When Greenham Dodson was born on 1 October 1783, in Pittsylvania, Virginia, United States, his father, Thomas Greenham Dodson, was 41 and his mother, Sarah Dodson, was 25. He married Marcy Brooks on 9 January 1808, in Maury, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Maury, Tennessee, United States in 1830 and Giles, Tennessee, United States for about 30 years. He died on 3 October 1866, in Lynnville, Giles, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Dodson Cemetery, Lynnville, Giles, Tennessee, United States.
patronymic from Dodd ; ‘son of Dod(d) or Dud(d)’ from Middle English Dodd(e), Dudd(e), Old English Dodd(a), Dudd(a), + -son. Alternatively, the name may arise from a Middle English form of Old English Dodesunu, a compound personal name formed from the same elements as above and impossible to tell apart from the Middle English patronymic.
post-medieval variant of Dodgson with simplification of the medial dgs.