Hodges, Thomas

Thomas Hodges Rev
b: Abt. 1783
d: 18 Apr 1847
Biography
Curate of Charmouth.

Thomas Hodges was curate in charge of Charmouth between 1818 and 1827 when Audain, the Rector, went to the West Indies.
He and his family lived in Lutrell House opposite the Church. There is a humorous story about his wife who got her brandy cheap from the smugglers then infecting the coast. The Excise officers lived at the bottom of the village. Their Chief wrote to the Rev. Hodges saying that he was coming down for a few days as he had work to do down there. Mrs Hodges got very anxious thinking he had heard of the brandy, But she knew well and trusted the excise officers house keeper, so she consulted her and when suggested the incriminating bottles should be put in a cupboard in the excise officers own house, as the last place he would suspect. This was agreed to Mrs Hodges brought down the bottles hidden in the vast muff fashionable at the time" Thomas appears as Curate in 1819 in a Report on a Day school for 26 Pupils and a Sunday School for 36 Pupils, one of which was supported by voluntary subscription.

In 1831 He bought Berne Farm, near Charmouth with an estate called Norchard at Stanton St. Gabriel and settled it on the marriage of his only surviving child, Elizabeth on her marriage to the Rev. Thomas Bennett Edwards, Vicar of Saltash, Cornwall.

Thomas was a great friend of Mary Anning and acted as Agent for her in selling her finds. The following story is told when in 1835 she gave him a letter detailing her recent discoveries which he showed to his friend Adam Sedgwick in Cambridge There was first ''a perfect ichthyosaurus about four feet and half long. and he negotiated her sales to him. He died in 1847, aged 64 at Charmouth and was buried in the Graveyard. There is an impressive marble memorial in the church to both him and his wife, Maria.

Facts
  • Abt. 1783 - Birth -
  • 27 Apr 1847 - Burial - ; Charmouth, Dorset, England
  • 18 Apr 1847 - Death - ; Charmouth, Dorset, England
  • 1818-1827 - Occupation - Curate of Charmouth as noted here: https://www.freshford.com/Hodges%20-%20Rev.htm
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MThomas Hodges Rev
BirthAbt. 1783
Death18 Apr 1847Charmouth, Dorset, England
Marriageto Maria
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Thomas Hodges Rev
BirthAbt. 1783
Death18 Apr 1847 Charmouth, Dorset, England
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PARENT (F) Maria
BirthAbt. 1794Saltash, Cornwall, England
Death27 May 1871 Charmouth, Dorset, England
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FMarianne Elizabeth Hodges
Birth1813Lambeth, Surrey, England
Death26 Mar 1882Churchstile, Bovey Tracey, Devon
Evidence
[S681510962]England, Select Dorset Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1999
[S682555845]Dorset, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-2010
[S683165963]UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current
[S681421953]England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858