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 Catherine <I>Hodder</I> Ford

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Catherine Hodder Ford

Birth
Buckland Monachorum, West Devon Borough, Devon, England
Death
9 Mar 1897 (aged 62–63)
Waverley Council, New South Wales, Australia
Burial
Bronte, Waverley Council, New South Wales, Australia
Plot
W-9-GE-OR-2038
Memorial ID
218658120 View Source

Catherine Hodder was baptised in 1834 in a village by the name of "Crapstone" in Devonshire, north of Plymouth, in the parish of Buckland Monachorum. The unusual name 'Crapstone' is probably derived from 'crop of stone' as there was a quarry nearby (apparently) but no-one is actually sure how it came by the name, according to http://www.bucklandmonachorum.org.uk/buck_mona.htm
The baptismal records for the parish of Buckland Monachorum have been waterlogged for the year of 1834, so it is very hard to ascertain her exact date of baptism, so most ancestry websites give the date of baptism as 1 Jan 1834, a date typically given when the real date is unknown.

Catherine only spent her very early years in the village however, as in the 1841 census, she is listed as living with her maiden aunts Mary and Peggy Widdecombe, in Ugborough village, possibly as there was a school in the village and educational possibilities were better there. Her father passed away in the nearby village of Modbury in 1850.
In the 1851 census she is listed as living with her mother in Modbury, as "farmer's daughter" on the census form. Her mother is listed as "farming 278 acres, employing 6 labourers". She is still living with her mother in the same village at the 1861 census. Her mother passes away that year.

Catherine Hodder married William Henry Ford, a master Cordwainer (Shoe/Bootmaker) in Plymouth in Jan 1863. They had their first child John Hodder Ford later that year in East Stonehouse (now part of Plymouth).

They relocated to New Zealand the following year, after William Henry Ford faced some financial issues in Plymouth; and two more children were born to them: William Henry Ford in 1868 and Mary Ann Ford in 1870. Both children came into the world in Christchurch. William Henry Ford (Snr) continued his business as a bootmaker in New Zealand, first in Christchurch and then in Invercargill.

He ran into financial difficulties once more in 1877 and the last record that can be attributed to him, is a listing on the electoral roll in Appleby, Invercargill, New Zealand in 1882; occupation: shoemaker, after more financial troubles.

After this date, Catherine and her three children move to Sydney sometime in the early-mid 1880s. It's uncertain if her husband went with them. No date of death can be attributed to him with any certainty in NZ, nor in Australia, and he possibly returned to the UK or went to North America.

All her three children were happily married in Sydney in the late 1880s/ early 1890s and her oldest son, John Hodder Ford returned to live in New Zealand in 1892.

All documented evidence points to the fact that Catherine and her second son, William Henry Ford and her daughter Mary Ann (prior to her marriage in 1893) lived in the Redfern / Surry Hills areas of Sydney prior to Catherine's passing on 9 March 1897.

John Hodder Ford carrried on his father's trade as a bootmaker in New Zealand, Mary Ann Ford married Arthur John Adams, who set up a business as a Real Estate Agent and Auctioneer in the Bondi area of Sydney and in the 1920s became an Alderman on Waverley Council, and William Henry Ford (Jnr) became a Picture Framer, an Instructor in Military Medical Corps during World War One and later joined his brother in law in the Real Estate business.

Catherine Ford's Funeral Notice in the Sydney Morning Herald of 10 March reads:

The Friends of Mr W.H. FORD are kindly invited to attend the Funeral of his beloved MOTHER, Catherine H. Ford; to leave her daughter's (Mrs Adams) residence, Rowe-Street, Woollahra, THIS (Wednesday) AFTERNOON, at 3.15, for Waverley Cemetery. W. CARTER, Undertaker, Waverley.

Her (now weathered) Grave inscription reads:
In Loving Memory of our Dear Mother CATHERINE FORD, born in DEVONSHIRE, died 9 March 1897 AGED 63

Please check Waverley Council Cemeteries website (link below) to locate the grave via GPS, as it is not immediately easy to find. It is in section 9 of the cemetery near the crossroads with sections 8, 16 and 17. Also use the photos on this memorial as a guide to find the grave. Click on SHOW MAP on the link below to find the approximate location of the grave.

https://hwt.concordengage.com/waverleycemeteries/search/cemeteries/396cab33-97fe-4809-9e8a-a6953767d738/people/e109807e-4f39-4e83-9121-ddfa4d780359

Catherine Hodder was baptised in 1834 in a village by the name of "Crapstone" in Devonshire, north of Plymouth, in the parish of Buckland Monachorum. The unusual name 'Crapstone' is probably derived from 'crop of stone' as there was a quarry nearby (apparently) but no-one is actually sure how it came by the name, according to http://www.bucklandmonachorum.org.uk/buck_mona.htm
The baptismal records for the parish of Buckland Monachorum have been waterlogged for the year of 1834, so it is very hard to ascertain her exact date of baptism, so most ancestry websites give the date of baptism as 1 Jan 1834, a date typically given when the real date is unknown.

Catherine only spent her very early years in the village however, as in the 1841 census, she is listed as living with her maiden aunts Mary and Peggy Widdecombe, in Ugborough village, possibly as there was a school in the village and educational possibilities were better there. Her father passed away in the nearby village of Modbury in 1850.
In the 1851 census she is listed as living with her mother in Modbury, as "farmer's daughter" on the census form. Her mother is listed as "farming 278 acres, employing 6 labourers". She is still living with her mother in the same village at the 1861 census. Her mother passes away that year.

Catherine Hodder married William Henry Ford, a master Cordwainer (Shoe/Bootmaker) in Plymouth in Jan 1863. They had their first child John Hodder Ford later that year in East Stonehouse (now part of Plymouth).

They relocated to New Zealand the following year, after William Henry Ford faced some financial issues in Plymouth; and two more children were born to them: William Henry Ford in 1868 and Mary Ann Ford in 1870. Both children came into the world in Christchurch. William Henry Ford (Snr) continued his business as a bootmaker in New Zealand, first in Christchurch and then in Invercargill.

He ran into financial difficulties once more in 1877 and the last record that can be attributed to him, is a listing on the electoral roll in Appleby, Invercargill, New Zealand in 1882; occupation: shoemaker, after more financial troubles.

After this date, Catherine and her three children move to Sydney sometime in the early-mid 1880s. It's uncertain if her husband went with them. No date of death can be attributed to him with any certainty in NZ, nor in Australia, and he possibly returned to the UK or went to North America.

All her three children were happily married in Sydney in the late 1880s/ early 1890s and her oldest son, John Hodder Ford returned to live in New Zealand in 1892.

All documented evidence points to the fact that Catherine and her second son, William Henry Ford and her daughter Mary Ann (prior to her marriage in 1893) lived in the Redfern / Surry Hills areas of Sydney prior to Catherine's passing on 9 March 1897.

John Hodder Ford carrried on his father's trade as a bootmaker in New Zealand, Mary Ann Ford married Arthur John Adams, who set up a business as a Real Estate Agent and Auctioneer in the Bondi area of Sydney and in the 1920s became an Alderman on Waverley Council, and William Henry Ford (Jnr) became a Picture Framer, an Instructor in Military Medical Corps during World War One and later joined his brother in law in the Real Estate business.

Catherine Ford's Funeral Notice in the Sydney Morning Herald of 10 March reads:

The Friends of Mr W.H. FORD are kindly invited to attend the Funeral of his beloved MOTHER, Catherine H. Ford; to leave her daughter's (Mrs Adams) residence, Rowe-Street, Woollahra, THIS (Wednesday) AFTERNOON, at 3.15, for Waverley Cemetery. W. CARTER, Undertaker, Waverley.

Her (now weathered) Grave inscription reads:
In Loving Memory of our Dear Mother CATHERINE FORD, born in DEVONSHIRE, died 9 March 1897 AGED 63

Please check Waverley Council Cemeteries website (link below) to locate the grave via GPS, as it is not immediately easy to find. It is in section 9 of the cemetery near the crossroads with sections 8, 16 and 17. Also use the photos on this memorial as a guide to find the grave. Click on SHOW MAP on the link below to find the approximate location of the grave.

https://hwt.concordengage.com/waverleycemeteries/search/cemeteries/396cab33-97fe-4809-9e8a-a6953767d738/people/e109807e-4f39-4e83-9121-ddfa4d780359


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In Loving Memory of our Dear Mother CATHERINE FORD, born in DEVONSHIRE, died 9 March 1897 AGED 63

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Age: 63


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  • Maintained by: Barry McKay
  • Originally Created by: woowoo
  • Added: 16 Nov 2020
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 218658120
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/218658120/catherine-ford: accessed ), memorial page for Catherine Hodder Ford (1834–9 Mar 1897), Find a Grave Memorial ID 218658120, citing Waverley Cemetery, Bronte, Waverley Council, New South Wales, Australia; Maintained by Barry McKay (contributor 50445176) .