Gervase Dodson, Surveyor

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Gervase Dodson, Surveyor

Also Known As: "Gervas", "Gervace", "Jervace", "Gervis", "Gavaise", "Dobson"
Birthdate: (36)
Death: circa 1658 (28-44)
Immediate Family:

Husband of Isabelle Dodson
Father of Katherine Boggess and Alice Corbin

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  • A known Quaker, Gervase Dodson, and Thomas Salsbury, believed to be a Quaker. (Bulletin of the Northumberland Co. historical Society, v. 32, 1995, p. 102) Isabel Salsbury, widow of Thomas Salsbury later married Gervase Dodson. In 1660 Dodson and others were punished for meeting illegally. "Quakers, Gervase Dodson, David Cussin, Robert Lambdon, John Smith and Thomas Shields met at the house of David Cussin contrary to law. To receive 20 stripes apiece on their bare backs..." (Virginia Colonial Abstracts, by Beverly Fleet. v. 1, p. 595) "If the Salsburys were Quakers this could have been why members of that family eventually moved to MD, which was more tolerant of Quakers." (2)



Gervase Dodson arrived in Northumberland County, Virginia in 1650. In 1653 he became the county surveyor, which allowed him to acquire "thousands of acres in Lancaster, Northumberland, and Westmoreland Counties. During Dodson's residence in Wicomico Parish, a small group of Quaker dissenters met for worship, 'contrary to law.' In June of 1660, Dodson and several other dissenters were publicly whipped, each receiving twenty lashes. Later that year Dodson entered a document into the records that asked for a pardon from King Charles II. . . . From the record requesting pardon, we learn that Gervase Dodson had "beene a soldier several yeares in Ireland & England for the King & Parliament, till the death of the late King Charles the First, when I left all & came into this Country..." From the Northumberland County, Record Book, 1658-66, p. 49 in Bulletin of the Northumberland County Historical Society, v. 22, 1985, p. 45. "One cannot determine from this...document whether he actually became and remained a Quaker after the whipping. He died a few months later, leaving his Wicomico land to his wife, Isabel."

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Gervase Dodson, Surveyor's Timeline

Age 28
VA, United States
Age 36