Sketches of Dodson and Dotson Pioneer Families
Dodson - Smoot Connections
Maryland Dotson/Dodson - Smoot Connections
The Charles Dodson line of Richmond County Virginia and some Dodson Pennsylvania lines have undocumented information about Smoot connections. Information about the Smoot-Dodson connection is documented in Charles, Calvert and Prince George counties in Maryland, but has not been documented in Virginia or Pennsylvania.
More important, DNA from the Dodson men from Charles County, MD does not match with the Dodson line in Chester or Bedford Counties, Pennsylvania. However, the DNA seems to be a closer match with descendants of the Richmond County VA Dodson line.
The following information is what I have collected about the Dodson-Smoot connections in Maryland. It's still possible there could be a connection to Virginia or Pennsylvania, but to date I have found no documentation - only family stories.
Captain Barton Smoot, eldest son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Barton) Smoot, was born 1688 in Pickawaxon Hundred, Charles County MD. At the death of his father in 1704, he was referred to as a minor, but at the subsequent death of his uncle, William Barton, he completed the administration of his parent's estate. At a subsequent rent roll of Prince Georges County, "Barton Smoot by marrying the widow of Henry Hawkins" was in possession of 300 acres of "Stone Hill", adjoining "Notley", surveyed 1669 for Edward Mattox. It is said that a Barton Smoot was in Charles County, Maryland in 1712 when he had a son Thomas Smoot who married an Eleanor (surname unknown). They supposedly had 3 children: William Barton Smoot, Margaret Smoot and Sarah Ann Smoot.
William Barton Smoot was born about 1730 in MD, and died about 08 Jan 1817 in Maryland. He married Margaret Dodson about 1757 in Probably Maryland. She was born about 1733 in MD. Although she is not named in the 1735 will of John Dodson, she may be his daughter because of her relationship to Walter Dodson who is named as a son in John Dodson's will. Walter indicated in his will in 1773, : I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Henrieter Dodson part of a tract of Land called Sarum whereon I now dwell & one hundred fifty acres more of less during her life and after her decease the above mentioned land to be sold and the money to be equally divided between my brothers and sisters. 18 June 1796 William Barton Smoot (of Thomas) and wife Margaret, Jacob Dodson and wife Lydiea, William B Dodson and wife Letishia, Ignatius Dodson and wife Cloe, and Mary Dodson, all of Charles County, to Luke White Barber of St. Marys for 150 pds current money of MD, part of a tract called Sarum which Walter Dodson, dec'd of Charles County, died seized of; also all right of grantors to the last will and testament of sd. Walter Dodson. William Barton Smoot served in the Revolutionary War first as a private and later as a sergeant in the company of Captain Walter Hanson, 12th Battalion of Charles County Militia. He maintained his seat in Port Tobacco Parish. On June 24, 1784, William Barton Smoot of Thomas conveyed to John Howard Marshall the tract known as "Parendure's Lot". Margaret Smoot, his wife, relinquished her third. The will of William Barton Smoot was dated October 6, 1816, and proved in Charles County on January 8, 1817. He bequeathed his wife, Margaret, the use and occupancy of his entire real estate during life, then to his son John Weems Smoot. His wife also received the entire personal estate during life then to all the children. His daughter Amelia Tabbs Smoot was granted a room in his house during her single life. His brother, Thomas, was to be supported with board and clothing by his widow as heretofore accustomed, but in the event that Thomas should survive the widow, then Thomas was committed to the care of the testator's son John.
Sarah Ann Smoot was a daughter of Thomas Smoot and a sister to William Barton Smoot. She was born 4 June 1744 in Charles County, Maryland and died 30 August 1820 in Charles County. She married a John Dodson, Her husband, John Dodson, is said to be a son of John Dodson Jr. John Dodson Sr. had named his son John in his will of 1734 I give unto my Dearly and well beloved Son John Dodson a parcel of Land containing fifty acres to run as the Branch Runs and takes in the young orchard with it being part of Dodsons Courage to remain his during his life. John Dodson Jr. wrote his will in 1736 in Calvert County and died the same year. He wrote I give and Bequeath to my well beloved Son John Dodson my best featherbed & furniture & my young mare & her increase. He also wrote: My Will & mind is that the remainder part of my Estate be equally divided amongst Seven of my Children Which are James Dodson John Dodson Elias Dodson Benjamin Dodson Joseph Dodson Elenor Wooden & Sarah Dodson & their Heirs for ever.
(Regarding a Revolutionary War pension) 24th day of February 1827 Be it remembered that on this day, twenty fourth day of February, Anno Domini 1827, there has been addressed to us satisfactory evidence to prove that Elizabeth Radcliff who made the foregoing declaration on oath and has subscribed the power of attorney herewith connected, is a niece and one of the heirs of William Smoot late a lieutenant in the Continental Army of the revolutionary war (being the daughter of Barton Smoot a brother of said William Smoot) and that the other heirs of the said William Smoot are in number, to wit: Henry Dodson, Robert Dodson, John Dodson, Middleton Dodson, Eleanor Dodson, and Sarah Dodson, children of Sarah Dodson, sister of Lieutenant William Smoot, all living in Prince Georges County in the state of Maryland and that the above named persons are all the heirs of the said William Smoot know to be living. In witness of all which, I have hereunto affixed my and seal in my capacity of a Justice of the Peace this – John B Wills (All were living in Prince George's County, MD)
Prince George's County, Indexes of Church Registers, King George's Parish, DODSON, Sarah Smoot, b. 17 Apr. 1793, dau/o John & Sarah.