When James Odell Dodson was born on 17 February 1906, in Alsdorf, Ellis, Texas, United States, his father, Joseph Hiram Dodson, was 49 and his mother, Lou Emma Fread, was 34. He married Gladys Naomi McCaleb on 22 January 1931, in Bryan, Oklahoma, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He lived in Justice Precinct 3, Hamilton, Texas, United States in 1930 and Justice Precinct 3, Ellis, Texas, United States in 1940. He died on 2 June 1999, in Ennis, Ellis, Texas, United States, at the age of 93, and was buried in Myrtle Cemetery, Ennis, Ellis, Texas, 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.