Daniel Dodge of Boothbay, Lincoln County, Maine
From "The Biographical Review"
Daniel Dodge, one of the most prosperous farmers of Boothbay, Lincoln County, was born in New Castle, Me., March 16, 1822, son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Somes) Dodge. His grandfather, John W. Dodge, who is said to have served in the Revolutionary War, was an early settler in Edgecomb, Me. John was an industrious pioneer, who reared a family of ten children; and he lived to a good old age.
Daniel Dodge, Sr., who was born in Edgecomb, this county, settled in New Castle where he acquired a farm, and was profitably occupied in its cultivation throughout the rest of his life. In politics he was successively a Whig and a Republican, and he was for many years officially connected with the Congregational church. He died at the age of sixty-nine years. His wife, Elizabeth, who was a native of Edgecomb, bore him ten children. Of these five are living, namely; Royal, a resident of Damariscotta, Me.; Daniel, the subject of this sketch; Horatio, who occupies the homestead farm in New Castle; Martha, who is the widow of Amos Flye, and lives in Damariscotta; and Malvina, the wife of Addison Trask, of Edgecomb. The others were: Mary, Eunice, Elizabeth, Melinda, and Frances. The mother, who was one of the few centenarians that have appears in the present century, attained the remarkable age of one hundred and one years and nine months.
Daniel Dodge was educated in the schools of Edgecomb. He resided at the homestead in New Castle until his majority. Having learned the trade of a brickmaker, he was afterward engaged in that business on his own account for fourteen years. In 1861 he moved from New Castle to his present farm in Boothbay, where he had since given his attention to general farming. Under his management the property, which contains one hundred acres of fertile land, had been much improved; and his residence and outbuildings are in excellent condition. One of the first improvements he made after taking possession of the farm was the setting our of a large orchard of carefully selected fruit-trees, whose bountiful yield every year since has been a source of much pleasure and pride to him.
In November 1845, Mr. Dodge wedded Maria p. Sherman, who was born in New Castle in January 1825, daughter of Aaron Sherman. Mrs. Dodge is the mother of two daughters - Florilla and Eva T. Florilla married Thomas Webber, lives in Randolph, Mr., and has five children; namely, Frank, Fred, Jennie, Mary, and Daniel. Eva T. married William Sherman, of Boothbay Harbor, and has two children - Bertie and Rolland D.
Mr. Dodge supports the Republican party. Both he and Mrs. Dodge are members of the Congregation church. The family have the sincere esteem of the entire community.