Saturday, July 7, 2012

1885 Cabinet Photographs of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Hodge of Dracut, Massachusetts

Separate cabinet photographs of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Hodge of Dracut, Massachusetts, with identifications on reverse.   The photograph above was taken by the Marion studio of Barristers Hall, Lowell, Massachusetts.

Assuming that C. L. Hodge was Charles L. Hodge, Mrs. Hodge was the former Ida M. Hutchinson.  

One troubling aspect, however, is that there appear to have been two Charles Hodges, of about the same age, in the Dracut/Lowell area, one the son of Lyman and Berintha Ann (Bickford) Hodge, and the other the son of John and Mary Hodge.  

Adding to the confusion, the birth record of Charles L. Hodge shows him as Charles A. Hodge, son of Lyman and Berintha Hodge, whereas his marriage record shows him as Charles L. Hodge, with the same parents. 

Adding even more confusion, their marriage record on has the parents of Charles L. Hodge and Ida M. Hutchinson indexed erroneously as the parents of the couple on the line above them.  Thankfully, I've learned that it pays to view the original document, whenever possible.

The reverse of the photograph, above, indicates that the photograph was taken in January 1885, when C. L. Hodge was 25-1/2 years old.  

Above, Mrs. C. L. Hodge; photograph, taken by the Emerson studio of 21 Central Street, Lowell, Massachusetts.  The information on reverse shows the photograph was taken in 1885, when Mrs. Hodge was 21 years old.

From online research, hopefully correct, and hopefully with the correct Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Hodge, who I believe were Charles L. and Ida M. (Hutchinson) Hodge:   [corrections welcome!]

Charles L. Hodge was born 1 July 1859 at Lowell, Massachusetts, son of Lyman and Berintha Ann (Bickford) Hodge, born in Hampton, New Hampshire and Epsom, New Hampshire, respectively.  Charles' Massachusetts birth record shows him as Charles A. Hodge.

His paternal grandparents were John M. and Mary (Cummings) Hodge.  His maternal grandparents were Abraham and Sarah (Morey) Bickford.  All four were, at least originally, from New Hampshire.

On 5 October 1884 at Lowell, Massachusetts, Charles L. Hodge married Ida M. Hutchinson, a Nova Scotia native, the daughter of John and Rebecca (Burbidge) Hutchinson.  Ida was born about 1865.  She emigrated to Massachusetts in the 1880s.

I don't have information on Ida's paternal grandparents.  Her maternal grandparents were William Greenwood Burbidge and Ruth (Beach) Burbidge.

Charles L. and Ida M. (Hutchinson) Hodge raised a family of at least two children at Dracut, Massachusetts.  Ida's obituary in the Lowell Courier Citizen issue of 27 August 1937, below, shows that she outlived her husband and her daughter.

Mrs. Ida May (Hutchinson) Hodge, a resident of Dracut, Mass. for

more than 50 years, died yesterday morning at her home, 71 Sladen
Street. She was the widow of Charles L. Hodge. She is survived by one
son, Herman L. Hodge of Dracut; two sisters, Mrs. Annie E. Shaw of
Dracut and Mrs. Jennie Dorman of Hantsport, N. S.; three brothers, John
A. Hutchinson of Lowell, Albert Hutchinson of Methuen and Walter
Hutchinson of Halifax, N. S., and two grandchildren. She was a member
of the Dracut Hillside Congregational Church. The body was removed to

the funeral home of Hiram C. Brown, 14 Loring Street."

If you have any corrections to the information above or if you feel that the people pictured are a different C. L. Hodge and wife, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Lowell and Dracut, Massachusetts

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  1. Could you tell when the other man's wife was born? That might eliminate the other couple for sure.

    And here might be Ida Mae Hutchinson's 1871 Census info, which also estimates a birth year of 1865. Assuming "Lower Horton c, King's 189, Nova Scotia" is somewhere near Horton's landing, which is very near to where her sister was in Hantsport in 1937. Right across Minas Basin from Five Islands where my wife's Aylwards are from, which reminds me of what I should be doing - working on them for a bit.

  2. I searched briefly for another marriage for a Charles Hodges and didn't see one.

    Glad I might have given you a nudge to study the NS inlaws! Wonder if they tie in with the Perry and Pembroke Maine Aylwards... Here's a photo of Hattie (Aylward) Perkins and husband George:

  3. Pam, I just saw your reply to my comment. Yes, I am pretty sure the family in Pembroke Maine came from Five Islands. I will post the information with your portrait of Hattie (Aylward) and George Perkins.