In the summer of 1772, Edward Dodson cast a shadow into my future as he set out from Amelia County, Virginia. The young man crossed the Meherrin River and continued on into Mecklenburg County, passing the farms of Samuel Dedman, William Wills Green, and John Hyde to assess the red soil along the little fork of Allen’s Creek. Edward walked the tract’s perimeter with the owner. Finding the rolling, timbered hills fit for his needs, the aspiring farmer handed John Glassock five shillings, current money of colonial Virginia.
The Mecklenburg County Court convened once a month in the settlement that would one day become Boydton some 5 miles south. Residents used the court day as a social occasion, and traveled from their farms to conduct business, swap stories, and trade goods. Glassock and two friends, James Brown and Peter Burton, were among the folks who gathered on that August 10th, 1772. The court ordered county clerk, John Talborne to duly record that John Glassock
…Doth give Grant Bargain, Sell Alien assigns and confirm to the Said Edward Dodson and his heirs. & Assigns for ever one certain tract or Parcell (sic) of Land Containing Ninety five acres lying and being in the County of Mecklenburg on the Little fork of Allens Creek…
Brown and Burton bore witness to the verity of the transaction.
Meanwhile Edward Dodson returned home to plan his emigration to Virginia’s remote interior. On the last day of April 1773, Edward took possession of his “parcell”, perhaps with his wife, Francis, already pregnant with their first child Sarah.
Five shillings purchased the first acres of land that would remain in the Dodson family for six generations. The story meanders, like a creek, into the 20th century.
Glassock to Dodson, Mecklenburg County (VA) Deed Book 3-433; Microfilm #32533, Family History Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.