Hodam Family Genealogy Forum
Looking for info about MERIWETHER HODAM who lived in Webster Co., WV about 1800-1850 and probably earlier, near the Holly River and Hacker Lick Run. According to a family letter dated in the 1950's that discussed my family's 19th century ancestors, Mr. HODAM was a hired helper on the homestead of GEORGE LOUGH in Webster Co., WV when George was an old man living alone. George's wife was already dead, and George was killed by a falling tree. Mr. HODAM buried him on the family farm and carved a stone. This is said to have occured in 1848, but it might have actually been 1818. A relative who visited the spot 70 years ago said the gravestone of GEORGE LOUGH is in the middle of a field, "only a few yards above State Highway 20, about four miles south of the little town of Cleveland, and a few miles north of Webster Springs." GEORGE LOUGH's wife is said to be buried on the hill above his grave, in what is now the COGAR CEMETERY. George's son DANIEL LOUGH inherited the place. One of DANIEL LOUGH's granddaughters married a COGAR, and the later COGAR cemetery grew up around the LOUGH graves.
I'd love to verify the existence of Mr. HODAM and pin down the location of these graves. I've never been to Webster County and don't know anything about the cemetery.
All help is welcome! My interest is the LOUGH family, but I find the story of Mr. HODAM fascinating and would love to link it all together. Thanks. Susan Kiley
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