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From: margaret findley <>
Subject: [DODSON-L] Rev. Jesse Dodson info
Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2002 14:05:03 -0700
For those interested in Rev. Jesse Dodson. Copied verbatim from the
following source. Contributed by Margaret Dodson Findley
: SKETCHES OF TENNESSEE'S PIONEER BAPTIST PREACHERS, by J. J. Burnett.
Series Vol. I, pub 1919, Press of Marshall & Bruce Co., Nashville,
Tenn; pg 142: (copied verbatum)
" "JESSE DODSON
"In memory of Rev. Jesse Dodson; born Nov. 22, 1752; died Nov. 22,
1843. A minister of the gospel sixty years," (Tombstone record
The deceased was born in Halifax Co, VA. His first settlement in
Tenn. was in Claiborne Co. From there he went to Middle Tenn. In 1819
he came to the Hiwassee Purchase, making a settlement in McMinn Co., a
few months before the county was "erected." On the Eastanalee is a
house still standing, I believe, built ninety-eight years ago by Jesse
Soon after his settlement in the Hiwassee district he began pioneer
work. He and seven others constituted themselves into the Eastanallee
Church. He and Silas Witt organized New Hopewell. He and James
Courtney founded the Hiwassee Church. Salem Church was organized by him
and Richard Wilson, while he and John Short were co-founders of the
Friendship Church. He was preacher to and pastor of these and other
churches for many years.
He was of Welsh extraction and had the Welsh fire. He was not trained
to methodical sermonizing or systematic exposition of Scripture, but was
earnest and fervent in exhortation, and was successful in revivlas.
Elder Dodson owned 300 acres of land in the heart of Eastanallee
valley, and ten negroes, whom he "freed," it is said, after the death of
his wife (by whom he came into possession of them), giving as his reason
that he had "concluded that a bill of sale of negroes in his pocket
would be a pad passport at the gate of Heaven:
His wife was a Miss Ruth Johnson, of South Carolina, of a well-to-do
family, but the date of his marriage and other family and ministerial
records have perished, were washed away or destroyed, it is th ought, by
the high waters of the Eastanallee in the year 1875.
He lived to preach and exhort sinners to repentance about sixty-one
years, and on his 91st birthday died in the triumph of living faith."