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Watkins Hopkins Dodson
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Birth: Jun. 8, 1815
Halifax County
Virginia, USA
Death: Feb. 1, 1901
Gibson County
Tennessee, USA

W. H. Dodson, foundry, mill and plow factory. W. H. Dodson was born in Halifax County, Va., June 8, 1815, the second son of Wm. T. and Sallie (Young) Dodson. both Virginians by birth. His father was a farmer and mechanic; was married in Virginia, in 1811, and came with his family to Davidson County, Tenn., in 1823; died in 1832, preceded by his wife several year s. Of the nine children five lived to be grown. W. H. Dodson was broug ht to Tennessee when about eight years of age. He attended school only about six weeks after he attained a youthful age; however, by his own efforts, he acquired a very good practical education. At the age of fifteen he w as thrown upon his own resources for obtaining a living,and began work on the river, working on a keel, flat and steam-boat. In 1836 he steer ed a flat-boat from Nashville to New Orleans, continuing to follow boating for several years, on the Tennessee, Cumberland, Forked Deer, Yellow Bushy, Yazoo, Tallahatchie and Big Black Rivers. By his frugality he saved some money, and began trading in stock and poultry from Nashville to New Or leans. In 1841 he moved from Nashville to West Tennessee, and settled in Eaton, Gibson County, becoming engaged in the family grocery business, boating on Forked Deer River, and trading to New Orleans. In 1846 he associated himself with James A. Harwood, adding dry goods to their present business, and continued this business of general trade with him for three years, at the close of which time he sold out to Mr. Harwood. He then engaged in farming, saw-mill and stock business, continuing in this to the breaking out of the war. After this he returned to Eaton, and again resumed t he dry goods business and general store, in company with his son-in-law, I. R. Dance, continuing in this business two years, at the close of which time, Mr. Dance retiring, T. C. Patterson was taken in as partner. T he firm Dodson & Patterson remained until 1870. The former then sold out to Patterson & Bros., and moved to Trenton in 1871. In 1872, moving to Humboldt, he then bought a half interest of the plow factory and foundry of William Jarrell, at the same place, the latter gentleman being t he inventor of the celebrated Jarrell plow, cotton scraper and planter known throughout the South and West, the same year adding a flouring-mi ll to the other business. He remained in business with Mr. Jarrell until 1 878, at the close of which time Mr. Dodson bought the entire stock, and has continued in the same business, adding, at different times, new and improved machinery. Mr. Wm. Jarrell, having recently returned to Humboldt, has obtained a patent for a cotton cleaner and condenser, in which Mr. Dodson is interested, and is now engaged in the manufacture of the same, at Humboldt, Tenn. Mr. Dodson is a Democrat and Mason. On January 9, 1843, he married Sarah T. Morton, who died August 16, same year. June 17, 1847, he wedded J. A, Blakemore, daughter of W. T. and Jane R. Blakemore, and of ten children born to them five are living: W. W., Ida (Mrs. W. H. Gregory), C. J., A. R. and L. P. Dodson. Both husband and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church .
(Taken from The Godspeed History of Gibson County Tennessee)

Family links: 
  William Thornton Dodson (1796 - 1832)
  Sallie Young Dodson (1800 - 1829)
  Sarah T. Morton Dodson (____ - 1844)*
  Jerusha Ann Blakemore Dodson (1828 - 1898)*
  Sarah E Dodson Dance (1848 - 1870)*
  John Henry Dodson (1850 - 1880)*
  Nancy Jane Dodson (1851 - 1869)*
  Willis Jackson Dodson (1860 - 1861)*
  Albert R. Dodson (1865 - 1944)*
  Leonidas Polk Lee Dodson (1868 - 1933)*
  Elizabeth Petty Dodson Moore (1813 - 1917)*
  Watkins Hopkins Dodson (1815 - 1901)
  Robert J Dodson (1828 - 1871)*
*Calculated relationship
Oakland Cemetery
Gibson County
Tennessee, USA
Created by: Joe F. Moore Jr.
Record added: Aug 27, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57757477
Watkins Hopkins Dodson
Added by: joyce Osborne
Watkins Hopkins Dodson
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Watkins Hopkins Dodson
Added by: Joe F. Moore Jr.
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- joyce Osborne
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- Joe F. Moore Jr.
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