- Born: 1588, England
- Marriage: Jane Eagle Plume
There is debate on whether John Dodd of the Jamestown Colony was the father of Jesse and William Dodson. There is no evidence other than family lore to support this, along with Jane Eagle Plume being his wife. His wife was "Jane" but there no written record that her father was the Iroquois Indian Chief Eagle Plume.
Another theory is that the Dotson line in America is descended from John Dodson, born in 1580 in Great Neck, Yorkshire, England. He sailed to America, then lived and died in Richmond County, Virginia (some say this is actually John Dods, although he wasn't close to eighteen years old in 1822).
His son, Jesse Dodson, was born in 1620, probably in England, but sailed to the Colonies with his father (no son is listed with John Dodds). A 1979 article by Mrs. C. T. Dodson, of Wayne County, Kentucky, relates a family story handed down through the centuries, in which Jesse chose his bride from of a ship load of eighty prospective wives arriving from England. A colonist could pay a woman's transportation fees (with her permission), in the amount of 120 pounds of tobacco, and secure her as a wife. It is by this method that Jesse and a brother, William, supposedly obtained wives.
Jesse then married Judith Hagger (b: 1627 in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England) on the 7th of May, 1645, in Jamestown, Virginia.
Regardless of whether the John Dodd of the Jamestown Colony is the patriarch of this line, his information is as follows:
John Dodd departed London aboard the Susan Constant on December 19, 1606 along with Capt. John Smith. The Susan Constant, along with her sister ships, the Discovery and the Godspeed, arrived on the Virginia coast on May 6, 1907. The ships were driven inland by a storm and they took refuge in the area that is now known as Hampton Roads, Virginia. They then sailed up the James River landing at Jamestown. John Dodd was listed as an laborer on the passenger list for the original 105 settlers of Jamestown. He was also a soldier in the expeditions agianst the Indians.
The colonist erected cabins out of poles and branches and some dug caves to live in. The site of the colony was unhealthy, and the deaths, especially during the first few years, were horrifying. From 1606 to 1618, a period of 12 years, eighteen hundred immigrants sailed from England for Virginia. At the end of that time only six hundred were living. Attacks by Indians, starvation, and the system of holding property in common added to the difficulties of the colonist. But by 1612 they began to grow tobacco and they fared better.
In spite of the hardships, John Dodd survived and was reported to have been a mighty hunter and fur trader and in his dealing with the Indians became the possessor of large bodies of land. The census taken by the Virginia Company of London in the years 1624 and 1625 list John Dodd and his wife Jane living in the Land of Neck village along with forty other individuals.
John married Jane Eagle Plume, daughter of Chief Eagle Plume and Unknown. (Jane Eagle Plume was born about 1575 in Iroquois Indian Nation.)