1878 Aura S. Porter Photo, wife Dr. Abraham Wilson Dods, Fredonia NY
On reverse: "With regards and good wishes, Aura S, Porter March 14-1878." is handwritten in old dip pen ink. Photo type: CDV Carte de Visite Photograph, Victorian. Photographer: fancy backmark reads W.S.H., W.S Howard, No. 9 Lake Street, North East, Erie County PA. (thought to be photographer W.S. Howard when young, working in Erie County, Pennsylvania before heading west: Wesley Samuel Howard, 1850-1924 later worked in Paola, Miami County, Kansas and Pueblo County, Colorado until 1909)
Found in Public Genealogy Records:
Aura S Porter 1857–1909 born in New York and died in Fredonia, Chautauqua County, New York. Her parents were John N Porter 1825–1913 of Chautauqua County NY and Nancy Maria LeBar Porter 1830–1893 of Boonville, Oneida County, New York. Her brother was Oscar L Porter 1854–1893.
Aura Porter married Dr. Abraham Wilson Dods 1854–1945, Scottish, born in Dingwall, Dumfries, Scotland, but he lived as a child in St John Lee, and Anick Grange, Northumberland, England. His siblings were: Mary Wilson Dods born 1848, John Wilson Dods 1850–1942, Sarah Palliser Dods 1850, and Katherine Wilson Dods 1855–1913. He arrived in America in 1872 and married Aura 6 years later in 1878 in Fredonia, Chautauqua, New York. Their children were John Palliser Dods 1881–1967, Katherine Wilson Dods Mulholland 1883–1978, Marcia Dods Mullholland born 1916, and Marcus Porter Dods 1890–1917.Other names in this line are Frew, Young. When Aura died in 1909, her husband was then married in 1911 in Chautauqua, New York to Helen Theresa Jones Dods 1862–1948. He died in Fredonia, in 1945 at age 91 years and is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in
History Of Chautauqua County New York and its People By John P. Downs, Editor-In-Charge And Fenwick Y. Hedley, Editor-In-Chief. Published In Chicago By American Historical, Boston New York, 1921, Volume 3 Of 3, Public Domain: "ABRAHAM WILSON DODS, M.D.: Fredonia has no citizen whom she respects more highly than the man whose name we have just written. Not only is Dr. Dods eminent in his profession, but its engrossing cares and widespread interests have never rendered him unmindful of the claims of his home community. Abraham Wilson Dods was born Jan. 27, 1854, in Dingwall, Scotland, a son of Thomas Palliser and Kath- arine (Wilson) Dods, the former a farmer and land agent. When Abraham Wilson Dods was one and a half years old the family moved to Hexham, Northumberland, England, where the boy attended district school from four to eight years; private grammar school until the age of twelve; private boarding school in Sunderland until sixteen. He was then apprenticed to a farmer for two years, and at the end of that time, in 1872, emigrated to the United States, settling in West Charlton, Saratoga county, N.Y. After working for one year as a farmer, Mr. Dods entered Fredonia Normal School, graduating in 1875, in the classical course, and then spent one year at Syracuse University, following this with another year at the New York Homoeopathic Medical College, New York City. He then matriculated in the Chicago Homoeopathic Medical College, graduating in 1878 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. During his last year he served as intern in Hahnemann Hospital. It is eminently worthy of note that such was Dr. Dods' desire for a medical education that, though a young man with his way to make in a new country, he did not hesitate to incur, in order to attain his ambition, an amount of debt which would have appalled a man of less indomi- table will power. In 1878 Dr. Dods began practice at Silver Creek, Chautauqua county, remaining until 1884, when he went to Scotland and took a post-graduate course in surgery at Edinburgh University. In 1885 he established himself at Fredonia, where he has continuously practiced ever since, but now limits his work exclusively to surgery, in which he has been extremely successful, earning a most enviable reputation. He is surgeon at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, N.Y., and holds the same position with the New York Central Railroad Company. Politically Dr. Dods is an inependent Republican. During the World War he served the Home Defense Reserve Corps as medical examiner for Dunkirk-Fredonia Draft Board, District No. 1. He is a member of the American Medical Society, the American Institute of Homceopathy, the New York and New England Association of Railway Surgeons, the New York State Medical Association, the New York State Homoeopathic Asso- ciation, the Homoeopathic Association of Western New York, the Chautauqua Coimty Medical Association, the Frededonia and Dunkirk Medical Association, and the Volunteer Medical Service Corps. He affiliates with Forest Lodge, No. 6. Free and Accepted Masons, of Fredonia, and Westfield Chapter, No. 239. Dr. Dods married (first) Dec. 12, 1878, Aura, daugh- ter of John N. and Nancy (Le Barr) Porter, of Brocton, N.Y., and they became the parents of three children: I. John Palliser, attended Fredonia public and high schools, and then spent two years at Phillips Academy, Andover; in 1908 received from Cornell University the degree of Mechanical Engineer, having worked his way through the institution; was a member of the 'Varsity Crew, 1905-06; has been with Blue Book (automobile) since 1906; in now western manager in Chicago; married Annette Bruce, of Boston, Mass., and they have two children, John and Annette. 2. Katharine Wilson, educated in Fredonia grammar and high schools; married R.I. Mulholland, of Dunkirk; they have two children, Marcia and Katharine. 3. Marcus, educated in Fredonia grammar and high schools, Fredonia Normal School, and the Peddie Institute; died in 1917, at the age of twenty-seven. Mrs. Dods passed away in 1909. Dr. AW Dods married (second) September 18, 1911, Helen T. Jones, of Fredonia. In the character of Dr. Dods are combined the best traits of the Scotsman with many of the distinctive qualities of the American, acquired in the course of an almost lifelong residence in the New World. When Scotland sent Abraham Wilson Dods to the United States she gave us the material for an eminent surgeon and a public-spirited citizen, true alike to the land of his birth and the country of his adoption. Would that old Caledonia might send us many more of the same type."
A beautiful and close up intimate photograph of Aura by a very skilled and well known photographer, and has so much history. How wonderful Aura left us this. It was found in Avon, Livingston County, New York.
Size: 2.5 x 4 inches
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