Charles W. Hodge was born in Jasper County, Ga., March 9th, 1815. His father—J. E. Hodge—was the son of the Rev. James Hodge, of the Methodist Episcopal Church; and his mother was the daughter of Jeremiah Lumsden, who joined the South Carolina Conference in 1804; and he, the son of Elijah Lumsden, who was admitted into the same Conference in 1785.
The parents of Brother Hodge were pious and thoroughly Methodist. He received his education in his native state.
In 1836 he volunteered as a soldier in the Creek and Seminole war. In December, 1856, he moved to Alabama; and in 1843, at a camp meeting held in Green County, Ala., he was most happily converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church. He married Miss Aseneth M. George of Perry Co., Ala., in 1844, and in December 1844 came to Union Parish, La. He was licensed to preach in October 1853 and admitted on trial into the Louisiana Conference in December 1854; was appointed to Castor Circuit in 1855 and 1856; to Harrisburg Circuit in 1857; to Vernon Circuit in 1858 and 1859; to Farmersville Circuit in 1860. In 1861 he was returned to Vernon Circuit, during which year he came out with the first company of Volunteers in the Confederate Service from that parish and joined the Twelfth Louisiana Regiment, which was ordered to Columbus, Ky. Resigning from this command, he came home and organized another company, with which he joined the Thirty-first Louisiana Regiment. After the war he was elected to the State Legislature, where he served in 1863 and 1864. In 1866 he served the Dugdemona Circuit and located in 1867. He was re-admitted in 1875, though every year of his location he traveled under the presiding Elder. In 1875 and 1876 he traveled the Indian Village Circuit; in 1877 the Famersville Circuit; in 1878 the Arcadia Circuit; in 1879 the Centerville Circuit; in 1880 and 1881 the Colony and Faulk’s Chapel; in 1882 the Rayville Circuit; in 1883 the Rochester Mission; in 1884 the Indian Village Circuit; in 1885 the Brushwood Circuit; and at the Conference held in Baton Rouge in January 1886 he was re-appointed to Brushwood Circuit. This was his last appointment by the Conference; he was taken violently sick during its session and lingered but a few days after the close of the Conference, when he was taken from the Church Militant to the Church triumphant. If he has lived till March, he would have been seventy-one years old.
Bro. Hodge was a faithful sound preacher, clear in his comprehensive annunciation of Gospel truth. He was greatly beloved by the people whom he served. He was a true Itinerant, devoted to his Church, and pronounced against sin in all its forms. He was truly spiritual and a lovable companion.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1886|