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Biography: The Hodges Pioneers of Lawrence County, Alabama

THE HODGES PIONEERS

BIOGRAPHY and GENEALOGY

COL. FLEMING HODGES, SR.

(b.1792 – d. 1827)

COL. WILLIAM MASON HODGES

(b. ca. 1793 – d. 1835)

Lawrence County, Alabama

The Hodges were prominent in the first settlement to the county. Col. Fleming Hodges was the eldest of two brothers who came together and he fought in the War of 1812 and Col. William Mason Hodges was the younger. They were the sons of William (b. ca. 1753) and Elizabeth (Kerby) Hodges of Virginia and South Carolina.1 .


Elizabeth Kirby Hodges died 1824 in Monroe County, Alabama. William married 2nd Sarah (Walker) Thompson, widow of Thomas Thompson and sister of Dr. Tandy W. Walker of Oakville, Alabama. William Hodges died 1843.2

Col. Fleming Hodges first married Elizabeth/ Martha Johnston of Madison, and secondly, Martha Looney or Lowery (b.1797- 1869) of the same county in 1823. Col. Fleming Hodges was a member of the General Assembly (Senate) in 1819, 1820, 1821. He died about 1828. His wife survived him.

He had the following known children:

  1. Elizabeth married Benjamin Cooper and moved to Cass County, Texas during 1850. Benjamin and Elizabeth Cooper had a daughter who married Fleming T. Jones.
  2. Fleming Hodges, Jr. (b. Jan 2, 1826 Lawrence County, Ala – d. ca. 1845) is buried in Old Settlers’s Cemetery in Lawrence County, Alabama.3

Colonel William Mason Hodges was the younger brother and was a member of the House of Representatives in 1828-29. Col. William Hodges married more than once. He married Virginia Janet Daugherty around 1814 and they had the following children:

  1. Col. Fleming Hodges (b. Feb 26, 1815 Smith Col, TN – d. July 1893 Lonoke, Arkansas.) “He had considerable talent for trade, and moved to Mississippi”4 He married 1st Katherine Whitaker after her death he married 2ndMargaret Crayton on Nov. 15, 1838 in Mt. Hope, Lawrence County, Alabama. She was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (McDaniel) Creighton who was born August 9, 1821 in Courtland, Lawrence County, Alabama 5 He died July 27, 1893 in Arkansas and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Shelby County, TN.
  2. James Hodges (b. 1820 – d. unknown) married Jane Shackelford6 moved to Mississippi.
  3. Moses Hodges (b. 1822 – d. 1886 TN) Lawrence County, Alabama married Abigail Price Oct 10, 18507 moved to Mississippi
  4. Docia Hodges married a Patterson
  5. Asa Hodges was a lawyer, and a deputy sheriff of Lawrence County. He moved to Arkansas.
  6. William (Buck) Hodges of Co. F the Sixteenth Alabama Regiment, who made so much reputation in the Civil War. He was married several times and was terribly mangled at the Battle of Chicamauga and placed on the retired list.
  7. Elizabeth Hodges married 1st Johnson 2nd Townsend
  8. Mary Hodges

Col. William Hodges married 2nd Jane. She died Oct 19, 1839 and is buried in Old Settlers’s Cemetery in Lawrence County, Alabama.

Frances Hodges (b. 1798 Warren Co., GA) was a sister of Fleming Hodges and William Hodges. She married Samuel W. Wallace on April 2, 1818 in Shelby county, Alabama where she happened to be on a visit. They resided in to Dallas county, and were there when the State was organized and then removed to Shelby county again. Thence to Oakville, in Lawrence county, and, in 1840, to Wolf Spring. The old gentleman was in his 85th year still vigorous in mind, and, having been school teacher, could still write a fine hand.8

 

SOURCES

“Early Settlers of Alabama” written 1899 by Col. James Edmonds Saunders and published in New Orleans.

Find A Grave Memorial# 115159677 # 36549815

http://genforum.genealogy.com/hodges/messages/322.html http://www.oakvilleindianmounds.com/uploads/cemetery.pdf

4Early Settlers of Alabama” written 1899 by Col. James Edmonds Saunders and published in New Orleans

8Early Settlers of Alabama” written 1899 by Col. James Edmonds Saunders and published in New Orleans and http://genforum.genealogy.com/hodges/messages/322.html

This biography is included in the E-Book First Families of Lawrence County, Alabama Volume I

FIRST FAMILIES OF LAWRENCE COUNTY, ALABAMA VOLUME I (Kindle Edition)


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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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