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Nicholas and Esther (Wines) Hodgdon, was bap-
tized in Hingham, September 6, 1643. He removed
with his father to Newton and Kittery. He settled
in Portsmouth, and afterward resided in Newcastle,
New Hampshire, where he died in 1716. He mar-
ried, about 1666, Ann Thwaits, daughter of Alex-
ander and Anne Thwaits, of Portsmouth. Alexan-
der Thwaits came to America from London in the
ship "Hopewell." The children of this marriage
were : Alexander, John, Elizabeth, Nathaniel and
Rebecca. After the death of her husband Anne
Hodgdon lived in Boston, where she joined the
Brattle Street Church. (An account of John and
his descendants is found farther along in this nar-

(III) Alexander, eldest child of Jeremiah and
Ann (Thwaits) Hidgdon, was a soldier in the old
fort of William and Mary, at Newcastle, 1708. He
was taxed in Portsmouth in 1713, and in Green-
land 1714. He bought an extensive tract of land
near Welchman's Cove, in Newington, where he
subsequently lived. He married, as early as 1716,
Jane Shackford.

(IV) John, son of Alexander and Jane (Shack-
ford) Hodgdon, was born in 1708, and resided in
Newington. He married, January 30, 1729, Mary
Decker, born in 171 1, daughter of John and Sarah
Decker, of Newington. Their eleven children, all
born there, were: Jane, John (died young), Mary,



Phineas, Temperance, Charles, John, Hannah. Ben-
jamin, Sarah and Joseph.

(V) Charles, third son and sixth child of John
and Mary (Decker) Hodgdon, was born in New-
ington, in 1740, and baptized October 18, 1741.
When a j'oung man he resided in Portsmouth for
a time, and some of his children were born there.
In 1768 he settled in Barnstead, locating on the old
Province road, and erected the first two-story dwell-
ing house in that town. He was prominent in both
political and religious affairs, serving as a selectman
and representative to the legislature, acted as a jus-
tice of the peace, and was a deacon in the church
for many years. His death occurred in Barnstead,
March 22, 1817. While living in Newington, on De-
cember 12, 1765, Charles Hodgdon married Mrs.
Hannah Dennett, widow of Charles Dennett, of
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and daughter of
Hatevil and Hannah Nutter, of Newington. She
was born in 1743, and died November 19, 1790,
aged fifty-one years. After her death he married
Abigail Thyng. of Brentwood, New Hampshire,
who died March 29, 1830, aged eighty-three years.
His children, all born in Portsmouth, by his first
wife, were: Elizabeth, Benjamin, Olive, Nancy and

(VI) Benjamin, second child and older son of
Charles and Hannah (Nutter) (Dennett) Hodgdon,
was born in Portsmouth, June 28, 1768, and died
June 6, 1849. The greater part of his life was spent
in Barnstead, where he was a hotel keeper and
trader, and one of the foremost public men in all
that region. He held many public offices, both town
and county, was justice of the peace and quorum,
■deputy sheriff, town clerk from 1787 to 1800, and
representative to the general assembly in 1810-11.
His famous old hostelry on the Province road was
known far and wide as the Hodgdon House, while
■"the genial manners and warm hospitality of him-
self and his most estimable wife gained for them
a large share of the public patronage. They con-
tinued in this business until the infirmities of age
obliged them to seek a more quiet life." In Sep-
tember, 1797, Mr. Hodgdon married Polh% daugh-
ter of Timothy and Mary Emerson. She was born
in Durham, New Hampshire, June 11, 1777, and
died July 15. 1858. Their children included Han-
nah, Abigail, Timothy E., Mary and Alexander.
(Mention of the last and descendants will be found
in this article).

(VII) Timothy E., third child and elder son of
Benjamin and Polly (Emerson) Hodgdon, was
born in the town of Barnstead, New Hamp^shire,
April 23, 1808, and died there October i, 1864.
During the early part of his business life he was a
merchant in Barnstead, but in 1849 he was drawn
to the Pacific coast by the "gold fever" so prevalent
throughout tlie country, and spent some time in the
promising gold fields of California; but unlike the
great majority of the many thousands who were
similarly attacked, Mr. Hodgdon accumulated a for-
tune and returned home a wealthy man. On Sep-
tember 28. 1830, he married Elizabeth Mary George,
daughter of Rev. Enos George. (See George VD.
She was born September 29, 1808, and died April,
1886. Their children : Mary, George, Hannah.
Charles A., Julia A., Lyman, Sophia, Jennie ^I.,
Lizzie, Enoch George, Benjamin and Emerson.
(Lyman and Enoch Cieorge receive mention in this

(VIII) Charles A., third child and eldest snn of
Timothy E. and Elizabeth Mary (George) Hodg-
don, was born in Barnstead. August 4, 1833, and
received his earlv education in the town schools.

He was brought up to farm work, but in 1854, when
he attained his majority, he went to California by
way of the Isthmus of Panama, and worked in the
"diggings" until 1865, when he returned to old
Barnstead and began farming on "Beauty Hill."
For about four years he drove stage from Barn-
stead to Rochester, New Hampshire. Mr. Hodgdon
was married twice. His first wife was Addie,
daughter of William and Charlotte (Langley')
Pierce. She bore her husband one son, who died
in infancy. His second wife' was Mary Ann Nut-
ter, widow of Samuel D. Nutter, and daughter of
Greenleaf and Fanny (Langley) Allen, a descend-
ant of Governor Samuel Allen, who in 1692 was a
merchant in London, England. He purchased the
Mason claim to the province of New Hampshire,
and in September, 169S, came to America and as-
serted his authority over that jurisdiction. In 1703
he entered upon the duties of his gubernatorial of-

(VIII) Lyman, fifth child and second son of
Timothy E. and Elizabeth Mary (George) Hodg-
don, was born in Barnstead, June 30, 1837. When
twelve years of age he went with his father to
California, returning in 1865 after a prosperous so-
journ in that "land of gold." In 1866 he married
and bought out an established meat market in Do-
ver, which he operated for some time. Selling his
Dover business he went to St. Louis, Missouri,
where in company with John Hayes, of Dover, he
ran a large restaurant which he later sold out to
Mr. Hayes. The next two years he was in busi-
ness in Province, Rhode Island, then returned to
Dover, where he again conducted a meat market. In
18S3 he went to the Isthmus of Panama and there
conducted a hotel and eating house for the English
and American canal employes. Here he contracted
the fever peculiar to that locality and died May 30,
1886. In his religious belief he was a Universalist.
He married, April 4, 1S66, Harriet Delaney, born
September 4, 1847, daughter of John Delaney, of
Dover, and reared one child.

(IX) Harry E., only child of Lyman and Har-
riet (Delaney) Hodgdon, was born in Dover, Jan-
uary 15, 1867. He attended the public schools until
fourteen years old, when he entered the office of the
Morning Star as an apprentice and learned the prin-
ter's trade. He was subsequently for a short time
employed in a shoe factor}-, but finding that occupa-
tion uncongenial he resumed his former calling, and
in 1897 established himself in the book and job
printing business at Dover, which he has ever since
conducted with gratifying success. He affiliates
with Moses Paul Lodge, Free and Accepted Ma-
sons, the Knights of Pythias Lodge, No. 184,
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and Ma-
jor Waldron Council. No. 989. Royal Arcanum. He
is a member of the LTniversalist Church. ]\Ir. Hodg-
don married Edith J. Johnson, daughter of George
B. and Angle P. Johnson, of Farmington, New
Hampshire. Mr. and Mrs. Hodgdon have one
daughter, Eileen J., born August 5. 1892.

(VIII) Enoch George, third son of Timothy E.
and Elizabeth M. (George) Hodgdon, was born in
Barnstead, INIarch 4. 1839. He prepared for college
in the public schools of Portsmouth, whither his
father had moved, and at the Phillips Andover Acad-
emy, and entered the freshman class at Dartmouth
College in March, 1858. During the winter vacations
of his college course in common with the majority
of his classmates he taught school in various places,
and in the autumn of 1S59 was the principal of the
Guildhall (Vermont) Academy. At the outbreak of
the Civil war he contemplated entering the Union



army immediately after graduation, and with that
purpose in view pursued a course of mihiary instruc-
tion under the late General Alonzo Jackman, the
professor of military science in Norwich University.
Soon after his graduation he was appointed by Gov-
■ernor Berry, of New Hampshire, a recruiting officer
at Portsmouth and Newmarket, with the assurance
that a commission would be the reward for his ser-
vices ; although he had enlisted a sufficient number
of recruits for the Fifth New Hampshire Volunteers
to have received a subaltern's appointment his name
was not among those to whom commissions were is-
sued. He then commenced the study of law with
the Hon. John S. H. Frink, at Portsmouth, which
he continued until May, 1862, when he was solicited
to assist in raising a company of the Ninth New
Hampshire Volunteers at Portsmouth ; this was soon
accomplished, but that regiment being already filled
upon the arrival at the rendezvous, it was assigned
to the Tenth Regiment, and ordered to Garrison
-Fort Constitution until the completion of the latter
organization. Mr. Hodgdon was appointed first lieu-
tenant, his commission bearing date August 20, 1862.
In September the Tenth was attached to the First
Brigade, Third Division, Ninth Corps of the Army
of the Potomac. After the battle of Fredericksburg
the Ninth Corps was sent to Newport News, Vir-
ginia. While there Lieutenant Hodgdon was at-
tacked with pleuritic fever, and upon the advice of
the attending surgeons resigned, February 13, 1863.
Returning to New Hampshire, for several months
his life was in jeopardy from the effects of the
■disease contracted in the service. Partially recover-
ing, he was appointed, January 2, 1864, by President
Lincoln, second lieutenant in the Veteran Reserve
Corps, and assigned to staff duty in the Department
of the Tennessee, organizing colored troops. He
participated in the operations in northern Georgia
and around Atlanta in the summer of 1864. Early
in September of that year he was transferred to the
Department , of the Missouri, and became aide-de-
-camp upon the staff of Brevet Major-General
Thomas Ewing, Jr., and as such took part in the
■campaign which resulted in driving out of Missouri
the Confederate forces under General Sterling Price.
He was promoted to the rank of captain, November
4, 1864; was recommended for a colonelcy of colored
troops by the board of examiners at St. Louis in
January, 1865, and was appointed January 24, 1865,
lieutenant-colonel of the One Hundred and Tnirteeth
United States Infantry, but declined the appointment.
He acted as judge advocate of the general court mar-
tial and military commission at St. Louis from Jan-
uary until May, 1865, when he was ordered to
Gallop's Island. Boston harbor, to assist in mustering
■ out of the United States service the Massachusetts
Volunteers. March 29, 1866, he re'signed his military
commission, resumed the study of law, and was ad-
mitted to the bar of New Hampshire, October, 1866;
he entered practice at Portsmouth, and at once at-
tained a prominent position at the Rockingham bar
and a lucrative practice. In politics he was a
Democrat, and his party honored him in many ways.
He was appointed solicitor for the years 1874-75-76,
and was representative in the New Hampshire
legislature 1875-76-1887-89, and' mayor of the city of
Portsmouth from August, 1887, to August, 1889.
In all these positions he served his part:^'faithfully
and zealously, and in the house of representatives
he acquired a reputation as a deep and logical thinker
and a keen and invasive debater. He allied himself
with the Grand Army of the Republic when that
.organization was iirst started, and always took a
igreat interest in its affairs. In that order he filled

many positions of honor and trust, having served as
cunmiander of Post 1 of Portsmouth in 1880, ad-
jutant general of the department of New Hampshire
for the year 1885, member of the National Encamp-
ment at Portland, Maine, June, 1885, judge ad-
vocate in 1886-87, junior vice-commander m 1889-90.
In secret societies he was also prominent, having
been elected, October, 1885, by the New Hampshire
Grand Lodge of Knights of Honor, grand dictator
of New Hampshire, and was also a leader in the
Order United American Mechanics.

Always a great reader, Mr. Hodgdon turned his
attention to local history and genealogy about 1880,
and soon became fascinated with these subjects,
giving all his leisure time to their study. As a
result he attained high rank among the genealogists
of the country, and was commissioned to write the
genealogy and history of the Shannon family in
America, to which work he devoted the spare mo-
ments of a busy career, and succeeded in producing
one of the most succinct and readable family histories
ever compiled in this country, "a monument of
patient research and intelligent and faithful study."
He also compiled histories of the Vaughn, Ambrose,
and Ayres families of New England. As a local his-
torian hp was well known, and his work of editing
"Adams's Annals" for the Portsmouth Journal and
his copious notes and annotations in relation to the
same aroused much interest during their publication.
The greater part of his work in the historical field
was published in the Journal, and by his death it
lost a valuable and faithful correspondent — one
whose -contributions needed no verifications, and
whose facts were never questioned.

He married, December 19, 1867, Mary Emma
Webster, who died March 21, 1877, only daughter
of Roswell W. and Sarah B. Webster, of Portsmouth.
Of this marriage were born four children : Bertha,
Mabel, Georgie Alice and Edith, the two last named
dying in infancy. Bertha,, born August 21, 1868,
received her education in the public schools of Ports-
mouth and at Wellesley College, graduating from
the high school in 1887, and from Wellesley in 1891.
She rendered valuable aid to her father in his liter-
ary labors, and also designed and drew the plans
of the spacious and handsome home her father built
in Portsmouth. She married Cyril E. Jackson, a
stock broker, of Portsmouth, who was born in Port-
land, Maine, 1868, son of Cyril E. aiid Mary (Wey-
man) Jackson, of Portland. Mabel, born September
12, 1872, graduated from the_ Portsmouth high school
in the class of 1890. She married,, June, 1898, Fred
Hatch, and resides in Portsmouth. They have one
daughter, Helen Mabel, born 1905.

(VII) Alexander, son of Benjamin and Polly
(Emerson) Hodgdon, w-as born in Barnstead, New
Hampshire, April 8, 181 1, and died in Greenland,
May 3, 18 — . He was a farmer and stone mason,
and lived nearly all his life in Greenland. He was a
respected citizen, and filled the offices of school
committee and selectman. He married Sarah Abby
Walker, daughter of Captain William S. Walker.
The children of this union were : Elizabeth, Sulden,
Olive, Louise, Alexander, Charles, Sarah, William
A., Ephraim, Helen, Anna, Manning and Ellsworth.

(VIII) William Augustus, eighth child and
fourth son of Alexander and Sarah A. (Walker)
Hodgdon, was born in Portsmouth, December 9,
1848. He received his education in the common
schools of Portsmouth, and at Greenland Academy,
and subsequently began to learn the carpenter's trade
with Moses Yeaton, and completed his apprentice-
ship in New York City. In 1874 he returned to
Portsmouth, and formed a partnership with Yeaton



& Son. In 1880 he began contracting and building
on his own account, and has since been successfully
engaged in that employment. He has given con-
siderable attention to public questions and
has lilled various otificcs. He has been coun-
cilman, president of the council and alderman of
Portsmouth, representative in the state legislature,
and for fifteen years past a trustee of the public
library of Portsmouth, and is also ex-president of
the Mechanics' Fire Association, and of the Mercan-
tile Library Association. He is popular in fraternal
societies and clubs, and is a member of numerous
organizations. He is pastmaster of St. Andrews
Lodge, Free and Accepted ]\lasons ; Royal Arch
Chapter; Comniandery, Knights Templar; member
of Piscataquog Lodge, Indenendent Order of Odd
Fellows ; past president of the Sons of the Ameri-
can Revolution ; member of the Warrick and Coun-
try Clubs; and the Pepperell Society. He married
(first), April 20, 1874, Clara A. Yeaton, who was
born in Portsmouth, and died April 16, 1885, daugh-
ter of Yeaton, of Portsmouth; and (second),

September 23. 1892, Clara L Randall, daughter of

Randall, of Portsmouth. One child, Ethel,

was born of the first marriage.

(HI) John, second son and child of Jeremiah,
and Anne (Th waits) Hodgdon, was born in New-
ington or Portsmouth, and died probably in 1736.
He married Hilary Hoyt, and they had children :
Jeremiah and John.

(IV) John (2), second son and child of John (i)
and Mary (Hoyt) Hodgdon, was born in Newington
in 1708, and died about 1793. He was married Janu-
ary 30, 1729, to Mary Decker, daughter of John and
Sarah Decker, of Newington. Their eleven children
were : Jane, John (died young), Mary, Phineas, Tem-
perance, Charles, John, Hannah, Benjamin, Sarah and

(V) Benjamin, ninth child of John (2) and Alary
(Decker) Hodgdon, was born in Newington, May
20, 1750, and died March i, 1823, aged sevent}- three.
In January, 1776, he signed the Association Test,
which was posted for three Sundays before the meet-
ing house door at Newington. November 5, 1775,
he joined Captain Nicholas Rawlins company at
Kittery Point. His name appears in the muster and
pay roll of Colonel Evans' and Colonel Badger's
regiments, and also among the names of privates of
Captain Stephen Hodgdon's company, and on the
roll of Colonel Abraham Drake's regiment, which
was formed out of the regiment commanded by
General Whipple, and sent to reinforce the Northern
Continental army at Stillwater, September 8. 1777.
He married Rcsamond Coleman. Their children
were: Lydia, Ephraim, Benjamin, Alexander, Sally
and Temperance.

(VI) Ephraim, eldest son and second child of
Benjamin (i) and Rosamond (Coleman) Hodgdon,
was born in Newington, March 10, 1779, and died in
Portsmouth, May 18, 1-848, aged sixty-nine. Pie was
a farm laborer. He lived in Newington about three
years after he married, and then removed to Barn-
stead, where he resided about ten years, and then
removed to Portsmouth. He married Abigail
Thomas, and they were the parents of ten children :
Mary. Benjamin, Sarah, Louisa, Alexander, Selden
C, Obadiah M., John, Abigail P. and Ephraim.

(VII) Benjamin (2). eldest son and second child
of Ephraim and Abigail (Thomas) Hodgdon, was
born in Newington. May 20, 1805, and died in Ports-
mouth, September 8, 1894, aged eighty-nine. In early
life he performed farm labor for hire. In 1835 he
removed to Portsmouth, where he bought the farm
now occupied by his son Charles. He married, April

22, 1832, Hannah Foster Frye, who was born in.
Portsmouth, February 16, 1810, daughter of Isaac
and Rachel (Foster) Frye, of Portsmouth. She
died ]\Iay 13, 1886, aged seventy-six years. Their
children were : Augustus L., Hannah E., Lydia F.,.
Benjamin F., Henry C, Mary A. and Charles E.,
whose sketch follows.

(VIII) Charles Edward, youngest child of Ben-
jamin (2) and Plannah Foster (Frye) Hodgdon,.
was born in Portsmouth, October 27, 1848. He was
educated in one of the district schools of Ports-
mouth. He was employed on his father's farm until
he was nineteen years of age, and then engaged in
the ice business, which he has since successfully
carried on in connection with farming. In political
faith he is a Republican, and has taken an active
interest in public questions. He was councilman in
in 1877-78, alderman in 1895-96, and is now a mem-
ber of the Portsmouth board of education. In
Masonry he has attained the thirty-second degree,.
and is a member of the following divisions of that
order : St. Johns Lodge, No. 1 ; Ineffable Grand
Lodge of Perfection ; Grand Council Prince of
Jerusalem; New Hampshire Chapter of Rose Croix;
and New Hampshire Consistory of the Sublime
Princes of the Royal Secret. In Odd Fellowship
he is a member of Osgood Lodge, No. 48; Straw-
berry Bank Encampment, No. 5 ; Canton Senter,
No. 12; Patriarchs Militant; and Union Rebekah
Lodge No. 3. He is also a' member of the Massachu-
setts Society Sons of the American Revolution ; of
Ranger Section No. 17, of the Naval League of the
United States ; is president of the Paul Jones Club,
S. A. R. ; member of Strawberry Bank Grange, No.
251, Patrons of Husbandry; East Rockingham
Pomona Grange, No. 11, and of the State Grange.
He married (first), January 24, 1876, Martha J.
Locke, who was born in Rye, New Hampshire,
January 24, 1855, daughter of James and Hannah
Locke, of Rye. She died December 23, 1879, and he
married (second), November 30, 1882, Lillie Lewis
Robertson, born in Northfield, New Hampshire,
October 11, 1856, daughter of James Lewis and
Elizabeth Susan (Carter) Robertson. (See Robert-
son, V). The children by the second wife are: Cora
Elouise, born April 16, 1884; Mildred, November 12,
1887; Winifred, November 11, 1891; and Augusta,
who was born August 5, 1894, and died September
24, 1894. The family are all members of the ^Middle
Street Baptist Church, Portsmouth, ' New Hamp-
shire. Cora E. married, in 1904, Albert Forrest
Witham, and their children are : Edward Forrest,
born January 16, 1905, and Pearl Elouise, September
15, 1906.

(II) Benoni, third son and sixth child of Nicho-
las Hodsdon, the youngest child of his first wife,
Esther Wines, was baptized at Hingham, ]\Iassachu-
setts, December 5, 1647, after the death of his mother,
which occurred November 29, 1647. He moved with
his father to Boston, and later to Kittery, Maine.
He made his own home first at Quamphegon, now
Salmon Falls, New Hampshire ; the Indians made a
raid on the settlement, October 16, 1675, burned
his house, and killed several of the family. His
father gave him the homestead at Birchan Point,
South Berwick, on October 22, 1678. Benoni
Hodsdon was a prominent citizen of the part of
Kittery which is now Berwick, Maine, and was
selectman in 1692 and 1694, and representative in
1718, He was influential and energetic in church
work, and was one of the committee to locate the
meeting house in 1701. The name of Benoni
Hodsdon's wife was Abigail, daughter of Thomas
Curtis, of Scituate, Massachusetts, and York, Maine.




Their eight chikh-en were : Joseph, Sannicl, Thomas,
whose sketch follows; Hannah, Abigail, John, Esther
and Elizabeth. Benoni Hodsdon died in 1718.

(III) Thomas, third son and child of Benoni
and Abigail (Curtis) Hodsdon, was born at Kittery,
Maine, probably between 1680 and 1690. On De-
cember I, 1709, he married Mar}', daughter of Na-
than (2) and Martha (Tozier) Lord, and they had
four children : Anna and John, twins, Thomas,
■whose sketch follows, and Mary, born in 1717.
Thomas Hodsdon died early in the year 1717, prob-
ably not much past thirty years of age, and his
widow afterward married Daniel (2) Emery.

(IV) Thomas (2), second sou and third child
of Thomas and Mary (Lord) Hodsdon, was born

at Berwick, INIaine, in 1715. He married i\lary ,

and they had eight children: Thomas (3), whose
sketch follows ; Sarah, Eunice, Am}^ Mary, Daniel,
Jeremiah and Benjamin. Their home was at South
Berwick, Maine. The will of Thomas (2) Hodsdon
was dated June 3, 1774, and probated January 7,
1794, indicating that he lived to be nearly eighty
years of age.

(V) Elder Thomas (3), eldest child of Thomas
(2) and Mary Hodsdon, was baptized at
Berwick, Maine, June 10, 1739. He served twice
as a captain in the Revolutionary war. October 30,
1763, he married Margaret Goodwin, daughter of

James and JNIargaret (Wallingford) Goodwin, who
was baptized February 17, 1741-42. Elder Thomas
Hodsdon's will was dated April 16, 1816, and pro-
bated at Berwick, Maine, in June, 1818. He be-
, <iueathed to his two sons, Ebenezer and Ichabod,

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