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William Arthur Dodge

b. June 05, 1851 Johnson, Vermont U.S.A.
m. September 24, 1884
d. 1934 Ringwood, Illinois U.S.A.

Spouse:

Nellie Lucretia (Rea) Dodge

Children:

1. Rea Arthur Dodge (b. October 09, 1885 Ringwood, Illinois; m. November 19, 1905 to Ada Ruth Westlake; d. 1911 Ringwood, Illinois)
2. Lora Alta (Dodge) Bacon (b. July 03, 1888 Ringwood, Illinois; m. George Bacon; d. 1963 Antioch, Illinois)
3. Agnes Ethel Dodge (b. November 26, 1891 Ringwood, Illinois; m. June 26, 1926 to Byron Corbin, later to Fredrick Ryerson Gilbert; d. July 18, 1994 Brockville, Ontario Canada)
4. Leon Ervin Dodge (b. July 25, 1895 Artesia, California; m. June 05, 1920 to Genevieve Howard; d. 1934 Ringwood, Illinois)
5. Sara Jane Dodge (b. January 26, 1900 Ringwood, Illinois; m. Harvey Edward Bumgardner; d. April 1982 Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)
6. William Arthur Dodge Jr. (b. 1901; d. 1902)
7. Elynore Elizabeth Dodge (b. January 12, 1906; m. Ray R. Schafer; d. 1994)

Biography:

William Arthur was born in Vermont, but moved to Massachusetts in 1872 and in 1873 arrived to McHenry County, Illinois, where he later started and ran Oakenwall Farm, one mile south of Ringwood. While in Vermont he worked his father's land and when he came to Illinois, he came with at least one brother, Erwin as his parents also made their way there, although when is unknown.

After starting the farm in Illinois, William and Erwin rented their farm and moved to Nebraska where they started a stock business. They got government land then bought another 380 acres in Waller County, Nebraska, where they farmed for about five years. After William returned to Illinois, Erwin remained in Nebraska, each taking the farm in the state, but keeping in touch and working together through the years. William and Nellie moved back to Illinois in about 1878.

On one of his trips to Nebraska, it seems William met his wife, Nellie Rea and they married on September 24, 1884.

In 1903 William went to Alaska, although it is unknown why or for how long he was there. After he returned to Illinois and continued farming and expanding his land. He had a dairy with forty-five cows at the end of his career, but earlier in life also raised sheep.

Vermont

Illinois

Ethnicity:

 

References:

-History of McHenry County, Volume II. 1922.
-1860 United States Federal Census Record (view document)
-1870 United States Federal Census Record (view document)
-1880 United States Federal Census Record (view document)
-1900 United States Federal Census Record (view document)
-1910 United States Federal Census Record (view document)
-1920 United States Federal Census Record (view document)
-1930 United States Federal Census Record (view document)
-Dodge family records (view document)