Hodges, Martha (née Agnew)

Ca. 1845 - ????

Martha Hodges was likely born into slavery on the property of Dr. Enoch Agnew in Abbeville County, South Carolina. Agnew later moved his family and slaves to Tippah County, Mississippi. Estimated birth years for Martha vary widely in pension paperwork. She seems to have joined a great many freedom seekers from plantations in the area, fleeing to Corinth, Mississippi to Federal forces sometime in the fall of 1863. One of Dr. Agnew's sons—a minister named Samuel Andrew Agnew—noted in his journal that Martha was still in Corinth as of December 7, 1863. Around the year 1861, she married Harrison and had one child by him, a girl named Frances Maria Hodges born at Corinth in 1863. (Frances died shortly after Harrison's death.) The young family evacuated to Memphis, Tennessee, with Federal forces that year, where Harrison died in 1864.

In 1869, Martha opened an account with the Freedman's Bank, naming several family relations: a son named Willie (presumably William), her mother Frances, a brother Richard, as well as "George W. and Benj. Lewis in Tishamingo Co. Miss." She was residing on the corner of Hernando and Vance in Memphis at that time.

In October 1902, she was maintaining residence at No 21 Second St Memphis Tennessee.

Census records indicate that she lived until at least 1910.