In memory of William Hodge, died 22nd April 1849 ae 65 years. Also his wife Sarah, died 18th Jan. 1861, ae 72 years.
IHS HAINES William Haines died July 10, 1876, ae 49 years.
This lot was originally fenced with stone posts and iron rail.
John Hodge claims an interest on behalf of his sisters Jane Haines and Esther Hodge and his brothers, Samuel and William Hodge in a lot in the B. Ground, situate on George St. side. Size about 16 feet square. Marked by a stone monument to the memory of his father the late William Hodge. This lot was purchased or procured from Joseph Hill about the year 1861.
William Hodge was a carpenter, and both he and his wife were of Irish descent. Their children were James (born 1825), Thomas (born 1830), John (born 1831), William, (born 1833), Jane (born 1835), and Esther (born 1837). William Haines, a nephew, also lived with the family.
James, the eldest son, was a general agent whose son, George W., was a well-known wholesale grocer and staunch Presbyterian. Jane married William Haines, who was a trader or seaman. Esther remained unmarried and lived with her bachelor brother, John.
In 1871, John and Esther shared their home with their sister Jane, Mrs. William Haines, and her six children while her husband was in China. The Haines children were William, 18, a carpenter with his uncle, John Hodge, at that time; Louisa, 16; Anna, 14; Sarah, 11; George, 8; and John, 6. Sarah Haines was named after her grandmother Hodge. In later years, her talents as a storyteller were in great demand at entertainments and concerts.
William Haines is buried in the Hodge family plot. It is thought that his wife Jane may also be buried here.