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George M. Dodson

Birth
Indiana, USA
Death 29 Mar 1904 (aged 44)
Lizton, Hendricks County, Indiana, USA
Burial Lizton, Hendricks County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 176333549 · View Source
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The Plainfield Library's Hendricks County Cemetery data base has a Jennie (Ramsey) Dodson as buried in the K. of P. Cemetery. Her Indiana death certificate indicates she was married to a Geo. Dodson. The 1900 Census shows George M. (born in Indiana in June 1858, age 41) and Jennie (age 36) Dodson living in Union Township, Hendricks County, Indiana with children Grece (age 16, likely her name was Grace and she was George's daughter by a previous marriage) and Blanche (age 7 months) Dodson. A Boone County marriage record indicates she married George Dodson on April 6, 1899.

George's Indiana death certificate indicates he was buried at Lizton. Since the K. of P. Cemetery didn't open until 1906, it's more likely he was buried in the Vieley Cemetery.

His death certificate indicates his mother's maiden name was Kennedy but doesn't give her given name or the name of his father.

The certificate indicates death was due to "blows from piece of iron". The below article has more details on his death at the hands of his son-in-law Frank Shockley, husband of his daughter Grace.

from the Indianapolis News for March 31, 1904:

Poolroom Profits Precipitate a Quarrel

George Dodson Killed by his Son-In-Law

Self-Defense is the Plea

Lizton, Ind., March 31 - Last night about 10 o'clock Frank Shockley, twenty-five years old, killed his father-in-law, George Dodson, forty-two years old, after a dispute over the proceeds of their business.

The two men had for some time been the owners of a poolroom and had failed to agree on a division of profits. In previous quarrels Dodson had threatened to kill his son-in-law. Last night, after closing the poolroom, the two men started homeward together, both living on the same street. The quarrel was again taken up, and when Dodson's gate was reached the dispute became heated, and Dodson drew a revolver and attempted to shoot Shockley. Shockley defended himself with an iron bar almost two feet long, striking Dodson a blow over the head and crushing his skull. Dodson was rendered unconscious by the blow, and died in an hour. Immediately after the tragedy Shockley went to his home, where he has since remained.

He has not been arrested because of the general opinion that the killing was in self-defense. A post-mortem will be held this afternoon. Public sentiment is with Shockley.

from the Republican for April 7, 1904:

Lizton - The funeral of George Dodson took place Thursday. He leaves three daughters, an aged mother and sister to mourn his death.


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  • Created by: David Smith
  • Added: 14 Feb 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 176333549
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George M. Dodson (14 Jun 1859–29 Mar 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 176333549, citing Vieley Cemetery, Lizton, Hendricks County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by David Smith (contributor 47038930) .