Material: White marble
Stone has damage to left finial, along with the usual darkening of the surface. Some wear to edges and bottom is embedded in the soil. Inscription is crisp and legible.
Inscription: In Memory of James Hodge who was born at New Windsor, Orange County October 4, 1761 and died at Albany January 10, 1819 in the 58th year of his age. He was distinguished for filial rely conjugal & parental affection & Mechanical skill. Blessed are the pure in heart For they shall see God.
Various genealogical resources identify James Hodge as the son of Isaac Hodge and Jane Moffat. Records idicate that Isaac Hodge and James’ wife, Sarah McCready, are also buried in this section though their stones have not yet been photographed for the blog. Sarah died in 1804 and James remarried a woman named Jane (maiden name not recorded). He had two children by his first marriage; a son named John Hodge (died at the age of six and is also buried here) and Jane (died in 1838).
According to information compiled by Joel Munsell the Annals of Albany, James Hodge was a founding member of the Albany Mechanics Society and a deacon of the First Presbyterian Church. A contemporary of architect Philip Hooker, he is known to have worked as a stone mason on the building of the second St. Peter’s Episcopal Church which was designed by Hooker. Also, a half dozen mantels in the United States Capitol are attributed to him and date from the reconstruction of the building following the damages of the War of 1812.