Hodges, Seth Thomas, Sr. - Macoupin County Illinois
©1996-2009 Marita Gladson




Descendants of Seth Thomas Hodges Sr.



contributed by Marita Gladson

Generation No. 1

1. SETH THOMAS HODGES SR. was born October 26, 1788 in Tennessee, and died June 18, 1841 in Macoupin, Illinois. He married (1) ELIZABETH THRASHER Bef. 1811. He married (2) MARY ABIGAIL JEFFERSON Abt. 1827 in Macoupin, Illinois. He married (3) MARY POLLY MATTHEWS September 22, 1836 in Macoupin, Illinois.

Notes for SETH THOMAS HODGES SR.: Notice appearing in the Carlinsville, Ill newspaper 6 Aug. 1915, tells of Seth T. coming from Tenn. with John Love. The notice is his daughter Elizabeth Jane's obituary. Says he enter the county in 1813.

His middle name comes form Richard Cheek

Purchased Land 23 Dec 1823 in South Palmyra Twp Record Id 185884 page 12, from the Federal Government. A second purchase is recorded 1885 pg 28 , in Carlinville Twp 3 April 1829. A third purchase in Carlinville recorded 199331 page 109 29 May 1833. Received this information by e-mail from Gloria Frazier

Marriage date and place verified by Jim Dezotel

Hodges, Seth married Matthews, Polly Macoupin Co, Ill 09/22/1836 Vol 1 page 288, found at Illinois State Marriage Index, online http://www2.sos.state.il.us/cgi-bin/marriage

Enumerate in Pitt Co North Carolina Federal Census. Listed also with a Lanier, who is said to be his brother. This information from Jim Dezotel

He is listed in the 1830 Census Macoupin Co pg 23 Have a copy.

Earl Hodges gave birth date and the following. Seth's is listed in a Power of Attorney in settling Elizabeth's his first wife's estate in Georgia about 1813. Franklin Co GA Deed Book TTT 1812-1814 pg 59

Served in the Mississippi Territory Militia from 22 Sept. 1813-20 to Dec 1813 and the West Tenn. Militia from 28 Jan.1814-May 10 1814. Was in the Battle of Horshoe Bend Tohopeka, Mar.1814 under commander Gen Andrew Jackson. Source National Archives Service records in an unknown book listing the War of 1812. 28 Sept. 1815 received a Tennessee General Land Grant #7790 for 20 acres in Lincoln Co Tenn.... this land was located in the 2nd District on the waters of Norris Creek a north branch of the Elk River.... Source Copy of the grant. In the summer of 1814 he traveled to Illinois Territory with John Love. They were the first white men in the area. Summer of 1815 he and John returned to Illinois planted crops hunted and fished and laid crops before returning to Tenn. In spring of 1816 brought his family to Macoupin Co Ill. Source Macoupin Co History. He is in the 1818 Census of Green Co since which was before it was Macoupin Co. Source Macoupin Co Deed Book.

In 1829 Macoupin Co was formed. Seth was appointed to a 5 member commission to select a site for the county Seat. Source Macoupin Co History. 1 June 1829 donated 15 acres of land with 15 acres of land from Ezekiel Good for the County seat of Carlinville Source Deed Book 13 april 1829 was elected as one of the first 3 county commissioners of Macoupin Co. Aug. 1829 Joseph Borough laid the town square and 50 lots for a fee of $17.50. 7 Sept. 1829 Seth received a contract to build the first county courthouse a 18x24 t story log house for which he received $150 in 3 payments. 20 Mar 1833 purchased 40 Acres at $1.25 an acre

Death: fell in a well. One leg was amputated. Source Macoupin Co History and estate papers.

He was intestate and his estate was administered by John Love and John M. Palmer.

Earl Hodges has a copy of the marriage of Mary Polly Matthew and Seth Hodges.

Information sent by Glenn Wagers in Sept. 1998. He quotes from the History of Macoupin Co Ill, 1878. Give information on his marriage. On pg 162 "About the year 1828, Theodorus Davis, Jun., settled in Macoupin bottom, in the line of the present Carlinville and Alton road, and was the first settler in the township. Mr. Davis was then a young man just starting in life having recently married the daughter of Joseph Hodges, of Hodge's, Creek. Page 26 says Theorodus, Jr., wedded a widow lady, sister of John Burlson. Was she born a Hodges or a Burleson? Page 17, "In Sept. 1827, John Bourleson, a well-known citizen of the county, and half brother of Seth T. Hodges, with his mother's family came to the county, the home of Mr. Hodges, who took them under his charge.

Notes for ELIZABETH THRASHER: Earl Hodges sent this information .

Seth's is listed in a Power of Attorney in settling Elizabeth's his first wife's estate in Georgia about 1813. Franklin Co GA Deed Book TTT 1812-1814 pg 59

Notes for MARY ABIGAIL JEFFERSON: Daughter's obituary gives her name Notice appearing in the Carlinsville, Ill newspaper 6 Aug. 1915.

See the Obituary of her daughter. Marita Gladson has a copy. The obituary is incorrect. She may be the grand niece of the President, not his cousin, because of the generational difference.

Herb Barger suggest who might be Mary Abigail Jefferson's parents.

Earl Hodges - Cemetery location. First name

Buried : Etter Cemetery Macoupin Co Ill.

Notes for MARY POLLY MATTHEWS: Earl Hodges clarified the mix up of who was married to this person. He has the marriage certificate.

Her marriage to Seth Hodges here http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/marriage.html

Children of SETH HODGES and ELIZABETH THRASHER are:

i. MARY HODGES, b. 1811; m. BEDEN DAVIS, August 25, 1829, Macoupin, Ill.

Notes for MARY HODGES: Name received from Glenn W.. Wagers

Received from Jerry Brandel listing her marriage

Notes for BEDEN DAVIS: Name received from Glenn W.. Wagers

ii. JOSEPH HODGES, b. 1813; m. ELIZA JANE LANE, September 17, 1837, Illinois.

Notes for JOSEPH HODGES: His name comes form Richard Cheek

Notes for ELIZA JANE LANE: Earl Hodges gave me her name. She had 6 children.

LDS Film #1,320,088, pg 42-43, her father's will dated 8 April 1852, names his wife, Sarah, his children Eliza Hodges, Hugh, Harden, Elizabeth Etter, Sarah, Elisha, Emeline, Felix.

Children of SETH HODGES and MARY JEFFERSON are:

iii. ELIZABETH JANE HODGES, b. March 22, 1828, Macoupin Co.; d. August 04, 1915, Palmyra, Macoupin Co., Illinois; m. JOHN ANDERSON SIMPSON, October 08, 1850, Macoupin Co., Illinois.

Notes for ELIZABETH JANE HODGES: Death: Notice appearing in the Macoupin County Enquirer 10 Aug. 1915 . Also in Carlinsville, Ill Democrat 11 Aug. Aug. 1915. Etter Cemetery. See Obituary. Marita Gladson has a copy. Confirmed by Earl Hodges lists cemetery information and says she is listed in the 1850 Census with Thomas her son.

Macoupin County Hodges, Elizabeth J. married Simpson, John A. on 08 Cot 1850 in Macoupin County, Illinois "Jerry & Renee Brandel"

More About ELIZABETH JANE HODGES: Fact 2: Aft. August 04, 1915, Palmyra, Macoupin Co., Illinois

Notes for JOHN ANDERSON SIMPSON: Notice of his daughters death appearing in the Carlinsville, Ill newspaper 6 Aug. 1915.

Earl Hodges cemetery, birth, death, information

Death: Etter Cemetery S. Palmyra Twp

Death Index 1878-1910 Macoupin County Ill. http://www.macoupinctygenealogy.org/death/index-01.html

Register 531-537 number 2 page 76

2. iv. WILLIAM HODGES, b. 1830, Macoupin Co., Illinois, USA; d. November 11, 1880, Nebraska, USA. v. FINLEY HODGES, b. Abt. 1832, Macoupin Co., Illinois, USA; m. SALLIE HODGES, MRS. FINLEY.

Notes for FINLEY HODGES: He is named in Seth's Boyhood Days written in 1932 pg 2. Marita Gladson and Gayle Weber have a copy. Gayle had the original handwritten copy.

Notes for SALLIE HODGES, MRS. FINLEY: She is named in Seth's Boyhood Days written in 1932, pg 2 . Marita Gladson and Gayle Weber have a copy. Gayle had the original handwritten copy.

Generation No. 2

2. WILLIAM HODGES (SETH THOMAS) was born 1830 in Macoupin Co., Illinois, USA, and died November 11, 1880 in Nebraska, USA. He married ELIZABETH HENRIETTA F. ROSS February 10, 1853 in Macoupin County, Illinois.

Notes for WILLIAM HODGES: from Mary Ross of Omaha Ne. She gives confirmation to his marriage to Elizabeth Ross.

In Seth's Boyhood Days written in 1932, pg 5 says that father is a veterinarian . This report also tells of his mother's death when he was 6 years old,and his dad dying when he was 11. He went to live with his oldest brother. Marita Gladson and Gayle Weber have a copy. Gayle had the original handwritten copy. Evidence suggests his dad remarried 2 months after mom died, and that when dad dies when William is 11 years and went to live with Joseph his oldest brother who was a half brother, son of Elizabeth Thrasher.

Macoupin County Illinois 1850 Federal Census compiled by Littleton P. Bradley, Sheet 194 age 19. In the home #3-3- of Varney Moore.

Abstract of the 1850 United States Census Macoupin Co, Illinois and Surname Index. Irvin David Hess 1972. HB Library .. page 19.

Macoupin County Illinois 1860 Federal Census, age 30. Compiled by Bradley P. Littleton. Also NARA Roll 653-206. Marita Gladson has this copy

Marriage: Macoupin County Illinois Marriage Records Index, 15 Oct. 1851-31 Dec 1854, Vol IV. #1931 Compiled by Charles and Cynthia Leonard. Found here too: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/marriage.html

1880 Federal Census, Adams Precinct, Gage County, Nebraska. Vol. 5 Page 10, Enumeration District 338. NARA Roll T 770 #9 . age 50. Copy in possession of Marita Gladson.

Gayle Weber's family group sheet lists as source of information: Family moved to Tecumseh, Nebraska in 1871, Sterling Nebraska 1872, Adams 1876.

More About WILLIAM HODGES: Fact 3: Veterinarian

Notes for ELIZABETH HENRIETTA F. ROSS: from Mary Ross of Omaha Ne. Birth and marriage to William confirmed.

She is mentioned, but not named in Seth's Boyhood Days written in 1932, pg 2 . Marita Gladson and Gayle Weber have a copy. Gayle had the original handwritten copy. Says she is a sincere Christian.

Raised by her Uncle Thomas Ross.

From the records of James E. Ross and Charles Conlee. Photo copy from Jo Hodges Furman.

Macoupin County Illinois 1850 Federal Census compiled by Littleton P. Bradley, Sheet 245 age 13. Photocopy of the census on file.

Macoupin County Illinois 1860 Federal Census, age 24. Compiled by Bradley P. Littleton. Also NARA Roll 653-206. Marita Gladson has this copy.

Marriage: Macoupin County Illinois Marriage Records Index, 15 Oct. 1851-31 Dec 1854, Vol IV. #1931. Compiled by Charles and Cynthia Leonard. Found here too: http://www2.sos.state.il.us/cgi-bin/marriage

1880 Federal Census, Adams Precinct, Gage County, Nebraska. Vol. 5 Page 10, Enumeration District 338. NARA Roll T 770 #9 . Copy in possession of Marita Gladson age 45.

Gayle Weber's family group sheet lists as source of information: Family moved to Tecumseh, Nebraska in 1871, Sterling Nebraska 1872, Adams 1876.

In Seth's Boyhood Days written in 1932, pg 5 . tells when they moved to Nebraska with Uncle George Ross. Marita Gladson and Gayle Weber have a copy. Gayle had the original handwritten copy.

Child of WILLIAM HODGES and ELIZABETH ROSS is:

i. SETH HODGES, b. July 22, 1855, Nilwood, Macoupin County, Illinois, USA; d. October 19, 1938, Seattle, King, Washington, USA; m. LYDIA JANE STRONG, November 02, 1879, Tecumseh, Nebraska.

Notes for SETH HODGES: See Seth's Boyhood Days written in 1932, pg 2 . Marita Gladson and Gayle Weber have a copy. Gayle had the original handwritten copy. Tells that he and his brother Tom have the same birthdate 4 years apart.

Macoupin County Illinois 1860 Federal Census, age 4. Compiled by Bradley P. Littleton. Also NARA Roll 653-206. His birthday was 2 days after the census was taken so he was 5 years 11 months and 28 days.

Moved to Nebraska in the fall of 1871 when Seth was 15 years old. Also see his boy hood memories.

Gayle Weber's family group sheet lists as source of information: Family moved to Tecumseh, Nebraska in 1871, Sterling Nebraska 1872, Adams 1876.

"Kept Company" with Lydia for about 5 years before marrying in 1879.

They moved to Kent, Washington from Nebraska in 1890.

Washington State Federal Census Kent Precinct Kings County 1910 ED 38 LDS Film # 1375670.

More About SETH HODGES: Fact 2: Kent, King, Washington

Notes for LYDIA JANE STRONG: The History of the Descendants of Elder John Strong of Northhampton, Mass. by Benjamin W. Dwight 1884 Vol . II pg 901 9-16707 from Aunt Jo Hodges.

1870 Federal Census Vesta, Johnson Co Nebraska NARA Roll 593 830. Age 12.

They moved to Kent Washington from Nebraska in 1890.

Washington State Federal Census Kent Precinct Kings County 1910 ED 38 LDS Film # 1375670. age 52

More About LYDIA JANE STRONG: Fact 2: Kent, King, Washington

Children of SETH HODGES and LYDIA STRONG are:

i. ELSIE MAY HODGES, b. July 06, 1881, Tecumseh, Johnson, Nebraska, USA; d. April 24, 1956, Fresno, Fresno, California, USA; m. SEARING JAMES FURMAN, February 24, 1904, Kent, Kings, Washington, USA.

Notes for ELSIE MAY HODGES: Birth certificate by affidavit by her mother. On hand.

She moved to Kent Washington from Nebraska in 1890 with her parents and sister Jo.

Married in Kent, Washington. Kent Area Marriages Extracted from Early Kent Washington, Newspapers, In the White River Journal, Sat Feb. 27, 1904. FHL, SLC # 949.777V29K

1920 Census, Reel #99, Vol 63 Ed 577 Sheet 9 line 65. Age 38. Lived at 330 Hildago Ave Alhambra Ca

Oceanside Directory 1925. " notions 2nd 2 east of Hill. Listed with Searing, Lionel and Gerald.

Oceanside Directory 1926 variety 510 E 2nd residence 440 Clementine (this number is an error). Daughter Marita reports in Jan. 1999 address as 421 and is so listed in later directories.

Oceanside Directory 1927 variety store 510 2nd h 440 Clementine (see 1926 entry for correction)

Oceanside Directory 1929 Listed without her husband Searing. Home: 421 S Clementine.

Oceanside Directory 1930 h 421 S Clementine.

Strong Family Association # 10-17

Buried in Sanger Cemetery Block 11 Lot 14 Grave 1 568 S. Rainbow Sanger Ca Phone 209 787-2267 Sanger Ca.

More About ELSIE MAY HODGES: Fact 2: Sanger, Fresno, California, USA

Notes for SEARING JAMES FURMAN: 1900 Federal Census King County, Washington, ED 108 Sheet #4 age 18 Address 2011 5th Ave Seattle Gives his birth date and place

Married in Kent, Washington. Kent Area Marriages Extracted from Early Kent Washington, Newspapers, In the White River Journal, Sat Feb. 27, 1904. FHL, SLC # 949.777V29K

Bought property from Galen J. Dixon, in the Bishop area May 13, 1913, Paid with a $10.00 gold piece. Record number is Liber 23 page 573

1920 Census, Reel #99, Vol 63 Ed 577 Sheet 9 line 65. Age 38. Lived at 330 Hildago Ave Alhambra Ca

Oceanside Directory 1925. " notions 2nd 2 east of Hill. Listed with Elsie, Lionel and Gerald.

Copy of an ad for Furman's store on 1925.

Oceanside Directory 1926 variety 510 E 2nd residence 440 Clementine (this number is an error). Daughter Marita reports in Jan. 1999 address as 421 and is so listed in later directories.

Oceanside Directory 1927 variety store 510 2nd h 440 Clementine ( see 1926 entry for correction)

Not listed in the Oceanside Directory 1929

In the Oceanside Blade 5-5-27 is a notice that the Furman five and ten cent store has been taken over by G.W. Wisdom.

He is referenced in the book "Where Life is Worth Living " by Kristi Hawthorne by Donning Publishing Co Oct. 2000. Oceanside Historical Society PO Box 125 Oceanside Ca 92049

Death: 17 Mar 1932, Certificate of Death, 32-014787 at 50 yrs 5 mo 2 days. Buried at Valhala Memorial Park North Hollywood. Phone 818-763-9121 . Brown Brothers Mortuary on Washington St Los Angeles.

More About SEARING JAMES FURMAN: Fact 2: May 21, 1932, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

ii. MARIETTA BEATRICE HODGES TWIN, b. August 16, 1896, Kent, King, Washington; d. August 14, 1997, Union, Washington; m. HENRY W. LOREN, October 03, 1921, Philadelphia, Penn.

Notes for MARIETTA BEATRICE HODGES TWIN: Marietta and Bernice were the first white twins born in the Kent Valley of Washington.

Washington State Federal Census Kent Precinct Kings County 1910 ED 38 LDS Film # 1375670.

More About MARIETTA BEATRICE HODGES TWIN: Fact 2: Kent, King, Washington

iii. MARIE BERNICE HODGES TWIN, b. August 16, 1896, Kent, King, Washington; d. September 28, 1897.

Notes for MARIE BERNICE HODGES TWIN: Obituary from the White River Journal Sat Oct. 3, 1896. In the Kent Area Obituaries Extracted from Early Kent Washington Newspapers Vol 1 1893-1910 Kent King County Wash 1988

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