Married Minnesota Aldura Dodds, 17 Dec 1879, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Children - Abram Dodds, Art Dodds, Jane Dodds, Ray Dodds, Joseph H. Dodds, Pardon Dodds
History - The exact year that Old Ashley Town came into existence is uncertain, but it is known that Pardon Dodds was one of its foremost citizens. He was the first settler in the valley and built the first house in the area. His ranch ran adjacent and just to the north of Old Ashley Town.
Dodds was the valley's first citizen. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1837. He served as a lieutenant in the Ohio Cavalry during the Civil War. After the war he came to Salt Lake City, where he was appointed Indian agent for northeastern Utah in 1867. He first located on the upper Duchesne River, then at Rock Creek and later, on Christmas Day, 1868, he founded Whiterocks and established his agency there. Whiterocks is the oldest settlement in Uintah County, excluding the earlier trading posts. He was commissioned captain during this time and went by the name Captain Dodds the rest of his life.
Later on, Dodds left the agency and moved to Ashley Valley as a stockman, erecting the first house ever built there, in 1873. He became a close friend of Major Powell and went with him on one of his trips down the Green River. In 1880 he was appointed by the legislature as a selectman for Uintah County, an office similar to our county commissioner. Later he was appointed prosecuting attorney for Uintah County by Governor Eli H. Murray.
Captain Dodds's wife was the daughter of A. C. Hatch from Heber, and her relatives helped settle Vernal, or Hatchtown as it was then called.
The Dodds built the first canal in the valley, called the' Dodds Ditch. They were the major builders of the Rock Point Canal. The Gibsons and Fairchilds also worked on the early construction of this canal. For many years it went only as far as the mouth of Steinaker Draw or to where the dam now is located. In those days there was no Steinaker Wash as we now know it, but it was level land; the huge erosion started later. It has been said that William Gibson plowed a furrow from the mouth of Steinaker Draw to the Fairchilds place (near the old Ashley Ward chapel) to divert water from the Rock Point Canal to that property. In following years the upper portion of the property eroded away drastically by the flooding from the nearby hills. This soil was soft and light in nature, having been deposited down through the years from the Red Mountain area, therefore it crumbled and washed away easily. The red dirt can be found to this day many miles down along Spring Creek.
The Rock Point Canal was so named because of a prominent outcropping of rock near its beginning and close to the western end of the rocky reef north of Old Ashley.
Before the coming of the white man, an Indian of some importance must have thought this was a pretty important spot, or at least those responsible for disposing of his remains decided so, because this jutting rock became his burial place. The Dodds family found the remains many years ago.
Old Ashley never wanted for fuel to heat its homes. Wood was abundant along Ashley Creek and coal was mined from under the reef to the north. Both the Dodds and Gibsons operated coal mines on their property. Later there were other coal mines along the reef to the northeast and some in what was known as coal mine basin above Maeser.
Some of the early residents were single men who moved here and later married and brought in their wives. A few single women came into the valley, but these were rare.