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MRS. SARAH CLEyELANl)- DODGE.
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NOVEMBER 7. 18C0
NEW YORK :
JOILn F. TBOW. PRINTEB, 50 GREECE ; a T::rE7,
A FAMILY GATHERING.
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
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-
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
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
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
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
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-
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
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-
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-
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,
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 :
OUR GRANDMOTHER'S BIRTH-DAY.
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-
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
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 :
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 :
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 :
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
Total in the family of Cory, ten.
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