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  • Name DODGE, Tristram 
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    Born 1612  New Shoreham, Newport, Rhode Island, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Buried 1683  New Shoreham, Washington County, Rhode Island, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 6 Dec 1683  Block Island, Washington, Rhode Island, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    WAC 5 Oct 1933  ARIZO Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I20849  Joseph Smith Sr and Lucy Mack Smith | Joseph Sr.
    Last Modified 21 Dec 2019 

    Father DODGE, Captain John II ,   b. 1574, East Coker, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1635, Middle Chinnock, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Mother BRIDGES, Margery ,   b. 1580, East Coker, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1649, East Coker, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 1600  Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F10783  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 MANSFIELD, Anne ,   b. 1619, New Shoreham, Newport, Rhode Island, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1685, Block Island, Newport, Rhode Island, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
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    +1. DODGE, John I ,   b. 4 Feb 1644, New Shoreham, Newport, Rhode Island, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1729, New Shoreham, Newport, Rhode Island, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     2. DODGE, Israel ,   b. 1646, New Shoreham, Newport, Rhode Island, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1745, New London, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 99 years)
     3. DODGE, Tristram Jr. ,   b. 7 Jan 1647, Block Island, Washington, Rhode Island, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1733, Block Island, Washington, Rhode Island, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     4. DODGE, William ,   b. 1651, New Shoreham, Newport, Rhode Island, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 16 Dec 1731, New Shoreham, Newport, Rhode Island, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 80 years)
     5. DODGE, Margaret ,   b. 1658, New Shoreham, Newport, Rhode Island, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1702, Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     6. DODGE, Ann ,   b. 1660, New Shoreham, Newport, Rhode Island, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1725, New Shoreham, Washington, Rhode Island, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    Last Modified 6 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F8205  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 INNES, Mary Enos ,   b. 18 Apr 1658, New Shoreham, Newport, Rhode Island, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1727, Block Island, Kings, Rhode Island, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Last Modified 6 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F8619  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Dodge, Tristram, Sr. 1683
    Dodge, Tristram, Sr. 1683
    Dodge ' namesake' Art drawing
    Dodge " namesake" Art drawing
    "Namesake" artist drawing.
    AMBROSE SHURTZ
    Block Island R. I. 'Settlers Rock'
    This plaque stands on the shores of New Shoreham, Block Island Rhode Island at a place called "Cow Cove". [4th from bottom in the right column we find Tristram's name].
    Dodge, Tristram, Sr. 1683
    Dodge, Tristram, Sr. 1683

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    • TRISTRAM DODGE ________________________________________ Robert Dodge, author of "Tristram Dodge and His Descendants in America", Press of J. J. Little & Co., New York, 1886, states in his introduction: "Difficulty of the subject; without record, save the crude coeval entries at Block Island; his adhesion to tolerant Rhode Island with the other settlers, and early founding the Baptist Church -- the only Church on the Island -- show them to have been a company of Baptist Dissenters from England..." Rhode Island did not have any custom of recording births, deaths, marriages, grants of land, etc. In this way, they differed from the rest of New England. In 1856 records started being kept, but it "was left as an almost voluntary requirement without adequate penalty." In 1695, a faithful town clerk, Nathaniel Mott, copied from an earlier parchment volume, the fact that Tristram Dodge was one of 16 purchasers and original settlers -- in April, 1661. There is also given evidence that Tristram attended meetings in Roxbury, Massachusetts, at the house of Dr. Alcock in 1660.This leaves the conclusion, according to Robert Dodge, that Tristram almost certainly knew our ancestors, William and Richard, and must have recently arrived from England with his family of our sons. According to Robert Dodge, "they neither joined the exclusive church in either colony, Salem, Boston, Lynn, or Plymonth, held office, nor received grants of land therein; but exiled by the persecutions of Church and State in England, they sought refuge in their own independent domain of Block Island, where they established a pure democracy of true civil and religious liberty." "We are able, by the deeds of his sons and of his grandsons at Cow Neck and New London, as well as from other public contemporary events...to fix approximately the time of his death, his own and their probable ages; the names of the first generations; the boundaries of the "Dodge Lands" on the island; their emigration, and settlement of New London and Cow Neck". According to Robert, Tristram Dodge and his four sons were part of a party of 15 who sailed on board the Shallop from Taunton, Massachusetts for Block Island, April 1661. "The allotment of land, known for generations as the "Dodges' Lands," was mapped by surveyors; but their map is no longer extant on the island, and we find it described, at the time of the voluntary partition after his death, between his four sons, by their releases of 1720-3." (p. 34) In 1665, Tristram purchased from "the Province of New York (by the N.Y. -- his license dated April 14, 1665) the island of 500 acres, yet called "No Man's Land," lying two leagues south-west from Martha's Vineyard." "Of his four sons -- Israel, John, William, and Tristram, Jr. -- Israel is on record as purchaser and settler of land in 1694, in the North Parish of New London, Connecticut (now Montville), where he died in 1745." The other sons and children, viz., John, Tristram, Jr., and William Dodge, remained on the island and became progenitors of a very numerous race; some of whom emigrated in after generations, and whose descendants are now to be found in almost every State, and frequently in eminent stations." Theron Royal Woodward built upon the book by Robert Dodge, when he enlarged on the Tristram Dodge Genealogy. "Dodge Genealogy Descendants of Tristram Dodge" published 1904 by Lanward Publishing Co., Chicago, Illinois. The dedication pages consists of the following: "Backward, turn backward, O Time in your flight! Make me a child again, just for tonight!" In Memory of my Mother Mary (Dodge) Woodward To whom I am indebted for my Lineage in the Dodge Family, I dedicate this volume with The respect and affection of a loving son. Theron Royal Woodward has printed a statement by the warden, Simon Ray, 81 yrs. old at the time, who testifies that the first purchasers were to accommodate fisherman promoting the fishing trade, and Tristram Dodge Sr., a fisherman came from Newfoundland. (p. 5) Records that state Tristram came from N.S. which some theorize to be Nova Scotia, could also be New Salem as those letters were designated for that town. Theron also states that descendants of David Britain Dodge (John2, Tristram 1) have carefully preserved records that say that the sons of Tristram followed him in 1667 and that they came from north of England near the River Tweed. "This statement is corroborated by many families scattered widely over the United States." The information on Tristram Dodge came from "Dodge Genealogy, Descendants of Tristram Dodge" by Theron Royal Woodward, 1904, reprinted in 1988 by the Dodge Family Association. Descendents of Tristram Dodge might be interested in viewing a webcam of Block Island at: http://www.blockisland.com/panorama/ and in viewing web page of The Cow Neck Peninsular Historical Society.

      Tristram Dodge and his Descendants in America: Our ancestor appeared in America first in 1660-1 as one of the original sixteen proprietors and settlers of Block Island in the faithful official record of honest old Nathaniel Mott town clerk copied in 1695. The ancient scribe though writing a strong legible hand shows by his records of the old deeds that few or none of the Islanders of that age could write their names and he expressed the several names by imitating their pronunciation and as with other settlers our ancestor's name in his record suffered a sea change by his pen into Thrustararorum Daudg and Thurstarorum Daudge Trustrome etc etc until long after those days in the next generation the influence of the school master appears and rescues the name to its true orthography. Of his origin We may be sure he was not born in either of the New England settlements as in all their careful records of births and other records his name does not appear. Town Clerk Mott's detailed account of the preliminary meetings of 1660 shows that the settlers had then engaged and advanced the money to buy the island as their home for life. These serious acts could only have been executed by men who had at least reached their majority or the age of twenty one years. He had been married sometime before though his wife's name is not given and in 1670 he had four sons with him as settlers who were then admitted freemen as appears Book 1 Evidences of Property of New Shoreham Rhode Island page 55 viz. At a Town meeting held the month of July for the year one thousand six hundred and seventy It was resolved that the freemen of the Town their names should be recorded for the Town Record thyrustarom Daudge, John Daudge, thrustarum Daudge, William Daudge, Israel Daudge. Thus recording in 1670 nine years after he sailed as freemen of the Town of New Shoreham or Block Island though only in 1672 the Town was chartered by Rhode Island first our ancestor and then his four sons viz John, Tristram, William, and Israel Dodge. He must have been married at least thirty years before for his four sons to have attained majority and been admitted freemen in 1670. The father then on his emigration in 1661 must have been at least about forty years old which would place his birth year about 1620. We have no record of the date of his death. His son and grandson bear the same name and the several names are frequent on the records the distinctions of Senior and Junior being usually omitted it is difficult to determine which one was intended. But at pages 90 3 Confessions of Nathaniel Briggs and Trustram Dodge Sen detailing verbatim allegations of the parties to a legal contest then settled by the warden's advice dated December 13 1681 and 31st August 1682 he was then living on the island perhaps at more than sixty years old.
      Encyclopedia of VA Biography: Tristram Dodge described as "a fisherman formerly of New Foundland" was one of the fifteen heads of families who settled Block Island politically described as the town of New Shoreham in the state of Rhode Island. He sailed from Taunton Massachusetts with the others in April 1661 and received a grant of three acres of land southeast of the harbor on Block Island. It is apparent that his occupation was that of a fisherman after his arrival there as these small grants were made for the purpose of encouraging fisheries. He must have been a native of North England as it is found that his sons came from that region near the river Tweed in 1667 and settled on Block Island where they were made freemen July 2 1670. Tristram Dodge was made a freeman of the colony May 4 1664 and was a sergeant of the local militia in 1676. He was dead in 1720 at which time the records show his estate as intestate. William Dodge fourth son of Tristram Dodge was made a freeman in July 1670 in New Shoreham. He married Sarah daughter of Peter and Mary George. Their son Samuel Dodge born September 9 1691 settled about 1718 at Cow Neck in the town of Hempstead on Long Island. His will proved March 25 1761 names his wife Elizabeth and several sons and daughters. The second son Jeremiah Dodge was born in May 1716 and engaged in business in New York City. In 1745 a prayer meeting was held in his house which resulted in the organization of the First Baptist Church in New York City. In 1753 this body occupied a rigging loft on William street and purchased a lot on John street in 1760 on which a church was subsequently erected. Jeremiah Dodge married October 1737 Margaret Vanderbilt daughter of John and Margaret Vandcrbilt and descended from Aert Van Der Bilt who lived in Utrecht Holland Jan Aertson that is son of Aert Van Der. But came to America and was residing in New York as early as 1650. After 1663 he removed to Flatbush and about thirty years later to Bergen New Jersey where he died February 2 1705.