John Clear Hodges m Rachel Parker 20 February 1826

John C Hodges was born about 1796, in Ireland.  The names of his parents have not yet been discovered.  He and his brother Jonathan crossed the Atlantic, and went first to New Brunswick where in 1819, he petitioned for a land grant with his brother. The land they requested was from lots lying on the north side of the road leading from Hammond River to Hopewell, in Westmoreland county.   During this time, the most significant areas in Ireland from which New Brunswick immigrants came were West Ulster in the north and County Cork in the south. One of Jonathan’s land petitions says he is from County Cork.  This is all I know about John C and Jonathan’s origins.

The Hodges brothers did not stay in New Brunswick, but moved to the Annapolis Valley, across the Bay of Fundy from New Brunswick. John married Rachel Parker, daughter of Henry Alline Parker and Hannah Morse on 20 February 1826.  John was counted in the 1827 census, a Methodist, farmer, of Horton, two males and five females.  He did not have that many children then – his family only consisted of his wife and first daughter.  However, his brother Jonathan had also married and had a daughter.  In addition, in a petition for land, he claimed to provide support for his elderly mother.  She might be the fifth female in the household.  I did not find Jonathan counted elsewhere in 1827. 

A “History of Morristown” says that the two Hodges brothers are believed to have come to Aylesford Township around 1835.  The book says that Jonathan Hodges built a house east of the School House.  He died in 1888 and is buried in the old cemetery.  Actually, Jonathan died in 1869, and John C died at the end of 1886.  However, as Jonathan and John C seemed to travel and live very closely to each other, so in all likelihood, the home places were near each other in the Morristown area. 

The 1838 census lists John Hudges, farmer, with two males under six, three females under 14, one female over 14, plus John as the head of the household.  These ages correspond with John and Rachel, and Hannah, Mary, Diadamia, Jonathan C, and Willard. 

John and his family are listed in the census for Aylesford Township in 1851, 1861, 1871, and 1881.

John and Rachel had 11 children, none of whom died as children.  John’s will confirms the names of his children, and the spouses of his daughters.

  • Rachel Hodges (wife)
  • Hannah Elizabeth Hodges (daughter, possibly infirm as he provided a yearly allowance for her)
  • Damia Taylor (daughter who married George Taylor)
  • Mary Hodges (daughter who married Ralph Hodges)
  • Maria Taylor (daughter who married Joseph Taylor)
  • Louisa Ceretha Banks (daughter who married John Banks)
  • Rachel Taylor (daughter who married Enoch Taylor)
  • Williard Hodges (son)
  • John Henry Hodges (son)
  • Jonathan Hodges (son)
  • John C Haliburton – no relationship, but delegated to pay legacies, so probably an attorney
  • Rupert and Etta Taylor (son and daughter of Enoch Taylor and Rachel Hodges)

John Hodges named as executor his William H. Hodges, friend (he is John’s nephew, the son of Jonathan & Ruth Hodges) and Jonathan C. Hodges – son.

 John and Rachel had many grandchildren.  I’m not sure why Rupert and Etta were singled out to be recognized as heirs as both of their parents were still living.  John died 25 November 1886, and Rachel died 16 June 1890.  Both are buried in the old Baptist Church cemetery at Morristown.

John C and brother Jonathan both had large families, and both named their children similarly, making for confusing research.  John’s children are listed above.  Jonathan’s children were Mary Ann, Ralph, William Henry, Jonathan (born the same year as John C’s son Jonathan C) Rebecca Lavinia, John Wesley, Stephen Taylor, Tamson Ermina, and Sylvanus Boardman.  Added to the fact that first and second cousins were marrying, the Hodges clan of Morristown have been complicated to sort out.


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