Biography of Leonard Dodge


Dodge, Leonard, Buffalo, is descended from John Dodge, born in 1644, who with two brothers, Israel and Truxton, came from England to Block Island, R. I., in 1667. He died in 1729. He had two sons: John, jr., who settled in Westerly, R. I., and David Britain Dodge. born in 1691. died in 1764. The latter married Rebecca Yeomans in 1717 and moved to Coichester, Conn. Their son, Jonathan Dodge, born August 3, 1721, married Mercy Williams, of New London, Conn., November 7, 1744, and died June 19, 1794. Jonathan Dodge. jr., his son, was born September 26, 1747, married Mary Warner on July 13, 1769, and died September 28, 1794. His son, Alvan Dodge. born in Colchester, Conn., May 8, 1782, moved with his widowed mother to Warren, Herkimer county, N. Y., and there married Mary Blount. He settled first in Lowville, N. Y., and in 1810 removed to Buffalo, where he died in January, 1846; his wife died in September, 1868. His youngest son and the fifth of his six children, J. Wayne Dodge, born in 1812, was a farmer first in Lancaster and later in Clarence, and in April, 1864, purchased the grist mill in Williamsville, where he settled in 1870. He married, March 29, 1838, Charlotte Hull, of Tonawanda, born in Canada, October 3, 1817, by whom he had five children: Alma, born March 8, 1839; Alvan, June 1, 1810; Leonard, May 18, 1844; Henry Wright, November 30, 1850; and Martha Eliza, March 13, 1855. Mrs. Dodge died in Clarence, and February 26, 1865. he married Marie A., daughter of Jacob and Catherine H. (Correll) Strickler, who bore him one son. J. Arthur C., born April 2, 1871. Leonard Dodge was born in Lancaster, Erie county, was educated in the Clarence Academy and the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary at Lima, and learned the milling business, which he followed for several years. He represented the town of Amherst as supervisor four years, serving as chairman of the board in 1871. In that year he removed to Buffalo and engaged in the provision trade in conjunction with his milling business in Williamsville, and successfully conducted both enterprises until 1894, when the mill was burned. Since then he has been the general manager of the Frontier Elevator Company. Mr. Dodge is a member of the Buffalo Board of Trade and the Merchants Exchange and a 32d degree Mason. He was married May 5, 1869, to Emily P., only daughter of Hiram Hotchkiss, an early jeweler of Buffalo. She died December 31, 1872, leaving one daughter, Mamre E., who married Charles H. Bailey and resides in Buffalo, and whose children are Leonard H. and Mamre. September 20, 1876, Mr. Dodge married, second, Emilie P., only daughter of the late Col. Richard Flach, of Buffalo.

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The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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