NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
Jonathan Hodgson emigrated from England to Canada in 1818, accompanied by his wife, whose maiden name was Emerson, and his son Thomas. Locating first in La Cole, Canada, he engaged in farming, but he later removed to Clinton county, New York, where he found employment as an ore separator, and he followed that occupation until his death, which occurred in Clintonvile.
(II) Thomas, son of Jonathan Hodgson, was born at Durham, England, in 1902, and at the age of eighteen years came with his parents to Canada, as previously stated. Having had little or educational advantages in England, he made up for the deficiency by attending school in Champlain, N.Y., and he acquired a knowledge of the stone quarrying business. In early manhood he became associated with a Mr. Bowman, in operating a quarry at Isle La Motte, Vermont, Fiske Quarry, their first contract being for a large amount of stone for the Champlain Canal in Canada, and they transacted quite an extensive business. He subsequently formed a partnership with a Mr. Fiske, under the firm name of Fiske & Hodgson, and this concern furnished a considerable portion of the stone used in constructing the great Victoria Bridge, of the south piers, which spans the St. Lawrence river at Montreal.
Later in life Mr. Hodgson retired from business, and purchasing a farm at La Cole he thenceforward devoted his energies to cultivating the soil. He died at La Cole in 1879.
Thomas Hodgson married Margaret Peart, also a native of England, who emigrated with her parents at about the same time as did her husband.
She became the mother of ten children:
1. John P., mentioned below.
2. Jonathan, born in Peru, New York, April 15, 1827, married Margaret Cassells; is now (1910) engaged in mercantile business in Montreal.
3. Emerson, deceased.
4. David, born at Isle La Motte and is now (1910) residing at the homestead in La Cole.
8. Julia Ann.
9. Sarah, married George Armstrong.
(III) John P., son of Thomas and Margaret (Peart) Hodgson, was born in Peru, N.Y., March 3, 1826. He acquired his education in Le Cole, and going to Lake Superior when a young man he worked in the copper mines. Having famiarized himself with mining, he turned his attention to prospecting, and succeeding in locating a valuable copper mine, he organized a company and placed it in successful operation. For a period of twenty years he operated successfully in the Lake Superior mining region, accumulating a huge fortune, and although still possessing extensive mining interests there he no longer takes an active part in their management. In 1892 he settled in Plattsburgh, and erecting a fine residence on South Catherine street, has ever since resided in that city. Mr. Hodgson is unmarried.
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