This history centers on one line of descendants from George Hodgson (1700/1-1774) and his wife, Mary Thatcher, who were pioneer settlers of what is now Guilford County, North Carolina. For reasons that become apparent as the story unfolds, I have come to call him Orphan George, to set him apart from the host of George Hodgsons before and after.
Growing up in Ohio, I knew nothing of the North Carolina connection or of our Quaker roots, both of which continued with my great-grandfather in his relocation to the North after the Civil War. In my own genealogy presented here, I begin with him, Joshua Pleasant Hodson, and move back, generation by generation, through George and Mary before offering a plausible ancestry to the 1500s in Cumbria, England.
In addition to Joshua, I present research related to other Quaker Hodgsons in Colonial America – especially the illustrious Robert Hodgson, who arrived on the legendary ship The Woodhouse. Despite published claims to the contrary, there is no evidence of his being related to the Guilford County Hodgsons, who later often spelled the name Hodgin and Hodson as well. Still, those claims prompted a thorough investigation in a biography that deserves to be expanded. In time, we may also discover connections to some of the other lines that I present here to aid future researchers, however it goes.
The postings, generation by generation, in effect create serialized books — one of my direct Hodson/Hodgin/Hodson line, another of my paternal grandmother’s largely Dunker/Brethren roots, and a third of Robert Hodgson. I hope you find these interesting and helpful.
In making this work public, I hope to in some way repay the many generous and patient researchers who shared their information or collaborated in the ongoing investigation. I hope, too, that you find it informative and engaging.
For biographical information about me and my other interests, please go to Jnana’s Red Barn.