-six acres, and was
to pay his mother twenty shillings a year while she
remained a widow. He married (iirst) (intention
published December 15, 1712), IMartha Edwards,
w^ho died March 31, 1734, at the age of twenty-nine
years. He married (second), September 21, 1736,
Sarah Whipple, of Danvers, who died May 27,
1769. She was executrix of his will. His de-
scendants are very numerous. His children were :
Phineas, John, Jeremiah, Abner, Solomon, Martha,
Amos, Ebenezer, Benjamin, Israel and Stephen.

(VI) Solomon, fifth son and child of Phineas
and Martha (Edwards) Dodge, was born June 18,
1721, in Wenham, and died January 16, 1812, in
Topsfield. He was living in Andover in 1747, and
from about that time until 1754 was an inn holder
in Boxford. From that time until his death he
lived in Topsfield, and was a much respected citizen.
He was chosen deacon Decembe'r 18, 1776, and de-
clined to serve. He was again chosen June 26,
I781, and was excused in 1797. He was married
(first), December 30, 1742, to Hannah Green, who
died October 7, 1788, aged seventy-four years. He
married (second) (intentions published January 12,
1791) widow Martha Dodge, of Ipswich. She was
admitted to the church in Topsfield, in November,
1799, and died August 30, 1804, aged sixty years.
His children, all born of the first wife, were : Sarah
(died young), Daniel (died young), Solomon, Sarah,
Daniel and Hannah.

(VII) Solomon (2), second son and third child
of Solomon (i) and Hannah (Green) Dodge, was
born August 13, 1747, in Andover, Massachusetts,
and died May 4, 1799, in New Boston, New Hamp-
shire. He was a lieutenant of the militia, was a
farmer and an energetic and industrious mail, and
had many excellent qualities. He was married at
Topsfield, January 23, 1772, to Sarah Dodge,
daughter of Amos and Hannah (Green) Dodge,
of Beverly. She was born August 20, 1752, and
died in New Boston, December 23, 1845. She was at
that time the wife of Jacob Hooper, of New Bos-
ton. In January, 1778, Solomon and his wife deeded
a piece of land in Long Hill Parish, in Beverly,
to Jacob Edwards, of Boxford, and this probably
indicates the time of their removal to New Boston.
His children were: Amos, Solomon (died young),
Solomon, Hannah, Daniel (died young), Daniel,
Sally, Alice, Phineas and Aaron.

(VIII) Solomon (3), third son and child of
Solomon (2) and Sarah (Dodge) Dodge, was born
August I, 1774, in New Boston, and died there
March 16, 1853, in his seventy-sixth year. He was
deacon of the church and a genial and broad-minded
man, commanding the confidence and esteem of the
'Community. He remained on the homestead of his
father, where his buildings were burned October
21, 1829, and these were rebuilt with the assistance
of his kindly neighbors. He was married, May 25,
1805, to Elizabeth, daughter of Benjamin Dodge.
She was born January 13, 1783, and died December
6, 1840. Their children were : Lydia, Solomon,
Sarah, Hannah (died young), Amos, Hannah, Ben-
jamin, Israel and Anne.

(IX) Solomon (4), eldest son and second child
of Solomon (3) and Elizabeth (Dodge) Dodge, was
born February 27, 1808, and died March 11, 1881,
in New Boston, in his seventy-fourth year. He was
a farmer by occupation and attended the Baptist
Church. He was prominent in town affairs, and in
early life was a Democrat. He was among those
who early came to the support of the Republican
party because of the espousal of the cause of human
freedom. He married INIary, widow of Charles
Buston. She was born February 20, 1803, and died
1868. Their children were: Margaret E., deceased;
Solomon, resides in Andover; Charles Franklin,
William Batchelder, in Washington, D. C. ; Julian
Percival, died in war of Rebellion ; Edwin Buxton,
resides at Wilmot, New Hampshire; Albert Ernest,

(X) Charles Franklin, second son and third child
of Solomon (4) and Mary Dodge, was born in New
Boston, July 2, 1838, and was educated in high school
and Colby Academy at New London, New Hamp-
shire. He was engaged in lumbering and farming
with his father until the death of the latter, and is
now occupied in dairying and general farming,
having one of the finest farms in his town, and he

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