HODY was a family of considerable antiquity, though of no great note, in Devon.  Jordan de Hode held lands in Hode in the thirteenth century; Richard de Hody was the king's escheator  of that county in 1353/4 and 1357/8; and the same office was filled by William Hody in 1400/1. The Hodys of  Nethway in Brixham  became a very powerful family locally and were  resident from 1435 until  1699.
During their tenancy Charles II supposedly stayed at Nethway on 23 July 1671 on his way from Dartmouth to Exeter.

During the Hodys’ time, a font was dug up in the grounds and may have been used for pig fodder but it is now the font in Kingswear church.

Sir John Hody, Chief Justice of the Kings Bench 1440 the family lived at Nethway until 1696.  The father of the chief justice was Thomas Hody, who was lord of the manor of Kington Magna, near Shaftesbury, in the adjoining county of Dorset, in 1419/20, and in the same year was king's escheator there.

He married Margaret Cole , daughter and heiress of John Cole, of Nitheway, near Torbay, in Devon, which thus became the birthplace of his children. Their elder son Alexander was a devoted partisan of the Lancastrian cause, and was attainted in the first year of Edward IV. for his adherence to Henry VI.

Otterhampton near Bridport in North Devon -  In 1651 the manor was held by Hugh Hody, who had purchased it from Gilbert Hody. In 1664 Hugh settled it on his son Gilbert. Hugh died c. 1670 and Gilbert by 1697 leaving as his heirs Anne, wife of Hugh Pomeroy, and Joan, both probably his daughters.

It was settled by Joan in 1713 and 1714 on her marriage to George Chudleigh. (fn. 25) Sir George Chudleigh, Bt., died in 1738 and the estate was held by his second wife Frances Davie (d. c. 1748). (fn. 26) Margaret Chudleigh, one of their four daughters, sold the manor to Robert Evered in 1755.

Alverdiscott, or Alscott in the hundred of Fremington, lies about six or seven miles from Barnstaple. The villages of Bullworthy and Stonecross are in this parish.
The  church has  a memorial to Gilbert Hody, Esq. of Nethway, 1686.
  The pedigree of Huddy in the Visitation of 1573 begins with Sir Thomas (John), husband of Margaret Cole of Nitheway, who was father of Sir John, husband of Elizabeth Jewe.
  Margaret Pomeroy 2nd daughter  of Sir Henry Pomeroy and Elizabeth Carminow married  John  Cole  and their son,  John Cole , was heir to Sir John Pomeroy circa 1416.
    If this family had parted with the manor they must have reserved the advowson, as Lucy Hody and John her son were patrons in 1709.)

John Cole
, esquire (d. c . 1428). An important member of the political community in Devon, especially under Henry IV, Cole was a second-generation familiar of Earl Edward, his father, Sir Adam Cole, having been steward of the earl's household in 1381-2.Edward's patronage extended to other members of the Cole family, for Henry Cole, John Cole and Nicholas Cole all received livings in the earl's gift.

John Cole, esquire, was the cousin of Sir Thomas Pomeroy, a retainer of Henry IV's. Together they pursued what were often quite dubious claims against another cousin, Edward Pomeroy, who was forcibly ejected by way of the windows from his house at Berry Pomeroy in 1428.   Defenestration!

Cole was sheriff of Devon in 1405-6, and served abroad in 1415 under Richard Duke of Gloucester, later Richard III  and in 1417  under Sir Thomas Carew. His standing in county society--he was a grand juror in 1414 resulted from his connections with such as the earl and Pomeroy, and from his extensive possessions.   
His first wife, Blanche (whose family origins remain obscure) brought with her estates in Cornwall; and a transaction dated 1391 indicates the extent of Cole's lands which included the Cornish manor of Resparva (in St. Enoder and Probus) along with many other properties in that county, and the Devon manors of Uptamar, Hittisleigh and Nethway as well as various other places there.
His 2nd marriage was to  Alice, widow of John Sandeford and he was one of the co-heirs (along with Sir Thomas Pomeroy) of Sir John Pomeroy (d. 1416). His daughter and heiress, Margaret, married Thomas Hody and  the Cole's main seat Nethway passed into the Hody family.

 Hody took care to augment his lands and local influence by obtaining royal grants: in 1428 he was awarded a joint lease of lands lately belonging to Sir Thomas Pomeroy, during the minority of his heir

Lucy Hody daughter of Gilbert ( called Hugh) Hody  on 4th June 1680  married  Valentine Pomeroy son of Valentine Pomeroy  and Margaret  Whiddon  at Bynley Harburton ( not in IGI)

 Elizabeth Upton  dau of John Upton of Lupton married Christopher Hody of Nethway- her brother John Hody was a distinguished Knight of Malta and her eldest brother Arthur married Gertrude Fortesque  dau. Of Hugh Fortesque of Filleigh

 Brixham PR  

Baptisms        ARTHUR HODY s/o Mr GILBERT baptised 26 06 1655

                     ARTHUR HODY s/o Mr CHRISTOPHER baptised 19 07 1656

ARTER HODY Esq s/o JOHN & LUCE baptised 12 09 1688

ANN HODY  s/o esq JOHN & LUCE baptised 27 02 1690/1

LUCE HODY esq d/o  JOHN & LUCE baptised 26 04 1692

HUGH HODY s/o JOHN ESQ & LUCY baptised 02 01 1693/4

ELIZABETH HODY d/o JOHN ESQ & LUCEY baptised 05 08 1696


                      Mrs THOMASIN HODY buried 14 05 1684

                      Mrs DOROTHY HODY buried 18 09 1689

                      LUCE HODY buried 01 04 1690 daughter of John Hody Esq & his wife Lucy 


Hody Luce  1650 Devon Baptisms Cornworthy, Devon,  


A2A- 1 -Grant and counterpart  2203 A-2/PF 4 & 5  1651   Contents:

1.          John Reeve the younger of Brixham, yeoman V
            Arthur Upton, Gilbert Hody et al.
Premises: one annuity of 10/4d issuing from two messuages and a garden and one eighth of one acre of land lying in Brixham between the lands of Nicholas Smith deceased and of Francis Fortescue on the south, the common highway from Brixham to Upton on the east, the churchyard of Brixham on the north, the lands of the heirs of William and Nicholas Smyth on the west
Trusts: for the use of the poor of Brixham  Consideration: £6 10/- being the legacies of Elizabeth Searle of Dartington widow, and the gift of Arthur Enscombe of Brixham yeoman

A2A 2 Bargain and sale to create new feoffees  2203 A-2/PF 8  1664  Contents:

1.        Hugh Hody of Nethway, esq., Elias Pomeroy son of Roger Pomeroy of Sandridg esq. and Humphrey Sheare of Churston Ferrers, gent.

2.          John Upton, Gilbert Hody et al.  Premises: one mansion and dwelling house in Kingswear and one tenement and lands called Mouth in Brixham
Trusts: as per the will of Richard Kelley of Kingswear, merchant: after the death of John Langdon, 20/- to be given yearly to the poor of Kingswear, 10/- to the poor of Brixham, 10/- to the poor of Churston Ferrers, 6/8d to the poor of Paignton, 6/8d to the poor of Marldon, 6/8d to the poor of Ipplepen.

 also yearly payments of 20/- to the Almshouse lying by the way to the castle of Dartmouth, 20/- to the Almshouse built by Mr. Street, 20/- to the Lazar House in Totnes;

 from residue of the profits, for the next twenty years, £5 is to be given to Kingswear, £5 to Brixham, £5 to Churston Ferrers, for the apprenticing of the poor children of those parishes; the residue of the profits is, after the next twenty years, to be paid for the maintenance of a preaching minister in St. Saviour's, Dartmouth, to preach once a week on some working day in every week, if there is no such minister in Dartmouth, the money is to go to a similar minister in Kingswear

  CHARLINCH deeds  DD\GB/45  1621 2 docts.  Contents:

 Manors of Pillesdon and Kington als. Kington Parva, co.Dorset; farm or tenement called Aysshe Bulleyne als. Ayshe in Martock; manors of Gothelney in Charlinch, Otterhampton, Newnham in Stogursey, all formerly of Hugh Hody of Gothelney, esq., brother of Rich. Hody;

 bargain and sale of 1620/1 by John Hody of Nethway, Devon, esq., Anne widow of Rich. Hody of Revolshay, co.Dorset, and her daughters and coheirs Bridget and Frances Hody, to Wm. Penny of East Coker, esq., and Hugh Strode of Beaminster, co. Dorset, gent.

 Capital messuage, farm, and demesne lands of Gothelney of 240a. in Charlinch, Spaxton, Wembdon, Bridgwater, Cannington and Durleigh, formerly occupied by Roger Bourne, decd., late by Florence Baber, widow; mortgage (by lease and release, lease missing) of 1721/2 by Thos. Bourne of Gothelney, esq., to Edw. Raymond of Bridgwater, gent.

  by 1850  Nethway House  was  owned by , J.F. Luttrell, Esq., of Dunster Castle.  

Nethway is a substantial manor house and farm on Broad Road  on the headland between Dartmouth and brixham