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.
In 1762, there was a tax in Pitt County; "Ellis" is in the tax list as one adult (16+) free male, and six slaves. His son Benjamin was likely by this date already dead. The Hodges entries in the 1672 Pitt tax are:
Ellis Hodges, 1 free male 16+ ; 6 slaves
Catherine Hodges widow of Benjamin had her own plantation, which was given by Elias to Benjamin son of Benjamin in 1758. So this younger Benjamin must have been 21 by that date, in order to own property. I don't know why he is not in the tax list. Catherine would not have been mentioned in this tax list, which only listed males of military age.
Dated 15 Nov 1762, Elias Hodges | patents 200 acres in Pitt County on the East side of Bear Creek swamp, joining Nathan Godley, James Manker (?), Bear Creek Swamp, and the swamp at Bear Creek bridge on the County Road, recorded patent book 15, pg 446.
By May of 1763 Catherine was dead, Elias was administrator of her estate.
(A Francis Parker of Edgecombe county left a will dated 26 Apr 1746, probated Aug '57, (listed in Abstract of North Carolina Wills, by Grimes, page 278.) mentioning a daughter Catherine Hodges.)
We have Richard, Elias, and John (brother of Elias) each owning land in Pitt County. Elias had a son Benjamin, who died before he did, leaving minor children of whom, presumably, their grandfather Elias became trustee. Elias himself died, with the children still minors, and in 1767, a William Watkins was confirmed as administrator of the estate of Benjamin Hodges, with Robert Salter and John Hardee as securities.
Benjamin patented in 1745 along Grindal. In 1772, Eleazar Hodges, son of Benjamin, sells Benjamin's '45 patent. In 1768, Eleazar sold land owned by Elias Hodges, and is identified as the heir of Elias. So Eleazar was probably the son of Benjamin, who was the son of Elias. In 1762, Elias is administrator of Catherine Hodges estate, and Catherine was probably the wife of Benjamin; that Benjamin was not administrator himself suggests he had died before this date, that is in or before 1762. (He is also not in a 1762 tax list). Here are the details on Benjamin's 1745 patent.
Dated 6 Apr 1745, recorded Patent Bk.5 pg.289, Benjamin Hodges patents 300 acres in Beaufort County on the North side of Pamplico river, joining Simon Jones, the river Pocoson, Grindal creek, and Snoad’s line.
Simon Jones patent is 11 Nov 1743; I don't know about Snoad. Elias bought this patent;
Dated 9 Jun 1747, Simon Jones sells to Elias Hodges, 200 Ac. for £21 procl; [this is a kind of money, I guess] Witn: Wy: Ormond, John Forbes, recorded Beaufort Bk 2 pg 498; land described as where the said Elias Hodges now lives; beginning at a pine standing? NS Pamplico river pocoson, runing N17E,199 Poles to a gum on Grindall Creek, then 308 Poles along the meanders of the creek to a pine, thence N75W, 180 Poles to the first station; land pat. by sd. Simon Jones 11 Nov 1743
All taken from page 1 of a World Connect search; 6 fathers and 4 mothers but at least he has the same wife every time:
In 1739, the land which would become Pitt County, NC, was part of Beaufort County. The first land transaction involving Hodges (that we know of, deed book one is missing) is found in Beaufort deed book 2.
Dated 11 Mar 1740, Seth Pilkington (selling land he had patented 14 Feb 1739) sold to Elias Hodges, planter, 320 Ac. for £400; Witnesses was: Roger Jones, recorded Beau Bk II pg 362 : Begining at a red oak on Tranter's Creek, a corner tree of Richard Smith's, runing various courses up the creek, to the mouth of white oak branch, then up the branch to a red oak standing in Thomas Pilkingtons line, then west up the said line 300 pole to a red oak on Grindal Creek, the said Thomas Pilkingtons corner tree, then various courses down the creek to a pine, Richard Smith's corner tree, then N 18 E, 1440 Pole up said Smith's line to the first Station. containing by estimation five hundred and twenty acres.
Robert Hogges of the 1740 Bertie Will had sons Elias, Richard, and John. The next transaction in Beaufort involves Richard.
I suppose members of this forum will be familiar with this will, which is with considerable certainty the will of the ancestor of Howell Hodges. In any case, here is the text. - William A Hodges
Will of Robert Hogges, 1740, Bertie County, N.C.
And as fouschon? such worthy Estate whsorwith? it hath pleased God to bless and this life I give demise? and despose of the same in the following manner and form---
Imprimis I give and bequeath to my loving wife one negro girl name jane to hur and hur one desposal.
I give and bequeath to my son Elias Hogges one negro man named Peter--
Item - I give and bequeath to my two sons John and Richard Hogges one negro man named Dick between them and to my son John Hogges the plantation and land in Virginia that he now lives upon to him and his heirs forever.
And to my son Richard Hogges a plantation and land in Bartie Co in Unarow Meadows where he now lives to him and his heirs forever.
Howell, Robert and Matthew Hodges served on the Safety Committee of Pitt County, North Carolina, throughout the days of the Americian Revolution. There is a bronze plaque hanging in the Pitt County Courthouse:
The Pitt Resolves July 1, 1775
Minutes of the Pitt County Committee of Safety
I'm only sure of Lemuel Hodges and descendants. Lemuels parents were my best guess. My line is in bold.
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