John Henry C Hodges married Mary Jane Murphy 29 September 1866

John Hodges was born 7 April 1846, in Aylesford township, Kings County, Nova Scotia.  He was the ninth of 11 children of John Clear Hodges, an immigrant from County Cork, Ireland, and Rachel Parker, whose ancestors were Loyalists who went to Nova Scotia after the Revolutionary War.  The Hodges families were farmers and lived in the Morristown area near Berwick and Aylesford. 

On 29 September 1866, in Berwick, John married Mary Jane Murphy.  She had been born 8 December 1948 in Canaan, in Kings County, Nova Scotia, daughter of James Murphy and Susan Woodbury.  The record said that JHC Hodges was 21, a bachelor, farmer, born and living in Aylesford.  Mary Jane was 17, a spinster (obviously not a reference to her age), living in New Minas

In 1870, JHC Hodges sailed on the “Oriental” from Margaretville NS to Boston.     

The 1871 Canada census lists John H, of Irish descent, plus his wife, called Minnie in this record, plus their  three children:  Egbert Grant (born 22 March 1867), Aramenta (born 16 February 1869) and John born in February (18 February 1871).  John was a farmer. 

The 1881 census lists the same house hold of John H, Mary J, Egbert, Aramenta, and Frank.  The location was South Aylesford, which included Morristown, Millville, and other small communities. 

The 1891 census lists JH Hodges in Millville, with Mary, Egbert, Frank, and Aramenta. 

In 1892, a John Hodges merchant, sailed from Yarmouth NS to Boston.  The birth year matches this person.  In the 1890-1897 Nova Scotia directory, John H Hodges is listed as a farmer in Millville.  John and Mary Jane’s daughter Ariminta died 4 July 1895. 

In 1900, John H Hodges served as hog and cattle reeve, and inspector of apples, stock, and apple trees.  Reeves were appointed or elected to make sure that the stock did not run at large damaging gardens and crops.  The reeve could round up strays and hold them until the owner paid for damages, including the costs of holding the animals. 

The 1901 census lists John and Jane in Millville, living with their son Egbert, his wife Nancy, and their three children.  The family was Methodist.  The 1902 directory lists John H living with Egbert, a farmer in Millville.  Mary Jane died 29 July 1902 and is buried in the old section of the Morristown cemetery.  The 1907 directory lists John H Hodges as a farmer in Nicholsville.  He may have moved there from Millville, but it is also just as likely that the name of his neighborhood changed as the area was populated and boundaries changed. 

John was listed as a boarder with his son Egbert and family in 1911, in Millville.  John died 22 March 1929 in Millville, at age 83.  He had recovered from grippe but died four weeks later of no specific disease.  The record said he had resided there for his lifetime.  The informant was Edgar Hodges, son (should be Egbert).  John was buried at Morristown. 

The headstone has Mary Jane, wife of John H. Hodges, and a blank place above her name where his would be expected to be added.  Since the death record says he was buried at Morristown, he is probably with Mary Jane, even though the name was not added to the headstone.  Named on the headstone is Lula Hodges who died 12 October in 1903. Another name on the headstone is Lewis Hodges, Feb 1896 – 12 Aug 1896.  These may be his grandchildren, but I’m not sure who their parents are.

The Kings County probate record for John names his heirs as his son Egbert, his son Frank (the name his son John used) and his grandson Irving, (probably the person I have listed as Egbert’s son Ervin Waldo Hodges.)  John had other grandchildren, so this list is not a complete list of his heirs.


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