Samuel was born on 14th October 1835 in the City of London, to James Hodson, a Printer, and his wife Mary Hodson, nee Wilson. Christened on 13th December that year in Hatton Garden into the Swedenborgian faith, he was to live within the City limits or nearby for all of his life.
At the time of his Initiation into Royal Jubilee Lodge on 2nd March 1863 he was living just over the City boundary at 22 Portugal Street, Westminster. Aged 28, he was established as an artist, specializing in watercolors.
Samuel married twice, first to Alicia Deane in 1871. Sadly she died relatively young and in 1893 he married Edith Mosley who was to outlive him.
It seems that Samuel was a relatively successful artist and a number of his works have be through well-known auction houses in recent years. None has commanded a high price but their variation in style and location shows that he travelled extensively in northern Europe. He was admitted a Freeman of the City of London (Company of Goldsmiths) on 7th January 1857.
Samuel resigned from the lodge on 31st January 1870 and died, aged 72 years, on 5th July 1908.
Although Samuel John Hodson was a member of Royal Jubilee Lodge for only 7 years and was its Worshipful Master in 1868, it is his private life that sets him apart from most of the other members of the lodge.