Sarah Jane HODGES was born about 1810 to
• Samuel HODGES (born about 1781 in East Florida, probably to a William HODGES); Sarah Jane's mother was his first wife,
• Jane BLACK NEALIN HODGES CHARLTON (born 1780-1785 in Georgia to William BLACK & his long-lived wife, Jane), whom he married about 1805. Jane had been the widow of a NEALIN/NEYLAND, perhaps of Burke County.
Sarah Jane's parents divorced in 1839. Her mother married Samuel CHARLTON in 1845, and died in 1862. Her father remarried in 1841, to Margaret Ann GRAHAM of Effingham County, who is buried at Little Ogeechee Baptist Church - at his death in 1861, Samuel was likely buried there also.
Sarah was married in 1831 to Lorenzo Dow SHEPPARD Sr., and she died after 1880. Lorenzo Dow & Sarah Jane were the parents of at least nine children born between 1836 and about 1857:
• Eminitt Jackson SHEPPARD I,
• Lemuel SHEPPARD Sr. (who settled in Effingham County),
• Jane B. SHEPPARD (wife, first of Hezekiah K. ANDERSON, and then of Humphrey K. BAZEMORE,
• Victoria A. SHEPPARD (wife of George W. JACKSON),
• Lorenzo Dow SHEPPARD Jr. (buried in Effingham County),
• Thomas Henry SHEPPARD,
• Stephen SHEPPARD,
• William David SHEPPARD, and
• Rebecca A. SHEPPARD.
Buried in Middle Ground Baptist Church Cemetery, among the family of the youngest son, William David SHEPPARD, is the burial of "Mittie, Sister of W. D." (Lorenzo Dow, Sarah Jane and Rebecca A., the youngest child, are also buried in this lot). Evidently a tenth child of Lorenzo Dow & Sarah Jane, Mittie could possibly be the Martha SHEPHERD, age 16, who was enumerated in the Screven County, Georgia, Census of 1850 living in the household of William M. CARR, a merchant who moved his family from North Carolina to Georgia about 1841. Martha was likely employed in that household as a domestic or in the family store as a clerk. If this Martha SHEPHERD is Mittie SHEPPARD, then she would be the eldest child of Lorenzo Dow & Sarah Jane, born about 1834.
Samuel Hodges (1781 - 1861)
Lorenzo Dow Sheppard*
Eminitt Jackson Sheppard (1836 - 1905)*
Lorenzo Dow Sheppard (1847 - 1904)*
Thomas Henry Sheppard (1848 - 1905)*
William David Sheppard (1851 - 1921)*
Ann Hodge Flake (1804 - 1871)*
Sarah Jane Hodges Sheppard (1810 - ____)
William John Graham Hodges (1840 - 1905)*
Seleta Elizabeth Powell Hodges Barber (1842 - 1916)*
James K. Polk Hodges (1846 - 1918)*
Nathan Jesse Hodges (1849 - 1921)*
Mother of W. D.
Middle Ground Baptist Church Cemetery
Created by: jrpv
Record added: Jan 30, 2008
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