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Maj. John HODGES

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  • Name John HODGES 
    Title Maj. 
    Born 1765  Essex County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Will 20 Mar 1834  Abbeville County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 24 Dec 1834  Abbeville [now Greenwood] County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 2 Jan 1835  Abbeville County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Hodges Family Cemetery, Hodges, Greenwood County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Watson, Margaret, Greenwood County Sketches: Old Roads and Early Families, Greenwood, SC: The Attic Press, Inc., 1970, pp. 259-260, 261-263:

      Hodges

      Several Hodges families were early settlers along Mulberry Creek, in the Walnut Grove community and near what would become the town of Hodges. The 1790 census for Abbeville County includes John, James, William, Elizabeth and Richard Hodges as heads of households. Their relationship, if any, to each other has not been established. Records are scanty on most of them, except John Hodges. . . .

      John Hodges, 1765-1834

      John Hodges, father of 20 children, was born in Essex County, Va., and according to family tradition, came to South Carolina before the Revolution with his father and several sisters. Their home site is not known, but is believed to have been near the town of Hodges named about 1855 for John Hodges' oldest son.

      A family legend is that the father of John Hodges was a Revolutionary soldier and while at home on furlough, his cabin was attacked by Indians, and he was killed. The legend continued that the Indians captured four Hodges daughters, bound them securely and put them inside the cabin which they prepared to burn. However, an Indian warrior was reported attracted to one daughter, Dorothy, released her and took her with him, while the others perished in the flames. (Another version has it that the mother and two daughters died in the fire.) Many years later, Dorothy Hodges and her Indian son returned for a visit on her promise, the story went, that she would return to her Indian husband in Alabama territory. She yielded to pleadings of relatives to remain and eventually married _____ Rosamond. Her son attended the neighborhood school, but in his late teens went back to his father and was never heard from. Mr. and Mrs. Rosamond had children, lived for a time in Pickens, then went West, and South Carolina kin lost contact with them.

      John Hodges joined Revolutionary forces when he was 15. His pension record shows that he entered service April 1, 1780 as a private and served about 21 months, He was later called "Major Hodges" and may have been an officer in the state militia. His descendants have fought in every conflict in which the United States has been engaged. A son was a lieutenant in the War of 1812, at least one grandson was in the Mexican War. There were 11 Confederate soldiers named Hodges from the town of Hodges alone, and others have served in all the later wars.

      John Hodges married first Margaret Long, two children:

      [i] Lucy Hodges, born 1787, married Hugh Wardlaw.

      [ii] Reuben Hodges, born Feb. 1, 1790 and evidently died without a family as neither he nor children are named in John Hodges' will. Margaret Long Hodges must have died shortly after the birth of Reuben.

      In the autumn of 1790 John Hodges married second Frances Anderson, 18 children as named in his will. No records available on [iii] John Anderson Hodges, born 1801; [iv] Armstrong (or Armstead) Jones Hodges, born 1804; [v] James Hodges, born 1806; and [vi] Absalom Turner Hodges, born 1812. Other children, with daughters listed first, were:

      [vii] Matilda Hodges, born 1791, married _____ Sharp.

      [viii] Druscilla Hodges, born 1795, married Donald Douglass.

      [ix] Elizabeth Hodges, 1797-1826, named in her father's will as Elizabeth Bowie with these children: Rhoda, Frances, Gracy, Matilda, John and James Bowie.

      [x] Sarah Hodges, 1798-1887, married first Burrell McGee; married second _____ Agnew, no children.

      [xi] Margaret Long Hodges, born 1800, married _____ Leach.

      [xii] Frances Hodges, born 1805, married _____ Weatherall, probably a son of John Weatherall. Most of the Weatherall family removed to Mississippi.

      [xiii] Mary Hodges, born 1807, married Dr. John J. Nash who died in 1832, according to Abbeville records on administration of his estate. No children were listed. [Note by compiler: Mary HODGES married William Valentine NASH, not Dr. John J. NASH. Mary HODGES' sister, Margaret Long HODGES, married, first, Dr. John J. NASH; and married, second, William Clarke LEECH, Jr.]

      [xiv] Mahulda Chapman Hodges, born 1810, married Dr. John Wentworth McKellar.

      [xv] Lucy Wardlaw Hodges, born 1815, married F.R. Davis, lived at Cokesbury.

      [xvi] Benjamin Hodges, born 1808, married Mary Ann Wardlaw, only daughter of Hugh Hutson Wardlaw; removed to Alabama (?).

      [xvii] Robert Henry Wardlaw Hodges, born 1813, married first Caroline Raiford, daughter of William and Susannah Montague Raiford. . . . R.H.W. Hodges married second _____ Dacus, lived in Williamston.

      (2) The following letter is contained in John HODGES' Revolutionary War Pension File W.10117:

      March 26, 1938

      [Re:] JOHN HODGES
      W.10117
      BA-J/MLB

      Mrs. James Hambrick
      501 Front Street
      Tyler, Texas

      Dear Madam:

      Reference is made to your letter in which you request the record of a Major John Hodges of the Revolutionary War who served from Abbeville and Ninety Six Districts, South Carolina.

      You are furnished herein the record of the only John Hodges found of South Carolina pensioned as an officer. The data therein were obtained from pension claim, W.10117, based upon his service in the Revolutionary War.

      John Hodges was born in 1735 in Essex County, Virginia. The names of his parents are not shown.

      While residing in Ninety Six District, which was later Abbeville District, South Carolina, John Hodges entered the service as a volunteer sometime in 1780 and served as private in Captains Samuel Rosamond's and Tutt's companies, Colonel Pickens' South Carolina regiment, was in the battle of Ninety Six, after which he was discharged, length of this tour nine months; shortly after his return home, he volunteered, served a part of the time as private, but stated that towards the latter part of this six months' tour he acted as second lieutenant in Captain Samuel Moore's South Carolina company. He volunteered sometime in the latter part of the year 1781, served six months as private in Captain Robert Maxwell's South Carolina Company, went on General Pickens' expedition to the Cherokee country where he was in the battle of Choota Town, the town being burned, forty or fifty Indians killed, about one hundred taken prisoners, their villages also burned and corn destroyed.

      In 1810, the soldier was residing in Abbeville District, Carolina.

      John Hodges was allowed pension on his application executed October 23, 1332, at which time he was a resident of Abbeville District, South Carolina, where he died December 24, 1834.

      John Hodges married in the fall of 1790 in Abbeville District, South Carolina, Frances Anderson who had moved from Virginia to Abbeville District in May, 1790, with her father whose name was not given, and her brother, Richard L. Anderson, then eleven years of age who in 1855 was still a resident of Abbeville District, South Carolina.

      Frances Hodges, soldier's widow, died in Abbeville District, South Carolina, March 14, 1844. She was survived by children named as follow: Matilda Sharpe, born July 12, 1791; George W. Hodges who in 1855 was living in Abbeville District, South Carolina, when he was referred to as General George W. Hodges; Gabriel Hodges; Drucilla Douglass; Sarah Magee; Margaret Leach or Leech; John A. Hodges; Samuel A. Hodges; Frances Weatherall; James Hodges; Mary Nash; Benjamin Hodges; Mahulda or Mahuldah McKellar; Absalom T. Hodges; Robert H. W. Hodges and Mrs. Lucy W. Davis. The names of the husbands and wives of the children who were married were not given.

      Gabriel Hodges, aged sixty-one years, son of the soldier, John Hodges, and his wife, Frances, while residing in Abbeville District, South Carolina, applied February 17, 1855, in behalf of himself and the other heirs named above, for the pension which was due his mother, Frances, as the widow of John Hodges. The claim was allowed.

      The name of Isham Hodges appeared in the claim, but his place of residence and relationship to soldier's family were not shown.

      Very truly yours

      A. D. HILLER
      Executive Assistant to the Administrator

      (3) South Carolina - Land Grants (1784-1800) [database online], Genealogy.com:

      This data set is an index to South Carolina land grants from 1784-1800. Information listed in this index includes the name of the individual receiving the grant, the year in which the land grant was issued, and source information including the class number, volume number, and page number where the original record may be found. The land grant records this index references are located at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History in Columbia. The same records can also be found at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, Utah on microfilms 022531-022580. The microfilmed copies of these records available from the FHL may also be circulated to your local Family History Center.

      [Note by compiler: There were several John HODGESes in SC during the time in question, so there can be no assurance as to which, if any, of the following John HODGESes are "our" John HODGES.]

      Hodges, John
      State: South Carolina
      Year: 1784
      Volume: 1
      Page: 153
      Class: 2

      Hodges, John
      State: South Carolina
      Year: 1784
      Volume: 1
      Page: 164
      Class: 2

      Hodges, John
      State: South Carolina
      Year: 1784
      Volume: 1
      Page: 618
      Class: 1

      Hodges, John
      State: South Carolina
      Year: 1784
      Volume: 2
      Page: 30
      Class: 1

      Hodges, John
      State: South Carolina
      Year: 1785
      Volume: 5
      Page: 39
      Class: 1

      Hodges, John
      State: South Carolina
      Year: 1785
      Volume: 6
      Page: 471
      Class: 2

      (4) A household headed by Jno. HODGES is listed in the 1790 census of Abbeville County, SC.

      Listed in Jno.'s household are 1 free white male over 16 years of age; and 1 free white female.

      Since only 1 free white male is listed in John's household, he must be that person. He was born before 1774, according to the 1790 census.

      (5) A household headed by John HODGES is listed in the 1800 census of Abbeville County, SC.

      Listed in John's household are 2 free white males under 10 years of age; 1 free white male between 26 and 45 years of age;
      4 free white females under 10 years of age; and 1 free white female between 16 and 26 years of age.

      Assuming that John is the free white male listed in the 1800 census as then being between 26 and 45 years of age, he would have been born between 1755 and 1774, according to the 1800 census.

      Assuming that John's wife is the free white female listed in the 1800 census as then being between 16 and 26 years of age, she would have been born between 1774 and 1784, according to the 1800 census.

      Assuming that the other persons in John's household are children of John and/or his wife, those children would have consisted of 2 sons (which sons would have been born between 1790 and 1800, according to the 1800 census) and 4 daughters (which daughters would have been born between 1790 and 1800, according to the 1800 census).

      (6) Ervin, Sara Sullivan, South Carolinians in the Revolution, Reprint, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1965, p. 32:

      Statement of the District of Abberville [sic], South Carolina:

      NAMES: John Hodges
      Rank: Private
      Annual allowance: 70 00
      Sums received: 210 00
      Description of service: S. Carolina line
      When placed on the pension roll: April 20, 1833
      Commencement of pension: March 4, 1831
      Ages: 79
      Laws under which they were formerly inscribed on the pension roll; and remarks:

      (7) Hodges, John of Abbeville District, Will Typescript (1 Frame) (MSS Will: Book 2, Page 343; Estate Packet: Box 43, Pkg. 957):

      LAST WILL & TESTAMENT JOHN HODGES deceased

      In the name of God Amen. I John Hodges of the State of South Carolina Abbeville District being weak
      in body but of sound mind thanks be to almighty God for the same, and knowing the uncertainty of this life and that it is appointed for all men once to die, and being desirous to settle my affairs in order do make this my last Will and testament in manner and form as hereafter mentioned.

      First I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it, hoping to be saved by the precious death and merits of my Saviour Jesus Christ - and my body to be buried in such decnet [sic] and christian like manner as my Executrix and Executor, hereafter mentioned shall think proper.

      First My will is that all my lawful debts shall be paid.

      Item I give unto my dear and loving wife Frances Hodges, the plantation I now live on, during her Widowhood, I give her also one Negro man named James, and one Negro Woman Named Harriot, and her increase from after any death, the same Negroes to remain hers during her widow hood, I give her also two chocie [sic] of horses, two Cows & Calves and two feather beds, Bedsteads & furniture, also two Sows & pigs all all [sic] her provisions for the first year - I give her also sufficient plantation tools all the above mentioned property to continue hers as above mentioned, and after her death, or marriage all the said property with the increase of said Harriot, to return and to be equally divided among my children (excepting my son John and son Armstead Jones).

      Item. I give unto my daughter Melinda one Negro Girl named Mariah and her increase during her life and after her death the said negro Meriah and her increase to be equally divided among her children.

      Item. I give unto my son George Washington one Negro Girl named Dorias with her increase to him and his Heirs for ever.

      Item. I give unto my son Gabriel one negro Girl Frances with her increase to him and his Heirs for ever.

      Item. I give unto my daughter Drusilla one negro Girl named Amanda with her increase to her and her Heirs for ever.

      Item. I give unto my daughter Elizabeth Bowes children Namely Rhod Frances, Gracy, Matilda, John and James, their Mothers part of my estate to be equally divided among them she bearing an equal part of my estate with the rest of my children.

      Item. I give unto my daughter Sarah one Negro boy named Edward to her and her Heirs for ever.

      Item. I give unto my daughter Margaret one negro boy Henry to her & her heirs for ever.

      Item. I give unto my daughter Mary one Negro boy named Heram to her & her heirs forever.

      Item. I give unto my son Samuel Anderson and [sic] negro Girl Mary to him & his heirs forever.

      Item. I give to my daughter Frances one Negro boy named Carolina to her & her heirs for ever.

      Item. I give unto my daughter Huldah 1 Negro Girl named Mahala to her & her heirs forever.

      Item. I give my son Absolom Surner [sic] 1 Negro Girl named Matilda to him & his heirs for ever.

      Item. I give my son Robert Wardlaw 1 Negro boy named Mordua to him & his heirs for ever.

      Item. I give my son James 1 Negro boy named Edmund to him & his heirs for ever.

      Item. I give my son Benjamin 1 Negro boy named Hazard to him & his heirs for ever.

      Item I give to my daughter Lucy Wardlaw two Negroes Adaline & Margaret to her & her heirs forever.

      Item as I have been at a great deal of expense on the education of my two sons Namely John & Armstead Jones I leave them thirty dollars a pair to be their full portion of my estate.

      Item my will is that the balance of my estate be sold and equally divided among my children above mentioned excepting George W. Hodges & Gabriel Hodges [names stricken] my two sons Namely John & Armstead James [sic], and I do hereby appoint and ordain my loving Wife Frances Hodges George W. Hodges & Gabriel Hodges my two sons - to be my executrix and Executors of this my last will and testament, and I do revoke renounce and make void all wills formerly made by me, and this to be taken for my last Will and testament. Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twentieth day of March the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and thirty four signed sealed and delivered in presence of

      Samuel Anderson
      John C. Anderson
      John G. Anderson

      John Hodges L.S.

      My will is I give my nine Volums [sic] of Dr. Gills works to my nine sons equally divided the oldest to take the first choice.

      Proven by the Oath of John G. Anderson & qualified Geo. W. Hodges and Gabriel Hodges Executors. 2 January 1835. before me

      Moses Taggart OAD

      (8) Greenwood County, SC was formed from Abbeville and Edgefield Counties, SC on 2 March 1897.

      (9) www.findagrave.com:

      Maj John Hodges
      Birth: 1756, Essex County, Virginia, USA
      Death: Dec. 24, 1834, Hodges, Greenwood County, South Carolina, USA

      In/ memory of/ Maj. John Hodges/ who departed this life/ 24th Dec. 1834/ aged about 78/ years/ footstone J.H/ 1834/

      also

      John Hodges/ Pvt SC Militia/ Revolutionary War/ Dec 24 1834/

      Burial: Hodges Family Cemetery, Hodges, Greenwood County, South Carolina, USA

      Created by: Mary Clyde Reid Mungo
      Record added: Mar 20, 2007
      Find A Grave Memorial# 18532332
    Person ID I26827  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 

    Father Richard HODGES, Sr.,   d. Abt 1776, District 96, SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Elizabeth JONES,   d. Bef 7 Oct 1816, Abbeville County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1 Jan 1741  Essex County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F7604  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Frances ANDERSON,   b. 22 Mar 1773, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1844, Abbeville [now Greenwood] County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 1790  SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. James HODGES,   b. 1 May 1806, Abbeville [now Greenwood] County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1875, Tippah County, MS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)  [natural]
     2. Samuel Anderson HODGES,   b. 1 Oct 1802, Abbeville [now Greenwood] County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1871, Abbeville [now Greenwood] County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)  [natural]
     3. John Anderson HODGES,   b. 18 Jul 1801, Abbeville [now Greenwood] County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 30 Jul 1870  (Age < 69 years)  [natural]
     4. Catherine Elizabeth HODGES,   b. 19 Feb 1797, Abbeville [now Greenwood] County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1826, Abbeville [now Greenwood] County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)  [natural]
     5. George Washington HODGES,   b. 3 Sep 1792, Abbeville [now Greenwood] County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1876, Abbeville [now Greenwood] County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)  [natural]
     6. Matilda HODGES,   b. 12 Jul 1791, Abbeville [now Greenwood] County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 14 Mar 1844, Columbus, Lowndes County, MS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 53 years)  [natural]
     7. Druscilla HODGES,   b. 10 Sep 1795, Abbeville [now Greenwood] County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1887, Abbeville County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)  [natural]
     8. Gabriel Heyward HODGES,   b. 6 Jan 1794, Abbeville [now Greenwood] County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1874, Abbeville [now Greenwood] County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)  [natural]
     9. Absalom Turner HODGES,   b. 26 Jan 1812, Abbeville [now Greenwood] County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     10. Mahulda Chapman HODGES,   b. 6 Apr 1810, Abbeville [now Greenwood] County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     11. Lucy Wardlaw HODGES,   b. 16 Mar 1815, Abbeville [now Greenwood] County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     12. Robert Henry Wardlaw HODGES,   b. 11 Apr 1813, Abbeville [now Greenwood] County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1894, Anderson County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)  [natural]
     13. Benjamin Anderson HODGES,   b. 17 Jan 1808, Abbeville [now Greenwood] County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1837, Richland County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years)  [natural]
     14. Frances HODGES,   b. 7 Mar 1805, Abbeville [now Greenwood] County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 2 Jul 1880  (Age > 75 years)  [natural]
     15. Armstrong Jones HODGES,   b. 4 Feb 1804, Abbeville [now Greenwood] County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1852, Pickens County, AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)  [natural]
     16. Mary Anderson HODGES,   b. 30 Sep 1807, Abbeville [now Greenwood] County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 28 Jun 1880  (Age > 73 years)  [natural]
     17. Sarah HODGES,   b. 18 Nov 1798, Abbeville [now Greenwood] County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1887, Belton, Anderson County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)  [natural]
     18. Margaret Long HODGES,   b. 10 Jan 1800, Abbeville [now Greenwood] County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1889, Winston County, MS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 10:18:54 
    Family ID F7579  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Margaret LONG,   d. 1790 
    Married Bef 24 Dec 1787 
    Children 
     1. Reuben HODGES,   b. 1 Feb 1790, Abbeville [now Greenwood] County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 20 Mar 1834  (Age < 44 years)  [natural]
     2. Lucy HODGES,   b. 24 Dec 1787, Abbeville [now Greenwood] County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 20 Mar 1834  (Age > 47 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 10:18:54 
    Family ID F7580  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart