Dodson family






James Dodson, b~1814
Charity (unknown) b~1814

In the 1860 census, James and Charity were living in D.C., identified as a laborer and a washerwoman. Also in the household were:

  • Jane West (20) b~1840, a cook
  • Harriett Dodson (14) b~1846
  • Henry Dodson (50), a laborer
  • Manuel Dodson (10) b~1850
  • Elizabeth Dodson (9) b~1851
  • Josephine Dodson (7) b~1853
  • Charity Dodson (6) b~1854
  • In the 1880 census, Henry Dodson (81) was in the Freedman’s Hospital in Washington, D.C.

6 comments on “Dodson family

  1. Eva Garcelon-Hart says:

    Hi, is it possible that Eliza Dodson who was “given by her mother” to the representative William Slade (later Governor of Vermont) in 1842 was a daughter of James and Charity? She is buried in Middlebury, VT and described as “colored.” Thank you! Eva

    • susantichy says:

      Hi Eva. First off, I’m embarrassed that this page is public–it is meant only as the barest beginnings of a page. But here it is, so I’ll leave it for now and make a note to finish it soon.

      I’d have to know a lot more about Eliza Dodson to have any idea whether she could be part of this family. There are many other Dodsons besides the one family showing on the page right now.

      What does “given by her mother” mean? Do you know how old Eliza was in 1842? And was she “given” in Washington, D.C.?

  2. Eva Garcelon-Hart says:

    I just came across your website while doing some preliminary searches and decided to ask this question. The information about Eliza came from a gravestone located in the West Cemetery in Middlebury, VT. There William Slade, his wife and seven of their children are inscribed. One side of the obelisk is devoted to Eliza Dodson and there one reads that she “was given by her mother to Mr. and Mrs. Slade” and that she died at the age of 18 in 1853 as “devoted and faithful servant.” The inscription also says that she was “given” at the age of 7, so she was born probably around 1835. This is quite an intriguing story and I’d like to find out more about it. Slade was an abolitionist who was a representative in DC around 1840 (please, google him). All I know is what’s on this gravestone. Thanks so much for your response. And your website looks very informative. It was the only lead I found to Dodsons in Washington DC. Eva

  3. Tina Brown Trowell says:

    Just waned to Thank you for the information on your site. James and Charity Dodson were my 3rd great grandparents.

    • Eva says:

      Hello Tina, do you know for sure that Eliza who is buried in Middlebury, VT was the daughter of your 3d great grandparents? If yes, do you know anything about this story? thank you! Eva

    • susantichy says:

      I have more information on the Dodsons. I am away from home on an extended trip right now, but will try to remember to look it up when I get home. If you haven’t heard anything by September drop me an email via the contact tab on the website.

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