Hodges family reunion 1945.
Left to right:
Charles Albert Hodges (1885-1967)
Dempsey Wyatt Hodges (1888-1957)
Jasper Gillespie Hodges (1874-1949)
Capt. W.C. H. Dawsey
Jay Alexander Hodges (1895-1985)
George Grady Hodges (1889-1945)
Here are a few alternate pedigrees for Lemuel Hodges who I consider my family's patriarch. I eventually settled on the last one. Mine doesn't have a much better chance being the right one than the others, it just has less errors (sons born two years after father, etc) and makes more sense. Ultimately pretty much all of them have us in Virginia with Robert in the early 1600's.
/John HODGES b: 1693 d: 1775
/Robert HODGES b: 1733
| \Patience JOYNER b: 1724 d: 1752
/Howell HODGES b: 1742 d: JAN 1781
| \ WIFE?
Lemuel HODGES b: 1770 d: 1830
\Elizabeth CHERRY b: 1726 d: 1795
Welcome to the first edition of the Hodges Family Newsletter.
The first results are in for my DNA test. Preliminary results indicate I belong to the HODGE / HODGES Lineage VII. There are two more test results coming to confirm that or not. I strongly encourage any Hodges family member with a tie to my line to go to the Hodges DNA Project home page and join the project, it is very easy and very much worthwhile.
Jesse Herman Hodges (1914-2000)
|Professional football player. Herman played for Samford University during his college years before signing as an End with the Brooklyn Dodgers NFL team in 1939. He spent his entire professional career with Brooklyn playing four years (1939-1942) before joining the war effort as a 1ST Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps where he served from 1942-1946. |
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego County
Plot: Section Cbe Row 4 Site 163
Herman is the brother of Gerow Hodges. http://www.hodges-family.org/?q=node/1347
I have been interested for some time in learning more about my family history. My Grandfather was L.C. Hodges and who Married my Grandmother Foye Heath in Chickasha OK. They were born in the early 1900's and both passed away in 1984.
My Grandfather had several brothers and sisters but was raised in the odd fellows orphanage. His brothers names were Charles, Baily, and Gene. All of whom are passed. Charles, Baily and L.C. all married three sisters Agnes, Vernus, and Foye Heath. Agnes is still living and is 103 years old.
They all moved from OK and Texas during the depression to California.
The best I know my family tree:
William Seaton Hodges (great grandfather who was a full blooded Cherokee Indian or at least I have been told)
Betty Hodges (great grandmother I do not know here maiden name)
L.C. Hodges (grandfather)
Michael Allen Hodges (father)Brothers: William Seaton Hodges and Burney Ray Hodges
Christopher Seaton Hodges (me)
Andrew Gerow Hodges, a longtime member of and former chairman of the Samford University Board of Trustees, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005. Mr. Hodges, a 1942 Samford graduate who supported his alma mater in numerous ways over the years, was 87.
Hodges was elected a trustee in 1962 and held many positions of leadership on the board. He was chairman of the search committee that was responsible for President Thomas E. Corts coming to Samford in 1983.
"His warm smile, gentle spirit, and total devotion to this University will be sorely missed and forever remembered," Dr. Corts said in an e-mail message to the Samford community. "He loved this place, realized its true potential, and never hesitated to say a good word, and to persist in saying good words in its behalf."
Hodges was a retired executive vice president of Liberty National Life Insurance Company (now Torchmark) of Birmingham, and was mentored by brothers Dwight and Ralph Beeson at the company during his early years there. Hodges was among the first to draw the Beesons' interest to Samford, Dr. Corts noted, and the family ultimately donated more than $100 million to the University.
Hodges was a patriot who volunteered for duty in the American Red Cross after being declared unfit for military service during World War II because of a football injury suffered during playing days at Samford, then Howard College. He was attached to the 94th Infantry in western Europe, and his exploits ultimately resulted in the freedom of 149 Allied prisoners of war from German prison camps during late 1944. He received the Bronze Star for his actions. The episode is portrayed in the video documentary, For One English Officer.
"Thanks to Hodges, we survived," said former POW Wayne Stewart of Wenatchee, Wash., one of 12 former prisoners who attended a reunion hosted by Samford in 2002.
Age 99 and 103, married 78 years.
Photo by Don Atwell
Some of the better photos I took when I was in Arkansas for the family reunion
I've nearly finished editing the video I took in Arkansas a few weeks ago at the reunion.
I will be burning DVDs for as many people as I can - those who wrote their addresses down at the reunion and who I think might want a copy of it. This will take a bit of time but I can see having it done in a few weeks time.
If, after a month or two you have not received a copy and would like one, you can send me an email (check my profile on here for that information) with your name and mailing address, and I will send a DVD as soon as possible.
The DVD will consist of two chapters - one is footage taken at DeGray Lake, and the other is stuff I filmed at Holly Wilson's house. I did shoot some video at the cemetary. However, that will not fit on the disc with everything else. For now I will only be sending a second DVD with that stuff to us "kids."
Though I shot it in HD, I will be making normal DVDs since 1) That's what most people still have and 2) I don't have a Blu-Ray disc burner yet, and you can't put HD video on a regular DVD. Still, it should look better than typical home video.