W. J. DODSON, of
Kopperl, Bosque county, was born in Trinity county, Texas, in 1855, a
son of Thomas Dodson, who was born in Tennessee, in 1824. When a young
man, the father came to Houston county, Texas, where he bought land and
became a prosperous farmer. He married Martha, a daughter of William
Cresey, of Mississippi, and they had five children, four now living,
viz.: George; Mollie, who is married; W. J., our subject; and
Annie Taylor. Jesse Dodson, the grandfather of our subject, was a
native of Tennessee, and gave his son free papers at the age of twelve
W. J. Dodson, our subject, bought 640 acres of land on the
Brazos river, in Hill county, where he located permanently in 1876, and
immediately commenced its improvement. In partnership with his brother
he has bought 1,800 acres, 1,400 acres of which is fenced, and 200
acres under cultivation. In addition to his farming he is also
extensively engaged in stock-raising.
He was married in 1879, to Eliza English, of Texas, and a
daughter of James English, who died in 1871. Mr. and Mrs. Dodson have
had five children, four of whom are now living: Arthur, Bettie,
Thomas and Eugene. Mrs. Dodson is a member of the Methodist Church.
from A Memorial and
Biographical History of Johnson and Hill Counties, Texas, Lewis
Publishing Company, Chicago, 1892, pp. 525-526.