Culling thru the US Census data I finally found my Dodson ancestor, Henry, who emigrated from Ireland sometime between 1812, when he was born, & 1860 the last Census he was listed in. In this Census Henry is listed as a Farmer. He may have been here as early as 1831/32.
He married an Elizabeth McCurdy b. abt 1815, who from all information I can find was 1st generation Irish-American, both her parents having been born in Ireland. Elizabeth's & Henry's children were: Lorenzo J. b. 1844, James A. b. 1846, William H. b. 1854 & Rudolphus Delmar Dodson, b. abt 1856. I think Elizabeth's parents were a W.H. McCurdy & a female Hepburn, but am not sure. I am descended from Lorenzo who was my ggf & a conductor on the Ma & Pa Railroad (Maryland & Pennsylvania RR-that ran from Baltimore to York, PA) for a time in the late 1800's.
Interesting piece of information is that Rudoiphus, also known as Delamar Dodson in some Census & family info, became a fairly prominent Dentist in the York, PA area before moving west to Ohio. From an account I read in a Pennsylvania archive, Rudolphus is supposed to have studied under a Dr. W. McCurdy, a dental surgeon in/near York or Philadelphia, PA. But I don't think this is the same Dr. McCurdy who served in the 87th PA Infintry during the Civil War who was later imprisoned by the Confederates & actually went AWAL from the Union forces after he was released.
I am at a loss as to WHO Elizabeth McCurdy's parents were & whether she had any siblings. I am also curious to find out if the Dr. McCurdy that Delamar Dodson studied under was, perhaps, his grandfather or maybe an uncle or mother's cousin. Also, since this branch of my father's line were all Protestants, I suspect they emigrated from N. Ireland, perhaps Derry, as I don't seem to have any Catholic Irish ancestors who came over during the Great Famine years.
Do any McCurdy researchers recognize this info? Would love to correspond to any who might help me locate her parents & siblings & siblings descendents.