Guide to the John W. Hodges Papers, 1827 - 1951

Summary Information

Title: John W. Hodges Papers, 1827 - 1951
Collection: AC.192
Extent: 2.25 linear feet (1 oversize box, 1 half-sized manuscript box)

The John W. Hodges Papers are a collection of various legal materials, primarily Watauga County, North Carolina deeds. Many items related to the Hodges family of Watauga County are also included.

Creator: Hodges, John W., 1866-1955

Biographical/Historical Note

John Waitstel Hodges (1866-1955) was born to Dillard Burton and Eliza Northern Hodges in Granger County, Tennessee. He ran a general store in Boone, North Carolina. He and his wife Martha Caroline "Mattie" Hopkins had several children: Russell Dillard (1897-1962), Nellie E. (1899-~1905), Fred (b. 1902), Eula (b. 1905), Grant (b. 1908), John Waitstel II (1911-1968) and three additional children who died young. His son Russell assisted operating the store.

Scope and Contents

The land deeds folders contain original land deeds and land grants for Ashe, Watauga and Wilkes Counties, organized chronologically. Many of the deeds are to the Hodges family, particularly John W. Hodges. Land grants from Wilkes County are to Russel Triplett, dating from 1849 to 1855. Legal documents include transcriptions and non-land related legal documents, arranged chronologically, and contains an 1902 court petition for guardianship of Bingham children, 1940 contract between John W. Hodges and J.L. Qualls, 1906 boundary of L. H. Michael property, and 1941 agreement between John W. Hodges and G. C. Greene. Other materials include an undated table cloth draft, correspondence, U.S. Senate Chamber Vistors' Passes, a partially filled Reins-Sturdivant Mutual Burial Association receipt book, tax receipts for D. B. Hodges and John W. Hodges, map to accompany My Diary North and South, and Hav-A-Tampa cigars advertisements. With the exception of three items, all materials in this collection are original documents. Some documents are in fragile condition.


The collection is arranged into folders separated by subject and includes land deeds, legal documents, correspondence, receipts, and ephemera.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

Provenance is unknown. This collection was opened to the public on 27 March 2003.

Processing Information

Processed by Deborah Bell; Kathryn Staley, 27 March 2003; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, 29 June 2005; Reprocessed and finding aid revised by Cynthia Harbeson, December 2012.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.192: John W. Hodges Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C., USA.

Container List

Ashe County Land Deeds, 1827-1886 Box 1.1
Watauga County Land Deeds, 1849-1946 Box 1.2
Wilkes County Land Deeds, 1849-1855 Box 1.3
Map to accompany My Diary North and South, undated Box 1.4
Correspondence, 1939 Box 2.1
Legal Documents, 1902-1946 Box 2.2
Receipts, 1846-1951, undated Box 2.3
Reins-Sturdivant Mutual Burial Association Membership Application Book, 1943 Box 2.4
Ephemera, 1924, undated Box 2.5