|Walter R. Dodge was born in 1803. According to the NY State
Census for 1865, he was born in Ulster co,
NY. Sometime before 1830 he married (possibly
in Tompkins Co.) Mary Reese (Nov.1806 - Sept. 1868). Her parents were
John and Letitia Reese of Herkimer Co.; they
were living with Walter in 1865. By 1840
Walter was living in Trumbull Co., Ohio;
2 years later he moved to Pleasantville,
Venango Co., PA, where he resided until 1870,
when he moved to live with his daughter Adelaide
in Chautauqua co (based off Pleasantville
land records). He died in 27 Mar 1891 in
Portland, Chautauqua Co., NY.
His known children are:
1. John or Jonathan Reese Dodge
a 1st Lieutenant in the Civil
War. He married
Jeanie McGill and had 3 sons
and 2 daughters.
He died in Pierce City, Missouri.
2. Edward Dodge 1831-1847. Buried
by Walter, Mary Reese and Eliphalet.
3. Almira Dodge 1832-
4. Eliphalet D. Dodge 1837-1913.
Hellen Matteson (1835-1907) of
and had 2 sons.
5. Julia Maria Dodge 1844- married
Jabez Munson (1828-) of Portland,
6. Adelaide Dodge 1848- married
Fay (1844-) of Portland, and
had a son and
Clues and Notes:
The only Dodge listed for Ulster
the 1810 census is Anthony Dodge.
Dodge is known in the genealogies
this; however there is an Anthony
son of Francis Dodge (1759-1841)
Co., NY. Though we know only
of Francis (Rufus (of Greene
Co.) and Catherine)--children
of Rufus Dodge 1736-1776, it's
hard to know
if there were not others.
Because Francis (1759-1841)'s
Williams has no Anthonys apparent
family, one might wonder if Anthony
unrecorded son of Rufus 1736-76.
was Walter's father it should
be noted that
he disappears prior to 1820.
He may have
died, leaving Walter to relatives.
explain some of the mystery.
Other facts, such as the Herkimer
of Mary Reese, point to a migration
Walter's professions were as
a tailor and
a hotelier, which may have been
a trade as a young man.
With regard to Ulster Co. Dodges,
associated with either Orange
Co. to the
south, or Greene Co. to the north;
the Greene Dodges are associated
the Mohawk valley it seems more
Walter is related to them.