Descendants of George Hodgson
1. George HODGSON was born about 1704. He died before Aug 1774 in Guilford County, North Carolina. George married Mary Dicks/Dix THATCHER, daughter of Jonathan THATCHER and Hannah DICKS, on 21 Feb 1729 in Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware. Mary was born in 1709 in Birmingham, Chester County, Pennsylvania. She died about 1752 in Guilford County, North Carolina. Mary was a Quaker and she and George married without Chester Meeting approval, or the approval of their parents. Although both were disowned, their certificates were later sent from Chester Meeting to New Garden Meeting in North Carolina. George probably joined the faith after their marriage.
Four possible sets of parents are listed for George Hodgson in the Mormon Ancestral File: (1) John Hodgson, spouse unknown; (2) Robert and Sarah Hodgson; (3) Robert Hodson, spouse unknown; (4) John Hodson and Mrs. John Hodgson. There are several scenarios. Some say George Hodgson was born in Ireland in 1701, parents unknown. The information on the ancestry of George Hodgson is contradictory and needs more research.
Another scenario is the Hodgson family emigrated from
England to Ireland where they remained for 10-12 years and then embarked for
Philadelphia. During the voyage, all of the family except George died. He
was age nine when he arrived in America in 1710. It is thought he was
adopted into a Quaker family because his children were raised Quaker. He
apparently grew to manhood near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He lived most of
his married life in
Another scenario: George, eldest son of Robert II and
Sarah, was left no inheritance.
Family tradition asserts this was because he and his wife Mary Thatcher
eloped, they were married
In August 1774, the will of George Hodgens "of Center" was brought before Guilford County Court for probate. In it he mentions sons, George, Robert, Joseph and John; daughters, Sarah and Susannah and wife.
George and Mary had the following children:
2 M i. John HODGSON was born on 4 Aug 1731 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He died between 3 May and Nov 1804 in Guilford County, North Carolina. John's birth date could be 4 Oct 1731. On 27 July 1754 John stated his intention to marry Mary Mills, and was reported married 31 Aug 1754, at New Garden MM and in Guilford County, Mary was the daughter of Thomas Mills. John and Mary had 10 children. On 30 Mar 1790 John entered grant no. 2665 for 85 acres on Polecat Creek in Guilford County adjacent George Kirkman and David Jones. His will was dated 3 May 1804, and proved at the Nov Court in 1804.
ii. Sarah HODGSON
was born in 1733 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. She died5,6 on
31 Mar 1817 in
4 F iii. Susannah HODGSON was born in 1735 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. She died in 1782 in Guilford County, North Carolina and was buried in New Garden Cemetery, Guilford. Susannah married William Hiatt 20 Feb 1754 in Guilford.
5 M iv. Joseph HODGSON was born in 1737 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Joseph married Margaret Williams 30 Sep 1760 in Guilford County North Carolina.
6 M v. Robert HODGSON was born on 11 Mar 1739 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He died on 12 Apr 1813 in Guilford County, North Carolina. Robert married 1st Rachel Mills in 1764, Guilford, 2nd another Rachel Mills 1794, 3rd Sarah Pierson 3 Oct 1812, Guilford. Robert had 15 children, 12 by his first wife and 3 by his second wife.
+ 7 M vi. George HODGSON was born about 1740 and died in 1813.
7. George HODGSON (George) was born about 1740 in
The entry in the New Garden MM, Guilford County, North Carolina, says 1764,11,27 Rachel Oldham and George Hodgson, Jr., 2nd cousins, disowned married out of union (dis mou). This was through the Dicks family. George moved to North Carolina about 1751 when he was around seven years old.
Some of this information is from Dorothy Sifferd and Bill Denney.
George and Rachel had the following children:
8 M i. William HODGSON was born about 1765 in Guilford County, North Carolina. He died on 6 Feb 1849 in Guilford County. William married Diana Safewright about 1790, Guilford County. He signed his name Hodson on the deeds for land he purchased and sold. He may have had as many as 10 children.
9 F ii. Phebe HODGSON was born about 1770 in Guilford County, North Carolina. Phebe married Samuel Osborne 29 Apr 1790 at Center MM in Guilford.
10 M iii. Isaac HODGSON was born about 1780 in Guilford County, North Carolina. Isaac married Ann Fraizer 7 Mar 1804 at Center MM, Guilford.
iv. Ruth HODGSON
was born about 1785 in Guilford County, North Carolina. She died in May 1863
in Hamilton County, Indiana. She was living with her daughter Susanna in
married Matthew BENNETT, son of Moses BENNETT and Mary, 13 Aug 1801,
(bond) in Guilford County. Matthew was born about 1774 in Currituck County,
North Carolina. He died about 1814 in Guilford. The 1810 census for M.
Bennett, Guilford County, North Carolina, page 176, shows.
Ruth married 2nd Francis Hester son of Robert and Elizabeth Hester at Cherry
Grove Meeting House (MH), Wayne County, Indiana in Oct 1829.
Francis had been married first to Ruth's cousin Mary Hodgson daughter
of John and Mary (Mills) Hodson.
Ruth probably came to Indiana in 1827 at the same time as her
daughter Mary "Polly" (Bennett) Doherty, Mary's husband, William, and their
Francis Hester was b.13 Feb 1767, d.31Jan 1848, buried at Milford, Wayne County, Indiana.
12 F v. Mary HODGSON was born about 1784 in Guilford County, North Carolina. Mary married Obed Ward 26 May 1802 at Center MM, Guilford County.
vi. Zachariah HODGSON
was born about 1790 in Guilford County, North Carolina. He died in 1843 in
Green, Wayne County, Indiana. Zachariah
married Elizabeth”Betsy” DOHERTY, daughter of William DOHERTY and
Mary CHRISTOPHER, on 21 Feb 1811 in Guilford County. Elizabeth was born on
21 Feb 1793 in Guilford. She died in 1846 in Henry County, Iowa and was
buried in Cedar Creek Friends Cemetery. Betsy was the sister of William
Doherty who married Mary Bennett, the daughter of Ruth Hodgson and Matthew
Bennett. I am sure there are more children for this family but I haven't
found them yet. Zachariah is listed in the 1830 US Census Index for
5-18-1833 Zachariah received by request with permission of Center MM, North Carolina after being disowned by them. In 1841 Zachariah was disowned for drinking spirits to excess.
14 F vii. Susanna HODGSON was born on 4 Nov 1788 in Guilford County, North Carolina. Susanna married Aron Maris 30 Jan 1811 at Center MM, Guilford County.
15 F viii. Deborah HODGSON was born on 15 Mar 1789 in Guilford County, North Carolina. She died on 6 Nov 1872 in Pleasant Plain, Jefferson County, Iowa. Deborah married Jeremiah Mills 21 Jan 1808, Guilford County. They later moved 1st to Indiana and then to Iowa. Jeremiah (b.28 Jun 1784, Deep River, North Carolina-d.7 Aug 1854 in Madison County, Indiana) was the son of Amos and Elizabeth (Horn) Mills.
16 F ix. Rachel HODGSON was born about 1791 in Guilford County, North Carolina. Rachel married Soloman H. Mills in 1807.
17 M x. George HODGSON III was born on 2 Jan 1792 in Guilford County, North Carolina. He died on 4 Nov 1878 in Sumner Township, Guilford County and was buried in Center Friends Cemetery, Guilford. George III married Delila Hunt Rayle (b.10 Oct 1794-d.21 Nov 1889). Their children were Ruth, Henry, Absolom, Pleasant, Stephen P., Jamima, Rachel, Dianah, George IV, and William.
 Land Records-Rowan County deed book 5; 79
 Families with Mary Browning, The Hodgson-Hodson Family, Mary Browning is a member of the genealogical society of Guilford County, North Carolina, hereafter called Hodgson-Hodson Family, Mary Browning; "Early
 Encyclopedia of American Quakers by William Hinshaw hereafter called Encyclopedia of American Quakers, Vol. 1, page 546
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 2nd and 3rd MARRIAGES: Encyclopedia of American Quakers, Vol. 1, page 546; History of the Quaker Hodgson
 Rowan County deed bk. 5; 79)
 Ibid., 5; 180
 Linn, Jo White ,Abstracts of the Deeds of Rowan County, North Carolina a1753-1785, Vols, 1-10, 1983.
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 Power of Attorney," 12 Aug 1835. Guilford County Circuit Court, photocopy of microfilm pg. 555-556
 Abstracts of the Records of the Society of Friends in Indiana, Edited by Willard Heiss, hereafter called Abstracts of Quaker Records, part 4, pg 45
 Pictorial and Biographical Memoirs of Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana, Chicago, Goodspeed Brothers, Publishers 1893, page 84
 Abstracts of the Records of Quaker Records, Cherry Grove MM pg. 259; Hodgson-Hodson Family, Mary Browning
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 Abstracts of Records of Quaker Records, Wayne County, Indiana pgs. 159 and 160
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