William Richard White

(born abt 1800)

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Daughter: Emma Wall White (born 1828 died 1909 ) 6 children  

Husband: Thomas Lasbury (born 8.6.1832 Kensington, Middlesex died 8.3.1911 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

Son: Thomas Lasbury (born 22.1.1859 The Terrace, Kensington, London died 1933 )  

Daughter: Mary Harriet Lasbury (born 4.10.1860 London, England died 30.8.1935 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.

Son: William White Lasbury (born 24.7.1862 died 1868 )  

Son: Marmaduke John Lasbury (born 21.4.1864 Griggsville, Pike County, Illinois, USA died 21.4.1864 Griggsville, Pike County, Illinois, USA)  

Son: Mitchener Marchant Lasbury (born 21.4.1864 London, England died 1943 )  

Daughter: Emma E Lasbury (born 8.1.1869 Griggsville, Pike County, Illinois, USA died 10.7.1951 )   View NotesHide notes  


Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Lasbury McConnell, the last of a prominent Griggsville family, passed away on July 10 in Detroit, Michigan, at the home of her niece, Mrs. Elizabeth Baxendale. The remains were brought to Griggsville, and funeral services were held at the Skinner Funeral Home at 2 o'clock Saturday Afternoon, The Rev. J.K. Putt officiating. Interment was in the Griggsville Cemetery.

The daughter of Thomas and Emma White Lasbury, she was born in Griggsville, January 8, 1869. She was married to C.H. McConnell who preceded her in death in 1932. She was one of five children all of whom have preceded her in death. Namely, Thomas, Mrs. Mary H. Rodway, M.M. (Twin) and Marmaduke.

After living most of her married life in Peoria, she moved to Griggsville after her husbands death to live with her brother Twin. In 1948 she went to Detroit to live with her niece. She has been bedfast for the past two yeas.

Mrs. McConnell was a member of the Easter Star, The Cree Missionary Society, and the Griggsville Congregational Church.

Emma Lasbury
Mary Harriet
Rodway (Lasbury) probate 1936
1900 census:
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Map of Land
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1920 census
showing Mary Rodway and grandchildren
Mary Rodway in
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Thomas Lasbury
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Thomas and Emma Lasbury and children Marmaduke an...
Obituary Thomas
Lasbury, 1911
Mary Harriet
Rodway (Lasbury)
Mary Harriet
Rodway (Lasbury)
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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