The Hodge Family
**The picture that is shown
on the "Photos" page was taken about 1860
Benjamin B. Hodge, who was generally
called Batchelder, married Mary
Smith, daughter of Nicholas
Smith.They had four children: a daughter
that died at birth, Nellie who died
when 12 years old, Minnie who married
Ed. Ridlon and went to Maine, John
who lived at home and had three children.
Neighbors remember the family as generally
being a large one, with relatives finding
shelter in time of bereavement or distress,
among them being Mrs. Hodge's Mother,
Ruth, widow of Nicholas Smith.
Hodges were great hunters and fishermen and
lived much by the gun and pole in addition
to what they raised on the farm in the usual
way of the times. Batcheldor Hodge
was a bee hunter and many pails of wild
honey was brought into the family pantry as
a result of his "lining" the bees.
photograph it shows Mr. and Mrs. Hodge,
John Hodge their son, and his daughter
Maude, who died shortly soon after
this photo was taken, standing on the front
doorstep of the Hodge House.
*From the Twentieth
Annual Excursion of Sandwich,NH