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  • Name: Willis Aaron Hodges
  • Suffix: SIW
  • Reference Number: 2849
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 31 AUG 1812 in Reidsville, Tattnall Co GA
  • Event: Military 19 JUN 1837 Pvt FL militia Indian War
  • Event: Military 1 NOV 1837 GA militia Indian War
  • Event: Military 5 JUL 1838 Pvt GA militia Indian War
  • Event: 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
  • Note:

    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 Henry Hodges and Ann Blitch. He and his brother William R. Hodge s came to Camden County as young men and married there (in the portion made into Charlton County in 1858). Willis A. m arried Feb. 23, 1843, in Camden County, Georgia, to Mehalia Johns, born 1827, in Camden County, Georgia, daughter of G eorge Johns and his wife Anna. They had fifteen children, and were off to a good start of populating the surrounding c ounties of south Georgia and northeast Florida.

    Georgia Cherokee Land Lottery, 1832 about Brewton's
    Willis Hodges

    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 Wars, as follows: Private in Capt. William Haddock's Company of Florida militi a, June 19 to Dec.18, 1837; Private under 2nd Sgt. under Capt. Daniel N. Cone's Company of Georgia militia, July 5th t o Sept. 14, 1838; 2nd Lieut. under Capt. H.E.W. Clark's Company, Camden County Militia, Sept. 24,1840, to May 29, 1841 . He 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.


    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 at J acksonville and had, traveled a distance of 70 miles to enroll.

    1. William Haddock Captain
    Sampson (Negro)
    1. Robert Williams
    Tom (Negro)
    1. DN Cone 2nd Lt.
    1. William H. Williams 1st Sgt. *
    2. Jonathon Turner 2nd Sgt.
    3. James Thompson 3rd Sgt.
    4. Archibald Hogan?s 4th Sgt.
    1. Isaac Harvey 1st Corpl.
    2. Nimrod Robinson, 2nd. Corp.
    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. Nathan Beasley *
    6. Aldridge Braddock
    7. Alexander Braddock *
    8. Ephraim Conway
    9. John Combs
    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.

    *-absent., sick
    ** Shown both as Willis A. Hoges and
    William Hoges. This is probably Willis
    A. Hodges.

    *** Substitute in Green's Co. now in
    the field.

    This same Co. also served an enlist-
    ment from June 19, 1837 to Sept. 18, 1837.

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    Georgia Colonial and Headright Plat Index

    Hodges, W. A.
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    Hodges, W. A.
    Last Name
    First Name
    W. A.
    Number of Acres
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    Record ID
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    Georgia Colonial and Headright Plat Index, 1735-1866
    Abbe, Mary H.
    R. J. Taylor, Jr., Foundation and The Georgia Archives.
    Georgia Colonial and Headright Plat Index

    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 are found in the book, "History of Charlton County " by Alex. S. McQueen, on page 42. Many of our local family names are mentioned as participating in this gruesome inci dent, including Willis Aaron Hodges and Noah Newton Mizell. The citizens were said to have all placed their hands on t he rope that was used to hang the slaves, and according to Burke?s Law, ?You could not indite a whole people, thus th e first legal hanging. Incidentally, Willis Aaron Hodges and Noah Newton Mizell just happened to be the great, great g randfathers of Jean Hodges Mizell and husband, Dorman Mizell.

    UPDATE: More information found on the story of the "First Legal Hanging in Charlton Co GA" as follows:

    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 their 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 Spotsylvania, 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 Emmaus 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.

    Submitted by Jean Hodges Mizell
    Feb. 7, 2015
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  • Change Date: 7 FEB 2015

    Father: William Henry Hodges b: 19 JUN 1770 in Kinston, Lenoir NC
    Mother: Ann Blitch b: 1775 in Effingham County, Ga

    Marriage 1 Mahalia Johns b: 17 FEB 1827 in Camden Co GA
    • Married: 23 FEB 1843 in Camden Co. Ga
    1. Has Children Anna Hodges b: 2 NOV 1843 in Moniac Camden Co GA
    2. Has Children George Washington Hodges b: 29 NOV 1845 in Moniac, Camden Co GA
    3. Has Children William J. Hodges b: 1848 in Moniac, Camden Co GA
    4. Has Children Elihu Hodges b: 8 NOV 1849 in Moniac, Charlton Co GA
    5. Has Children Willis Alexander Hodges b: 8 NOV 1852 in Moniac, Camden Co GA
    6. Has Children John (Doc) Hodges b: 8 AUG 1854 in Moniac, Charlton Co GA
    7. Has Children James B. Hodges b: 11 APR 1856 in Moniac, Charlton Co GA
    8. Has Children Senova Hodges b: 7 FEB 1858 in Moniac, Charlton Co GA
    9. Has Children Andrew Jackson Hodges b: 19 APR 1858 in Moniac, Charlton Co GA
    10. Has Children Daniel R. Hodges b: 3 AUG 1861 in Moniac Charlton Co GA.
    11. Has Children Nathaniel Hodges b: 3 MAY 1863 in Moniac, Charlton Co GA.
    12. Has Children Emily Hodges b: 9 FEB 1864 in Moniac, Charlton Co GA
    13. Has Children John Joshua Hodges b: 1867 in Nassau Co FL
    14. Has Children Mary Elizabeth Hodges b: 1868 in Nassau Co FL
    15. Has Children Martha Hodges b: 8 NOV 1870 in Nassau Co FL

    Marriage 2 Basheba Heath b: 10 JAN 1845 in Ware County, Ga
    • Married: 1883 in Charlton Co GA
    • Event: Ref: in (AFN: 5C11-GK)
    1. Has Children Joel Lee Hodges b: 19 APR 1884 in St. George, Charlton County, Ga
    2. Has Children Grover Cleveland Hodges b: 31 JAN 1886 in Moniac Charlton Co GA
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