Name: Willis Aaron Hodges
Reference Number: 2849
Birth: 31 AUG 1812 in Reidsville, Tattnall Co GA
Military 19 JUN 1837 Pvt FL militia Indian War
Military 1 NOV 1837 GA militia Indian War
Military 5 JUL 1838 Pvt GA militia Indian War
Military 24 SEP 1840 2nd Lieu Indian War Camden Co GA
Census: 1850 Camden Co GA
Census: 1860 Charlton Co GA
Census: 1870 1870 United States Federal Census > Florida > Nassau > Not Stated
Census: 1880 Charlton Co GA
Death: 17 AUG 1886 in Moniac, Charlton Co. Ga
Burial: Canaday Cem. Moniac, Charlton Co GA
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Willis Aaron Hodges was the ancestor and progenitor of most all of the Hodges families that settled in Moniac, Charlto n County, Georgia, and the Northeast Florida area of Nassau and Duval County, Florida. Willis Aaron Hodges was born i n Tattnall Co., Georgia, Aug. l, 1812, son of William Hodges. He and his brother William R. Hodges came to Camden Coun ty as young men and married there (in the portion made into Charlton County in 1858). Willis A. married Feb. 23, 1843 , in Camden County, Georgia, to Mehalia Johns, born 1827, in Camden, County, Georgia, daughter of George Johns and hi s wife Anna. They had fifteen children, and were off to a good start of populating the surrounding counties of south G eorgia and northeast Florida.
Georgia Cherokee Land Lottery, 1832 about Brewton's
24th DISTRICT, THIRD SECTION, CHEROKEE
The history of Willis Aaron's life portrays him as a "rough and ready" frontier man. Mr. Hodges, an Indian fighter, se rved several enlistment's in the Indian War, as follows: Private in Capt. William Haddock's Company of Florida militia , June 19 to Dec.18, 1837; Private under 2nd Sgt. under Capt. Daniel N.Cone's Company of Georgia militia, July 5th to S ept. 14, 1838; 2nd Lieut. under Capt. H.E.W. Clark's Company, Camden County Militia, Sept. 24,1840, to May 29, 1841. H e served in the war under Capt. William C. Newbern's company of Georgia Militia, Nov. 1, 1837 to Jan. 25, 1838.
Mr. Hodges was cut out of Camden into Charlton County in it?s formation in 1854, and lived near the St. Marys River i n the Moniac section, which is situated on the border of Nassau County, Florida. The 1860 census shows his lands wer e valued at $600.00 and his personal property at $3,875.00, which made him among the wealthier in his county in that da y.
MUSTER ROLL OF CAPTAIN WILLIAM HADDOCK
Company of the First Regiment of Florida Volunteers Commanded by Col. John Warren received into services by Gen. Thoma s S. Jessup, Commander of the Army of the South, from the 18th day to the 19th day of December, 1837. All enrolled a t Jacksonville and had, traveled a distance of 70 miles to enroll.
1. William Haddock Captain
1. Robert Williams
1. DN Cone 2nd Lt.
1. William H. Williams 1st Sgt. *
2. Jonathon Turner2nd Sgt.
3. James Thompson 3rd Sgt.
4. Archabald Hogans 4th Sgt.
1. Isaac Harvey 1st Copl
2. Nimrod Robinson, 2nd. Corpl.
3. Benj. Oglesby, 3rd. Corpl.
4. James Hogans, 4th Corpl.
1. Samuel Russel, Mus. *
2. Isaac T. Williams, Mus,-.*
1. John Beasley
2. Hiram Bennett
3. William Barber *
4. Moses Barber
5. Natham Beasley *
6. Aldridge Braddock
7. Alexander Braddock *
8. Ephraim Conway
9. John Cqmbs
10. George Combs
11. John Canaday
12. Thomas D. Colding
13. Samuel Davis
14. Josiah Dobson
15. Thomas Davis
16. John Ennis
17. Giles J. B. Ellis J
18. John C. Green
19. John T. Green
20. Willis A. Hoge**
21. Harry Harrison
22. Isaac Hines
23. George Hisler
24. Samuel Hoges
25. Erick Johnson
26. Isaac Jernigan
27 Aron Jernigan
28. Gideon Slade 29. Riley Johns
30. John M. Johnson
31. Willoughby Mincy
32. Alexander McDonald
33. William Murry
34. Richard Murry
35. John Russell
36. Samuel Russell
37. Abner Sweat
38. William Sterlen
39. John Sauls
40. John Sikes
41. Samuel R. Sweat
42. Benj. Thomas
43. James Thomas
44. John Thompson ***
45. Charles Whitamore
46. Anderson Williams
47. Ruben Williams
48. William Williams * .
49. John D. Williams *
50. Garrett Vanzant
Signed by William Haddock, Capt.
and Jno H. Winder, Inspector and Muster
officer. These signatures are on file,
at the Huxford Genealogical Library.
** Shown both as Willis A. Hoges and
William Hoges. This is probably Willis
*** Substitute in Green's Co. now in
This same Co. also served an enlist-
ment from June 19, 1837 to Sept. 18, 1837.
On September 6, 1858, an interesting document revealing the methods of the early Charlton County Vigilantes" was signe d by 107 citizens of Charlton County and surrounding county, Willis Aaron Hodges name being one of them, who participat ed in the "first legal", or "near legal" hanging in Charlton County, Georgia. They were members of the "citizens court " that condemned to death and executed two Negro slaves, who, the document reveals, were self-confessed, brutal murdere rs. The story and the names of the citizens who took part in this is found in the book, "History of Charlton County" b y Alex. S. McQueen, on page 42. Many of our local family names are mentioned as participating in this gruesome inciden t, including Willis Aaron Hodges and Noah Newton Mizell. The citizens were said to have all placed their hands on th e rope that was used to hang the slaves, and according to Burke?s Law, ?You could not indite a whole people, thus the f irst legal hanging. Incidentaly, Willis Aaron Hodges and Noah Newton Mizell just happened to be the great, great grand fathers of Jean Hodges Mizell and husband, Dorman Mizell.
UPDATE: More information found on the story of the "First Legal Hanging in Charlton Co GA"
Soon after the formation of Charlton County, a white man was murdered and although evidence later pointed strongly towa rd another white man, two Negroes were accused. A resolution calling for their execution was signed by the majority o f the county's white adult population, including Sylvester Lyons. The Negroes were summarily hanged while the courts an d peace officers stood aside.
It has been said that later findings that could possibly clear the Negroes caused Mr. Lyons to seek a spiritual re-awak ening and he soon experienced a call to the ministry. A staunch Primitive Baptist, he began to minister to the citizen s of the area and soon had a sizable congregation in the Burnsed School across the river in Baker County. He and his so n "Mid" sawed the lumber and helped erect the present Oak Grove-Burnsed Church.
Ref: "Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia", Vol. VII, pg. 196, 197 & 198.
1860 Federal Census, Charlton Co GA. 1880 Federal Census Charlton Co, GA
"Charlton County Georgia Historical Notes - 1972", pg. 405 & 406.
"History of Charlton County", by Alex. S. McQueen, pg. 42-46.
In March 1851, Willis Aaron Hodges was appointed guardian of Clarky, Margret Jane, and James Montgomery after the deat h of thier mother Sarah, according to Camden Co. Ga. Court Records.
In the 1860 Federal Census, Charlton County, Georgia, Willis A. Hodges was listed living at Traders Hill, Charlton Co. , Georgia, he was listed as a farmer. It listed his father as being born in Virginia and his mother born in Georgia.
The first wife died about 1880, Mr. Hodges married Mrs. Basheby Gainey, said to be a Cherokee Indian, born Jan.10, 1845 , in Ware County, died in Charlton County, Georgia, Nov. 3, 1931. Two children were born by her. She was listed in 18 60 census of Charlton County as Bathsheby Heath, age 18 years, also Rachel M. Heath, age 6 years, Henry Heath, age 3 ye ars, and John Heath, age 10 months; all living in the household of Henry Gainey with wife Olive, ages 50 and 56 years r espectively. She later married Henry Gainey, Jr., born 1840, was killed in battle of Sottsylvania, Va. May 1864.
Willis Aaron Hodges died Aug. 7, 1886, age 74 years, only a few months after the birth of his 17th child. He was burie d in Canaday Cemetery near Moniac, Georgia. In 1890, his widow married David Rowell, 1824 - 1902. She had one son, Spe ncer M. Rowell, b. 1891, by David Rowell. She died Nov. 3, 1931, and was buried by Mr. Rowell in Emmeus Cemetery near S t George, Georgia.
His seventeen children settled in Charlton County, Georgia and much of the Hilliard and Callahan, Nassau County sectio n of Florida and beyond.
Father: William Henry Hodges b: 19 JUN 1770 in Kinston, Lenoir NC
Mother: Ann Blitch b: ABT 1780 in Effingham County, Ga
Mahalia Johns b: 17 FEB 1827 in Camden Co GA
23 FEB 1843
in Camden Co. Ga
- Anna Hodges b: 2 NOV 1843 in Moniac Camden Co GA
- George Washington Hodges b: 29 NOV 1845 in Moniac, Camden Co GA
- William J. Hodges b: 1848 in Moniac, Camden Co GA
- Elihu Hodges b: 8 NOV 1849 in Moniac, Charlton Co GA
- Willis Alexander Hodges b: 8 NOV 1852 in Moniac, Camden Co GA
- John (Doc) Hodges b: 8 AUG 1854 in Moniac, Charlton Co GA
- James B. Hodges b: 11 APR 1856 in Moniac, Charlton Co GA
- Senova Hodges b: 7 FEB 1858 in Moniac, Charlton Co GA
- Andrew Jackson Hodges b: 19 APR 1858 in Moniac, Charlton Co GA
- Daniel R. Hodges b: 3 AUG 1861 in Moniac Charlton Co GA.
- Nathaniel Hodges b: 3 MAY 1863 in Moniac, Charlton Co GA.
- Emily Hodges b: 9 FEB 1864 in Moniac, Charlton Co GA
- John Joshua Hodges b: 1867 in Nassau Co FL
- Mary Elizabeth Hodges b: 1868 in Nassau Co FL
- Martha Hodges b: 8 NOV 1870 in Nassau Co FL
Basheba Heath b: 10 JAN 1845 in Ware County, Ga
in Charlton Co GA
in (AFN: 5C11-GK)
- Joel Lee Hodges b: 19 APR 1884 in St. George, Charlton County, Ga
- Grover Cleveland Hodges b: 31 JAN 1886 in Moniac Charlton Co GA