Husband: John Dodge (1)
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.
Revised: November 26, 2016