Bodley Family

Gloucestershire England to Australia


George Bodley

& Elizabeth Wheeler

Generation No. 1

GEORGE BODLEY married ELIZABETH WHEELER, no other information is known of this couple except they had at least four children..

4 X Children of George & Elizabeth Bodley

1. THOMAS BODLEY, (GEORGE1) m. CHARLOTTE HOPKINS, 1826, Cheltenham Eng.(Possible Marriage).

2.  JOHN BODLEY, (GEORGE1)  married ELIZABETH NORRIS 05 Sep 1830 in Painswick Gls Eng.. She was born 23 Sep 1807 in Barnlley Gls Eng..

               3 X Children of John & Elizabeth:




3. SARAH BODLEY,  (GEORGE1) was born 1800 in Tiverton Devon England. She married JOHN TUNLEY 1818. He was born in Painswick Gls Eng.

               2 x Children of Sarah & John:



4. WILLIAM BODLEY(GEORGE1) was born 1805 in Painswick Gls Eng. Occupation Shoe Maker. He married ELEANOR SAVORY 14 Aug 1826 in Painswick Gloucestershire England. See more details of William & Eleanor Bodley below.

William Bodley 1805

& Eleanor Savory

WILLIAM BODLEY(GEORGE1) was born 1805 in Painswick Gls Eng. Occupation Shoe Maker. He married ELEANOR SAVORY 14 Aug 1826 in Painswick Gloucestershire England.

Eleanor was a daughter of WILLIAM SAVORY and CHARLOTT BETHELL. She was born Abt. 1800 in Christened 25 Dec 1800 Painswick Gls Eng. Link to Savory Family

1841 Census Sheepscombe, Civil Parish Painswick, Hundred: Bisley: County Gloucestershire, Registration District of Stroud. William Bodley Shoemaker aged 35yrs, Eleanor 40, Selina 14, Sarah 11, George 9, Charles 7, Charlotte 5, Eleanor1,

1851 Census Gls Sheepscombe All that part of the parish of Painswick which lies in the tything of Sheepscombe, Commencing at the Northside of the Brook, which comprises a portion of the Ecc District of Sheepscombe, including Ebworth Park, The Craggesup the bottom and the Lodge Farm.

William 46 Shoemaker, Eleanor 50, Sarah 21, George Frederick 19 occ. Baker, William 13 lab, Elizabeth 10/11Scholar, Martin 7 Scholor


1861 Census Gls Sheepscombe registration Dist. Stroud: William Bodley occupation at this time Cordwainer aged 56yrs, wife Eleanor aged 60yrs, son Martin 17yrs, occupation wood sawyer, and a granddaughter Selina B. Musty aged 7yrs.



William Bodley Death: October 10th 1865 aged 60years



Headstone William Bodley   

Sacred to the memory of William Bodley late of Sheepscombe & clerk of this church for 16years who died Oct 10th 1865

aged 60years   


Fear   thou not for I am thee

be not dismayed

jesus Christ the same yesterday

and today for ever


Church of Saint John the Apostle of Sheepscombe with William's grave in bottom right hand corner


Photos compliments of Karen Rolls a descendant of William's daughter Sarah Ann Bodley


1871 Census Parish Cradley County Herefordshire Reg. District Bromyard, sud district of Bishops frome. William now deceased, Eleanor aged 71yrs living with her grandson Charles William Bodley aged 9yrs and her granddaughter Selina Musty now 17yrs a visitor.


1881 Census Parish Cradley, Street Address Malvern Hill, Herefordshire: Eleanor Bodley aged 80yrs head of the house, living on her own and a pauper.


10 X  Children of William & Eleanor Bodley


2. SELINA ANN BODLEY, (WILLIAM2, GEORGE1) was born Abt. 1827 in Sheepscombe Gloucestershire England, and died 30 Jun 1896 in Blackburn Vic. 68yrs (No5032). She married THOMAS BRUTON (Link to Bruton) 08 Aug 1852 in Mathon Worcestershire/ Ledbury Reg Dist Ref 6A Sept Qrt England, son of THOMAS JONES and MARGARET BRUTON. He was born 25 Feb 1827 in Powick Near Malvern Worcestershire Eng., and died 15 Apr 1912 in Gladstone Pde Elsternwick Vic Age 85yrs..

Immigration: Selina arrived Australia aboard "MARION MOORE" 15 Feb 1853

Thomas arrived Aust 15th Feb 1853 aboard the ship MARION MOORE

        9 X Children of Selina & Thomas

i. WILLIAM HENRY BRUTON, b. 1854, Cheltenham Vic.; d. 1930, Richmond Vic.75yrs No.3147; m. ELIZABETH TEAGLE, 1879, Vic. No.1054.

ii. CHARLES FREDRICK BRUTON, b. 1856; d. 1933, 77yrs.

iii. GEORGE EDWARD BRUTON, b. 1858, Moorabbin Vic. No.9319; d. 1859, 1yr. No.2987.

iv. EMMA SELINA BRUTON, b. 1860, Beaumauris Vic. No11267; m. FINLAY MC QUEEN, 1881, VIc. No.2220.

v. THOMAS ALLAN BRUTON, b. 08 Dec 1862, Beaumaris Moorabbin Vic; d. 1911, Melbourne Hospital Age 49yrs (No.13866); m. (1) EMMA MARIA MENZ; 12 Jan 1885, Sale Victoria; b. 18 Jun 1866, Kingsbelt Sth. Aust.; d. 04 Feb 1943, Drouin Vic (No.5700). More detailed information on Thomas Allan & Emma Maria & Family click here

vi. ELLEANOR MARGARET BRUTON, b. 1865, Beaumauris Vic. No.14156; d. 1865, Beaumauris Vic. No08350 Infant.

vii. ANNI ELIZABETH BRUTON, b. 20 Jan 1867, Cheltenham Vic. No 20745; d. 1868, Beaumauris Vic. Age18mths Plot 38BCC.O.

viii. JAMES ALFRED BRUTON, b. 1870, Vic. No.7586; d. 1870, Cheltenham Vic Age9weeks.

ix. ANNI ELEANOR BRUTON, b. 1871, Beaumauris Vic. No.01414; m. CHARLES JAMES MORRISON MC SWAIN, 1893, Vic. No.1065.

3. ELIZABETH BODLEY, (WILLIAM2, GEORGE1)b. Abt. 1830, Sheepscombe Gls Eng. On 1851 Census Elizabeth 21yrs


4. SARAH ANN BODLEY, b. 1830, Sheepscombe Gls Eng.

1841 Census Sarah aged 11yrs living with parents and siblings

1851 Census Sarah was aged 21yrs and living at home with her parents.

1861 Census Sarah not yet found

 Sarah married (1) CHARLES MUSTY 1852 in Gloucester (June qtr. 6a 405). She married (2) WILLIAM LLOYD Sep 1868 in Worcester England.


i. SELINA BODLEY4 MUSTY, b. 17 May 1853.

Children of SARAH BODLEY and WILLIAM LLOYD are:(believed to be )

ii. WILLIAM4 LLOYD, b. Abt. 1858.

iii. THOMAS HENRY LLOYD, b. 27 Jun 1860, West Malvern /Cradley Herefordshire.


v. AMY SARAH LLOYD, b. 1869.

5. GEORGE FREDRICK BODLEY, (WILLIAM2, GEORGE1) was born 1831 in Painswick Gls Eng., and died 18 Jul 1912 in 80yrs. He married ELLEN LAMBERT 25 Nov 1858 in Church of St Andrew Brighton Vic No. 3536, Witnessess at his marriage to Ellen were Thomas Bruton and Selina.

Ellen was a daughter of SAMUEL LAMBERT and MARY MILLICENT. She was born 1839 in Linolnshire Eng, and died 09 May 1923.

1851 Census Eng Sheepscombe Gls, George age 19 Baker.


Artical from Jenny Taylor Extracted from book published about 1888, it listed all land holders in Victoria at the time.

George Frederick Bodley : Cheltenham a native of Painswick Gloucestershire England came to Victoria Australia 1854 and worked in Melb at Yan Yean (may be working on dam) for some months, after which he was at Maryborough diggings for four months but met with little success. In 1860 he bought land at Cheltenham and carried on a market garden for about 17years, he then held positions of Valuator, rate Collector, and Clerk of works for the shire of Moorabbin. He has also been a member of the school board of advice. Mr Bodley has a family of 1 son and 4 daughters. The former now carrying on the market gardening business.

ELLEN LAMBERT arrived Aust 1849 on the ANN MILNE from Gravesend to Port Phillip

        5 X Children of George & Ellen

i. ELEANOR 'BESSIE' ELIZABETH BODLEY, b. 1860, Moorabbin Vic; d. 20 Apr 1890, Cheltenham; m. ROBERT WILLIAM TUCK, 1886; b. 1860, Cheltenham.

ii. MARTIN GEORGE BODLEY, b. 1862, Moorabbin Vic; d. 1919, Cheltenham 57yrs; m. MARGARET JOSEPHINE NORMAN, 1888; b. 1863, Yackendandah Vic. Occupation Market gardener in Cheltenham carrying on from his father George ( info from Jenny Taylor)

iii. ELLEN 'NELL' BODLEY, b. 1866, Moorabbin Vic; m. JOHN MARTIN ROE, 1888; b. 1866, Upper Plenty Vic (Birth Strathfieldsaye on Marriage cert); d. 1930, Preston.  John Martin was a Handsom cab driver

iv. ROSE ALICE BODLEY, b. 10 Aug 1872, Cheltenham; d. Mar 1948, East Kew; m. SYDNEY CHANDLER, 20 Feb 1895, Cheltenham Church of Christ; b. 1868, Cheltenham.

v. MARY MAY BODLEY, b. 1876, No. 169 Moorabbin Vic; d. 06 Nov 1908, Cheltenham; m. JOHN GEORGE 'JACK' BUTLER, 1907; b. Eng.

6. CHARLES BODLEY, (WILLIAM2, GEORGE1) b. Abt. 1834, Gls Eng.; d. 1890, 56yrs No. 4017.

7. WILLIAM BODLEY, (WILLIAM2, GEORGE1) was born Abt. 1837 in Gls Eng., and died 1868 in Vic age 31yrs. He married MARY ANN MILLER 1866. She was born in Greenwick Kent Eng.

1851 census for Eng Sheepscombe states William was age 13yrs and a labourer.

Immigration: William came to Aust Vic aboard the Marco Polo at age 21yrs.

       2 x Children of William & Mary:

i. CHARLOTTE ELEANOR BODLEY, b. 1867, Chelenham Vic; m. FRANCIS JAMES KEMPTON, 1895; b. 1867, Malvern Vic.

ii. CHARLES WILLIAM BODLEY, b. 1868, Chelenham Vic; m. ELIZABETH SLATTER, 1891; b. 1869, Emerald Hill.

8. ELEANOR BODLEY, (WILLIAM2, GEORGE1) b. Abt. 1840, Age 1yr on English 1841 census.

9. MARTIN JOSEPH BODLEY, (WILLIAM2, GEORGE1) was born Abt. 1843 in Gls Eng., and died 30 Oct 1921 in Grafton Nsw Aust Reg. Maclean age 78yrs. He married FRANCIS 'FANNY' ELIZABETH MILLEN 07 Apr 1877 in Stawell Victoria Reg No. 2532, daughter of HENRY MILLEN and SARAH HUDSON. She was born Abt. 1853 in Birmingham Warwickshire Eng, and died 01 Nov 1886 in In child birth aged 33yrs Reg no. 9861.

1851 English census for Sheepscomb Gls, states Martin was a scholor aged 7yrs

       5 x Children of Martin & Francis:

i. WILLIAM HENRY BODLEY, b. 11 Aug 1878, Stawell Victoria ( Pleasant Creek); d. 16 Aug 1918, Accident at Pidcock's Mill Casino NSW; m. (1) LETITIA DOUGHERTY CARROLL, 24 Jul 1902, Christchurch Cathederal Grafton NSW; m. (2) MARY E. DILLON, 1913, NSW No. 7764.

ii. HELENA BRITTANIA BODLEY, b. 07 Apr 1880, Stawell Victoria (Pleasant Creek); d. 24 Jul 1964, Cessnock NSW; m. GEORGE CALDWELL, 19 Aug 1901, Grafton NSW; b. 11 May 1877, Ramornie NSW; d. 10 Mar 1925, Grafton Nsw Aust ;From Beresfield Cremation Records. Helena's place of Residence 1918 Grafton 120 Fitzroy Street

George Caldwell was a native of the district of Grafton and in early times was employed at Ramornie meat works. Later working on the Dorrigo railway.

iii. MARTIN JOSEPH 'JOE' BODLEY, b. 1882, Stawell Victoria; d. 07 Aug 1977, Age 95yrs Casino NSW; m. MARY A. PAYNE, 1910, Casino NSW No. 11762; b. Abt. 1890, Pretty Gully Reg. at Tenterfield; d. 28 Aug 1974, 84yrs Casino.

Martin & his new bride Mary Ann Payne were taken to the church in a handsom cab by Earnie Brown, who later took Martin's son Merv and his wife Alice to their marriage at the same church.

iv. FRANCES ELIZABETH/ ELIZABETH MARIA BODLEY, b. 26 Jul 1884; m. (1) BILL RICHARDS; m. (2) JAMES W. MORIATY, 1911, Grafton No. 9370. Frances lived Kearsley near Cessnock

v. GEORGE EDWARD BODLEY, b. 26 Oct 1886, Lavidia, Clarence River Grafton.

Notes for GEORGE EDWARD BODLEY: Was a soldier in WWI

10. ALFRED BODLEY, (WILLIAM2, GEORGE1) b. Abt. 1849, Possible child of William and Eleanor????; d. 1930; m. EMMA BORTON, 1885.



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