Leonard Pulsepher Dodge1

ID # 127, (1807-1888)
Descendants of Catherine Jones & William Coleman
     Leonard Pulsepher Dodge was born on 1 November 1807 at Hartland, Windsor County, Vermont.1 He married Mary Coleman, daughter of William Coleman and Catherine Jones, in December 1835.1 He died on 19 February 1888 at Chesaning, Michigan, at age 80.1 He was buried at Wildwood Cemetery, Chesaning Twp, Michigan.1 Leonard P. Dodge appears in Beverly Township in a Wentworth County directory for 1867-68. He is at Conc. 3, Lot 7f. He is a millwright.

The following clippings, which give an excellent background biographyfor Leonard and Rufus Dodge, are from: http://www.lowellpl.lib.in.us/dodgeleo.htm

Leonard P. Dodge (1807-1888)
Copies of the following unidentified newspaper articles were found ina scrapbook owned by Town Historian Richard Schmal:

Mr. and Mrs. L.P. Dodge, of this place, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Dec. 17. A party of fifty relatives and friends gathered at their residence on Front St., where supper was served and some happy hours passed by all. Among the presents were a pair of gold spectacles for Mr. Dodge presented by friends and a pair of gold spectaclesfor Mrs. Dodge presented by their children. Rev. Gilchriese did the work of presentation accompanied by a happy speech to the bride and groom. Mr. Dodge and wife have spent a portion of their married life in Canada, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. When they went west the first time, there were no railroads west of Buffalo, and they were over two weeks in reaching Chicago by wagon at that time. Ind., Ill., and Mich., was called the 'Far west.' They have lived here for about eighteen years and we wish them many more returns of their wedding day.

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Leonard P. Dodge, deceased, a much respected citizen of this place, the subject of this sketch, as born at Hartland, Widnsor County, Vermont, Nov. 1, 1807, and was therefore in his 81st year at the date of hisdeath -- which occurred Sunday, 9:50 p.m., February 19, 1888. Spending his early years among the green hills of Vermont and much of his time in the beautiful Connecticut River where he laid the foundation ofa strong, healthy constitution which stood him well throughout his long and active life.

At the age of 18 he left his native village, traveled west to Troy, N.Y. and learned the moulders' trade, but being of a 'mechanical turn,'soon commenced work at carpentering, bridge building, and millwrighting, working in N.Y. City and various parts of the state. In 1833 he went to Canada. In 1835 at the age of 28 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Coleman, of Troy, Wentworth County, Ontario, with whom he lived happily until his death.

In 1836 he moved to Illinois. In 1838 to Indiana. In 1845 to Troy, Ont. And again in 1867 to Chesaning. In 1885 he celebrated his golden wedding.

He was a great reader and a special love for newspapers and was always a staunch friend to THE ARGUS. He was liberal in Religion, Schools and Politics. He possessed a very social nature, but was never a member of any society or sect. A lover of children and always kind to animals. He leaves a widow and four children grown to manhood and womanhood.

He retained his full reasoning powers until his last moments, then passed away so quietly to his last sleep from which there is no waking.

There is no direct documentation that Rufus is the brother of Leonard, though I believe it likely.

Rufus S. Dodge (1813-1893)
A copy of the following unidentified newspaper article was found in ascrapbook owned by Town Historian Richard Schmal:

Rufus S. Dodge, son of Paul and Jerushia Dodge, was born March 27th, 1813, in the town of Hartland, Vermont. Died at the residence of his daughter Mrs. John M. Thomas, Chesaning, Mich., Sunday, Nov. 12th, 1893, aged 80 years, seven months and 15 days.

He spent his early life with his parents at his New England home until the year 1834 when he started out on life?s journey for himself, and went to Beverly township, Wentworth county, Canada, where he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Jones, Feb. 26, 1835, and they lived and worked together for upwards of 54 years. His wife died in Chesaning May 14, 1889. During the rebellion of Canada in the year 1837 and ?38 he took part as private soldier on the side of the government. In the year 1863 he with his wife and unmarried children left Canada and moved to the township of Brady, in this county and undertook the businessof farming and lived there until the year 1865, when he moved to thisplace and remained here up to his death. Four children survive him, Mrs. Atkinson now of British Columbia, Mrs. Charles W. Smith of Sellwood, Oregon, Mrs. William P. Dredge and Mrs. John M. Thomas of Chesaning.

His daughters and their husbands hereby express to kind friends and neighbors their most earnest thanks for their kindness in assisting them to bury their dead, and special thanks are hereby extended to friends for their beautiful floral offerings; and may God, the good, the kind, the loving, the just, the independent and the omnipotent ever bless and prosper us all, is the earnest prayer of the relatives.

And O! thou cold hand of death unlock for us all the portals of eternal life, and whilst our body rests in the bed of earth, say not good night, but in some brighter clime, bid us all good morning.

It should be pointed out that the above history of Leonard isn't quite correct. It suggests that he was in Indiana in 1840. The 1840 census shows him at Jackson, Illinois.1

Last Edited=27 Jan 2010

Children of Leonard Pulsepher Dodge and Mary Coleman


  1. [S1] Robert Coleman, 2009.