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Fay Sampson’s Family History

This site is a work-in-progress. There is a massive amount to cover. I have included both male and female lines, and some go back 30 generations. Keep coming back for more.
I have numbered the generations working backwards from my own as (1)



JAMES DODGE.  In the 1569 Muster Roll for Rose Ash James is the only Dodge listed. It is likely that he is the father of Richard Dodge of Rose Ash, whose birth date is estimated as being in the 1560s. This puts James’s own birth back to 1540 or earlier. In view of his prominence in the Muster Roll we should expect him to have been born well before that.

James is the last named of four presenters of the Roll, and was therefore one of Rose Ash’s leading parishioners. He is also one of five men specially charged to supply arms and armour. He was assessed as G6, meaning that he had goods valued at £20-£40. In addition to the requirements for this group: 1 almain rivet, 2 bows, 2 sheafs of arrows, 2 steel caps and 1 bill, he was to provide 1 corselet and 1 murrion. The almain rivet and corselet were body armour, and the murrion was a ridged helmet.

Pikeman’s armour[1]

The Rose Ash registers only go back to 1591, and the early registers for neighbouring Creacombe are also missing. The investigation is also complicated by the fact that some of the 16th century tax and muster rolls omit returns for the tiny parish of Creacombe, or include it with a larger parish. There was certainly at least one James Dodge in Creacombe. He may have moved to Rose Ash, as did the Loosemores, with whom the Dodges intermarried.

In 1524-7, William Dogge of Asche Raffe (Rose Ash) is assessed for goods at £5. This makes him the sixth most affluent householder out of 21. There is no assessment for Creacombe. William could be James’s father. This would accord with James’s status and wealth in 1569.

No Dodges were listed in the 1545 Lay Subsidy Roll for Rose Ash. James may have been too young to be a taxpayer, or he may have come to Rose Ash from the neighbouring parish of Creacombe, In 1545 James Dogge of Creacombe was assessed at the minimum figure of £1, as might be the case of a young man from an affluent family just setting up on his own.

In 1571 James Dodge of Creacombe was assessed for land at 12s.


We have no information about James’s marriage or the burial or either him or his wife.


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