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Wednesday, November 7, I860, is a day 
whose pleasant memories will long be fresh 
in the hearts of the descendants of the late 
David L. Dodge. 

The Eightieth Anniversary of the birth- 
day of Mrs. Sakah Cleveland Dodge. 
his' wife, brought together a large number of 
her descendants, to rejoice in the goodness of 
that kind Providence which had spared her 
for so many years, with such good health, 
unimpaired faculties, and cheerful spirit-. 

The gathering was at an early hour uf the 
evening, at the" house of her son William E. 
Dodge, in Madison Avenue. New York. 

Each family was represented in part, and 
with its branches occupied a distinct portion 
of the room, while the venerable Lady was 
seated in an arm chair at the head of the 
parlour, where her eye could rest upon the 
entire group. At eight o'clock, her son 
William E. Dodge called the assembly to 
order ; and standing beside his Mother, spoke 
briefly as follows : 

For a number of years I have looked for- 
ward to this evening, trusting that a kind 
Providence would spare the life of our beloved 
parent, and permit us to meet together on 
the occasion of her Eightieth birth-day ; and 
I am rejoiced that so many of her descend- 
ants have been permitted to gather around 
her, and mingle their congratulations ; it is 
such a scene as is seldom witnessed, and one 
of deep and tender interest to ail. What 
wonderful results have come to pass, from 
the announcement eighty years ago, that a 
little infant had just opened her eyes upon 
earth. That little one has become a multi- 
tude, and this large collection of descend- 
ants kx>k up to her a., their maternal head. 

What changes have taken place in the short 
space of her single life. At her birth our 
country contained a population of only some 
three millions ; now we have thirty-one mil- 
lions ; then, our city had less than twenty- 
two thousand, now. eight hundred thousand. 
During her lifetime, all those great benevo- 
lent and missionary organizations which bless 
the world, have been commenced. How diffi- 
cult is it to realize,, that such vast changes 
can have occurred during, the lifetime of a 
single individual, and may not still greater 
events transpire within the lifetime of some 
of the descendants of our beloved Mother, 
present here this evening ; — if any of them 
shall attain her advanced age ? 

When Parliament is convened, one of the 
ministers of the Queen is privileged to read 
her royal address to her subjects. To me it 
is a greater honour, on this occasion, to be 
my Mother's minister, and read the address 
she has written tor her descendants. There 
are many to take part in the exercises of the 
evening, and I will not longer detain you 
with my own thoughts, which are indeed too 


deep for utterance, but read her Greeting as 
follows : 

Welcome, my children and grandchildren clear. 

I rejoice that you have assembled here, 

To join in praise and thanksgiving with me, 

On this joyful day of jubilee — 

To Him who has lengthened out my days, 

I owe unbounded songs of praise. 

He early sought my sonl to claim, 

To trust Him, and revere His name. 

Kindly He led me thrpngh various ways, 

And His mercy has followed me all my days. 

In dangers known ; unknown ; still plainly I've seen, 

That my God's preserving care ever has been: 

From languishing on the bed of pain, 

He raised me to health and strength again : 

He has given me children, kind and dear, 

A Progeny numerous, as exemplified here ; 

For those loved ones He has been pleased to call home, 

I will not mourn— to them, soon I shall come. — 

And now, my Beloved, I turn to you; 

Are not your praises also due '. 

For your Heavenly Father's richer grace, 

Shown you above myriads of our race : 

They born in lands as dark as night, 

Trained with no ray of Gospel light; 

Your birth lias been in this favoured land, 

Where blessings abound on every Laud; 

With parents kind to guide your way, 

Lest in devious oaths, your feet should stray: 

God's holy Word they taught to revere, 

Which shows the way of Salvation so clear ; 

To seek the Lord, most earnest its call, 

Since Jesus has died, to rescue us all. — 

I rejoice, my descendant*, so many are led, 

To trust in the Saviour who suffered and bled ; 

Yet fain do I hope that they all will submit, 

xVnd cast down their Idols at Jesus's feet ; 

Let go their hold on this world's transient joys, 

For a treasure in Heaven, where nothing alloys. 

A damper is cast o'er our pleasures to-day, 

That so many dear ones are far, far, away. 

Out of sight, yet still we are with them in heart, 

And to hear of their welfare, true joy doth impart. 

They are just as near Heaven — there at last may ire 

Where Love will be perfect, and Communion siceet. 

After the reading of these lines of wel- 
come: by request, — William Dodge Por- 
ter presented some statistics of the family, 
of which the following is a brief summary ; 
closing with a Birth-Day Greeting to his 
Grandmother, as follows : 

David Low Dodgr, born in Brooklyn, 
Conn., June 17, 1774, and Sarah Cleve- 
land, born in Norwich, Conn., November 7, 
1780, were united in marriage, June 7, J798. 


They hail seven children : five daughters, 
and two sons, as follows : 

1. Julia Stuart, married to Joseph C. 
Huntington of Norwich, Conn. They had 
11 children, of whom 5 are dead. Of the 
remaining 6, there have heen 5 married, and 
these have had 11 children, of which number 
10 are now living. Mr. Huntington died 
April 30, 1852, aged GO ; and Mrs. Hunt- 
ington, December 23, 18.39, aged 60. 

Total in the family of Huntington, 29. 

2. Sarah Cleveland, married to Henry 
C. Porter of Hartford, Conn. They had 5 
children, 3 of whom are married ; and these 
have had 5 children, all living. Mrs. Porter 
died January 9, 1846, aged 44. 

Total in the family of Porter, 16. 

3. David Stuart, married to Caroline 
Hyde, of Bozrahville, Conn. They had 10 
children, of whom 3 are dead ; and one is 

Total in the family of D. 8. Dodge, 13. 

4. William Earl, married to Melissa 


Phelps of New York. They kid 11 chil- 
dren, of whom 4 are dead. Of the remaining 
7, there are 3 married, and they have 4 
children, all living. 

Total in the family of Wm. E. Dodge, 20, 

5. Mary Abiah, married to Norman 
White of Is 1 ew York. They had 10 children, 
of whom 7 are living. Of this number 4 are 
married ; and these have 4 children, all 
living. Mrs. White died January 5, 1857, 
aged 48 years. 

Total in the family of White, 21. 

6. Elizabeth Clementine, married to 
Edmund B. Stedman of Hartford, Conn. 
They had 3 children, of whom 2 are living. 
One of these is married, and has 2 children. 
Mr. .Stedman died December 5, 1835, aged 
48, while at sea on a voyage fur his health. 
Mrs. Stedman was subsequently married to 
William B. Kinney of Newark, N. J., and 
they have had 2 children, both living. 

Total in the family of Stedman and Kin- 
ney, 11. 

7. Susan Phatt, married to Uzal Cory 
of Plaintield, N. J. They had 5 children, of 


whom 3 are living. One of these is married, 
and has one child. Mrs. Cor)' died October 
29, 1854, aged 41 years. 

Total in the family of Cory, 10. 

The Descendants of David L. and Sarah 
C. Dodge are then as follows : children, 7 ; 
grandchildren, 57; great-grandchildren, 27; 
91 of the direct descendants : and if to these 
we add 29 who have intermarried, into the 
family, there are 120 in all. Not one of this 
entire number has ever brought dishonour 
upon the name of his ancestors ; and of the 
95 now living, 51 are professors of religion. 
Of the remaining 44, there are 25 still under 
13 years of age, who we have faith to believe, 
will be brought early into the fold of the 
Saviour ; so that, in view of the results of 
the past, and hopes of the future, we can 
truly say of our revered Grandfather, " the 
memory of the just is blessed : " and of our 
beloved Grandmother, " her children shall 
rise up and call her blessed ;" and I am 
sure that each one here to-nn-iit, will cor- 
dially unite with me in saying, as the sincere 
prayer of our hearts : 


Dear Grandmother, on this your festal day, 
When eighty years at length have rolled away 
Since first you came to earth ; we here would, prove 
The heart-felt tribute of our earnest love. 

"We hless our God that he has spared yonr life, 
'Mid scenes of care, and toil, and anxious strife, 
To this good, green, old age ; may it be given 
To prove, indeed, a stepping-stone to heaven. 

We come to-night, with hearts that would set forth 
Our gratitude for all your Christian worth: 
Both child and grandchild ; e'en the little one, 
Whose feet the race of life have just begun. 

We still revere the memory of him, 
Who, long in Heaven, feels not the power of Sin. 
Dacid, our Sire; the man by God approved, 
Dwells with that Saviour, whom so long he loved. 

We know, ten years ago you crossed that line 
Which separates Eternity from Time : 
And yet we pray that many days be given, 
Before you wing your flight from Earth to Heaven. 

four Daughtci'3 loved, await you in thrtt home ; 
They have gone first ; and you will follow soon — 
Sarah—then Susan— Mary —Julia last ; 
Prom earthly toil, to beavenly rest they passed. 


Only one left, and she on foreign shore, 
Expects to meet her mother here no more : 
Elizabeth — but she, we know, will pray 
That God may keep you; though so far away. 

Two sons, the staff of your declining years, 
Often have caused you happiness — not tears — 
David and William; and they still will prove. 
The comfort of that mother whom they love. 

God hless you ever, is our earnest prayer 
At home, abroad, always, and everywhere; 
In health or sickness; here; in heaven above, 
Where, sorrows ended, all will e'er be love. 

And when the scenes of life are fading fast, 
May Jesus be your solace to the last ; 
xVnd then with dear ones who have gone before, 
In that blest world all meet, to part no more. 

•But shall we all be tiieke, with happy end? 
Is Christ, our hope, our trust, our deakf.--.i- friend ? 
If so, then welcome Death : soon shall we be 
Praising Emmanuel through eternity. 

Rev. Erskine X. White of Richmond. 
Staten Island, a Grandson, being called upon. 
spoke as follows : 

I think I may venture to say, that there 


is no one of us here to-night, whose heart is 
not full. 

Yet, although there is so much of deep 
interest in the heart, it is still no easy task, 
to say any thing that shall seem especially 
called for at the present time. And this is 
not strange ; for the hond that has drawn us 
together to-night, holds all with such equal 
strength, that the thoughts of one must be 
almost necessarily repeated in the mind of 
each, making an attempt to frame them in 
words, seem well nigh useless. 

The feeling that has been most promi- 
nent in my own mind, as I have stood here 
this evening, is one of gratitude. I do not 
mean, however, the gratitude that we all 
necessarily feel as a family — gratitude that 
our' Grandmother has attained to an age 
beyond the common lot of man — gratitude 
that her health is so good, and her faculties 
so bright — nor, indeed, gratitude for the 
blessings that have been showered upon us 
as a family — for the lives that have been 
spared — for the temporal prosperity accorded 
— and for our happy lot to-day. AH this of 


course we feel ; but it is not that which, to- 
nights, has been most prominent in my mind. 
What I do mean, is this — the personal grat- 
itude that each one of us individually should 
feel, because our Grandparents were just 
what they icere. 

Their character has had its direct effect 
upon all of us as individuals, moulding our 
characters ; and conducing in large measure 
to make each one just what he is. I do not 
refer alone to those who were directly nurtur- 
ed by their care, and swayed by their personal 
presence ; but to every one in whose veins 
their blood still flows, even to that little babe 
up-stairs, who, perhaps, hereafter, will scale e- 
ly realize, that his own father's grandparent 
ever lived. The reason is obvious. Not one 
of us doubts the influence that his own pa- 
rent has had upon him ; and what, under 
God, has made that father's or that mother's 
character what it is? the influence of Jin 
whom we assemble to-night, to greet ; and o( 
him whose memory we reverence and love. 
Had they been other than what they were, 
most assuredly the mark of that difference 


would have Leon visible in us. And when 
shall this power cease ? As generation suc- 
ceeds generation, it must, in wider and wider 
circles, still affect in greater or less degree, 
every descendant, even down to the end of 

Looking then at this influence, operating 
upon, and to a great extent moulding the 
character of each, and conducing to whatever 
of good may he within us ; ought we not to 
expect to find in the heart of each one here 
to-night, whether old or young, a feeling of 
profound jjersonal gratitude ? 

A practical thought, too, has suggested 
itself to my mind : How heavy the responsi- 
bility laid upon every man, that he commit 
untarnished to those who come after him, 
that influence which has been bequeathed to 
him. \Yq must not forget that just as a good 
man, coming into any family line, divides all 
his posterity from the main stream, by the 
new influence that he sends down — an influ- 
ence that becomes wider in its reach as time 
passes ; so, en the other hand, it' any one 
among his offspring proves unworthy, or un- 


true to the teachings he has received, an- 
other division inevitably follows : and that 
portion of the current, which he in his turn 
has affected, must go on in its polluted course, 
distinctly marked, and separate from the rest. 
There are others here who can speak bet- 
ter, and more appropriately, than I can, of 
the love that draws us together this evening: : 
and of the fondness with which we look up 
to her, who is the Mother of all who are 
gathered here. I must not longer occupy the 
| ' If we can all carry away with us a de- 
termination, that, by the grace of God, our 
influence shall never tend to undo the inilu- 
ence of those whom we so truly revere, our 
gathering to-night will have an effect beyond 
the fact, that we have met as brothers and 
sisters ; to join hand with hand, and heart 
to heart, that as one family, we may unite 
in blessing our beloved Mother. 

| Dr. David S. Dodge, the oldest Son, 

being next called upon, spoke as follows : 
This occasion, and this scene, remind us 

forcibly of the faithfulness of the God of 
Abraham ; and that His gracious promises 
have been fulfilled in all succeeding ages. 

We are reminded of the great blessing 
of being the children of pious ancestors ; 
having been partakers of the grace and fa- 
vour of God j in answer to the prayers, ex- 
ample, influence, and admonitions of our 
Parents : and we who are now the heads of 
families, have abundant reason to remember 
all the way in which we have been led, from 
our earliest clays to the present time, by the 
good Providence of God. 

" His mercies have been new every morn- 
ing, and fresh every evening ; " how many 
have been our temporal blessings, but above 
all, our spiritual favours : and while we have 
to mourn over our many deficiencies and short- 
comings, and the errors committed in en- 
deavouring to train up our children in the 
fear of the Lord ; still we have, as individuals 
and as families, reason to bless God, that so 
many of us here present have, as we humbly 
trust, a saving interest in our crucified Re- 


We should also remember, that of the 
great number of over one hundred of the im- 
mediate descendants of our dear and vener- 
able Mother, who has been permitted to see 
this her eightieth, birth-day, not one has been 
deficient in natural endowments ; not one 
has been permitted to so far forsake the right 
way, as to bring disgrace upon the family ; 
not one, to openly deny the faith of our 

We have also occasion for gratitude, that 
among the bereavements which every family 
have from time to time been called to expe- 
rience, there has never been one instance. 
where they have had to mourn as those that 
have no hope. 

We should be also thankful that the 
many here present, and those providentially 
absent, are in the enjoyment of a good degree 
of temporal prosperity ; and those who are 
now forming characters, give good promise as 
to the future. 

But I must bring these remarks to a 
close ; for there are others here to occupy the 
time : and called upon unexpectedly to speak ; 


I find the emotions prompted by the occasion 
overcome me too much, to give any adequate 
expression to the real feelings of my heart. 

Mr. Norman White, a Son-in-Law, 
being called upon, said : 

I had not expected to make any remarks 
upon this occasion ; but I need no urging, for 
my heart is full. This gathering is one of in- 
tense interest. Here we see a venerable Lady 
surrounded by her descendants ; and although 
I am not a descendant, yet she has been to me 
a very dear Mother, and none present, I am 
sure, feel a deeper or warmer love for her. 

She is the Mother of another Mother, 
with whom I lived fur more than a quarter of 
a Century in the greatest happiness ; and to 
whom I have been indebted, more than to 
any other human being ; for, from her wise 
counsels and holy life, I derived daily in- 
struction. Her lovely, unselfish character 
endeared her to all her friends. She is not 
here. Her work is done, and she has gone to 
her rest. 

But here are her children ; and I am 


most happy to embrace this occasion to say, 
that, to their beloved Mother's teaching and 
gentle influence, they are largely indebted 
for a measure of happiness which has rarely 
been exceeded. 

The instructions received from her Par- 
ents in the morning of life, were imparted 
to her own children ; and I now present 
them to their honoured Grandmother, as 
children who, by their filial respect and love, 
as well as by their rectitude of conduct, have 
done much to promote my own happiness, 
and also the happiness of their lamented 

When I look around upon this numerous 
group of descendants, and know that each 
one loves and venerates her who this evening' 
occupies the seat of honour, and know also 
that there is nut one among them all, whose 
life or conduct is such as to give our aged 
Mother undue anxiety, I am led to ask — 
who can doubt that here we see the fruit of 
the seed sown by pious, exemplary Parents ; 
who most faithfully inculcated those great 
principles of piety and uprightness, which He 


at the foundation of human happiness and 
usefulness ? 

My dear Mother ! — we owe you a debt of 
gratitude, which no words can adequately ex- 
press. Although your life has been quiet, 
and without public observation, yet your 
pious and gentle influence will be felt by a 
numerous posterity for many generations. 
More to be coveted is the place you occupy, 
than the seat of princes, or of the honour- 
able of the earth. 

As the scenes of life gradually recede, 
may you have a brighter, clearer \iew of that 
Heavenly Kest, which is prepared for you ; 
and when your work on earth is done, may 
you hear the sweet, tender accents of your 
Saviour, saying — " Well done, good and faith- 
ful servant ; enter thou into the joy of thy 

Mr. Henry C. Porter, a Son-in-Law, 
then said : 

How gratifying it must be to her on 
whose account we are this evening convened, 
to lock back more than two-score years since, 


to the time when the New York City Ma- 
ternal Association was organized : she being 
one of the seven Mothers, who met together 
to form the Association. 

A clause was appended to the Constitu- 
tion, that each Mother should devote the 
birth-day of each child, to fasting and 
prayer for that child in particular. Our 
beloved Mother thought, that perhaps it 
might be impracticable for her fully to carry 
it out, having so many domestic duties de- 
manding her attention ; but persevered in 
the desire to accomplish such an object. 
The next month, the birth-day of her second 
daughter occurred, and after overcoming 
every obstacle, her desire was accomplished. 
She- found it a very profitable season, and 
ever after continued the practice, as fir as 
circumstances would permit ; and has the 
satisfaction of knowing, that all her children 
were hopefully renewed in early life. The 
attention of the daughter above referred to, 
was soon after her birth-day arrested to the 
concerns of her s<>ul ; and after giving satis- 
factory evidence of a change of heart, she pu!>- 


liely professed her faith in Christ, being the 
first fruits of the New York Maternal Asso- 
ciation. In the inscrutable Providence of 
God, she was suddenly called hence, with a 
hope full of immortality, to dwell in the 
presence of the Saviour whom her soul loved, 
and enjoy the Rest which remaineth for the 
people of God. In the hour of departure, 
she sent this message to the Mothers of the 
Association — "Tell them to train up their 
children for God, and not for the forms of 
this world!' As to her Christian faithfulness 
in this respect, her children can testify. 

We here see the happy influence descend- 
ing from the Mother to the Daughter ; but I 
will not occupy more time, in narrating mul- 
tiplied details of her usefulness, which the 
last day will more fully develope ; and she 
will pardon me, I trust, for making mention 
of what I have ; and now, my dear Mother, 
I fully respond to the sentiment which has 
this evening been uttered, that we owe you 
a debt of gratitude, which no words can ade- 
quately express. 

We are ail rapidly crossing the narrow 


isthmus of time toward the ocean of eternity. 

Of the seven mothers who first organized 
that excellent Institution, of which you were 
one of its founders, all hut one have been 
called from earth to enter upon their heavenly 
rest ; and we have cause for gratitude, that 
the only survivor is in the enjoyment of such 
health as to unite with us, and take part on 
this interesting occasion. And when the 
shadows of evening gather around you, and 
the scenes of this world are receding from 
your view, and eternal realities hurst on your 
vision, may your faith in the Eedeemer be 
triunrphant ; confiding in Him, may you ho 
safely conducted through the valley of the 
shadow of Death, and peacefully wafted into 
the haven of Eternal Rest, and in the erlori- 
ous Resurrection morn, when the Archangel's 
trump shall summon the sleeping dust from 
their graves, arise in your Saviour's image, 
to be ever present with the Lord. 

The Rev. Matson M. Smith of Bridge- 
port, Conn., a Grandsou-in-Law, then led in 
a fervent and appropriate prayer, in which 
each heart joined ; after which, the following 


well-known hymn, selected by our Grand- 
mother, was sung to the tune of Brattle 
Street : 

Whilst thee I seek, protecting Power, 

Be my vain wishes stilled, 
And may this consecrated hour, 

With better hopes be filled. 

Thy love the power of thought bestowed, 
To thee, my thoughts would soar ; 

Thy mercy o'er my life has flowed, 
That mercy I adore. 

In each event of life, how clear 

Thy ruling hand I see : 
Each blessing to my soul most dear, 

Because conferred by thee. 

In every joy that crowns my days, 

In every pain I bear, 
My heart shall tiud delight in praise, 

Or seek relief in prayer. 

When gladness wings the favoured hour, 

Thy love my thoughts shall (ill, 
Resigned when storms of sorrow lower, 

My soul shall meet thy will. 


My lifted eye, without a tear, 

The "gathering storm shall see, 
My steadfast heart shall know no fear, 

That heart shall rest on thee. 

After the singing of this hymn, affection- 
ate salutations were interchanged among 
those present — then they partook of a Sup- 
per prepared for the occasion, and the re- 
mainder of the evening was spent in music 
and conversation, until the assembly broke 
up at a comparatively early hour, with hal- 
lowed recollections, not soon to be forgotten. 

The following letter from Rev. Charles 
Cleveland of Boston, the only surviving 
Brother of Mrs. Dodge, and now in his 
eighty-ninth year, was received on her birth- 
day : 

Boston, November 6, 1860. 

My Beloved Sister : — Should you live 
until to-morrow, you will have passed eighty 
years of your pilgrimage through a world of 
sin and of many trials. Soon will you and your 
brother reach a most glorious home, to be for- 
ever with Him, whom we love as the chiefest 


among ten thousands ; nor shall we see Him 
as " through a gla^s darkly," hut face to face. 
Yes, blessed he God, Who hath in so many 
years given us to discover, in a happy meas- 
ure, a dawning sense of His glorious attri- 
butes, as shining in the face of Jesus Christ. 
Blessed be God, manifested in the ilesh, who 
hath given us the heart-comforting assur- 
ance, that, among the many mansions pre- 
pared for His blood-washed rlock, one is pro- 
pared for each of us. How sweet the promise, 
" where I am, there shall also my servants 
•be." In this world of perpetual change, each 
revolving year numbering its thousands pass- 
ing to their long home, oiir lives are still 
most wonderfully protracted. In all these 
by gone years, when passing through the 
waters, hath not the beloved of our souls been 
with us ? or through the rivers, have they 
overflown? When walking through the lire, 
have we been burned ? hath the flame kin- 
dled upon us ? Has not the Lord our Grod, 
the Holy One of Israel our Saviour, been at 
all times, and under all circumstances, a wry 
present help? and have we not in spirit 


however weak the flesh, esteemed such trials 
of our faith more precious than of gold that 
perisheth, as so many means appointed of 
God, to bring us nearer to himself, disposed, 
with a more child-like disposition, to lay our- 
selves passively in His hands, rejoicing in His 
sovereignty, never misdirected in its opera- 
tions ? 

Our journey towards the New Jerusalem 
cannot he distant in its termination. The 
pearly gates of the Holy City are, I had 
almost said, in full view ; indeed, do we not 
see them with the eye of faith ? In a very 
few months, or weeks, or days ; and we shall 
enter through the gates into the City, where 
neither sun nor moon shineth. They are not 
needed ; for " the glory of God doth lighten 
it, and the Lamb is the light thereof." There, 
dear sister, shall we see His glory in all its 
effulgence, too bright and dazzling for mor- 
tal eyes. What heart of stone but glows 
at thoughts like these ? " Such contempla- 
tions mount, and should mount the soul still 
higher ; nor ever glance on man, unruptured; 


We read, clear sister, that "Enoch was 
translated, that he should not soe death, 
having this testimony, that he pleased God." 
We, having obtained the like precious faith, 
as we humbly trust, shall meet the glorified 
Patriarch in Heaven. Nor will our robes, 
" washed and made white in the blood of the 
Lamb," be less white than his, but equally 

True, we shall, as well as the whole 
race of man, pass through "the valley of 
the shadow of death ; n but the virtue of 
the balm of Gilead having extracted its 
sting, we shall be ushered into the immediate 
presence of our well-beloved, whose promise, 
" Lo, I am with thee/' will illuminate the 
way. The last enemy will be destroyed, and 
each member of the ransomed dock will enter 
Zion " with songs and everlasting joys upon 
his head." No marvel, that the very first 
note of the never-cndincr song of the redeem- 
ed, from the harps of the ten thousand times 
ten thousand, with the multitude of voices 
raised in sweet chorus, will be '* Unto Him 
that loved us, and washed us from our sins in 


His own blood, and hath made us kings 
and priests unto God, and the Father, be 
glory and dominion for ever and ever." Then, 
my "dear sister, with these bright prospects 
before us, let us bo prepared at any mo- 
ment when the Master shall call, to yield 
up our spirits to His wise and gracious dis- 

"See the kind angels at the gates, 
Inviting ns to come ; 
There Jesus the forerunner waits, 
To welcome travellers home. 

" There, on a green and flowery mount, 
Or weary souls shall sit ; 
And with transporting joys recount 
The labours of our feet. 

** Eternal glory to the King 

Who brought ns safely through; 
Our tongues shall never cense to sing. 
And endless praise renew." 

Please remember me affectionately to all 
dear connections who may call to offer their 
congratulations, on your birth-day. Though 
absent in flesh, yet shall I be present with 


you in spirit. That each visitant may find 
his and her soul refreshed, in taking the 
same spiritual meat and the same spiritual 
drink from the rock Christ, which supplied 
the children of Israel through all their 
journeyings, and will continue to follow and 
refresh each member of His flock to the end 
of time ; and that we may all, through the 
intercession of our great Hisrh-Priest, be ad- 
mitted to sit with him on his throne, even 
as He who has overcome, is seated with His 
Father on His throne, is the fervent prayer of 
Your Affectionate Brother, 
Charles Cleveland. 

The following lines to her Mother were 
received from her only surviving daughter. 
Mrs. E. C. Kinney of Florence. Italy : 


Joyfully, joyfully come to the meeting, 
She who will crown it, is Mother of all.' 

Three generations unite in the greeting — 
Children of cltfhlren respond to the call: 
All meet together, the great and the small, 

All with one heart the same language repeating — 
Blessings on Heb who is Motiieu of all. 


Reverently, reverently, come we to honour 

Her, whose whole life benedictions hath shed, 
Green in her age. yet with fourscore years on her, 

Crowning with glory her unsilvered head. 

Mother in Israel! us hath she led 
Onward and up to the Heavenly Donor — 

Blessings this day for our Mother be said. 

Thankfully, thankfully, come then to greet her, 
Blessed of many— by many be blessed ! 

Some have gone hence — thanks, we live to repeat t' her 
How, in departing, her worth they confessed: 
Thanks, she survives Him, who went to his rest. 

Patriarch father ! there waiting to meet her, 

Crown with thy blessing, our own here expressed. 

Prayerfully, prayerfully, her now surrounding, 
Let us implore the Great Father of all, 

Still to preserve in his mercy abounding, 

Her, whom at fourscore our Mother we call : 
Gently to lead her when life's shadows fall ; 

And when on our sad hearts, her last words are sound- 
O God! bless our Mother, as she bles^e* all. 

E. C. K. 
Florence, Kdvemtxr 7, I860. 

The following, taken from the- New York 
Evangelist, was written by <'u\s, Trumbtjtt. 
White, a grandson : 


We had assembled together to celebrate 
the eightieth anniversary of the birth-day of 
our Grandmother. As we tendered our heart- 
felt wishes for her welfare and happiness, how 
grateful we felt for our right to call her Mo- 
ther. We have fully realized the true enjoy- 
ment of a happy family reunion. The 
larger part of our widely-extended family- 
circle was collected. Time has dealt lightly 
with our dear old Grandmother, though, her 
somewhat feeble form might betoken a loss 
of vigour, were it not for the sparkle of her 
bright black eye, and the dark locks of hair 
which stray out from beneath her snowy cap. 
She does not seem old to us, for we know that 
her heart is still fresh and young, and glow- 
ing with love for her children. She views 
with honest pride her numerous descendants, 
and well she may ; for many noble hearts are 
about her. There are those who once, as 
babes, were fondled on her knee, — now tattlers. 
in the vigour of manhood ; mothers, carrying 
out in their own families the precepts she 
imparted to them ; young men. strong and 


active ; young* women, already at the head 
of households ; and maidens, jnst blushing 
into womanhood ; — and grandchildren, and 
great-grandchildren too, with merry hearts, 
tripping about full of gladsome mirth. Our 
eyes may moisten as we miss some dear 
familiar faces from this happy group ; but 
perchance they too are with us as angel forms, 
hovering over our circle, breathing the peace 
and harmony of heaven. Every face is beam- 
ing with affectionate interest, everv eve 
kindles, and every heart beats quickly, as 
the thought comes up, of the occasion which 
brings us together. 

Who can gaze upon such a sweet scene 
of domestic felicity, and see so many hearts 
all united in the truest harmony and love, and 
still speak sneeringly of the friendship of 
kindred, or the influence of the family- 
circle ? 

Where shall we find such heartfelt inter- 
est, and sympathy as among our kindred ? 
In the hour <»r' joy, there have been n<> 
wanner hands than theirs fco press our own : 
and when our houses have been hung with 



the sable hues of mourning, their voices have 
been our consolation, as they mingled the 
tear of bereavement with ours. Which of 
us can fully know how greatly we are in- 
debted to the influence of the family-circle ? 

ft v ft ft ft -:.':- 

He who withdraws from constant inter- 
course with his kindred, soon finding the 
world selfish and heartless, in seclusion turns 
to his own narrow self fop sympathy and love. 
His peculiarities and defects become the 
more apparent from his isolated condition, 
and his life is solitary and cheerless, until, 
his days being numbered, he dies with the 
brand of a useless life upon his forehead. 
But he who seeks the influence of the family- 
circle, and loves to live in kindly sympathy 
with those bound to him by ties of kindred. 
interminglinff and moving amongst them. 
impelled by the stream of sincere affection, 
will, like the pebbles of the rivulet, grow 
better and purer by each day's contact with 
his fellows, and spend his years in receiving 
and communicating the varied excellencies 
which unite to make and adorn a virtuous, 


happy, and useful life. If this is so respect- 
ing the influence of the earthly family, in 
how much greater measure is it true of the 
family of Christ. Those, who, though called 
by His name, refrain from contact with His 
children, and in the seclusion of their own 
hearts, look for that growth in Christian 
grace which can only he found in sweet com- 
munion with others, and in active usefulness, 
will find, too soon, their error. The goodlv 
qualities of their own hearts will he exhaust- 
ed by the constant drain upon them, until, 
losing their hold upon the Christian faith, 
they become cold, senseless, and ruined 
beings. But they who delight in Christian 
sympathy and love, and rejoice with others 
to receive or impart such benefits as will 
purify and invigorate their souls, and employ 
their time and strength in acts of usefulness, 
will be growing brighter and better until the 
angel of death comes to transplant them to a 
higher and nobler sphere ; where, in never- 
ending happiness and peace, they shall rind 
the sweet recompense of their well spent 
earthly years. 

C. T. W. 


The following statistics of the descendants of 
Mrs. Sarah Cleveland Dodge, designed for the 
convenience of the several branches of the family, 
are believed to be correct, although some of the 
particulars" are not as full as could be desired. 

W. D. P. 

David Low Dodge, born in Brooklyn. Conn., 
June 17, 1774, and Sarah Cleveland, born in 
Norwich, Conn., November 7, 17 SO, were united in 
marriage, June 7, 1708. 

They had seven children : five daughters and 
two sons — as follows : 


I. Julia Stuart Dodge, married to Joseph C. 
Huntington, of Norwich, Conn., October 1, 

Their children were as follows : 

1. David L. D., married to Martha Van 
Resor, February 3, 1847. 

Their children : 
a Julia W., died September 15, 1 8-40. 
b Lucy W. 
c James C. 
d Stephen V. D. 

2. George F., married to Flora Cleland, 
December 11, 1844. 

Their children : 
a Elida. 
b Frederick G. 
* c Charles C. 
d Helen H. 

3. Lucy C, married September 3, 1840, 
to Dr. George EL White, who died 
April 11, 1857. aged 50 years. 

4. Mary S., died April 12, 1826. 

5. Wm. Stuart, died March 24, 1831. 

6. Julia P., married to Win. II. Crenelle, 
July 1, 1848. 


Their children : 

a Julia S. 

h William Earl. 

c Charles F. 

7. Lydia 0., died September 30, 1S32. 

8. Joseph E., died September 7. 1834. 

9. Charles, died August 31, 1S35. 

10. Charles S. 

11. Sarah C, married to William N. Sey- 
mour, April 12, 1859. 

Mr. Huntington died April 30, 1852, aged 60; 

and Mrs. Huntington, December 23, 1859, aged 60. 

Total in the family of Huntington, twenty-nine, 

II. Sarah Cleveland Dodge, married to Henry 
C. Porter, of Hartford, Conn., September 
15, 1824, and died January 9, 1816, aged 4-1 

Their children : 

1. Henry A., married to Lucilla Sayre, 
September 12, 1850. 

Their children : 
a Alfred S. 
b Lucilla C. 


2. John S., married to Mary L. Tucker, 
May 8, 1855. 

Their children : 
a Luther H. 
b Wm. Stuart. 

3. William D. 

„ 4. Sarah J., married to Keubeu S. Knight, 
April 27, 1859. 

Their child : 
a Henry C. 
5. Julia H. 

Henry C. Porter, married to Susan S. Smith, 
May 23, 1849. 

Total in the family of Porter, sixteen. 

III. David Stuart Dodge, married to Caroline 
Hyde, of Bozrahville, Conn., April 11, 1827. 

Their children : 

1. Sarah F., died February 8, 1829. 

2. Sarah F. 

3. Caroline M., married to George N. 
Dana, November 23, 1854. 

4. David L. 

5. Harriet E. 


6. Mary S., died May 2, 1841. 

7. Mary S. 

8. Wm. Earl, died March 4, 18-19. 

9. Frederick N. 
10. Joseph E. 

Total in the family of D. S. Dodge, thirteen. 

IV. William Earl Dodge, married to Melissa 
Phelps, of Xew York, June 26, 3 828. 

Their children : 
• 1. William, died in infancy. 

2. Anson, died in infancy. 

3. Wm. E., Jr., married to Sarah A. 
Hoadley, April 5, 1854. 

Their children : 
. a Grace H. 
b Wm. Earl. 
c Cleveland H. 

4. Anson G. P., married to Rebecca W. 
Grew, October 12, 1859. 

Their child : 
a Anson G. P., Jr. 

5. D. Stuart, married to Ellen A. Phelps, 
June 20, 1860. 


6. Sarah 0., died August 3, 1841. 

7. Charles C. 

8. Melissa P., died February 13, 18-16. 

9. Norman W. 

10. George E. 

11. Arthur M. 

Total in the family of Wm. E. Dodge, twenty, 

V. Mary Abiak Dodge, married to Normas 
White, of New York. October 15, 18*28, 
and died January 5, 1857, aged 48. 

Their children : 

1. Mary S., married to Rev. Matson M. 
Smith, November 14, 1849. , t 

Their children : 
. a Norman. 
b Emily S. 

2. Frances S., died February 29, 1844. 

3. Erskine N. mamed to Eliza T. Nel- 
son, May 24, 1859. 

Their child : 
a Nelson B. 

4. Charles T., married to Georgians Sta- 
rim September 30, 1857. 


Their child : 
a Norman. 

5. Emma H., married to Dr. Benjamin 
Lee, April 5, 1859. 

6. Julia C. 

7. Norman, died May 15, 1840. 

8. Win. Stuart, died June 26, 1842. 

9. Helen C. 
10. Grace S. 

Norman White, married to Anna H. Barnard, 
December 12, 1860. 

Total in family of White, twenty -one. 

VI. Elizabeth Clementine Dodge, married to 

Edmund B. Stedman, of Hartford, Conn., 

March 25, 1830; who died December 5, 

' 1835, aged 38, while on a voyage at sea, for 

the benefit of his health. 

Their children : 

1. Julia C.j died in infancy. 

2. Edmund C, married to Laura II. 
Woodworth, November 2, 1853. 

Their children : 
a Frederick S. 
b Arthur G. 

3. Charles P. 


Elizabeth Clementine Stedman, mar- 
ried to Wm. B. Kinney, of Newark, 
N. J., November 10, 1S41. 

Their children : 

1. E. Clementine. 

2. Mary B. 

Total in family of Stedman and Kinney, eleven. 

VII. Susan Pratt Dodge, married to Uzal Cory, 
of Plainfiel 1. N. J., November 15, 1S37, and 
died October 29, 1854, aged 41 years. 

Their children : 

1. Clementine M., married to Henry A. 
. Lyman, October 13, 1858. 

Their child : 
a Stuart. 

2. William I). 

3. James, died May 28, 1848. 

4. Uzal, Jr. 

5. Fannie, died May HO, 1851. 

Uzal Cory, married to Sarah A. Lyman, June 
10, 1857. 

Total in the family of Cory, ten. 


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