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Doris Rhoda HILL
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Generation: 1
  1. Doris Rhoda HILL b. 2 Oct 1917, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; d. 28 Dec 1979, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada; bur. Fonthill, Ontario, Canada.

    Notes:
    Doris received a certification from the Collegiate Institutes High Schools and Continuation Schools of Ontario, dated 12 July 1932 at Willowdale, Ontario, certifying her compliance with the requirements of the Department of Education for admission to a Collegiate Institute, High School or Continuation School (original in possession of Susan Young).

    Doris m. Floyd Alvin Francis BARNHART 1944, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Floyd b. 22 Jun 1918, Willoughby Township, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada; d. 13 Jun 1996, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada; bur. 17 Jun 1996, Pleasantview Memorial Gardens, Fonthill, Ontario, Canada. [Group Sheet]

Generation: 2
  1. Victor John HILL b. 31 Mar 1889, Clayhanger, Devon, England; d. 26 Feb 1977, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada; bur. St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

    Notes:
    Letter of recommendation (original in possession of Susan Young) respecting Victor John Hill was written by J. R. Burnett, North Toronto Cartage (3383 Yonge Street, Bedford Park) on 28 March 1922 as follows:
    "This is to certify that Victor Hill has been in my employ as teamster from March to November 1920 and in that time proved himself to be a good faithful honest worker steady and very agreeable with his fellow workers."

    In possession of Susan Young, having been handed down to her by her mother, are four prize ribbons that had been won by Victor John Hill at the Royal Winter Fair held in Toronto, Ontario during the winters of 1924, 1925 and 1926. The ribbons are as follows: 1st Prize in the Poultry, Pigeons and Pet Stock category for 1924; 1st and 2nd Prizes in the Poultry, Pigeons and Pet Stock category for 1925; 3rd and 5th Prizes in the Poultry, Pigeons and Pet Stock category for 1924. Information from Susan's mother is that Victor used to raise Angora rabbits. Presumably these prize ribbons are for those rabbits.

  2. Victor m. Minnie Winifred BODEKER 29 Mar 1916, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Minnie (daughter of Alfred Heinrich BODEKER and Ann GREGORY) b. 5 Feb 1893, Faversham, Kent, England; c. 3 Mar 1893, Faversham, Kent, England; d. 3 Jul 1972, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada; bur. Victoria Lawn Cemetery, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. [Group Sheet]

  3. Minnie Winifred BODEKER b. 5 Feb 1893, Faversham, Kent, England; c. 3 Mar 1893, Faversham, Kent, England; d. 3 Jul 1972, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada; bur. Victoria Lawn Cemetery, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

    Notes:
    Letter of recommendation (original in possession of Susan Young) respecting Minnie Hill was written by The Children's Aid Society of the County of Welland, Matron, Mrs. Levi Chambers, on 30 June 1936 as follows:
    "To whom it may concern:-
    Mrs. Victor Hill has been an employee of the County of Welland Children's Aid Society, for the past nine months in the capacity of Assistant Matron. We have found her honest and trustworthy, a good cook and economical in the kitchen. I have found her faithful to duty and willing and congenial to work with."

    Information obtained from Dorothy Hardman and Edith Owlett: When Minnie and her family first arrived in Canada they took a house off of Davenport Road on Symington Avenue near the intersection with Lansdowne Avenue. Neither cousin was able to tell me just when Ada Jane "Lillian" moved with her new husband, Luke Owlett, to the property at 251 Silverthorne Avenue but they did recall that Minnie and Victor lived on Symington until their first daughter, Doris, was about 3 years old. At that time, sometime during 1920, Victor took a job as a stable hand at Havergall College for girls and moved his family out to Glengrove Avenue. The house number could not be remembered and the directions are a little hazy: "off Yonge Street, near Gray Road with Lawrence Avenue just behind them and Woburn in front of their house". It might be that Woburn formed a T-junction with Symington at their house or that the street names have been re-assigned since that time as, now, the only street with Glen as part of its' name that sits between Woburn Avenue and Lawrence Avenue West is Glengarry Avenue. From the Toronto house, of which I happened to have the antique main dining room fixture, the family moved to Wainfleet, Ontario, then to Silverdale, Effingham and finally into St. Catharines circa 1940. The family lived in Silverdale between 1931 and 1939, and in Effingham for a short time 1939-1940 before moving into St. Catharines.

    RESEARCH-TASKS: 1. DO property search for 5 Edmund Street, St. Catharines, being Plan 50, Block S, rear part E.


    TASK-1: 1. DO property search for 5 Edmund Street, St. Catharines, being Plan 50, Block S, rear part E.

    Children:
    1. 1. Doris Rhoda HILL b. 2 Oct 1917, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; d. 28 Dec 1979, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada; bur. Fonthill, Ontario, Canada.
    2. Edith Catherine HILL b. 20 Oct 1918, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; d. 4 Aug 2001, Albright Manor, Beamsville, Ontario, Canada; bur. Victoria Lawn Cemetery, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.
    3. LIVING

Generation: 3
  1. John James Harris HILL c. 7 Apr 1867, Lifton, Devon, England; d. 19 Mar 1928, Chillington Stokenham, Kingsbridge, Devon, England; bur. Thorverton, Devon, England.

    Notes:
    John James Harris Hill was heir to Bradford Manor (near Pyworthy) Devon. My first inkling of some interesting background concerning John James Harris Hill, other than his police career, came to me by way of a statement that my cousin Guy had made to me in one of his letters: ‘He lost all of the family’s money on the horses and was never heard of again. Of course, the family lost the estate.’ Although Guy had always lived in England he had become distanced from his closer Hill cousins and this tidbit of information concerning our mutual great-great-great-grandfather came to him through his mother. That lady had married into the Hill family and possessed a flair for the dramatic. She relished every opportunity that was given her to relate the “family scandal”. A flurry of correspondence with Esther Jeffries, although a more distant Hill cousin to me she was closer in degree relationship to John James than even Guy, eventually revealed the full story. My great-great-great-grandfather (John James' own grandfather) was, during the late 1700s, the tenant-in-chief of Bradford Manor near Pyworthy, Devon. One day while he was out collecting the rents from the sub-tenants he was attacked and robbed of all the money. Bear in mind that during that time period the principal form of transportation around a vast estate was via horse. Unfortunately, my ancestor did not survive the attack and the family was unaware that anything was amiss until his horse returned, riderless, to the manor house. Research in various resources has proved this second version of the “family scandal” to be the correct one. And as to the claim of losing the family estate? That, too, was not entirely accurate within the confines of the original statement. Some one hundred and thirty years later, my great-grandfather, John James Harris Hill, upon enlisting with the Devon Constabulary, found that his heart and interest did not lie in farming and not wishing to continue with the onerous responsibility of occupying and managing a landed estate deeded the manor and its’ properties back to the Duchy of Cornwall.

    Letter from Devon & Cornwall Constabulary dated 6 September 1990 and addressed to Mrs. E. F. Lewis of Tavistock:

    "Dear Madam,

    I refer to your letter of 20 August 1990 requesting an ancestral search.

    Devon Constabulary records reveal the following information:-

    John James Harris HILL: born 7 April 1867 Lifton: Appointed constable No. 57, 26 October 1886 (former occupation labourer): 5'10-1/2": chest 42": previous service 1 yr 8mths with Cornwall Constabulary: resigned on transfer to City of Exeter Force 8 November 1910: commended by Watch Committee for courageous and prompt action in stopping a runaway horse in New North Road on 27 June 1902: commended by Superintendent 'N' Division Devon Constabulary for meritorious conduct in apprehending three young men who had broken a shop window at Crediton and committed a robbery: retired on 26 October 1912 with 26 yrs police service and received a pension of GB1.1.4d per week.

    Records of the Cornwall Constabulary are held at the Cornwall County Record Office, Truro. ...."

    The New Inn in Chillington, Stokenham, Devon was in existence as early as 1850 (White's Directory) and as late as 1935 as found in Kelly's directory.

  2. John m. Rhoda BAKER 29 May 1888, Bishop's Hull, Somerset, England. Rhoda (daughter of Eli BAKER and Charity SMITH) b. 11 Feb 1864, Bishop's Hull, Somerset, England; d. 19 Mar 1918. [Group Sheet]

  3. Rhoda BAKER b. 11 Feb 1864, Bishop's Hull, Somerset, England; d. 19 Mar 1918.

    Children:
    1. 2. Victor John HILL b. 31 Mar 1889, Clayhanger, Devon, England; d. 26 Feb 1977, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada; bur. St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.
    2. Lilian Jane HILL b. 27 Mar 1893; d. 18 Dec 1979, Exeter, Devon, England; bur. Thorverton, Devon, England.
    3. George Frederick HILL b. 19 Oct 1897.
  4. Alfred Heinrich BODEKER b. 5 Feb 1860, Deptford, St. Paul, Kent, England; d. 7 Aug 1920 (58 yrs, 5 mons), South Africa.

    Notes:
    As of the 1901 census Alfred and Charlotte were living, with their first two children, at Corringham, Essex as follows:

    page 22, Corringham, RG13/1662, #117, 10 Fleet Street, Corringham, Essex:
    Alfred H. Bodeker, head, married, 40, foreman guncotton powder explosive works, born London New Cross
    Charlotte E., wife, married, 29, born Faversham, Kent
    Alfred H., son, 1, born in Essex
    Hilda M., daughter, 2 months, born in Essex
    and with two male boarders, both general labourers and both born in the U.S.A. but British Subjects.

    Pietermaritzburg Archives Estate file:
    DEPOT NAB SOURCE MSCE (Master of the Supreme Court. Estates (1840 - 1971) (On NAAIRS until 1971)
    ) TYPE LEER (correspondence file) VOLUME_NO 0 SYSTEM 01 REFERENCE 5495/1920 PART 1 DESCRIPTION BODEKER, ALFRED HENRICH. (SSP BODEKER, CHARLOTTE, BORN HEUSDEN). STARTING 1920 ENDING 1920

    NAB
    Pietermaritzburg Archives Repository Postal Address: Private Bag X9012, PIETERMARITZBURG 3200 Street address: 231 Pietermaritz Street, PIETERMARITZBURG Tel: (033) 342 4712. Fax: (033) 394 4353 Email: pmbarchives@kznedu.kzntl.gov.za

  5. Alfred m. Ann GREGORY 31 Aug 1890, Faversham, Kent, England. Ann (daughter of Edward GREGORY and Ann RUCK) b. 15 Mar 1855, Faversham, Kent, England; c. 10 Feb 1856, Faversham, Kent, England; d. 3 Oct 1921, Maidstone, Kent, England; bur. Maidstone, Kent, England. [Group Sheet]

  6. Ann GREGORY b. 15 Mar 1855, Faversham, Kent, England; c. 10 Feb 1856, Faversham, Kent, England; d. 3 Oct 1921, Maidstone, Kent, England; bur. Maidstone, Kent, England.

    Notes:
    Ann, the last child of Edward Gregory and Ann Ruck, was born 15 March 1855. Her life is somewhat of a mystery and she was never forthcoming with her children about family information.

    Prior to her first marriage, Ann had had one daughter named Alice Jane who was christened at the Faversham Parish Church on 18 February 1876. Unfortunately, this little child died around the time she was 1 year old and her death is registered during the first quarter of 1877 at Faversham District.

    She married for the first time, a man by the name of Henry Kearn on the 29th of July 1876 at the parish church of Faversham. None of her grandchildren knew of this marriage and it only came to light when her marriage certificate to Alfred Bodeker was received. Ann was shown on that latter certificate as being Ann Kearn, widow, father - Edward Gregory, mariner. What became of Henry Kearn is unknown and in light of this earlier marriage, it is also unknown if Ann's first child, Annie was Henry's or Alfred's natural daughter.

    Although Ann was living with Alfred Bodeker as his wife by the time of the 1881 census, their marriage did not take place until 31 August 1890. It is possible that Henry Kearn, who had been an engine driver, deserted Ann, could not be found and subsequently had to be declared dead. At any rate, I have requisitioned the microfilm containing burials at the Faversham Parish Church for the applicable period and may find more answers there. In 1881 the family lived at 3 Gatefield Lane.

    Between 1880 and 1893 Ann and Alfred had 7 more children. Edith Louise, born 4 September 1880; Minnie born during 1882; Rose born during 1885; Frederick born 25 October 1887; Ada Jane born 28 December 1889; and, Minnie Winnifred born 5 February 1893. Annie C., Minnie and Rose all died during 1886. It was not until a trip to visit with Dorothy Hardman and Edith Owlett during June 2003 that it came to light that their Lill was actually named Ada Jane. Up until that time, I had suspected that was the case as certainly there had never been a Lillian Gregory, Kearn or Bodeker registered at any time in the Faversham District. Unfortunately, though I had nothing to prove my suspicions. Edith Owlett suddenly revealed that her mother's name was actually Ada Jane entirely out of the blue. I was astonished and proclaimed my thanks to her for finally rectifying that piece of family history. Certainly during the 1891 and 1901 census Ada is living with the family - but no Lillian.

    During 1891 the family continued to live at 33 Westgate Road in Faversham. Alfred was a labourer in the gun cotton works and the only children then living were Edith, aged 12, Frederick, aged 3 and Ada Jane, aged 2. At 32 Westgate Road was Ann's second cousin once removed, Charles Bunting and his wife, Fanny. Charles Bunting was the great-grandson of Thomas Nutt and Mary Herman, Ann's great-great-grandparents through her grandmother, Christian Gregory (nee Milsted). It is unknown what the relationship was like between Ann and her cousin. As the relationship was somewhat removed in time between Charles Bunting and Ann, it also makes me wonder if either of them was aware of their kindred bonds.

    Alfred Bodeker eventually rose to the position of foreman at the gun cotton works. He was a rather confused and abusive sort and eventually deserted Ann around 1899. We are told that he had run off with a younger woman and certainly two entries in the Faversham parish registers bear this out: christened 8 August 1900 Alfred Heinrich Bodeker (G.R.O. June Qtr, 1899, Orsett, 4a, 578) and christened 26 May 1901 Hilda Mildred Bodeker (G.R.O. March Qtr 1901, Orsett, 4a, 649), the children of Alfred Bodeker and Charlotte Eliza Houseden. Curiously, his residence was given as being Stanford, Essex. The 1901 census shows Alfred and Charlotte and their two children living at 10 Fleet Street, Corringham, Essex. He was working as a foreman in the guncotton and explosive powder works. Living with them were two male boarders who had each been born in the U.S.A.. Hilda was shown as 2 months old at the time and Charlotte was shown as being 29 years of age and born in Faversham. A third child was found on the G.R.O. birth index - Charles William, June Qtr. 1902, Orsett, vol. 4a, page 653.

    Family tradition recalls that Ann's eldest daughter used to make the most of opportunities to discredit Alfred in front of his new love or employees, ranging from name calling, kicking of shins, through to stamping on Charlotte's feet one day when Alfred and Charlotte were encountered walking together through town.

    About 1903 Alfred was sent to South Africa to assist in the start up of a new gun cotton works. Word eventually came back to Ann that he had been killed there in an explosion. No one knows for certain that this is true. I have my doubts as a descendant of Alfred's brother still lives in Faversham today. She is Ella Epps, great-aunt of a lady, Ruth Bodeker (now Busbridge) who lives in New Zealand. All attempts at communication, prior to 2003, with these people failed miserably with Ella Epps more or less of the opinion that 'we' Bodeker descendants do not exist. This situation was rectified during 2003 with a contact made with Sandy Patterson. Sandy is also a descendant of Alfred's brother and more information concerning the Bodeker line can be found in the notes concerning Alfred and his family. Contact has also now been made with Ruth Busbridge in New Zealand.

    Edith married in Faversham a man by the name of George Sharp and had taken up residence with her husband in the Chatham area, where during 1902 she gave birth to her only child, George Thomas Sharp. The family history of Edith and George during these few years, before they came to Canada are quite cloudy and more information will have to be gathered from Pamela Harrison, Edith's grand-daughter.

    Ann, with family in tow, moved to Canada circa 1912 and settled in Toronto. Edith, George and their son also emigrated with Ann. The Sharps opened a fresh fish store on Davenport Road. Again, there is some cloud of confusion surrounding Ada Jane during this period. Family reports have it that Alice, Ada's first child was not Luke's daughter. She actually married Luke Owlett in Toronto during 1912.

    Ada "Lill" and Luke eventually purchased a home at 251 Silverthorn Avenue where the entire family lived together for awhile. Minnie met Victor John Hill, her future husband, while riding the tram to work. She worked at Eaton's downtown and he was a conductor on that tram. Shortly before the outbreak of World War I Victor and Minnie's brother, Fred, purchased a small farm property in North York. Edith Owlett can recall one incident that happened when she was about 8 years old. Apparently the family was then living on Silverthorn and had come down very ill during the winter. Edith Owlett recalls looking up and down Silverthorn for any signs of activity as the weather was so dreadfully bad. She says that much to her great excitement and relief she recalls seeing Victor walking up the street and realized that he was probably coming to bring them the medicine that had been ordered by their doctor.

    On March 13th, 1916 Frederick Bodeker enlisted for duty with the 198th Battalion. His description on enlistment indicates that he was 5'10-1/4" tall, had a fresh complexion, blue eyes and fair hair - traits that seem to run through the Gregory family consistently. He also had three distinctive tatoos on his right arm and eventually those aided in his identification at death. Fred shipped overseas aboard the 'Metagama' arriving in Liverpool, England on 17 April 1917. After serving briefly as acting Lieutenant his designation reverted back to Private. On 20 May 1917 he was stationed at Witley camp in Surrey, England not too far outside of Godalming. By May 27th he was assigned to the intelligence course and on 1 March 1918 landed in France. Fred was killed in action 28 August 1918 while serving with the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles. He was buried at Vis-en-Artois, France and decorated with the British War Medal and the Victory medal. Fred's death deeply affected his sisters. Minnie never accepted his death and for years attempted to find some evidence that he remained alive. Lill named her third child, who was born three months after Fred's death, in remembrance of the cemetary where he was buried - Matilda 'Artois' Owlett.

    Ann returned to England with her daughter Edith and George Sharp circa 1917/18. Edith and George had became very disillusioned with life in Canada. Their store had suffered complete destruction in a fire and Edith was having great difficulty in understanding the Canadian currency system having been used to the pounds, shillings, pence system in use in England. At first, upon their return to England, Edith and George Sharp operated a public house in Chatham, Kent. by the time of Fred's death in 1918 their abode was the Rose Inn, Wheeler Street, Maidstone. No word had been heard from Edith's descendants from the time of her death during the 1950s until I (Susan) was able to finally track down Pamela Harrison (nee Sharp) during summer 2003.

    For a time Lill and her daughters worked at Neilsen's chocolate factory in Toronto. Alice, Lill's eldest daughter, was gifted musically and spent many hours playing her violin at hospitals and hospices. Alice however, had a very tragic marriage and she felt as if she had been the cause of her baby's death. Alice turned away from the support of her family and eventually died as a result of years of alcohol abuse. Matilda, Tilly as she was known, died at the age of 55 unmarried. She too, had not had great success in finding a mate and after her last beau spurned her she took to eating nothing but wieners. Matilda died of cancer. I can remember visiting Silverthorn Avenue at least once during the severest part of Tilly's illness. I was about 7 years old but I can clearly remember that she was up in her bedroom and unable to come down. The adults, only, were allowed to go up to visit with her.

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    1911
    Name: Relationship to head: Marital Status: Years married: Sex: Age in 1911: Occupation: Where born: Report error View Original Page
    BODEKER, ANN HEAD WIDOW F 53 FAVERSHAM KENT
    BODEKER, ADA DAUGHTER SINGLE F 23 GENERAL DOMESTIC SERVANT FAVERSHAM KENT
    BODEKER, FREDERICK SON SINGLE M 24 TRAM CAR DRIVER FAVERSHAM KENT
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    BODEKER ANN (RG14PN3905 RG78PN149 RD47 SD1 ED21 SN156)
    Address 31 PROSPECT ROW CHATHAM County Kent
    District Medway Subdistrict Rochester and Chatham
    Enumeration District 21 Parish Chatham

    Children:
    1. Alice Jane GREGORY c. 18 Feb 1876, Faversham, Kent, England; d. Mar Qtr 1877, 2a, 486, Faversham, Kent, England; bur. 3 Mar 1877, Faversham, Kent, England.
    2. Albert KEARN b. 2 Qtr 1877, Faversham, Kent, England; c. 10 May 1877, Faversham, Kent, England; d. 3 Qtr 1877, Faversham, Kent, England; bur. 15 Aug 1877, Faversham, Kent, England.
    3. Annie Catherine KEARN b. 12 Aug 1878, Faversham, Kent, England; c. 15 Jul 1881, Faversham, Kent, England; bur. 3 Feb 1886, Faversham, Kent, England.
    4. Edith Louise KEARN b. 4 Sep 1879, Faversham, Kent, England; c. 15 Jul 1881, Faversham, Kent, England.
    5. Minnie KEARN b. 1882, Faversham, Kent, England; d. 1886, Faversham, Kent, England; bur. 14 Mar 1886, Faversham, Kent, England.
    6. Rosa KEARN b. Sept Qtr. 1885, Faversham, Kent, England; d. 4 Qtr 1886, Faversham, Kent, England; bur. 28 Oct 1886, Faversham, Kent, England.
    7. Frederick BODEKER b. 25 Oct 1887, Faversham, Kent, England; c. 14 Mar 1890, Faversham, Kent, England; d. 28 Aug 1918, France; bur. Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery, Haucourt, Pas de Calais, France.
    8. Ada Jane "Lillian" BODEKER b. 28 Dec 1889 (1st Qtr 1890), Faversham, Kent, England; c. 14 Mar 1890, Faversham, Kent, England; d. 27 May 1971, Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada; bur. Glendale Memorial Gardens, Weston, Toronto, Ontario.
    9. 3. Minnie Winifred BODEKER b. 5 Feb 1893, Faversham, Kent, England; c. 3 Mar 1893, Faversham, Kent, England; d. 3 Jul 1972, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada; bur. Victoria Lawn Cemetery, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

Generation: 4
  1. Tristram HILL c. 6 Sep 1835, Northlew, Devon, England; d. 8 Jan 1882, Devon, England.

  2. Tristram m. Maria HARRIS 6 Apr 1860, Lifton, Devon, England. Maria (daughter of John HARRIS and Mary Ann HOCKING) c. 18 Jun 1837, Lifton, Devon, England; d. 16 Jan 1881, Tavistock, Devon, England. [Group Sheet]

  3. Maria HARRIS c. 18 Jun 1837, Lifton, Devon, England; d. 16 Jan 1881, Tavistock, Devon, England.

    Children:
    1. Mary Jane HILL c. 14 Jan 1861, Lifton, Devon, England; d. 22 Apr 1908, Devon, England.
    2. William HILL c. 19 Mar 1863, Lifton, Devon, England.
    3. Eleanor HILL c. 15 Mar 1865, Lifton, Devon, England; d. 13 Aug 1887, Devon, England.
    4. 4. John James Harris HILL c. 7 Apr 1867, Lifton, Devon, England; d. 19 Mar 1928, Chillington Stokenham, Kingsbridge, Devon, England; bur. Thorverton, Devon, England.
    5. Aaron HILL b. 1870, Lifton, Devon, England; d. 29 Dec 1879, Lifton, Devon, England.
    6. Charles Henry HILL c. 11 Apr 1877, Lifton, Devon, England; d. Oct 1911, Devon, England.
  4. Eli BAKER c. 3 Mar 1833, Bradford, Somerset, England.

  5. Eli m. Charity SMITH 25 Dec 1855, Nynehead, Somerset, England. Charity (daughter of John SMITH and Catherine PARKER) c. 23 Dec 1832, St. James, Bristol, Gloucester, England. [Group Sheet]

  6. Charity SMITH c. 23 Dec 1832, St. James, Bristol, Gloucester, England.

    Children:
    1. James BAKER b. 1857, Nynehead, Somerset, England.
    2. Emma BAKER b. 1858, Bishops Hull, Somerset, England.
    3. Edward BAKER b. 11 Dec 1860, Bishops Hull, Somerset, England.
    4. 5. Rhoda BAKER b. 11 Feb 1864, Bishop's Hull, Somerset, England; d. 19 Mar 1918.
    5. Isabella BAKER b. 1864, Bishops Hull, Somerset, England.
    6. Emily BAKER b. 1867, Bishops Hull, Somerset, England.
    7. Frederick BAKER b. 26 Jan 1870, Bishops Hull, Somerset, England.
    8. John W. S. O. BAKER b. 1873, Bishops Hull, Somerset, England.
  7. Heinrich Wilhelm Michael BODEKER b. 1816, Hamburg, Germany; d. 17 Aug 1864, 20 Alfred Place, Newington Causeway (Elephant & Castle), Southwark, Surrey, England; bur. 30 Aug 1864, Brookwood Cemetery, Woking, Surrey, England.

    Notes:
    Ruth Busbridge's grandfather was Charles Horatio Bodeker who was only 1 month old when Heinrich Wilhelm Michel Bodeker died so only knew what his mother told him..... The story goes that Heinrich Wilhelm Michel fled to England after he killed a man "accidently" in a duel. His father was a Count and a merchant and had links with Helgoland. Heinrich Wilhelm Michel had been to University, possibly in Hamburg, and could speak 4 languages. His English was perfect. Ruth has a letter which he wrote to his daughter. She also has some "bits" which she took from a very old Bible.
    Heinrich Wilhelm Michael Bodeker was buried at Brookwood Cemetery on 30 Aug 1864 - register no 28828 - died at 20 Alfred Place, St George Southwark - aged 48 - F Owston cemetery anglican priest officiated and he received a pauper class burial. The agreements with London parishes varied slightly but generaly a pauper burial cost the parish about 15 shillings which included coffin transport to the Necropolis station in London, fare for the coffin and one mourner to Brookwood, burial and burial service in the cemetery.
    Discussion on Rootschat regarding inquest report in newspapers can be found at:
    http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php/topic,280022.0.html

  8. Heinrich m. Emma (Sarah) HODGES 30 Jun 1850, Maidstone, Kent, England. Emma (daughter of George HODGES and Sarah HILLS) c. 16 Jul 1826, Maidstone, Kent, England; d. June Qtr 1889, 2a, 455, Faversham, Kent, England; bur. 11 Jun 1889, Faversham, Kent, England. [Group Sheet]

  9. Emma (Sarah) HODGES c. 16 Jul 1826, Maidstone, Kent, England; d. June Qtr 1889, 2a, 455, Faversham, Kent, England; bur. 11 Jun 1889, Faversham, Kent, England.

    Children:
    1. Emma Sarah BODEKER b. 29 Aug 1851, Maidstone, Kent, England; d. June Qtr., 1902, 1d, 370 (Boedeker Emma, aged 55 , Wandsworth District, Greater London, England.
    2. Heinrich Wilhelm BODEKER b. 27 Sep 1854, St. Paul, Deptford, Kent, England; d. 12 Mar 1859, Deptford, Kent, England; bur. Mar 1859, Deptford Cemetery, Deptford, Kent, England.
    3. Catherina Maria BODEKER b. 14 Nov 1857, St. Paul, Deptford, Kent, England; d. Sept Qtr, 1897, 1a, 96, Kensington, Middlesex, England.
    4. 6. Alfred Heinrich BODEKER b. 5 Feb 1860, Deptford, St. Paul, Kent, England; d. 7 Aug 1920 (58 yrs, 5 mons), South Africa.
    5. Wilhelm Albert BODEKER b. 20 Sep 1861, St. Paul, Deptford, Greenwich, Kent, England; d. 1949, Surrey South Eastern District, Surrey, England (5g, 841, aged 87).
    6. Charles Horatio BODEKER b. 23 Jul 1864, Faversham, Kent, England; d. 5 May 1949, Moat house, Uplees, Kent, England (Sittingbourne District, 5b, 675, aged 84); bur. May 1949, St. Peter's Church, Oare, Kent, England.
  10. Edward GREGORY c. 22 Dec 1822, Faversham, Kent, England; bur. 2 Feb 1868, Faversham, Kent, England.

    Notes:
    Edward married Ann Ruck on December 25th, 1846 at the parish church of Faversham. John Gregory, Edward's brother, and Ellen Read were witnesses to the marriage. I have not been able to identify who Ellen Read is as of this time (December, 2003). Ellen Read may well be a clue to an earlier generation of Ruck's. By 1851 Edward and Ann's first two children had been born: Elizabeth, who married George Duncan, and Alice, who married George Wyles. Edward was a mariner in the Gregory tradition and the family lived next door to that of his first cousin, Peter Page Gregory, in the Brents. By 1861 all the other children had been born and the family had returned to Abbey Street in Faversham.

    Edward died prior to the 1871 census, we are told, from blood poisoning. Ann and her children, Charles and Ann, were living at 8 Thomas Square at the time of the 1871 census. Ann had had to resort to returning to work as a laundress to support the family.

    As of 1881 Ann was living with an Isaac Harris, age 36, barge captain, of Faversham and several of his nieces and nephews at 22 Abbey Street. We have no idea why she would choose to live with these people rather than with her own children. Ann was then working as a labourer at the Gun Cotton Powder Works.

    Edward's burial record states that he was 45 years old and resided at Abbey Street. Family lore indicates that Edward died of some form of blood poisoning. Family lore also records that Edward had the nickname of "Blowhard". This name apparently came into use as Edward would be the only fisherman brave or silly enough to venture out into the sea for his daily catch despite hazardous weather conditions - weather that would leave all of the other fisherman of the town standing on the banks of Faversham Creek watching and waiting for Edward to return after his daily run. The blood poisoning result from a cut Edward had on his great toe which became badly infected. The toe had to be surgically removed but that, sadly, didn't stop the rush of gangrene up through his leg and body.

  11. Edward m. Ann RUCK 25 Dec 1846, Faversham, Kent, England. Ann (daughter of Thomas RUCK and Elizabeth COLLARD) c. 17 Feb 1824, Faversham, Kent, England; d. Faversham, Kent, England; bur. 6 May 1885, Faversham, Kent, England. [Group Sheet]

  12. Ann RUCK c. 17 Feb 1824, Faversham, Kent, England; d. Faversham, Kent, England; bur. 6 May 1885, Faversham, Kent, England.

    Children:
    1. Elizabeth GREGORY b. 12 Aug 1848, Faversham, Kent, England; c. 19 Nov 1848, Faversham, Kent, England; d. 20 Feb 1911, Faversham, Kent, England; bur. 28 Feb 1911, Faversham churchyard, Kent, England.
    2. Alice GREGORY b. 1850, Faversham, Kent, England; bur. 2 Jun 1870, Oare, Kent, England.
    3. Edward GREGORY c. 9 Nov 1851, Preston-Faversham, Kent, England.
    4. Charles GREGORY c. 10 Apr 1853, Preston-Faversham, Kent, England.
    5. 7. Ann GREGORY b. 15 Mar 1855, Faversham, Kent, England; c. 10 Feb 1856, Faversham, Kent, England; d. 3 Oct 1921, Maidstone, Kent, England; bur. Maidstone, Kent, England.