Hodges's brothers, William Johnson and Willis, were living in Brooklyn, New York, when their father drafted a will late in 1843 and in it left his farm to Charles Hodges. Shortly after their father's death, Willis Hodges returned to Princess Anne County to live with his brother and mother and manage the family farm. In December 1844 Willis Hodges was accused of preaching abolitionist doctrines, and he and Charles Hodges were arrested on a disturbing the peace charge, but in the absence of evidence against them the county court dropped the charge.
Hodges's name does not appear in the pre–Civil War official marriage records for Princess Anne County, but in the mid-1840s he married Sarah Harmon, who may have been a widow with a son. They had at least two sons and two daughters before she died sometime in the 1860s. In February 1850 Hodges was swindled out of the property he had inherited from his father, of whose estate he was the executor. At that time he was paying taxes on two tracts containing altogether 143 acres of land worth more than $500. A local lawyer told him that he would not be able to recover it and would be better advised to leave the state. Under death threats early in 1851 Hodges and his family, including his mother and perhaps some of his younger siblings, joined his brothers in Brooklyn, where they lived until the mid-1860s. While there he worked for the post office and became a Baptist minister, as had both his brothers, and he joined them in taking part in public antislavery meetings. In August 1864 he presided at a meeting of African Americans that condemned a proposal to resettle freed women and children in New York because they were to be employed as servants.
During the 1870s Hodges married a second time. The 1880 census named his wife Lucretia, age fifty-five, but records do not indicate when or where they married or when she died. On September 25, 1888, Hodges, at the time a clergyman living in Princess Anne County, married Fannie E. Griffin, who was about forty-eight years old. They probably had no children, but the 1910 census recorded Clarence Burrough, age eleven, and Lloyd Hodges, age seven, living with them in Princess Anne County. Hodges died sometime after April 15, 1910, the official date of the decennial census, but the date of his death and place of burial are not known.
May 1819 - Charles E. Hodges is born in Princess Anne County, the son of free African Americans.
Mid-1840s - Charles E. Hodges and Sarah Harmon marry in Princess Anne County. They will have at least two sons and two daughters.
December 1844 - The abolitionist brothers Willis A. and Charles E. Hodges are arrested in Princess Anne County on a charge of disturbing the peace. The charges are dropped.
February 1850 - Charles E. Hodges is swindled out of property he inherited from his father and he is forced to move to Brooklyn, New York, the next year.
1860s - Sarah Harmon Hodges, the wife of Charles E. Hodges, dies.
August 1864 - Charles E. Hodges presides at a meeting of African Americans protesting one part of a plan to resettle free blacks in Brooklyn, New York.
March 1869 - The Norfolk County Court licenses Charles E. Hodges to perform marriages.
July 6, 1869 - Charles E. Hodges wins election to the House of Delegates, representing Norfolk County.
1870s - Charles E. Hodges and a woman named Lucretia marry. It is Hodges's second marriage.
June 29, 1870 - Charles E. Hodges votes against a motion to require segregation in the public schools.
May 22, 1873 - Charles E. Hodges wins election to a three-year term as a justice of the peace in Norfolk County.
September 25, 1888 - Charles E. Hodges and Fannie E. Griffin marry. It is Hodges's third marriage.
April 15, 1910 - Charles E. Hodges is counted in the federal census. He dies on an unknown date afterward.
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Tarter, B., & the Dictionary of Virginia Biography. Charles E. Hodges (1819–after April 15, 1910). (2019, July 3). In Encyclopedia Virginia. Retrieved from http://www.EncyclopediaVirginia.org/Hodges_Charles_E_1819-after_April_29_1910.
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First published: February 26, 2019 | Last modified: July 3, 2019