The Rodway Surname Project

My link to the Rodway family (sometimes spelt Roadway) has only very recently been discovered. For years I wrongly believed to be descended from another family; it was not until I checked my sources and looked at the original records that I discovered the error of my ways, and having never checked the validity of what I believed was my ancestors’ marriage certificate, I had followed the wrong lead.

My great-great-great-grandmother was born Ann Rodway in 1810 in Colwall, Herefordshire. Her paternal line, however, can be traced back several generations to the village of Bromsberrow, located in the county of Gloucestershire but within very close proximity to Colwall itself. The link to Bromsberrow is confirmed in the will made in July 1796 by George Rodway, a resident of St. John Wapping, Middlesex but a former resident of Ledbury. In the will he leaves a few parcels of land in Bromsberrow to his nephew Thomas Rodway and to his niece, Sarah Sandford.

If you have a link to the family, or have any additions to make to the below, please contact me.

Family tree

William Rodway married Elizabeth Redin in Bromsberrow, Gloucestershire in 1704. Parish records reveal they had at least seven children through whom their descendance is perpetuated:

  1. William Rodway (Bromsberrow 1705 – Bromsberrow 1720), a labourer by profession.
  2. John Rodway (Bromsberrow 1707 – ?), married Deborah Collerick (or Coldrick) in 1743 (or 1745) in Bromsberrow. They had seven children.
    1. John Rodway (Birtsmorton, Gloucestershire 1747 – ?).
    2. Mary Rodway (Birtsmorton 1752 – ?).
    3. William Rodway (Colwall, Herefordshire 1755 – ?).
    4. Thomas Rodway (Colwall 1757 – ?).
    5. George Rodway (Colwall 1760 – ?).
    6. Ann Rodway (Colwall 1762 – ?).
    7. James Rodway (Colwall 1762 – Colwall 1843), married in 1789 to Elizabeth White (Colwall 1766 – Colwall 1837). The couple lived at The Wyche, Upper Colwall, and had nine children:
      1. Ann Rodway (Colwall 1790 – ?), likely to have died young.
      2. James Rodway (Colwall 1791 – Colwall 1840), a carpenter. He married Margaret Pullen in 1823 in Colwall. They had seven children:
        1. John Rodway (Malvern, Worcestershire 1824 – Colwall 1843)
        2. Thomas Rodway, (Malvern 1827 – Newport, Monmouthshire 1888). He married Anna Lawrence in 1860 in Colwall and had three daughters.
        3. Margaret Rodway, (Colwall 1829 – Malvern 1893). She married John Lowe in 1858 in Colwall and had one son.
        4. James Rodway, (Colwall 1832 – Hanley Castle, Worcestershire 1914), a plasterer. He married Jane Matthews in 1878 and had three sons.
        5. Henry Rodway, (Colwall 1835 – Colwall 1903), a bricklayer and mason. He married Emma Loxley in 1866 in Colwall and had five children, including:
          1. Emily Margaret Rodway (Colwall 1871 – Colwall 1972), she married her second cousin Henry William Allen and had one son.
        6. Elizabeth Rodway (Colwall 1837 – Colwall 1847).
        7. Hannah Rodway (Colwall 1839 – ?).
      3. John Rodway (Colwall 1793 – ?).
      4. William Rodway (Colwall 1795 – ?). He married Ann NN and had seven children:
        1. Thomas Rodway, (Great Malvern 1826  – ?), he married Mary A. NN and had two daughters:
          1. Mary Ann Rodway (Welland, Worcestershire 1858 – ?), married Allen Birchley. They had six children.
          2. Rosina Rodway  (Welland 1861 – ?).
        2. Elizabeth Rodway (Great Malvern 1828 – ?).
        3. Mary Rodway (Welland 1830 – ?).
        4. Susanna Rodway (Welland 1834 – ?).
        5. Ann Rodway (Welland 1836 – Welland 1836).
        6. William Rodway (Great Malvern 1838 – ?), married Sarah Booker, and had eight children.
        7. James Rodway (Welland 1844 – ?).
      5. Elizabeth Rodway (Colwall 1797 – ?).
      6. Charlotte Rodway (Colwall 1801 – ?). She married Richard Wilkins, and had four children:
        1. Mary Wilkins (Great Malvern 1821 – ?).
        2. Anne Wilkins (Great Malvern 1825 – ?); she married Henry Tomkins and had twelve children.
        3. John Wilkins (Great Malvern 1827 – ?); he married Ann Watmore. They had no children, but adopted a boy called Frederick.
        4. George Wilkins (Great Malvern 1839 – ?); he married Emma Bosworth and had one son.
      7. Hannah Rodway (Colwall 1803 – ?).
      8. Thomas Rodway (Colwall 1807 – Colwall 1823). He lived at The Wyche.
      9. Ann Rodway (Colwall 1810 – Colwall 1867), married Edward Allen. They had four children. For their family history, see The Allen Project.
  3. Mary Rodway (Bromsberrow 1710 – ?).
  4. Thomas Rodway (Bromsberrow 1712 – ?).
  5. Anthony Rodway (Bromsberrow 1715 – ?); he fathered at least one son:
    1. John Rodway (? – Bromsberrow 1740), died in infancy.
  6. Sarah Rodway (Bromsberrow 1718 – Bromsberrow 1807). She had an illegitimate daughter before marrying Henry Sandford, and had one son:
    1. Mary Rodway, (Bromsberrow 1748 – ?); she married Joseph Harbor. They had five children.
    2. Joseph Sandford (Bromsberrow 1762 – ?); he married Jane Bannister, and had one son.
      1. William Sandford (Eastnor, Worcestershire 1791 – Newent, Gloucestershire 1869).
  7. George Rodway, (Bromsberrow 1720 – St. John Wapping, Middlesex 1796). His burial record says: “Mr. George Rodway was brought from London and buried here [to Bromsberrow]. He was a native of this parish and had lately purchased a freehold estate here having acquired a fortune in the capital“.

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Bromsberrow church, where my most remote Rodway ancestor married in 1704.

Bromsberrow church, where my most remote Rodway ancestor married in 1704.