This is the family line that the researchers your branch of the Dotson family have Samuel W Dotson/Dodson father of Wm R in.I took the info from the Book The Dodson/Dotson Family of North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, VA.
Hope it helps you put your Doton family together.
"Charles Dodson SR was born c 1649 as proven by a deposition sworn in court on 6 Mar 1699/1700 stating that he was aged 50 yrs or thereabouts (Richmond County, VA)Charles died in Richmond County in 1704/05, leaving a will in which his wife Ann, and 8 children were named.
In his will Charles Dodson bequeathed to his wife Ann, and his daughters "moveable estate".To each of his sons, he gave a tract of land with the restriction that the land not be sold out of the Dodson name "except that one brother selleth to another and if no male heir appeareth by none of my sons that then my daughters may inherit the land."This caused problems for those of his sons who later wanted to sell and leave the area.Several, sold to brothers and one leased to another man for three natural lifetimes."
Charles children were:
Charles, Thomas, Bartholomew Richard, William, John, * Lambeth (your line), Anne, and Elizabeth.
Lambeth Dodson was born in the late 1600's in Richmond County, VA The births of three of his children are recorded in the North Farnham Parish Register between 1724 and 1734.Thus it is assumed his marriage took place during the early 1720's .His wife was named Sarah (some say Sarah Harris daughter of Philip Harris and that she may have died on 21 Feb 1736 as the Parish records show such a death for a Sarah but it is not confirmed that this referred to Lambeth's wife)
Lambeth recieved by will from his father. Charles Dodson his father's "new dwelling plantation with 100 acres of land belonging to it.Lambeth evidently sold this land to his brother Thomas before 1739 A deed of conveyance has not been found but on 17 Feb 1739 Thomas Dodson bequeathed to his son Greenham Dodson the whole tract of land "I bought form Lambarth Dodson"
It appears evident that Lambeth left Richmond County before 1739.His whereabouts are unknown for several years.The old halifax County, VA plat book 1 page 20 records a plat for 190 acres on Falling Breek for Lambeth Dodson 11 Nov 1747.In the same bk page 39, is a plat for 400 acres on Sandy Creek dated 17 Feb 1755.Falling Creek may have been meant for Fall Creek and both of these locations are prob in present Henry and Patrick Counties.
Lambeth's name appears on a poll tax list in Halifax County in 1753 taxed for1 poll over 21 yrs.
On 22 June 1765, according to the Pittsylvania Co patent book, Lambeth patened 400 acres on the main fork of Mayo River which he transfered to George Gibson on 19 Sept 1766.Since Lambeth is involved with affairs of the Gibson family, it is a possibility that his daughter married a Gibson.
Nothing has been found to indicate when or where Lambeth died, who his probable sec wife was, or to prove who his additional children might have been.
The 1st three children are recorded in the North Farnham Parish register ...the others, whose family records suggest a connection to Lambeth.
Lambeth's children are: Mary Dodson b. 3 Apr 1724, Isaac Dodson, Ann Nancy Dodson b 20 Jul 1734, *John Dodson, Charles Dodson, Lambeth JR Dodson, and Daniel Dodson.
John Dodson.the 1830 census of White County, TN shows John Dodson age 100-110 thus born between 1720 and 1730.Whilethe possibility always exits for making an error in marking the bracket of this extra ordinary age, still there should be no doubt that this is a very old ma. If he is a descendant of Charles Dodson SR AND the records point to that direction his father would almost have to be a son of Charles SR.
The early yrs of John Dodson's life remained hidden.The earliest record we can find for a John who fits this man is the listing on a 1750 delinquent tax list of Augusta County, VA.The next record is 1771 tax list of Surry Count NC.The next occurance is the name of John Dotson in 1782 signed a petition of inhabitants of Bedford County, VA.
The first record of John Dodson who went to White County, TN is the 1789 tax list of Montgomery County, VA when John, Jamesand Samuel Dodson were taxed each for 1 white poll over age 21.By 1793 Wythe County had been created from Montgomery County and John, James and Samuel Dodson were on the Wythe tax list for that yr. In 1794their place of residence fell into the newly created Grayson County.
The Dodson's began leaving Grayson County in 1795 or 96 and over the next few yrs regriuped in Grainger County, TN
The children of John Dodson Sr were:
John Dodson Jr, *Samuel Dodson Sr. and James Dodson.
Samuel Dodson SR, presumably a son of John Dodson, first appears in records on the 1789 tax list of Montgomery County, VA assesed for 1white poll and 2 horses.His date and place of birth is not determined, nor is the name of his wife known.He apparently died in Grainger County, TN possibly between 1806 and 1810.Deducting from the age of his son Samuel we can judge that hewas born during the early 1750's.The last record of him is his name signed to a petition in 1806 Grainger County seeking improvements of the KY Road.He is not listed in the 1810 census or tax list in Grainger County.
Samuel was a landowner in the area now Grayson and Carroll Counties, VA as early as 1790 and prob earlier.
The records of Grayson County VA and Grainger County TN offer the suggestion that Samuel had the following children:
*Samuel Dodson, Jr, Vollentine Dodson, Thomas Dodson and Sarah (perhaps John)
Samuel Dodson, Jr was b. c 1774 in VA and died in Grainger County TN in 1860. He was married three times ... his 1st wife may have been Mary Polly Dalton daughter of Reuben Dalton. 2nd wife was Susan Clontz who died bef 10 Dec 1855 when Samuel married Sarah McAnally Burns in Grainger County, TN
Children of Samuel Dodson, Jr are:
* Joel Dodson b. c1793 VA died after 1860 prob Grainger County, TNmarried Sarah (surname not mentioned in book)
Joel bought a small tract of land in Grainger 29 acres and in 1831 he purchased 100 acres from Levi Griffitts, as a joint venture with Claybourn Nash and Samuel J Dodson he purchased 160 acres from Alartis Arnwine in 1836.In 1840 they mortgaged the land to pay a debt owed to Arnwine.Near this time Samuel Dodson relinquished his right to part of the 160 acres being the same on which Joel Dodson lives.The older children of Joel had already left home by the 1850 census