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THE BODDY FAMILY OF CREDITON AND
BRISTOL, ENGLAND

   designed & written by Mike Matthews © 2000-2011
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CONTENTS

Introduction

Acknowledgements & Disclaimer

Meaning Of The Name

Samuel BODDY (1795-1882)

Emma BODDY (1822-1908)

James BODDY (1824-1859)

James Samuel BODDY (1857-1919)

Mary Ann BODDY (1878-1957)

Introduction

The BODDY family of Crediton and Bristol was the first of my ancestral lines about which I found out any substantial information, and this was entirely due to my half-cousin VERONICA SOLOMONS, who had already undertaken a considerable amount of research into this family. They were a family of woolcombers and boot-makers who moved to Bristol in the mid 19th century, and this is their story  ...

Acknowledgements & Disclaimer

While I have been able to dig up a few titbits of information about the BODDYs, notably extracts from the various censuses, the vast majority of research into this family was carried out by my half-1st-cousin once removed VERONICA "RONI" SOLOMONS, and this website would not have been possible without her assistance.  I would also like to thank my cousins LESLEY HAWORTH, GILL CLARKE and ROY CROSIER for their information about the family, and MICHAEL DIAPER for providing details about Henry BODDY and Mary FORD. I am also grateful to PAUL VIVASH, MAGGIE PERKINS, SANDIE FRANCHI and DEBORAH O'BRIEN for providing me with extracts from various sources with regard to the derivation of the name "BODDY". I am also indebted to the members of the Gloucester, Bristol & Somerset and Devon Genealogy Mailing Lists. The photos on this page come from my own family album, with the exception of the picture of Crediton Parish Church, which was kindly donated by RICHARD and GORDON DERRICK. Much of the information on this page has no primary source and while I believe that it is accurate, I cannot take responsibility for any errors or omissions. I will be updating this page regularly as new information comes to light.

Meaning Of The Name

P.H. REANEY in "The Oxford Dictionary of Surnames", Dr BASIL COTTLE in "The Penguin Dictionary of Surnames" and PATRICK HANKS & FLAVIA HODGES in "A Dictionary of Surnames" agree that BODY is from the Old English "bodig" meaning trunk or frame and implied originally someone with a striking physique. REANEY cites Hugh BODY (Assize Rolls, Yorkshire 1219), Richard BODY (Feet of Fines, Essex 1277) and Roger BODY (Assize Rolls, Staffordshire 1340).  However, JAMES PENNETHORNE HUGHES in "Is Thy Name Wart?" disputes the notion that BODY derives from a nickname and adds that it is instead a diminutive of the once extremely popular personal name "Baldwin". This idea is supported by C.W. BARDSLEY in "The Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames" who says that BODY derives from "Baud" or "Bodd" meaning "son of Baldwin". HUGHES adds that BODY appears most commonly as a suffix, in such names as FREEBODY, GOODBODY and PRETTYBODY. In all these "body" just means "person". HANKS & HODGES also suggest that BODY was an occupational name for a messenger, from the Middle English "bode", with the spelling altered to preserve a disyllabic pronunciation. HANKS & HODGES add that the spelling BODY is found chiefly in Northern England while BODDY is more common in the West Country.


Crediton Parish Church
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Samuel BODDY (1795-1882)

Samuel BODDY was born in Crediton, Devon in 1795. He was the eldest son of James BODDY and Mary SQUIRE. On 31st January 1819 he married Mary PARK in Crediton. She was born in Crediton in 1798 and was the daughter of John PARK and Martha ARNELL. Samuel and Mary had ten children together, all born in Crediton - Thirza, born 1819; William, born 1820; Emma, born 1822; James, born 1824; Samuel, born 1827; John, born 1830; Mary Ann; George, born 1835; Henry, born 1838 and Edwin, born 1841. Samuel was a woolcomber and his wife Mary was serge weaver. Woolcombing was a skilled trade that usually required a seven-year apprenticeship. It involved drawing tresses of tangled wool through heated combs to lay the fibres into parallel strands so they could be more easily drawn out for spinning. Samuel and Mary lived in St Lawrence Green, Crediton, as seen here in the 1841, 1851 and 1871 censuses:

St Lawrence Green, Crediton, Devon (1841)

Samuel BODDY aged 45 Woolcomber born Devon
Mary BODDY aged 40 Serge Weaver born Devon
Thirza BODDY aged 20 Serge Weaver born Devon
William BODDY aged 20 Woolcomber born Devon
James BODDY aged 15 Shoemaker's Apprentice born Devon
Samuel BODDY aged 13 Shoemaker's Apprentice born Devon
John BODDY aged 11 born Devon
Mary BODDY aged 7 born Devon
George BODDY aged 5 born Devon
Henry BODDY aged 3 born Devon

St Lawrence Green, Crediton, Devon (1851)

Samuel BODDY aged 56 Woolcarder born Crediton, Devon
Mary BODDY wife 52 Serge Weaver born Crediton, Devon

George BODDY son 15 Cordwainer born Crediton, Devon

Henry BODDY son 12 Woolcarder born Crediton, Devon
Ellen HORN visitor 6 Scholar born Crediton, Devon

St Lawrence Green, Crediton, Devon (1871)

Samuel BODDY aged 77 Former Wool Comber born Crediton, Devon
Mary BODDY wife 73 Former Serge Weaver born Crediton, Devon
William BODDY lodger 21 Shoemaker born Crediton, Devon

Mary BODDY (nee PARK) died on 13th March 1879 in Crediton. In 1881 Samuel BODDY was living in Kiddicott, Crediton with his grandson Edwin:

Kiddicott, Crediton, Devon

Samuel BODDY widower aged 86 Late Wool Comber born Crediton, Devon
Edwin BODDY grandson 13 Scholar born Crediton, Devon

Samuel BODDY died on 7th January 1882 in Crediton. The Crediton Chronicle declared that: "The death of Mr. Samuel Boddy at the age of 89 removes the last link of the once prosperous wool trade of Crediton" while the Western Times said that Samuel was "the last of the representatives of the industry, now decayed, and which at the opening of the century the village was so famous."

William BODDY (b. 1820) married Eliza UPRIGHT on 25th December 1842 in Crediton. She was born on 6th January 1822 in Crediton. William and Eliza had at least five children together - William Henry, born 1849 in Crediton; Emma, born 1852 in North Tawton, Devon; Edwin, born 1st December 1855 in North Tawton; Eliza, born 1861 in North Tawton and Elizabeth Ann, born 1865 in Crediton. Like his father, William BODDY was a woolcomber, while his wife Eliza was a dressmaker. They lived in Okehampton Street, North Tawton, as seen here in the 1851 census:

Okehampton Street, North Tawton, Devon

William BODDY aged 30 Woolcomber born Crediton, Devon
Eliza BODDY wife 29 Dressmaker born Crediton, Devon
William H. BODDY son 2 born Crediton, Devon

William BODDY died on 4th July 1866 in Crediton. In 1881 his widow Eliza was living in Mill Street, Crediton, as seen here in the census for that year:

Mill Street, Crediton, Devon

Eliza BODDY widow aged 60 Dressmaker born Crediton, Devon
Edwin BODDY son 25 Stone Mason born North Tawton, Devon
Eliza BODDY daughter 20 Dressmaker born North Tawton, Devon
Elizabeth Ann BODDY daughter 16 born Crediton, Devon

Samuel BODDY (b. 1827) married Louisa BARRY in 1849. She was born in Bow, Devon in about 1829. Samuel and Louisa had at least ten children together, all born in Crediton - William, born c. 1849; Mary Ann, born c. 1850; Emma, born c. 1853; Esther, born c. 1855; Henry, born c. 1858; Elizabeth, born c. 1860; Bertha, born c. 1863; Lucy, born c. 1866; Edwin, born c. 1868, and Louisa, born c. 1873. This is how the family appears in the 1851, 1861, 1871 and 1881 censuses:

High Street, Crediton, Devon (1851)

Samuel BODDY aged 24 Cordwainer born Crediton, Devon
Louisa BODDY wife 24 Laundress born Bow, Devon

M.A. BODDY daughter 1 born Crediton, Devon

St Lawrence Green, Crediton, Devon (1861)

Samuel BODDY aged 34 Cordwainer born Crediton, Devon
Louisa BODDY wife 31 Laundress born Bow, Devon
William BODDY son 12 Boot Closer born Crediton, Devon
Mary Ann BODDY daughter 10 Scholar born Crediton, Devon
Emma BODDY daughter 8 Scholar born Crediton, Devon
Esther BODDY daugnter 6 Scholar born Crediton, Devon
Henry BODDY son 3 Scholar born Crediton, Devon
Elizabeth BODDY daughter 11 months born Crediton, Devon

Paradise, Crediton, Devon (1871)

Samuel BODDY aged 43 Shoemaker born Crediton, Devon
Louisa BODDY wife 43 Laundress born Bow, Devon
Emma BODDY daughter 19 Domestic Servant (Cook) born Crediton, Devon
Henry BODDY son 13 Scholar born Crediton, Devon
Elizabeth BODDY daughter 10 Scholar born Crediton, Devon
Bertha BODDY daughter 8 Scholar born Crediton, Devon
Lucy BODDY daughter 5 Scholar born Crediton, Devon
Edwin BODDY son 3 Scholar born Crediton, Devon

Paradise, Crediton, Devon (1881)

Samuel BODDY aged 52 Bill Poster born Crediton, Devon
Louisa BODDY wife 52 Laundress born Bow, Devon
Harry BODDY son 23 Shoe Clicker born Crediton, Devon
Louisa BODDY daughter 8 Scholar born Crediton, Devon

Louisa BODDY (nee BARRY) died in 1892. In 1901 Samuel was still in living at Paradise, Crediton, with his daughter Bertha:

Paradise, Crediton, Devon

Samuel BODDY widow aged 72 Bill Poster born Crediton, Devon
Bertha HOOPER daughter 38 Laundress born Crediton, Devon
Hetty HOOPER granddaughter 15 Factory Hand/Sweet Maker born Crediton, Devon
Arthur HOOPER grandson 5 born Crediton, Devon

Samuel died on 12th April 1917 and his death was reported in the Western Times on the 14th April: "News of the death of Mr. Samuel Boddy, which occurred at the residence of his daughter, 'Paradise', Crediton, on Thursday, will be learnt with regret by numerous friends in the town and district. Mr. Boddy, who was just over 90 years of age, up to the time he was taken ill last November, was seen daily out for a walk to pay his visit to the Liberal Club, of which he was an enthusiastic supporter. In his younger day he took an active part in Liberalism. He was a local newspaper correspondent for a great number of years. It will be particularly remembered that on the visit of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd George and Miss Lloyd George to Crediton to open the new Liberal Club, Mr. Boddy, being one of the oldest among the number, presented the present Premier with a letter press of Devonshire polished granite as a token of gratitude from the old-age pensioners of the town."

John BODDY (b. 1830) was visiting the ELLIS family in Lapford, Devon in 1851, as seen here in the census for that year:

Malisters Winston, Lapford, Devon

Richard ELLIS aged 36 Innkeeper Butcher & Farmer born Lapford, Devon
Charlotte ELLIS wife 25 born Chawleigh, Devon
John ELLIS son 6 Scholar born Lapford, Devon
Elizabeth ELLIS daughter 4 Scholar born Lapford, Devon
Michael ELLIS son 2 Scholar born Lapford, Devon
Maria ELLIS daughter 1 month born Lapford, Devon
John BODDY visitor 21 Cordwainder born Crediton, Devon
Henry BORN servant 16 House Servant born Winkleigh, Devon
Mary KNOTT servant 15 House Servant born Chawleigh, Devon

John married Hester BUCKINGHAM in Crediton in 1853. She was born in Crediton in about 1831. John and Hester had at least three children together, all born in Crediton - Laura, born 1862; Albert, born 1863 and Charles, born 1872. In 1881 the family was living in Kiddicott, Crediton, where John worked as a boot and shoemaker, as seen here in the census for that year:

Kiddicott, Crediton, Devon

John BODDY aged 50 Boot & Shoe Maker Emp 1 Man & 2 Boys born Crediton, Devon
Hester BODDY wife 49 Laundress born Crediton, Devon
Laura A. BODDY daughter 19 Laundress born Crediton, Devon
Albert E. BODDY son 18 Boot Maker born Crediton, Devon
Charles H. BODDY son 9 Scholar born Crediton, Devon

John BODDY died in Crediton in 1883.

George BODDY (b. 1835) married Ellen BEER in 1857. She was born in Upton Helions, Devon in about 1836 and was the daughter of William and Mary BEER. George and Ellen had at least eight children together, all born in Crediton - Lucy, born c. 1858; Hannah, born c. 1860; James, born c. 1862; Emma Jane, born c. 1864; William, born c. 1866; George, born c. 1868; Charles, born c. 1872 and Ellen, born c. 1876. This is how the family appears in the 1861, 1871 and 1881 censuses:

High Street, Crediton, Devon (1861)

George BODDY aged 26 Shoemaker born Crediton, Devon
Ellen BODDY wife 26 born Upton Helions, Devon
Lucy BODDY daughter 3
born Crediton, Devon
Hannah BODDY daughter 5 months born Crediton, Devon

Park Street, Crediton, Devon (1871)

George BODDY aged 36 Cordwainer born Crediton, Devon
Ellen BODDY wife 36 born Sandford, Devon
Lucy BODDY daughter 13 General Servant born Crediton, Devon
Hannah BODDY daughter 10 Scholar born Crediton, Devon
James BODDY son 9
Scholar born Crediton, Devon
Emma BODDY daughter 6 Scholar born Crediton, Devon
William BODDY son 4 Scholar born Crediton, Devon
George BODDY son 3 Scholar born Crediton, Devon

Park Street, Crediton, Devon (1881)

George BODDY aged 46 Shoemaker born Crediton, Devon
Ellen BODDY wife 46 Formerly Servant born Sandford, Devon
James BODDY son 19 Shoemaker born Crediton, Devon
William BODDY son 15 Boot Cutter born Crediton, Devon
George BODDY son 14 Boot Finisher born Crediton, Devon
Charles BODDY son 8 Scholar born Crediton, Devon
Ellen BODDY daughter 4 Scholar born Crediton, Devon

George BODDY died in Crediton in about 1882. This is how his widow Ellen appears in the 1891 census:

Cherry Gardon, Crediton, Devon

Ellen BODDY widow 55 born Crediton, Devon
James BODDY son 29 born Crediton, Devon (Paralysed)
Charles BODDY 18 Boot Finisher born Crediton, Devon
Ellen BODDY daughter 14 Boot Machinist born Crediton, Devon

Ellen BODDY (nee BEER) died in Crediton in 1920.

Henry BODDY (b. 1838) married Mary FORD on 22nd May 1891 in The Register Office, Bristol. Mary was born in Bedminster, Bristol in about 1839 and was the daughter of George FORD, a shipwright. Prior to their marriage, Henry and Mary had at least nine children together - Albert, born 1858 in St Paul, Bristol; Sidney, born 1861 in Bedminster, Bristol; Alice Jane, born 1864 in Bristol; Laura Ellen, born 27th October 1865 at 20 Charlotte Street, Bedminster; Lavinia, born 1868 in Bristol; Florence Elizabeth, born 1869 in Crediton; Henry, born 1872 in Crediton; Rosetta, born 1875 in Crediton, and Ada Louise, born 1878 in Crediton. This is how Henry and Mary appear in the 1881 and 1911 censuses:

Kiddicott, Crediton, Devon (1881)

Henry BODDY aged 42 Shoe Maker born Crediton, Devon
Mary BODDY wife 41 Formerly Tailoress born Bristol, Gloucester
Alice BODDY daughter 17 Boot Machinist born Bristol, Gloucester
Laura E. BODDY daughter 15 Boot Machinist born Bristol, Gloucester
Lavinia BODDY daughter 13 Boot Machinist born Bristol, Gloucester
Florence BODDY daughter 11 Scholar born Crediton, Devon
Harry BODDY son 9 Scholar born Crediton, Devon
Rosetta BODDY daughter 6 Scholar born Crediton, Devon
Ada BODDY daughter 3 Scholar born Crediton, Devon

8 Kiddicott, Crediton, Devon (1911)

Henry BODDY aged 73 Retired Shoemaker born Crediton, Devon
Mary BODDY wife 72 born Bedminster, Bristol
Harry BODDY son 39 Shoemaker born Crediton, Devon

Emma BODDY (1822-1908)

Emma BODDY was born in 1822 in Crediton, Devon and was the daughter of Samuel BODDY and Mary PARK. She married Thomas GRIBBLE on 11th July 1847 in the Register Office, Crediton. Thomas was born on 15th August 1827 in Crediton and was the son of Thomas GRIBBLE and Ann RICCARD. Thomas and Emma had at least four children together - John, born c. 1848 in Crediton; George, born 20th December 1849 in Preston Street, St Sidwell, Exeter; Edwin, born c. 1861 in St Pancras, Middlesex; and Mary, born c. 1867 in St Pancras. In 1851 the family was living in Preston Street, Exeter where Thomas worked as a smith, as seen here in the census for that year:

Preston Street, Stone Court, St Mary, Exeter, Devon

Thomas GRIBBLE aged 24 Smith born Crediton
Emma GRIBBLE wife 27 Bootbinder born Crediton
John GRIBBLE son 3 Scholar born Crediton
George GRIBBLE son 1 born Exeter

By 1881 the family had moved to London:

16 Henry St, London, Middlesex

Thomas GRIBBLE aged 52 Smith born Crediton, Devon
Emma GRIBBLE wife 56 born Crediton, Devon
Edwin GRIBBLE son 20 Smith born St Pancras, Middlesex
Mary GRIBBLE daughter 14 Scholar born St Pancras, Middlesex

Thomas GRIBBLE died in 1902 and his widow Emma died on 13th October 1908 at St Pancras Infirmary South, London.

George GRIBBLE (b. 1849) married Margaret BOLTON. Margaret was born in about 1850 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. George and Margaret had at least seven children together - Lilian, Violet, George, born c. 1871 in St Pancras, Middlesex; Jessie Maria, born 30th April 1873 in Somerstown, St Pancras; Emma Maria, born c. 1876 in St Pancras; Thomas, born c. 1879 in St Pancras, and Annie, born c. 1881 in St Pancras. In 1881 the family was living in London, as seen here in the census for that year:

1 Brook Place, London, Middlesex

George GRIBBLE aged 31 Bedstead Smith In Factory born Exeter, Devon
Margaret GRIBBLE wife 31 born St Nicholas, Newcastle On Tyne
George GRIBBLE son 9 Scholar born St Pancras, Middlesex
Jessie Maria GRIBBLE daughter 8 Scholar born St Pancras, Middlesex
Emma M. GRIBBLE daughter 4 born St Pancras, Middlesex
Thos. Wm. GRIBBLE son 1 born St Pancras, Middlesex

Edwin GRIBBLE (b. 1861) married Mary Anne HISCOCK in 1882 in St Pancras. Mary was born in St Pancras in about 1864. Edwin and Mary had ten children together, all born in St Pancras - Thomas Edwin, born c. 1884; Annie Lilian, born 10th April 1885; Florence, born c. 1886; Rosina, born c. 1888; Gertrude May, born c. 1892; William Henry, born c. 1893; George Ernest, born c. 1899; Joseph Arthur, born 14th November 1904; Edith, born 24th April 1906, and Dorothy Violet, born c. 1908. Edwin worked as a bedstead smith.

James BODDY (1824-1859)

James BODDY was born in 1824 in Crediton, Devon and was the son of Samuel BODDY and Mary PARK. He moved to Bristol in the mid 19th century and on 31st January 1848 he married Mary Jane THOMAS in St James, Bristol. Mary was born in St Philip & Jacob, Bristol in about 1825 and was the daughter of John and Sarah LEWIS and the widow of William THOMAS, with whom she had at least one child, Sarah Maria, born 1st November 1844 at 2 Water Street, St Paul, Bristol.

James and Mary had five children together, all born in St Paul, Bristol - Emma Jane, born 1848; Mary Ann, born 1850; William Henry, born 1853; James Samuel, born 7th April 1857, and Henrietta Thirza, born 1859. In 1851 the family was living in Newfoundland Street, St Paul, where James worked as a shoemaker, as seen here in the census for that year:

Newfoundland Street, St Paul, Bristol

James BODDY aged 26 Shoemaker born Crediton, Devon
Mary Jane BODDY wife 25 born Bristol
Emma BODDY daughter 2 born Bristol
Mary Ann BODDY daughter 6 months born Bristol

James BODDY died of typhus and pneumonia on 10th January 1859 in Dale Street, St Paul, Bristol. In 1861 the widowed Mary Jane BODDY was still living in Dale Street with her children:

25 Dale Street, St Paul, Bristol

Mary Jane BODDY widow aged 34 Sempstress born St Paul, Bristol
Sarah Maria THOMAS daughter 16 Servant born St Paul, Bristol
Emma Jane BODDY daughter 12 Scholar born St Paul, Bristol
Mary Ann BODDY daughter 10 Scholar born St Paul, Bristol
William Henry BODDY son 8 Scholar born St Paul, Bristol
James Samuel BODDY son 4 Scholar born St Paul, Bristol
Henrietta Thirsa BODDY daughter 2 born St Paul, Bristol
Sarah LEWIS mother 66 born Wales
Jemima JONES lodger 48 Laundress born St Philips, Bristol

By 1871 the family had moved to Eugene Street in the parish of St James. Mary appears to have had another illegitimate child, Frederick, born c. 1868:

46 Eugene Street, St James, Bristol

Mary BODDY widow 45 Tailoress born St Paul, Bristol
Emma BODDY daughter 22 Tailoress born Bristol
Mary BODDY daughter 20 Tailoress born Bristol
William BODDY son 18 Shoemaker born Bristol
James BODDY son 14 Grocers Errand Boy born Bristol
Thirsa BODDY daughter 12 Scholar born Bristol
Fredk BODDY son 3 born St James, Bristol

By 1881 Mary had moved to the St Werburgh area of Bristol:

3 Windsor Terrace, Mina Road, St Philip & Jacob, Bristol

Mary BODY widow aged 55 Tailoress born Bristol, Gloucester
William BODY son 28 Boot Maker born Bristol, Gloucester
Frederick BODY son 14 Errand Boy born Bristol, Gloucester

Mary Jane BODDY (nee LEWIS) died of apoplexy on 8th November 1887 at 32 York Street, Mina Road, Bristol.

Henrietta Thirza BODDY (b. 1859) married William Henry MAGGS on 14th June 1880 in St Paul Parish Church, Bristol. William was born in Portland Square, Bristol in about 1857 and was a wood carver. Thirza and William had at least six children together, all born in Bristol - Gracina, born 1880; William, born 1884; George, born 1887; Lilian, born 1889; Rose, born 1893, and Walter, born 1897. In 1881 the family was living in James Street, Mina Road, Bristol, as seen here in the census for that year:

7a James Street, Mina Road, St Philip & Jacob, Bristol

William MAGGS aged 24 Wood Carver born Bristol, Gloucester
Thirza MAGGS wife 22 born Bristol, Gloucester
Gracina MAGGS daughter 9 months born Bristol, Gloucester

James Samuel BODDY (1857-1919)

James Samuel BODDY was born on 7th April 1857 in 8 Dale Street, St Paul, Bristol. He was the son of James BODDY and Mary Jane LEWIS. He married Mary Ann WILLIAMS on 24th April 1878 in The Register Office, Bristol. She was born on 1st December 1857 in 2 Norfolk Street, St Paul, Bristol and was the daughter of James William WILLIAMS, a printer, and Mary Ann TUCKER.

James and Mary had nine children together, all born in Bristol - Mary Ann, born 16th June 1878 at 2 Windsor Terrace, Mina Road, St Philip & Jacob; William Giles, born c. 1879; James Samuel, born 10th July 1880 at 3 Windsor Terrace, Mina Road; Theresa, born 24th September 1882 at 2 Pearce's Place, Holton Street, Ashley; William Henry, born 4th July 1884 at 32 James Street, Mina Road, St Philip & Jacob, Bristol; Emma Jane, born 26th January 1886 at 32 James Street, died 8th August 1887; Rosina, born c. 1888; Sarah, born 30th July 1890, and Flora, born c. 1893. In 1881 the family was living at 3 Windsor Terrace, Mina Road, Bristol, where James worked as a bootmaker, as seen here in the census for that year:

3 Windsor Terrace, Mina Road, St Philip & Jacob, Bristol

James S. BODDY aged 23 Boot Maker born Bristol, Gloucester
Mary A. BODDY wife 23 born Bristol, Gloucester
Mary A. BODDY daughter 2 born Bristol, Gloucester
James S. BODDY son 8 months born Bristol, Gloucester

The family later moved to James Street, as seen here in the 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses:

46 James Street, St Werburgh, Bristol (1891)

James S. BODDY aged 37 Boot Finisher born St Paul, Bristol
Mary BODDY wife 35 born Bedminster, Bristol
Mary BODDY daughter 12 Scholar born James St, Bristol
James BODDY son 10 Scholar born James St, Bristol
Theresa BODDY daughter 7 Scholar born St Paul, Bristol
William BODDY son 6 Scholar born James St, Bristol
Rosina BODDY daughter 3 born James St, Bristol
Sarah BODDY daughter 7 months born James St, Bristol

46 James Street, St Werburgh, Bristol (1901)

James BODDY aged 44 Boot Finisher born Bristol
Mary BODDY wife 43 born Bristol
James BODDY son 20 General Haulier born Bristol
William BODDY son 16 Confectioners Assistant born Bristol
Rosina BODDY daughter 13 born Bristol
Sarah BODDY daughter 10 born Bristol
Flora BODDY daughter 8 born Bristol

46 James Street, St Philip & Jacob, Bristol (1911)

James BODDY aged 54 Boot Finisher born Bristol
Mary Ann BODDY wife 52 born Bristol
James BODDY son 30 Haulier born Bristol
William BODDY son 26 Confectioner born Bristol
Flora BODDY daughter 18 General Servant (Domestic) born Bristol

James Samuel BODDY died on 30th March 1919 in the Bristol Royal Infirmary. His wife Mary Ann died on 12th July 1940 at 46 James Street, St Werburgh, Bristol.

Theresa BODDY (b. 1883) was known as "Triss". She worked as a domestic servant for the INGRAM family in Redland, as seen here in the 1901 census:

86 Redland Road, St Saviour Woolcot Park, Bristol

George INGRAM aged 41 Secretary Brewing Company born Bristol
Mary A. INGRAM wife 39 born Bristol
George L. Y. INGRAM son 16 Student born Bristol
Dora M. INGRAM daughter 14 born Bristol
Audrey G. INGRAM daughter 11 born Bristol
Kathleen L. INGRAM daughter 9 born Bristol
Elsa M. INGRAM daughter 1 born Bristol
Theresa BODDY servant 18 General Domestic Servant born Bristol

Triss married Samuel John Woodman BISHOP on 23rd April 1908 in The Register Office, Bristol. Sam was born in Bedminster, Bristol in about 1887 and was the son of Joseph BISHOP and Elizabeth Jane JOHNS. Triss and Sam had at least four children together - Henry James, born 7th May 1909 in Bristol; Samuel William, born c. 1912 in Bristol, died c. 1915; William Samuel, born 10th April 1917, and Glyn, born 12th March 1920. This is how the family appears in the 1911 census:

21 Narroways Road, St Werburgh, Bristol

Samuel John Woodman BISHOP aged 23 Chocolate Maker born Ashton Gate, Bristol
Theresa BISHOP wife 28 Household Duty born St Werburgh, Bristol
Henry James BISHOP 1 year 11 months born St Werburgh, Bristol

Triss and Sam moved to Ogmore Vale in South Wales where Sam worked as a coal miner. Theresa BISHOP (nee BODDY) died on 19th July 1946.

William Henry BODDY (b. 1885) worked for Packers Chocolate Factory in Carlyle Road, Greenbank, Bristol. He married Elizabeth LLOYD in Bristol in 1915 but didn't have any children. William died in Bristol in 1946.

Rosina BODDY (b. 1888) was working for James HEWETT in Bishopston, Bristol in 1911:

31 Logan Road, Bishopston, Bristol

James HEWETT aged 61 Grocer born Boscastle, Cornwall
Emma HEWETT wife 64 born Bristol
Rosina BODDY servant 23 General Domestic Servant born Bristol

Rosina married William John CURTIS on 30th July 1921 in St Werburgh, Bristol. William was born on 8th April 1889 in St Philip & Jacob, Bristol and was the son of Frederick CURTIS, a butcher. Rosina and William had one daughter together - Doreen Rosina, born 9th August 1922. Rosina died on 12th July 1979 in Southmead Hospital, Bristol.

Sarah BODDY (b. 1890) was known as "Min". In 1911 she was working for the CLAYDEN family in Bishopston, Bristol:

45 Berkeley Road, Bishopston, Bristol

Robert William CLAYDEN aged 33 Shopfitter born Linton, Cambridgeshire
Christiana Sarah CLAYDEN wife 35 born Hastings, Sussex
Violet Christiana CLAYDEN daughter 10 born Whitstable, Kent
Robert Joseph William CLAYDEN son 6 born St Margarets, Middlesex
John Thomas CLAYDEN son 3 born Bristol
Sarah BODDY servant 20 General Domestic Servant born Bristol

Sarah married John ROBERTS in 1921 with whom she had one child - Evis Hazel, born in Cardiff in 1926. Sarah died in Bristol in 1981.

Flora BODDY (b. 1893) was known as "Flo". She married Harry James BISHOP in 1919. Harry was born in Bedminster, Bristol in about 1890 and was the younger brother of Samuel BISHOP. Flo and Henry had at least one son together - Herbert James, born c. 1920.

Mary Ann BODDY (1878-1957)

Mary Ann ("Maud") BODDY was born on 16th June 1878 at 2 Windsor Terrace, Mina Road, Bristol. She was the eldest child of James Samuel BODDY and Mary Ann WILLIAMS. Maud worked as a domestic servant for the LEWIS family in Cotham, as seen here in the 1901 census:

Upton Lodge, Cotham Grove, St Matthew Kingsdown, Bristol

Edwin J. LEWIS aged 67 Brewery Valuer born Bristol
Mary A. LEWIS wife 65 born Bristol
Julia K. LEWIS daughter 44 born Bristol
Florence L. LEWIS daughter 41 born Bristol
Emily LEWIS daughter 37 born Bristol
Frederick G. LEWIS son 30 Valuer's Clerk born Bristol
Clara A. LEWIS daughter 26 born Bristol
Mary A. BODDY servant 22 Domestic Servant born Bristol

It's interesting to note that Edwin and Mary Ann LEWIS had a daughter, also called Mary Ann, who married George INGRAM in 1883, and they were the George and Mary Ann INGRAM whom Maud BODDY's sister Theresa was working for as a domestic servant in 1901 (see above census extract).

Maud married James William MOSS, the son of John MOSS, a boiler maker, and Jane RICHARDS. James was born on 13th September 1866 in St George, Bristol and worked as a railway porter. James may have met Maud when delivering goods to Upton Lodge as he was also living in Kingsdown at the time. Maud and James had two children together, both born at 79 Downend Road, Horfield, Bristol - William Boddy, born 16th August 1906, and Mary Beatrice ("Trixie"), born 28th November 1910. This is how the family appears in the 1911 census:

79 Downend Road, Horfield, Bristol

James MOSS aged 44 Outdoor Porter born Bristol
Mary MOSS wife 33 born Bristol
William MOSS son 4 born Bristol
Beatrice MOSS daughter 4 months born Bristol
John MOSS widower father 71 Pensioner (Boiler Maker) born Bristol

James and Maud moved to 1 Pitt Road, Horfield in about 1915. The house was originally rented from Samuel Stockman HADDRELL who ran a grocery shop on the corner of Pitt Road and Gloucester Road. Several of the other houses in Pitt Road were occupied by members of the SMITH family. Frederick Joseph SMITH lived with his mother directly opposite James and Maud at 2 Pitt Road. Frederick and Maud married on 28th February 1920 in The Register Office, Bristol. Frederick was born on 25th April 1876 in Ashley Down, Horfield, Bristol and was the son of Christopher Sidney SMITH and Sarah PARSONS. Like several of his brothers, Frederick worked as a plasterer. Maud and Frederick had one child together - Winifred Ivy, born 23rd December 1920 in 1 Pitt Road, Horfield, Bristol.


Maud SMITH Gallery
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Frederick and Maud SMITH lived at No 1 Pitt Road, Horfield. Frederick died on 8th August 1928, aged just 52. He was interred at Canford Cemetery in Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol. His widow Maud continued to live at 1 Pitt Road until her death on 15th February 1957. She too was interred at Canford Cemetery.

William Boddy MOSS (b. 1906) joined the Royal Navy on 7th February 1922 and served continuously until 28th May 1936 when he purchased himself out, having reached the rank of Leading Seaman. He married Alice Maud COLLEY on 24th November 1929 in St Michael Parish Church, Bristol. Alice was born on 12th September 1901 in Bedminster, Bristol and was the daughter of Charles COLLEY and Eliza DAVEY. Alice died on 12th June 1975 in Southmead Hospital, Bristol. William died on 9th May 1982 at 30 Kelston Road, Horfield, Bristol.  They were both cremated at Canford Cemetery. William and Alice were the parents of my half-1st-cousin-once removed Veronica "Roni" SOLOMONS (nee MOSS).


William Boddy MOSS
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Mary Beatrice ("Trixie") MOSS (b. 1910) was a domestic worker. She married Clifford Glyn BEAVAN on 12th April 1930. Cliff was born on 1st February 1907 and was a railway worker employed by Nott, Brodie & Co. He died on 31st July 1931 when he was crushed between two railway trucks. Witnesses to the accident suggested that Cliff may have slipped while the trucks were being shunted together. Beatrice subsequently married Arthur READ at The Register Office, Bristol in 1948. Trixie died on 3rd November 1991 at 1 Pitt Road, Horfield, Bristol.

Winifred Ivy SMITH (b. 1920) married Alfred William Hippesley MATTHEWS on 10th April 1939 in Horfield Parish Church. Alfred, better known as "Roy", was born on 15th July 1916 in Purton, Wiltshire and was the eldest child of William MATTHEWS and Amy Gwendoline "Gwennie" CURTIS.

Roy and Winifred MATTHEWS are my grandparents.


Alfred MATTHEWS and Winifred SMITH
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