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Mary Elizabeth (Mead) Rodwell (1863)

Mary Elizabeth (Polly) Rodwell formerly Mead
Born in Long Marston, Hertfordshire, Englandmap
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Wife of — married 1895 in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdommap
[children unknown]
Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Birth: 1863 [1][2] Married JOHN RODWELL. The marriage was registered in 1895 in the district of Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England. [3]

Their children were Elsie and Walter neither of whom married. This info came from Elsie via Russell and Mary Mead who visited Elsie at her cottage “Rodmead” in 1973.

The 1911 census shows the family living in Tring. Resident in the house on the day of the census were: [4]

- head John Rodwell, age 64, poultry dealer, born in Astrope, Hertfordshire
- wife Mary Elizabeth Rodwell, age 47, born in Long Marston, Tring
- son Walter John Rodwell, age 15, cow boy on farm, born in Long Marston
- daughter Elsie Kathleen Rodwell, age 11, born in Long Marston

From Helen Seretis: Russell Mead and his wife Mary visited Long Marston in 1973 and were able to glean a little information from records held in Berkhampstead. They visited a Miss Rodwell (Polly’s daughter) who lived at Grubblecoat Farm and the house was named ‘Rodmead”. Helen and Don visited in 1976 on a fact finding expedition. They did not have a lot of luck, but also visited Miss Rodwell. She was also able to tell them that there was no gravestone on Newman’s grave as, when ‘Jim’ had visited from Australia in the early 30s the family thought he would provide one but he didn’t. They were also shown a row of cottages thought to be the ‘Mead Cottages’. A return visit by Helen in 1994 was confusing as places of significance were unable to be definitely identified but she was able to find Josiah’s and Anne’s graves, as well as one of the Rodwell’s, in the churchyard.


  1. "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch ( : 1 October 2014), Mary Elizabeth Mead, 1863; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database
  2. findmypast ( : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  3. GRO Index of Marriages, Jun 1895, Berkhampstead, vol 3a, page 969
  4. "England and Wales Census, 1911," database, FamilySearch ( : 21 July 2019), Mary Elizabeth Rodwell in household of John Rodwell, Tring, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom; from "1911 England and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

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