hello. My ancestor is a Joseph V Hodge 1865-1930 born Union, Illinios and moved to Indianapolis.
He shows up on the 1870 (he was 5) with a 21 yr old Benjamin F. Hodge in Union, Illinois. Ben(1849 ohio)was working as a farmhand for a Cutright family. Then in 1880, Joseph was alone (now 15) on this same farm.
I dont know their relation. I do not know Joseph's parents. Ben was 16 when they were togther. Older brother or Uncle perhaps ?
Ben went on to marry Elizabeth Catharine nee ? and settled in Jasper, Illinois.