[email protected] great-great-grandfather John Wilson Barthell married Luella Louise Hodgson.Her father was Robert Hodgson born in 1828 in Yorkshire, England. I understand his Father was probably Thomas Hodgson.It states his sister lived in Heighington, near Darlington, County Durham, UK, and that his mother went out riding at Piercebridge on the Colonels farm. James OCallaghan MP, who was a friend of Hodgson and godfather to his son James Stewart Hodgson, who became a partner of Barings and a governor of the Bank of England.
He married Norah Olive Evelyn Eve (unsure of the spelling of her name) while in New Zealand, and had four children there, including my mother. He allegedly had a small factory in Knottingley, and travelled to China to teach them to 'blow glass'.
He was born in Horton, his father Squire Hodgson, a butcher, born in Allerton.
I have the death cert, of James Hodgson brickmaker b 1873 c. I have been unable to trace him successfully in 18 censuses.
I have details of Jamess children from Preston graveyard.
I think that there may be a link with The Surtees family, mentioned at the end of the diary.
There is speculation that his father may have been a sugar refiner, but I can find no solid evidence for this.
He is listed in the 1841 census in Carlisle in England as a British Citizen born in Sidney.
There seems to be no record of him before his marriage in 1833 to Jane Cape in Gretna Green. I have been researching my Hodgson family for some years and recently found a diary of John Hodgson, born 16 March 1779, died 14 August 1858.
This is after years of trying unsuccessfully to make any contact.
The first person to contact me was able to provide me with a picture of my grandmother something I didnt have at all as well as a photo of my grandfather when he was younger." You may also submit a short text document for publication on this site with information on your family tree.
Robert had seven siblings: Mary, Richard, Maryann, Edward, Benjamin, Sarah and Elizabeth.