Nancy Dodson

Female 1773 -


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  • Name Nancy Dodson 
    Born 1773  (Halifax County) Commonwealth of Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Residence 1850  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I27020  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 9 Jul 2018 

    Father Jesse Buford Dodson, Sr.,   b. 22 Nov 1752, Halifax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1843, Riceville, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Mother Ruth Dodson,   b. 12 Dec 1754, Fauquier County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1828, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 0___ 1774  Halifax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6, 7
    • Ruth was his first cousin.
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1781  Hawkins County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1785  Pittsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1805  Claiborne County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1806  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1812  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1820  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F115  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family John Cunningham,   b. (~1770)  [9
    Married 1792  [1, 2
    Residence (Family) Claiborne County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Children 
     1. Thomas Cunningham,   b. 25 Oct 1799, (Claiborne County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 May 1886, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     2. Jesse Cunningham,   b. (Hawkins County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Elisha David Cunningham,   b. 0___ 1810, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 10 Jul 2018 
    Family ID F9682  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1773 - (Halifax County) Commonwealth of Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1850 - Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - - Claiborne County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Hey I just wanted to share some things I found.

      You were speculating that Nancy Dodson (who married John Cunningham) may be related to Jesse Dodson. Well according to the Standridge/Pearson family tree on Ancestry, they had a son named Jesse L. Cunningham, born 09 Sep 1805 in Claiborne County, TN and died 6 Sep 1878 in Lipan, Hood County, Texas. There was a photo attached. I have attached it to this email. It appears they were married in Hawkins County (my neck of the woods). I have also attached Nancy Dodson Cunningham's 1850 Census record from Warren County, TN.

      There was this story attached to the Standridge/Pearson tree as well:

      Jesse Cunningham was a physician and served as such in the Confederate Army in the 28th Alabama Infantry.

      He was also the first mayor of Cleburne, Johnson Co., Texas, appointed by then governor E.J. Davis on Dec 12, 1871 & serving till Nov 8, 1872. A ceremony was held in Cleburne honoring his descendants July 10, 2001.

      June 27, 2015, Editor's Note: This "Jesse DODSON" is incorrectly identified by the Stanridge/Pearson Family Tree. He is actually the son of John Cunningham and Sarah Jane Swindle. Click here to view his pedigree:

      http://thehennesseefamily.com/ahnentafel.php?personID=I42943&tree=hennessee&generations=


      So then the same tree lists Nancy Dodson as the daughter of Jesse and Ruth Dodson but does say there is hard evidence. It has this story attached:

      "The most interesting and revealing records on the Cunninghams during this period comes from an old journal of the creation and proceedings of the North on Holston Baptist Church which was formed on the third Saturday in March, 1792.

      These church records were copied from an old jurnal belonging to the Baptist Minister Chesley Hood Boatright. The Rev. Boatright was born on Nov. 25, 1797 and the records were copied during the 1800's.

      There were 28 charter members at the first meeting of the North On Holston Church.

      Included were: Jesse Dodson and his wife Ruth;
      Jesse Dodson's older brother Thomas and his wife Mary;
      Jesse Dodson's older cousin Elisha Dodson and his wife Rachael;
      Thomas and Mary's son Thomas;
      Utally Dodson who has never been identified by any of the Dodson historians; and
      Elizabeth and
      Nancy Dodson. ...

      This writer is of the opinon the Nancy Dodson mentioned in the church records was the first child of Jesse and Ruth Dodson. Nancy is not listed by any Dodson historian, but I will provide further evidence to support this conclusion later. ...

      The membership of the church grew quickly and by February 1793, there were 160 members, including several Negroes. John Cunningham was the 43rd member and Mary Cunningham, William Cunningham's wife, was 45th. Thomas Cunningham 83rd and James Cunningham 87th. There was no listing for William Cunningham. Chesley H. Boatright, an ancestor of the preacher who copied the church journal was 117th.

      At the second meeting of the church on the first Saturday in April 1792, the first item of business was to "choose a committee to enquire into the charges brought by Thomas Dodson, Junr. against Nancy Dodson." This is one first cousin charging another. The second item of business was that the committee reported the "charge is groundless and Thomas Dodson is considered under dealings."

      At the next meeting on the first Saturday in May, 1792, the second item of business was to appoint a committee "to inquire into the truth of the charges brought by Thomas Dodson and Mary Dodson, Sr. against Nancy Dodson." This was aunt and uncle against niece. The third item of business was that the committee "report no charge of weight and disapproved of it." At the next meeting on the first Saturday in June, the first item of business was "to consider Thomas and Mary Dodson under dealings." The second item restored Thomas Dodson, Jr. to fellowship.

      On the first Saturday in July, 1792, the church met and "I. received the advice of the Association from the North Fork of the Holston. 2. Chose Elisha Dodson Moderator. 3. Chose James Fears and Jesse Dodson to attend the conference at Hornback the 4th Friday in August. 4. Excommunicated Thomas Dodson (Jesse's brother and the other deacon) for usurping the authority of the church in maintaining an unsupportable charge against N. Dodson."

      At the next meeting on the first Saturday in August, 1792, the first report to the church was "the standing of Sister Dodson (Mary) as we conceived it at Elisha Dodson's we find her still aiming to support her charges against Nancy Dodson and also accuses Jesse and Ruth Dodson of telling lies."

      At the next meeting, on the first Saturday in September, 1792, (this has been going on now for five months), the second item of business was "Mary Dodson excommunicated for bringing railing against Nancy Cunningham, an accusing Jesse and Ruth Dodson of lying which she could not make appear."

      We will never know what charges her first cousin, aunt and uncle made against Nancy Dodson Cunningham, but we do know that our great great, great grandfather John 6 Cunningham made an honest woman out of her. Obviously, Nancy Dodson and John 6 Cunningham were married either in August or September, 1792.

      I have belabored this humorous series of events for a specific reason. There are no other records available to identify John 6's wife Nancy. We know from later census records in Warren County that her name was Nancy and she was born in 1773, but ther is no record of where she was born or who her parents were. As stated earlier, it is this writer's conclusion that Nancy Dodson Cunningham was the daughter, probably the first born of Jesse and Ruth Dodson. There are other reasons to support this conclusion.

      John 6 and Nancy Cunningham's male children were (1) Thomas, probably named after John 6's brother, (2) Jesse, probalby named after Nancy's father, Jesse Dodson and (3) Elisha, probably named after Jesse Dodson's cousin Elisha who was in the North of Holston Baptist Church with them. There is no record of anyone on the Cunningham side of the family prior to this time being named Jesse or Elisha. It is also interesting to note that the first born son of John 6 and Nancy named one son Jesse and another Elisha."

      Direct Quote taken from: Neil L. Cunningham Research book. (Feb. 28, 1992), Now held at the Magness Memorial Library , McMinnville, TN ; Chapter headed "Hawkins County Tennessee 1785-1797)

      Also the minutes can be found in "Historical Southern Families" Vol XIII pgs 119-121

      end of commentary [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S83] "Warren County,Tennessee Cemetery Book 2 - Annotated, Cemeteries G-L" by, p. 127.

    2. [S6945] "Cunningham/Dodson Notes & Abstractions", submitted by Stefani Hennessee, June 26, 2015, no1_decofan@hotmail.com.

    3. [S6947] "United States Census, 1850," Database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MC6S-T3C : acc.

    4. [S22] "The Dodson Family of Warren County, Tennessee and Allied Families",, p. 263.

    5. [S51271] http://graveyardgossip.blogspot.com/2010/03/martini-family-jesse-dodson-frontier.html.

    6. [S6754] "Outline Descendant Report for Jesse John Dodson (1623-1716)", submitted by Betsey Lanning, June 9, 2015, betlann@yahoo.

    7. [S9542] "Will of Elisha Dodson", submitted by Diane Armstrong on August 1, 2016, di@montanapets.org.

    8. [S49016] http://www.combs-families.org/combs/records/tn/warren/tl12a.htm.

    9. [S83] "Warren County,Tennessee Cemetery Book 2 - Annotated, Cemeteries G-L" by, p. 27.

    10. [S6766] "Minutes of the Big Spring Primitive Baptist Church", transcribed by Nancy Cassada Nelson, November, 1999, http://www.ro.