Isham Hodges was born May 23, 1763 in Chestnut Creek, Henry, Virginia.
He married Elizabeth "Betsy" Clay ca. 1782 in Henry County, Virginia. Old Lunenburg County is present day Franklin County.
In 1812, Isham and Betsy migrated to Smith County, Tennessee along with his younger brother Asa Hodges..  By the time Isham Hodges arrived in Tennessee, he was signing his name Isham Hodges Sr. Their third son born in Virginia, was named Isham Hodges Jr. The stay of Isham Hodges Sr. and Elizabeth in Smith County only lasted approximately three years then they moved on into Sumner County, Tennessee where he paid taxes on 83 acres of land on Caney Fork Creek in 1815. In 1826, Isham, Sr. and a nephew Holly Hodges (Aaron's son) purchased another 100 acres of land.. Isham Hodges, Sr. signed his will December 23, 1829.
He died in Sumner County, on July 14, 1839. The will was presented at the August 1839 term of the Court in Sumner County, Tennessee..
1786 • Franklin County, Virginia, United States • Hodges, Isham: No. Tithes: 1; Whites Over 21: 1; Whites Under 21: 0; Slaves Over 16: 0; Slaves Under 16: 0; Horses: 2; Cattle: 2.
April 2, 1792 • Franklin County, Virginia, United States • Nearby to entry for Aaron • 1 White Tithable; 3 Horses.
April 9, 1803 • Franklin County, Virginia, United States • Nearby to entry for Aaron • 3 White Tithables; 5 Horses; Total Tax: $0.60.
Unable to locate the marriage of Isham Hodges and Elizabeth Clay in the book Henry County, Virginia, Marriage Bonds, 1778-1849; Originally Published: 1953 in Richmond, Virginia; Republished: January 1, 1976 by the Genealogical Publishing Company in Baltimore, Maryland; Republished by Clearfield Company, Baltimore, Maryland in 1989 and 1996; ISBN: 9780806307022; Compiled by: Virginia Anderton Dodd
In 1786, the list of Hodges living in Franklin County who paid personal taxes were:
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