Sorry it has taken me awhile to get back to this posting...I have forgotten I posted it awhile back!!
Yeah, I have come across the Fowler-Hopkins line, and I have actually been successful at going farther back on those lines (not much farther, but they do tie in more Rhode Island genealogy). I did try to look up that Samuel Hodges you have mentioned, and have found something as far as him being "Captain Samuel Hodges", but the birthyear is a total guess (ca.1737), from Mass. Unfortunately, there are quite a few Samuel Hodges that were born in, heck, just a span of 1730-1740, in Mass.