Dodge Vital Records Extracted from Vermont Town Records
by Dell Hill
Susan R. Templeton is undoubtedly the same
Susan Templeton Dodge whose
picture we have posted in our photo section. If time was available to check others of
the names from Montpelier, Vermont that are listed on this page, very possibly more of the
photos in that Florida Album could be identified.
130. Susan R. TEMPLETON was born on 23 Feb 1833 in Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont. (17) She died on 22 Jan 1919. (17) She was buried in the Cutler Cemetery, East Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont.(17) She was married to Ira C. DODGE (son of Stanly DODGE and Sabrina KELTON on 29 Jan 1879 in Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont.
Ira C. DODGE was born on 14 Mar 1836 in Marshfield, Washington County, Vermont.(17) The grave marker indicates his date of birth to be March 14, 1886. However, this must be in error since he would have had to get married and die by age eight! The stone engraver must have mistaken 1836 for 1886. He died on 3 Feb 1894.(17) He was buried in the Cutler Cemetery, East Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont. (17) He is buried with his wife and her parents.
113. Henry H. TEMPLETON was born on 22 Aug 1839 in Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont. (220) He died on 6 Aug 1912 in East Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont. He was married to Adelia C. "Delia" DODGE (daughter of Nathan Hammond DODGE and Marinda R. BASS) on 4 Jul 1878 in Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont. Adelia C. "Delia" DODGE was born on 2 Nov 1853 in Hinman, Vermont. She died in 1937 in Orlando, Florida. Henry H. TEMPLETON was born on 22 Aug 1839 in Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont. (220) He died on 6 Aug 1912 in East Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont. He was married to Adelia C. "Delia" DODGE (daughter of Nathan Hammond DODGE and Marinda R. BASS) on 4 Jul 1878 in Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont.
Adelia C. "Delia" DODGE was born on 2 Nov 1853 in Hinman, Vermont. She died in 1937 in Orlando, Florida.
111. Sarah A. TEMPLETON was born on 22 Nov 1834 in Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont. (218) She died on 22 Apr 1916. She was married to Denison S. ORMSBEE (son of Caleb (#2) ORMSBEE and Sarah K. DODGE) on 10 Sep 1854 in East Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont.(219) Denison S. ORMSBEE was born on 20 Apr 1831 in Vermont. He died on 7 Apr 1878.
Held at the Vermont Historical Society: Author: Templeton, Hiram E. Title: H. E. Templeton letters, 1862. Description: 3 letters. Repository: Vermont Historical Society. Library 109 State Street, Montpelier, Vt. 05609-0901
 Notes: Letters from Hiram E. Templeton, Surgeon, Quartermaster department, to his wife, Melvina. The letters are dated July 22 (fragment) and July 23, 1862, at Harrison's Landing, and November 26, 1862.
Bio./Hist.: Hiram E. Templeton of East Montpelier, Vt., the son of James Templeton, was a physician. He served in the Quartermaster Corps under his relative Perley Pitkin, as postmaster at City Point and Harpers Ferry, and served as surgeon.
Templeton, Melvina, fl. 1862.He was married to Melvina L. ORMSBEE (daughter of Caleb (#2) ORMSBEE and Sarah K. DODGE on 16 Jul 1854 in Berlin, Vermont.(213) Melvina L. ORMSBEE was born on 22 Feb 1829 in Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont.(214) She died on 19 Aug 1917. Hiram Edwin TEMPLETON and Melvina L. ORMSBEE had the following children:
130. Susan R. TEMPLETON was born on 23 Feb 1833 in Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont. (17) She died on 22 Jan 1919. (17) She was buried in the Cutler Cemetery, East Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont.(17) She was married to Ira C. DODGE (son of Stanly DODGE and Sabrina KELTON) on 29 Jan 1879 in Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont. Ira C. DODGE was born on 14 Mar 1836 in Marshfield, Washington County, Vermont.(17) The grave marker indicates his date of birth to be March 14, 1886. However, this must be in error since he would have had to get married and die by age eight! The stone graver must have mistaken 1836 for 1886.
He died on 3 Feb 1894.(17) He was buried in the Cutler Cemetery, East Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont. (17) He is buried with his wife and her parents.
The folks there copied a Death Certificate of Theresa Dodge, whose father was John Dodge and whose mother was Minnie Manosh. Theresa died 09 October 1997 at Copley Hospital in Morrisville, Vermont. She was born 14 July 1925 in Montgomery, Vermont. She was single at the time of death. Well educated with two years of college. Her remains were cremated. The death information was reported by John Levesque, PO Box 164, Ripton, Vermont 05766.
I also copied a death certificate on Elvira Amelia Sargent Dodge. She was the widow of Charles Dodge. She died 31 August 1931 at Eden Mills, Vermont. She was born 82 years, five months and 11 days before her death (interesting way to give her date of birth, but that's the way it's listed!). She was a professional nurse. Her father was David Sergent who was born in Canada. Her mother was Susan Aiken, also born in Canada.
I also obtained a copy of a certificate of marriage of Harlan A. Shattuck to A. Susie Dodge. Susan Shattuck was the person who reported the death certificate information on Elvira Dodge. Harlan was a resident of Eden, Vermont and A. Susie (I suspect Susan, as indicated in the death certificate mentioned above) was listed as a resident of Morrisville, Vermont. It was the first marriage for both. Susan gave a place of birth of Morrisville, Vermont and Harlan listed his birth as being in Waterville, Vermont. He was a "telegraphist". Susan listed her father as being Charles C. Dodge and her mother's maiden name was Alvira E. (Sergeant) Dodge, confirming that she was the daughter of the above deceased Elviara or Alvira Dodge. This marriage took place 23 August 1891 before justice of the peace Edwin C. White (who was also the Town Clerk of Eden at the time) at Eden, Vermont.
I also copied a page or two from the Eden Historical Society's book "The History of Eden, Vermont" and located a Ritterbush and Dodge. I suspect that a great many more early Vermont Dodge family residents were born, raised and died in nearby Montgomery, Vermont and Waterville, Vermont.
Vermont restructured itself with different county lines back then, so older records will be found in St. Albans, Vermont, which is Franklin County. Searchers should use caution in breaking down the towns and counties. Today's county makeup is entirely different from two hundred years ago!
Based on personal research of the vital records in Waterville, Vermont (a very small town about ten miles from Eden) I located just one Dodge. Ida M. Dodge of Johnson, Vermont and the daughter of Jacob and Lucy Dodge was 23 years old when she married Henry p. Drown, a farmer from Waterville, Vermont. . Henry was 25 years old. The wedding took place on 21 February 1881 and took place in Waterbury, Vermont. The official documentation was posted by the Town Clerk on 28 February 1881. It was the first marriage for both.
Is researched the oldest birth, marriage and death files in Waterville and this is the only Dodge name posted. It should be noted that more records will be located in St. Albans, Vermont.
The Waterville, Vermont Town Clerk is Nancy Larose, who can be reached via E-mail at Waterville@tax.state.vt.us.
Enoch Dodge, Sr., no date of birth given, wife Jacle (difficult to read)
Malachi b. 20 August 1789 at New Boston, NH.Two of Enoch's children stayed in the Belvidere area and raised familles.
Malachi Foster Dodge married Jane (no last or maiden name given and no marriage record to document that information. Their children:
Priscilla Dana b. 22 May 1813--------------------
Data from Eden, Vermont. All taken from "A Walk Through The Garden Of Eden," published by the Eden, Vermont Historical Society, 1996.
Rhoda Dodge was a school teacher in Eden, circa 1851-52.
The Eden Congregational Church was quite heavily supported by The Honorable Thomas H. Dodge of Worcester, Massachusetts and a resident of Eden, Vermont prior to 1907. Dodge gifted the church with $104.00 and a new communion table. Dodge also donated a book to the church in memory of Elizabeth Dodge in 1907. In 1909 Thomas H. Dodge presented the church with the deed to the parsonage. The Dodge Cemetery, officially declared as such in 1820 is located on Rt. 118 on the property formerly owned by Enoch Dodge (and at that time in Belvidere, Vermont).
Among those buried there are:
Enoch Dodge - died at age 72.There are about 50 gravestones in the cemetery and it's believed that there are quite a few more people buried there than that, including Dodge family members.
Data from History Of Johnson, Vermont, compiled by the Oread Literary Club, Essex Publishing Company, Essex Junction, Vermont April 1962:
Nette Davis Dodge - contributor to the History and Alumni Record, State Normal School, Johnson, Vermont 1867-1941.Town Clerk of Johnson, Vermont:
1792-93 Amos DodgeSelectmen (Alderman, local ward representative to town government):
1861 - 62 Amos DodgeAmong the oldest homes on record in Johnson, Vermont is one belonging to Aaron Dodge, whose son Phineas is also mentioned several times. According to the records, Amos Dodge arrived in Johnson around 1800 and cleared 135 acres of land for his homestead. He built a log cabin first and later a more conventional home. The name Justice Dodge is mentioned in this same passage, but nothing more about him.
In the Cemeteries we find:
Evergreen Ledge Cemetery - Nathan Dodge d. 1851The Johnson Methodist Church noted that in 1835, in their very first Methodist Class (taught by circuit riding preachers) were Charles and Lucinda Dodge, the later died in 1900.
In 1860 Charles Dodge enlisted in the War of the Rebellion.
The Eleventh Vermont Regiment (the largest from the state) included Chester Dodge, who would go on to have a colorful military experience. He was cited for gallant action in Benedict's "Vermont in the Civil War."
In September, 1864, Lieut. Henry Bedell of Westfield, Vt., a member of the Eleventh Vermont, was seriously wounded near Berryville, Va. His captain, Charles J. Lewis, of thistown, and Capt. Chester Dodge, also from Morristown, took care that he was removed to a dwelling and money and medicine left for his care.
In the 1790 census of Vermont I noted a Samuel Dodge living in "Fairley Town" -- now Fairlee, Vermont. The household consisted of one adult male (Samuel), one adult female (unidentified) and two males under the age of 16 (unidentified)
In book #1:
Amos Dodge b. 9 April 1773
------------Their Children: Hannah b. 12 December 1796 d. 29 April 1813
Even though I didn't have time enough to record all of the data available in Johnson, Vermont, I did have copies made of the master file.
For Birth records on the following (All Dodges):
Aaron, Amos, Amos Jr., Anna, Ashley, Caroline, Charles, Daniel, Daniel, Edwin, Eleonor, Elisha, Elizabeth, Eunice, Gebina, Hanna, Hannah, Hannah, James, Jane Jonathan, Jonathan, Juliet, Laura, Lucinda, Lucinda, Lucy, Lydia, Mary, Nathan Jr., Nathan, Phinras (Phineas ?), Polly, Rachael, Sally, SallyII, Sarah, Sarah, Silas, Solomon, Sylvester.
Marriages recorded in book one include:
Aaron Dodge and Prudentia WatermanDeaths recorded in Book #1 include:
The marriage of Nathan Dodge and Dolly Burnham - Lamoille County (sometimes spelled Le Moille)
I would also say he is either Nathan or Nathan Jr. from the birth listing.
1) Henry William Dodge b. 24 October 1875 in Calais, Vermont. d. 29 June 1958 at the age of 82 in Morrisville, Vermont. Father: Oramel S. Dodge b. Montpelier, Vermont Mother: Ruhanna Brown (sic from record) b. Calais, Vermont. Wife: Ada George Dodge. Lived on Park Street, Morrisville, Vermont and was a farmer. Never in the military service. SSAN/ 008-07-3394. Was buried July 2, 1958 in Pleasant View Cemetery, Morrisville, Vermont. Under marital status the box "widower" is checked, so Ada predeceased him. William Henry (known to all as Henry) Dodge was brother to George Adelbert "Bert" Dodge.
2) Ruth E. Dodge b. 7 April 1922 in Massachusetts. d. 16 February 1982 in Morrisville, Vermont. Died at Copley Hospital in her 59th year. Lived on Fitch Hill in Hyde Park, Vermont and was an accountant. SSAN/ 020-14-6675. Was widowed (name of spouse blank). Was a W.W. II veteran! Father: Bertrand E. Hubbell Mother: Dorothy A. Wood whose address is given as Brooklyn Street, Morrisville, Vermont. Buried in Pleasant View Cemetery, Morrisville, Vermont.
3) Agnes Mae Dodge b. 5 October 1818 "in Vermont". d. 28 January 1982 at the age of 83 in Morrisville, Vermont. Father: Ai Fisher (sic from document) Mother: Minnie Grant Dodge. Address: 18 Maple Street, Hardwick, Vermont. Died at Copley Hospital and was buried in Plain-Mont Cemetery, East Montpelier, Vermont of 01 February 1982. Was widowed (no spouse given) and listed as a housewife. SSAN/ 008-26-1979.
4) Ruth L. Arubuckle Dodge b. 13 July 1906 in Vermont. d. 22 July 1985 at Morrisville, Vermont at the age of 79. Lived at the Dumont Convalescent Center in Morrisville at the time of her death. Was never married and was listed as a housekeeper for private residences. Father: Chandler Arbuckle Dodge. Mother: Minnie Eva Bacon Dodge. Legal Guardian: Thelma A. Ward. SSAN/ 009-40-6080. Was buried in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Morrisville, Vermont on 25 July 1885.
5) Wilbur Charles Dodge b. 8 August 1913 in New York State. d. 28 December 1968 at Copley Hospital in Morrisville, Vermont at the age of 55. Died of a ruptured aortic aneurysm. Father: Raymond Dodge. Mother: Agnes Croake Dodge. Address: 4265 Casino Blvd., Flushing, New York. Was listed as an undertaker and a fireman. SSAN/ 067-01-7829. Was married to Virginia Dodge. Information given for death record by Virginia Dodge. Was cremated at the Farncliffe Crematory in Hartsdale, New York on 1 January 1969. Was not a veteran of military service. Wilbur was rushed to Copley Hospital and died a very short time later. There is no indication of why he and his wife were in Morrisville, Vermont at the time of his death.
Margaret Dodge married Amasa Ober in Johnson, Vermont.
Asa Dodge b. 9 May 1797 - Father: Asa Dodge Mother: Abigail DodgeNo parents listed for any of thelast four birth records.
Walter Edward Holmes m. Cleora Mae Greenslit Colby 29 June 1948--------
Oceon Warner Dodge b. 18 February 1881 in Worcester, Vermont. Parents: Oramel Samuel Dodge and Ruhamah (sic) Brown Dodge. Copy of birth certificate obtained.
Walter Edward Holmes b. 27 December 1916 at Worcester, Vermont. Parents: Edward Calvin Holmes and Lyda Dodge Holmes. Walter was born at Worcester, Vermont. Mother born in Elmore, Vermont. Father, who was a teamster, was born in Worcester, Vermont.
Edward Calvin Holmes m. Lyda Emma Smith Dodge Holmes (his third marriage, her second) on 21 November 1916 at Montpelier, Vermont. His father: Clark James Holmes of (and born in) Milton, Vermont. His Mother: Harriet M. Hinkson, born in Worcester, Vermont. Her father: Burt Dodge, born in Calais, Vermont. Her mother: Dora Belle Holmes, born in Woodbury, Vermont.
From the Calais, Vermont Town Clerk's official birth records: George Adelbert Dodge b. 28 August 1867. In Book "N", page 21. The infamous great-grandfather "Bert" Dodge. No document to copy. Simply a line item entry.
No probate records in any area town indicating a legal name change ever applied for or granted. "Bert" just changed his name. Then his son like it so much he called himself Bert Dodge Junior! Barre City birth records indicate that his children listed their father as Bert Jr., as well.
Early births recorded at Worcester, Vermont Town Clerk's Office:
Mary E. Meline Dodge - b. 17 April 1861
Bernice Estella Dodge - b. 23 November 1894The following Births were personally recorded from the Town Clerk's Ledger in Calais, Vermont:
Flunella M. Dodge - b. 2 May 1859The following three birth entries only had the indicated initials written in front of the name "Dodge":
p. D. Dodge - b. 18 August 1871
Glenn Dodge - b. 1 June 1884The following are Death records personally recorded at the Calais Town Clerk's office and from the official Ledger:
Susan R. Dodge - d. 22 January 1919Marriage records I personally recorded from the Ledger of the Calais, Vermont Town Clerk's Office:
Hariet p. Dodge m. Simon S. Wheeler 4 November 1827Dodge family births I personally recorded at the Elmore, Vermont Town Clerk's office:
Infant Dodge - b. 01-24-1897Note: For those of us needing the date of birth in Elmore, Vermont for Lyda Dodge, there is no named listing to be found (and I was allowed to comb every record). It's possible that the "Infant Dodge" listed as 24 January 1897 could have been an error that should have been 1895, however the printed entry is plainly 1897. There is no gender entered for either infant Dodge record.
Dodge family marriages I personally recorded at the Elmore, Vermont Town Clerk's office:
Oscar E. Dodge m. Inez M. Lyford - 4 December 1889In light of the fact that for almost every entry there is a different spelling (and understandably) for my great, great grandmother, Rheuhelmina P. Brown Dodge, who married Oramel S. Dodge 7 December 1854, I think someone should officially declare this spelling to be correct! I have viewed her/their marriage certificate and other official documents directly related to her, and have viewed her/their ornate grave stone in the Worcester, Vermont Cemetery and have verified the correct spelling to be "Rheuhelmina" (pronounced: Ru - hell - mean - ya).
Six dodges listed in Lamoille County. Don't know what the towns are (district numbers, but not the towns). Census sampler taken 2 June 1880. District 128, Lamoille County:
Alfred Dodge, W, M, 37, Head of household.Montgomery, Vermont: I personally researched the earliest (and all) births, deaths and marriages recorded in the Town Ledger.
Franklin H. Dodge b. 11 August 1880 (Note: Index says DOB was 10th) I entered 11th from the actual birth record)Note: Sheldon, Vermont is located abt. 25 miles northwest of Montgomery.
Ann Nora Dodge b. 2 May 1880Deaths:
Patty M. Dodge d. 4 April 1867 (No birth record found)Marriages:
Mary E. Dodge m. Patrick McGough 10 January 1892It would seem obvious that Dorea and Dorcas A. Dodge are one in the same. The handwriting was easily readable on both entries and the difference is recorded here.
I also traveled to Hyde Park, Vermont -- the Shire Town of Lamoille County -- and personally documented the following births, deaths and marriages:
Dodge_________no gender, no first name b. 5 January 1863. This child born to "James Dodge & wife" of Hyde Park. James listed as a farmer. (Researcher Note: I'm certainly glad Mrs. Dodge was there at the time!)Deaths:
John R. Dodge d. 18 February 1954 (date is correct)Marriages:
Charles Dodge of Johnson, Vermont m. Paulina Clemons of Hyde Park 27 October 1845 Copy of record obtained.Stowe, Vermont
Mary Elberta Dodge dau of Charles Edward Dodge a farmer from Stowe, VT and Lucinda C. Jenness b. in Cannon, Grafton Co., NH b. 9 December 1871 Father:
Elbert Munroe Dodge b. 11 June 1880 Father: Edward Dodge Mother: Lucinda DodgeDeaths:
Charles Edward Dodge d. 29 March 1894 (44yrs, 2mos, 25days) Father: James Monroe DodgeMother: Mary L. Sanborn DodgeMarriages:
Lawrence Harold Dodge m. Marilyn Bessie Bandy 14 March 1965Quite surprisingly, that's the entire Dodge Family record from Stowe, Vermont. Montpelier, VT Births:
Eleaser Eugene Dodge, Jr. b. 5 January 1881 Father: Eleazor Eugene Dodge Mother: Elizabeth M. 'Lizzie' MarcquetteThat completes the pre-1900 births.
Almira Dodge m. E. B. Spear 29 August 1834Very interesting double entry!!!!
Solomon Dodge Jr. & Samuel Dodge Jr. listed on consecutive cards as having married Rebecca Hammond on 16 November 1808That completes the births and marriages pre-1900 from Montpelier, Vermont.