GEORGE Z. HODGES
††††††††††† George Zeigler Hodges, now deceased, was a widely known California pioneer of 1850.† At the time of his death, October 20, 1897, he was an esteemed resident of Milton, Calaveras County.† He was born in Sandwich, Carroll County, New Hampshire, December 18, 1815.† He came of honorable ancestry, his father having taken part in the Revolutionary War, and his forefathers being among the first settlers in the state who had emigrated from Scotland and Wales.
††††††††††† Our subject was reared and educated in his native state, but removed to Boston, Massachusetts, at a later date, engaging there in business some years prior to his departure for California.† In that city he married Miss Eliza Drew, a native of Holderness, New Hampshire, who was born there June 15, 1814.† In 1849 Mr. Hodges became interested in the gold discoveries of California and sailed from Boston in December, in the sailing ship Herculean.† He took with him many useful articles, including a complete minerís outfit and articles for sale to the miners.† His voyage around the Horn was successfully made and he reached San Francisco in good health, immediately settling at Coyote Flat, now Robinsonís Ferry, in Calaveras County. †He began working in the mines through Calaveras, Tuolumne and other counties until he took charge of a hotel in Springfield, going from there in the same business to Copperopolis and San Francisco.† He retained the management of the Copperopolis Hotel until the time of his death, it now being the property of his daughter, Mrs. L. N. Neely.
††††††††††† In 1852 Mrs. Hodges started on the long journey to join her husband, leaving behind her the five children to be educated in Boston.† Her trip was one of many adventures.† At the best of times it was a very trying one for a refined woman, but particularly so for one alone and unaccustomed to hardship.† She was obliged to ride on a mule across the Isthmus of Panama, and the ship in which she then took passage was wrecked on the coast of California.† The passengers were saved in boats, but the ship went to pieces on the rocks.† Mrs. Hodges finally reached her husband, and until death was a faithful helpmate.† She was a woman of superior character, brave and resourceful, one of the pioneer women of the state whose lives have been immortalized in song and story.† In spite of deprivations of all kinds, Mrs. Hodges was spared to her family until she reached the age of eighty-two years, her husband surviving her but one year.
††††††††††† The children of Mr. and Mrs. Hodges came to California in 1855, these being:† Maria F., now Mrs. Isaac N. Neely, of Milton; George Henry, Eugene L., Adalaide and Josephine, all deceased; and Henrietta, the wife of H. W. Wright, of San Francisco.† The family is a highly respected one, and among the old pioneers of the state Mr. and Mrs. Hodgesí names are remembered with esteem.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010† Gerald Iaquinta.