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and removed from the town some years previ-
ously. He married Prudence, daughter of Walter
Fairfield. Senior, in 1699. She died August 5, 1737,
and he subsequently married Mrs. Abigail (bid-
dings, of Hamlet Parish. In the record of his
death he is called Lieutenant Dodge. His children
were: Prudence (died young). Prudence, Richard,
William, Isaac, Tabitha, Jacob, Abraham, Skipper
and Sarah.

(V) Richard (3), eldest son and third child of
William and Prudence (Fairfield) Dodge, was
born September 8, 1703, in Wenham, and died there
May II, 1778, in his seventy-fifth year. He was a
surveyor as well as a farmer, and was a prominent
figure in the community. Numerous deeds on rec-
ord show that he was an extensive purchaser of
lands and that he also sold some. He probably
lived until 1750 on a tract of sixty acres of land,
which he purchased with the buildings of Joseph
Edwards, in 1740. At the time that he sold this,
1750, he bought of John Lowe the homestead, which
had formerly been the home of Daniel, father of
David Dodge, and the homestead of his grand-
father. Richard, inherited by him from Richard
(i),_ the immigrant. In May, 1752, Richard (3)
received by deed from his father a homestead and
some small pieces of land and three-fourths of his
father's interest in the stream and mills of Wen-
hani. This was on the Longham side and on lands
which had been continuously held by the Dodges
from the earliest period. At the time of receiv-
ing this deed his father was seventy-four years of
age, and it is probable that Richard (3) then took
possession of and operated the farm.' He subse-
quently gave and sold to his brothers and sons ex-
tensive tracts of land. Among these was a gift
of_ twenty acres to his brothers, Jacob and Skipper.
His will was made April 20, 1778, and proved on
the sixth of the following July. His inventory
amounted to £5,716 and 18 shillings. The currency
in which this was reckoned was at that time very
much depreciated and this was an abundant for-
tune for. those days. In 1724 he married Mary,
daughter of Deacon John Thorne, of Ipswich, who
probably survived him as she is mentioned in his
will. Their children were: Abraham, Tabitha.
Richard, (died young, Mary (died young), Mercy,
Prudence, Richard, John, Marj^ Sa'rah,'" Simon or
Simeon and Nicholas.

(VI) Simon or Simeon, fifth son and eleventh
child of Richard (3) and Mary (Thorne) Dodge,
was born January 14. 1749, in Wenham, and died
in that town June 25, 1815. It is said of him:
"As a husband he was kind, as a father, he was
most tender and as a Christian he was one of the
most pious of his day. He was happy in his sick-
ness. He died in his chair." He had made his
will three years before his death, and the inventory
of his estate after his death shows its value to be

three thousand dollars. He was married Novem-
ber 16, 1769, to Abigail Dodge, of Beverly. Their
children were: Obadiah (died young), Mary, Ed-
ward, Polly, Sally, Obadiah, Deacon Richard, Ben-
jamin and Stillman.

(VII) Stillman, youngest child of Simon or
Simeon and Abigail (Dodge) Dodge, was born
December 7, 1792, and resided in Wenham during
the early part of his life. He was a cabinetmaker
by occupation, and came to his death, March 3,
1831, by an accident while assisting in the con-
struction of a bridge. He married Sally High-
lands, and they were the parents of five children,
namely: Sarah, Simon Barnet, Marion, James
Stillman and Francis Green Macumber.

(VIII) James Stillman, son of Stillman and
Sally (Highlands) Dodge, was born June 15, 1825,
went to Blackwater when a small boy and there
attended the district school until about nine 3'ears
of age. At this time he began to work on a farm
and was practically self-supporting thereafter.
About 1840 he went to Lowell, Massachusetts,
where he was employed by the McFarland Broth-
ers, dealers in ice, and continued twelve years with
them. In 1852 he went to California and engaged
in teaming, hauling goods into the mountains for
the mines in mule teams. He stayed there two
years and then returned to New Hampshire and
settled in Webster, where he built a sawmill and
operated it fourteen years. At the end of this time
he removed to Norwich, Vermont, where he pur-
chased a grist mill and this was destroyed by fire
after he had operated it two years. He then pur-
chased a grist mill at Lebanon, New Hampshire,
which he operated two years and sold to go from
there to Chelmsford, Massachusetts, where he was
employed for five years as manager of grist mill.
He next removed to Sheldon, Vermont, where he
engaged in the lumber and grain business until
his death. May 31, 1895. He was married, October
4, 1846, to Huldah M. Brooks, of Lowell, Massa-
chusetts, daughter of Amos Dodge and Hannah
(Kemp) Brooks, and they became the parents of
the following children : Elizabeth, who became
the wife of George L. Thompson, and died 1891 ;
Henry Stillman, who died 1863 ; Frank Everett,,
mentioned at length below, and Charles Arthur,
who died in his fourth year.

(IX) Frank Everett, second son and third
child of James Stillman and Huldah M. (Brooks)
Dodge, was born March 21, 1856, in Lowell, Mas-
sachusetts, and attended the public school there
and Phillips Academy of Haverhill, Massachusetts.
After leaving school he was employed three years
as a bookkeeper by Henry Du Bois and son in
New York City, from 1872 to 1875. He then re-
moved to Minneapolis. Minnesota, and was em-
ployed by a lumber firm for eight years, after
which he returned to New Hampshire and was
associated with his father in business until the
latter's death. In 1900 he went to Contoocook,
New Hampshire, where he has since been engaged
in the operation of a saw mill. Mr. Dodge is an
intelligent gentleman, who takes a keen interest in
the progress of events and has been chosen by his
fellows to some responsible positions. While re-
siding in Sheldon, Vermont, he was three years a
member of the school board and was also repre-
sentative in the state legislature in 1898. He is
now serving a second term on the school board in
Contoocook. He is a member of the Masonic Or-
der and is affiliated in politics with the Democratic
party. He was married December 22, 1889, to
Blanche Morse, daughter of John Morse. She died
in May, 1892, leaving a daughter, Bessie M.. who


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was born October 25, 1890. He was married (sec-
ond) November 7, 1894, to Annie McFeeters,
daughter of William and Ann (Todd) McFeeters.
She is the mother of three children, born as fol-
lows: James William, January 31, 1897; Charles
Franklin, October 18, 1899, and Catherine Eliza-
beth. September 26, 1901.

(III) Richard (2), second son and fourth child
of Richard (i) and Edith Dodge, \yas born in
Beverly, Massachusetts, in 1643, ^"d died in Wen-
ham April 13, 1705. He was a farmer and lived in
the south part of Wenham. He also owned a large
farm in Ipswich, which he gave to his eldest son
Richard, and had land near Chibocco Lake in Ips-
wich. He owned a cider mill and press, and from
the careful provision for its use, which he made
in deeds to his sons, it would seem that they all
lived in the same vicinity. About two years be-
fore his death he divided his property among his
children, giving his "negro man" Mingo, to the
eldest son. On the 31st of Ma}^ 1705, Richard,
Daniel, William and Mary joined in a deed of four
and one-half acres of marsh land in "Chibocco,"
Ipswich, to John and Martha Davidson to carry
out what the/ alleged to be the purpose of their
father. He married, February 23, 1667, Mary Eaton,
born 1641, and died November 28, 1716, aged 75
years. He and his wife were buried at North Bev-
erly, where their grave-stones still remain. Their
children were: Richard, Mary, Martha, Daniel and

(IV) William, third son and fifth child of
Richard and Mary (Eaton) Dodge, was born 1678
in Wenham, where he died October 20, 1765, aged
eighty-seven. In the record of his death he is called
Lieutenant William Dodge. He acquired a large
amount of land, which he distributed among his
sons. In 1703 he received from his father a deed
of homestead and land near the north line of
Wenham. In 1722 he received a deed of six acres
from his father-in-law, Walter Fairfield, Senior,
which had been conveyed to his sons, Walter Fair-
field, Junior, and Nathaniel, on condition that they
should supply his wants. In 1752 he distributed his
land to four of his sons, the fifth, Isaac, having
been provided for, and moved to Boxford and
thence to Sutton some years before. He married,
1669, Prudence, daughter of Walter Fairfield. She
died August 5. 1737. He married (second), Mrs.
Abigail Giddings, of Hamlet parish. His children
were: Prudence (died young). Prudence, Richard,
William, Isaac, Tabitha, Jacob, Abraham, Skipper
and Sarah.

(V) Richard (3), third child and eldest son of
William and Prudence (Fairfield) Dodge, was born
September 8, 1703. in Wenham, and died there May
II, 1778. Richard was a surveyor as well as a
farmer, and was a conspicuous figure in the com-
munity. Some twenty-five deeds of land to him
are on record, and a less number from him. In
1740 he bought of Joseph Edwards about sixty acres
of land with buildings, where he probably lived
until March, 1750, when he sold that place to Ben-
jamin Edwards and his son Benjamin. At the sanie
time he bought of John Low, the homestead which
he had recently bought of David Dodge, the in-
heritance from his father, Daniel Dodge, and had
been the homestead of his grandfather, Richard,
inherited by him from his great-grandfather, Rich-
ard, the emigrant. In May, 1752. he received from
his father, for love and affection, a deed of home-
stead including some small pieces, and three-fourths
of his father's interest in stream and mills in
Wenham. This is supposed to be the same mill

described in a deed dated October 16, 1713, from
Josiah Dodge and his wife, Sarah, to William
Dodge, husbandman of Wenham, and father of
Richard. His father William being seventy- four
years old when he surrendered his homestead to
his son, Richard, he probably took possession and
carried on the farm. In December, 1768, he gave
his son, Captain John, a forty-acre farm, and on
January 2, 1769, he sold to him for two hundred
pounds several pieces of land in Chebacco, and on
the same date to his son, Richard, Junior, for one
hundred and sixty pounds, several other pieces. In
1766 Richard and his prosperous brother, William,
of Ipswich, thinking their brothers Jacob and Skip-
per had not been so well dealt with as their father
intended, gave them a twenty-acre piece in Ips-
wich, which their father had received from his
father Richard, in 1703. In 1775 Richard and his
wife, Mary, deeded to Jacob Dodge for two hundred
pounds their lands in Gloucester, some thirty-five
acres, and a share of a house.

His will was dated April 20, 1778, and proved
July 6, 177S. It mentions his wife Mary, sons
Richard, John, Simon and Nicholas, daughters
Mary Orne and Sarah Hubbard Dodge, and his
brothers Jacob and Skipper. His inventory
amounted to five thousand seven hundred and six-
teen pounds, eighteen shillings. He married, in
1724, Mary, daughter of Deacon John Thornc, of
Ipswich; she was living in 1775. Their children
were: Abraham, Richard (died young). Mary
(died young), Mercy, Prudence, Richard, John.
Mary, Sarah, Simon and Nicholas.

(VI) Captain Richard (4), third son and sev-
enth child of Lieutenant Richard (3) and Mary
(Thorne) Dodge, was born December 9, 1738. i"
Wenham, and died June, 1802. He was a farmer
in Wenham. He was a captain in Colonel Samuel
Gerrish's regiment in 1775. Of his company Robert
Dodge was first lieutenant and Paul Dodge second
lieutenant. He was also captain of a company of
volunteers from third regiment of militia from Es-
sex county, raised under resolve September 22,
1777, and served from September 30, to November
7i "^yiTi when they were discharged at Cambridge.
In the will of his father, dated April 20, 1778. the
son is styled major. His own will, dated March
8, 1801, and proved June 7, 1802, mentions his wife
Lydia, daughter Polly Patch, Sally Baley, Mary
Lee, Lucy Stadley, son John Thome's daughter,
Bulcey Taylor. Sen John Thorne Dodge, executor.
He married, (intention published) November i"/,
1757, Lydia Dodge. She died October 9, 1813, aged
seventy-eight years. Their children were : Wil-
liam, Lydia, Mary, John Thorne, Sally, Mary
Thorne and Betsey.

(VII) John Thorne, second son and fourth
child of Richard (4) and Lydia Dodge, was born
April 2, 1764, in Wenham., and died February 2(>,
1 85 1, aged eighty-six years, ten months and twenty-
four days. When only twelve years old he accom-
panied his father, Richard, and two uncles to_ the
battle of Bunker Hill and remained in that vicinity
until after the British evacuated Boston. After
that he continued in service as servant, guard and
steward until the close of the war then nineteen
years old. His mother Lj^lia was sister of Colonel
Robert Dodge, of Hamilton, a family renowned
for patriotic service from the earliest history of the
colonv. He married, September 25, 1786, Eliza-
beth "Dodge. She died January 21. 1851. Their
children were: William, Betsey (died young),
Thorne, Lydia, Betsey, Nancy Asenath (died
young), and Asenath.



(VIII) Lydia, second daughter of John Thorne
and Elizabeth (Dodge) Dodge, was born July 14,
1792, and was married, January 10, 1813. to Levi
(2) Folsom, of Tamworth, New Hampshire (see
Folsom, X).

(III) Samuel, third son and fifth child of Rich-
ard Dodge, was born 1643, in Ipswich, where he
died April 13, 1705. He was the owner of various
parcels of land and houses as indicated by the dis-
position of his property in his will. This was
dated June 26, 1705. and was proven on the day
preceding the following Christmas. The inventory
of his estate amounted to £1,501 and 13 shillings.
To his wife he gave half his personal estate and
the use of the other half vmtil his youngest son
became of age. His wife Mary was a daughter of
Thomas Parker, of Reading, Massachusetts, and
died August 6, 1717, aged seventy-three years.
Their children were : Samuel, Joseph, Ananiah,
Ann, Antipas, Mary. Amy, Deborah, Jabez, Parker
and Samuel.

(IV) Antipas, fourth son and fifth child of
Samuel and Mary (Parker) Dodge, was born Sep-
tember 7, 1677, in Ipswich, and lived in that town.
In 1705 he received by the w'ill of his father one-
lifth of the latter's land and the house he then lived
in. He probably died in April, 1707, and his widow
was appointed administratrix of his estate on the
fifth of the following month. This was valued at
£305. He was married in 1699 to Johanna Lowe,
who became after his death the second wife of
Joseph Hale, of Boxford (their intention of mar-
riage being published September 19, 1708). In
1715 he became guardian of her son Joshua. The
children of Antipas Dodge w-ere: Joshua, Johanna
and David.

(V) David, second son and third child of An-
tipas and Joanna (Lowe) Dodge, was born in
1704, in Ipswich. He married Martha Esgate in
Lowell, and seems to have resided in various places.
Their children were : Susanna, Joanna, Mary, An-
tipas, David, Samuel, Parker and James. '

(VI) Antipas, eldest son and fourth child of
David and Mary (Esgate) Dodge, was born March
5, 1738. probably in Brookfield, and received from
his father a deed of one hundred acres of land,
being the third lot, second range, south of the Pis-
cataquog river in Goffstown, and here he settled.
On April 15, 1803, he bought of Jonathan Taylor,
of Stoddard, lot 28, range 3, in that town, consist-
ing of eighty acres which bordered on the town of
Washington. He probably lived on this land from
that time until about 1830, when he returned to
GofTstown. His last days were passed in Pem-
broke, where he died July 4, 1834. He is said to
have been a very strong man and unusually active
up to the time of his death. He rendered much
service to his country during the Revolutionary war
and a record of the same is hereto appended. His
first wife's name was Anna, and he married (sec-
ond). Molly Arwyne. He had six children: Mar-
tha. Mary, James, Margaret, Antipas and Abijah.

"Antipas Dodge, of Watertown, also given as
of Ware and Brookfield, Massachusetts, was a pri-'
vate in Captain Thomas Wellington's company.
Colonel Asa Whitcomb's regiment. His name is on
the muster roll dated Camp at Ticonderoga, Novem-
ber 27, 1776. He enlisted October i, 1776, and is
reported re-engaged November 16, 1776, in Cap-
tain Brew^er's companv. Colonel Brewer's regiment,
but to remain in Colonel Whitcomb's regiment
until December 31, 1776. His name is also on the
return of men raised to serve in the Continental
army from Fourth Compan}'-, Colonel Converse's

(4th Worcester Co.) regiment sworn to by Lieu-
tenant Jonathan Snow, at Brookfield, February 20,
1778. His residence was given as Ware. He en-
gaged for the town of Brookfield (also given as
New Braintree), and joined Captain Harwood's
company. Colonel Nixon's regiment, for a term of
three years. He is also enumerated as a private in
Major's company. Colonel Ebenezer Sprout's regi-
ment ; continental pay accounts for service from
January i, 1777, to December 31, 1779. His resi-
dence is given as Watertown, and he was engaged
for the town of Watertown. His name also ap-
pears in Captain Brewer's company. Colonel Brew-
er's report on the muster returns dated Camp Val-
ley Forge, January 23, 1778, and his residence given
as Brookfield ; enlisted for the town of Brookfield,
and was mustered in by the state muster master.
He is also on the descriptive list of deserters from
the corps of guards, as returned by C. Gibbs, major
commandant, dated Headquarters, Morristown, New
Jersey, May 22, 1780 ; age twenty j^ears ; statue five
feet six inches; complexion dark; occupation hat-
ter; engaged for town of Watertown for the term
of the war; deserted February 8, 1780. It seems
that after arduous service for between three and
four years he went home, as many others did, and
failed to return to his command."

(VII) James, ■ eldest son of Antipas Dodge,
was born in May, 1770, and died in January, 1855.
He married (first), Jerusha Leach, of Goffstown;
(second), Margaret Gordon, of Windsor, and

(third), Johnson, of Meredith. His children

were: Jerusha, John, James, Mary, Maria and
Daniel Gordon, the subject of the next para-

(VIII) Daniel Gordon, son of James and ^Mar-
garet (Gordon) Dodge, was born in Gofifstown,
March 29, 1812. and died in Windsor, June 14,

1873. He was a farmer, and for a few years prac-
ticed medicine according to the theory of the
Thompsonian school. He married Elvira" Hunt, of
Hancock, who was born October 21, 1813, and died
December 9, 1871. Their children were: David
Daniel, born in Gofifstown ; John Gordon, born in
Windsor; Sarah Martha, born in Gofifstown; and
Perley Hunt, born in Windsor.

(IX) _ David Daniel, eldest child of Daniel G.
and Elvira (Hunt) Dodge, was born October 20,
1S40. He was educated in the district school of
Windsor. At the age of five years he went to
Windsor with his father, and at his majority took
charge of the farm of an aunt, his mother's sister,
Sarah Hunt, who died January 11, 1871, and left
her property to him. In 1873 he removed to Pem-
broke and bought a farm on the "street" near Bow
Lane, where he has since resided. He married,
March 9, 1871, Mrs. Lucy Lavina Hall, daughter of
Samuel Murdough. of Hillsboro. and widow of
Charles G. Hall, of HilLsboro. She was born in
Hillsborough, March 7, 1842. They have had two
children: Lula Elvira (died young) and Perley
Daniel, the subject of the next paragraph.

(X) Perley Daniel, only son of David Daniel
and Lucy Lavina (Murdough) (Hall) Dodge, was
born in Pembroke, August 9, 1876. He resides
upon and cultivates the farm on which he was born.
He is like his father a Democrat in politics. He
married, November 10, 1873, Azelie Lemay, born
in St. Croix. Province of Quebec, November 10,

1874. daughter of Joseph and Eleanor (Pereest)
Lemay, who settled in Manchester, New Hamp-
shire, 1876. _ Joseph Lemay was born in 1837. His
wife died in Manchester in 1901, aged sixty-four
years : Perley D. and Azelie Dodge have three



children : Arthur F., born February 23, 1901 ;
Lucy E., March 23, 1904; Henry, March 26, 1906.

(III) Joseph, seventh and youngest child of
Richard and Edith Dodge, was born in Beverly in
1651, and died August 10, 1716, aged sixty-five. He
was a farmer in Beverly, near his father on Dodge's
Row. He was one of the executors of his father's
estate, and received a liberal share jointly with his
brother Edward. They held this property under an
oral agreement until February, 1709, when they put
their di\asion in writing. His executors were his
sons Jonah and Elisha. He married, February 21,
1672, Sarah Eaton, of Reading, who died December
12, 1714. Their children were: Abigail (died
young), Joseph. Noah, Prudence, Abigail, Jonah,
Elisha, Charity and Nathaniel.

(IV) Jonah (3), sixth child and third son of
Joseph and Sarah (Eaton) Dodge, was born in
Beverly, August 29, 1683, died probably in 1754 at
the age of seventy-one, and was buried in Dodge
Row cemetery. He was a farmer and a weaver.
His father, on May 3, 1716, gave his sons, Jonah
and Elisha "all my lands both upland and meadow
ground and salt marsh" in Ipswich each to have
the house he now lives in, and the land immedi-
ately about it, all else to be equally divided. Said
Jonah and Elisha Dodge to pay Nathaniel Dodge
an equivalent in money and goods for his share.
and to give their father a decent burial. Jonah
Dodge married, March 27, 1707, Sarah Friend,
of Wenham. She died in 1760. Their children
were: Sarah, Jonah. James and Jacob.

(V) Lieutenant Jonah (4), eldest son and sec-
ond child of Jonah (3) and Sarah (Friend) Dodge,
was born in Beverly, November 18, 1710, and died
in Bluehill, Maine, 'March 8, 1788. in the seventy-
eighth year of his age. He moved to Bluehill,
Maine, in June, 1784. Jonah Dodge, weaver, of
Beverly, and wife, April 24, 1784, deeded to
Thomas Appleton, yeoman, of Ipswich, for eighty
poimds twelve acres in Ipswich, adjoining Man-
chester, five acres of woodland in Manchester, and
four acres in Wenham, and for three hundred and
fifty pounds seventy-six acres in Beverl)'-, with
buildings at Long Hill. He married (first), at
Wenham, February 22, 1738, Mary Edwards, who
was born March 11, 1719, and died in Beverly. July
30, 1761 ; (second), March 29, 1770, Sarah Thorn-
dyke, widow of Hezekiah Thorndyke, of Boston,
and daughter of a Mr. Prince. She was born De-
cember 21, 1731, and died April 12, 1809. His
children by the first wife were : Jonah, Abraham.
Benoni, Abner, Mary, Abigail, Benjamin, Sarah
and Abraham ; and by the second wife : John
Prince and Reuben, whose sketch follows.

(VI) Reuben, youngest child of Lieutenant
Jonah and Sarah (Thorndyke) Dodge, was born
in Beverly, Massachusetts, February 19, 1773. and
died at Blue Hill, Maine, December t6, 1830, aged
fifty-seven years. He lived at Bluehill. His chil-
dren scattered to various places : San Francisco,
Minneapolis, Marengo. Illinois, and to places in
New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He married,
January 16. 1799, Sally Peters, who was born Feb-
ruary 2, 1780, and died September 19, 1850. Their
children were : Addison, Charlotte, Lucretia, El-
vira, Sally P., Addison, July P., Mary, Reuben G.
W., Mary P.. Almira E., Emily W.. and Harriet.

(VII) Almira E., eleventh child and eighth
daughter of Reuben and Sally (Peters) Dodge, was
horn in Bluehill, Maine, September 14, 1813, and
died November, 1891, aged seventy-eight years.
She married William D. Clark (see Clark).

The record of the Jewett family in
JEWETT America begins with the settlement of
Rowley, Massachusetts. In 1638 about
sixty families led by Rev. Ezekicl Rogers came from
Yorkshire, England, and began the settlement of
Rowley early the following season. Among these
pioneers were the brothers Maximilian and Joseph
Jewett, men of substance from Bradford, York-
shire, England, and they were the ancestors of all
the Jewetts in this county, a large family, which in-
cluded many members of distinction in various walks
of life. The most widely known person bearing
the name is undoubtedly Miss Sarah Orne Jewett,
the author, of South Berwick, Maine. In ancient
records the name appears as Juet, Juit, Jewit, and
in various other forms ; but in all cases the spelling

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