|Birth: ||Sep. 13, 1859|
|Death: ||Mar. 31, 1871|
Joseph "Josie" Dodson was the youngest son of Leonidas and Eleanor Jane (Jefferson) Dodson, Sr. He died tragically in a firearms accident. Leonidas always referred to "Josie" as "my Benjamin." He was 12 years, 5 months and 18 days old at the time of his death.
Journal Entry by Leonidas Dodson, April 1871
"I had just opened my day's work when Willie came in weeping, and said, "Oh Pa, Josie is shot." Hastily asking him where, and receiving in reply, at the school room, and buoyed with the hope that it was merely a flesh wound, I started for the fatal scene."
--The Easton Gazette called the event "a most shocking accident." A year before the State of Maryland had furnished students at the high school with small muskets for the purpose of organizing the higher department into a military college. One of the older boys was playing with the gun when it accidentally went off and hit Josie, aged 13, in the leg. Josie suffered until eleven o'clock that evening, when he "gently ebbed out." The obituary described Josie as a "general favorite with all his school associates" and said that he had a "gentle and affable disposition."
Leonidas Dodson (1822 - 1889)
Eleanor Jane Jefferson Dodson (1821 - 1867)
Ethelinda Thompson Dodson (1852 - 1854)*
William Patterson Dodson (1857 - 1938)*
Joseph Curtis Dodson (1859 - 1871)
Eleanor Virginia Dodson (1869 - 1877)**
Rosanna Dodson (1872 - 1872)**
James Edward Dodson (1873 - 1942)**
Spring Hill Cemetery
Plot: Section 134
Maintained by: Pumbaa
Originally Created by: Mary Jane Haight-Eckert
Record added: Dec 10, 2008
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