Dodson and Dotson
in Early Maryland History
Records are from a variety of sources. Records showing notations of Accounts, Wills and Inventories are from the Maryland Archives: Maryland Index to Colonial Probate Records 1634 to 1777.
1652 John Dodson is listed as a resident
1662 John Dodson is listed as a resident
1664 Talbot county Court - John Dodson acknowledges debt to Wm Elliott of Kent County, MD.
1665 Talbot County John Dodson land patent Record 8, p. 161 50 acres Cabbin Neck.
1666 Katherine Dodson is listed as a resident
1675 Charles County - Estate - William Marshall Apr 8 1675 Payments to: John Dotson
1679 Petition to a proprietor of Maryland by the guardian of orphans John and Nicholas Lurke references the 50 on Cabbin Neck acres of John Dodson and requests that the land be transferred to the orphans because their father paid rent for several years; outcome unknown.
1698 Ann Arundel County - Estate - Richard Hadock 2 Jun 18 1698 List of debts: John Dodson
1705 Calvert County Circuit Court Land Surveys Dodsons Desire, 100 Acres
1708 Mar 18 Charles County, MD Job Dodson is a witness to a deed. From: William Benson, planter of Charles County, and his wife Catherine. To: Henry More, planter of Charles County.
1712 Calvert County - Estate - Thomas Hicks 2 Jul 30 1712 Payments to: John Dodson
1715 Aug 10 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Port Tobacco: Dodsons Courage: 175 acres; Possession of 175 Acres. Dodson, John: Surveyed for John Dodson 10 Aug 1715 beginning at a bounded Gum a bounded tree of Beech Neck.
1712 Sept 16 Charles County - Will - Smallwood, Col. James, Sr. Test: Jno. Doddson.
1715 Dorchester County William Dodson - Inventories and Accounts
1715 Calvert County - Estate - Mathew Hambleton 2 Mar 23 1715 Appraiser: John Dodson
1720 May 30 Calvert County - Estate - John Rodin Appraiser: John Dodson
1725 Charles County - Will - Lenoir, Mary, widow, 22nd Dec., 1725; Test: Walter Dodson.
1727 Charles County - At the request of John Dodson of CC, a mark was recorded for his son, Walter, this Apr 7, 1727.
1727 18 August Talbot County marriage Robert Dodson to Mary Brumell, St. Peter's Parish.
1728 24 April Talbot County marriage Susannah Dodson to William Clark, St. Peter's Parish
1729 Charles County - At the request of Henry Darnall of Prince Georges County, the following deed was recorded this Jun 10, 1729. May 16, 1729 from John Digges of Prince Georges County, Gent, to Henry Darnall of the county afd, Esq, all that tract of land in CC, part of a tract called Barbadoes, bounded by John Dodson's line in the east line of sd tract and at the south line of Francis Goodrick's part thereof, containing and laid out for 1500 acres. This deed is in exchange for 1500 acres in Baltimore County. Signed - Jno Digges, Henry Darnall. Wit - Edward Sprigg, Henry Witham, Jn Magruder, Wm Digges, Edwd Neale.
1730 15 April Talbot County Robert Dodson administered on the estate of Abraham Brummell.
1730 Aug 10 Charles County 20 Acres - Allen Hudson from John Dodson
1730 Aug 10 Charles County 150 Acres - Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer from Walter Dodson
1730 Talbot County Mary Dodson - Accounts
1730 Talbot County Robert Dodson - Accounts
1733 Marsa Turner and James Dodson are listed together in Calvert County MD in a list of Taxable Persons that were given to Thos. Ireland, Constable of Hunting Creek.
1733 Calvert County - Estate Morgan, Benjamin 23rd Jan., 1733. Residue of estate to John Dotson in return for care and maintenance of child.; sons afsd. to have one yr.'s schooling.
1733 Calvert County - A list of Taxables as they were rec'd by Joseph Willson, Constable of the Upper Hundred of the Cliffs: James Dodson
1733 John Dotson, Jno. Dotson, Jun., Benj. Dotson are on a list of taxables in Calvert County, MD St. Leonard's Creek Hundred, Taken by Richard Hellen, Constable.
1733 Charles County Tax List Port Tobacco East Side: Walter, John Junr and John Senr.
1734 Charles County John Dodson - Wills: Will Book #21, Page 341, Maryland
In the name of God Amen this Twenty Six Day of January, Anno Domini One Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirty four five I John Dodson of Charles County being weak in body but of good and perfect memory thanks to Almighty God for it do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner & form following I commend my Soul to Almighty God my Saviour & Redeemer and for the setting of my Temporal Estate and such goods and Chattles Debts as it hath pleased God to bestow on me I do ordain give and dispose the same in manner and form following that is to say
Imprimis -- I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife Leaticia Dodson one Negro Man named Henry to remain hers during her life and then to return to my Dearly & well beloved son John Dodson to remain his life & then to my son Walter Dodson. I likewise give unto my dearly beloved Wife Leaticia Dodson the bed and furniture as I and my Wife lies on and also I give Two Thousand Pounds of good Tobacco to buy her a Woman Servant with and one Horse to her liking to remain hers forever.
Item -- I give and bequeath unto my Dearly and well beloved Son Walter Dodson one Negro Man named Peter to remain his & his heirs lawfully begotton of his body forever.
Item -- 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 and after the said John Deceases (to my dearly and well beloved Son Walter Dodson, to remain his and his heirs lawfully begotton of his body forever
Item -- I give and bequeath unto my Dearly & Well beloved Daughter Frances Hewton part of all my moveable Estate excepting any part that is mentioned in this Will
Item --It is my last Will and desire that the remaining part of my Personal Estate after my just debt being paid shall be equally divided between Wife and two Sons & Daughter Walter Dodson and John Dodson and Frances Hewton
Item -- And I hereby appoint my said Son Walter Dodson full & Sole Executor of my last Will & Testament I hereby provoking Disanulling making Void all Will or Wills by me made this only my last Will & Testament as Witnefs whereof I hereunto set my hand and affect my Seal the Day and Year above written.
Jn Dodson (seal) Signed & Sealed in the presence of us Fran Goodrick, Charles Godrick, Mary Goodrick
1734 Calvert County John Dotson - Accounts
1734 Charles County John Dodson Sr - Inventories
1735 Charles County John Dodson - Wills
1735 Charles County John Dodson, Sr. Jun 4 1735 Appraisers: John Robey, Richard Robey. Mentions: Lettisha Dodson, John Dodson, Peter Mitchel, Ann Ebernathy. Executor: Walter Dodson.
1735 Charles County John Dodson - Inventories
1736 Charles County John Dodson - Accounts
1736 Charles County John Dodson - Accounts
1736 Charles County John Dodson - Commission to Pass Accounts
1736 June 16 Charles County Account of Walter Dodson, extr of John Dodson late of Charles county, dead. Disbursements paid to John Dodson, Sureties are Thomas Morris and Jacob Miller. Maryland Account Book No. 15.
1736 Calvert County John Dodson - Wills: Will Book 21, Page 731, Maryland Probated 2 Feb 1737
In the Name of God Amen the Third day of November One Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirty Six I John Dodson of Calvert County in the Province of Maryland being weak in body but of sound & perfect Memory -- Thanks be to Almighty God & calling to mind the uncertainty of this life Do make Constitute & Declare this my last Will & Testament in manner & form following Revoking &
Annulling these presents all & every Testament & Testaments Will & Wills heretofore by me made or declared either by Word or Writing & this is to be taken only for my last Will and Testament & none other And now for the settling of my estate & such goods & chattles as it hath pleased God to Bestow on me Likewise I doe order Give & Dispose the same in manner & form following (that is to say) I Will that all those Debts I owe in right & conscience to any manner of person or persons whatsoever shall be well & truly paid within Convenient time after my Decease by my Executor hereafter named.
Item -- I give & Bequeath to my well beloved son James Dodson One Cow & calf to him & his Heirs for ever.
Item -- I give and Bequeath to my well beloved Son John Dodson my best featherbed & furniture & my young mare & her increase. Only my two grandchildren William Morgan & John Morgan to have each of them a mare colt the first two that shall be foaled after my decease
Item -- I give & Bequeath to my well beloved Daughter Eleanor Wooden one Cow and Calf to her & her Heirs for ever.
Item -- I give & Bequeath to my well beloved Son Benjamin Dodson one Cow & Calf & my young horse called Little Rone.
Item -- I give & Bequeath to my well beloved Son Elias Dodson one Cow & Calf to him & his heirs for ever
Item --I give & Bequeath to my well beloved Son Joseph Dodson one Cow & Calf to him & his Heirs for ever.
Item -- I give & Bequeath to my well beloved Daughter Sarah Dodson one Cow & Calf to her and her Heirs for ever.
Item -- I give & Bequeath to my well beloved Daughter Margaret Howard One Shilling & none to her Heirs.
Item -- I give & Bequeath to my Daughter Mary Cards Heirs One Shilling & no more.
Item -- 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.
Item -- I Doe appoint & Constitute my well beloved Son John Dodson to be my whole & Sole executor of this my last Will & Testament Confirmation whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seals this day & year first above written. John Dodson (Seal) Signed Sealed & Delivered in the Presence of Stephen Dickinson, John Godsgrace
1736 Charles County Walter Dodson - Accounts
1737 Calvert County Will John Dodson May 4 1737 Appraisers: Stephen Dickinson, John Godsgrace. Creditors: Thomas Blackstone, John Smith. Next of kin: John Dodson, Benjamin Dodson. Executors: James Dottson, Joseph Wooden.
1737/38 Calvert County John Dodson - Accounts
1737 Calvert County John Dodson - Inventories
1738 Calvert County James Dodson - Accounts
1739 9 November Calvert County James Dodson named as executor in a will for James Freeman; names son Richard, daughter Margaret and son James Freeman.
1742 26 November Charles County survey for Walter Dodson 'Dodson's Chance' 30 acres near the west line of Dodson's Courage, patented 14 Jan 1744
1745 Talbot County Robert Hall administered on the estate of Robert Dodson and said he was a builder of sailing vessels.
1745 Talbot County Robert Dodson Jr - Accounts
1745 Talbot County Robert Dodson Jr - Inventories
1746 18 October Talbot County Marriage Mary Dodson to Charles Gorsuch, St Peter's Parish
1747 Calvert County James Dotson - Accounts
1748 Calvert County John Dodson - Inventories
1750 Charles County Walter Dodson sale of 150 acres part of a tract by John Dodson called Dodsons courage and also 30 acres of a tract called Dodsons Chance taken by Walter Dodson
1753 Calvert County Estate James Dotson Sep 29 1753 Administratrix: Mary Dotson.
1753 Calvert County James Dotson - Accounts
1753 Calvert County James Dotson - Balances of Final Distribution Books
1753 Calvert County James Dotson - Inventories
1753 Calvert County Mary Dotson - Accounts
1754 Charles County Land Record Book A#2, 1752-1756; Page (251). Lease. Nov 16, 1754 from Dan of St Thomas Jenifer of CC, to Walter Dodson of CC, for the yearly rent of 1000 lbs of crop tobacco & 7 shillings & 1 penny sterling, to be paid to sd Jenifer each Dec 25, the lease to sd Dodson of 2 tracts of land, the one called Dodsons Courage, taken up by John Dodson, and the other called Dodsons Chance, taken up by the afd Walter. This lease is for the natural lives of afd Walter Dodson, William Barton Dodson, & Walter Dodson Jr. Afd Walter and his heirs may cut down and make use of any timber or fire wood for the use of the land afd, provided the sd Walter does not sell or carry away any of the timber or wood. Signed - Dan. of St: Thos. Jenifer. Wit - Walter Hanson, Arthur Lee. Recorded Nov 17, 1754.
1758 Frederick County Michael Dodson and others to appear in March Court to answer complaint fo Captain Thomas Norris.
1760 Calvert County James Dotson - Accounts
1765 Charles County Land Record Book L#3, 1761-1765; Page 299. Mar _, 1763 from Jacob Dodson of CC. to Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer of CC, for .. five hundred lbs of crop tobacco, part of a tract of land called Dodsons adjoining to and being part of a tract of land now in the possession of sd Jenifer, & rented to Simon Reeder, containing 50 acres. Signed - Jacob Dodson. Wit - Robt Hooe.I, Jacob Dodson of CC, give bond to sd Jenifer in the sum of pounds of crop tobacco. whereas the afd .. dated with these presents, to sd Jenifer, 50 acres of land, now the condition of the above bond is such that if sd Jacob Dodson shall save harmless sd Jenifer against Jacob Dodson or his heirs claiming the land afd, then the above bond to be void. Signed - Jacob Dodson. Wit - Baker Brooke, Robt Hooe. Recorded Jun 16, 1763.
1760 16 February Frederick County Michael Dotson witnessed a bill of sale from Samuel Lewis of Pipe Creek Hundred to John Brazelton.
1772 11 July Mary Boarman and Henry Boarman convey part of a tract called Sarun on the north side of the Wiccocomico River to Walter Dodson of Charles County.
1773 Charles County Walter Dodson - Inventories
1773 Charles County Walter Dodson - Inventories
1773 Charles County Walter Dodson - Wills: Will Book 39, Page 67, Maryland
In the name of God amen I Walter Dodson of Charles County in Province of Maryland tho weak in body but of sound perfect mind & memory praise be to almighty God for it do make this my last Will and Testament in manner, and form. Following that is to say
Imprimis -- I give and bequeath my Soul to almighty God who gave it and my body to the earth to be decently intered at the discretion of my Executors or Executrix here after mentioned.
Item -- I give and bequeath unto my brother John Dodson one Negro boy named Richard.
Item -- 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. And further I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Henrieter Dodson the whole remainder part
of my personable estate of what kind or quantity soever not in this Will mentioned.
Lastly I do hereby Nominate Constitute (and) appoint my loving wife Henrieter Dodson and by brother John Dodson Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking disannulling and making void all former Will or Wills by me made and only ratifying & confirming this to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 23rd day of
January Anno Domini 1773.
Walter Dodson Signed and sealed and published & delivered To be the last Will and Testament
Of Mr. Walter Dodson of Charles County in presents of us who have Here subscribed our names as witnesses at the request of the Testator: William Sympson Senr, James Sympson, Basil Knott
1775 - 1778 Charles County Census: Charles Dodson, Constable, Port Tobacco, Town Hundred
Port Tobacco, East Hundred - William, Barton, Jacob and Charles Dodson are listed.
1775 December Frederick County Michael Dodson, John Dodson Associators; Oath of allegiance in 1778 John Dodson.
1776 Revolutionary War: Michael, William and John Dodson are listed in records as serving.
1776 List of Inhabitants of Dorchester County, MD, Transquskin Hundred: George Dodson - 2 males age 10 or under; 2 females age 10 and under; 1 males 16 to 21; 1 males 21 to 30; 1 female 21 to 30 ; 1 males 30 to 40; 1 female 30 to 40 and 2 blacks.
1776 Thomas Dodson Bay Hundred, Talbot County, MD 1 white male 16 to 50; 1 female 16 to 50; 4 males under 16 and 3 females under 16
1776 & 1777 Michael Dodson enlisted in under Captain Jacob Good in Frederick County. Later received a Revolutionary War pension in Bedford County, PA.
1776 Census of St James Parish, Anne Arundel County, MD - Thomas Dodson - no further information
1778 5 February John Dodson - Private; Enlisted 5 February 1778 - discharged 11 June 1778
1778 13 February Marriage John Dodson and Eleanor Howard Anne Arundel County, MD
1778 March Frederick County Thomas Dodson Oath of Allegiance
1778 June 13 Frederick County William Dodson Militia Substitue.
1778 Sep 9 William Dodson appears with the rank of private on a roll of Capt Jonathan Morris' Company of the 7th Maryland Regiment Commanded by Col. Jno. Gunby. Roll dated White Plains Sep 9, 1778. Engaged to serve 9 month term. In hospital.
1782 July Frederick County Michael Dodson provided wheat for the military
1783 Calvert County Tax Assessment: Benjamin Dotson 1st District, John Dotson 2nd District, James Dotson 3rd District, John Jr Dotson 3rd District
1783 Charles County John Dodson. 100 acres.4th District; John Dodson. McDonalds Addition, pt, 100 acres. 4th District
1783 Dorchester County George Dodson. Middle District Hundred
1783 Kent County William Dodson. Tobins, 3 acres. 5th District
1783 Talbot County list Thomas Dodson, Bay and Mill
1783 29 October Michael Dodson, former soldier of the Maryland Line. Certificate appointing William Cambell, Exq. of Annapolis as attorney for sale of land bounty certificate 4671.
1784 7 January Frederick County John Dotson married Eliza Stinett
1784 31 December Frederick County Marriage Mary Dodson to John Brightwell
1787 May Frederick County Petition of Beaver Dam Settlement to open original road signed by John Dodson.
1787 8 December Dorchester County Joseph Dodson married Mary Hambleton
1788 23 April Dorchester County Joseph Dodson married Priscilla Barrett
1788 30 May Frederick County William Dodson and others to clarify bounds of Resurvey on Locust Neck.
1789 12 May Frederick County Marriage Esther Dodson to Robert Farquhar
1789 1 September Frederick County Elijah Dodson married Mary Karr
1790 Maryland Census
County Surname Given Name
Charles Dodson William
Charles Dodson Jacob
Charles Dodson Barton
Dorchester Dodson George
Dorchester Dodson Joseph
Kent Dodson William
Montgomery Dodson Jno
Frederick Dodson John
Frederick Dodson John
Frederick Dodson Michael
Prince Georges Dodson John
Talbot Dodson Robert
Talbot Dodson Thomas
Washington Dotson William
1793 10 January Charles County Will of William Dodson Senior - wife Ann; daughter Mary Dodson; sons Henry Massey Dodson and William Dodson.
1796 Frederick County, MD - A poll taken at court House in Frederick Town to elect an elector for President and Vice President of the United States. George Murdock was running as an elector for the Democrat/Republican party and William Dodson voted for him.
1796 18 June *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.
1797 5 April *John Dodson of Prince George County MD to Luke White Barber of St. Marys Co; for 150 pds all title and claim to a tract called Sarum of which Walter Dodson died seized of.
1797 4 May *Charles Dodson of Maryland (no county) to Luke White Barber of St Marys Co., for 150 pds claim to tract Sarum
1799 10 March Charles County Will of Henry Massey Dodson names sister Mary Dodson and brother William Dodson
1799 11 March Charles County Will Jacob Dodson probated June 1799 names wife Lydy, daughters Margaret Dodson, Haner Dodson, Lydia Tubman, Sophia Dodson. William B Smoot was a witness.
1799 27 November Frederick County indentured John Franklin, age 12, son of Thomas Franklin to John Dodson, weaver - term 11 years, 11 months. In 1807 and 1808 two other young men were indentured to John Dodson.
1800 Maryland Census
Charles - Port Tobacco Parrish Dodson, Ann
Frederick - Liberty Town Dist.7 Dodson, Eliza
Charles - Port Tobacco Parrish Dodson, John
Frederick - Liberty Town Dist. 7 Dodson, John
Prince Georges Dodson, John
Dorchester Dodson, Joseph
Charles - Port Tobacco Parrish Dodson, Lydia
Talbot Dodson, Robert
Charles - Port Tobacco Parrish Dodson, Charles
1827 Feb 24 State of Maryland County of Charles
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 24th day of February 1827 – John B Wills
* See 1773 Will of Walter Dodson