Willis Aaron Hodges, born Tattnall Co., GA, Aug. l, 1812,, was the ancestor and progenerator of most all of the Hodges families that settled in Moniac Charlton Co., GA, and the Northeast FL. area of Nassau and Duval Co., FL. Willis was son of William Hodges. He and his brother William R. Hodges came to Camden Co. as
young men and married there. Willis married Feb. 23, 1843, in Camden Co., GA., to Mehalia Johns, born 1827 in Camden Co., daughter of George Johns and his wife Anna. They had fifteen children. The history of Willis Aaron's life portrays him as a "rough and ready" frontier man, was an Indian fighter, and served several enlistment's in the Indian Wars. His first wife died about 1880, Mr. Hodges married Mrs. Basheby Gainey, said to be a Cherokee Indian, born Jan.10, 1845, in Ware Co., died in Charlton Co., GA, Nov. 3, 1931. Two children were born by her. Willis Aaron Hodges died Aug. 7, 1886, age 74 years, only a few months after the birth of his 17th child. He was buried in Canaday Cemetery near Moniac, Charlton Co. GA.