Hodges, James, Sr. (ca. 1775–1846)

By: Dorcas Huff Baumgartner

Revised by: Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: June 21, 2022

James Hodges, Sr., member of DeWitt's Colony and a Consultation delegate, was born in Goochland County, Virginia, on June 11, 1775, the son of David and Martha (Price) Hodges. He lived for a time in Tipton County, Tennessee, and established the town of Portersville. His first wife, Lucinda Hudddleston, gave birth to at least two sons before 1810, but apparently she died during the next decade, and he married Edith Nobles in 1821. By 1830, his family numbered five, and he had prospered to the point of owning nine slaves.

Hodges arrived in Texas in April 1835, and in August of that year he purchased four leagues of land in the forks of the Guadalupe and San Marcos rivers near Gonzales from José María Salinas of San Antonio. He was elected (and served) as one of six delegates representing the Gonzales Municipality in the Consultation of November 1835. During the Texas Revolution he provided supplies to the Texas army; he and his family were part of the Runaway Scrape but later returned to Gonzales County. He served on the Board of Land Commissioners for Gonzales County in 1838. Hodges and his children built their homes on the Salinas land grant, where Hodges lived until his death on December 24, 1846. He was buried on his farm in what became known as the Hodges Family Cemetery. In the early 1990s a Texas Historical Commission marker was placed about a mile from his gravesite.

  • Agriculture
  • Farmers
Time Periods:
  • Mexican Texas
  • Texas Revolution
  • Republic of Texas
  • Central Texas

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Dorcas Huff Baumgartner Revised by Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell, “Hodges, James, Sr.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 26, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/hodges-james-sr.

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