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The Life From The Roots blog topics have changed several times since I began this blog. In 2009, with my first posts, I wrote only about the family history I had been working on for 20 years. Many ancestors lived in New England so it was easy to visit gravesites and towns where they lived. I shared many photo. Years later, I was into visiting gardens, historical homes, churches, libraries that had genealogical collections, historical societies, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history. I enjoy posting autographs and photos of famous people I met or saw.

My New England roots are in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire). Other areas include New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada.

Please check out the labels on the right side for topics. Below the labels and pageviews is a listing of my top nine posts, according to Google. Four of them pertain to Lowell, MA, three are memorials, one about a surname and one about a discovery I made. These posts change often because they are based on what people are reading.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

My Blog is Finally Two Years Old!


For my second year Blogiversary*, I had to take a special photo, shown on the left. It was taken about five miles from my house on a rainy, yet warm October 14th. It also serves as a reminder to me, to write about Garden Cemeteries.


Last year I wrote 302 posts, and this year 250. I'm trying to cut down on writing and spend more time on research. No brick walls have been solved, that's my biggest regret. But this doesn't mean I won't try to write interesting posts, I will try very hard.

One of the best things that happened this year was finally being able to see my grandparent's gravestone, a photo was taken by a cemetery employee. The cemetery is in Illinois (I live in Massachusetts).


I began a new series for Sunday posts, that being a listing of all the obituaries in the Lowell Sun newspaper for Lowell, Massachusetts. Usually I show just the name, where they were from and age. Two things I discovered, first, I receive a huge number of hits, and second, I found out that three of my classmates died last week, we were all the same age! After more than a month, none of the readers has asked me to send a copy of an obit, but I have them saved, ready to scan for their asking.


Two fun events happened recently. The New England GeneaBlogger's Bash was held in late August, and I met some bloggers there. Last week, I met top Genea-Blogger, Thomas MacEntee and several other bloggers in Boston.

In closing, I'll repeat what I wrote last year, "thank you to each of you who have followed me, left comments and / or encouraged me. Without you, I wouldn't have made it." Will I make it to my third, we will see.

* Blogiversary combines the words Blog and Anniversary.

Surname Saturday -- DODGE



The DODGE surname is another old Massachusetts family. Below are the first three generations of my line (in green). If you would like sources or want further information, please contact me.



Generation No. 1



1.JOHN DODGE died BET 2 APR 1635 AND 15 OCT 1635. He married MARGERY.
Children of JOHN DODGE and MARGERY were:
2  i.Michael DODGE was born in England, and died in England.
+3  ii.RICHARD DODGE was born ABT 1602, and died 15 JUN 1671 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
+4  iii.William DODGE was born BET 1604 AND 1609 in of Somersetshire, England, and died AFT 12 MAY 1685.




Generation No. 2



3.RICHARD DODGE (JOHN DODGE) was born ABT 1602, and died 15 JUN 1671 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts. He married EDITH BRAYNE ABT 1628 in either Ipswich / Beverly / Wenham, Massachusetts. She was born ABT 1603, and died 27 JUN 1678 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
Children of RICHARD DODGE and EDITH BRAYNE were:
5  i.Richard DODGE was born ABT 1628 in East Coker, England.
6  ii.Margery DODGE was born BEF 7 SEP 1630 in East Coker, England, and died 2 FEB 1631.
7  iii.John DODGE was born BEF 29 DEC 1631 in East Coker, England, and died 11 OCT 1711 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts. He married Sarah DODGE 1661 in Beverly / Wenham, Massachusetts. She died 1706.
8  iv.Mary DODGE was born BET 1632 AND 1633 in East Coker, England, and died 18 AUG 1710 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts. She married Zachary HERRICK 1653 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts. He died 1695.
9  v.Richard DODGE was born 1643 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died 13 APR 1705 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts. He married Mary EATON 23 FEB 1667 in Wenham, Essex Co., Massachusetts, daughter of William EATON. She was born 1643, and died 1716.
+10  vi.SARAH DODGE was born 1644, and died 11 SEP 1726 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
11  vii.Samuel DODGE was born 1645 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died 4 DEC 1705 in Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts. He married Mary PARKER ABT 1668 in Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts. She was born 1647, and died 1717.
12  viii.Edward DODGE was born ABT 1650, and died 12 FEB 1727 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts. He married Mary HASKELL 30 APR 1673 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts, daughter of William HASKELL. She was born 1660, and died 1737.
13  ix.Joseph DODGE was born 1651 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died 10 AUG 1716 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts. He married Sarah EATON 21 FEB 1671 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts. She was born ABT 1650, and died 1714.


4.William DODGE (JOHN DODGE) was born BET 1604 AND 1609 in of Somersetshire, England, and died AFT 12 MAY 1685. He married Elizabeth KOXIE BEF 1636. She was born 24 MAR 1614 in Devonshire, England.
Children of William DODGE and Elizabeth KOXIE were:
14  i.John DODGE was born BEF 25 DEC 1636 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts. He married Elizabeth. He married Sarah PROCTOR 10 APR 1659 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts, daughter of JOHN PROCTOR and MARTHA HARPER. She was born ABT 1641 in Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
15  ii.William DODGE was born BEF 19 SEP 1640 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died 24 MAR 1720 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts. He married Joanna HALE, daughter of Robert HALE. He married Mary CONANT, daughter of Roger CONANT and Sarah HORTON. He married Mary CREATTY 27 OCT 1698 in Marblehead, Essex, MA.
16  iii.Hannah DODGE was born BEF 24 JUL 1642. She married Samuel PORTER. She married Thomas WOODBURY 2 DEC 1661 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts.




Generation No. 3



10.SARAH DODGE (RICHARD DODGE, JOHN DODGE) was born 1644, and died 11 SEP 1726 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts. She married PETER WOODBURY JUL 1667 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts, son of JOHN WOODBURY and ANN AGNES. He was born 19 JUN 1640 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died 5 JUL 1704 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
Children of SARAH DODGE and PETER WOODBURY were:
17  i.Sarah WOODBURY was born 12 DEC 1668 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died 17 FEB 1747 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts. She married Jonathan RAYMOND 20 FEB 1689 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts. He was born 1666, and died 1745.
18  ii.Abigail WOODBURY was born 13 APR 1671 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts. She married John LAMSON 9 AUG 1694 in Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts. He was born 1669, and died 1760.
19  iii.Anna WOODBURY was born BEF 24 MAY 1674 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died 1769. She married John HERRICK 29 NOV 1694 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts, son of Joseph HERRICK.
20  iv.Martha WOODBURY was born BEF 27 MAY 1677 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts. She married Ichabod BROWN 31 MAY 1693 in Beverly / Cambridge, Massachusetts.
21  v.Jerusha WOODBURY was born BEF 8 FEB 1680 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts. She married George RAYMOND 28 MAR 1698 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
22  vi.Josiah WOODBURY was born 15 JUN 1682 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died 26 JUL 1746. He married Lydia HERRICK 9 APR 1708, daughter of Joseph HERRICK.
23  vii.Rebecca WOODBURY was born 25 DEC 1684 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts. She married Joseph CORNING.
+24  viii.PRISCILLA WOODBURY was born 23 JUN 1687 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.