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John (Eagle) Dodd(son) (Dodson)

Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Great Heck, Yorkshire, England
Death: circa 1670 (74-90)
Jamestown, Richmond, VA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Private and Private
Brother of William Dods / Dodson

Occupation: Set sail 12-20-1606 on the "Susan Constant" Arrived in America 4-26-1607, laborer aboard the ship Susan Constant in 1607, Labourer
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About John (Eagle) Dodd(son)

John Dodson came over to America from England with Capt. John Smith in

1607. There were a hundred and five men in this company that founded

the first permanent English Colony in America.


They reached the capes of Virginia, April 1607, and sailed up the broad

river, thirty-two miles from the river's mouth. They named the river,

James and their settlement, Jamestown, in honor of their King.


The colonists soon erected cabins out of poles and branches and some dug

caves to live in. The site of the colony was unhealthy, and the deaths, especially during

the first few years of the colony, were horrifying. From 1606 to 1618,

a period of twelve years, eighteen hundred immigrants sailed from

England for Virginia. At the end of that time only six hundred were

living.


Attacks by Indians, starvation, and the system of holding property in

common added to the difficulties of the colonists. But in 1612 they

began to grow tobacco and they fared better.


The year 1619 brought three important events to Virginia and the

colonists, Virginia was permitted to enjoy a measure of self government;

a ship load, eighty, prospective wives arrived from England (probably

Jesse Dodson and William Dodson married two of these women). The

colonist could secure a wife, with her permission, and by paying her

transportation, in the amount of one hundred and twenty pounds of

tobacco--about $500 dollars worth; and the first Negro slaves landed in

Virginia.


In spite of all the hardships, John Dodson survived and was reported to

have been a mighty hunter and fur trader and in his dealings with the

Indians became the possessor of large bodies of land. He was a good

citizen.


We find descendants of this early Jamestown settler in every emigrant

western movement.


"John Dodson came over to America from England with Capt. John Smith in 1607. There were a hundred and five men in this company that founded the first permanent English Colony in America.

They reached the capes of Virginia April 1607, and sailed up the broad river, thirty two miles from the river's mouth. They named the river, James and their settlement Jamestown, in honor of their King.

The colonists soon erected cabins out of poles and branches and some dug caves to live in. The site of the colony was unhealthy, and the deaths, especially during the first few years of the colony, were horrifying. From 1606 to 1618, a period of twelve years, eighteen hundred immigrants sailed from England for Virginia. At the end of that time only six hundred were living.

Attacks by Indians, starvation, and the system of holding property in common added to the difficulties of the colonists. But in 1612 they began to grow tobacco and they fared better.

The year 1619 brought three important events to Virginia and the colonists. Virginia was permitted to enjoy a measure of self government; a ship load, eighty, of rospective wives arrived from England. The colonist could secure a wife, with her permission, and by paying her transportation, in the amount of one hundred and twenty pounds of tobacco--about $500 dollars worth; and the first Negro slaves landed in Virginia.

In spite of all the hardships John Dodson survived and was reported to have been a mighty hunter and fur trader and in his dealings with the Indians became the possessor of large bodies of land. He was a good citizen [and] we find descendants of this early Jamestown settler in every emigrant western movement."

Judging from the text, it would appear that Jesse and William came across the ocean with their father, probably leaving their mother behind, who may have been dead when they left England.

Another possibile conclusion, is that they followed him to Jamestown as they grew of age.


In naming his sons John probably used the popular practice of the day, known as patronymics. Patronymics describes the act of creating a new name for male members of a family by adding the suffix "son" to the fathers last name. If this was the case the name Dodson stood for "Son of Dod".

John departed London aboard the Susan Constant on December 19, 1606 along with Capt. John Smith. The Susan Constant, along with her sister ships, the Discovery and the Godspeed, arrived on the Virginia coast on May 6, 1607. The ships were driven inland by a storm and they took refuge in the area that is now known as Hampton Roads, Virginia. They then sailed up the James River landing at Jamestown. John Dodd was listed as a laborer on the passenger list for the original 105 settlers of Jamestown. He was also a soldier in the expedition aginst the Indians.

The colonists erected cabins out of poles and branches and some dug caves to live in. The site of the colony was unhealthy, and the deaths especially during the first few years, were horrifying. From 1606 to 1618, a period of 12 years, eighteen hundred (1800) immigrants sailed from England for Virginia. At the end of that time only six hundred (600) were living. Attacks by Indians, starvation, and the system of holding property in common added to the difficulties of the colonists. But by 1612 they began to grow tobacco and they fared better.

In spite of the hardships, John Dodd survived and was reported to have been a mighty funter and fur trader and in his dealing with the Indians became the possessor of large boddies of land. The census taken by the Virginia Company of London in the years 1624 and 1625 list John Dodd and his wife Jane living in the Land of Neck village along with forty (40) other individuals.

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John (Eagle) Dodd(son)'s Timeline

1588
1588
Great Heck, Yorkshire, England
1607
1607
- 1609
Age 19
North Carolina
1670
1670
Age 82
Jamestown, Richmond, VA, United States
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