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Thomas Dodson

Birth

15 MAY 1681

 

VA, Richmond Co, North Farnham

Death

21 NOV 1740

Location

VA, Richmond Co

Aged: 59.5 years
Thomas was born in North Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia; which part was divided in 1692 into Richmond County, with other parts becoming Essex County.

Sources: "Revised Edition of the Fuller Manuscript" by Charles Thomas Stamps. "History of First 300 Years of Averitts in America" by William F. Averitt "The Registers of North Farnham Parish 1663-1814" by George King Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah

Charles' second son, Thomas Dodson, inherited a plantation "in a neck formerly called the Rich Neck with a hundred and fifty acres of land". Thomas would have been 24 years old at the time, about three years married to Mary Durham. Mary Durham was the daughter and probably a granddaughter of other Richmond County tobacco planters. Her complicated and confusing ancestry is discussed in the Hunt, Durham and Smoot section. According to Cobari, the Thomas Dodsons had nine children, all born in Richmond County:

George (Oct 31, 1702-1770); Margaret Dagord David (abt 1704-abt 1740); Amy Thomas Jr. (abt 1707-October 21, 1783) Elizabeth Rose, Ellenor Sloan Greenham (abt 1709) Elinore Hightower Alice (abt 1711); William Creel Mary (Oct 5, 1715) Abraham (April 4, 1723-1768); Barbara Russell? Joshua (May 25, 1725-1793); Ruth Elisha (Feb 22, 1727 );Sarah Everett

His birth is recorded in the North Farnham Parish Register of Old Rappahannock, now Richmond Co., VA. (Subsequent mentions will give reference as NFPR)

WILL OF THOMAS DODSON Richmond County, Virginia Will Book 5 pages 378 and 379

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN

I Thomas Dodson of Northfarnham parish in Richmond County Being sick and Weak of Body but in Perfect since and Memory do make and ordain this to be my Last Will and Testament in manner and for me -

Impri I lend to my Wife Mary Dodson my Plantation whereon I now Live and the Land thereto Belonging with all my Negroes and Moveabler Estate dureing her Natural Life.

Item. I give to my Son Thomas Dodson Five Shillings to be Paid by my Executors -

I give to my Son George Dodson and his heirs for Ever one hundred and fifty Acres of Land whereon he the said George Dodson is now Liveing. -

I Give to my Son Greenham Dodson and his heirs for Ever the Whole Tract of Land I bought of Lambarth Dodson -

I give to my Son Elisha Dodson and his heirs for Ever the Plantation wheon I now Live and the Land thereto Belonging after my Wife Mary Dodson Decease.

I Give to my Daughter Alice Greel One Negroe Girl named Sarah -

I give to my Daughter Mary Oldam one New Suit of calico Cloaths -

I give to my Son Greenham Dodson one Negroe man named Harry -

I Give to my Son Abraham Dodson one Negroe Woman named Bess and one Negroe Boy named Joe -

I Give to my Son Josha Dodson one Negroe woman named Sue and one Negroe Boy named Dick -

I give to my Son Elisha Dodson one Negroe Girl named Nan -

I give to my Son Greenham Dodson one feather Bed and furniture -

I give to my son Abraham Dodson one feather Bed and furniture -

I give to my son Joshua Dodson one feather Bed and furniture -

I give to my son Elisha Dodson one feather Bed and furniture -

I Give to my Granddaugher Y? Daughter of David Dodson Twenty Shill.

All the Remaining Part of My Estate be the same more or less I give to be Equally Divided between three of my sons Vist Abraham Dodson Joshua Dodson & Elisha Dodson - I Likewise or Dain and Appoint my Wife Mary Dodson and my son Greenham Dodson to be the true and Lawful Exr. of this my Last will and Testament as Witness my hand and seal this 17th Day of February 1739.

his THOMAS T DODSON (Seal) mark H. Miskell his John I Hightower mark Charles Dodson

At a court held for Richmond County the Second Day of March 1740 this Will was Proved in Open Court by the oaths of Henry Miskell John Hightower and Charles Dodson Witnesses therto and Admitted to Record

Test

M. Beckwith CCur.

Event: Bill of Sale 31 Jul 1693 Richmond Co., Virginia Note: Richmond Co VA DB 1, p.84 31 Jul 1693 Charles Dodson to well beloved son Thomas Dodson, in exchange for one sow shoat, one brown cow called Nancy. Event: Deed 2 Feb 1702 Richmond Co., Virginia Note: DB 3, p.105 2 Feb 1702 Charles Dodson to Thomas Dodson; for natural love & affection I bear towards my son; 150 acres, half a tract I purchased of Capt. Samuel Travis. Event: Domicile Abt 1705 Richmond Co., Virginia Note: Thomas probably lived on the Rich Neck tract inherited from his father. He also bought out two of his brother's tracts, which he bequeathed to his own sons. 1 Event: Deed 10 Dec 1723 Richmond Co., Virginia Note: Indenture between Thomas DURHAM and Thomas DODSON, Sr... land belonging to Thomas DURHAM and Mary his wife, / a certain parcel of land formerly belonging to Abraham MARSHAL bearing date ye 25th. of December 1692, the said land containing the just quanitity of one hundred acres lying and being in the county of Richmond....?

10 Dec 1723-6 May 1724. Richmond Co, VA DB08:241. Thomas DURHAM of Richmond County to Thomas DODSON, Sen. of same; for 5000 pounds of tobacco, 100 acres formerly belonging to Abraham MARSHALL, bearing date ye 25th of Dec 1692, beg. at a spanish oak corner tree of Charles DODSON, the main branch of Totusky [Creek]. Wits: Jno. HILL, Wm. WALKER, Jos. GRENHAM.

10 Dec 1723 Richmond Co, VA Deed Book 8:240. Indenture. Thomas DURHAM of Richmond to Thomas DODSON, Sr of Richmond for 5000 pounds tobacco, parcel of 100 acres of land formerly belonging to Abraham MARSHELL bearing date the 25th of 9ber [Nov] 1692, situated in Richmond, and bound by Charles DODSON being part of the patent formerly gratned to William THATCHER by the main branch of Toteskey. s/Tho: DURHAM, Mary DURHAM. Wit: Jno HILL, Wm. WALKER, Jer: GRENHAM [GREENHAM]. Rec 6 May 1724. Mary DURHAM, the widfe of the sd. Thomas, appeared in court and relinq. right of dower. (Richmond Co, VA Deeds and Bonds, 1721-1734, T.L.C. Genealogy, Miami, FL, 1991)

10 Dec 1723 Richmond Co, VA Deed Book 8:240. Indenture. Thomas DURHAM of Richmond to Thomas DODSON, Sr of Richmond for 5000 pounds tobacco, parcel of 100 acres of land formerly belonging to Abraham MARSHELL bearing date the 25th of 9ber [Nov] 1692, situated in Richmond, and bound by Charles DODSON being part of the patent formerly gratned to William THATCHER by the main branch of Toteskey. s/Tho: DURHAM, Mary DURHAM. Wit: Jno HILL, Wm. WALKER, Jer: GRENHAM [GREENHAM]. Rec 6 May 1724. Mary DURHAM, the widfe of the sd. Thomas, appeared in court and relinq. right of dower. (Richmond Co, VA Deeds and Bonds, 1721-1734, T.L.C. Genealogy, Miami, FL, 1991) 2 Event: Deed 6 Dec 1733 Richmond Co., Virginia Note: DB 9, p.14 Thomas Dodson Sen & wife Mary and Thomas Dodson Jun and wife Elizabeth of North Farnham Parish to Jonathan Lyell ...130 acres, 100 acres of which belonged to Abraham Marshal ..Thomas Durham ...Thomas Dodson. Wit: Robt Reynolds, George Gibson, Wm Creel

Source: Will dated Thomas was given by deed and the will of this father, Charles Dodson, Sr. "a plantation seated in a neck formerly called the Rich Neck with 150 acres of land." This was the remaining half of the Samuel Travers (Travis) tract. It is not clear if this is the tract of land Thomas resided on. In his own will, dated Feb 17, 1739, Thomas left three tracts of land to his wife and sons: 1. to wife, Mary, " the plantation whereon I now live and the land thereto belonging", and at the death of Mary, the plantation should go to son Elisha Dodson; 2. to son, George Dodson, "150 acres of land whereon he the said George Dodson is now living; 3. to son, Greenham Dodson, "the whole tract of land I bought from Lambarth Dodson". One of the first two above named tracts is of Thomas Dodson to Charles Lovelace, date not specified. In later years, the heirs of Lovelace sold the land back to James Boothe Dodson, son of Charles Dodson, IV.

Name: Thomas Dodson Sex: M Birth: 15 MAY 1681 in Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Death: 20 NOV 1740 in Richmond County, Virginia Note: Charles' second son, Thomas Dodson, inherited a plantation "in a Note: neck formerly called the Rich Neck with a hundred and fifty Note: acres of land". Thomas would have been 24 years old at the time, Note: about three years married to Mary Durham. Mary Durham was the Note: daughter and probably a granddaughter of other Richmond County Note: tobacco planters. Her complicated and confusing ancestry is Note: discussed in the Hunt, Durham and Smoot section. According to Note: Cobari, the Thomas Dodsons had nine children, all born in Note: Richmond County.

Father: Charles Dodson Sr. b: ABT 1649 in Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Mother: Anne Dodson b: 1654 in Old Rappahannock County, Virginia

Marriage 1 Mary Durham b: 5 JUN 1686 in Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Married: 29 AUG 1701 in Fauquier County, Virginia

Mary Durham Dodson's father died in 1715 and left her five thousand pounds of tobacco; fifteen hundred pounds of the same to be paid by my son Thomas Durham within nine months after the decease of my wife and five hundred of the rest of the said tobacco to be paid by my son John Durham at the decease of my wife. Thomas Durham also made provision that if either of his sons produced no heirs, land and tobacco were to be paid to his "grandson Thomas Dodson and his heirs".

Thomas and Mary Durham Dodson farmed tobacco and inherited land from both sides of their family. In 1723, Mary's brother Thomas Durham and his wife Mary sold or assigned them property in Richmond County, 100 acres for the "payment of one year from date of deed of rent of one ears of Indian Corn on the feast Day of the birth of our Lord God".

Raising tobacco is labor-intensive work and at some point Thomas Dodson felt the need to purchase slaves to help on the farm . His will, marked and sealed on February 17, 1739, made provision for numerous slaves, including women and boys. The other disbursements of Thomas Dodson's possessions was interesting. Son Greenham was named the executor and he, George and Elisha all received tracts of land. Abraham and Joshua, who would have been teenagers though older than Elisha, each received a negro woman and a negro boy plus one feather bed and furniture. Son David must have proceeded Thomas Dods on in death, for his will gives "my granddaughter, the daughter of David Dodson , 20 shillings".

At her husband's death, Mary Durham Dodson inherited the plantation they lived on, all the negroes belonging there and all moveable estate for the length of her life. Three and a half years later on September 29, 1743, Mary wed Robert Galbreath.

There are references in The Dodson Family of North Farnsham Parish to a lawsuit brought by executor Greenham Dodson the next year. At the chancery court in 1745 it was decided that the complainant (Greenham) take possession of the estate for the use of his mother, Mary Galbreath, during her coverture according to the intention of the Testators Will, the said Robert Galbreath in open court refusing to give security. It's not clear exactly what was happening here, though the Oxford English Dictionary defines coverture as "the condition or position of a woman during her married life, when she is by law under the authority and protection of her husband". This would suggest Galbreath perhaps wasn't taking very good care of Mary Durham Dodson Galbreath, who would have been 58 years old at the time. Greenham thus took over the running of the Dodson estate.

Father: Charles Dotson b: ABT. 1649 in Rappahannock County, Virginia Mother: Anne Elmore b: ABT. 1654 in Richmond County, Virginia

Marriage 1 Mary Durham b: 5 JUN 1686 in North Farnham, Richmond, Virginia Married: 1 AUG 1701 in Farnham, Richmond, Virginia 1 Children David Dotson b: 1702 in VA George Dotson b: 31 OCT 1702 in VA Thomas Dotson Jr. b: OCT 1707 in North Farnham, Richmond, Virginia Alice Dotson b: ABT. 1711 in VA David Dotson b: ABT. 1713 in VA Mary Dotson b: 5 OCT 1715 in VA Greeham Dotson b: 1719 in VA Abraham Dotson b: 4 APR 1723 in VA Joshua Dotson b: 25 MAY 1725 in VA Elisha Dotson b: 22 FEB 1727 in VA

Sources: Title: Scattered Leaves Author: Sherryl Stoffers

Thomas Dodson's will dated Feb. 17, 1740, proved March 2, 1740 or 41 names wife Mary and nine children. It is the children of this Thomas Dodson who went to southwest Virginia settling in Pittsylvania Co prior to 1767. Many of his descendants in time spelled their name Dotson. The early Dodson in the various branches used similar Christian names and were it not for an Mss. genealogy prepared by the noted baptist preacher Rev. Elias Dodson (1807-1882) it would be almost impossible to identify the descent of many individuals.

Thomas probably lived on the Rich Neck tract inherited from his father. He also bought out two of his brother's tracts, which he bequeathed to his own sons. His will dated Feb. 17, 1740, was proved Mar. 2, 1741, in Richmond Co. It mentions his wife Mary, children Thomas, George, Elisha, Abraham, [BO:Joshua:BO], Greenham, Alice, Mary, and David's children.

Thomas Dodson, Sr. was born May 15, 1681 (North Farnham Parish Register) in Old Rappahannock (now Richmond) Co., Va. He died cir. 1739/1740 in Richmond Co., Va. (Richmond Co. Will Bk 5, pp. 378-79) He married Mary Durham, date unknown. Thomas was given by deed and the will of his father, Charles Dodson, Sr. "a plantation seated in a neck formerly called the Rich neck with 150 acres of land." This was the remaining half of the Samuel Travers (Travis) tract. It is not clear if this is the tract of land Thomas resided on. In his own will, dated Feb. 17, 1739, Thomas left three tracts of land to his wife and sons: (l) to wife, Mary , "the plantation whereon I now live and the land thereto belonging", and at the death of Mary, the plantation should go to son Elisha Dodson; (2) to son, George Dodson, "150 acres of land whereon he the said George Dodson is now living"; (3) to son, Greenham Dodson "the whole tract of land I bought of Lambarth Dodson." One of the first two above named tracts is apparently the Travers land. That land, called Rich Neck, was sold by the heirs of Thomas Dodson to Chaarles Lovelace, date not specified. (Appaarently this transfer was not recorded in the deed books of Richmond Co.). In later years the heirs of Lovelace sold the land back to James Boothe Dodson, son of Charles Dodson IV. Mary Durham Dosson, daughter of Thomas and Dorothy Smoot Durham was born June 5 1686 (NFPR) in Old Rapahannock County. Her father, Thomas , died in 1715 in richmond Co., Va. (will dated 4 Aug. 1711; probated 1 June 1715). The children named in the will were: Thomas, John, Durham and Mary Durham. The mother of Mary Durham Dodson was Dorothy Smoot, daughter of William and Jane Smoot, Sr. Two of Dorothy Smoot Durham's sisters were: Alice Smoot who married (l) John Chinn; (2) John Stretchly; Alice died in 1701, Lancaster Co., Va. (Will Bk 8, pp. 104-105). Her children named in the will were Ann Fox, wife of Capt. William Fox, Catherine Heal and Rawleigh Chinn. The other sister was Thomazin Smoot who married a Marshall. After the death of Thomas Dodson, the widow Mary Durham Dodson, married Robert Galbreath on 29 Sept. 1743, Richmond Co., N. C. (This information concerning Thomas Dodson, Sr. is from THE DODSON (Dotson) FAMILY OF NORTH FARNHAM PARISH, RICHMOND COUNTY, VIRGINIA. Vol. I. by Silas Emmett Lucas; Southern Historical Press, Inc. 1968.

Dorothy Mary Durham

Birth

5 JUN 1686

 

VA, Richmond Co, North Farnham

Death

1 JAN 1775

Location

VA, Richmond City

Aged: 88.6 years
Mary Durham Dodson's father died in 1715 and left her five thousand pounds of tobacco; fifteen hundred pounds to be paid by my son Thomas Durham within nine months after the decease of my wife and five hundred of the rest of the said tobacco to be paid by my son John Durham at the decease of my wife. Thomas Durham also made provision that if either of his sons produced no heirs, land and tobacco were to be paid to his "grandson Thomas Dodson and his heirs". Thomas and Mary Durham Dodson farmed tobacco and inherited land from both sides of their family. In 1723, Mary's brother Thomas Durham and his wife Mary sold or assigned them property in Richmond County, 100 acres for the "payment of one year from date of deed of rent of one ears of Indian Corn on the feast Day of the birth of our Lord God". Raising tobacco is labor-intensive work and at some point Thomas Dodson felt the need to purchase slaves to help on the farm.

His will, marked and sealed on February 17, 1739, made provision for numerous slaves, including women and boys. The other disbursements of Thomas Dodson's possessions was interesting. Son Greenham was named the executor and he, George and Elisha all received tracts of land. Abraham and Joshua, who would have been teenagers though older than Elisha, each received a negro woman and a negro boy plus one feather bed and furniture. Son David must have proceeded Thomas Dodson in death, for his will gives "my granddaughter, the daughter of David Dodson, 20 shillings". At her husband's death, Mary Durham Dodson inherited the plantation they lived on, all the negroes belonging there and all moveable estate for the length of her life. Three and a half years later on September 29, 1743, Mary wed Robert Galbreath. There are references in The Dodson Family of North Farnsham Parish to a lawsuit brought by executor Greenham Dodson the next year. At the chancery court in 1745 it was decided that the complainant (Greenham) take possession of the estate for the use of his mother, Mary Galbreath, during her coverture according to the intention of the Testators Will, the sd Robert Galbreath in open court refusing to give security.

It's not clear exactly what was happening here, though the Oxford English Dictionary defines coverture as "the condition or position of a woman during her married life, when she is by law under the authority and protection of her husband". This would suggest Galbreath perhaps wasn't taking very good care of Mary Durham Dodson Galbreath, who would have been 58 years old at the time. Greenham thus took over the running of the Dodson estate. We don't know when Mary died.
ChildrenFirst NameBirth DtDeath DtBirth PlaceSpouses
1

George 

31 OCT 17021770  VA, Richmond Co  
2

David 

170428 JUL 1740  VA, Richmond Co, North Farnham  
3

Thomas 

170721 OCT 1783  VA, Richmond Co  
4

Greenham 

170925 AUG 1777  VA, Richmond Co  
5

Alice 

17111740  VA, Richmond Co, North Farnham  
6

Mary 

5 OCT 17151810  VA, Richmond Co  
7+

Abraham 

4 APR 172325 OCT 1768  VA, Richmond Co, North Farnham Barbara Russell 
8

Lambert 

1724   
9

Joshua 

25 MAY 17251798  VA, Richmond Co, North Farnham  
10

Elisha 

22 FEB 172727 APR 1791  VA, Richmond Co  
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