Gregory Franzwa in “The Story of Old Ste Genevieve” is the source for the 1837 construction date. He says Theophilus Dufour was the builder, although the other sources, including the HABS file say it was Theophilus’ father, Parfait Dufour.
I thought for sure this was going to be one of the houses with no Dodge connection whatsoever — I took the photos because I was intrigued by the house and because it was the next one on the street, after the Valle house and the Shaw house. After we got home and I started working with the photos, I discovered the names associated with this building. Franzwa’s book says that legend has it that Parfait Dufour was with George Rogers Clark on the icy march from Kaskaskia to Vincennes in February of 1779.
Henry Dodge’s grandfather Joseph Hunter (Nancy Ann Hunter’s father) is reported to be one of the first settlers on Corn Island, an island in the Ohio River, at the Falls of Ohio, essentially at the site of present-day Louisville, KY. Corn Island was used by George Rogers Clarks as a camp and a supply depot during his Illinois campaign. In preparation for their expedition to the Illinois country, Clark and his men came down the Ohio, to Corn Island, along with twenty or so families who were moving to Kentucky. So maybe there’s some kind of Dodge connection after all.
Read more about Corn Island.