Between taking a summer MOOC, writing the third chapter of my thesis, work, and other stuff, my newest hobby is genealogy (I know. Even my hobbies are research. Sad trombone). Anyway, before this summer, all I knew about where my family came from was Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, England, and Germany. I didn’t know when all this happened (besides all my father’s family being in Georgia and knowing Grandma–Mom’s mom–came from the hills of Tennessee; England and Germany were just because we’re Hodgi and about as Anglo-Saxon as you can get).
As a personal research project I decided I wanted to know where my family comes from. How did we get here? When did we get here? Of course, this is an ongoing project. Right now I’m just trying to get the names straight. Then I hope to add in more documentation. Pictures would be great, but I know that may never happen. Maybe one day I’ll go to the Old World and see where my ancestors came from (considering DC is as far north as I’ve ever been). There is also a rumor that there is some Seminole in us somewhere, but who knows.
Anyway, here’s one line on my father’s side (Hi Dad!). Don’t quote me on any of this, I’m just starting to figure this all out. Also, spelling is hard now, so just a reminder that spelling was really hard back then.
- Generation 1: Mans Andersson (guessing his dad was Anders, but no documentation or references to that)
- Generation 2: Britta Andersson — daughter. Britta married Johan Gustafsson.
- Generation 3: Anna Johansdotter — daughter. Anna married Sven Skute. I think they must have come over to America, since their daughter Magdalena was born in the colonies.
- Generation 4: Magdalena Skute (1660-?) — daughter. Magdalena (b. in Pennsylvania) married Peter Petersson Rambo (b. 6/17/1653 in Kingsessing, New Sweden — Pennsylvania). Peter’s parents were Peter Gunnarson Rambo (b. ~6/1/1612 in Hisingen near Gothenburg, Sweden) and Britta Mattzdotter (b. ~1630 in Vasa, Dalarna, Sweden). I’d like to think Peter Gunnarson and Britta came over on a nice chartered boat to the New World. I want to dig into this some more (I know, the nice chartered boat did not happen).
- Generation 5: Swan (Sven) Rambo (10/19/1677-~1730) — son. Swan was born in Lower Dublin Township, Philadelphia Company, Pennsylvania. He died at Cacoosing Creek, Robson Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Swan married Barbara (d. abt 1748 in Augusta, Virginia).
- Generation 6: Swan Rambo Junior (abt 1720- abt 1800) — son. Swan Jr. was born in Pennsylvania and died in South Carolina (we’re heading southward!). He married Jane Elizabeth Pinson (b. about 1724, d. abt 1800)
- Generation 7: Jesse Rambo (10/17/1778-12/16/1860) — son. Jesse was born in South Carolina and died in Georgia (Whee! We made it to GA!). Jesse married Mary Humphrey (b. 10/15/1780, d. 8/9/1862).
- Generation 8: Kichin (Kichen) Rambo (7/5/1802-5/21/1882) — son. Kichin, who couldn’t decide how to spell his name, was born in Barnwell, South Carolina and died in Floyd Co., Georgia. Kichin married Mary Ann Pryor (Prior) (b. 11/4/1807 in SC; d. 11/2/1891 in GA). Besides Mary Elizabeth, they also had Cyrenius (Cyrus) Pryor Rambo (b. 4/26/1825 in SC; d. 12/25/1855 in Gwinnett/Floyd Co., GA).
- Generation 9: Mary Elizabeth Rambo (7/16/1827-12/17/1903) — daughter. Born and died in Loganville (The fam hung out in Loganville for a good long while, so be prepared). She married John Jacob Hammons (There will be a separate smaller post on the Hammons. I have a few generations of them figured out). Besides Eliza Caldonia, they also had Emery M.R. Hammons (a boy – b. 8/10/1869 in Loganville; d. 3/24/1870 in Loganville).
- Generation 10: Eliza Caldonia Hammons (1860-?) — daughter. Married David Younge Hodges (For being my father’s surname, I’ve only got about 2 generations back on the surname. Sigh).
- Generation 11: David Hammond Hodges (2/7/1888-8/18/1957) — son. Born and died in Georgia. Pretty sure it was all Loganville, all the time. Married Ms. Vallie (Mama Hodges) Stynchcombe.
- Generation 12: David Hammond Hodges Jr (1926-2004) — son. That’s my Papa. Brought the family to sunny Florida (from Loganville). Married my Mamaw.
- Generation 13: Dad
- Generation 14: Me!
Whew! Are you confused yet? Let’s just take a moment to consider that I had ancestors in the colonies before.. well.. a lot of things.
I’ve also got the Stynchcomb/Stinchcomb and the Langston/Polk (which includes a POTUS! Sorta.) sides of my dad’s family mostly mapped out. Still haven’t figured out my Mamaw’s (Guess where her family is from? Ding ding. Loganville) lines.
Grandma’s family is pretty tough too. Besides going to a certain side of a mountain in Tennessee and poking around in the woods, we’ll see where I get with that one. I’ve got some of my Grandpa’s family down, thanks to a family reunion cookbook. That information is from the 1950s, so I’m hoping to update it.