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Thomas “Second Fork” Dodson

Farnham, Richmond County, Virginia, USA
Death 25 Mar 1816 (aged 87)
Hawkins County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Big Creek, Hawkins County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 92200709 · View Source
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Lived in County Line, on the line of Hawkins and Grainger Counties, Tennessee from 1788-1816

Thomas Dodson was born on 3 October 1728 in Richmond County, Virginia. He died before 1816 at the age of 88 in Hawkins County, Tennessee.

Thomas lived on the second fork of Birch Creek and became known as "Second Fork" Thomas. He derived his nickname "Second Fork" from having lived on the second fork of Birch Creek, no doubt to distinguish his from other contemporary Thomas Dodsons in Pittsylvania and Halifax Counties, Virginia.

At the age of 19, he married Mary Neville, daughter of Joseph Neville of Prince William County, Virginia and together they produced the following children:
Agatha Dodson (1749-1830)
Frances "Fannie" Dodson (1753-1804)
Elizabeth Dodson (1754-1820)
Alice "Alcy" Dodson
William Dodson
Samuel Dodson (1755-1817)
Winifred Dodson (1759- )
Rhoda Dodson (1767-1814)
Susanna Dodson (1770?-1837)
Jesse Dodson (1770?-1816)
Thomas Jeremiah Dodson (1770?-1809)
Leonard Dodson (1772-1834)

Second Fork Thomas was a member of the Broad Run Baptist Church of Fauquier County, Virginia which he joined by baptism on 11 Aug 1765. He was dismissed to Halifax and is probably the Thomas Dodson Jr who, along with Joshua Scurlock, was dismissed "as members under censure to the church at Birch Creek to be under their care," 11 Nov 1766.

About 1788 several Dodson families left the Halifax/Pittsylvania Counties area and moved to Hawkins or Grainger County in East Tennesse. The records of the County Line Baptist Church, show among its members in Mar 1792, Thomas & Mary Dodson, and several of their married daughters.

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  • Created by: Vicki Hittson
  • Added: 19 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 92200709
  • Vicki Hittson
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas “Second Fork” Dodson (3 Oct 1728–25 Mar 1816), Find A Grave Memorial no. 92200709, citing County Line Church Cemetery, Big Creek, Hawkins County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Vicki Hittson (contributor 47380664) .