Marmaduke John Lasbury

(born 21 Apr 1864 Griggsville, Pike County, Illinois, USA died 21 Apr 1864 Griggsville, Pike County, Illinois, USA)

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Maternal grandmother: not known

Maternal grandfather: William Richard White (born abt 1800)  


Paternal grandmother: Mary Turnbull (born 1805 Knaresborough, Yorkshire died 7.8.1867 Clifton, Bristol, UK)  

married 28 May 1828 St. Clement Danes Church, Westminster, London

Paternal grandfather: Benjaman Lasbury (born 1794 Dunadry, Somersetshire died 12.4.1873 Burrington, Somerset)  


Mother: Emma Wall White (born 1828 died 1909)  

married 16 May 1858 London

Father Thomas Lasbury (born 8 Jun 1832 Kensington, Middlesex died 8 Mar 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

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

Sister: Mary Harriet Lasbury (born 4.10.1860 London, England died 30.8.1935 Griggsville, Pike County, Illinois, USA)   View NotesHide notes 4 children  

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.

Husband: William Knibb Rodway (born 12.1.1852 Weston Super Mare, Somerset died 8.4.1895 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]


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


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


Daughter: Elizabeth Emma Rodway (born 1885 Griggsville, USA )  

Daughter: Edith Rodway (born 1887 Griggsville, USA )  

Daughter: Margaret Rodway (born 1889 Griggsville, USA )   View NotesHide notes  

Married Raymond Doane

Brother: William White Lasbury (born 24.7.1862 died 1868 )  

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

Sister: 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.

Husband: Charles Herbert McConnell (born 12.3.1859 Canton Fulton County Illinois, USA died 29.1.1932 Peoria Peoria County Illinois, USA)   View NotesHide notes  


A very pretty home wedding took place at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. W.K. Rodway on West Quincy Avenue last Thursday afternoon, April 12, the high contracting parties being Miss Emma Lasbury, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lasbury of this city and Mr. Charles H. McConnell, of Leaman, Ill. The happy twain entered the parlor promptly at 2 o'clock to a wedding march played by Miss Mary Rodway, niece of the bride, which was splendidly rendered. The ceremony was immediately performed by Rev. N. L. Burton of the Congregational Church.

The bride was dressed in a very pretty spring traveling suit, and the groom in usual style. After congratulations, the guests, of whom there were about forty, partook in an elegant supper in the dining room. The intervening time until the arrival of the 6:13 train was spent pleasantly in music and social converse, when they left for a few days at Decatur and other points before going to their future home at Leaman.

The bride is a popular and accomplished young lady who has alway moved in Griggsville's best society, and has friends inumerable. The groom is to be congratulated on his selection of a help-mate, and it is believed the bride is equally fortunate. Mr. McConnell is a prominent and industrious young business man of his town and highly spoken of by all who know him.

The presents were both numerous and valuable.

Mr. and Mrs. McConnell have the best wishes of all for their future happiness and prosperity.”

Emma Lasbury
Charles Herbert
Mary Harriet
Rodway (Lasbury) probate 1936
Map of Land
ownership in Griggsville, Pike County, Illinois - 1...
1920 census
showing Mary Rodway and grandchildren
Mary Rodway in
the 1930 census
1900 census:
widow Mary Rodway, daughters Lizzie, Edith and Mar...
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
Lasbury’s calling card
certificate Benjamin Lasbury, 1873

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

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

1861 Love Street, Clifton, Bristol, Gloucestershire
Hum John Head Married M 28 1833 Butcher , Clifton
Hum Mary Wife Married F 25 1836 Bristol
Lasbury Benjamin Visitor Married M 67 1794 Butcher , Dundry, Somerset 1542
King Sarah Servant Unmarried F 26 1835 Servant , Rainworth, Gloucestershire
White Thomas Servant Unmarried M 18 1843 Butcher , Rainworth, Gloucestershire
Lane Walter Servant Unmarried M 25 1836 Butcher , Rainworth, Gloucestershire
Webber William Servant Unmarried M 20 1841 Butcher , Chawleigh, Devon

1871 Langford, Upper, Churchill, Somersetshire
Cole Edward Head M 55 1816 Somerset
Cole Louisa Wife F 50 1821 Somerset
Cole Annie Daughter F 13 1858 Somerset
Cole Hannah Daughter F 10 1861 Somerset
Cole Lucie Daughter F 7 1864 Somerset
Lasbury Benjamin Boarder Widow M 75 1796 Somerset 1542