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Rev Leonidas Dodson, Sr
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Birth: Oct. 12, 1822
Saint Michaels
Talbot County
Maryland, USA
Death: Nov. 20, 1889
Baltimore County
Maryland, USA

Rev. Leonidas Dodson. Sr., was the son of William and Amelia S. (Brown) Dodson. Eleanor Jane (Jefferson) Dodson was his 1st wife. She died August 27, 1867. Salina Virginia (Barnett) Dodson was his 2nd wife. They were married May 14, 1868. He was a Local Preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Unidentified Newsclipping - 1889

Leonidas Dodson, Sr. was born in St. Michaels, Maryland, of William and Amelia Brown Dodson, October 12, 1822. He was in his 12th year placed in the store of Captain Thomas Auld, master of the Hon. Frederick Douglass, between whom and Leonidas there was a life-long attachment. He taught the colored boy his letters. From the store of Captain Auld, after a brief experience as sailor with his brother, he was elected January 1847, teacher in the primary school at St. Michael's. He advanced to full charge of the school December 185O. He taught one year, and resigned to open a store for himself. The trustees re-elected him in 1852, and advanced his salary as an inducement to accept. He continued to teach until March 13, 1854, when he was appointed discount clerk at Easton National Bank. He was advanced until he reached the responsible position of teller, which he held to the time of his death with great acceptability. He was married January 2O, 1846, by the Rev. James Allen, to Miss Eleanor Jane Jefferson, of St. Michael's, and again May 14, 1868, by the Rev. Wesley Kenny, D.D,, to Miss Salina Virginia Barrnett, of Easton, Maryland. He had seven children by his first wife; three are living; Helen Maria, wife of Colonel James C. Norris, of Easton; Leonidas, Jr., of Philadelphia; and William Patterson, of St. Paul de Loanda, Africa, one of the pioneer missionaries that went out under Rev. Bishop William Taylor, and who is now in charge of the work at Loanda; and four children by the second wife; two are living; James Edward, the accomplished organist of Easton Methodist Episcopal Church, and Walter Stewart. He was converted when but 12, and has been from the start a devoted Christian. He has occupied every position the church could give him, and was licensed to preach, but shrank from it, asking God to make him useful in humbler spheres. His death occurred Wednesday, November 2O, 1889, at the residence of his sister, Mrs. Julia A. Wrightson, in Baltimore, where he had gone for medical treatment for cancer of the stomach, which had been asserting itself for at least eight years. He leaves a widow and five children.
Written by W. W. W. Wilson

University of Maryland Library
Special Collections
Hornbake Library
Archives and Manuscripts Department
Papers of Leonidas Dodson
Abstract: This collection consists of the journals of Leonidas Dodson (1822-1889), banker, teacher, and prominent citizen of Easton, Maryland. The journals are a rich source of information about local and national events, and about Dodson's church, civic and work responsibilities. They consist of diary entries, extensive quotations and transcriptions, a number of laid-in materials, and information of Dodson's death. Subjects covered include church and religion, disease and death, crime and justice, politics, temperance, the Civil War and slavery.

Family links: 
  William Dodson (1786 - 1833)
  Amelia S Brown Dodson (1790 - 1848)
  Eleanor Jane Jefferson Dodson (1821 - 1867)
  Salina Virginia Barnett Dodson (1835 - 1899)
  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)*
  Robert Auld Dodson (1808 - 1883)*
  William B. Dodson (1813 - 1880)*
  Leonidas Dodson (1822 - 1889)
*Calculated relationship
Spring Hill Cemetery
Talbot County
Maryland, USA
Plot: Section 134
Maintained by: Pumbaa
Originally Created by: Mary Jane Haight-Eckert
Record added: Dec 10, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32080831
Rev Leonidas Dodson, Sr
Added by: Pumbaa
Rev Leonidas Dodson, Sr
Added by: Pumbaa
Rev Leonidas Dodson, Sr
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