Elder Jesse Buford Dodson, Sr.

Male 1752 - 1843  (91 years)


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  • Name Jesse Buford Dodson 
    Title Elder 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 22 Nov 1752  Halifax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Farmer  [4
    Religion 1801-1805  [5
    Religion 0___ 1820  [5
    Military Revolutionary War Patriot  [5
    Died 22 Nov 1843  Riceville, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 6
    Buried Matlock Cemetery, Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6
    Person ID I310  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 15 Mar 2015 

    Father Thomas Dodson, Jr.,   b. 0Oct 1707, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1783, Halifax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Rose,   b. 0___ 1706, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1766, Fauquier County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Married 3 Apr 1725  Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Married 3 Apr 1726  (Richmond County, Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Family ID F171  Group Sheet

    Family 1 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  [3, 5, 8, 9
    • 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  [10
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1820  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Nancy Dodson,   b. 0___ 1773, (Halifax County) Commonwealth of Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Nimrod H. "Tip" Dodson, Sr.,   b. ~ 1775, Fauquier County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1837, Viola, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years)
     3. Elizabeth Dodson,   b. 0___ 1776, (Halifax County) Commonwealth of Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1850, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years)
     4. Elisha Dodson,   b. 17 Sep 1785, (Halifax County) Commonwealth of Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1864, Polk County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     5. Elijah "Grandsir" Dodson,   b. 17 Sep 1785, (Halifax County) Commonwealth of Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1858, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     6. Jesse Buford Dodson, Jr.,   b. 7 Mar 1791, (Halifax County) Commonwealth of Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1878, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     7. William Dodson,   b. (Halifax County, Commonwealth of Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Sarah "Sary" Dodson,   b. 4 Jun 1795, (Halifax County, Commonwealth of Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. After 1860, (Tennessee) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 66 years)
     9. Tabitha Dodson,   b. 19 Mar 1798, (Halifax County, Commonwealth of Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1839, Riceville, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
     10. Sarah "Sallie" Dodson,   b. 0___ 1800, (Grainger County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ~ 1870, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)
     11. Ruth Dodson,   b. 1 Apr 1802, (Halifax County, Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1885, McMinn County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    Last Modified 28 Jun 2017 
    Family ID F115  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Eleanor Sloan 
    Married Y  [3
    Last Modified 28 Jun 2017 
    Family ID F15497  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Nov 1752 - Halifax County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 0___ 1774 - Halifax County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 0___ 1781 - Hawkins County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 0___ 1785 - Pittsylvania County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 0___ 1805 - Claiborne County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 0___ 1806 - Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 0___ 1812 - Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 0___ 1820 - Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Nov 1843 - Riceville, McMinn County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Matlock Cemetery, Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Big Spring Primitive Baptist Church
    Big Spring Primitive Baptist Church

    Jesse Buford Dodson joined the Big Springs Primitive Baptist Church in what is now Springdale, Tennessee in 1801, and became the Pastor of the congregation from November 1801 until November of 1805.

    The Big Springs Primitive Baptist Church that Jesse led was constructed in the winter of 1795-96 from hand-hewn logs, and is still standing today near Springdale, over two centuries later. It is one of the oldest churches still standing in the State of Tennessee.

    Written by Tony Martini, Jesse's 5th great grandson. Visit his blog, "Graveyard Gossip" ...
    http://graveyardgossip.blogspot.com/2010/03/martini-family-jesse-dodson-frontier.html

    Headstones
    Elder Jesse Buford Dodson (1752-1843)
    Elder Jesse Buford Dodson (1752-1843)
    Headstone located at the Matlock Cemetery, Athens, McMinn Co., TN

  • Notes 
    • Sketches of Tennessee's Pioneer Baptist Preachers... http://www.knoxcotn.org/tnbaptists/index.html

      JESSE DODSON

      "In memory of Rev. Jesse Dodson; born November 22, 1752; died November 22, 1843. A minister of the gospel sixty years." (Tombstone record, Eastanallee Church.)

      The deceased was born in Halifax County, Va. His first settlement in Tennessee was in Claiborne County. From there he went to Middle Tennessee. In 1819 he came to the Hiwassee Purchase, making a settlement in McMinn County, a few months before the county was "erected." On the Eastanallee is a house still standing, I believe, built ninety-eight years ago by Jesse Dodson.

      Soon after his settlement in the Hiwassee district he began pioneer work. He and seven others constituted themselves into the Eastanallee Church. He and Silas Witt organized New Hopewell. He and James Courtney founded the Hiwassee Church. Salem Church was organized by him and Richard Wilson, while he and John Short were co-founders of the Friendship Church. He was preacher to and pastor of these and other churches for many years. He was of Welsh extraction and had the Welsh fire. He was not trained to methodical sermonizing or systematic exposition of Scripture, but was earnest and fervent in exhortation, and was successful in revivals.

      Elder Dodson owned 300 acres of land in the heart of Eastanallee valley, and ten negroes, whom he "freed," it is said, after the death of his wife (by whom he came into possession of them), giving as his reason that he had "concluded that a bill of sale of negroes in his pocket would be a bad passport at the gate of Heaven."

      His wife was a Miss Ruth Johnson, of South Carolina, of a well-to-do. family, but the date of his marriage and other family and ministerial records have perished, were washed away or destroyed, it is thought, by the high waters of the Eastanallee in the year 1875. Editor's Note: Jesse was, in fact, married to Ruth Dodson, daughter of Elisha Dodson, Sr.

      He lived to preach and exhort sinners to repentance about sixty-one years, and on his 91st birthday died in the triumph of a living faith.

      Burnett, J .J. Sketches of Tennessee's Pioneer Baptist Preachers. Nashville, Tenn.: Press of Marshall & Bruce Company, 1919.

      HTML presentation of this material is Copyright (c) 2002 by Rose-Anne Cunningham Bray. All rights reserved. [11]
    • Thanksgiving of 1752 had a special meaning for Reverend Thomas DODSON and his wife Elizabeth ROSE, for on November 22nd they welcomed a new child into their Virginia family, Jesse DODSON. Not much is known about Jesse DODSON as a youth...one of at least 10 children in his family....but plenty is known about his adult life. Unknown to his father, a Virginia Baptist minister, Jesse would follow in his footsteps and change the lives of many settlers in the early days of America.

      At the time of the American Revolution, the dominant religious force in the colonies was the Church of England, the mother country for so many of its settlers. To be a minister of any church that had broken ties with England was difficult in many social settings, but by the time Jesse DODSON was 23 years old, he was living on land given to him by his father in what is now Pittsylvania County in Virginia, and starting his life as a Baptist preacher, . Jesse and his wife Ruth were married in 1774, one year before the gunfire at Lexington and Concord would start the colonies on a path of thier own, and in 1777, Jesse's name is on the list of those taking an Oath of Allegiance to the State of Virginia. While there is no evidence of military service for Jesse DODSON during the War, we can feel confident that he served in some capacity, for at the end of the War he received a Land Grant in North Carolina, which would become Tennessee.

      We know Jesse was still in Pittsylvania County, Virginia when the Revolutionary War ended in 1781, for he obtained property on Birch Creek, or Burches' Creek in some records. The following year he sold that land on "Jeremiah's Fork of Birches Creek" to relatives, and headed for Tennessee, leaving behind his brother William, also a Baptist minister.

      Rev. Jesse DODSON is listed as a member of the County Line Baptist Church, also known as the North on Holston River Baptist Church, in 1785 Hawkins County, Tennessee. Rev. Jesse DODSON joined the Big Springs Primitive Baptist Church in what is now Springdale, Tennessee in 1801, and became the Pastor of the congregation from November 1801 until November of 1805.

      In 1803, Jesse DODSON was listed in the tax records of what is now Claiborne County, in the northeast part of Tennessee, which includes part of Cumberland Gap National Park. The path from Virginia to Tennessee through Cumberland Gap had been widened by none other than Daniel Boone, and opened to wagon traffic after Rev. Jesse DODSON and his family passed through. The Big Springs Primitive Baptist Church that Jesse led was constructed in the winter of 1795-96 from hand-hewn logs, and is still standing today near Springdale, over two centuries later. It is one of the oldest churches still standing in the State of Tennessee.

      Jesse and Ruth DODSON left Claiborne County in 1806 and moved to Warren County, Tennessee, where they are listed on the 1812 Tax List, and the 1820 Census. While in Warren County, they were involved with the Collins Creek Baptist Church and several others in the area.

      Reverend Jesse DODSON was described by his peers as "earnest and fervent in exhortation", and "successful in Revivals". He was also said to have had the "Welsh fever" in describing his ancestrial traits and style of preaching, and is mentioned in the 1919 Baptist historical sketches as a Tennessee Pioneer Baptist Preacher.

      Around 1820, Rev. Jesse DODSON was called to lead the Big Springs Baptist Church on Mouse Creek, near Niota in McMinn County, Tennessee...only a year after the Hiwassee Purchase Treaty with the Cherokee Indians had opened that land to settlement. Jesse was a founder of the Eastanallee Baptist Church, and his son Elisha donated the land for the structure. Over the years Rev. Jesse DODSON would be involved in the early McMinn County churches of Salem, Hiwassee, Friendship, and New Hopewell. Owning 300 acres of land in the Eastanallee Valley, his wife Ruth had obtained ten slaves from her father's Will, and when Ruth died in 1828 Jesse set the slaves free stating that "a Bill of Sale of Negroes in my pocket would be a bad passport at the Gates of Heaven"....another brave act in a Southern State over 30 years before the Civil War. After more than 60 years of preaching from the pulpit, and inspiring many pioneer churches, Jesse DODSON died on his 91st birthday in 1843. He is buried in the Eastanalle Church Cemetery in McMinn County, Tennessee.

      The cemetery photo used at the top of this page in the header is the Eastanallee Cemetery, with the two broken headstones on the left side being those of Ruth and Jesse DODSON...and the Eastanallee Church is planning to replace them. Pioneer and Frontier Preacher, another good story in the ancestral book. Jesse is the 5th great grandfather of Anthony Martini, on his mother's side. [5]
    • "In memory of Rev. Jesse Dodson; born November 22, 1752; died November 22, 1843. A minister of the gospel sixty years." (Tombstone record, Eastanallee Church.)

      The deceased was born in Halifax County, Va. His first settlement in Tennessee was in Claiborne County. From there he went to Middle Tennessee. In 1819 he came to the Hiwassee Purchase, making a settlement in McMinn County, a few months before the county was "erected." On the Eastanallee is a house still standing, I believe, built ninety-eight years ago by Jesse Dodson.

      Soon after his settlement in the Hiwassee district he began pioneer work. He and seven others constituted themselves into the Eastanallee Church. He and Silas Witt organized New Hopewell. He and James Courtney founded the Hiwassee Church. Salem Church was organized by him and Richard Wilson, while he and John Short were co-founders of the Friendship Church. He was preacher to and pastor of these and other churches for many years.

      He was of Welsh extraction and had the Welsh fire. He was not trained to methodical sermonizing or systematic exposition of Scripture, but was earnest and fervent in exhortation, and was successful in revivals.


      His wife was Ruth Dodson, of the same family lineage of Dodson pastors. Together, Jesse and Ruth raised 12 children whom all followed in their faith.

      He lived to preach and exhort sinners to repentance about sixty-one years, and on his 91st birthday died in the triumph of a living faith. [12]
    • MINUTES OF BIG SPRING PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH

      [The first few pages are in very bad shape.]

      Church Records for the Year 1800 - 1801

      December 2nd Saturday 1800. ______Received John Goin in to fellowship. Received Obediah Jennings by experience. Agreed to continue meeting at Rob Camp 1st Saturday in January 1801 and appointed James Kinney, Elijah Chissum, William________, ________Harper and Isaac Lane to attend. Agreed to send James Kinney to Powder Gap Creek at their request.

      Feby the 2nd Saturday 1801. Church met and after worship proceeded to business.
      1stů..to continue meeting at Rob Camp.
      2nd____
      2nd Saturday_____Cloud by experience_______Richard________attend_______
      ______Saturday 1801. Church met for worship and proceeded to business.
      1st Opened a door for the reception of members.
      2nd Report made by the members from Robcamp that they received Marjorie Connor, Millie Armstrong into Fellowship.
      3rd Appointed James Kinney, Isaac Lane and Thomas Jeffries to attend at Rob Camp first Saturday in April.
      4th Peter Neal and William Stroud appointed to attend at Powells Valley Church on Gap Creek.

      April the 2nd Saturday 1801. Church met and after worship proceeded to business.
      1st. Opened a door for the reception of new members and received Judah Dodson by Experience.
      2nd Appointed Bro James Kinney, Thomas Jeffries, William Stroud, Joseph Clark and Elijah Chissum to attend at Rob Camp meeting house on the first Saturday in May.

      May the 2nd Saturday 1801. Church met and after worship proceeded to business.
      1st Opened a door for the reception of new members.
      2nd The brethren that attended at Rob Camp made_______that they had received Richard Hanes and advised____Members to meet together to worship God and____over each other according to the gospel________if any should want to join to the Church______advise that they send to the body for________

      June the 2nd Saturday 1801. Church met and after worship proceed_________
      1st Considered Bro. Obediah Martin's___________the ministry of the gospel______glory of God that he be_______ordinances but exercise______public prayer.
      2nd ______Zachariah McCul_____
      _____appoint Isaac Lane, Jesse Dodson and Joseph____to write with the church to which he formerly belonged their distresses.
      4th Appoint Isaac Lauk and Joseph______to write to the association.

      July the 2nd Saturday 1801. Church met and after worship proceeded to business.
      1st Letters read and approbated.
      2ne Appointed a Church Meeting at Rob Camp meetinghouse and appoint Joseph Clark and Peter Neal to attend.
      3rd Appointed Joseph Cogdal to the association.

      August the 1st Saturday 1801. Church met at Rob Camp and after worship proceeded to business.
      1st Appointed James Kinney, Jesse Dodson and Peter Neal to settle a distress with Bro. Obediah Martin which was attended by Brother Martin's recantation.
      2nd Dismist Richard Hanes, John Grimes, Milly Armstrong and Margery Conner.

      August the 2nd Saturday 1801. Church met and after worship proceeded to business.
      1st Opened a door for the reception of members. Received Jesse Dodson by letter.
      2nd Elijah Chissum intended to travel desires letter of recommendation. Is granted a letter of dismission for himself and his wife when called for.
      3rd Agreed to petition for a division of the association.

      September the 2nd Saturday 1801. Church met and after worship proceeded to business.
      1st Opened a door for the reception of members and received James Forrest and Mary his wife by letter.
      2nd Received Stacy Edwards by experience.

      ______Saturday 1801. Church met and after worship proceeded to business.
      1st Opened a door for the reception of members.
      2nd Appointed our meeting in November for sacrament and the day before for fasting and prayer.
      3rd. Brother William Stroud having a mind to travel requests a letter of recommendation is granted.
      4th Motion for choosing a pastor is defered.

      November the 2nd Saturday 1801. Church met and after worship proceeded to business.
      1st Chose Jesse Dodson pastor.
      2nd Agreed to call Isaac Barton and William Jones to install our pastor.

      December the 2nd Saturday 1801. Church met and after worship proceeded to business.
      1st Agreed to send Brethren Jesse Dodson, Isaac Land and Joseph Cogdal to the church on Buffaloo to inquire into their stand with John Conley.
      End of Year 1800 - 1801 [13]
    • Could he have had a daughter who married James Cunningham?

      October Second Saturday 1806. Church met at Big Spring and after worship proceeded to business.

      1st Hannah Hill, Mercurius and Rachel Cook took their seats.

      2nd Agreed to petition the Association for an alteration of their citing from Thursday to Saturday.

      3rd Association letter read and approved.

      4th Reference relative to Ritchard Harper continued to the 14th day of this month.

      William and Nancy Stroud, Obediah and Elisabeth Jennings, Jesse and Ruth Dodson and Dodson's Sukey (Susanna) and James Cunningham dismisd by letter. [14]
    • Tony Martini has put together an excellent biography with lots of location shots in Middle Tennessee ... http://graveyardgossip.blogspot.com/2010/03/martini-family-jesse-dodson-frontier.html [15]

  • Sources 
    1. [S22] "The Dodson Family of Warren County, Tennessee and Allied Families",, p. 5 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S46331] http://www.geni.com/people/Rev-Jesse-Dodson/6000000002370312749.

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

    4. [S22] "The Dodson Family of Warren County, Tennessee and Allied Families",, p. 7 (Reliability: 3).

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

    6. [S51272] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=dodson&GSfn=jesse&GSby=1752&GSbyrel=in&GSdyrel=all&GSst=45&GScntry.

    7. [S512] "The Dodson (Dotson) Family of North Farnham Parish,Richmond County,Virginia:, p. 2 (Reliability: 3).

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

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

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

    11. [S49020] http://www.knoxcotn.org/tnbaptists/dodson_jesse.htm.

    12. [S10886] "Rev Jesse Dodson", Biography, retrieved, recorded & uploaded to this website, saturday, April 22nd, 2017, by David A. H.

    13. [S6251] "Minutes of the Big Spring Primitive Baptist Church", transcribed by Nancy Cassada Nelson, November, 1999, http://www.ro.

    14. [S6916] "Minutes of the Big Spring Primitive Baptist Church", transcribed by Nancy Cassada Nelson, November, 1999, http://www.ro.

    15. [S6792] http://graveyardgossip.blogspot.com/2010/03/martini-family-jesse-dodson-frontier.html.