England, the World, and the Dodge Family
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DNA results from descendents of Tristram match closely enough with
Dodges who live in New Zealand with a paper trail to Offerton, Stockport, England, and another Dodge who lives
now in Offerton, Stockport, England, to prove that originally,
Tristram's ancestors lived up in Northern England as the Tristram
Genealogy suggests. It does appear that Tristram did go to
Newfoundland from Devon, so it would seem that either he, or earlier
Dodges migrated from Northern England to Devon.|
The Dodge Family Association is offering a FREE LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP to whoever will do the research and PROVE the ancestry of Tristram Dodge. There are records of a Tristram being in Newfoundland. We have him settling in Block Island in 1660/61 and we know he was in Massachusetts for at least some time. It seems that at least some of the men who came from England to fish off the coast in Newfoundland, 'skipped ship' so to speak and came to America. We do not know if Tristram was one of these men, but it is entirely possible since he was a staunch Baptist who would have had a hard time in England. As a matter of fact, he went to Taunton, Massachusetts first and Baptists were not received well in Massachusetts at that time and it is believed that that is the reason that he, with some otheres went to Block Island, Rhode Island. We have a special page with questions we would like answered, and information that might possibly be pertinent. If you think you might be interested in researching this for us, please contact Barb Dodge.
To start our World Wide Genealogy Data Base, we have a genealogy file of Dodges mostly from the northern part of England.. This file was collected by one of our members who lives in New Zealand. Part of this is her line, but while she was at it, she collected any information she found on ANY Dodges. Check regularly because we are starting to receive information from those with Dodge ancestry who live in England.
It was from England that the first Dodges, William and Richard, arrived on these New England Shores in 1629 and 1638.
DFA member, John L. Dodge from California writes: "Over the course of 1992 and 1992, I hired a Devon genealogist to see if he could dig up something about the origins of Tristram. I chose Devon because G. Andrews Moriarity's "Some Notes on Block Islanders of the Seventeenth Century" published in July 1951 stated that 'Tristram Dodge . . . was beyond all doubt from Devonshire, where the name Tristram Dodge appears at a somewhat earlier period.' The librarian at the New England Genealogical Society in Boston searched Professor Moriarity's papers but found nothing about the earlier Tristram in Devon.
"Yet, many of the fishermen who went to Newfoundland in the early days of fishing there, were from Devon, so it seemed logical to search in Devon. Michael Wickes found a record of a burial of a daughter of a Tristram Dodge around 1616. Then he came across a muster roll for the Parish of Milton Abbot, a village near Tavistock and Calington in west Devon. The muster roll was to gather men to fight off the Spanish Armada in 1569, and it included a Tristram Dodge in Devon.
" The name Tristram appears so seldom in records from those times, that it seems very likely that the 1569 Tristram was an ancestor, or at the very least, a cousin several times removed, from our Block Island Tristram who was in Newfoundland in 1647."
In abt. 1660 Tristram Dodge established himself here also, settling on Block Island(1) - Block Island(2) which is a small island off the shores of Rhode Island, and is part of the state of Rhode Island. His descendants relocated across the bay in Cows Neck/Port Washington, & Mill Neck, Long Island, NY.
The Dodge Family Association is starting an intensive effort to attempt to find information about Tristram Dodge. We know that he had 4 sons and 1 daughter. We do not know the name of his wife, where in England he was born, who his parents were, if he had any siblings, etc. We will take ALL information regardless of proof BUT the end result, we hope, will be a line of Tristram's ancestors with proof of that line. IF you have any source records of where you acquire the information you send us, please include that also. Please send any and all information to us here at the Dodge Family Association.
The descendants of the brothers, William and Richard, and the descendants of Tristram live all over the United States and have contributed immensely to our Country.
However, many Dodges emigrated to other countries also, including Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, Tasmania, and South Africa.
Those of us in the Dodge Family Association want to be able to help ALL Dodges no matter where they live. To this end, we wish to be the recipients of Dodge genealogy from any and all Dodges, world wide. This information will be checked against the data in our England genealogy file. If we cannot find a match there, we will post it in it's own 'mystery' file. All of these files, including our main English genealogy file will be ACCESSIBLE TO ALL! These files will be updated as fast as we receive information. It does not matter how small the amount of information you have. By collecting every little piece of genealogy from those in England and other countries who have Dodge ancestors, the time will come when connections will start to be made.
|Craig Dodge will be handling our World genealogy data base. He would like to receive your genealogy, no matter how small it is or how incomplete. He can take the information in FTW, Gedcom, or text format. It can sent via e-mail. If it is too big, it can be 'zipped up' making it a much smaller file with less chance of loss of data during transmission. If you would rather send it by post, you will need to send it to the Dodge Association Office. Our address is at the bottom of our home page. Read about Africa and the Dodges.|