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.
Tranter's Creek and Grindal Creek are still marked on the map, and a large brance of Tranter's which must be White Oak Branch.
Robert Hogges of the 1740 Bertie Will had sons Elias, Richard, and John. The next transaction in Beaufort involves Richard.
Dated 12 Dec 1741, Richard Holland, taylor sells to Richard Hodges, planter, 110 Ac. for £180; Adj: Thomas Williams; Witn. were Thomas Little, Samuel Bundey?, recorded Beaufort Bk II pg 388; North side of Pamlico River, North Side of Tranters creek.
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.
In the name of God amen this thirty day of Mar 1740 I Robert Hogges of the county of Bartie being in good health and perfect _____ and memory thanks be given to my God theirfore and calling? to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to dye do make and ordain this my last will and testiment that is to say principally and first of all I given and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gavest and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in descent Cristion burial at the descretion of my Executors not doubting? but at the General Resurrection I shall recover? the same again by the might power of God.
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:
"Martinbrough Declaration, July 1, 1775, the pre-revolutionary Pitt County patriot signers". Both Robert and Howell are listed as signers.
The Pitt Resolves July 1, 1775
We the free holders and inhabitants of the County of Pitt and Town of Martinborough being deeply affected with the presentalarming state of the province and all America, do resolve that we will pay all due allegiance to His Majesty King George the Third and endeavor to continue the succession of his crown in the illustrious house of Hanover as by law established against the present or any future wicked ministry or arbitrary set of men whatsoever at the same time we are determined to assert our rights as men and sensible that by the late acts of Parliament the most valuable liberties and privileges of America are invaded and endeavor to be violated anddestroyed and that under God the preservation of them depends on a firm union of the inhabitants and a sturdy spirited observation of the resolutions of the General Congressbeing shocked at the cruel scenes now acting in the Massachusett Bay and determined never to become slaves to any power upon Earth we do hereby agree and associate underall types of religion, honour, and regard for posterity that we will adopt and endeavor to execute the measures which theGeneral Congress now sitting at Philadelphia conclude on for preserving our Constitution and opposing the execution of the several arbitrary illegal acts of the British Parliament and that we will readily observe the directions of our GeneralCommittee for the purpose aforesaid the preservation of peace and good order and security of individuals and private property. Martinborough, Pitt County, North Carolina, 1 July, 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.
Wilma Irene Lanzon September 4, 1936 - May 7, 2009 STAYTON - She is survived by her daughters, Sherry, Sandra, and Shelly; sons, Brian, William, and Phillip; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. No services will be held.
Published in the StatesmanJournal on 5/9/2009