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Daniel Dodd (II), Jr.

Birthdate: (56)
Birthplace: Branford Twp. New Haven, Connecticut
Death: circa 1705 (51-59)
Newark, Essex, N.J.
Immediate Family:

Son of Daniel Dodd (I); Mary Wheeler and Mary Wheeler
Husband of Phebe Brown
Father of Daniel Dodd (III); John Dodd and Dorcas Ward
Brother of Mary Blatchley; Samuel Dodd; Ebenezer Dodd; Hannah Dodd; Stephen Dodd and 6 others

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About Daniel Dodd (II)

Some Early Families of Bloomfield, New Jersey chronicles how Daniel Dodd came from Branford about 1668. He was the ancestor of the Dodds of Bloomfield and Doddtown, East Orange. His children were Daniel, Stephen, John, and Dorcas.

"Genealogy of the Daniel Dod Family, 1615 -1940": Daniel Dodd was born about 1649. Though a minor he appears as the head of a family on the first tax list of Newark, NJ where he is assessed for 150 Pounds, only part of which sum represented the "visible estate" brought to Newark, as 50 Pounds was set down for each head of a family and 10 Pounds for each child. In 1671, being of age, he returned to Branford to sell his father's lands. In the deed he describes himself as "being in the 22nd year of my age, and the lawful heir of Daniel Dod, deceased." In 1677, Daniel appears on the Newark Records as one of the warners of Town Meetings. In March, 1678, he was appointed with Edward Ball to run the northern line of the town with the Indians, the bounds of the town having been by a new purchase extended to the top of the mountains. Both Ball and Dodd appear to have had some knowledge of surveying and to have been employed by their neighbors to draw up conveyances. In 1686 (Edward Ball being one of a committee to settle with the proprietors in a long controversy about how much of the lands in the bounds of Newark purchase should be divided among the settlers), we find Daniel Dodd named as one of a committee to advise and instruct the former committee in behalf of the town. In 1692 he was chosen a deputy to the Legislature of the province, and is occasionally named at different dates as entrusted with other public business by his townsmen. In 1701 he signed, with his brother Samuel and eldest son, Daniel Dodd Jr., an agreement by with more than a hundred citizens of Newark joined together in an effort to purchase, with the consent of the Lords Proprietaries, the lands west of the bounds of Newark purchase from the top of the mountains to the upper Passaic River. It appears that they failed to obtain the consent of the Proprietors, but that the purchase was nevertheless made; and the collisions between the claimants under this purchase, and those who obtained titles from the Proprietors, let to long disputes which culminated about 1747 in great riots. As to how long Daniel Dodd lived after the date of this agreement there is no positive evidence. A Daniel Dodd was one of the Surveyors of the Highways in 1721, but it probably was the Daniel Dodd of Guilford, son of Stephen, who removed to Newark about 1706; and as we find this last Daniel in Court as early as 1714 without any junior to his name it is probable his uncle, Daniel II, died before that year.

It is supposed that the wife of Daniel II was Phebe Brown, daughter of John Brown who, in his will dated 1689, names his daughter "Phebe Dodd". According to tradition, their children were: Daniel, Stephen (the Cooper), John, Dorcas.

Dorcas married a Ward, ancestor of Zebina Ward. As Daniel, the eldest son, was not born until after 1680 when his father was past thirty, there may have been other daughters, older than Daniel, whose names tradition has not preserved. The celebrated "Bill in Chancery" mentions surveys for Daniel Dodd in 1679 by warrant from the Proprietors. One of these surveys was a tract beyond Second River. Daniel appears to have early removed from his town lot in what is now Orange Street in Newark to these lands on Watsessing plain, and all his sons lived on part of that tract. Daniel III (says Rev. Stephen Dodd) built where Amos Dodd lived in 1839, John built where David Dodd then lived and Josiah F. Dodd now lives. Stephen built where the late Nehemiah Ward lived.

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Daniel Dodd (II)'s Timeline

June 1, 1649
Branford Twp. New Haven, Connecticut
June 1, 1651
Age 2
New Haven, CT, USA
Age 31
Newark, Essex, New Jersey
Age 34
Newark, Essex, New Jersey
Age 55
Newark, Essex, N.J.
Newark, Essex, New Jersey
- 1671
Newark, New Jersey