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Question by macro52

Christopher Brown Rodwell is the son of Christopher Rodwell and Mary Ann Brown of Swaffham, Norfolk, UK,
Christopher was born: c1812 in Malta, then in 1831 he attended Christ College, Cambridge, UK and received his B.A., in 1835.
He married and had two sons, 1.Charles, b:1834, UK., 2.Thomas, b:1841, UK. They traveled to New South Wales and apparently his wife died on the voyage, I don't know her name or the name of the ship.

Christopher then arrived in Port Adelaide, South Australia twice; 1. 24 June 1839 on the ship, Dawsons from Sydney, N S W & 2. 12 June 1840 on the Dawset from Launceston, Tasmania and both times he entered South Australia his name was the only one on the passenger list so I dont know if his family came with him.
Christopher m: 26 June 1841 to Mary Ann Macgowan (my gg Aunt) and had three daughters, all born in South Australia, 1.Maryanne Ernestine, b: 6 Sep 1842, Kensington, 2.Susan Lois, b: 7 Jan 1844, Rock Springs, 3.Helen, b :23 Sep 1845, Rock Springs.

Christopher then pops his head up in Terling, Essex, UK as a Deacon in 1846, then his wife has daughter no; 4. Lucy Lois, b: 1848 & son no.3. Christopher, b: 1850.
Then they turn up in Freshford, Somerset and I think the Freshford web site (http://www.freshford.com/rodwell.htm) have gone a little off track. In 1856 Christopher is in Freshford with a new wife; Mary Ann Davis and eight daughters, and their youngest, Percival Davis, baptised: 1865.
The site goes on to say that Christopher's wife was born in Liverpool and their first two daughters being born in South Australia.
I assume his first wife died on board before they reached Australia and the Mary Ann Davis that the Freshford web site talks about is my gg Aunt, Mary Ann Macgowan or did she die on the trip back to England? The two sons went back to South Australia where; Charles d: 7 Jul 1864,Adelaide & Thomas d:8 Apr 1880, North Adelaide. Christopher Brown Rodwell went on to d: 1888, Horsted Keynes, Sussex.

I would like to converse with someone to help fill in the blanks.

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by noggin on 2013-09-12 08:15:32
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by noggin on 2013-09-12 08:20:27
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by janilye on 2013-09-12 10:39:00

Well here's 1851; I have added the birth places and relationships &c. which were shown on the image.
1851 England Census
Name: Christopher Brown Rodwell
Age: 39
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1812
Relation: Head
Spouse's Name: Mary Ann Rodwell
Gender: M (Male)
Where born: Valetta, Malta

Civil Parish: Toller Porcorum
County/Island: Dorset
Country: England

Street Address: None shown

Occupation: Vicar of Toller Porcorum

Condition as to marriage:

Disability: View Image

Registration District: Dorchester
Sub-registration District: Maiden Newton
ED, institution, or vessel: 8
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Schedule Number: 5
Piece: 1858
Folio: 506
Page Number: 1
Household Members: Name Age
Christopher Brown Rodwell 39 b: Valetta, Malta
Mary Ann Rodwell 26 b: Lancashire, Liverpool
Mary Ann Ernestus Rodwell 8 b: Sth Australia
Helen Lois Rodwell 5 b: Sth. Australia
Lucy Lois Rodwell 3 b: Serbing, Essex
Christopher Rodwell 1 b: Toller Porcorum, Essex
An Infant Rodwell 2 Mo Female b: Toller Porcorum
Edith Sime 18 -Governess
Emma Billen 22 - House Servant
Frances Billen 20 - Maid
James Billen 17 - Foot Boy

by janilye on 2013-09-12 11:06:00

Here's the 1961. It's the same wife calling herself Mariann rather than Mary Ann, same family as in 1851 3 more kids a change of staff and young Christopher is missing.
1861 England Census
Name: Christophe B Rodwell
Age: 49
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1812
Relation: Head
Spouse's Name: Mariann Rodwell
Gender: Male
Where born: Island of Malta, Somerset, England

Civil Parish: Freshford
County/Island: Somerset
Country: England

Street Address: Parsonage

Occupation: Rector of Freshford

Condition as to marriage: View Image

Registration District: Bradford On Avon
Sub-registration District: Bradford South Eastern
ED, institution, or vessel: 16
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Schedule Number: 1
Piece: 1298
Folio: 96
Page Number: 1
Household Members: Name Age
Christophe B Rodwell 49 Malta
Mariann Rodwell 36 b: Lancashire, Liverpool
Mariann C Rodwell 18 b: Sth. Australia (just reads 'ditto' on image not Mariann)
Helen L Rodwell 15 b: Sth. Australia
Lucy L Rodwell 13 b: Turling, Essex
Agnes D Rodwell 10 b: Gt. Poller, Dorset
Annie H Rodwell 7 b: Maiden Newton, Dorset
Clara M I Rodwell 5 b: Iver, Buckinghamshire
Beatrice C Rodwell 3 b: Freshford, Somerset
Mary Bridle 44 - Cook
Ann Grant 25 - Housemaid
Ellen Tomkins 23 - Nurse

by janilye on 2013-09-12 12:48:05

Percival's on this one and Christopher has returned perhaps he was away at school in 61.
1871 England Census
Name: Christopher Brown Rodwell
Age: 59
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1812
Relation: Head
Spouse's Name: Maryanne Rodwell
Gender: Male
Where born: Hand of Malta
Civil Parish: Horsted Keynes
Ecclesiastical parish: Chichester
County/Island: Sussex
Country: England
Registration District: Cuckfield
Sub-registration District: Lindfield
ED, institution, or vessel: 4
Household Schedule Number: 35
Piece: 1060
Folio: 60
Page Number: 8
Household Members: Name Age
Christopher Brown Rodwell 59 Rector of Horsted Keynes b: Malta
Maryanne Rodwell 46 b: Lancashire, Liverpool
Helen Lois Rodwell 25 b: Sth. Australia
Lucy Lois Rodwell 23 Terling (spell it differently every time)
Christopher Rodwell 21 b: Gt. Soller, Under Graduate Trinity College, Oxford
Clara Maria Isabella Rodwell 15 b: Iver, Buckinghamshire
Bertrice Octavia Rodwell 13 b: Freshford
Percival Davies Rodwell 6 b: Freshford
Anne Short 23 - General Servant
Sophia Huntley 24 - General Servant
Ellen Elizth Landers 17 - General Servant

Also I checked out because the name rang a bell, Thomas Rodwell the son of the first wife. You have him dying in North Adelaide 8 April 1880 do you think you could be mistaken. Here is the death notice,
South Australian Register Saturday 10 April 1880
RODWELL. On the 8th April at Finniss street, North Adelaide, Thomas Rodwell, eldest son of the late H. Rodwell, of Sydney, aged 39 years. Sydney papers please copy.
South Australian Chronicle Saturday 10 April 1880
RODWELL. On the 9th April, at Finniss-street, North Adelaide, Thomas, eldest son of the late H. Rodwell, of Sydney, aged 39 years. Sydney papers please copy.
That H is an error, so then I went into the Sydney papers and came up with this;
The Sydney Morning Herald Saturday 24 April 1880
RODWELL.-April 10, at Finnis-street, North Adelaide, in his 41st year, Thomas, last surviving son of the late Thomas George Rodwell, of Regent-street, Redfern.
Now I've heard of Thomas George Rodwell 1799-1877 he was a convict who came out on the Royal Admiral in 1830 married another convict Sarah Eliza Griffin in 1838.
The son, Thomas Rodwell was in North Adelaide because he had married a daughter of Matthew O'Keefe a North Adelaide businessman about 7 or 8 years earlier. Anyway long story short; this is not your Thomas.
nsw.births V18391502 23A/1839 RODWELL THOMAS THOMAS G SARAH E
So, I've solved one problem and given you another.

by macro52 on 2013-09-13 09:15:46

Hi noggin & janilye,
Thank you for all your help it's fantastic. You've sertainly given me something to go on with, I'm going to loose sleep over this lot.
The kindest regards,
Roger

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