I'm replying to a message you left in 2001 re having an uncle named Hodge and your search for Mckern ancestors. William H McKern (born IN, son of William H McKern and D Watts) married Emma Hodges (daughter of Benjamin Hodges and Prisella Tate) in Vermilion Co IL in 1878. Any chance that this is the same family?
My greatgrandfather was James McKern--I'm trying to determine if he and William were brothers.
Thank you for any info--I hope your search is going well.