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Lieutenant John Dodge

b. December 29, 1631 East Coker, Somerset England
m. April 10, 1659 Salem, Massachusetts (English Colony)
d. October 11, 1711 Wenham, Massachusetts (English Colony)


Sarah () Dodge


1. Deliverance Dodge (b. March 15, 1659/1660 Beverly/Wenham, Massachusetts)
2. John Dodge (b. April 15, 1662 Beverly/Wenham, Massachusetts; m. 1682 Wenham, Massachusetts; d. January 18, 1704 Wenham, Massachusetts)
3. Josiah Dodge (b. June 04, 1665 Beverly/Wenham, Massachusetts)
4. Sarah Dodge (b. January 13, 1667)
5. Ebenezer Dodge (b. August 01, 1670 Beverly, Massachusetts)
6. Mary Dodge (b. August 15, 1672 Wenham, Massachusetts)
7. Deborah Dodge (b. December 06, 1674 Wenham, Massachusetts)
8. Andrew Dodge (b. October 29, 1676 North Beverly, Massachusetts; m. 1704; d. February 17, 1747 North Beverly, Massachusetts)


Lieutenant John Dodge's grandfather, John Dodge died in 1635, at which time he received 40 shillings from the will. Shortly after this, Lieutenant John Dodge immigrated to America with his father in 1638 around the age of six. They settled in what was known as Beverly, but later annexed by Wenham.

Lieutenant John Dodge built a sawmill and gristmill on Mill River at Wenham Neck. He owned the first and only mill in Wenham for a number of years. He received 80 acres from his father where these mills were located, and also received five acres of meadow on the same side of Longham Brook, which is where his house stood, on the North side of Beverly. During this time Lieutenant John Dodge was elected deputy to the General Court and was elected one of the town's selectmen a few times along with other public positions.

During King Philip's War, the Massachusetts Bay Colony required every town to have a militia. John joined this force and trained daily on the grounds that now hold Wenham's town hall. In 1671 as this unit was forming, the Massachusetts Bay Colony militia consisted of 500 men; Wenham's quota was five men and John joined.

On September 18, 1672, this colonial force united, numbering one hundred men, and was called the "Flower of Essex." The group was ambushed near Deerfield, Massachusetts; four men from Wenham were there, two of whom died, but John survived although he was wounded. The "Flower of Essex" was destroyed, so later this these solders regrouped with a larger colonial force.

In December 1675, 527 men went west to destroy the Indians in Narragansett county. The Wenham men, under Major Samuel Appleton, took down the fort's gate. As a reward for the victory, the governor of the colony gave land to a number of veterans in 1729. This land grant was given in the New Boston area of New Hampshire, so many people from the Wenham area moved to this new area.

John held many positions in Beverly, however he was technically a resident of Wenham when the town line shifted in 1679. John disagreed with the border shift so refused to pay taxes in Wenham; the town gathered together to demand he pay taxes. This group, led by Captain Thomas Fiske entered John's house when he was away and took his pewter plates for the amount he owed in taxes. John's wife, Sarah fought the tax collectors, but lost so John later brought the issue to court. It was settled that John would belong and pay taxes to Beverly, but his descendents on that land must belong and pay taxes to Wenham.

In February 1680 John was granted 15 acres of land in Wenham. In 1682 John was on a committee from Beverly to negotiate the new border with Wenham. Later that year, in 1682 John agreed with Wenham to pay taxes on his sax mill. In this same year bitter feelings seemed to have died as John's son, John married one of Wenham's selectman, Thomas Fiske's daughter, Martha (in total, three of John Dodge's sons married daughters of Captain Thomas Fiske: Martha Fiske married John Dodge, Hannah Fiske married Andrew Dodge, and Sarah Fiske married Josiah Dodge). At this same time the town of Wenham agreed to let him set up a corn mill. However, John again stopped paying taxes in 1685, so the town again came to collect in 1687.

On May 05, 1708 Lieutenant John Dodge deeded his homestead of forty acres to his son, Andrew, along with other lands nearby. He died on October 11, 1711 in North Beverly, Massachusetts.






-Joseph T Dodge, PhD, Genealogy of the Dodge Family of Essex County, Massachusetts 1629-1894, (Madison, WI: Democrat Printing Company, 1894), 21-24
-Henry F Waters, AM, Genealogical Gleanings in England, Volume I, (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historical Genealogical Society, 1901), 448.
-Adeline P Cole, comp., Notes on Wenham History: 1643-1943, (Salem, Massachusetts: Wenham Historical Association, 1943), 32-35, 58.
-Wenham Town Records, Volume I: 1642-1683, (Wenham, Massachusetts: Wenham Historical Society, 1927), 51, 53-54, 62, 64, 67.
-Wenham Town Records, Volume II: 1683-1696, (Wenham, Massachusetts: Wenham Historical Society, 1928), 85.
-Fredrick Clifton Pierce, Fiske & Fisk Family: Being the Record of Descendents of Symond Fiske, Lord of the Manor of Stadhaugh, Suffolk County, England, From the Time of Henry IV to Date, Including All the American Members of the Family, (Self Published, 1896), 24, 29, 37, 59, & 65.
-Dodge family records (view document)