Douglas - Nice to hear from you, and I am willing to help in any way I can. One correction: John Hodges was not George's oldest son, but rather 3rd oldest after Thomas and Charles. There's also some evidence of another older son who died as a child. John Hodges also had two older sisters: Francis (Fannie) and Sarah (Sallie). His younger brother was William and younger sister was Elizabeth.
You are correct that George served under Colonel Thomas Brandon, one of the most distinguished Revolutionary War leaders from the 96 district of SC. George entered service as a private horseman (cavalry) on April 5, 1779. He also served as a Sergeant of foot (infantry), Quartermaster of horse, and finally Lieutenant of horse.
Five of the major battles of the Revolutionary War were fought in or around 96 district. We don't have any evidence specifically regarding George's participation, but we know that Brandon's troops were at the Battle of Musgrove Mill, 18 Aug 1780, the Battle of King's Mountain, 7 Oct 1780, Blackstocks on 20 Nov 1780 and the Battle of Cowpens on 17 Jan 1781. George was reimbursed for a horse "lost in public service" which I understand to mean he lost it in battle.
No I am not a member of SAR, although I suppose I qualify. If you are interested, you should have no trouble establishing your links to George and his service in the Revolutionary War. His pay voucher for military service can be found in the SC archives, file #4587. You will also need to verify that John Hodges was indeed George's son, and that can be shown by George's will which will be found either in Union County Will Book B., page 4, Box 7, pkg. 47 or in the SC state archives in the event county records have been centralized.
I checked my files for Israel McKendree Linam and found McKendree spelled "McKindree." Maybe you can clarify the spelling. I note that Judith Teague's father was named Israel, so that probably accounts for the first name. I also believe there was a prominent Methodist bishop in Lawrence Co., TN named McKendree who was a family friend of the John Hodges family. That may account for the middle name. I have Israel b. 13 Aug 1834 in Lawrence Co., TN, m. Mary C. Scott 23 July 1862 in Lawrence Co., d. 13 July 1899 in Paris, TX. I show eight children: James Wiley Linam (b. 25 Apr 1863, d. 5 May 1958), Ida Ozella Linam (b. 4 Apr 1865, d. 8 Jan 1952) Alice Adele Linam (b. 1869 in Abilene, KS - could use other particulars), Amelia Minnie Linam (b. 1871), William B. Linam (b. 1873), Tennie Lu Linam (b. 1875, d. 15 June 1961), Georgia L. Linam (b. 29 Jan 1878, d. 9 Aug 1881), Everett Linam (b. 1883).
Alice Adele Linam first married Lum Kimsey, 28 Dec 1882, in Lawrence Co., TN. They had two children, I believe a boy and a girl named Mae. I show two children for Alice Adele and Thomas Brooks: Nina and Dewey. Dewey died 23 Dec 1941 in a car accident in Houston, TX. I would appreciate you updating me on this line.
Good luck! Jim
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