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Sarah LaRUE

Female 1757 - 1825  (67 years)

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  • Name Sarah LaRUE 
    Born 6 Sep 1757  Frederick [now Clarke] County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 27 Jun 1825  Hardin [now LaRue] County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Nolynn Church Cemetery, LaRue County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) Mather, Otis M., Six Generations of Larues and Allied Families, Hodgenville, KY: 1921, pp. 113-115:


      Daughter of Isaac LaRue, Sr., and Phebe Carman LaRue. According to the inscription on monument in the Nolynn churchyard, in LaRue County, which was erected in the year 1871, by her grandson, Robert L. Wintersmith . . . , she was born in August, 1757, and died June 27, 1825. As shown by sketch in William & Mary Quarterly for October, 1911, quoted below, the date of her birth was September 6, 1755. She was married in 1775 to Robert Hodgen, who was born in 1742, and who, according to the inscription on the monument, was "a native of England." However, the manuscript of Elizabeth H. Caldwell . . . , states that "Robert Hodgen (her grandfather) was born in Pennsylvania, 18 miles from Philadelphia, thence moved to Virginia in 1775, and lived on Long Marsh, in Frederick County."

      An article by Prof. A. L. Keith, of Northfield, Minn., in William & Mary Quarterly for October, 1911, shows the following:

      "Robert Hodgen, born August 7, 1742, is said to have been the son of an Englishman who married a Dutch woman, and he was a sea Captain. He settled first in Pennsylvania, and married a Miss Adkins, by whom he had four children:

      ["]1. Robert Hodgen, Jr.: Born April 23, 1765.

      ["]2. Susannah Hodgen: Born. October 3, 1767.

      ["]3. Joseph Hodgen: Born January 8, 1770.

      ["]4. William Hodgen: Born May 14, 1772.

      ["]Robert Hodgen married, second, Sarah LaRue - born September 6, 1755. She was a sister of John LaRue, who died in 1792." . . .

      Robert Hodgen had entered large bodies of land in Kentucky before his removal to this State. On February 3, 1783, he entered, under Treasury Warrant No. 14790, "10,000 acres on north side of Green River, about 35 miles above Nole Linn."

      In the year 1784, Robert Hodgen with his family came to Kentucky and located in Phillips' fort, "near the knoll from which Nolin took the name, and in 1785 moved on a farm on Nolin Creek, where Hodgenville now stands, it being laid off on the old Hodgen farm." . . .

      The Hodgen residence was erected on the hill overlooking the "Gum Spring," which is in the edge of the creek.

      On the 9th of December, 1788, the Nelson County Court made the following order:

      "On Petition of sundry inhabitants of Nolin, it is ordered that Robert Hodgen have leave to erect a mill on Nolin, agreeable to the said Petition."

      The mill was probably built early in the year 1789. A mill has occupied the same site continuously since that time.

      On March 13, 1790, the County Court of Nelson County made an order appointing Phillip Phillips, Jacob Vanmeter, Patrick Brown (Col. Patrick Brown) and Robert Hodgen as viewers, "to view and report to this Court on oath the nearest and best way for opening a road to lead from Phillip Phillips' lane, near Hodgen's mill, to Capt. Jacob Vanmeter's mill on Valley Creek" (now Elizabethtown). . . . [T]his was the first public road opened from the Nolynn station to the Severns Valley station. The road to the mouth of Beech Fork was opened in 1784. . . .

      Hardin County was organized from a part of the territory of Nelson by an act of the Kentucky Legislature at its first session, in December, 1792. Robert Hodgen was one of the first Justices of the Peace for the new county, and he met with the County Court at its organization, at Elizabethtown, in July, 1793. In 1795, he was the Representative of Hardin County in the Lower House of the General Assembly of Kentucky. On the 26th of August, 1800, he gave up his office of Presiding Justice of the Hardin Court to become Sheriff of the county, executing two bonds to the Governor, James Garrard, in the penal sum of ten thousand dollars each, with Jacob LaRue . . . , Phillip Read, Isom Enlow and Joseph Kirkpatrick as his sureties, and another bond to the Justices of the Hardin County Court, in the penal sum of ??349, 9 shillings and six pence, with Christopher Bush and Conrad Walters as sureties.

      Robert Hodgen was chosen deacon of the Severns Valley Baptist Church in December, 1788, and served as such for many years.

      Robert Hodgen died February 5, 1810. On February 12, 1809, almost a year to the day before his death, Abraham Lincoln was born in the log cabin, three miles south of Hodgen's mill. In later years Mr. Lincoln referred to this mill to identify the exact place of his birth. . . .

      On the 7th day of February, 1818, John Hodgen . . . , one of the Executors of Robert Hodgen, and Sarah Hodgen . . . , the widow, petitioned the Justices of the Hardin County Court, at Elizabethtown, "that it having been heretofore repeatedly suggested to them by the good people of the vicinity that it would inure to their benefit * * * to procure the establishment of a town on said plantation (of Robert Hodgen, deceased) they * * * have caused, agreeable to law, notification to be made in the Bardstown Repository of an intention * * * to make application to your honorable body for that purpose during the present February term * * the town above mentioned to be within the following limits * * * containing twenty-seven and one-half acres, as in the plan of said contemplated town, hereto annexed, will more fully appear."

      Two days later, on February 9, 1818, the Court made the order establishing the proposed town, "to be called and known by the name of Hodgenville. Whereupon * * * the said John Hodgen, for himself, and as agent for Isaac Hodgen, the other Executor of said Robert Hodgen, deceased, and also agent for Sarah Hodgen, entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of one thousand dollars, conditioned as the law directs, with Horatio G. Wintersmith . . . and Joseph Vertrees . . . their securities," and Trusteees were named for the new town. Thus Hodgen's mill became Hodgenville. Twenty-five years later it was made the county seat of the County of LaRue.

      At the present time, not one of the numerous descendants of Sarah LaRue Hodgen . . . lives in the town which was named for her family.

      The children of Sarah LaRue and Robert Hodgen were twelve, as follows: . . .

      [i] Margaret Hodgen Vertrees (1776-1852).

      [ii] Phebe Hodgen LaRue (1777-1825).

      [iii] Isaac Hodgen (1779-1826).

      [iv] Sarah Hodgen LaRue (1781-1811).

      [v] John Hodgen (1783-1850).

      [vi] Rebecca Hodgen Keith (B. 1784).

      [vii] Elizabeth Hodgen Wintersmith (1787-1819)

      [viii] Mary ("Polly") Hodgen (1788-1820).

      [ix] Samuel LaRue Hodgen (1791-1864).

      [x] Jacob Hodgen (1793-1858).

      [xi] James Hodgen (B. 1795).

      [xii] Jabez Hodgen (1800-1821).


      Sarah LaRue Hodgen
      Birth: Aug., 1757, Frederick County, Virginia, USA
      Death: Jun. 27, 1825, Kentucky, USA

      Family links: Parents: Isaac LaRue (1712 - 1795), Phebe Carmen LaRue (1725 - 1804); Spouse: Robert Hodgen (1742 - 1810); Children: Margaret Larue Hodgen Vertrees (1776 - 1852), Phebe Hodgen LaRue (1777 - 1825), Mary Polly Hodgen (1788 - 1820)

      Burial: Nolynn Church Cemetery, Larue County, Kentucky, USA

      Created by: Greg Derylo
      Record added: Feb 08, 2003
      Find A Grave Memorial# 7171955
    Person ID I29577  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 

    Father Isaac LaRUE, Sr.,   b. 11 Jan 1712, Hunterdon [now Mercer] County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1795, Frederick [now Clarke] County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Phebe CARMAN,   b. 4 Mar 1725, Cape May County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1804, Frederick [now Clarke] County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 6 Oct 1743  Hunterdon [now Mercer] County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F12870  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Robert HODGEN,   b. 7 Aug 1742, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1810, Hardin County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 19:11:43 
    Family ID F12874  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart