Wife: Anne Mansfield (3)
Born: about 1619 in Suffolk, England
Died: after 1686
Tristram Dodge, according to Robert Dode's Tristam Dodge and Descendants (1886), sailed April 1661 from Taunton, MA with the original 15 settlers and their families and settled on Block Island, RI. Rev. S.T. Livermore, A.M., in his History of Block Island, (1876), page 17, names Tristram Dodge as one of the passengers in the shallop which sailed fromTaunton, 1661, and he says on page 327 that, although he was not among the first purchasers, he was among the first party of settlers. The following, taken from the records of New Shoreham (Block Island), RI, would indicated that Tristram Dodge closely followed the first settlers if he did not come with them:
"To All Person to Whom This Testimony Shall Appear:
"Know Ye, I, Simon Ray of Block Island, being 81 years of age and now upon oath doth testify and declare that on ye first erecting and settling of s/d Block Island there was some undivided land reserved by ye first purchasers for to accommodate fishermen for promoting of a fishing trade, and Tristram Dodge Sr. a fisherman came from Newfoundland and ye freeholders willing for to settle him on s/d Island, gave unto him said Tristram Dodge 3 acres of land unto him and his heirs forever which land ordered by freeholders for to be measured unto him said Dodge situated and being on ye South East of ye Harbor that now is joining to the land of John Rathbon." Signed Simon Ray, Warden. Block Island, Feb 28, 1718-19.
Freeman, July 1670, in Block Island, RI. Oct 1, 1720, Israel Dodge of New London, late of Block Island, sold land located in Block Island, formerly belonging to his father Tristram, to his brothers John, Tristram, and William of Block Island. He was on a farm in North Parish (Montville), New London, CT in 1694. In 1705 the Queen's Court reported him settled there on Indian Fields. As the New London records were burned by Benedict Arnold Sep 6, 1781, it is difficult to give dates concerning his family. Baptisms by Rev. Jas. Hillhouse, Second Cong. Church of North Parish, supply the following names of Israel's children and grandchildren. He appears to have disposed of all his real estate before his death. In 1707 he bought land in Montville of Samuel Rogers. In 1719 he and wife Hannah gave his son John a part of this land. In 1725 Johns ells same land to his brother Israel for 40 pounds. Israel Sr. gave some of this land to his sons Wiliam and Samuel, and they sell 16 acres of it in 1725 to their brother Israel. In 1727 Israel Sr. gives more of this land to son all of his own farm except improved part, " latter to fall to Samuel when Israel Sr. and wife die. In 1722 Israel gave some of this Montville land to son Thomas, "near John's portion," deed made out at Norwich. In 1724 Israel gives son Israel more of this land. In 1730 Samuel Dodge sells land in Montville "where Israel Dodge now lives" (probably brother Israel) to Gideon Comstock for 42 pounds, and this was doubtless after the death of his father and mother when the homestead had fallen to him, " said land beginning at the highway that goes to Colchester.: Robert Dodge, in his Tristram Dodge and Descendants, p. 136 et seq., has got Israel and his family badly mixed up. Children from church records:
8. Israel, bapt. adult Dec 16, 1722, d. 1745
9. John, b. 1689, bapt adult Dec 16, 1722, d. Nov 16, 1776 (NorwichRec.)
10. Thomas, bapt adult 16 Dec 1722
William, bapt. adult Dec 16 1722
Samuel, bapt adult Dec 16, 1722.
Revised: November 26, 2016