The only firm information that I have on Miles Hodgson is that he married Margaret Ann Manderson 10 August 1851 at Saint Nicholas, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England. Margaret was born 20 March 1832 and died in Tower City, Pennsylvania 17 March 1903. The 1841 England census supports this information, but also shows Margaret's mother as Agnes.
Miles Hodgson fathered a daughter with Margaret Manderson Hodgson with the name Margaret Ann Hodgson 21 June 1853 Wingate, Durham, England. Under the England & Wales Marriages on Ancestry it matches the above info with her father as Joseph Manderson and Miles father as William Hodgson. Shows Miles death in the Atlantic Ocean. Records at St. Peters Lutheran Church England shows he was born about 1827 and was christened 27 June 1827 in Tynemouth, Northumberland, England. His father is listed as William Hodgson, mother's name Jane, no middle name.
I know that my family member (Margaret) claimed that she was married to him and had his child and he died at sea. When Margaret came to this country she married my great-grandfather Gebhard Long from Austria in Pennsylvania in 1873. They had a son George William Long in 1871, which would mean of course that she either had my grandfather before she met my great-grandfather or they had lived together before marriage. There is no record I can find on church records (Luthern)in Penn. that they did marry in the church or that George William was christened in the church. I then began to doubt the entire saga and thought that Margaret Ann Hodgson had my grandfather before marriage with another man, as he was the only child left out of his so called father's will.
It appeared to me that something about the situation is not right. A cousin then told me she had over heard her mother say they were bastard children due to the marriage date and the date the grandfather had been born.
Later I found a Miles Hodgson that fit the profile of the Miles Hodgson I was trying to prove had died at sea as alive and living in England with his wife and family. That is why I am trying to prove a Miles Hodgson did indeed die at sea or not, and when he died. Many thanks for any input or help with this. - Addie Long Conway