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Benjamin Franklin "Ben" Dodson
Birth: Apr. 7, 1846
Wayne County
Missouri, USA
Death: Dec. 13, 1927
Lampasas County
Texas, USA

Jesse J. Dodson b. 1815 d. 1890
Rachel Parilee Smith b. 1822 d.(about)1851 Missouri

WIFE: Esther Isabell Curtis 1851 1929
married: May 9, 1868 in Mills County, Texas

Ben was born in Wayne County Missouri, one of 11 children.

Rachel Ellen Dodson 1869 1943
Mary Francis "Mollie" Dodson 1871 1935
Josephine Dodson 1874 1959
Lily Pearl Dodson 1890 1977

Ben's mother, Rachel Parilee Smith Dodson, died when he was about 5 years old. He was raised by his step-mother, Disa Mae Findley Dodson (1819 - 1878).

Ben was a farmer and rancher. In about 1863 he joined the US Civil War Soldiers- 9th TX Cavalry (Sim's group) enlisted with his brother George W. Dodson. In about 1864 he mustered into the TEXAS STATE TROOPS (one of the early Texas Ranger Division). He enlisted with his cousin William Pinckney Dodson.

He farmed and ranched with his wife, Esther in Mills County, raising sheep, goats, and cattle. They lived near Payne Gap.

Ben separated from Ester Isabell "E.I." around 1900. He stayed with various family members and his daughters, going from one to the other for a week or month at a time.

1860 Federal Census:
Living in Station Creek, Coryell, Texas, United States
J J Dodson 45; Dicy M Dodson 40; Moses R Dodson 17; Mary P Dodson 20; George W Dodson 14; Ben F Dodson 13; Margaret Dodson 12; Fanny Dodson 11; Abram R Dodson 11; Josiah K Dodson 9; Jessee Dodson 6; Susan D Dodson 4; Dicy Dodson 2; L James Dodson 2
Family links: 
  Jesse John Dodson (1815 - 1890)
  Rachel Parilee Smith Dodson (1822 - 1851)
  Esther Isabell Curtis Dodson (1850 - 1929)
  Rachel Ellen Dodson Spanos (1869 - 1943)*
  Mary Francis Dodson Duncan (1871 - 1935)*
  Josephine Dodson Duncan (1874 - 1959)*
  Lily Pearl Dodson Duncan (1890 - 1977)*
  George Washington Dodson (1843 - 1911)*
  Benjamin Franklin Dodson (1846 - 1927)
  Jesse John Dodson (1854 - 1894)**
*Calculated relationship
Pleasant Grove Cemetery
Mills County
Texas, USA
Created by: Lynda Duncan Miles
Record added: Nov 14, 2008
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Benjamin Franklin Ben Dodson
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Happy Thanksgiving, Gr-Gr-Grandpa Dodson. Sending love to you.
- Lynda Duncan Miles
 Added: Nov. 25, 2014
Texas State Troops lawman, a life dedicated to justice.Rest in peace, gr-grandpa.
- Joe Miles
 Added: Feb. 1, 2012
Rest in Peace Gr-gr-grandfather.
- Lynda Duncan Miles
 Added: Sep. 24, 2011
This page is sponsored by: Lynda Duncan Miles

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