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Rev. Robert Hickman HODGE, Jr.

Male 1805 - 1866  (61 years)


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  • Name Robert Hickman HODGE 
    Title Rev. 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 13 Aug 1805  TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1 Nov 1866  Henderson County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Bethel Cemetery, Anderson County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) Johnson, Frank W., A History of Texas and Texans, Vol. 4, Chicago, IL and New York, NY: The American Historical Society, 1914, p. 1944:

      Rev. Robert Hodge . . . was born in Tennessee, moved to Mississippi, and in 1850 came to Texas. Locating in Anderson county he spent two years there as an itinerant preacher. From there he moved to Henderson county, buying a farm in the Science Hill locality, where at that time the best schools in the county existed, and he was a trustee of those schools during the remainder of his life. His death occurred in 1866 at the age of sixty-two. His work as a minister and as a citizen can be only briefly mentioned here. He organized the First Presbyterian church at Fincastle in Henderson county, at Concord in Anderson county, and Brushy Creek in Anderson county, and the first church of that faith in Athens in 1855. He belonged to the Bacon Presbytery. In 1860 he took the census of Henderson county. In politics he was always a Democrat, and led a life of long and honorable usefulness. He had only a common school education, but was a student both of books and men and began preaching when about twenty years of age.

      In the state of Mississippi near Jackson, in the old home of Governor Runnells of that state and father of Governor Dick Runnells of Texas, Reverend Hodge was married to Miss Bethany Hall, a niece of Governor Runnells just mentioned and a cousin of the Texas Governor. She died in 1860 at forty-six years of age. She was born in Mississippi in 1815, and her children are mentioned as follows: Harden A., who died wearing the Confederate uniform during the war; Mrs. Captain Geo. P. Wallace of Mississippi, who died in Texas; Aurelia, who married Asbury Mitcham and died in Texas without children; John, who died in Henderson county; Margarite I., who became the wife of William Morris of Hill connty, Texas; Magnus Hall, who served four years in the Confederate army as a member of "Howdy'' Martin's Company; Richard S., who died in early life; Harmon, who went through the war fighting for the southern cause, and died unmarried. Rowena, who married W. J. Wallace, and left no children; and Dr. James G. of Athens. Rev. Hodge's second wife was Mrs. Lizzie Richardson.

      (2) www.findagrave.com:

      Rev Robert Hickman Hodge, Jr

      Birth: Aug. 13 [?], 1805, Tennessee, USA
      Death: Nov. 1, 1866, Henderson County, Texas, USA

      He was the son of Robert Hickman Hodge Sr. and Mary Ann Mebane. He was born either on November 1st or 14 [?], depending on the source cited; the grave marker cites the 1st. He married Meliscent Bethany Hall in 1830 at the old home of Governor Runnells near Jackson, Mississippi; the bride was the Governor's niece. Robert & Bethany, as she went by, had 13 children. Robert married second to Mrs. Lizzie Richardson after the death of his first wife. He was a Cumberland Presbyterian clergyman and belonged to the Bacon Presbytery. He had only a common school education, but was a student of both books and men and began preaching when he was about 25 years old. He was first an itinerant preacher in Anderson County, Texas, having moved there from Mississippi. Two years later, he moved to Henderson County, Texas, buying a farm in the Science Hill locality, where at the time the best schools in the county existed. Robert was a Trustee of those schools during the remainder of his life. He organized the first Presbyterian churches at Concord and Brushy Creek, both in Anderson County, Texas. He also organized the first Presbyterian churches at Fincastle and Athens, both in Henderson County, Texas.

      Source: "A History of Texas and Texans" by Francis White Johnson, Volume 4.

      Family links: Spouse: Meliscent Bethany Hall Hodge (1814 - 1862); Children: Mary Ann Hodge Wallace (1833 - 1906), Aurelia Bethany Hodge Mitcham (1839 - 1911), Magnus Hall Hodge (1843 - 1911), Ruena Sophia Hodge Wallace (1848 - 1894), James Clarence Hodge (1852 - 1926)

      Inscription:

      Rev. R. Hodge
      [?] C.[Cumberland] P. [Presbyterian] Church
      Born
      Aug 13, 1805
      Died
      Nov 1, 1866

      Burial: Bethel Cemetery, Anderson County, Texas, USA

      Created by: Diane Gravlee
      Record added: Oct 08, 2009
      Find A Grave Memorial# 42865920
    Person ID I39852  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 18 Aug 2017 

    Father Robert Hickman HODGE, Sr.,   b. Abt 1769, Orange County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1 Jun 1840, Madison County, MS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary Ann MEBANE,   b. 29 Jan 1770,   d. Bef 1 Jun 1840  (Age < 70 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 4 Aug 1794  Orange County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Marriage Fact 4 Aug 1874  [2
    Marriage Bond 
    Family ID F17106  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Meliscent Bethany HALL,   b. 24 Apr 1814,   d. 7 Jan 1862  (Age 47 years) 
    Married 1830  MS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 18 Aug 2017 17:08:00 
    Family ID F17113  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011 [database online], Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015: Name: Robert Hodge Gender: Male Marriage Date: 4 Aug 1794 Marriage Place: Orange, North Carolina, USA Spouse Gender: Female Event Type: Marriage Household Members: Mary Mebane, Robert Hodge.

    2. Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011 [database online], Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015: Name: Robert Hodge Gender: Male Bond Date: 4 Aug 1794 Bond Place: Orange, North Carolina, USA Spouse: Mary Mebane Spouse Gender: Female Event Type: Bond.