John Bodman (1708 – 1767)

John Bodman (1708 – 1767) and Mary Wiltshire (1710? – 1762)


John Bodman was born about 1707, he was a labourer and later a shoemaker. He married Mary Wiltshire on the 9th March 1729.

There is some confusion with their children. At this time only the father’s name was given in the baptism registers and there was another John Bodman living at Studley (click here). In the registers of these children christened, the recorder of the baptisms has been careful to separate the two indicating for the one John as either child of John Bodman of Child of John for the John living in Calne or child of John of Studley. We have assumed in the tree here that all the John of Studley’s children are correctly recorded and that the remainder of the John of Calne. Of course there is always the possibility of another John! Hopefully, as more information becomes available including Y DNA of these Bodman descendants, this tree will be strengthened.

John Bodman of Calne is thought to have the following known children all baptised at Calne:
Edward Bodman baptised 6 Jan 1729/30   click here
Betty Bodman baptised 9th August 1731
Mary Bodman baptised 20th August 1733
John Bodman baptised 21st March 1735   click here
Ann Bodman baptised 19 Jun 1737 and buried 10th October 1743
Benjamin Bodman baptised 20th October 1739 and buried 27th June 1741
James Bodman baptised 12 March 1741
Thomas Bodman baptised 2nd December 1743   click here
Catherine Bodman baptised 10th October 1745
Joseph Bodman baptised 27th December 1747 and buried 30th June 1749
Benjamin Bodman baptised 21st April 1751
Elizabeth Bodman baptised 14th March 1756 daughter of John and Mary

There was also a John Bodman baptised in 1754, son of John and this is assumed to be the son of John of Studley. This should be treated as uncertain as there is no mention of Studley like his other children when they were baptised. It is unlikely to be this John of Calne as we know he already had a son John Bodman who was mentioned in his brother Edward’s will in 1783.

We know that John was 21 when he married and if we assume that Mary was the same age at marriage she would have had twelve children over a 26 year period with the last child conceived when she was about 45. At the time of the last baptised child Elizabeth, there was another John Bodman (one of John senior’s children above, wikiref -334) who was old enough to be a father, but at the moment there is no suitable early marriage for this John.

Like his father, three of his children, Edward, John and Thomas were shoemakers.

Mary Bodman died in October 1762 and was buried on the 31st October.

John died in 1773 and was buried on the 3rd of June as John Bodman senior.