The Boddington-Ingram Family History


Simla 1865
Simla, the home of the Ingram family in Himachal Pradesh, India from ca. 1924 to 1930. Photo Samuel Bourne, 1865.

WELCOME  to our family history web pages.

Our BODDINGTON ancestors go back through several generations of Northampton "cobblers" to the peasant class farm workers and bondagers of feudal Bedfordshire, Huntingdonshire and Northamptonshire in the late 16th century. On our INGRAM side, we have family ties to the watermen, bargemen and mariners of Essex, who for many generations plied their trades on the busy waterways of the Thames estuary and English Channel. We also have lateral or "secondary" roots resulting from early British and Dutch expatriates who left their European homelands in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries to live, work and eventually settle in distant colonial India.

Our family tree is structured mainly around the pedigree charts of Thomas BODDINGTON and Dorothy May INGRAM. However, the charts include links to most, if not all the lateral branches of our related families. So visiting cousins, second cousins, nieces and nephews might well find something of interest here. First time visitors might find it more convenient, (and quicker) to go straight to the Index of Names or Surnames in the navigation bar above, or the Table of Contents below, and click on those names in which they are particularly interested. All names in the lists are hyper-linked to the appropriate juncture and time line in our family tree. Place names, events and any other data appearing in angle brackets thus, <1856>, have either been estimated, calculated or otherwise considered "said to be". Verified data on individual pages and charts are linked to numbered source citations listed at the bottom of the page.

You are welcome to download and copy the data published here, including any images for your own personal use. The usual acknowledgements and/or attributions would of course be appreciated. However, please note that the data are far from complete and there is still much research to be done. There are many omissions and possible errors. If you think you can fill in the gaps or correct any of the mistakes, please get in touch. Better still, if you have your own family history web site, why not link us to your pages so that we can exchange information and visitors?

Please note that details of living persons in this database have been suppressed in order to protect the individual and to prevent fraudulent use of personal information.

Credits and Acknowledgements

I am grateful to the following for providing corroborative data of one sort or another, and/or for generously agreeing to share the results of their own research:

Lynda Boddington, for her thorough research into the Shoemaking Industry of Northampton and the involvement of the Boddington family in the founding of the "Cobbler's Shop", circa 1910. Also for her detailed information on the family line of her ancestor Ebenezer Edwin Boddington, which I have included in these pages at her request.

Clive Boddington, for helping me trace the link between our recent shoemaking past and our earlier agricultural roots in feudal Bedfordshire and Huntingdon. Also for putting me in touch with the invaluable genealogical notes of our own family historian Henry Boddington.

Dave Billings for his contribution to the Boddington-Family site regarding Susan BODDINGTON, née BATES'S record of the births of her children in the family Bible, (Finedon and Northampton).

Gwen Gardiner, for her detailed research into various prominent members of the Ingram family; her comprehensive notes, observations and references, much of which are included in these pages. Also for her dedication, example and willingness to share the fruits of her efforts.

Carole Mulroney, (née Palmer), for all the work she has done on the INGRAM family in Southend-on-Sea, Essex prior to 1800, much of which is reproduced here with her kind permission. Carole's excellent site "Leigh Lives" which provides an interesting insight into the life and times of Southend's neighbouring parish Leigh on Sea, can be reached by clicking here.

Christine Felthouse, for her comprehensive research into the Bullock-Johnson family line, all of which are included in these pages with her consent. I am also grateful for the photographs of Bullock family graves taken during her visits to places of family interest in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, India that she has kindly shared with us.

Rona Langston (née Ingram) (NZ), for filling in many of the "gaps" that remained in our early INGRAM roots and for kindly allowing me to quote from her comprehensive and invaluable research notes. Her excellent family site can be reached by clicking here.

Meryl Yost, Malcolm Ward and other selfless members of the Aus-Tasmania RootsWeb mailing List for helping me trace the final chapters in the tragic life of our convict ancestor William Boddington (1806-1888).

Moira Breen for our shared interests and associations with the Lawrence Military Asylums, (latterly Schools) of former British India, and in particular, for her many 'look-ups' into the Lovedale Admissions Directories that she has so cheerfully carried out on my behalf.

Jack Verduyn Lunel for helping me establish the formerly elusive link between our Dutch-Indian ancestor Ann Verdyn and the Verduijn family from the former Dutch East Indian Company (VOC) settlement in Cochin, Dutch Malabar. Also for putting me in touch with the work of Tom W. Venn, whose chronicles of St. Francis' Church, Cochin have proved so invaluable.

Andy Thomson, for his thorough research into the Robertson and Hiscox family lines, and his comprehensive genealogical notes and data - much of which are reproduced here with his kind permission.

B.H.G. Duncan for permitting me to quote from the published Memoirs of his ancestor David Dinwiddie (1818-1883). Captain Dinwiddie's notes and observations on the formation and deployment of the 1st Pegu Police (subsequently Sapper) Battalion for service in former British Burmah have proved invaluable for my own research. The Duncan family history site can be found here.

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These pages are continually under development and will be amended as research proceeds and further information becomes available. They were last updated on:

Friday, 09-Oct-2020 11:42:28 MDT

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