Leonard Pulsepher Dodge

ID # 127, (1807-1888)
BirthLeonard Pulsepher Dodge was born on 1 November 1807 at Hartland, Windsor County, Vermont. 
MarriageHe married Mary Coleman, daughter of William Coleman and Catherine Jones, in December 1835; Leonard and Mary were married by license. This bond was required to be signed by two people that knew the couple and basically stated thatthere was no impediment to the marriage, such as consanguinity. The date of the bond was not the date of the marriage, which would have likely occurred some days later.

Name of Future Husband: Dodge, Leonard P.
Residence: Beverly Township, Halton County
Name of Future Wife: Coleman, Mary
Residence: Beverly Township, Halton County
Reference: RG 5 B9
Volume: 29
Bond Number: 4605
Date: 1835-12-17
Microfilm Reel Number: C-6784

The above is from the bond index. The bond as it appears on the microfilm is badly faded and barely readable. The signatories were an Isaac Robinson and a James Mullen. No doubt they knew the couple, but no further information for Isaac Robinson or James Mullen has been found.

The bond was written, and probably signed, at Brantford. It likely given in exchange for the marriage license. The marriage may or may not have been performed in Brantford. 
DeathHe died on 19 February 1888 at Chesaning, Michigan, at age 80. 
BurialHe was buried at Wildwood Cemetery, Chesaning Twp, Michigan. 
NoteLeonard P. Dodge appears in Beverly Township in a Wentworth County directory for 1867-68. He is at Conc. 3, Lot 7f. He is a millwright.

The following clippings, which give an excellent background biograph yfor Leonard and Rufus Dodge, are from The Lowell Public Library of Lowell, Indiana: (http://www.lowellpl.lib.in.us/dodgeleo.htm)

Leonard P. Dodge (1807-1888)
Copies of the following unidentified newspaper articles were found in a scrapbook owned by Town Historian Richard Schmal:

Mr. and Mrs. L.P. Dodge, of this place, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Dec. 17. A party of fifty relatives and friends gathered at their residence on Front St., where supper was served and some happy hours passed by all. Among the presents were a pair of gold spectacles for Mr. Dodge presented by friends and a pair of gold spectacles for Mrs. Dodge presented by their children. Rev. Gilchriese did the work of presentation accompanied by a happy speech to the bride and groom. Mr. Dodge and wife have spent a portion of their married life in Canada, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. When they went west the first time, there were no railroads west of Buffalo, and they were over two weeks in reaching Chicago by wagon at that time. Ind., Ill., and Mich., was called the 'far west.' They have lived here for about eighteen years and we wish them many more returns of their wedding day.

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Leonard P. Dodge, deceased, a much respected citizen of this place, the subject of this sketch, as born at Hartland, Windsor County, Vermont, Nov. 1, 1807, and was therefore in his 81st year at the date of his death -- which occurred Sunday, 9:50 p.m., February 19, 1888. Spending his early years among the green hills of Vermont and much of his time in the beautiful Connecticut River where he laid the foundation of a strong, healthy constitution which stood him well throughout his long and active life.

At the age of 18 he left his native village, traveled west to Troy, N.Y. and learned the moulders' trade, but being of a 'mechanical turn', soon commenced work at carpentering, bridge building, and millwrighting, working in N.Y. City and various parts of the state. In 1833 he went to Canada. In 1835 at the age of 28 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Coleman, of Troy, Wentworth County, Ontario, with whom he lived happily until his death.

In 1836 he moved to Illinois. In 1838 to Indiana. In 1845 to Troy, Ont. And again in 1867 to Chesaning. In 1885 he celebrated his golden wedding.

He was a great reader and a special love for newspapers and was always a staunch friend to THE ARGUS. He was liberal in Religion, Schools and Politics. He possessed a very social nature, but was never a member of any society or sect. A lover of children and always kind to animals. He leaves a widow and four children grown to manhood and womanhood.

He retained his full reasoning powers until his last moments, then passed away so quietly to his last sleep from which there is no waking.

We now have enough information to say that Leonard Pulsepher Dodge and Rufus Dodge were brothers. Their parents were Paul and Jerusha Dodge of Hartland, Vermont.

It may be noted that a registration of birth for Leonard P. Dodge has been found that is confirmed by the above information. The image is to be found at FamilySearch and appears to be that of a card which reads:
Birth of Male
Name of Child: Leonard P. Dodge
DOB: Hartland 1807, November, 1st
Maiden Name of Mother: Jerusha (apparently her given name)
Mother's Residence: Hartland, Vt.
Full Name of Father: Paul Dodge
Town: Hartland, Vt.

A similar card registers the birth for Rufus Dodge on 27 March, 1813, the son of Jerusha and Paul Dodge. This, too, is filed at Hartland, Vt.

Similarly, birth registrations have been found for the children of Paul and Jersuah Dodge at Hartland, Vt., as follows:

Thomas Dodge, born at Hartland on 9 May 1815
Henry Dodge, born 7 April, 1817
Enos Dodge, born 25 Sept., 1809
Enos Dodge, born 25 Sept., 1809
(The 1st registration for Enos shows his birth as being at Barnet, but was filed at Hartland. The second registration was filed at Barnet and all the registrations show Jerusha's maiden name written rather illegibly as...perhaps...Gregg, or Grigg.)
Deidama Dodge, born 14 October, 1811. 

Children of Leonard Pulsepher Dodge and Mary Coleman

Last Edited24 May 2014