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Willis Aaron Hodges

Willis Aaron Hodges

Male 1812 - 1886  (74 years)

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  • Name Willis Aaron Hodges  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Born 1 Aug 1812  Reidsville, Tattnall, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Race White  [4, 5
    Residence 1860  Dessert District, Charlton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 1870  Fernandina, Nassau, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Age: 57; CannotRead: Y; CannotWrite: Y; DisabilityCondition: Y; MaleCitizenOverTwentyone: Y; PersonalEstateValue: 200; RealEstateValue: 700; Occupation: Farmer 
    Residence 1880  Gaineyville, Charlton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Age: 69; Marital status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Self 
    Died 31 Aug 1886  Moniac, Charlton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Canaday Cemetery, Moniac, Charlton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Person ID I1739  tng Genealogy

    Father William Henry Hodges,   b. 19 Jun 1770, Kinston, Lenoir, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1849, Tattnall, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Ann Blitch,   b. 1780, Effingham, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1815, Tattnall, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F1069  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Basheba Heath,   b. 10 Jan 1845, Ware, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1931, Charlton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married Abt 1883  Charlton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
    +1. Joel Lee Hodges,   b. 18 Apr 1884, St George, Charlton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1959, Charlton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)  [natural]
    +2. Grover Cleveland Hodges,   b. 31 Jan 1886, Moniac, Charlton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1979, Baker, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)  [natural]
    Family ID F801  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mahalia Johns,   b. 17 Feb 1827, Camden, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1880, Charlton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 23 Feb 1843  Camden, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 6
    Children 
     1. Annie Hodges,   b. 2 Nov 1843, Moniac, Charlton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1880, Charlton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)  [natural]
    +2. George Washington Hodges,   b. 29 Nov 1845, Charlton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 1908, Nassau, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)  [natural]
    +3. Elishu Elihu Hodges,   b. 8 Nov 1849, Charlton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1904, Nassau, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)  [natural]
     4. John Charlton Hodges,   b. 8 Aug 1854, Charlton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     5. James B. Hodges,   b. 11 Apr 1856, Charlton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1913  (Age 57 years)  [natural]
    +6. Lenora Senova Hodges,   b. 1858, Charlton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     7. Andrew Jackson Hodges,   b. 19 Apr 1858, Charlton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1908  (Age 50 years)  [natural]
    +8. Daniel Robert Hodges,   b. 3 Aug 1861, Charlton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1907, Moniac, Charlton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)  [natural]
     9. Nathaniel Hodges,   b. Abt 1863, Charlton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    +10. Emily Hodges,   b. 9 Feb 1864, Moniac, Charlton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1928, Charlton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)  [natural]
    +11. Mary Elizabeth Hodges,   b. Nov 1869, Nassau, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1929, Charlton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)  [natural]
    +12. Martha Hodges,   b. 8 Nov 1870, Charlton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jun 1927, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)  [natural]
    +13. Willis Alexander Hodges,   b. 8 Nov 1852, Folkston, Charlton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 1930, Duval, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)  [natural]
    +14. John Joshua Hodges,   b. Jun 1867, Nassau, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1918, Baker, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years)  [natural]
     15. Living
    Family ID F800  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map Click to hide
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Aug 1812 - Reidsville, Tattnall, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 Feb 1843 - Camden, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1883 - Charlton, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 31 Aug 1886 - Moniac, Charlton, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Willis Aaron Hodges was the ancestor and progenerator of most all of the Hodges families that settled in Moniac Charlton, Georgia, and the Northeast Florida area of Nassau and Duval County, Florida. Willis Aaron Hodges was born in Tattnall, Georgia, Aug. l, 1812, son of William Hodges. He and his brother William R. Hodges came to Camden County as young men and married there (in the portion made into Charlton County in 1858). Willis A. married Feb. 23, 1843, in Camden County, Georgia, to Mehalia Johns, born 1827 in Camden County, daughter of George Johns and his wife Anna. They had fifteen children, so they were off to a good start of populating the surrounding counties of south Georgia and northeast Florida. The history of Willis Aaron's life portrays him as a "rough and ready" frontier man. Mr. Hodges, an Indian fighter, and served several enlistment's in the Indian Wars. His first wife died about 1880, Mr. Hodges married Mrs. Basheby Gainey, said to be a Cherokee Indian, born Jan.10, 1845, in Ware County, died in Charlton, Georgia, Nov. 3, 1931. Two children were born by her. Willis Aaron Hodges died Aug. 7, 1886, age 74 years, only a few months after the birth of his 17th child. He was buried in Canaday Cemetery near Moniac, Georgia. Ref: "Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia", Vol. VII, pg. 196, 197 & 198. 1860 Federal Census, Charlton, Georgia 1880 Federal Census Charlton Co, GA "Charlton County Georgia Historical Notes - 1972", pg. 405 & 406. "History of Charlton County", by Alex. S. McQueen, pg. 42-46.

      POWG Vol VII, p.145-146 has Henry Gainey, Jr., (1840-1864) son of Henry
      (1810-1870) and Olive Gainey. He is listed as married to "Basheby Heath", and as
      "killed in battle, 1864".

      Willis A. Hodges is also in Vol. VII, p196. States his second wife was
      "Basheby Gainey, b. Jan. 10, 1845, in Ware County, died in Charlton County, Nov. 3,
      1931". Not clear if she was born in Ware County, or they were married in Ware
      County. Two children:

      Joel Lee, b. Apr. 19, 1884, m. Sarah Iola Robinson
      Grover Cleveland, b. Jan. 31, 1886, m. Victoria Crawford.

      The entry notes that Basheby Heath was in the 1860 census of Charlton County
      as Basheby Heath, age 18. States Henry Gainey was killed at Battle of
      Spottsylvania, May, 1864. Hodges died Aug. 7, 1886.

      Finally (you hit the jackpot), David Rowell is listed in Vol. VII, p355. His
      first wife was Jane Howard. In 1890, he married Basheba Hodges. POWG lists one
      son, Spencer M. Rowell, b. Aug. 15, 1891, died Sept. 21, 1950. Spencer's wife
      was Katie C. (maiden name unknown). David, Basheba and Spencer are listed as
      buried in Emmeus Church Cemetery, near St. George.

  • Sources 
    1. [S236] Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia, Vol. 5, Folks Huxford, (Name: 1967;), Page 209.

    2. [S263] Stephanie Grohol.
      http://stephgrohol2004.tripod.com/id4.html

    3. [S354] 1860 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;).
      Year: 1860; Census Place: Dessert District, Charlton, Georgia; Roll M653_115; Page: 432; Image: 433.
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1860usfedcenancestry&h=10860123&indiv=try
      [ View Federal Census Document]

    4. [S352] 1870 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2003;).
      Year: 1870; Census Place: Nassau, Florida; Roll: M593_132; Page: 423B; Family History Library Film: 545631
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      [ View Federal Census Document]

    5. [S353] 1880 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2005;).
      Year: 1880; Census Place: Ganeyville, Charlton, Georgia; Roll: 138; Family History Film: 1254138; Page: 261C; Enumeration District: 014; Image: 0084
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1880usfedcen&h=12151204&indiv=try
      [ View Federal Census Document]

    6. [S238] Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia, Vol. 7, Folks Huxford, (Name: 1975;), Pages 196-198.

    7. [S122] FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/14168431
      http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=14168431.