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Henry Hodges

Also Known As: "Captain Henry Hodges IV", "The Elder"
Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Duxbury, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
Death: September 30, 1717 (61-69)
Taunton, Bristol County, Province of Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of William Hodges and Mary Hodges
Husband of Esther Hodges
Father of Mary Keith; Esther Southworth; William Hodges; Charity Perkins; Captain John Hodges and 6 others
Brother of John Hodges
Half brother of Samuel Pitts; Mary Hathaway; Peter Pitts; Capt. Ebenezer Pitts; Alice Wilbor and 1 other

Occupation: Deacon and Elder
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About Henry Hodges

From> Henry Hodges lived near the residence of his brother John. His house, it is stated in the first edition of this genealogy, was "within a few yards of the place where a red school house stood in 1820. At that time there were some indications on the surface of the earth of the spot where the cellar had been. The site of the red school house, on High street, opposite the Central Railroad Station, is now occupied by the old Niagara Engine House, used at present as a ward room, and during the winter months, the Niagara Evening School is held here. The exact location of Henry Hodges's house is difficult to fix. Henry Hodges certainly owned the ground here, and the city authorities have placed on the engine house a tablet inscribed "Homestead of Elder Henry Hodges, 1681-1717.

From an examination of the ground, a consideration of the manner in which the roads were laid out in this vicinity, and the testimony of persons (some now deceased) who have been well acquainted with the locality for many years, it seems probable that Elder Henry's house stood where the freight house of the railroad now stands, on the comer of Tremont and Oak streets.

Henry Hodges was a leading man in all the affairs of the settlement. He was Captain of the military company, held the highest town offices for very many years, and was a deacon and Presiding Elder of the church, occupying, it is said, a seat in the pulpit with Rev. Samuel Danforth. .He acquired a large amount of real estate, and his farm of "Crooked Meadow" at Burt's Brook, adjoining the boundary line of Norton and Taunton, is often referred to in the records. He was administrator of a large number of estates, and from his prominence in the matter of allotment of lands, it would seem that he was a surveyor. He was on a coroner's jury at court held at Plymouth, Oct 30, 1678, and on the Grand Jury, June 6, 1683. In 1681 he was appointed constable at Taunton. He was selectman for 28 years (1687 to 1701, 1703 to 1709, 1711 to 1716), was member of the Town Council 2 years (1689, 1690), and represented Taunton in the General Court 6 years (1704, 1713, 1716, 1716 and 1717). His name appears, April 8, 1682, in the roster of the 3rd squadron of the military company, ordered to bring arms to church on Sundays. He was elected Ensign of the First Military Company in March, 1690, when the town was greatly excited over the question as to who should command the company. At some undetermined date prior to 1703, the Second Military Company was organized. He was the first captain of his company and retained command until 1714. He was a subscriber to the fund for the Canada Expedition of 1690 under Sir William Phipp. When the North Precinct of Taunton was established, although he had been opposed to the separation, he donated land as an inducement for a minister to settle in the new parish. He was a shareholder in the first Taunton iron works. He was buried in the "Neck of Land Burying Ground," where is still to be seen his gravestone inscribed, "Here lies the body of. Elder Henry Hodges. Died Sept 30, 1717. Aged 66 years.

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Henry Hodges's Timeline

Duxbury, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
February 3, 1676
Age 24
Taunton, Bristol, Mass.
February 17, 1678
Age 26
Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
March 18, 1680
Age 28
Taunton, Bristol, MA
April 5, 1682
Age 30
Taunton, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
Age 32
Taunton, Bristol, MA
July 13, 1687
Age 35
Taunton, Bristol, MA
Age 36
Taunton, Bristol County, New Plymouth Colony
Age 39
Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States