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Hodnett/ Showell of Birmingham/ Warwickshire...

Alex

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I have marriage license for 1849 at St. Phillips Church. William Hodnett ( born 1813) when married to Ann Maria Showell (born 1827] was listed as a widower and occupation of tailor. They may both have had fathers with the first name of William, one a tailor like his son and Ann’s father, an engineer.

They gave birth to a son Thomas Hodnett who somehow went to the United States-at ten years old without the parents. Thomas was born around 1850 in England. In the US, he married Rosilla Lits/ Litts. Any information on living descendants in England would be nice to have for my husband.
 
Hi there,

It looks like Thomas was baptised on 25th October 1852 at Saint Martin,Birmingham,England. Father William, a tailor, mother Ann Maria. His birth is registered Q1 1951 in Birmingham

Also baptised on this date was a son Richard Hodnett, but he died in December 1852. Burial shows he was 6 months old and lived at Bow Street.

There are no other children born to this marriage.

In 1851 the family are mis transcribed as 'Hoddenot'. Thomas is on this record. William appears to have been a widower at the time of his marriage of Ann Maria and he has children - Charles aged 12, William aged 7 and Jane aged 5. Charles seems to marry in 1862 to Clara Upton.

On 5th December 1853 Ann Maria Hodnett, a widow, married again to John Fletcher. She states her father is William Showell, an engineer.

They seem to have a daughter Ann Maria Fletcher b. 1854. I can't find the family after this in the UK.

Thats all for now but will keep looking for you :)
 
Hi there,

It looks like Thomas was baptised on 25th October 1852 at Saint Martin,Birmingham,England. Father William, a tailor, mother Ann Maria. His birth is registered Q1 1951 in Birmingham

Also baptised on this date was a son Richard Hodnett, but he died in December 1852. Burial shows he was 6 months old and lived at Bow Street.

There are no other children born to this marriage.

In 1851 the family are mis transcribed as 'Hoddenot'. Thomas is on this record. William appears to have been a widower at the time of his marriage of Ann Maria and he has children - Charles aged 12, William aged 7 and Jane aged 5. Charles seems to marry in 1862 to Clara Upton.

On 5th December 1853 Ann Maria Hodnett, a widow, married again to John Fletcher. She states her father is William Showell, an engineer.

They seem to have a daughter Ann Maria Fletcher b. 1854. I can't find the family after this in the UK.

Thats all for now but will keep looking for you :)
 
So very, very grateful for your time and interest in finding this wonderful information.
I will try working with what you gave me to see what I can find beyond this.
We had planned to come to England this year but due to an illness, we had to postpone.
Perhaps, I will be able to make some distant relative connections for our future trip.
My husband, his brothers and I thank you.
Anything that I can help you with in my mid level abilities here in the United States, let me know.
Alex
 
It’s no problem at all, I’m very happy to help.

I have a little more information.

In 1870 Thos (Thomas) Hodnett b. c. 1850 in living in Pennsylvania. When I looked at the image I could see he is living with Ann M Pass and Wm (William) Pass, all born in England.

In 1860 Ann Pass and William Pass are in Pennsylvania living with Thomas Pass aged 9 and Ann Pass aged 5, again all born in England.

Looks like Ann Maria, Thomas’ mother could have married a Pass and travelled to the US with Thomas and daughter Ann. I can’t find this marriage yet though.

It looks like the daughter born to Ann and John Fletcher could have gone by the name Hodnett as there is an Anna Hodnett b. c. 1854 in England in the 1870 census in the same area of Pennsylvania, working as a domestic servant.

Will try and find more to tie this info together for you but it looks like Thomas probably travelled with his mother and half sister and maybe step father to the US and didn’t travel alone.

Be back soon with more.

Hayley
 
You are so wonderful to do this research. You have probably answered the question of how Thomas got to the US at age ten. I will soon have time to work with all you have collected. I thank you so much! Alex
 
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