Ceylon Milton Dodge|
Submitted by Louise Pitcher Phipps 6/7/99, great granddaughter of Ceylon
Ceylon Milton Dodge was a Civil War Veteran. He signed up for a three hundred dollar bounty.
He served in the Civil War in the 1st. New Hampshire Cavalry, Company K, with the rank of Private and kept that rank throughout his enlistment. Company K was first mustered in Manchester, NH, on October 24, 1862 and was attached to the 1st New England Cavalry.
Ceylon served the State of New Hampshire and enlisted on February 27, 1864 as a private at the age of 18 (from American Civil War Soldiers). Ceylon was discharged June 22, 1865 in Concord, NH and his p. O. address was Acworth, NH.
He was just over 15 years old (from the census of 1850 Lempster, NH and Mitchell genealogy through his sister Amelia Tryphena Dodge) when he mustered into the service but records show him as being 18 years old (service records say he is 18). His military records can be found in the National Archives, muster rolls for the Civil War, Roll-Box 000549, Roll - Exct: 0004, Roll - Rec: 00000039.
He made wagons in Acworth, New Hampshire and in the "History of Acworth, New Hampshire" by Helen Frink, it mentions that his small factory turned out as many as five wagons a week.
In the census of 1880 for Lempster, Sullivan Co., New Hampshire, he is listed as head of household, and his occupation was a Blacksmith. Also living in the household at the time was his mother-in-law Permelia Clark, divorced and age 49.
Vera Comstock and Earl Pitcher were married in Ceylon's house. He was Vera's grandfather. In the 1900 census for Alstead, New Hampshire, Ceylon is living there, head of household, age 50 and a blacksmith with his wife Augusta age 48. They have been married 30 years at this point according to the census. Also living there are their daughter Amy A. Dodge age 18 and their son Guy C. Dodge age 11. They are living next door to their son Milton Dodge age 27 and his wife Myrtie age 28 in the census.