Margaret Rodway

(born abt 1889 Griggsville, USA)

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Maternal grandmother: Emma Wall White (born 1828 died 1909)  

married 16 May 1858 London

Maternal grandfather: Thomas Lasbury (born 8 Jun 1832 Kensington, Middlesex died 8 Mar 1911 Griggsville, Pike County, Illinois, USA) (born Kensington, Middlesex died Griggsville, Pike County, Illinois, USA)   View NotesHide notes  

Emigrated to America in 1865



Mr. Thomas Lasbury, Sr. in whose memory this article appears, was born in Kensington, England, June 8, 1832.

At the time of his death he had nearly attained the age of score-four years. May 18, 1858, while yet in England, he was united in marriage to Miss Emma Wall White. Seven years later this noble couple emigrated to America.

Coming to Pike County, Mr. Lasbury was a successful man in Griggsville, and in Pittsfield for many years. Those who knew him speak in the highest terms of his business integrity. He was a good and true citizen. Since retiring from business, Mr. Lasbury has lived in the west part of Griggsville.

Up till the death of his wife, in December 1909, the Lasbury home was a model of quiet happy home life. In his home, Mr. Lasbury was best known. There his quiet manliness made the hearthstone a cheerful place. Since the death of his wife Mr. Lasbury lived with his daughter, Mrs. Mary H. Rodway. While he has not been a well man for sometime, Mr. Lasbury was a cheerful, contented man. He was not a selfish man, but in a noble sense he spent most of his life tending strictly to his own business. If all were like him peace and harmony would generally prevail.

Thursday March 2 he appeared to feel as well as usual. He made his usual trip to town and talked in congenial and social ways to many of his dear friends. He returned to his home about 5:00P.M. and gave Mrs. Rodway a bottle of medicine from Dr. Watson, and delivered a message sent by the Dr. to her. He then inquired about the health of Mrs. Ezra Doane and family, from whom Mrs. Rodway had received a letter. He expressed his pleasure in knowing that they were well. Then there was a short struggle for breath, a bowing of the head and in less than a minute he yielded his spirit to God who gave it. Thus suddenly passed away a faithful citizen, a true man and a kind friend. It was the way he wanted to go. In him we see what the quiet service to the Episcopal Church will do to mold substantial character and a life that wears well to the end.

To mourn the loss of this good man are four children, Thomas Lasbury of St. Louis, Mo., Mrs. Emma McConnell of Peoria, Illinois, Mrs. Mary H. Rodway and Mr. M.M. Lasbury of Griggsville. There are also nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. Mary H. Rodway, Sunday afternoon 2:30P.M., Rev. G.E. Young officiating. Interment Griggsville Cemetery. A good man has gone to rest.

Pallbearers were Thomas Lasbury, M.M. Lasbury, C.H. McConnell, J.W. Stead, C.P. Hatch and John Lasbury, Jr.

*THOMAS LASBURY is a grandson of James LASBURY who has a shared marker with his mother, Mary Turnbull Lasbury at St. Michael's Churchyard Cemetery in Dundry, Somerset, England


Paternal grandmother: Maria Fidler (born 1827 Etchilhampton, Wiltshire died 1861 Axbridge, Somerset)  

married 1846 Axbridge

Paternal grandfather: Eusebius Joseph Rodway (born 1813 Gloucestershire died 1900 Axbridge, Somerset)   View NotesHide notes  

Also married Lucy Morgan in 1863 but she died less than a year later in 1864.

Married Louisa Mathews in 1870, but she died in 1881.

Married Loiusa Kate Smith in 1883


Mother: Mary Harriet Lasbury (born 4 Oct 1860 London, England died 30 Aug 1935 Griggsville, Pike County, Illinois, USA)   View NotesHide notes  

MARY HARRIET (LASBURY) RODWAY, was born in London, England, October 4, 1860, and, died at her home in Griggsville, August 30, 1935. At the age of six she came with her parents to Illinois and the remaining years of her life were spent in or near Griggsville. On October 31, 1882, she was married to Mr. W. K. Rodway who preceded her in death on April 8, 1895. To them were born four daughters, Mary Louise Richards who is also deceased; Elizabeth Baxendale of Detroit, Michigan; Edith Doane, of Griggsville; and Margaret Doane of Perry. Besides the three daughters, there are also one brother, Mr. M. M. Lasbury, a, sister, Mrs. Emma McConnell, and ten grand children, who survive to mourn her passing. Mrs. Rodway was long an active member of the Congregational church, of the Ladies' Benevolent Society, and of the Cree Missionary Society. She was also one of the early members of the Order of the Eastern Star. a past worthy matron of that organization, a member of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, a past president of the Abbie A. Hatch Chautauqua Circle, and at one time was elected president of the Pike County Federation of Women's Clubs. Her faithful performance of the duties of the various offices she held in these organizations is evidence of her active interest in all that might advance the welfare of the community, and in her death friends, neighbors and acquaintances will feel a personal loss. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Skinner Funeral Home, the Rev. J. K. Putt of St. James Church officiating. Interment was in Griggsville cemetery.

Travelled to England in 1912, stayed for a few weeks between September and November

Probate granted 18 November to Rowland Henry Rodway solicitor attorney of Elizabeth Baxendale. Effects £2353 9s 7d in England.

married 31 Oct 1882 Griggsville, Pike County, Illinois, USA

Father William Knibb Rodway (born 12 Jan 1852 Weston Super Mare, Somerset died 8 Apr 1895 Illinois, USA)   View NotesHide notes  

Arrived in New York on board the Wisconsin on 3rd April 1871 at the age of 19.

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W.K. RODWAY - On Wednesday, April 10, 1895 (Died 8 April 1895) we were call ed upon to lay the mortal remains of our most highly esteemed friend, W. K. Rodway, in their final resting place. The brief services at his late home were con ducted by the pastor of the Congregational church, Rev. N. L. Burton, assisted by some of his friends who sang appropriate selections. The scripture read was the 14th chapter of the Gospel by St. John, chosen for the occasion by Mr. Rodway himself after he was told by his physician that he could not recover. He said that chapter comforted him and he called the attention of his loved ones to it in hope that they would find comfort there in their coming bereavement. One looking upon the peaceful face in the casket and remembering the expressions of pain which so often were seen upon his face during the last days of the fear ful malady which terminated his mortal life, could hardly refrain from thoughts like that expressed in the 3d verse of this chapter, "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am there ye may be also." In the weary hours of his last sickness, the lessons taught him in childhood in his Christian home came clearly to his memory, and his acceptance of the salvation of the Gospel was clear and unquestioning. In my last conversation with him he told me that he had hoped to be permitted to enter the covenant of the church of Christ before be was called away, but that it did not seem to be God's will that he should. But said he, "I have the promise of Christ, and that is enough." His final moments were so peaceful that to those who watched beside him he seemed literally to fulfill the favorite expression of the early Christians and fall asleep. After a brief service at the house the Modern Woodmen and the members of the Masonic order, each of which he was a member, conducted his remains to the cemetery, whither he was followed by a large concourse of his grief stricken friends, and with the appropriate and impressive rituals of their orders laid him to his final rest. I esteem it a privilege to supplement the eminently just statement of last week with these words of appreciation, with the hope that they may tend to comfort , those most sorely bereaved by his early death. N. L. BURTON

Contributed by Sandi Donaldson



The WISCONSIN was a 3,238 gross ton ship, built by Palmer Bros & Co, Jarrow-on-Tyne in 1870 for the Guion Line of Liverpool. Her details were - length 366ft x beam 43.2ft, straight stem, one funnel, two masts (rigged for sail), iron construction, single screw and a speed of 11 knots. There was passenger accommodation for 76-1st, 100-intermediate and 800-3rd class. Launched on 19/3/1870, she commenced her maiden voyage from Liverpool to Queenstown (Cobh) and New York on 6/7/1870. She was rebuilt to 3,700 tons about 1874 and sailed on her last voyage between Liverpool, Queenstown and New York on 22/10/1892. She was scrapped the following year. [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.2,p.709]


Sister: Mary Louise Rodway (born 13.9.1883 Griggsville, USA died 13.11.1908 Des Moines, Iowa, USA)   View NotesHide notes 3 children  


MARY LOUISE (RODWAY) RICHARDS At her home in Des Moines, Iowa, Tuesday, occurred the death of Mrs. A. L. Richards after a brief attack of Pertontis. Her mother, Mrs. Mary Harriet (Lasbury) Rodway received word Monday that she was dangerously ill, and left for that place Monday evening, but her daughter had passed before her arrival. The remains were brought here Tuesday evening for burial, accompanied by the husband and children. Mrs. Richards was born in Griggsville twenty-five years age and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Knibb Rodway. She resided here until seven years ago when she was united in marriage to A. L. Richards and went to Iowa to live. To this union were born three children, two sons, now aged six and four years, and a baby daughter now six months old. Besides the husband and children she leaves her mother, three sisters, Mrs. W. E. Doane and Miss Margaret of Griggsville, and Miss Lizzie of Peoria, and many other relatives and friends to mourn her sad and untimely death. Funeral services will be held this Friday afternoon at two o'clock at the family residence in the west part of this city, conducted by Rev. W. E. Griffeth, pastor of the Congregational church, and the remains will be laid to rest beside those of her father in the family lot at the city cemetery.

Contributed by Colin Murphy


Husband: Alonzo Richards (born 4.7.1876 Iowa, USA died 8.2.1912 Indianola, Warren, Iowa, USA)   View NotesHide notes  

Parents A T Richards and Sarah J. Tenney

Son: Ralph Alonzo Richards (born 22.10.1904 Elmwood, Peoria, Illinois, USA died 28.2.1985 )   View NotesHide notes  

Married Bess Cook, who died in 1957

Son: William Richards (born 1905 USA )  

Son: Margaret Louise Richards (born 1908 Pike County, Illinois died 1929 )   View NotesHide notes  

MARGARET LOUISE RICHARDS LASBURY BROCKHOUSE, born in Pike County, Illinois the daughter of Alonzo RICHARDS and Mary Louise RODWAY; adopted daughter of her great aunt and uncle, Mitchener Marchand LASBURY and Minnie PRATT

Sister: Elizabeth Emma Rodway (born 1885 Griggsville, USA ) 2 children  

Husband: Harry Newman Baxendale (born 14.5.1887 Peoria, Illinois, USA died 1.7.1977 )  

Daughter: Louise Baxendale (born 17.12.1910 Peoria, Illinois, USA died 29.10.2004 )  

Daughter: Helen Cora Baxendale (born 6.9.1919 Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA died 25.9.2004 )  

Sister: Edith Rodway (born 1887 Griggsville, USA ) 2 children  

Husband: William Ezra Doane (born 12.11.1872 Pike, Pike County, Illinois, USA died 14.1.1954 )   View NotesHide notes  


Son: William Ronald Doane (born 9.9.1908 Pike, Pike County, Illinois, USA died 3.4.1997 )   View NotesHide notes  

Married Geneva Dale (28 Nov 1912 - 21 may 2002)


Son: Patricia Doane (born 18.1.1914 Griggsville, Pike County, Illinois, USA died 15.7.2007 )   View NotesHide notes  

Married John A. BOURGOIS


Margaret Rodway Notes:

Married Raymond Doane

Mary Harriet
Rodway (Lasbury) probate 1936
1900 census:
widow Mary Rodway, daughters Lizzie, Edith and Mar...
Map of Land
ownership in Griggsville, Pike County, Illinois - 1...
1920 census
showing Mary Rodway and grandchildren
Mary Rodway in
the 1930 census
Margaret Louise
Poster with
picture of SS Wisconsin on which William Knibb Rodw...
Thomas Lasbury
Gravestone of
Thomas and Emma Lasbury and children Marmaduke an...
Obituary Thomas
Lasbury, 1911
Mary Harriet
Rodway (Lasbury)
Mary Harriet
Rodway (Lasbury)
Grave of
William and Mary (Lasbury) Rodway

Census records:

1851 123, Rd Terrace, Kensington, Middlesex
Lasbury Benjaman Head Married M 56 1795 Butcher Master Employ Men , Dunadry, Somersetshire 1542
Lasbury Mary Wife Married F 46 1805 Knaresborough, Yorkshire 1543
Lasbury Benjaman Son Married M 21 1830 Engraver , Kensington, Middlesex 1544
Lasbury John Son Married M 20 1831 Butcher Journeyman , Kensington, Middlesex 1545
Lasbury Thomas Son Married M 18 1833 Butcher Journeyman , Kensington, Middlesex 1546
Smith Thomas Visitor Married M 21 1830 Painter Journeyman , Bristol
Cloud Thomas Servant Unmarried M 17 1834 Journeyman Butcher , Hammersmith, Middlesex
Auchens James Servant Unmarried M 15 1836 Butchers Boy , Sebergham, Leicestershire
Chandlers Hannah Servant Unmarried F 15 1836 Housemaid , Fulham, Middlesex

1851 2, Cambridge Buildings, High Street, Weston Super Mare, Somersetshire
Redway Eusebius J Head Married M 38 1813 Baptist Minister Wadham St Chapel , Wootten Under Edge, Gloucesters 1512
Redway Maria Wife Married F 25 1826 Etchilhampton, Wiltshire 1514
Redway Joseph Son M 2 1849 Weston Super Mare, Somerset 1516
Redway Edward R Son Married M 0 0 Weston Super Mare, Somerset 1517
Stenner Phoebe Servant Unmarried F 20 1831 House Servant , Bridgnorth, Somerset

1861 Chapel House, Wadham Street, Weston Super Mare, Somersetshire
Redway Eusebius J Head Married M 48 1813 Baptist Minister Wadham Street Chapel , Wotton Under Edge, Gloucestersh 1512
Redway Maria Wife Married F 34 1827 Etchilhampton, Wiltshire 1514
Redway Maria L Daughter F 13 1848 Scholar , Weston Super Mare, Somerset 1515
Redway Joseph G Son M 11 1850 Scholar , Weston Super Mare, Somerset 1516
Redway Edward B Son M 10 1851 Scholar , Weston Super Mare, Somerset 1517
Redway William K Son M 9 1852 Scholar , Weston Super Mare, Somerset 1518
Redway Elizabeth Daughter F 7 1854 Scholar , Weston Super Mare, Somerset 1519
Redway Mary Jane Daughter F 5 1856 Scholar , Weston Super Mare, Somerset 1520
Redway Eusebius J Son M 2 1859 Weston Super Mare, Somerset 1521
Redway John Son M 0 1861 Weston Super Mare, Somerset 1513
Shepton Eliza A Servant Unmarried F 18 1843 Domestic Servant , Roborough, Somerset

1871 Wadham Street Chapel House, Weston-Super-Mare, Somersetshire
Rodway Eusebius J Head M 58 1813 Gloucestershire 1512
Rodway Louisa Wife F 29 1842 Gloucestershire
Rodway Maria L Daughter F 23 1848 Somerset 1515
Rodway Eusebius J Son M 12 1859 Somerset 1521
Rodway John Son M 10 1861 Somerset 1513

1881 6, Sydenham Tce, Weston-Super-Mare, Somersetshire
Rodway Euseriess J Head Widower M 68 1813 Retired Baptist Minister , Wotton U Edge, Gloucestershire 1512
Rodway Mary L Daughter Single F 33 1848 Weston S Mare, Somerset 1515
Rodway Frederick Son Single M 9 1872 Scholar , Weston S Mare, Somerset
Rodway Mary B Daughter Single F 8 1873 Scholar , Weston S Mare, Somerset
Rodway Rowland H Son Single M 6 1875 Scholar , Weston S Mare, Somerset
Rodway Ernest G Son Single M 5 1876 Scholar , Weston S Mare, Somerset
Templar Eliza Servant Single F 32 1849 Domestic Servt , Weston S Mare, Somerset
Templar Kate L Servant Single F 14 1867 Dom Serv , Weston S Mare, Somerset
Templar Clare Visitor Single F 20 1861 Dressmaker , Weston S Mare, Somerset

1891 6, St Johns Terrace, Grove Road, Weston Super Mare, Somersetshire
Rodway Eusetius J Head Married M 77 1814 Retired Baptist Minister , Wotton Under Edge, Gloucestersh 1512
Rodway Louisa R Wife Married F 61 1830 Great Norwood, Surrey
Rodway Frederick Son Single M 19 1872 Weston Super Mare, Somersetshir
Rodway Rowland H Son Single M 16 1875 Scholar , Weston Super Mare, Somersetshir
Rodway Ernest G Son Single M 15 1876 Scholar , Weston Super Mare, Somersetshir
Smith Winifred M Stepdaughter Single F 14 1877 Scholar , Bath, Somersetshire
Smith Mary Mother In Law Widow F 72 1819 Living On Own Means , Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Mortimer Jane Servant Single F 26 1865 Cook Domestic , Bourton, Berkshire
Chidzey Annie Servant Single F 15 1876 Housemaid Domestic , Wrington, Somersetshire