Henry Allen Hodges m Mary Amanda Soley 1 January 1881

Henry Allen Hodges was born 5 October 1854, in Aylesford, Nova Scotia, the second of 11 children of Ralph and Mary (Hodges) Hodges.  Henry Alline was a minister from Rhode Island who later settled in Nova Scotia, and this Henry may have been named after him.  The Ralph Hodges family lived just up the hill from the Morristown Baptist Church, next to the school. 

Mary Amanda Soley was born 21 Oct 1843 in Onslow NS, daughter of Thomas and Margaret (McNutt) Soley.  Thomas was a farmer, of Irish descent. 

For the most part, the Hodges family stayed in the Morristown area for several generations.  In 1871, Henry was still in the South Aylesford area.  However, Ralph’s sister Mary-Ann moved to Colchester County, and Henry moved there as well.  On 1 January 1881, Henry, age 26, bachelor farmer married Amanda, age 36, spinster,  in Onslow.  The record lists his father as John, farmer.  However, he is not listed as an heir to either John or Jonathan Hodges, the original immigrant brothers, and their sons John and Jonathan are too young to be Henry’s father. 

The 1881 census lists Henry in Lower Onslow, a Baptist, Irish descent but born in Nova Scotia.  Amanda is listed with him.  In 1891, they are still in Lower Onslow.  Amanda’s mother is living with them.  They also have listed Andrew Hodges, age 8, adopted.  Interestingly, his religion is listed as Presbyterian, even though Henry, Amanda, and Margaret are all listed as Baptist. 

McAlpine’s Nova Scotia Directory of 1896 lists Henry Hodges as a farmer at Onslow Mountain. 

The 1901 census lists Henry A and Mary A Hodges.  Andrew is not listed.  At age 18, he may have moved out, or died.  I have found no more records for him. 

By 1907, Henry and Amanda moved back to Aylesford, where he listed his occupation as laboror.  The Berwick Register reported that Mary Amanda, wife of Henry A Hodges, died at Aylesford 7 Oct 1909, age 66 years.  She was buried at Aylesford Union Cemetery. Her tombstone says  Although I walk through the valley of death I will fear no evil.

On 15 November 1910 in Aylesford, Henry married Annie MacDonald Taylor, widow, daughter of Edward and Margaret Chase.  This marriage record says that Henry is a widower, son of Ralph and Mary Hodges, mason.  According to the notice in the Middleton Outlook, Henry and Annie were both living in Aylesford at the time of the marriage. 

In the 1911 census, Henry Hodges age 56, and Annie age 43, are living next door to John and Clara Taylor.  Clara Hodges Taylor is Henry’s sister. 

Annie Hodges died 31 Aug 1931 in Waterville, NS, age 54.  Henry Hodges was the informant.  I do not have a death date for Henry.  I know it was after 1931, and another researcher has posted a death date of “before Feb 1943” but her source was not listed.


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