Here, for quick reference, is a chart of my direct ancestry:
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- Generation One: John Hodgson ( -1625) and (undetermined) ( – )
- Generation Two: Robert Hodgson (before 1581-1655) and Elizabeth Rogers ( – )
- Generation Three: John Hodgson (1631-1675) and Eliner (unknown) ( – )
- Generation Four: George Hodgson (1668-1710) and (unknown) ( -1710)
- Generation Five: George Hodgson (1701-1774) and Mary Thatcher (1712-1764)
- Generation Six: George Hodson (1737-1813) and Rachel Oldham (-)
- Generation Seven: William Hodson/Hodgin (1768-1849) and Diannah Saferight (1768-1852)
- Generation Eight: George Hodson/Hodgin (1797-1878) and Delilah Britton (also reported as Rayle or Hunt) (1794-1883)
- Generation Nine: Pleasant Hodson/Hodgin (1827-1908) and Eunice Ozbun (1834-1910)
- Generation Ten: Joshua Francis Hodson (1857-1930) and first, Josephine Jones (1867-1891); second, Alice McSherry (1865-1944)
- Generation Eleven: James Franklin Hodson (1900-1982) and first, Erma Ehrstine (1900-1972); second, Edna Hefflemfinger (1902-1994)
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Please note that the earliest posts on the Orphan George Chronicles are chapters of general Hodgson research notes intended as background information for other genealogists working the surname.
The chapters then shift to the illustrious Quaker minister Robert Hodgson (1626-1696) and his son, Robert (1670-1733), who are, unfortunately, no known relation to my line, despite numerous claims to the contrary. (There may, however, be some indirect influence through the younger Robert and his wife.) Nevertheless, their history is one that needs to be published, and what I present is, apart from Traci Hodgson’s ongoing work, the most complete biography to date. I hope it encourages others to fill in the gaps, especially before the Woodhouse voyage to the New World.
From there, I turn to the maternal lines in my Hodson lineage, beginning with my grandmother’s Ehrstines, who bring to the mix the history and ways of the Pennsylvania Dutch, especially as these relate to the Church of the Brethren and its Dunker or German Baptist Brethren roots, like the Quakers, one of the three historic Peace Churches in America. For now, the maternal lines continue through the Thatchers. Perhaps we’ll someday turn up the names of earlier Hodgson spouses.
Now that those are in place, I’ve turned to post my the straight Hodson/Hodgson male line. Let me emphasize that Generations One through Four are tentative findings and are being presented as more plausible connections than any of the alternatives yet published; my desire is to encourage other researchers to build on these materials.
If you’re related to any of these lines, feel free to add to the data or to challenge my interpretations or conclusions. And even if you’re not part of the family, here’s hoping you enjoy the story. It’s unlike any you were taught in your history classes.