Concord

Concord Friends Meeting was set off from Centre.  I was surprised to find my great-great-grandparents were buried here, but then located their residence nearby. Apparently, the family had moved up Polecat Creek over time.

Concord Friends Meeting was set off from Centre. I was surprised to find my great-great-grandparents were buried here, but then located their residence nearby. Apparently, the family had moved up Polecat Creek over time.

Edward R. Murrow

Broadcast journalism pioneer Edgar R. Murrow was born to a Quaker family at Centre, North Carolina. His mother was a Hodgin.

Broadcast journalism pioneer Edward R. Murrow was born to a Quaker family at Centre, North Carolina. His mother was a Hodgin. The Murrows were one of three families at Murton in Lamplugh, Cumbria, but for now I have no idea whether that line leads to Centre. Hodgsons were also in Murton, and I believe it’s the line that leads to Centre.

Chester County

The Brinton house, now a museum, exudes classic Chester County charm. The line married some of my Thatcher relations.

The William Brinton house, now a museum, exudes classic Brandywine charm in the heart of Chester County, Pennsylvania. The line married some of my Thatcher relations, as well as the Wyeths.

From the side.

From the side, showing a bit of the grounds. My Hodgsons moved from this locale to the frontier in what’s now Adams County before leaping again as pioneers to the Piedmont country of North Carolina.

Classic fireplace.

Classic fireplace.

A better look at the corner.

A better look at the corner, including a bit of the windows.

Quaker Plainness did not imply drabness. It often led to simple elegance.

Quaker Plainness did not imply drabness. It often led to simple elegance.

London Grove

London Grove Friends meetinghouse is a large, lovely structure. George and Mary (Thatcher) Hodgson lived nearby, before relocating to what is now Adams County.

London Grove Friends meetinghouse is a large, lovely structure. George and Mary (Thatcher) Hodgson lived nearby, before relocating to what is now Adams County. Robert and Sarah Hodgson were also in the general vicinity.

Quaker settlement in Piedmont North Carolina before the Revolutionary War came largely from Chester County. London Grove was one meeting that fed into the stream southward.

Quaker settlement in Piedmont North Carolina before the Revolutionary War came largely from Chester County, Pennsylvania, halfway between Philadelphia and Baltimore. London Grove was one meeting that fed heavily into the stream southward.

Beginning with John Hodgson of Murton

Around the last years of the reign of Henry VIII, a baby born in the northwestern corner of England was given the name John Hodgson. He was hardly the only one of this name, for Cumbria and Durham to the east were already rife with Hodgsons โ€“ a surname that within a century would fill the parish books with more than 20 variant spellings, many of them continuing to the present. But he was the only one destined to work a particular piece of land he would own, a property of less than 50 acres in the township of Lamplugh, a hamlet or farm called Murton.

We cannot be certain when he was christened John Hodgson, for the Lamplugh parish records do not begin until 1582, even though the church there dates from the 12th century.

Situated in the northwest corner of England, Cumbria is a region encompassing the historic shires, or counties, of Cumberland (with Carlisle and Cockermouth its principal cities) and Westmorland. Its parish records from the late 1500s and through the 1600s make one thing quite clear: there was a multitude Hodgsons in Cumbria, including many John Hodgsons. The name itself appears in a number of variants, including Hodgeon, Hodgeshon, Hodgeson, Hodgesoun, Hodggin, Hodgheson, Hodghn, Hodghon, Hodghson, Hodgin, Hodgon, Hodgshon, Hodshon, and Hodson. Even in Lamplugh Parish, the proliferation of Hodgsons proves difficult. Sorting for a locator, such as โ€œof Murton,โ€ narrows the field, but I was at a loss to understand exactly what exactly was involved, much less whether other relative individuals were being excluded as a consequence.

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