Could someone please look-up for me in the 1840 US Census for Johnson County, the last name on the first page, (according to Heritage Quest it is Series M704, Roll 61, page 397)?
I have looked at it on Heritage Quest but the name is partially blacked out due to what appears to be tape. I am hoping that someone else has access to a different copy and can read the name more clearly.
The name I have been searching for is Newland Dodge. I know that he was in Wayne County, IN around 1834/35, as he married a Mahala Jane Smith on 1 Jan 1834 in that county and had a daughter, Lavinia A. Dodge, born Jan 1835 in Indiana. However, by 1842 he is living in Illinois, as his second daughter, Sabra Dodge was born about that time in IL according to later census records.
What leads me to think that he may have been living in Johnson County is that in the 1860 census his widow, Mahala (M. J.) Dodge, shows up in Vienna, Johnson County, IL. Apparently he died sometime between 1858 and 1860 as Mahala is listed with a 2 year old daughter.
In all of the 1840 census for Johnson County, the above-mentioned listing is the only one that even vaguely resembles the name Newland Dodge.
I also am looking for this family in the 1850 census, but it has just a tad bit more pages to look through and Heritage Quest does not have an index for either of these two (nor the 1830) census records.
I appreciate any help on this. Thanks in advance!