Six Generations
Part II
Submitted by Diane Zimmerman

Daniel Davisson, Jr. and Sarah Dodge

      Daniel Davisson Jr. was b. abt. 1662 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts. He d. on 17 Jan 1703 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut. He md. Sarah Dodge, dau. of Lieutenant John Dodge and Sarah (pos. Porter), on 28 Jun 1685 in Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts. Sarah was b. on 13 Jan 1667 in Wenham. She d. after 1703, prob. in Wenham. Children: Sarah, Elizabeth, Daniel Brinton, Josiah, Andrew, Hepsibah and Mary. Daniel Jr. was probably the first or second son as he received a greater part of the homestead and was provided for previous to his fatherís death. He also was given his fatherís name, an honor usually reserved for the second son. The first son was generally named for the wifeís father. Considered the first Indian War in New England. King Philip 8 was leader of Indians.

      Daniel Jr. was a farmer and a `turnerí - one who forms articles with a lathe. His wife, Sarah Dodge, was the daughter of well-to-do local farmers. Lieutenant Dodge was born in England and had been a soldier in King Phillipís War in 1676.

      Daniel and Sarah Dodge Davisson were members of the Congregational Church at Wenham being admitted to full communion; Sarah on May 4, 1692 and Daniel in April, 1693. Four of their children were baptized at the Wenham Church.

      For some reason, in 1701 Daniel Jr. and his family moved to North Stonington, Connecticut, where he died in 1703. His early death left his widow with six underage children in what was then an undeveloped, rock-bound area, distant from her relatives and in comparative poverty. The sons didnít return to Wenham but the oldest daughter married at Wenham suggesting that the mother returned with some of her daughters.


1. Sarah Davisson (b. 28 Mar 1686, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts; d. abt. 1710, Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts) sp: Daniel Kimball, son of Thomas Kimball (b. abt. 1684, Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts; md: 27 Nov 1708; d. 27 Dec 1754 at Andover, Essex, Massachusetts)
2. Mercy Davisson (chr. 5 Jan 1688, Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts; d. bet. 1706/1717 , , Massachusetts)
3. Dr. Daniel Brinton Davisson (b. 3 Mar 1690, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts; d. 1746, Princeton, Mercer, new Jersey)
4. Josiah Davisson (b. 1692, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts; d. 1759, Millstone River, Princeton, Mercer, new Jersey) sp: Mary Skelton (b. 13 Jan 1667, Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts; md. abt. 1715; d. aft. 1759, Millstone River, Princeton, Mercer, New Jersey)
5. Andrew Davisson (b. 1695, Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts; d. bef. 23 Nov 1725, Stonington, New London, Connecticut) sp: Rebecca Chesebrough (b. 1695, Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts; md. 29 Jan 1723)
6. Hepzibah Davisson (b. 1700, Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts) 7. Mary Davisson (b. 1703, Preston, New London, Connecticut)

John Dodge and Sarah

      John Dodge was b. abt. 1631 in East Coker, Somersetshire, England, to Richard Dodge and Edith. He d. 11 Oct 1711 in Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts.

      He md. Sarah (pos. Porter)in 1659. She was b. abt. 1640 prop. in England and d. 8 Feb 1805 in Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts.

      Children: Deliverance, John, Josiah, Sarah, Ebenezer, Mary, Deborah and Andrew.

Sarahís father, John Dodge, was an influential man in the community.

This John Dodge was mentioned in the will of his grandfather John, who died in Somersetshire, England in 1635. He probably came to Salem with his father, Richard, in 1638. He settled in what was then included in Beverly, but later was annexed to Wenham. He built a saw mill and, perhaps, a grist mill on his father's estate with about eight acres lying about his mill, and five acres of meadow on the same side on Longham Brook, where his house stood, near what was then the north line of Beverly. On 5th May 1708, he deeded to his son, Andrew, his homestead of 40 acres and other lands nearby.

      Lt. John Dodge was a man of more than ordinary standing in the community. He was elected deputy to the General Court, and often elected one of the selectmen of the town, and served in almost every public capacity where good sense and integrity were required. There are many bits of evidence preserved, showing that he was on the side of temperance and good order.

      On 30 Mar 1702, Lt. John Dodge and others made return of 20 poles of land sold to John Wooding, adjoining his four acres. In 1679 and 1680 Wenham claimed a new boundary line between Beverly and Wenham, by which Wenham was to take from Beverly the following citizens, Rice and John Edwards. They with Joseph Dodge, Joseph Eaton and John Wooden remonstrated vigorously. Also in behalf of Beverly, William Dixey, William Dodge, Sen. Saml. Corning, John West, Hugh Woodbery, John Dodge, Sen., John Hill, Paul Thorndike, Wm. Woodberry and Andrew Elliot remonstrated.

      The Wenham people, represented by Walter Fairfield, Thomas Fiske and Richard Hutton, undertook to collect taxes of Lt. John Dodge under this new boundary line; went there when he was not at home and took pewter platters, etc., for taxes, against the objections and resistance of his wife, Sarah, whom they so abused that they had to pay costs to the amount of 50 lbs. She was evidently spirited and resisted, but they threw her down and hurt her, when Rice Edwards, Sr. aged 65, called

      Joseph Thomas Dodge, PhD, Genealogy of the Dodge Family of Essex Co. Mass 1629-1894. Madison, Wisconsin, Democrat Printing Company.1894.

out and his son John, age 36, tripped them up and so saved her. Her sons, John, 17, Josias, 15, also testified, as did John Dodge, Sr., 49. Richard Hutton, 59, Benj. Edwards, 18, Wm. Simmons, 20; Wm. Knowlton, 36; Charles Gott, 41 and Nathaniel Stone, 48. Thos. Hobbs, 48, who went there for Wenham said, she "took me by the hair of my head and did strike me." Zachariah Herrick, 43, saw her the night after the fray, when she complained much of a blow on the head, etc. Deborah Gove, age 33, saw Walter Fairfield have hold of her arm when John Edwards tripped him up.

      This shows the resolute character of the people of those days. It is not known with certainty who Mrs. Sarah Dodge was before marriage, but from the above incident we can comprehend the martial spirit which has shown itself conspicuously in the revolutionary and subsequent wars.

From the Records of Massachusetts, Vol. 5, we find that Mr. John Dodge was deputy to the General Court from Beverly at the following dates... . In the last case he is styled Lieut. In May 2, 1683, John Dodge Sr. was appointed by the Gen. Court, Cornet, or standard bearer, of a squadron of troopers of Beverly and Wenham, of which Wm. Rayment was appoint Lieut, and William Dodge, son of Farmer William, Sen., to be quartermaster to the said troop. In Vol. 4, p. 583, John Dodge Sr., Bass River, made Freeman 29 Apr 1668 but I think this must have been John Jr.

      Lt. John Dodge was a soldier in King Phillips War, 1676. He served under Capt. Samuel Appleton.

Johnís father, Richard, was also a prominent man in the community.

      Richard Dodge appeared at Salem in 1638 and 'desired accommodation.' As immigrants were admitted to the colony only by applying to the town and obtaining leave, it is quite certain that Richard and his family came in 1638, and as the King was at that time obstructing emigration, it is probable that he left England without royal permission. Richard Dodge and his brother, William Dodge, were at Salem in 1638. Richard was admitted to the Salem church in 1644. He was one of the founders of the Beverly church in 1667.

Joseph Thomas Dodge, PhD, Genealogy of the Dodge Family of Essex Co. Mass 1629-1894. Madison, Wisconsin, Democrat Printing Company.1894.

      After living awhile on land of his brother, William, he settled on 'Dodge Row' in North Beverly, not far east of Wenham Lake.

      Richard, the immigrant, evidently gave his attention more to farming and the care of his domestic affairs, than to town or church business; although he was a loyal church member, and one of the most liberal contributors to the support of the church. He and his wife Edith were members of the Wenham church before 1648 according to its records, John Fiske being pastor.

      He also had a high appreciation of the value of education, for in 1653, in a list of twenty-one subscribers to Harvard College, his name ranks first, while the next largest sum was only one-fourth as much as his. He dedicated a piece of his land to a burying ground now known as the cemetery on Dodge Row. ... He died 15 Jun 1671 leaving an estate valued at the large sum of 1764 lbs 2s. He gave his sons John, Richard and Samuel each a good farm, valued in his inventory at over 100 lbs each. To sons Edward and Joseph he gave the home farm, valued at 1000 lbs. To his wife Edith he gave certain appropriate personal property, "to be her own absolutely," and gave her "the sole and proper use of the parlor and chamber over it in my now dwelling house," and made liberal provision for annual payment to be made to her by her five sons. She outlived him by seven years, dying 27 June, 1678, at the age of 75. From this it is probable that Richard may have been born about 1602, and was about two years older than William. Edith, before her death, also made a will, and the inventory discloses a very comfortable state of worldly affairs. No grave stones, however, disclose their resting place.

To be continued in Part III
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