Many thanks for replying. My interest is in the Hodgen/Pierson side of the family. On 5 August 1926, at Ballymore Parish Church, Edith Pierson, a dressmaker and spinster of full age, from Brackagh, married Abraham Joseph Hodgen, a farmer and bachelor of full age, from Brackagh. Abraham was the son of Joseph Hodgen, a farmer, and Jane Hodgen. The witnesses were Joseph Hodgen and Annabella Hodgen. Abraham, who was born in Portadown on 10 September 1895, died in Niagara Falls, Canada, on 20 May 1982. He served during the First World War with the Royal Irish Fusiliers (Army Service No. 14249) and was wounded. Edith Pierson was born at Ballymore, Tandragee, on 9 March 1898 and died in Niagara Falls, Canada, on 30 March 1962. She was the daughter of James Pierson, a weaver from Portadown and Isabella Trotter, from Ballyknock, Tandragee. In 1927 Abraham (30) and Edith (28) Hodgen sailed from Londonderry to Halifax, Canada.
Abraham's brother also served in the First World War, i.e Private William Henry Hodgen, 14277, ‘B’ Coy., 9th Bn., Royal Irish Fusiliers, who was born at Brackagh about 1890. He was a weaver by trade and a member of the Church of Ireland. He was married to Susanna and they lived at 28 Union St., Portadown. He enlisted at Belfast on the 16th September 1914, aged 24 years and 9 months, and was discharged on the 24th April 1915 as he was suffering from rheumatism.
You will note from the message board that I have made contact with a descendant of Abraham and Edith Hodgen. I have alerted her to your message as she would be better placed to exchange information on the Hodgen family.
I am familiar with the name Arnold Hodgen as some of your family's descendants lived near Clare, Tandragee, and my parents used to buy potatoes from them on a regular basis. Arnold seems to be a much used christian name in the family. I assume you know that the inscriptions on the headstones at Mullavilly can be viewed online thanks to Bob Sinton?
I have a few more more scraps of information on your side of the Hodgen family in my notebooks which I will dig out and email to you in a few days.