It's been a very long time since I've posted. Maybe someone new will have info for me (fingers crossed!)
I am looking for the family line of my John Dodge - died 30 Oct 1873 Port Byron, Rock Island Co, IL age 83 years, so born 1789 or 1790. John is found in the 1820-1860 Guildhall, Essex Co, VT census. He was married to Fanny Belcher, d/o Joseph Belcher & Thankful Baker abt 1813. Joseph & Thankful are found 1800 & 1810 Grafton Co, NH census, & 1820-1830 in Coos Co, NH. They are in the 1840 census for Port Byron. They both died there in the 1840's.
John & Fanny are the parents of three living children: Capt George Dodge b 1814 Guildhall d 1905 Port Byron, IL, Harriet b 1818 Guildhall d 1882 Port Byron married to George S Moore, and Susan (my 3rd great) b 1825 Guildhall d 1897 Port Byron married to Erastus Rogers. Fanny Belcher d 14 Oct 1831 in Guildhall & John then married Sarah (Gilbert) Nelson (widow) 4 Feb 1832. They had one living daughter, Mary b 1833 Guildhall, married to Joseph Ornsby.
George Dodge wrote a journal when he was 82 years old & stated his father was born in Salem, MA. Census records state that John was born MA, NH, & VT. Another clue George states is that his father, John, was a hatter & taught George the trade. I can't find a marriage record for John & Fanny, but my guess is that they married in Coos Co or Grafton Co, NH, as that is where Fanny was in the time frame. John was also 'hotel keeper' in the 1860 census. This was probably the Essex House.
If anyone has any info, or can send me in the right direction, I'd appreciate it!