Born:  1588, Great Neck, Yorkshire, England
Father:  John Dods (1558- )
Mother:  Ann (1560- )
Married:  Jane Dier (1605-1655)
Jesse Dodson (1622-1716)
William Dodson (1623-1652)
Died: 1652 in Old Rappahannock, Virginia Commonwealth
Buried:  Old Rappahannock, Virginia Commonwealth
The Hittson Project
Gateway Ancestor
Born:  Great Neck, Yorkshire, England
December 20, 1606, 150 passengers left Blackwall, London,
England in three London (Virginia) Company ships, Susan
Constant with Master Christopher Newport and 71
passengers, Godspeed with Capt. Bartholomew Gosnold  and
52 passengers and the Discovery under Capt. John Ratcliffe,
carrying 21 persons. They headed for the New World and in
search of the Lost Colony of Roanoke (John White's 1587 trip
with  150 passengers landing at Hatorask on July 22.) After 6
weeks, the ships landed in Cape Henry, Virginia. 105 survivors
established the town of Jamestown.  (Susan Constant
Passenger List:  Dods, John labourer
07 April 1607.  John Dods had sailed with the Virginia
Company on the "Susan Constant" from England, founding the
first English settlement on the Broad River, 32 miles from
river's mouth.  They named the river James, and their
settlement Jamestown, in honor of King James I
John Dods worked as a "labourer." In spite of all the hardships,
John Dods survived and was reported to have been a mighty
hunter and fur trader and in his dealings with the Indians
became the possessor of large bodies of land.  He was a good
SOURCE : "Ancestors of Robert Dodson and his descendants
"  by Mrs. C. T. Dodson, copyright, 1965, with permission from
Mrs. Dodson, Mrs. E. O. Price, Knob Noster, MO.
John Dods married Jane Dier, one of the 57 women sent to
Jamestown from England aboard the ships Marmaduke,
Warwick, and Tiger in 1621, as brides for the single males at
Jamestown; Jane was the youngest of the women and was
said to be 15 or 16 when she arrived in VA. (The source of the
information concerning Jane Dier is from William & Mary
College Quarterly, January 1991 by David R. Ransome, "
Wives for Virginia, 1621").
Jane Dier was baptized 14 Jul 1605; St Mary, Whitechapel,
Middlesex, Tower Hamlets, England; daughter of
Laurence Dier
Jesse Dodson b.1622 and William Dodson b. 1623. In naming
his sons John probably used the popular practice of the day,
known as patronymics.
Patronymics describes the act of
creating a new name for male members of a family by adding
the suffix "son" to the fathers last name. If this was the case
the name Dodson stood for Son of Dod.
Jesse Dodson*  was born in 1622 in Jamestown, Virginia, he
died on August 1, 1716 in North Farnham Parish, Richmond
Co., Virginia. He was the son of John Dods and Jane Dier.
Jesse married Judith Hagger on May 17, 1645 in Jamestown,
Virginia. Judith was born on December 25, 1612 in Wakefield,
Yorkshire, England. She was the daughter of John Hagger
and Alice Walker.  Jesse and Judith had 2 children: Charles
Dodson b.1649 and William Dodson b.1651.
Neck-of-Land; Corporation of Charles Citty.  Hotten's Original
List of Inhabitants of Virginia, 24 January 1624:  "The Muster
of John Dods / John Dods aged 36 years in the Susan
Constant 1607 / Jane his wife aged 40 years

PROVISIONS: Corne, 10 barrells; Pease, 1/2 bushell; Fish, 1/2
hundred. ARMES AND MUNITION: Powder, 4lb; Lead and
bulletts, 30lb; Peeces fixit, 2; Coat of Male, 1 and head peece;
Sword, 1. SWINE & POULTRIE: Sow piggs, 2; Poultrie, 25.
John Dods is listed as a labouror in the original 105 settlers
of Jamestown with Capt. John Smith, and also a soldier in
expeditions against the Indians. The Tax List of James City 16
Feb. 1623 lists John Dods and Mrs. Dods as living at the Neck
of Land near James City, now Chesterfield, Va. in 1627.
Written account of John Smith:

14 May 1607"The fourteenth day, we landed all our men, which were set to worke about the fortification,
and others some to watch and ward as it was convenient." George Percy

"the Councell contrive the Fort..." "The Presidents overweening jealousie would admit no exercise at armes,
or fortification but the boughs of trees cast together in the forme of a halfe moon by the extraordinary paines
and diligence of Captain Kendall." John Smith

26 May 1607

"Hereupon the President was contented the Fort should be pallisadoed, the ordinance mounted, his men
armed and exercised, for many were the assaults and Ambuscadoes of the Salvages...." John Smith

200 armed Indians attack Jamestown, killing 1 and wounding 11.

15 Jun 1607

"The fifteenth of June we had built and finished our Fort, which was triangle wise, having three Bulwarkes,
at every corner, like a halfe Moone, and foure or five pieces of Artillerie mounted in them." We had made
our selves sufficiently strong for these Savages. We had also sowne most of our Corne on two
Mountaines." George Percy

Early DecemberSmith captured by Opechancanough (released by Powhattan in January 1608)

Summer 1608

"Jamestowne being burnt, we rebuilt it and three forts more ... invironed with a palizado of fourteen or
fifteene feet, and each as much as three or four men could carrie ... we had three Bulwarkes, foure and
twenty peeces of ordnance of Culvering, Demiculvering, sacar and falcon and most well mounted upon
convenient platforms...."  John Smith
Virginia Colony
Gateway Ancestor
Jamestown Artifacts
Jamestown Ships Recreated
Susan Constant
Bark (3m). L/B/D: approx. 55.2 x 22.8 x 9.5 (16.8m x 6.9m x 2.9m). Tons: 120. Hull: wood. Comp.:
85. Arm.: 4 minions, 4
falcons. Built: London; ca. 1605.

Susan Constant
70' long; 71 men aboard; 120 tons of cargo; at sea approximately 3 months; landed in the New
World 7 April 1607; history of the Susan Constant puts her at sea through 1625.

Originally owned by the merchant firm of Colthurst, Dapper and Wheatley, Susan Constant was
probably built in or near London on the Thames River in about 1605. She is known to have made
at least one voyage to Spain in 1606, the year in which she was purchased by the Virginia
Company to sail as flagship of an expedition to take settlers to North America. In the same year,
she is also known to have been in collision with a 100-ton
merchant ship, Phillip and Francis, a case that was settled by the courts.

With Christopher Newport as captain of the expedition, Susan Constant embarked 71 colonists;
her consort Godspeed carried 52 and Discovery 21. "On Saturday, the twentieth of December in
the yeere 1606, the fleet fell from London." So wrote George Percy, one of the colonists. Storm-
bound in the English Channel for nearly a month, they did not reach the Canary Islands until
February 21. From there they headed west to the West Indies, where they landed to take on water
and other provisions. Heading north, the ships entered Chesapeake Bay in mid-April and finally
landed at Jamestown Island—named in honor of their King—on May 13, 1607. Although its early
years were marked by illness and dissension, the colony weathered a succession of crises to
become the first permanent English establishment in North America.

Susan Constant returned to England in May 1607 and as the Virginia Company had no further use
for her, she resumed general trade. Her ultimate fate is not known, but there are records of her
sailing from Bristol to Marseilles as late as 1615. The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation at
Williamsburg, Virginia, built replicas of the three ships in the 1980s. (The dimensions for the
replica Susan Constant differ somewhat from published estimates.) Today these are used as living
history exhibits and to teach people how seventeenth-century sailors made their way
in the oceans.

SOURCE: Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia Lavery, Colonial Merchantman "Susan
Click on Photos to enlarge
John Dods; b. 1571 d. 1652; Great Neck, Yorkshire, England; F.
John Dod M. unknown; Laborer; Contracted with Virginia Company
for permanent settlement on North American continent 1607;
passenger on Susan Constant.  Survived struggles of Jamestown,
Virginia Colony.  Befriended Chief Opechancanough
Mangopeesomon Powhatan, Algonquin Iroquois, Pamunkey; built
wooden and mud house for the Chief's family.
10th Great Grandfather
Jane Dier; arrived in Jamestown as "tobacco bride,." about 1620
Gateway Ancestor
Two sons - Jesse Dodson b. 1622, William Dodson b. 1623.
10th Great Grandmother
Jesse Dodson; b. 1622, Richmond, Wise, Virginia d. 1716. North
Farnham Parish, Richmond, Virginia Colony.
First natural born ancestor in America of European lineage.
Married "tobacco bride,"  Jane Hagger
9th Great Grandfather
Judith Haggar; b. 1612, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England d. 1655,
North Farnham Parish, Rappahannock, Virginia Colony
Gateway Ancestor:  "Tobacco Bride"
Relationship:  9th Great Grandmother
Charles Dodson Sr; b. 1648, Old Rappahannock, Virginia Colony;   
d. 6 Feb 1705, North Farnham Parish, Richmond, Virginia Colony.  
1979:  Married Anne Elmore
Sons:  Charles  Jr; Thomas  Sr; Bartholomew; William; John;
Lambert.  Daughters:  Anne Dodson and Elizabeth Dodson.
8th Great Grandfather
Anne Elmore; b. 1650 Old Rappahannock, Virginia Colony; d. 2 Aug
1715, North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Colony.
Daughter of
Gateway Ancestors Peter Elmore (and wife Jane); b.
1615 Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire, England; d. 1681
Rappahannock, Essex, Virginia
8th Great Grandmother
John Dods, our first immigrant ancestor from  Great Neck, Yorkshire
County, England, in contract with King James I and The Virginia Company
to build the first permanent settlement in the New World, Jamestown,
Virginia Colony 1607.  John and Jane Dods survived the Indian Massacre
of 22 Mar 1622, living within the city of Jamestown.  Year 1624 there were
only three original Jamestown immigrants of 1607 alive.
Thomas Dodson
"Second Fork"
5th Great Grandfather
Mary Neville
5th Great Grandmother
The Dodson Genealogy Continues