Dodges Who Fought For Their Country
Not all Dodges were sympathetic to cause of the War of Independence fought between a young America and the 'mother country', England. Those who fought on the English side, called 'Tories' in America and 'Loyalists' in Canada believed strongly that it was wrong to break away from England. They believed so strongly that they were willing to give up all they owned here; homes, land, extended families; in order to follow their beliefs.
Loyalists and British songs and poetry of the American Revolution (The War for Independence)

Lineage: Tristram Dodge of Block Island, Rhode Island

Dodge, Stephen

Rebecca Walsh has sent a lot of information on what may be two separate Stephen Dodges, who were Loyalists in Canada. However, we do think that both of them belong in the Tristram Dodge line. This page contains her information and information that we already had. There may be some duplication.

Stephen Dodge - Revolutionary War Loyalist

1. 1779 Queen's Rangers muster rolls

Page 569 - MUSTER ROLL of Captain Francis Stephenson's Light Infantry Company, Queen's Rangers, from 25 October 1779 to 24 December 1779

1 Private ; Rainey, John
20 Private; White, John in Rgtl Hospital
21 Private; Dodge, Stephen
22 Private; Lane, Thomas
23Private; Sherry, James
24 Private ; Ryan, Patrick
25 Private; Ryan, Daniel in Rgtl Hospital
42 Private; Jones, Moses
Attest: Francis Stephenson, Captain

Source: The On-Line Institute for Advanced Loyalist Studies

Muster Roll of Captain Francis STEPHENSON's Light Infantry Company Queen's Rangers ,Commanded by J .Graves SIMCOE, Lieut. Coll. Commandant From the 25th December 1779 to the 23rd February 1780 inclusive
Stephen Dodge is not listed on this muster roll. This is the next muster roll that was taken of Stephensons Queens Rangers.

2. 1784 Loyalists muster roll - Annapolis County, Nova Scotia ,Canada2.

Page 7 of 9
Stephen Dodge -1 Man, 1 Woman, 3 children; under 10, 3 children over 10; Loyalist settled in Granville

Note - The names after Stephen Dodge's name is "Lt. Thomas Walker, Disbanded Officer New York Volunteers, settled at Annapolis". The only other Dodge I have found on muster rolls can be seen on the 29 November 1779 muster roll of NY Volunteers, Kanes Coy. "Ensign Thomas WALKER" is the 3rd name on the list. The 55th name on the list is "Private William Dodge, Carpenter at New York".

All authorities seem to agree that Stephen Dodge, son of Tristram III and Sarah Hawshurst Dodge, emigrated Oct, 1783, with wife and five children, to Nova Scotia and settled there pursuant to conditions of treaty of peace. Judge Savary, in his History of Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, calls him a "worthy Loyalist.," and says that he settled first at Granville but afterwards in Wilmot, where he obtained a grant to the rear of the river grants, north of Middleton West. In a list or "muster roll" of discharged officers and disbanded soldiers and Loyalists taken in the County of Annapolis in June, 1784, the name of Stephen Dodge appears, "1 man, 1 woman, 3 children over 10, 3 children under 10, eight in all."

In the book Loyalists in the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War, Volume II by Murtie June Clark, published 1981 is the following information:

Page 568: Muster Roll of the Light Infantry Company, Captain James Murray, Queen's Rangers, J. Graves Simcoe, Esq., Lieut Colonel Cammandant, from 25 August to 24 October 1779
Nr-36, Rank-Private, Name-Dodge, Stephen, Remarks-in Rgtl Hosp
Attest: Francis Stephenson, Captain

Page 569: Muster Roll of Captain Francis Stephenson's Light Infantry Company, Queen's Rangers, from 25 October 1779 to 24 December 1779
Nr-21, Rank-Private, Name-Dodge, Stephen
Attest: Francis Stephenson, Captain

PAC, RG8I "C" Series, Vol 1862

The Commissioners of Sequestrations of New York reported, July, 1781, that the property of Stephen Dodge had been sold. Page 270: ( Supplement): The Commissioners of Forfeitures of New York listed the estate of Stephen Dodge among those forfeited. These commisssioners sold the real estate of Tories or others who had either gone over to the enemy or were suspected of not being friendly to the American cause. They did not begin work until late in the war, and were more systematic in their accounts than the Committee of Sequestration, who dealt for the most part with personal property. Samuel Dodge was a commissioner for the counties of Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster, and as such he probably sold the estate of his kinsman, Stephen Dodge. The comptroller of the state of New York writes as follows concerning the confiscation of the estate of Stephen Dodge:

"The name of Stephen Dodge mentioned in New York in the Revolution (Supplement) among those whose estates were forfeited and confiscated, appears on the original documents as follows:

"List of farms and houses sold by the commissioners of Sequestration in Dutchess County state that the house and small lot of Stephen Dodge of Charlotte was sold to Gilbert Worden May, 1779, and that in March, 1780, he paid eight pounds.

"Alphabetical list of forfeited estates contains the name of Stephen Dodge. Name also appears on a list of forfeitures. No additional information.

"On a statement of Sales of forfeited estates sold by the Commissioners of Forfeitures in the Middle District there appears the name of Stephen Dodge, opposite which is set the amount, one hundred and thirty pounds. "A claim of Joseph Mabbett appears for thirty-four pounds fourteen shillings and seven pence against the forfeited estate of Stephen Dodge, and states the indebtedness was incurred previous to forfeiting the estate."