Throughout the centuries your name, Hodges, occurred in many records, manuscripts and documents but not always with your exact spelling. From time to time the surname was spelt Hodge, Hodges, and these variations in spelling frequently occurred, even between father and son. Scribes and church officials, frequently spelt the names phonetically. As a result the same person would be recorded differently on birth, baptismal, marriage and death certificates.
Francis Hodges b. 1720 d. 1775 in Davie, NC m. Frances Carruthers
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
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)
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)
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.
Some of the better photos I took when I was in Arkansas for the family reunion
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