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of Greene County, Missouri

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THOMAS R. DODSON. Integrity, intelligence and system are qualities which will advance the interests of any man and will tend to the prosperity to which all aspire. Mr. Dodson's life has been characterized by constancy of purpose, conscientiousness, undoubted ability and energy, and as a natural consequence he is one of the county's most esteemed citizens. He is a native of East Tennessee, born in 1819, and all his life has been engaged in the arduous duties of the farm, although in connection he was also a blacksmith for some time. Although seventy-four years of age, time has dealt leniently with him and his mind is as clear and his health as good as most men of fifty-five or sixty. He was married in his native State to Miss M. Price, who is also a native of Tennessee and now seventy-two years of age. After marriage, or in 1849, this worthy couple moved to Missouri, and this State has been their home ever since. Of the eleven children born to them, four are now living: Sarah J., wife of George Bradley; Joseph C.; Rebecca, the wife of John Thornhill, of Springfield, and Hattie, the wife of Wade Hindman of Springfield. When first coming to Missouri Mr. Dodson settled in the southeast part of Greene County and there remained until the breaking out of the Rebellion, when he moved to Springfield. He has been a well known and well respected resident of that city since, and now resides about three miles from the public square. Mrs. Dodson was a daughter of Henry and Nancy (Dick) Price, both natives of Tennessee, where they tilled the soil all their lives, and she was one of six children, all but one now living. This worthy and much esteemed old couple have a very comfortable and pleasant home and can spend the closing scenes of their lives in peace. They both hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church. Their son, Joseph C., married Miss Maude Mack, and now resides in this county. (See sketch.)

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