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Title: Cannot find parents of Travis Dodd, Louisiana, 1903-1969
Post by: Andie71 on Saturday 28 June 14 20:55 BST (UK)
I am searching for information on my grandfather, Travis Dodd. Specifically any information regarding his parents, including their names.

According to his tombstone in Mulberry Street Cemetery in Amite, LA, he was born March 12, 1903 and died July 6, 1969. According to his obituary in July 8th, 1969 issue of The Advocate Newspaper of Baton Rouge, he was the pastor of First Southern Methodist Church in Amite at the time of his death. I have contacted that church and their archives agree with that information.

His brother, Sherman Dodd, was also a pastor in Alexandria, LA. He also had a brother, James, of West Monroe, and a sister, Jewel Dodd McCaskill of Mt. Pleasant, Texas. Also according to his obituary he was a native of Montrose, LA (which I have seen listed elsewhere as Montrone). I have found his 1930 and 1940 census, but cannot link a 1920 census to him. Any information or suggestions would be appreciated!
Title: Re: Cannot find parents of Travis Dodd, Louisiana, 1903-1969
Post by: *Sandra* on Saturday 28 June 14 21:23 BST (UK)
Hi,

A Warm Welcome to RootsChat

Gertrude Webb Dodd
March17 1899 November 11 1978
(Wife of Rev Travis Dodd)

Rev Travis Dodd
12 March 1903 6 July 1969
(Minister of Southern Methodist Church
husband of  Gertrude Webb Dodd)

http://files.usgwarchives.net/la/tangipahoa/cemeteries/mulberry.txt

Travis Dodds (cost clerk) WLG Clock Co  - h 542 Main - shows in the Winsted, Connecticut, City Directory, 1926 with Gertrude.


Sandra
Title: Re: Cannot find parents of Travis Dodd, Louisiana, 1903-1969
Post by: Priscilla on Saturday 28 June 14 21:33 BST (UK)
From website Find a Grave

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=dodd&GSfn=sherman&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=91539852&df=all&
Title: Re: Cannot find parents of Travis Dodd, Louisiana, 1903-1969
Post by: *Sandra* on Saturday 28 June 14 21:45 BST (UK)
Jewel Dodd McCaskill - FIND A GRAVE

January 13TH 1901 died February 18TH 1993


http://www.rootschat.com/links/016tf/ 

Application in the matter of application for payment of pauper funeral for
JEWEL DODD McCASKILL
Motion was made by Commissioner Thomas E Hockaday and seconded by Commissioner
J W Terrell Jr approving paying for a pauper funeral for Jewel Dodd
McCaskill in the amount of $ 905.00 to Bates Cooper Weems Robison Funeral Home
41011400 Motion carried unanimously.

http://208.180.79.74:81/Minutes/LinkedDir/1993/1993-03-01.PDF

SSDI Record shows Jewell E. McCaskill - 13 Jan 1901 and died 18 Feb 1993 -  SSN issued:
Louisiana (Before 1951)

Sandra
Title: Re: Cannot find parents of Travis Dodd, Louisiana, 1903-1969
Post by: ..claire.. on Saturday 28 June 14 22:03 BST (UK)
Hi,

...and welcome to RootsChat  :)

Could this be Sherman E Dodd in the 1920 census ~ a soldier aged 21 bn Louisiana, father from Arkansas, mother from Texas. ( He's on the page on the left, eleventh man down from the top)


https://archive.org/stream/14thcensusofpopu1778unit#page/n1019/mode/2up

claire
Title: Re: Cannot find parents of Travis Dodd, Louisiana, 1903-1969
Post by: ..claire.. on Saturday 28 June 14 22:09 BST (UK)

also WW2 draft registration card for Sherman giving D.O.B and place of birth

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-19274-19961-11?cc=1916286

claire
Title: Re: Cannot find parents of Travis Dodd, Louisiana, 1903-1969
Post by: Andie71 on Sunday 29 June 14 02:46 BST (UK)
Thanks so much for your interest and time! I am amazed I received such immediate replies. I'm not altogether sure I am replying properly, and if not, let me know!

I do have adequate information regarding Travis Dodd's place and date of birth, as well as his brother, Sherman, and sister, Jewel. My problem is I don't know how to use this information to find their parents as there were no birth records recorded in this area of Louisiana before 1918. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Cannot find parents of Travis Dodd, Louisiana, 1903-1969
Post by: MaureeninNY on Sunday 29 June 14 04:05 BST (UK)
Just wondering about these people:
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MPBX-M68

Maureen
Title: Re: Cannot find parents of Travis Dodd, Louisiana, 1903-1969
Post by: Andie71 on Sunday 29 June 14 04:26 BST (UK)
Thank you, @MaureeninNY! This has given my search new life! I have no idea how you thought to search for Wood. You are amazing!
Title: Re: Cannot find parents of Travis Dodd, Louisiana, 1903-1969
Post by: MaureeninNY on Sunday 29 June 14 13:23 BST (UK)
I wonder if this is the youngest child from that 1910 census:
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-19076-53494-27?cc=1916286

That would account for the brother James. He might be the one in Springfield Mass in 1930 with wife Mae B and daughter Patricia J. :-\

Maureen
Title: Re: Cannot find parents of Travis Dodd, Louisiana, 1903-1969
Post by: Andie71 on Sunday 29 June 14 21:46 BST (UK)
Thanks again, Maureen! That James does make sense! And I notice his name is Dodd again. I had found this history in my search: http://files.usgwarchives.net/la/rapides/bios/doddsg.txt
And it does mention that Sherman and Travis father worked in a sawmill in East Texas. And the census that you sent the link for agrees with that. This history also mentions that his wife (I'm assuming Gertrude) died of the spanish flu which means right around 1918. Interestingly enough, if Gertrude is Travis mother, he married a woman with the same name.
Now I am looking for Dodd, Wood, and even Dood. There are a lot in Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana, which coincidentally are all neighbors. ;)
Title: Re: Cannot find parents of Travis Dodd, Louisiana, 1903-1969
Post by: *Sandra* on Sunday 29 June 14 22:04 BST (UK)
A couple of Anc tree showing James Dodd and Mae with a daughter Patricia Joan Dodd born 28 December 1929 Springfield Massachusetts.
Patricia was the second wife of Charles Edward Davenport 1917 - 1987 according to a note left on the tree

Patricia Thomas - 28 Dec 1929  died 13 Mar 1981 Preston and South Ribble Lancashire England according the trees

Also a US Social Security Index entry for Patricia Thomas 28 Dec 1929 - died March 1981
Last Benefit: 12866  Saratoga Springs, Saratoga, New York.   SSN issued: New York (Before 1951)
Married to John Thomas.

Sandra
Title: Re: Cannot find parents of Travis Dodd, Louisiana, 1903-1969
Post by: *Sandra* on Sunday 29 June 14 22:08 BST (UK)
FIND A GRAVE

James Dodd - 21 Nov 1906 - 23 Feb 1975

Burial: Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery  Monroe (Ouachita Parish) Ouachita Parish
Louisiana.

http://www.rootschat.com/links/016vc/

Last Residence 71269  Rayville, Richland, Louisiana.
SSN issued Massachusetts (Before 1951)   

Sandra
Title: Re: Cannot find parents of Travis Dodd, Louisiana, 1903-1969
Post by: Andie71 on Monday 30 June 14 03:53 BST (UK)
Thanks so much Sandra! You guys are so amazing. And Fast! Wow!

Andrea
Title: Re: Cannot find parents of Travis Dodd, Louisiana, 1903-1969
Post by: Andie71 on Tuesday 01 July 14 14:53 BST (UK)
Looking for a death date for Sam (Lam) Dodd (Wood) and his wife Gertrude. The probable parents of Sherman, Travis, Jewel, and James Dodd of Louisiana. According to this history: http://files.usgwarchives.net/la/rapides/bios/doddsg.txt
She may have died of the spanish flu of 1918. I'm wondering if they even posted the names of the dead for this illness because the numbers were so great. Were they even able to have proper graves?
Title: Re: Cannot find parents of Travis Dodd, Louisiana, 1903-1969
Post by: shellyesq on Monday 14 July 14 16:48 BST (UK)
I have seen death certificates from other states for victims of the 1918 flu, so I would think they exist in the states that you're looking in. 

You can see links to available online death records by state at www.deathindexes.com.