Dodsons with roots in ca 1700 Richmond County, Virginia had descendants in Virgi9nia for at least another century before many went west to Tenn. ,Ky.etc. Of course, West Virginia was part of Virginia until 1863.
I just counted 33 Dodsoms and 21 Dptsons on early (ca 1790=-1825) Tennesse tax lists. Many of the obviouslysame individuals were under both spellings. I think it really makes bo difference, All, or almost all were of the same family.
Can anyone document a DOTSON living in Virginia before say, 1775 ?