Thomas was from Nottingham England. He crossed the Atlantic with his family on the ship Berlin in 1849. Thomas J., one of his sons, was re-baptized at Salt Lake City on 28 April 1850, proving that the family crossed the plains in 1849. The following may be found in the Journal History on 20 December 1851. It was written by Jonathan Grimshaw, a recent arrival in Salt Lake City: "The branch at Nottingham will be interested in learning that brother and sister Hodgkinson, with their two sons are here, and doing well. Brother Hodgkinson and his younger son brought two yoke of oxen with a wagon and provisions about thirty miles out to meet us; and I assure you it was a great help to me." In 1854 Thomas Sr. returned to England on a church mission, serving until 1857. Further research is needed to identify the name of the pioneer company with which the family first crossed the plains.