Eunice Bishop1

ID # 221, (1843-1904)
Descendants of Catherine Jones & William Coleman
     Eunice Bishop was born in October 1843 at Ancaster Twp, Wentworth County, Ontario.1 She married Leonard Dodge, son of Leonard Pulsepher Dodge and Mary Coleman, on 27 December 1864 at Ancaster Twp, Wentworth County, Ontario. (notes: The marriage record is from the county marriage record book. The witnesses were N. Misner and M. Dodge. This latter was likely the groom's sister Melissa.

Page 137 from the Wentworth Marriage Register(see MS248 reel 17) shows the marriage was performed by Rev. G. Hunt of the Methodist Episcopal Church, apparently in Beverly, on December 14, 1864. Leonard's birth place is shown as Illinois. His parents are shown as L.P. and Mary.Eunice Bishop is shown as being born in ancaster and her parents are John and Mary. The witnesses were N. Misner and M. Dodge. It would be tempting to believe that M. Dodge was his brother Myron, until it is realized that Myron would have been about six years old at the time. This M. Dodge may have been a son of Rufus Dodge.).1
She died on 19 August 1904 at Jerseyville, Ancaster Twp, Wentworth County, Ontario, at age 60.1 She was buried at Wildwood Cemetery, Chesaning Twp, Michigan.1 At the time of the 1910 census taken at Chesaning, Eunice is said to have had nine children of which seven were living. At this point, I have only the names for eight children.

Eunice was killed, apparently at a railroad crossing, when her vehicle was hit by a train. A companion, a Mrs. Thomas Knox of Lynden, Ontario, was also killed. Apparently she was in the vicinity of Jerseyville visiting family.

I find a record in Gore District of a marriage for a Eunice Bishop:

Pg 119, 1849, Performed by Rev. Vandusen, Weslyan Methodist.

Jan. 1 Skeres PAGE, Dumfries, to Margaret HOWARD, Beverly. Wit: Thomas Knox, Rebecca Blasdall.
March 14 William CARTER, Beverly to Eunice BISHOP, Ancaster. Wit: Thomas Knox, Rebecca Blasdall.

This marriage is way too early to be that of Eunice Bishop, wife of Leonard Dodge. It seems more reasonable that that Leonard's Eunice is perhaps a niece of the above Eunice. The Thomas Knox mentioned could, possibly, be kin by marriage, in which case Mrs. Thomas Knox might be an aunt.

William and Eunice Carter, mentioned above, are located in Beverly Township of Wentworth County at the time of the 1881 census.

There is a William Bishop, born Dec. 5, 1841, age 59, in the 1901 census in Ancaster Twp. It may be that he is a brother of Eunice's. Mrs. Thomas Knox (Eliza) was the mother of Mrs. Henry Dyment (Jennie) of Jerseyville.

The Brantford Expositor reports the accident in gruesome detail. The Toronto Star's coverage wasn't much better. It does add that they weredriving a covered buggy and that the horse was killed as well.

Mrs. Knox's maiden name was Howard. According to the 1901 census, sheand Thomas had a son Howard. The following marriage registration for Howard Knox gives her maiden name:

19764-03 (Wentworth Co) Howard illegible KNOX, 27, farmer, Ancaster, Ancaster Twp, s/o Thomas KNOX & Eliza HOWARD, married Ada Elizabeth ARNELL, 27, Beverly, Lynden Beverly, d/o Jeremiah ARNELL & Elizabeth CLEMENT, witn: James L. MILLER, Brilles? & Hattie ARNELL, Lynden, 15 Oct 1903 at Bride's Home, Lynden

According to the grave transcription, Howard Knox's wife was Elizabeth Cornell.

According to Eunice's marriage record, her father was John Bishop andher mother's name was Mary.

Here is some additional background on the death of Eunice Bishop Dodge:

Eunice Bishop Dodge
(Mrs. Leonard Dodge)
A copy of the following unidentified newspaper article was found in ascrapbook owned by Town Historian Richard Schmal:

Met With Sudden Death
Mrs. Leonard Dodge Killed By An Express Train
While Visiting at Her Old Home Near Hamilton, Ont. -- Her Sister AlsoKilled
The news was quickly spread Saturday morning that Mrs. Leonard Dodge had been instantly killed Friday by an express train wile visiting at her old home near Hamilton, Ont.

Mrs. Dodge has been in very poor health for some time but feeling somewhat better went with her daughter, Elsie, to visit her many friends and relatives at Jerseyville. With her sister, Mrs. Thos. Knox, she had been visiting the latter's daughter at Lynden, Ont. They were driving in a covered buggy and did not hear the train as it approached. Theoutfit was struck by the engine and its occupants thrown about one hundred feet away being instantly killed and badly bruised. The remains were brought home Monday by the daughter who accompanied her, and two nieces, and also by Mr. Dodge who went there Saturday on hearing the news.

Excerpts of an e-mail from Bob Coleman, who is related to this branchof the Dodge family through the Coleman line, clarifies family relationships further:

Mary Coleman Dodge was the sister of Daniel Coleman, my ancestor, andthey were the children of William Coleman and Catherine Jones. As an aside, the Mary Jones who married Rufus Dodge, who also appears in your biographies, was the first cousin of Mary Coleman. . . .

You will note in the biography for Leonard P. Dodge, he and Mary spent some time in Illinois after their marriage. My best information is that their son, Leonard Jr., was born in Illinois. They returned to Canada and resided near Troy, Ontario for a number of years before goingto Michigan and finishing their years at Chesaning, where they are buried.

I don't know whether Leonard Dodge Jr. had the middle initial 'P' or not. However, he married Eunice Bishop in Ancaster Township, Ontario, on December 27, 1864.

Mary Coleman Dodge, the wife of Leonard P. Dodge Sr., died in 1897 according to a transcription from the Chesaning Cemetery.

Eunice Bishop Dodge, the wife of Leonard Dodge Jr., died on August 19, 1904, in the level crossing accident. . . . Eunice does appear withLeonard Jr. on page 46 of the Wildwood Cemetery transcription book. He died in 1909; her death year must have had a transcription problem for it appears as two dashes.

The following article, in the collection of Bob Coleman, comes from the front page of the Aug. 20, 1904, Toranto Globe:

Buggy Occupied by Mrs. Thos. Knox of Lynden and Mrs. Leonard Dodge ofSaginaw, Mich., Demolished by Express Engine

(Special Dispatch to The Globe)
Hamilton, Aug. 19 -- A double fatality occurred on the Toronto & Hamilton Railway near Jerseyville this afternoon, when Mrs. Thomas Knox ofLynden, Ontario, and Mrs. Leonard Dodge of Saginaw, Mich., were killed instantly by the express train due in this city at 4:45. Conductor McNair and Engineer Fitzgerald were in charge of the train. The unfortunate ladies were driving in a covered buggy and were trying to cross the track in front of the fast train, when the engine struck the outfit and tossed the buggy and its occupants and the horse up in the air.The two women were thrown about 100 feet away. The horse was also killed, and the buggy was broken into small pieces.

Last updated on May 22, 2006.1

Last Edited=9 Nov 2007

Children of Eunice Bishop and Leonard Dodge


  1. [S1] Robert Coleman, 2009.