The Descendants Corner: Update – John Hodges, Civil War Sailor, Mt. Olive Cemetery

John Hodges, USN
John Hodges, USN

The replacement gravestone for Landsman John Hodges was installed in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Portsmouth, Virginia, on December 30, 2015. We received the news from his descendant, Vivian Nicholson. John Hodges (1819-1885) served aboard the USS Lenapee during the Civil War, enlisting on April 22, 1864, and was the grandfather of Portsmouth native William Henry Nicholson, the first African American hired by the New York City Fire Department (FDNY). Vivian shared William’s story with us in a guest blog, which can be read here.

A picture of the old gravestone.
A picture of the old gravestone.
Landsman John Hodges (1819-1885), Mt. Olive Cemetery
Landsman John Hodges (1819-1885), Mt. Olive Cemetery

2 thoughts on “The Descendants Corner: Update – John Hodges, Civil War Sailor, Mt. Olive Cemetery

  • This is a beautiful tribute to Mr. Hodges. I wish I could locate my ancestor’s gravesite which is also located in Mt. Olive. Thanks for the article Nadia.

    • Thanks Robin. There’s still a lot to discover in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Complex. I hope that future ground-penetrating radar studies can be done to find all the gravestones that are buried. Your ancestor’s may be one of them, we just don’t know yet.

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