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From: trini p dodd <>
Subject: [DODD-L] Dod, of ENG, from 1150 AD.
Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2000 16:51:40 +0000

The early Dod families of England were noble ones. They married into
other families of nobility, both in the Cheshire and Shropshire lines.
The Coats of Arms of the Dods of Edge reflect these marriages: Dod,
Edge, Willaston, Brereton, Dalton and Mainwaring were just a few leading
up to the English Civil War (1642-1646). The Coat of Arms of the Dods of
Shropshire show marriages with the following families of nobility:
Warren, Cloverley, Eyton, Talbot, Egerton, Aston and Savage. Other
Dodd marriages included families like Beckett, Mathews, Bird, Allen,
Stanley, Massey, Manley, Crewe, etc. Some of these marriages elevated
the Dod families to a status in close contact with the king and queen.
One such connection was the Dod marriage with the Brereton family. With
that first marriage, John Dod of Edge married Emme (Emma) Brereton of
Malpas. Emme's first cousin, Sir William Brereton (c. 1490-1536) , was
one of several brothers who entered into service for the king.
Eventually, this Brereton became groom of the king's privy chamber and as
a result gained considerable power and influence with the king. William
married Somerset Lady Elizabeth, daughter of the earl of Worcester and
the widow of Sir John Savage, knight, who commanded the left wing at
Bosworth. John's brother, Thomas Savage, was Archbishop of York and
President of HENRY VII's council - a rise that would take the Savage
family to an earldom under CHARLES I. Eventually, the turbulent behavior
of John's son and grandson lead to the temporary surrender of its lands
to the crown. Brereton then secured the lease and married Elizabeth,
thereby securing the wardship of the heir. Brereton became quite
powerful in his homeland in Cheshire and in North Wales. In 1534,
Brereton hanged his principal enemy, John Eyton, also a Dod relative
related to John Talbot. However, on May 17, 1536, Sir William Brereton,
was beheaded on Tower Hill, his crime high treason and his offense
adultery with the queen, Anne Boleyn. Four other were beheaded with
William: Viscount Rochford, Anne's brother, Henry Norris, groom of the
stool and HENRY VIII's close friend, Sir Francis Weston, the king's
former page, and Mark Smeaton, the court musician whose arrest
precipitated the catastrophe. Four days after their deaths, the queen
herself was executed. John Woodward married Joan, sister of... Dod,
Serjeant of the Cellar to Queen Mary (1553-1558). Curiously enough, on
June 14th, 1592, the Dods themselves married into the Savage family when
Thomas Dod married an Elizabeth Savage. Unfortunately, she died in
December of that same year. Records show that sometime between 1619 and
1623, a Thomas Dod, son of Peter of Shocklach, served as Chaplain to the
King (JAMES I). In the years that followed, during the English Civil War
(1642-1646), another Sir William Brereton, also of the same family,
served as Head of Parliamentary forces in Cheshire against the royalist
forces of CHARLES I. After the war in Cheshire ended in 1646, Sir
William Brereton, Sir Thomas Aston and others were sent to put down the
rebellion in Ireland. As a result, Sir William Brereton obtained 7,000
acres of land in the Counties of Tipperary and Down. Others, John and
Andrew Brereton, obtained smaller parcels of land in Wexford.
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