LONE GRAVE AT GENROY ON COX’S RIVER
The Rodd family name appears to have originated in Yarpole in Herefordshire and a John Rodd moved to Leominster in 1755. The family was working class although there was a gentry of Rodds in the district.
John Rodd’s grandson James born in 1795,
joined the 44th
Regiment of Foot, which was stationed in Leominster, prior to his 17th birthday.
In 1813/14 James arrived in Chambly, Quebec, Canada where he transferred to the 39th Regiment. There was bitter fighting in the area at the time in the Anglo-American War.
James left Canada for France, and was there by June 1815. Waterloo was fought on June 18th 1815 but it is not known if James was involved. James was stationed at several camps in France and met and married Judith Joseph Baudelet in Camblain in 1818. Their first child, Ambroise Francois Joseph Rodd, was born in France while James and the Regiment were in Ireland. Their second child Marie Ann Rodd, was also born in France, and left behind when the Regiment was transferred to NSW in 1826. Sadly she never saw or heard from her family again. A few years ago we came in touch with Marie Ann’s descendants in France, by a lucky accident, but that is a whole new story.
Our great, great grandfather, James Rodd Jnr, was born in NSW in 1826. His father was promoted to Colour Sergent in 1827 and was stationed in Sydney HQ, Parramatta, Windsor and Bathurst. Their baby, Eliza was born on the 10th January 1931 in Bathurst, and died on September 14th 1831. She was buried in a lone grave near the Glenroy Stockade on the Cox’s River. Her headstone reads (spelling as such).
SACRID TO THE MEMORY OF ELIZA RODD
Who departed this life September 14th 1831
Aged 8 months and 6 days.
Daughter of J Rodd colour sergant in his
MAGESTY 39th Regt foot
How can a tender Mothers care
Cease to love the child she bers
How can my frends discontented be
Since my savour has taken me.
James and family must have been transferred back to Sydney and Judith died there on 19th April 1832 and was buried in the Sydney Burial Ground. Her remains and headstone were transferred to Bunnerong Cemetery in 1901 when the land was reclaimed for the Central Railway Station. Later in the records Judith’s headstone was recorded as being in good condition but a recent search has failed to find it.
Colour Sergeant James Rodd and his two sons, Amboise (know as Ambrose) and James went to India with the 39th Regiment in October1832 and he died there in December 1832 aged just 38 years. We must assume that his son Ambrose was inducted into the Regiment to support himself and his brother James as he was enlisted as a private on the 24th December 1832 and his age was given as fifteen years, whereas in fact he was thirteen years and ten months.
Ambrose and our great grandfather James Rodd Jnr remained with the 39th Regiment until James was killed at the Battle of Sebastopol in 1855 during the Crimean War. His widow (Sarah Deane born 10th Aug 1834) and young son James Ambrose born 8th July 1855, migrated out to NSW on the ‘Fitzjames’, arriving in the colony on the 28th July 1858.
Written by Jean Lovelock, Perth 2008. Research done by self and Joan Kok.
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