JOHN DODGE born Nov 16 1820 in New York
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1888 History of Harrison and Mercer Counties, Missouri
John Doge born Nov 16 1820 in Sullivan County, NY., and is a son of Jonathan and Hannah (Brown) Dodge, natives of Long Island and New York, respectively. They were married in the later State, and lived in sulivan county until the father's death in 1827. Soon after the mother immigrated with her children to Illinois, where she settled in McHenry County, at which her death took place in 1870. John Dodge was educated in the common schools of his native county, and at the tender age of eleven began to care for himself. He worked in a card-board factory in sullivan county, N.Y., for nine years, and then engaged at carpentering four years. He then farmed two years, after which he moved to Illinois, and settled in McHenry county. In the spring of 1850 he went to California, and until June 1854 worked in the mines. He then returned to McHenry county illinois., and the following spring sold out and moved to Mercer County Mo. There he purchased a tract of land, upon which he has since resided, with the exception of the time spent in war. Sept 30, 1862, he enlisted in Company C, Thirty-fifth Regiment of Infantry, and remained in service until June 12 1865, when he was discharged on account of disability contracted while in service. After his return home he was united in marriage with Julia C., daughter of silas and Tabitha (Haven)Hartshorn. Mrs Dodge was born june 14, 1836, in Washington County Ohio, and in 1845 went with her parents to Crawford county Illinois.,and in 1850 to Grundy County Missouri. she was married at her home in Mercer County. Mr. Dodge is a self-made man. Having been cast upon his own resources when but a boy, by industry and the assistance of his faithful wife is now the owner of 320 acres of good land, most of which is cleared and well cultivated. He owns forty acres of good timber land beside his farm, and is considered one of the substantial farmers of the county.