HODGE, John - I23348
John HODGE According to one authority, a Roman knight followed William the Conqueror, and after the conquest in 1066, settled in Scotland, the name Roger becoming first Oger, then Odger, Hodger, and finally, Hodge.
In colonial days it was frequently spelled with a final s. The family coat of arms and crest are described in Hodge Genealogy, the crest being also pictured in Crests of Great Britain and Ireland . Its great simplicity indicates its antiquity.
I. Our immigrant ancestor, John HODGE, had a brother >Charles, who was of Lyme, Connecticut, in 1686, where both lived for a while. Charles later moved to New Haven, where some of his children and some of his brother John's, also, located. Somewhat confusing is the fact that John named his second son Thomas, and Charles named his first son Thomas. From this fact it is inferred the brothers were descendants, possibly sons or grandsons, of the Thomas Hodge who was baptized, according to its parish register, at Bicester, County Oxford, England, on 3 May 1583, in the church of Saint Edbury. This church was erected about 1400, and the town, of about two thousand inhabitants, is near Oxford, and about 58 miles from London.
John Hodge was born about 1643, and was married 12 August 1666, in Windsor, Connecticut, to Susanna, daughter of that Henry DENSLOW who was killed by Indians at Windsor Locks, 4 April 1676. She was born 3 September 1646. As early as 28 December 1663, John Hodge was a resident of what is now Clinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Until 1840 this town was a part of the town of Killingworth, originally called the Hammanasset Plantation "that lyeth between. Guilford and Saybrook." It was settled in October, 1663, by pioneers who came chiefly from Hartford, Windsor, and Guilford. At that time a committee of three persons was appointed by the General Assembly of the Colony of Connecticut "to establish binding rules for the settlement of the plantation." The next March the town was incorporated, and was called Killingworth, in honor of Edward Griswold, one of its first settlers, who had been born in Killingworth, England. John Hodge was one of the men who, on 28 December 1663, were given land there, his lot being No. 27.
He probably remained in Killingworth until 1670, when, it is thought, he became disgusted with the swamps and wilds of that locality as many others did, and removed to Windsor, where his wife's parents were still living on a large tract of land, a great portion of which is now included in the town of Windsor Locks.
About this time >Susanna's father, Henry Denslow, gave her eighty acres of land, though without executing a deed. After the death of her father, Mrs. Hodge claimed the land, and it went to her children, although there is no evidence that Mr. Hodge ever lived upon it, or cultivated it.
At the time of its incorporation, 3 June 1674, John Hodge was allotted sixty acres of land in Suffield, adjoining Windsor on the north. He doubtless continued to reside in Windsor, however, for some time after that, for several children born to him are. there recorded. Later, be removed to Suffield, where he was living as late as 1 April 1685, and probably until 1687. In 1688 and 1691 he paid personal taxes in the town of Lyme, Connecticut, and in September, 1692, three of his children were baptized in Middletown by the "Communion of Churches, their mother owning the covenant."
John Hodge died at Lyme, between 1692 and 1694, in which latter year his widow, in June, signed a quit claim to all further share in the estate of her father and mother, her signature at the time being: "Susanna Hodg, of Lyme, in the County of New London, formerly wife of John Hodg."
- . John, born 16 June 1667, at Killingworth
- . THOMAS, born 13 February 1669, at Windsor; married Judith BUNNELL.
- . Mary, born 15 February 1671.
- . Joseph, born 14 December 1672; married Ann Trumbull, an aunt of Governor Jonathan Trumbull.
- . Benjamin, born 17 June 1674.
- . >Henry, born 19 August 1676; married Sarah Welch.
- . William, born 20 April 1678.
- . Elizabeth, born 13 February 1680.
- . Susanna, born 10 December 1682.
- . Abigail, born 17 March 1684; married George Gilbert.
- . Samuel, born 4 October 1686.
II. Thomas HODGE, born 13 February 1669, married about 1693, Judith BUNNELL,, who was born 13 April 1672, at New Haven. They lived in New Haven, where most of his children were born. He owned some Wallingford property, a transfer of some woodland there being made by him in 1707.
He died 2 May 1712, three months after the birth of his ninth child. Until a few years ago a stone, in the old West Haven Cemetery, bore the inscription, "Thomas Hodge, Died May 2, 1712, Aged 43." This stone was removed to give place to an addition to the church. After the death of Mr. Hodge, his widow Judith married, as his second wife, Daniel, son of the settler Henry Bristol and his second wife; Lydia Browne, daughter of Francis and Mary Browne. Daniel Bristol's first wife was Hester (Esther), daughter of John and Elizabeth (Post) Sperry, who had borne him eight children. No children were born to Daniel and Judith. He died 15 May 1728, and she on 21 July 1746, after having made, according to Hodge Genealogy, a third marriage.
- . Daniel, born 28 January 1694.
- . Jesse, born 17 November 1695 died, and on 6 January 1724 his estate was divided between his brothers and sisters.
- . JUDITH, born 8 October 1697; married SAMUEL HALE.
- . Thomas, born 28 March 1701.
- . Miriam, born.18 August 1703; died young.
- . Susanna, born 7 September 1705; married, perhaps, 5 November 1737, George Clinton, of New Haven.
- . Mary, born 5 November 1707; married 15 October 1724, Samuel Seward, of Long Island.
- . Martha, born 18 February 1710.
- . Miriam, born 2 March 1712; married Daniel Blakesley, of New Haven and Farmington. They had four sons and four daughters.
For continuation of this family line please see the HALE biography.
SOURCE: The Ancestry & Posterity of Joseph Smith and Emma Hale by Audentia Smith Anderson (1926) pp 318 - 319.
- (Directory of Ancestral Heads of New England Families, F, R. Holmes, cxix.)
- (vol. 2; plate 43, crest 5)
- (Hodge Genealogy, Orlando J. Hodge, 16.)
- (Ibid., 29.)
- (New England Historical and Genealogical Register 5: 360)
- (Hodge Genealogy, 23.)
- (Hodge Genealogy, Hodge, 23, 24.)
- (New England Historical and Genealogical Register 34: 373)
- (Hodge Genealogy, 27.)
- (Land Records of Windsor for 1694.)
- (Vital Records of Hartford, Windsor and Fairfield, (16311691), 12, 14.)
- (New Haven County Probate Court Records 5: 479)
- (Hodge Genealogy, 3 1.)
- (New England Historical and Genealogical Register 59: 168.)
- (Hodge Genealogy, 31.)
- (New Haven Land Records 9: 118.)