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Volume 1

Welcome to the first edition of the Hodges Family Newsletter.

DNA Test

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
San Diego County
California, USA
Plot: Section Cbe Row 4 Site 163


Herman is the brother of Gerow Hodges.



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 Sr. (1918-2005)

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.

Hodges record?

Age 99 and 103, married 78 years.

Photo by Don Atwell
Asbury-Center Cemetery
Metcalfe County
Kentucky, USA

Arkansas trip photos

Some of the better photos I took when I was in Arkansas for the family reunion

Video footage from the 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.

Phillip Hodges

More on Elias and Benjamin

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
Henry Hodges, 1 free male 16+ ; 4 slaves
John Hodges, 1 free male 16+ ; 1 slave
John Hodges, Senr., also in household: Howell Hodges Couns. [Constable?], 2 free males 16+ ; 4 slaves
Mathew Hodges, 1 free male 16+
Robert Hodges, also in household: Arthur Holdon; 2 free males 16+; 3 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.
This is south of Tarr River (also known as Pamlico), while all Elias land before this is north of it.

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.)
Dated 1 Jul 1763, Elias Hodges sells to Henry Hodges | 150 acres for £30. adjoining Thos. Pilkinton, John Hodges, and Richard Smith. Former owner: Seth Pilkinton, patented in 1740. Wit.: Matthew Hodges, John Cherry, recorded Pitt book B, page 494.

Land Transactions in Pitt 1740- Benjamin and his heirs

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

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