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Peter Dodge
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Birth: Apr. 1, 1810
Onondaga County
New York, USA
Death: Apr. 18, 1810
Onondaga County
New York, USA

A child's grave is a sad thing. A child's grave with no name, or only a surname, is sadder yet. For, although they had no great accomplishments or family legacy of their own to pass on, such graves give those of us who follow no knowledge other than a baby was born and stayed for but a short time. No name, no gender, only a surname.

In an age when infant and childhood mortality was so common, there are many such graves. Many babies didn't live long enough to even be given a name. Many others were written in family Bibles and that was considered good enough.

Such could have been the case with "Child Dodge" were it not for happy accident.

Those tracing the Dodge family line may well assume that the child buried here was born to Asahel and Sarah Dodge. The grave after all clearly states "child of Asahel Dodge," and that name usually conjures up but one man. I too made the assumption that this established the Revolutionary War Captain and his wife as this baby's parents. This assumption remained for some months until I noticed something in the records that made it highly unlikely. Asahel's wife, Sarah N. Stanley, was born in 1754. This baby was born in 1810. That meant Sarah would have given birth to the child at the age of 56.

Nor could this have been a case of a second wife who gave Asahel a late life child. Sarah passed in 1825, and Asahel followed two years later in 1827. Clearly, this was not the baby of the well-known original settler of Lee Massachusetts.

Asahel and Sarah Dodge had a son, also named Asahel, who was born 23 November 1784. Asahel Jr. married Elizabeth Davis on 1 Sep 1806, in Eastown, Washington County, New York. Among the couple's seven children was a son who was born 1 April 1810, and died on 18 April 1810. This then must be the child resting in this grave.

His parents named him Peter.

It's curious. Unlike so many others, this baby was given a name. Why wasn't it listed in the record or put on his tombstone? We'll likely never know the answer to that. But happily we now know this - he was Peter Dodge, and he was only here for two and a half weeks in the year of 1810.
Family links: 
  Asahel Dodge (1784 - 1851)
  Elizabeth Davis Dodge (1786 - 1858)
  Peter Dodge (1810 - 1810)
  Abraham R. Dodge (1813 - 1854)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: c/o Asahel Dodge (c/o denotes child of)
Old Marcellus Village Cemetery
Onondaga County
New York, USA
Maintained by: CS Sullivan
Originally Created by: Harvey Bell
Record added: May 16, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90222207


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