Rufus Dodge

M, ID# 1178, (1813-1893)
     Rufus Dodge was the son of Paul & Jerushia Dodge.1 He was born on 27 March 1813 in Hartland, Windsor County, Vermont.2,3,1 He immigrated in 1834 to Beverly Twp, Wentworth County, Ontario.1 He married Mary Ann Jones, daughter of James Jones and Hannah Goodale, on 26 February 1835 in Beverly Twp, Ontario.4,2 He and Mary Ann Jones immigrated in 1863 to Brady Twp, Saginaw County, Michigan.4 In 1865 Rufus Dodge and Mary Ann Jones moved to a farm near Chesaning, Saginaw County, Michigan.2 He died on 12 November 1893 in Chesaning, Michigan, at age 80.2,1 He was buried in Wildwood Cemetery, Chesaning, Saginaw County, Michigan.5

A copy of the following unidentified newspaper article was found in a scrapbook owned by Lowell, Indiana 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 this place 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."4

Last Edited=12 Oct 2021

Children of Rufus Dodge and Mary Ann Jones


  1. [S1659] The History of Lowell, Indiana, online (
  2. [S366] Descendants of James Jones & Hannah Goodale, manuscript, compiled by Walter Scott Jones; revised by Harley A Misener, privately held by Faye West, Edmonton, Alberta. Online:
  3. [S860] Robert Coleman, gedcom file, 09 Jun 2009, Scarborough, Ontario. Gedcom file "Descendants of Catherine Jones."
  4. [S1659] The History of Lowell, Indiana, online (, Biography of Rufus S Dodge (
  5. [S1944] Rufus Dodge tombstone, Wildwood Cemetery, Chesaning, Saginaw County, Michigan.