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About the Dodds surname

This is a story written about my most distant Grandfather in my mother's Paternal line. I have not been able to prove a connection further back in this Dodds Line. When researching and doing YDNA and BigY test we found that this Dodds line is part of the Rox2 Cluster. This Dodds line also has close matches with the surname Campbell, Brown and others all part of the Rox2 Cluster. The story of John Dodds. b.1764 reuniting with son James Dodds b. 1788.

"JOHN DODDS was a native of Belfast, Ireland. He fled to this country, at the time of the Irish Rebellion, being one of those who had taken an active part in it. He brought a daughter with him, leaving a son with his brother in Ireland. It is supposed the brother was also obliged to leave, and the boy, James, soon worked his way to Scotland. Mr. DODDS wrote repeatedly to his brother to learn the whereabouts of his son; but received no answer, Finally upon writing to the minister of the parish, his letter was read in church, and a gentleman who was present soon, after traveling in Scotland, related the incident in the presence of James DODDS. He immediately set out for Belfast, where he received the necessary information and shipped for America. Upon arriving in this town; he stopped at the house of Jed. P. LADD. Mr. LADD went with him to his father. The old man was overjoyed when told that this man resided near his son in Scotland, and made endless inquiry concerning him, without in the least suspecting who he was. At length Mr. LADD, with characteristic impatience interrupted him, with, "Uncle Johnny" (he was familiarly called thus), "Look at that man!" Somewhat startled, he leaned forward and examined him, and then, with a low exclamation, clasped him in his arms. -- This son, after a brief stay, returned to Scotland; but at a later period he brought his family here, and spent the last of his life in this town. John DODDS married for his second wife, Huldah HAYNES. He died in the year 1832." - this was taken from "A History of North Hero Vermont," first printed in 1861