Rachel S Hodges b May 1848

Rachel Hodges was born in May 1848, probably in Aylesford Township of Nova Scotia, the 10th of 11 children of John C Hodges and Rachel Parker.  Rachel’s family lived in Morristown, and was a farming family. 

Rachel married Enoch Taylor about 1865 in Nova Scotia.  He was the son of William Taylor and Mary Anne Turner.  Rachel and Enoch had two children.  Rupert was born in 1866, and the family was counted in the 1870 census in Charlestown, MA.  Her husband was a laborer.  The family returned to Nova Scotia, and daughter Etta May was born in Aylesford in 1872.  The Taylor family returned to Massachusetts, and were counted there in the 1880 census.  Enoch was a carpenter. 

Rachel seems to have followed the tradition of travel between Boston and Nova Scotia, as I found her travelling with her daughter from Annapolis NS to Boston, arriving 15 August 1883. 

Rachel’s father died in 1886.  His will was my first documentation that named John’s children, and helped sort them out from the children of his brother Jonathan.  His will named the daughters by their married names, which was also helpful.  John also made a bequest to Rachel’s son Rupert and daughter Etta.  Rachel’s children were the only grandchildren named in John’s will. 

Rachel’s son Rupert died in 1892 in Melrose MA.  Cause of death was peritonitis.  Enoch died in 1896 in Melrose, from cholera. 

Rachel and Etta moved to Somerville MA, and were counted there in 1900.  It doesn’t appear that Etta ever married.  She was a school teacher and apparently lived with her mother for the remainder of Rachel’s life.  I tracked them through the Somerville directories, and censuses.  The last record I have for both is the 1933 Somerville city directory.  The next year covered in Ancestry’s collection is 1940, and neither woman is listed.  They may have moved or possibly both passed away during that time span.

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