Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.
Owen Dodge

Owen Dodge[1]

Male 1818 - 1912  (94 years)

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  • Name Owen Dodge 
    Born 23 May 1818  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Interesting pioneer, story 
    Occupation 1842  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    carpenter 
    Occupation 1852  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    carpenter 
    Occupation 1875  Gaines Township, Kent Co., Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    farmer 
    Occupation 1880  Bear Creek, Emmet Co., Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    land clearer 
    Eby ID Number 00095-5423.2 
    Died 20 Jul 1912  Bowne Township, Kent Co., Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Blain Cemetery, Cutlerville, Kent, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I22041  Generations
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 

    Father Nathaniel Dodge,   b. 1759, , Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1852, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Mother Polly Hoover,   b. Abt 1790, , Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1852, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years) 
    Family ID F15437  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary Livergood,   b. 14 May 1823, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1867, , Kent Co., Delaware Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Married 1841  Greenbush (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Nathaniel Dodge,   b. 1842, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1862  (Age 20 years)
     2. Samuel Dodge,   b. 1842, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1862, Fair Oaks, Fairfax (city), Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
     3. Owen L. Dodge,   b. 2 Oct 1847, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1935, Freeport, Barry, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     4. Mary Magdalena "Maggie" Dodge,   b. 4 Apr 1850, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1923, , Kent Co., Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 
    Family ID F4750  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Rosenberger,   b. 11 Aug 1820, , Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1902, Watervliet, Berrien, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 17 Apr 1875  Gaines, Kent, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 
    Family ID F6157  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Owen Dodge
    Owen Dodge
    Image from Find A Grave collection of Norman E. Dodge

  • Notes 
    • "Pioneer Life Ended--'Grandpa' Dodge' died in Bowne Saturday.

      Owen Dodge, aged 94, died Saturday, July 20, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Walton in Bowne. Considering his advanced years, Mr. Dodge was unusually active until the past year when occasional spells of sickness rapidly enfeebled his condition. He had been a resident of Michigan nearly 50 years and was closely associated with the early history of Gaines twp. Funeral services were held at the Gaines UB church Monday conducted by Rev. A. M. Bostwick with burial in the North Gaines Cemetery.

      Owen Dodge was born May 23, 1818 in Canada. He was married to Miss Mary Levagood in 1841 and came to Michigan in 1854. To this union were born 11 children, 5 of whom survive, Owen of Gaines twp., Mrs. Maggie Clemens of Caledonia, Mrs. Diana Walton of Bowne, Mrs. Josephine Jones of Petoskey and Simon L. Dodge of Bay Shore.

      His wife died in 1865 (sic) and in 1875 he was married to Mrs. Mary Colburn who died in 1900. Besides the children, he is survived by 26 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren."


      Caledonia Newspaper 23 Jul 1912

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      Caledonia"s Three Oldest Men

      The three wise men who navigated the sea in a bowl have been honored as the heroes of a nursery rhyme; the three graces, the three Rs and a host of other "threes" have been made much of, but Caledonia's three old men have gone their peaceful way for many years without being chased by moving picture photographers or having a new brand of breakfast food named after them. According to all accounts, non of them has been honored even by having his photograph in a patent medicine advertisement.

      But oblivion, that abyss of unfathomable depth, is to claim them as its own no longer, for at the request of The Evening Press, Caledonia's three oldest inhabitants "looked pleasant" for just a moment and the photographer snapped his camera.

      The three men are Benjamin L. Fulton, Owen Dodge, and William I. Wood, each of whom is ninety-two years of age and each of whom enjoy good health and eyesight, none of them being obliged to wear glasses.

      Mr. Fulton was born in Massillon, Stark county, Ohio, and when he was only fourteen years old he was taken by his parents to Richland county, Ohio, the family being the third to locate in that county. He has been a resident of Caledonia for about thirty years. He has been justice of the peace for Caledonia township for sixteen years.

      Mr. Dodge was born in Berlin, Ont. in 1818, and came to Michigan fifty-five years ago, most of his life in Michigan having been spent in or near Caledonia.

      Mr. Wood was born in Livingston county, New York and came to Michigan fifty-two years ago. He has since lived in Caledonia township or village. For four years he was supervisor from this township and for two years he held the office of tax collector.

      All three are still sturdy and full of life and it is not impossible that they should be photographed at some future time on the occasion of their one hundredth anniversary.


      Grand Rapids Press Oct 1910

  • Sources 
    1. [S10] Book - Vol II A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 203.

    2. [S233] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1852.

    3. [S142] Census - Michigan - 1880, Bear Creek, Emmet, Michigan Film 1254578 Page 359C.
      Owen DODGE Self M Male W 62 CAN Clearing Land MA PA
      Mary DODGE Wife M Female W 59 CAN Keeping House PA PA




    4. [S670] Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925.
      Owen Dodge farmer of Gaines Age (Expanded) 57 years Birth Year 1818 Birthplace Canada Spouse's Name Mary Rosenberg Colborne Spouse's Age (Expanded) 55 years Spouse's Birth Year 1820 Spouse's Birthplace Canada Event Date 17 Apr 1875 Event Place Gaines, Kent, Michigan

    5. [S13] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - Wellington District Marriage Register Part 1 1840-1852.
      Rev'd Frederick W. Bindemann, Minister Of The German Evangelical Church, , At Green Bush, Waterloo Township, 31 Aug. 1841 To 31 Aug. 1842
      Owen Dodge, Carpenter, To Mary Loewegood, Both Of Waterloo. Wit. William Benton, Wagonmaker, And Elias Shupe, Yeoman, Both Of Waterloo

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 May 1818 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1841 - Greenbush (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - carpenter - 1842 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - carpenter - 1852 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - farmer - 1875 - Gaines Township, Kent Co., Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Apr 1875 - Gaines, Kent, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - land clearer - 1880 - Bear Creek, Emmet Co., Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Jul 1912 - Bowne Township, Kent Co., Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Blain Cemetery, Cutlerville, Kent, Michigan, United States Link to Google Earth
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