| Richard Dodge, Emmigrant
Richard was the 2nd Dodge to arrive in America, following his brother,
William, who came in 1629. Richard arrived in 1638.
John Dodge, English progenitor of the Essex county, Massachusetts, branch of the American Dodge family, lived and died in Somersetshire, England. By his wife, Margery, he had:
1. Richard, born about 1602, came to Salem, Mass. in 1638.(II) Richard, son of John Dodge, was born about 1602 in England. He was in Salem, Mass. as early as 1638 and lived for a time on land of his brother, William Dodge, then settled in Dodge Row, Beverly, Mass., not far east of Wenham Lake.
The house that he built stood probably where Lucius R. Dodge lately lived [this was pub. in 1910], near the north line of Beverly. He and his wife, Edith, were members of the Wenham church before 1648. In 1653 he was one of the subscribers to the Harvard College fund, his name being first on the list and for the largest sum in his town. He gave a lot of land for the burial ground on Dodge Row, and his gift was further confirmed by deeds from the three sons of his son, Edward, who died in 1687.
He died June 15, 1671, leaving what was a large estate for his day, valued at one thousand seven hundred and sixty-four pounds and two shillings. He gave to his sons, John, Richard and Samuel, each a good farm, valued in the inventory at over a hundred pounds each. To his sons, Edward and Joseph, he gave the homestead and provided carefully for his widow. She died June 27, 1678, aged seventy-five.
1. John, baptized Dec. 29, 1631, in England.