Levi Dodge was born at Lunenburg, Massachusetts 21 November 1751 and died at Newburgh, Orange Co., New York, before 10 February 1829. Levi was the fourth son of Reuben and Ruth (Perkins) Dodge. He was a resident of Beverly, Massachusetts before the Revolution.
The following sketch for his service in the Revolutionary War appears in Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War (4:829).
Levi Dodge, Lunenburg. Capt. Josiah Stearns?s co., Col. Ephraim Doolittle?s Regt.; company receipt for advance pay dated Cambridge, July 10, 1775; also, Private, same co. and Regt.; company return dated Winter Hill, Oct. 6, 1775.
Levi Dodge, Lunenburg. List of men raised to serve in the Continental Army from Capt. David Carlisle?s co., 8th Worcester Co. Regt., as returned to Col. Abijah Starns (Stearns), dated Lunenburg, Jan. 9, 1778; residence, Lunenburg; engaged for town of Lunenburg; joined Capt. Warner?s co., Col. Marshall?s Regt.; term, 3 years; also, Sergeant, 3d co., Col. Thomas Marshall?s Regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Feb. 25, 1777, to Nov. 1, 1777; reported promoted to Ensign Nov. 1, 1777; also, Lieutenant, Col. Marshall?s Regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Nov. 1, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779; reported as serving 11 mos. 23 days as Ensign, 14 mos. 8 days as Lieutenant; also, Ensign, Capt. William Warner?s co., Col. Thomas Marshall?s (10th) Regt.; muster roll for Jan., 1779, dated West Point; engaged Nov. 6, 1776; also, Capt. William Warner?s (6th) co., Col. Marshall?s Regt.; muster roll for March, 1779, dated West Point; reported transferred to Capt. Marshall?s co. April 1, 1779; also reported on command at the Lines; also, Capt. Christopher Marshalls (7th) co., Col. Marshall?s Regt.; muster roll for April, 1779, dated West Point; reported on command at the Lines; also, Lieutenant, Col. Marshall?s Regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1780, to Dec. 31, 1780; also, 4th co., Col. Marshall?s Regt.; muster roll for Oct.-Dec., 1780, dated Huts near West Point; appointed Dec. 15, 1778; also, Col. Benjamin Tupper?s (10th) Regt.; pay roll for service and subsistence made up to Jan. 1, 1782; entered service Aug. 1, 1780; service, 12 mos.; wages allowed from Jan. 1, 1781, to Jan. 1, 1782, and subsistence allowed from Aug. 1, 1780, to Jan. 1, 1782; reported appointed Quartermaster Aug. 14, 1781; also, Lieutenant and Quartermaster, Col. Tupper?s (10th) Regt.; service from Jan. 1, 1782, 12 mos.
Sergeant, 10th Massachusetts, December 10, 1776; Ensign, November 1, 1777; 2nd Lieutenant, December 15, 1778; transferred to 1st Massachusetts, January 1, 1783, and served to November 3, 1783. He was granted a Bounty Land Warrant 2 May 1789, he also applied for a pension 22 April 1818 in New York City, NY. [ii]
Levi was an Original member of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati from 1783 until 1829. In 1789, Levi Dodge was a Deputy Sheriff for Ulster County, New York. He resided in New York, New York, in 1818. In September 1844, Levi Peabody Dodge was the executor of Lieutenant Levi Dodge?s estate, and one of the heirs. No adult issue. Levi had four brothers and six sisters, including: Reuben, b. 1743; Jesse, b. 1744; Mary, b. 1746; Tabatha, b. 1748, d. 1756; Brewer, b. 1749; Tabitha, b. 1753; Zadok, b. 1756; Ester, b. 19 April 1758, d. 1763; John Perkins, b. 1760; Ruth, b. 1762.
[i] S. Thompson Dodge, Genealogy of the Dodge Family of Essex Co., Massachusetts 1629-1894. (Madison, Wisc., Democrat Printing Co., 1894), p. 101
[ii] Virgil D. White, Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files, (Waynesboro, TN., National Historical Publishing Co., 1992) 1:993 (BLW # 520-200, Soldier?s Pension # S43513).