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Dodge and Miller family letters

Call Number: RH MS P974


This collection consists of six letters among three different generations of the Dodge family while residing in Buffalo, New York; at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and in Emporia, Kansas. The letters mostly focus on family news, including marriage announcements and the illnesses and deaths of family members.


  • Creation: 1832 - 1884


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History of the Dodge family

Jonas Dodge was born August 11, 1806 in Vermont. He served as a Methodist Episcopal Church minister, serving as a pastor for several communities in New York State, including Crooked Lake, Elmira, Buffalo, Lyons Station, Lockport, and Rochester. Dodge married Carista Tibbets, with whom he had at least one child who survived to adulthood. Carista (Tibbets) Dodge died in 1835 at the age of 29, and Jonas Dodge remarried in 1836 to Mary Ann Goodwin, with whom he had at least two more children. By 1858, the Dodges were residing in Kansas, and Jonas Dodge died on March 8, 1859 in Lawrence, Douglas County, KS.

Helen Elizabeth Dodge, known to the family as Nelly or Nellie and daughter of Jonas and Carista Dodge, was born April 12, 1834 in Buffalo, Erie County, New York. She married Adam Miller (1831-1896), who had been born in Springboro, Ohio, in 1857. Miller served in the Civil War, and the family resided for some time in Indiana. Eventually they moved to Kansas, first Doniphan County and then settling in Emporia, Lyon County. The Millers had several children who survived to adulthood, including Jonas Benson (J.B.), Rosana or Rosa, Mary C. or Mollie, William C., Florence E., Susanna C., Adam C. (A.C.), and Joseph (or Joey) Grant. Helen (Dodge) Miller died on June 14, 1895.

Jonas Goodwin Dodge, Helen's younger brother, was born June 25, 1837 in Lockport, Niagara County, NY. He served in the 16th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry during the Civil War, stationed out of Fort Leavenworth. He married Florence Jane Weaver in 1864, with whom he had at least two children who survived to adulthood, Alice and Helen (or Nellie). The family moved to Marshfield, Missouri at some point after Dodge mustered out of service and eventually settled in Beloit, Mitchell County, Kansas. Jonas Goodwin Dodge died on March 4, 1900.

Jonas Dodge's youngest son, Sylvester Hollister Dodge, was born on November 13, 1843 in Elmira, Chemung County, New York. He married Laura Ella Wheeler (1847-1877) in 1864, and after her death he married America Coburn (1847-1909) in 1878. Hollister, as he was known to the family, had at least four children survive to adulthood: George Hollister, Mary Ella (Dodge) Filson, Frances Julia (Dodge) Dilworth, and Clyde Coburn. Hollister Dodge died on December 22, 1912 and was buried in Beloit, Kansas.

Helen Dodge Miller's daugther Mary married Alexander "Alex" Hetherington. Hetherington had been born in Winchester, Ohio in 1851 and by 1880 lived in Severance, Doniphan County, Kansas. They married sometime between 1880 and 1884 and had at least two children, Ancel and Arthur J.

[Information retrieved from and 1880 census records.]


6 folders ; Folders measure 22x37 cm.

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Physical Location

RH MS P974

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Sandra Willey, 2013.

Guide to the Dodge-Miller Family Collection
Dodge and Miller family letters
Finding aid prepared by mwh. Finding aid encoded by mwh, 2021.
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Dodge and Miller family letters, RH MS P974, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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