Hi. I'm not related to this family.I found some articles about the loss and return of the Dodd children in 1899 at GenealogyBank.com.In this article:
Judge Scott Asks Hopewell to Come. Cited to Produce Marvel Dodd or Show Cause Why She is Detained (News Article), Date: 1899-12-19; Paper: Omaha World Herald
The judge was very upset R. Hopewell, of Tekamah, who was a former judge of the district, for advising a "Mr. & Mrs. Gordon of Craig, who have adopted Marvel, to pay no attention to the habeas corpus writ of the court to produce her."
I checked the 1900 Census, and there was only one Gordon family in Craig:
1900 United States Federal Census about Dwight Gordon Name: Dwight Gordon Age: 33 Birth Date: Feb 1867 Birthplace: Canada Eng [Canada English] Home in 1900: Craig, Burt, Nebraska [Burt] Race: White Gender: Male Immigration Year: 1891 Relation to Head of House: Head Marital Status: Married Spouse's Name: Lenna Gordon Marriage Year: 1892 Years Married: 8 Father's Birthplace: Canada Eng Mother's Birthplace: Canada Eng Household Members: Name Age Dwight Gordon 33b. Feb 1867 Can-Eng, par b. Can-Eng; imm 1891; Hardware Dealer Lenna Gordon 33 -wife- b. Apr 1867 IN, fath b. NC, moth b. IN; married 8 years, 1 child/1 surviving Bessie Gordon 5 -dau- b. Jan 1895 Nebraska, fath b. Can-Eng, moth b. IN Charlotta Fitch 71 -moth in law-wd- b. Oct 1828 IN, par b. VA Maggie Booten 32 -sevant-wd- b. Aug 1867 Iowa
It looks like they have one daughter named Bessie.. But, when I looked at the 1910 Census I found this:
1910 United States Federal Census about Johna Gordon Name: Johna Gordon [Joshua Gordon] Age in 1910: 43 Birth Year: 1867 Birthplace: Canada English [Canada] Home in 1910: Craig, Burt, Nebraska Race: White Gender: Male Relation to Head of House: Head Marital Status: Married Spouse's Name: Leona Gordon Father's Birthplace: Canada English [Canada] Mother's Birthplace: Canada English [Canada] Household Members: Name Age Johua Gordon 43b. 1867 Can-Eng, par b. Can-Eng; Merchant Hardware Store Leona Gordon 43 -wife- b. 1867 IN, fath b. NC, moth b. VA; married 18 years Bessie Gordon 15 -adopted dau- b. 1895 Nebraska, par b. U.S. Charlotte Fitch 82 -moth in law-wd- b. 1828 VA, par b. U.S.
Could Marvel Dodd actually be Bessie Gordon???In 1920, Bessie is still living with this couple, in the same town, but she's their "daughter" again.
In 1930 it appears "Bessie" has married a Robert Dorsett and is living in the home with her family and her parents as well:
1930 United States Federal Census about Joshua D Gordon Name: Joshua D Gordon Gender: Male Birth Year: abt 1867 Birthplace: Canada Race: White Home in 1930: Fremont, Dodge, Nebraska View Map Marital Status: Married Immigration Year: 1891 Relation to Head of House: Head Spouse's Name: Lenna D Gordon Father's Birthplace: Canada Mother's Birthplace: Canada Household Members: Name Age Robert Dorsett44b. 1886 Nebraska, par b. IN; Carpenter, Buildings Bess G. Dorsett35 -wife- b. 1895 Nebraska, fath b. Can-Eng, moth b. IN Robert G. Dorsett6 -son- b. 1924 Neb. Charlotte E. Dorsett4 7/12b. 1936 Neb. Lenna I Dorsett2 8/12b. 1928 Neb. Mary K. Dorsett1 3/12b. 1929 Neb Joshua D Gordon63b. 1867 Can-Eng, par b. Can-Eng; Tinner, Retail Hardward Lenna D Gordon 63 -wife- b. 1867 IN, fath b. NC, moth b. VA
I don't know for sure it this is YOUR Marvel, but it may be.Hope this helps.Annie