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William Eli Dodson

William Eli Dodson

Male 1828 - 1921  (92 years)

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  • Name William Eli Dodson 
    Born 22 May 1828  White Co, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military 1861-1863  Civil War Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Elected Colonel of the 14th Arkansas Infantry, May 14, 1862. He commanded his regiment at Pea Ridge where he was wounded in the hip so severely that he was unfit for duty for some time. After his recovery, he again joined his regiment at Memphis, just after the bloody battle of Shiloh. He was in command at the siege of Corinth. He was in different engagements from Corinth to Tupelo. He was at Iuka and 2nd Corinth. Captured and exchanged during the Battle of Port Hudson. His health became so broken that he resigned his commission in the fall of 1863. 
    • Rena Marie Knight. Additional Civil War Soldiers in Arkansas Vol. 1 A-K (Jacksonville, AR : RMK Publishing, 2004), 143.
    Confederate Regiment Organized in Boone County[, Arkansas]
    Confederate Regiment Organized in Boone County[, Arkansas]
    The Fourteenth Arkansas Infantry, C.S.A. was organized in August, 1861, by State senator William C. Mitchell near old Lead Hill Cemetery in Boone County. This article describes the organization and enlistment of the men, supplies gathered and their participation in the battle of Pea Ridge and future battles during the Civil War. [Source: Boone County Historian Volume III, No. 1 (Harrison, AR: Boone County Historical & Genealogy Society, 1980), 14-22.]
    Residence 1880  Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Yellville, working as a lawyer. 
    Biography 1894  Boone Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    This gentleman is the intelligent, trustworthy and efficient county and probate judge of Boone County, Ark., and in his official capacity has comported himself with dignity, good sound judgment, and judicial fairness. He has resided in the county since 1881 but has been a resident of northwest Arkansas since 1852, whither he came from Madison County, Ark., in 1834. He was born on his father's farm in White County, Tenn., May 22, 1828, the only child of Eli and Mary (Goad) Dodson, the former of whom was born in Virginia in 1798, a son of William Dodson, who helped free this country from British rule by serving in the Revolutionary War. Eli Dodson, the father, died before his son was born and he was also left motherless when two and a half years old. He was reared by his uncle, Alexander Goad, and came with him to this State. His boyhood days were characterized by farm labor, for he unfortunately received no educational advantages until he reached manhood and after his marriage, which event took place in 1847, and was to Miss Rhoda C. Cantrell, daughter of Abner Cantrell, to which marriage twelve children were given: William Y., Mary, Margaret, James A., Elizabeth, Martha D., Rhoda A., Virginia, Eli S., Alice, Melvina R., and Leota B., all of whom are living except the last mentioned. The mother of these children was called from this life April 14, 1870, and Mr. Dodson took for his second wife Mrs. Mary E. Hastings, who lived only a few months after her marriage, dying in February, 1871. Mr. Dodson's present wife was Mary C. Cantrell, a sister of his first wife, and to them nine children were given, three of whom are living: Lena M., Missouri and Katie. Those deceased are Ellen C., Hattie G., Lillie D. and Rosa M. (twins), Louetta A. and Floyd R. Lena M. is the wife of James Bridwell, and Missouri E. is the wife of John Dees. All the children of the first marriage are married. Abner Cantrell, the father of Mrs. Dodson, settled in Madison County, Ark., in 1835 and later moved to what is now Boone County in 1855, but died at Yellville, in Marion County, in 1891, his wife's death having occurred in 1873. He reached the advanced age of ninety-seven years and was the oldest man in the county at the time of his death. Until he was twenty-four years old Mr. Dodson resided in Madison County, but he then moved to a farm near where Lead Hill now is, where he made his home for four years, then removed to Yellville, having been elected clerk of the circuit court. After holding this office four years he entered the army, becoming colonel of the Fourteenth Arkansas Infantry, C. S. A., and commanded his regiment at Pea Ridge, in which engagement he was wounded in the hip so severely that he was unfitted for duty for some time. After convalescing he again joined his regiment at Memphis, just after the bloody battle of Shiloh, and was in command at the siege of Corinth. He was in the different engagements all the way from that place to Tupelo. He was then at Iuka and in the second engagement at Corinth. His health became so broken down that he resigned his commission in the fall of 1863 and returned home with the consciousness of having served the Southern cause with fidelity and courage. He commanded his regiment all the time that he was in the service and was successful in four or five engagements. After returning home he located in Yellville, and having been admitted to the bar began the practice of law at that place in 1865, continuing until 1881 when he came to Boone County. In 1866 he was elected to the State Legislature and served with ability until he was displaced during the reconstruction period. He was elected county and probate judge of Marion County in 1878 and served till 1880. Being elected to the position he now holds in 1892, he, in 1893, left his farm in the vicinity of Bellefonte and came to Harrison, of which place he is one of the foremost citizens. Physically he is strong and active, is prepossessing in personal appearance, and is a good conversationalist. He is a forcible and convincing pleader at the bar, is thoroughly posted in his profession, and has been successful in its practice. He is a Democrat politically, is a member of Bellefonte Lodge of the A. F. & A. M., and has for years been connected with the Free Will Baptist Church while his wife is a Missionary Baptist. [Source: A Reminiscent History of the Ozark Region (Chicago: Goodspeed Bros, Publishers, 1894),  
    Residence 1900  Boone Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Harrison, working as a lawyer. 
    Residence 1910  Newton Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Prairie township, living with daughter and son-in-law, John A. & Missouri E. (Cantrell) Dees.  
    Residence 1920  Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    James Creek township, living with grandson, Robert E. King. 
    Died 26 Feb 1921  Yellville, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Eli Dodson Cemetery, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I29157  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 18 May 2018 

    Father William Eli Dodson,   b. 29 Mar 1798, Patrick Co, Virginia, U.S.A Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1828, White Co, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years) 
    Mother Mary Goad,   b. ca 1807, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1831, Spencer, White Co, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 24 years) 
    Married 18 Mar 1828  White Co, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F11702  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Rhoda Caroline Cantrell,   b. 11 Nov 1827, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1870, Yellville, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Married 14 May 1847  Madison Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Y. Dodson,   b. 23 Apr 1848, Yellville, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1928, Lawton, Blaine Co, Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    +2. Mary Catherine Dodson,   b. 17 Nov 1850, Yellville, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1928, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     3. Margaret Dodson,   b. 22 Apr 1851, Yellville, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ca 1870, Ashley Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 18 years)
     4. James A. Dodson,   b. 31 Dec 1852, Yellville, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ca 1879  (Age 26 years)
     5. Elizabeth J. Dodson,   b. 30 Dec 1854, Yellville, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Martha Divon Dodson,   b. 10 Nov 1856, Yellville, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1909, Cotter, Baxter Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     7. Rhoda Ann Dodson,   b. ca 1859, Yellville, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Sarah Virginia Dodson,   b. 12 Sep 1861, Yellville, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1954, Matthews, New Madrid Co, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     9. Alice I. Dodson,   b. ca 1864, Yellville, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Eli Sidney Dodson,   b. ca 1866, Yellville, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Melvina Dodson,   b. ca 1868, Yellville, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. Leota Bell Dodson,   b. 29 Nov 1869, Yellville, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1871, Yellville, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    Last Modified 10 May 2018 
    Family ID F10922  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary E.,   d. Feb 1871, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 30 Jul 1870  Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 10 May 2018 
    Family ID F12272  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Mary Catherine Cantrell,   b. 4 May 1844,   d. 27 Oct 1901, Yellville, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Married ca 1871  Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Ellen C. Dodson,   b. 17 Feb 1872, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1875, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     2. Lena M. Dodson,   b. 12 Dep 1873, Yellville, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bellefonte, Boone Co, Arkansas, USa Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Missouri Emaline Dodson,   b. 18 Jan 1876, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Apr 1954, Bellfonte, Boone Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     4. Tennessee Catherine Dodson,   b. ca 1878, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Hattie G. Dodson,   b. 18 Apr 1881, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1881, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     6. Lillie D. Dodson,   b. 18 Oct 1882, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1882, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     7. Rosa M. Dodson,   b. 18 Oct 1882, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1882, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     8. Louetta A. Dodson,   b. 5 Apr 1889, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1894, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 4 years)
     9. Floyd E. Dodson,   b. ca 1890, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1894, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 3 years)
    Last Modified 18 May 2018 
    Family ID F11703  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsMilitary - Elected Colonel of the 14th Arkansas Infantry, May 14, 1862. He commanded his regiment at Pea Ridge where he was wounded in the hip so severely that he was unfit for duty for some time. After his recovery, he again joined his regiment at Memphis, just after the bloody battle of Shiloh. He was in command at the siege of Corinth. He was in different engagements from Corinth to Tupelo. He was at Iuka and 2nd Corinth. Captured and exchanged during the Battle of Port Hudson. His health became so broken that he resigned his commission in the fall of 1863. - 1861-1863 - Civil War Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBiography - This gentleman is the intelligent, trustworthy and efficient county and probate judge of Boone County, Ark., and in his official capacity has comported himself with dignity, good sound judgment, and judicial fairness. He has resided in the county since 1881 but has been a resident of northwest Arkansas since 1852, whither he came from Madison County, Ark., in 1834. He was born on his father's farm in White County, Tenn., May 22, 1828, the only child of Eli and Mary (Goad) Dodson, the former of whom was born in Virginia in 1798, a son of William Dodson, who helped free this country from British rule by serving in the Revolutionary War. Eli Dodson, the father, died before his son was born and he was also left motherless when two and a half years old. He was reared by his uncle, Alexander Goad, and came with him to this State. His boyhood days were characterized by farm labor, for he unfortunately received no educational advantages until he reached manhood and after his marriage, which event took place in 1847, and was to Miss Rhoda C. Cantrell, daughter of Abner Cantrell, to which marriage twelve children were given: William Y., Mary, Margaret, James A., Elizabeth, Martha D., Rhoda A., Virginia, Eli S., Alice, Melvina R., and Leota B., all of whom are living except the last mentioned. The mother of these children was called from this life April 14, 1870, and Mr. Dodson took for his second wife Mrs. Mary E. Hastings, who lived only a few months after her marriage, dying in February, 1871. Mr. Dodson's present wife was Mary C. Cantrell, a sister of his first wife, and to them nine children were given, three of whom are living: Lena M., Missouri and Katie. Those deceased are Ellen C., Hattie G., Lillie D. and Rosa M. (twins), Louetta A. and Floyd R. Lena M. is the wife of James Bridwell, and Missouri E. is the wife of John Dees. All the children of the first marriage are married. Abner Cantrell, the father of Mrs. Dodson, settled in Madison County, Ark., in 1835 and later moved to what is now Boone County in 1855, but died at Yellville, in Marion County, in 1891, his wife's death having occurred in 1873. He reached the advanced age of ninety-seven years and was the oldest man in the county at the time of his death. Until he was twenty-four years old Mr. Dodson resided in Madison County, but he then moved to a farm near where Lead Hill now is, where he made his home for four years, then removed to Yellville, having been elected clerk of the circuit court. After holding this office four years he entered the army, becoming colonel of the Fourteenth Arkansas Infantry, C. S. A., and commanded his regiment at Pea Ridge, in which engagement he was wounded in the hip so severely that he was unfitted for duty for some time. After convalescing he again joined his regiment at Memphis, just after the bloody battle of Shiloh, and was in command at the siege of Corinth. He was in the different engagements all the way from that place to Tupelo. He was then at Iuka and in the second engagement at Corinth. His health became so broken down that he resigned his commission in the fall of 1863 and returned home with the consciousness of having served the Southern cause with fidelity and courage. He commanded his regiment all the time that he was in the service and was successful in four or five engagements. After returning home he located in Yellville, and having been admitted to the bar began the practice of law at that place in 1865, continuing until 1881 when he came to Boone County. In 1866 he was elected to the State Legislature and served with ability until he was displaced during the reconstruction period. He was elected county and probate judge of Marion County in 1878 and served till 1880. Being elected to the position he now holds in 1892, he, in 1893, left his farm in the vicinity of Bellefonte and came to Harrison, of which place he is one of the foremost citizens. Physically he is strong and active, is prepossessing in personal appearance, and is a good conversationalist. He is a forcible and convincing pleader at the bar, is thoroughly posted in his profession, and has been successful in its practice. He is a Democrat politically, is a member of Bellefonte Lodge of the A. F. & A. M., and has for years been connected with the Free Will Baptist Church while his wife is a Missionary Baptist. [Source: A Reminiscent History of the Ozark Region (Chicago: Goodspeed Bros, Publishers, 1894), - 1894 - Boone Co, Arkansas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Harrison, working as a lawyer. - 1900 - Boone Co, Arkansas, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Eli Dodson:
      Born: May 28, 1828
      Birthplace: White County Tennessee
      1st Wife: Rhoda Cantrell Dodson
      2nd Wife: Mary Hastings Dodson
      3rd Wife: Mary Cantrell Dodson 
      Occupation before War:
      Farmer & Attorney in Yellville Arkansas 
      Clerk of Arkansas Circuit Court 
      Civil War Career:
      1861 – 1862: Lt. Colonel of 14th Arkansas Infantry Regiment 
      1862: Wounded in hip during the Battle of Pea Ridge Arkansas
      1862: Colonel of 14th Arkansas Infantry Regiment 
      1862 – 1863: Arkansas State Senator
      1862: Captured and Exchanged during the Battle of Port Hudson
      1863: Resigned as Colonel Fall, 1863, due to bad health
      Occupation after War:
      Attorney in Yellville Arkansas
      Attorney in Boone & Marion Counties in Arkansas
      1866: Arkansas State Representative
      1872 – 1880: Arkansas State Senator
      1880 – 1882: Judge of Court in Arkansas
      1892 – 1896: Judge of Court in Arkansas


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