INDEX OF ANECDOTES IN HODGKINS GENEALOGY
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Mr. Hamor was a giant. It is said
that he could take up a barrell of water and
drink from the bung-hole. I (Eben) enjoyed
hearing him tell stories of a voyage to Orporto,
Hamor, John (m Mary #24) 17
Hodgkins, Alpheus (#94) 26
Alpheus excelled in mechanic arts.
Hodgkins, Amos (#121) 28
About 65 years ago, when we boys
and girls from Marlboro went in the evening to
Blunt's Pond to skate with the boys and girls
from Lamoine, we used to call at Amos' home to
get him to play the "Irish
Washerwoman," the "Fisher's
Hornpipe," and the "Devil's Dream"
which he used to play at the old fashion kitchen
dances after a chopping bee. Amos was a whole
show in entertaining us boys and girls with
stories and his three tunes on his fiddle.
Hodgkins, Asa (#50) 22
He married Jerusha Leeds of
Boston. It may interest some to know of the
romance of this marriage. Asa Hodgkins was a
rising young man -- first mate of a big ship of
Boston. I have heard the old folks say that Asa
was the handsomest man they ever saw.
Once upon a time, when his ship was in Boston, he
met Jerusha Leeds of a wealthy family. She was
smitten by his beauty and accomplishments and
unimpeachable character. He felt pleased and
highly honored to be noticed by a wealthy young
lady of great accomplishments. Soon their mutual
esteem grew into a deep affection which ripened
into reciprocal love. When her parents learned of
their mental attitude toward each other they
forbade further association; and assured her that
if she should marry Asa Hodgkins -- a man beneath
her in wealth and social standing, they would
disinherit her. But, as love is the strongest law
in the universe, Jerusha Leeds married Asa
Hodgkins, MY GRANDFATHER. They had three
children; the youngest two died; and Jerusha
Leeds Hodgkins, left a widow and cut off from her
forture and disowned by her family, brought her
surviving son William E. Hodgkins, my father,
down to Uncle Thomas Hodgkins who reared him
Hodgkins, Asa (#213) 38
Asa deserves special mention both
as a man and as a skillful carpenter, contractor
and builder. Many of the best cottages in Bar
Harbor stand as monuments to the honesty and
faithfulness of Asa Hodgkins. It is said that
every one has his price; but no one could buy or
sell Asa Hodgkins.
Hodgkins, Augusta (#183) 34
No record of Sarah and Emma of
Hodgkins, Barnabus (#56) 23
"Uncle-Barney" (as every
one called him) was a man of versatile genius. He
was a fine ship builder, an excellent house
carpenter, a good shoemaker, and a competent
clerk in the East Lamoine Baptist Church.
Not satisifed with these accomplishments, Uncle
Barney with aspirations high and finances low,
wanted to be "storekeeper"; and as
terms of credit, in those old days (about 1855),
were long, he filled H. S. Boynton's old vacated
store at "Berry's Cove."
Two things were unfavorable to Uncle Barney. 1st,
his location; 2d, Uncle Barney had
"enlargement of the heart." He couldn't
refuse any one who hadn't money or property; so
he failed. His creditors in Boston, (so the story
goes), asked Uncle Barney to bring his books; and
when Uncle Barney in his church attire laid his
books on their desk in the Boston office, he
exclaimed: "Ther, I vum" (Uncle
Barney's swear work), "I guess that will
satisfy you that I had to fail." Almost the
first thing they saw on opening the books, was
where some one had been turned out of East
Lamoine Baptist Church. Uncle Barney had taken
his church clerk-books instead of his store
Another good story about Uncle Barney as a
shoemaker is, that when he measured the ladies'
feet to make their shoes 75 or 80 years ago, he
would measure up their ankles as far as he dared
to, (good ol Saint, but a little human), and
fearing they might misunderstand him, would say,
"I vum, my leather shrinks so, I have to
make lots of allowance for shrinking."
Hodgkins, Beulah M. (#507) 61
Beulah as a trained nurse. All of
the above family are very musical.
Hodgkins, Bial (#58) 24
He was drowned in Frenchman's Bay
in a terrific squall while trying to cross from
Hancock to Eden in a small boat.
Hodgkins, Charles H. (#517) 62
Capt. Charles Hodgkins earlier was
interested in the Grand Bank fishing business,
with his father and brother. After going a few
trips to the Banks as fisherman, he went capt. For
several summers; and during winters he went as
captain to the West Indies. After a number of
years he gave up the fishing business, and taking
command of a larger vessel, he sailed on foreign
voyages. He was very capable and successful; and
retired with a competency. He is giving his
children a liberal education. He has a winter
home in Stewart, Florida.
Hodgkins, Charles W. (#207) 36
Charles W. followed the example of
his brother Walden in helping his father over
hard places in rearing his large family. Charles
is an excellent house carpenter and boat builder.
In his 70th year he is in perfect
health and doing his best work in stair-building.
Hodgkins, Chelsea W. 39
Chelsea was a skillful shoemaker,
and fine violinist.
Hodgkins, Chester A (#402) 51
This whole family is extinct.
Hodgkins, Curtis H. (#538) 64
Curtis is remarkable for his
genial disposition, and for his interesting story
telling. After graduating from commercial
college, he became a partner in the firm of Asa
Hodgkins and Sons, contractors and builders in
Bar Harbor. Many of the best cottages there
testify to their ability and honesty.
Hodgkins, David Dyer 37
Dyer Hodgkins was a skillful
shipbuilder, and was intereste in Grand Bank
Hodgkins, Eben B. (#202) 35
E. B. Hodgkins taught public
schools 48 years; retiring 1913 at 68 years of
age to receive pension and work on his farm.
Hodgkins, Edmund (#185) 34
'49er to Calif.
Hodgkins, Edward James (#96) 26
Edward James was an excellent
Hodgkins, Edward Lvingston (#245) 39
Livingston was one of the finest
house carpenters, and one of the cleanest men
Hodgkins, Francis D. (#209) 37
Francis D. Hodgkins was
extensively engaged in Grand Bank fishing
business and in shipbuilding.
Hodgkins, Francis L. (#515) 61
Frank L. was educated in Lamoine
public schools, and in Castine Normal School; and
in early life taught school; but the extensive
fishing business of his father made it necessary
for him to engage in the business as secretary
and as a partner. Mr. Hodgkins has served as
Supt. Of Schools, and held other town offices. He
has also served as representative in the
Hodgkins, Franklin (#805) 80
Franklin, without push or pull,
started out at the age of 14 years, after
graduating from the grades, to make his own way
in the world. He served as bell-boy in Bar
Harbor, Me., during the summer and with his wages
and his "tips," and partly working his
board, he paid his way through one year in High
school. The next summer he went back as bell-hop.
The next winter he obtained employment as
bell-boy with the Rickers at Poland Spring. After
some months he was promoted to night clerk at the
Mansion House, one of the Ricker hotels. The next
year he was made day clerk. In 1924, before he
was twenty years old he was manager of the Mansion
house, which position he still holds.
Hodgkins, Fred L. (#528) 63
Capt. Fred Hodgkins has been a
very active, progressive man. From young manhood
he followed the sea; and soon took command of
good vessels. Later he owned in very fine large
vessels; and sailed them to foreign parts. Having
gained a competency, he retired from the sea some
years ago to enjoy the rest which he had so
richly earned. He spends his summers in his
native town of Lamoine, Me., and his winters at
his winter home in Florida. After retiring from
the sea, he served his town as selectman,
assessor and overseer of the poor.
Hodgkins, Gilman B. (#211) 37
Capt. Gilman, a very active
business man, owned fishing vessels which he sent
to the Grand Banks fishing. Capt. Gilman's
brother Dyer took a trip to Boston with him.
Coming home, Capt. Gilman was carrying too much
sail in a heavy wind, (so Dyer thought). Dyer
begged him to take in sail; but Capt. Gilman
said, "Oh, Dyer! You build um, but I can
Hodgkins, George (#271) 41
Capt. George, left fatherless, was
a self-made man, a successful sea-captain, an
owner in vessels, and an honest man.
Hodgkins, Harold R. (#803) 80
Harold volunteered in the World
War, June 19, 1917. He was made Corporal, and
afterwards promoted to Sargeant. He was stationed
at Camp Forest. He commanded a machine gun
company in the 53d Infantry, Sixth Division. He
went overseas in June 1918. In France he was in
the 26th Infantry, First Division. He
shared the honors of the immortal record, which
crowned with laurels the invincible American arms
at Chateau-Thierry in June 1918. He was in the
St. Mihiel sector when the Americans cleared up
the whole St. Mihiel salient Sept. 13, 14, 1918.
He was in the Meuse-Argonne activities which
cleared the Argonne Forest of the enemy, Oct.
10-11, 1918. He also took part in the military
operations at Metz. After the Armistice was
signed Nov. 11, 1918, he was billeted in
Cavillon, France, then he was sent into the army
of occupation in Coblentz, Prussia, where he
remained until the next June 1919. He served two
years in the World War. He came home on the ship
Leviathan, which brought 12,000 soldiers, besides
her immense crew.
Hodgkins, Harold W. (#892) 84
Harold was graduated from Bar
Harbor High School June 1916; entered college
Sept. 1916; volunteered in Navy 1917; was made
warrant officer 1917; was chosen from several
hundred to attend Hingham Military School; in
1918 entered Cadets school at Harvard. After
graduating as ensign, was executive officer of
submarine chaser; in latter part of 1918, went to
Camden, Me., took charge of chaser 407 and
commanded same until Aug. 1919.
Hodgkins, Harry C. (#539) 64
Harry Hodgkins was a partner in
the firm of Asa Hodgkins and Sons, and had charge
of the grocery store and ship-chandlers' store.
Harry is a very industrious man.
Hodgkins, Herbert G. (#518) 62
Dr. Herbert George Hodgkins
deserves honorable mention for his efforts in
obtaining an education; for his ability and skill
in making his business a success; and for his
sterling qualities by which he has gained the
esteem of his fellowmen. He has also done his
part in giving to the world six noble children.
Hodgkins, Howard Merton (#275) 41
Howard was for years an officer on
a steamship; and for some years mate of the M. C.
R. steamers from Mt. Desert Ferry to Bar Harbor;
and later retired to the farm.
Hodgkins, Isaac (#314) 44
Isaac Hodgkins was one of the most
ingenious and skillful mechanics in Hancock
Hodgkins, James Robie (#502) 59
James Robie of the firm of A. B.
and J. R. Hodgkins, is an architect of much
ability, and a genius in mechanic arts,
especially in cabinet work. His wife was a
successful teacher in Florida.
Hodgkins, John Fairfield (#217) 38
J. F. Hodgkins established the
well known fish market of J. F. Hodgkins and Son,
at Bar Harbor. He also did some contracting and
real estate business.
Hodgkins, Lewis Dr. (#313) 44
Dr. Lewis Hodgkins was graduated
from Dartmouth College 1885, and from the
University of New York 1888, and has been the
leading physicial and surgeon in Ellsworth, Me.,
ever since. He was offered a position as a
teacher of Latin, at the University of Maine. Dr.
Hodgkins was elected Mayor of the city of
Ellsworth, Me., in 1924 by a sweeping vote; he
was re-elected and is still mayor.
Hodgkins, Lewis W. Dr. (#103) 27
Dr. Lewis W. Hodgkins inherited
his father Isaac's genius as a mechanic; and he
was remarkable for his skill in making models of
vessels. He could have been a great shipbuilder
as easily as an eminent physicial and surgeon
that he was.
dear land was rent in twain by civid feud in
1861; when waves of rebellion rolled fiercest and
highest; when brother was fighting brother; when
our dear sunny Southland was drenched in
fraternal blood; Dr. Lewis W. Hodgkins hastened
to the "hell" of Civil War to alleviate
the suffering of the wounded and the dying.
Hodgkins, Lyonell R. (#520) 62
Lyonell after obtaining a
commercial education, engaged in mercantile
business at first in Lamoine; afterward in Mass.
where he has made a success.
Hodgkins, Myra E. (#501) 58
Myra excells in needlecraft. She
is a dressmaker and interior decorator in Bar
Hodgkins, Nahum (#81) 24
Nahum Hodgkins was a good farmer,
and as straight at 92 as a plumb line.
Hodgkins, Nathan (#48) 21
Nathan was extensively engaged in
fishing business, owning in several Grand Banks
Hodgkins, Rowland (#216) 38
Roland was skillful sparmaker, a
lover of art, music and literature. He admired
Poe and Burns.
Hodgkins, Thomas (#49) 21
Thomas was an excellent farmer, a
skillful shipbuilder; and having a wonderful
shore privilege, he established a fine fishstand.
Hodgkins, Thomas Jefferson Col. (#189) 35
Jefferson Hodgkins, a self-made
man, deserves some comment. He began life as a
bay of Fundy fisherman; later he went to visit
his Uncle Thomas blunt in Chicago, and, also, to
seek employment. Chicago at that time (1870) was
a rapidly growing city. Streets were being
extended in every direction; which called for
many men and much material, especially sand and
available gravel bank was far out; and gravel was
bought by the cubic yard, and hauled in on a spur
of railroad. Jefferson obtained employment in the
gravel pit at $1.50 a day. As he worked, he
wondered how he could make more than $1.50 a day
with less hard labor. He knew if one could lease
the gravel bank, he could control the street
building. He leased it, and became a great
contractor. He told me that when he hung out his
"shingle," he hadn't money enough to
pay a month's office rent. It is said that he
died a millionaire.
Hodgkins, Thomas Jefferson (#218) 39
Thomas in his early life was a
teacher of public schools, he was an expert
accountant and for many years was bookkeeper and
secretary of the late Jefferson Hodgkins of
Hodgkins, Walden B. (#203) 35
The career of Walden B. Hodgkins
is worthy of note. One of nine children of poor
parents, he was obliged to do his "bit"
in helping to maintain that large family. With
little opportunity to get even a good grammar
school education, he did become a successful
teacher of vocal music. Later he worked as house
carpenter; and for some time he worked on piano
cases in Boston. When about 50 years of age, he
received from the federal government an
appointment as lighthouse keeper.
After ten years as light-keeper, he,
with all his children and grandchildren, went to
California and made good. At first he and his son
William were contractors and builders of houses.
After a time they established a furniture factory
of which Willie is president. Walden is in his 80th
year; but he is in perfect health, and still
sings solos in a large city church. Since he
retired from active business, he enjoys his
automobile and his trips to the beaches and the
mountains. He is a man of highest ideals and
Hodgkins, Walter R. (#188) 34
Walter was noted for his very
Hodgkins, William W. (#506) 60
A clipping from an Inglewood,
who are building Inglewood".
"When men speak of William
W. Hodgkins, instantly the picture of a keen,
blue-eyed American business man comes into their
minds. With the smile of a boy, and the
courteous, cordial bearing of the man of affairs,
he greets stranger and friend alike; and in the
one case establishes the friendly relations that
exist between men; and in the other case, cements
closer than before the ties of loyalty and
"Coming to California
eighteen years ago, he located in Inglewood more
than ten years ago. Here he began his career as a
contractor, and many of the fine houses of
Inglewood, as well as mercantile buildings were
erected by him.
"In a little building
30x60 he laid the foundation of the present
Inglewood Manufacturing Company which is one of
the prosperous industries of Southern California,
and the largest manufacturing plant in Inglewood.
"The products of this
company go all over the West, and as far as
Honolulu. When the Inglewood Manufacturing Co.
was organized, Willie W. Hodgkins was elected
president; and through the years he has
successfully guided the growing concern. Keen,
far-sighted, he placed it at the top of
successful manufacturing plants. In his efforst
he had the fine cooperation and loyalty of his
associates and employees whose friendship he has
won and kept through the years.
"Outside his own business
he finds time to be clerk of the Board of
Trustees of the Grammar school, and devotes many
hours to the work there.
"He is an energetic member
of the Chamber of Commerce and the trade
association, a Mason of many years standing and
an attendant of the Medhodist Church. He is a
member of a number of clubs; Western Avenue Golf
Club, California Country Club, City Club and
"Socially W. H. Hodgkins
and Mrs. Hodgkins are among the most popular in
Inglewood social circles and their hospitable
Queen Street home is always open to their legion
of friends. They have an adorable family of
"Mr. Hodgkins is intensely
interested in the work of the Rotarians and was
mainly instrumental in having a Rotary Club
organized in Inglewood, and was elected first
McFarland, Sarah Adelma (m Walter #188) 34
She has a remarkable memory at 84