John Dodson

???? - 1842

Claimant or beneficiary


Mortgagee of Lancaster, awarded compensation in that capacity in British Guiana, and also one of the trustees and executors of Thomas Gudgeon (q.v.) for Plantation Litchfield in Berbice.

  1. Will of John Dodson Esq. proved 27/10/1842. His death was registered at Lancaster Q3 1842. He left his estate of Tongue [or Tonge] Moor in the township of Littledale and £8000 to his son John; he left £7000 each to two other sons, Thomas Gudgeon Dodson (also godson and legatee of Thomas Gudgeon) and Charles Potter Dodson in addition to the money they had already received. He left sums of £13,000, £13,000 and £15,000 on trust to his three sons and his sons-in-law John Edmondson and Joseph North Green Armytage, the first two sums to support the marriage settlements of John Dodson's daughters Margaret and Harriet with John Edmondson and Joseph North Green Armytage respectively, and the third to be held for the benefit of his daughter Mary Ann.

  2. Probably the John Dodson of Lancaster, merchant, eldest son and heir of John Dodson late of Ulverston, deceased, shown 13/02/1798 as trustee of a lease and release of Spark Bridge Ironworks in Cumbria.

  3. Robert Dodson of Robert Dodson and Jacob Ridley, who were individually bankrupt in 1811, was probably John Dodson's brother. The Robert Dodson who had been a slave-captain and slave-trader out of Lancaster 1757-1771 was probably their uncle.

  4. Marriage of Harriet Dodson spinster St Leonard Gate Lancaster with Joseph North Green Armytage clerk of Castle Park, father was John Dodson, Esq. 06/12/1837.


T71/885 British Guiana claims no. 196, no. 219 (Plantation Hampshire), and no. 289. T71/1610 letters from JD Lancaster dated 18/11/1835 and 9/1/1836: setting out claims as mortgagee on British Guiana 196, 262 [?], 219 and 289.

  1. PROB 11/1969/138; FreeUKGen, England and Wales Free BMD Database, Deaths, 1837-1983 [database online].

  2. Release of Sparkbridge Ironworks Z/70 [accessed 23/02/2014].

  3. London Gazette, Issue 17540, 30/11/1819, p. 2157;

  4. Lancashire Online Parish Clerk Project accessed 15/11/2010.

Further Information

Married but no further details
Thomas Gudgeon Dodson

Associated Claims (3)

£1,984 15s 9d
Unsuccessful claimant (consensual) (Mortgagee)
£14,950 1s 3d
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£7,659 1s 0d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1817 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Joint owner

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Senior partner
John Dodson and Co.
General overseas merchant?  

Physical (2)

St Thomas's Lancaster [Built] 
description →
New Evangelical parish church built 1840-1841, a project driven by two members of John Dodson's family, his son-in-law Rev. Joseph Armytage and Elizabeth Dodson Salisbury, probably his sister....
Country house
Littledale Hall [Built] 
description →
Country house, built by Rev. John Dodson c. 1849 on land left to him by his father John...

Relationships (1)

Notes →
Probably but not certainly...

Addresses (1)

Lancaster, Lancashire, North-west England, England