Monday, March 22, 2010

Roderick Family Bible ~ From Wales To Canada

This is a welsh language bible originally printed in 1840 by the London Printing and Publishing Company Limited. The bible was apparently a gift from a Daniel Thomas to his daughter Eleanor, with a message written:

"The gift of Daniel Thomas of Gryshwyn Faun in the parish of Lanarthnet Carmarthan, to his daughter Eleanor Roderick of Curgan Vawr Landivilog; was born Eleanor the 6th day of Decr 1846. Be not a terror unto me;/thou art my hope /in this day of evil.".

There are several pages of Eleanor Roderick's family listed including a birth of her son, James Hamilton Roderick (born Jan 24, 1872 at Aldershott, Canada).

Checking online, there is a Canadian census entry for Eleanor Roderick and her family:

1881 Burlington, Halton, Ontario
James Rodrick, age 40 (born 1841), born England, Hotel Keeper
Elenor Rodrick, age 34 (born 1847), born England
2 of their children, Thomas and John L. born in England, with the remaining 3, James H., Margarett A., and Elizabeth all born in Ontario, Canada. Given the dates of birth of their children, it looks like the family moved to Canada between 1870 and 1872.

I did also find the marriage for James Hamilton Roderick:

016007-98 (Wentworth Co.) James Hamilton RODERICK, 26, Ontario, Saltfleet, agent GTRy, s/o James & Eleanor RODERICK, married Jessie Gertrude DAVIS, 23, Canada, Saltfleet, d/o Wm A. Davis & blank, wtn: W.O. DAVIS of Stoney Creek, & Eliza A. RODERICK of Burlington, on June 1, 1898, at Saltfleet.

And the 1901 Canadian census shows James H. and Jessie Roderick with a son, Evan W. Roderick born 19 September 1899. There is a picture online showing where Eleanor Roderick lived. The description states:

Top, residence of Mrs Roderick, Locust Street (second house from Water Street on the west side), now demolished. Eleanor Roderick was the widow of James Roderick, the innkeeper at the Burlington Hotel (now 280 Brant Street), who died in July 1900. She sold the hotel but continued to live until 1933 in her Locust Street house, which she named “Dryslwyn”.

If you would like a closer look at this family bible, the eBay item number is 260570881465.

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