James Selden Hodges born 9 September 1875

James S Hodges was born 9 September 1875, the seventh and last child of William Henry Hodges and Elizabeth Taylor.  His birth location was given as Aylesford, but I suspect that it was one of the smaller towns in Aylesford township, such as Morristown or Millville.  His birth record includes the information that William and Henry were married in 1861.  In researching James, I found a lot of people named James Seldon (or Selden) something, so suspected that there might have been a James Seldon who was a minister, as it was custom to name children after a respected clergyman (as well as after other family members). I haven’t found a connection yet.

James was with his family in Aylesford South, in the 1881 census.  His father was a farmer, and the family stated they were Baptists.  Also in the household was James’ widowed grandmother Ruth Hodges, age 72, who reported that she was Methodist.  (This is the last record I have for Ruth.)   

In 1891, Seldon Hodges was listed with his family in Millville. A news item from 26 May 1897, reports that Mr. Seldon Hodges has purchased a fine top buggy from Mr. L. Whitman.    On 7 December, 1899, J Hodges, male, age 24, arrived in Boston, from Yarmouth Nova Scotia on the Prince George. 

In 1900, James was living with Walter and Lalia Lang in Atkinson, NH.  He was a farm laborer, could read/write/speak English, and had arrived in the US in 1899.  He lived next door to Annie Calderwood.   

Seldon returned to Nova Scotia, and was listed with his parents in Millville in the 1901 Canada census.  He was single, and listed his occupation as “farmer’s son”.   Later that year, on 18 September 1901, in Atkinson NH, James S Hodges married Annie F Calderwood.  They both claimed to be residents of Atkinson.  He was 26, she was 25.  Intentions were filed on 3 Sep 1901, and they were married on 16 Sep 1901 by George H Scott, Clergyman.  This was the first marriage for both.  She was the daughter of Charles Calderwood and Julia Thomas.

Mr. and Mrs. Hodges returned to Nova Scotia and Seldon was listed in the 1907 directory as a farmer in Nicholsville.  The 1911 census lists Selden in Nicholsville.  He is now the head of the household, and their son Kenneth is 4.  As far as I know, he was their only child.  Selden’s parents and sister Bertha live with them. 

The 1911 census is the most recent released for Nova Scotia.  I did not find the family in the 1920 US census. 

Records show that James Selden Hodges arrived in the US at Vanceboro Maine, on 15 October 1928.  He listed his sister Tamson (Mrs. A G Knowles of Kingston NS) as his contact person at home.  His reason for travel was to see his son Kenneth Hodges at 11 Ashford Terrace in Allston MA.  James was described as 5’7”, medium complexion, gray hair, blue eyes.

James and Annie made a permanent move to the US, and in 1930, they were counted in the census and the city directory living at #4 Stone Court in Cambridge, MA.  Son Kenneth lived with them, and was an auto mechanic.  Annie’s mother Julia lived with them also.  The city directory for 1930 and 1931 includes “Por 3488W” in the entry.  That doesn’t seem to be an occupation, and I was not able to find out what that meant in the abbreviations section.  The next available directory was 1937, and while Kenneth was in Cambridge, James and Annie were not listed. 

I next found James in the 1940 Somerville MA city directory.  He was a watchman although no company name was listed, and they lived at 14 Howe. 

On 29 June 1942, James became a naturalized US citizen.  He was still living on Howe Street at that time. 

The Connecticut death index records that James S Hodges died 3 June 1957, in Torrington.  He was 81, married to spouse Annie.  Annie died 17 Jan 1966 in Brooklyn, Connecticut.  I do not have burial locations for them, and they are not in Find-A-Grave.


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