Birth: abt 1848 in Kentucky
Death: abt 1902
Born in Kentucky in 1848, James was too young to have been a soldier in the Civil War. He shows up married in Kentucky in the 1870 census. Then he migrated to Kansas where he added another son to his family. He later went to Oklahoma where he claimed land about a month after the start of the Oklahoma land rush.
Something happened with a parcel of land. Perhaps he deeded the land on a contract, and subsequently the buyer died. James tried to recover the land and ended up taking out a lawsuit that went clear to the U.S. Supreme Court. James died before the case was decided in Washington. The Supreme Court case was continued on behalf of his children, and the decision is the only known document linking his son, William Elisha Hodges, born in Kansas, to his siblings born in Kentucky.
The court case is cited on several sources online:
The underlying Oklahoma case may be found online: