Thomas Bodman (1743 – 1807)

Thomas Bodman (1743 – 1807) & Catherine Waterman (? – 1803)


Thomas was born about 1743, like his brothers Edward and John he was a shoemaker. He married Catherine Waterman on 29th May 1774 at Calne. They had the following known children:

Thomas Bodman baptised 30th June 1775 click here
Robert Bodman born 20th October and baptised 28th February 1779
Benjamin Bodman baptised 27th October 1780
Joseph Bodman baptised 9th march 1783 and buried 25th November 1804
James Bodman baptised 1st April 1785 click here
Elizabeth Bodman baptised 4th March 1792

Catherine Bodman, Thomas’s wife died in 1803 and was buried at Calne on 9th March.

By 1806 Thomas was described as a cordwainer and a brewer.

Thomas Bodman died 1807 and was buried at Calne on 5thNovember. He left a will. The value of his estate was under £100.

Will of Thomas Bodman of Calne, cordwainer
Dated 21st July 1806
Proved 13 Nov 1807 at Calne
James Hale and William Baily joint executors
Effects under £100
This is the last Will and Testament of me Thomas Bodman of Calne in the County of Wilts, cordwainer made this twenty first day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and six.
1. First I give and devise unto my son Thomas Bodman of Calne aforesaid cordwainer all that is my Freehold messuage or tenement with the Brewhouse and shop together with the garden and appurtenances thereto belonging situated and being in Calne aforesaid and now in my own occupation.
To hold the same and every part thereof to my said son Thomas Bodman his heirs and assigns forever subject nevertheless and charged and chargeable with the payment of the sum of twenty five pounds of lawful money current in Great Britain to my daughter Elizabeth Bodman when and so soon as she shall attain her age of twenty one years
2. and also subject to and charged and chargeable with the further payment of the weekly sum of twelve shillings to my son James Bodman for his maintenance and support during so long him and no longer as my said son James Bodman may at the time of my decease have to serve his master John Mead under his Indentures of Apprenticeship but it is my will and devise nevertheless that my said son Thomas Bodman may at his own option either make the said weekly payment of twelve shillings to my said son James Bodman or otherwise provide him with boarding, lodgng, clothing, washing, mending and other necessities during the remainder of his apprenticeship aforesaid.
3. Also I give and devise unto my son Robert Bodman all those my three freehold tenements or dwelling houses in Calne aforesaid with the appurtances thereof belonging now in the several occupations and possessions of John Ford, Anna Rawlings and Ann Parrott. To hold the same and every part thereof unto my said son Robert Bodman his heirs, assigns for ever subject nevertheless to and charged and chargeable with the payment of the sum of five pounds of lawful money current in Great Britain to my said son James Bodman to be paid to him when and as soon as he has served his said apprenticeship.
4. Also I give and bequeath to my said son Thomas Bodman all and singular my stock and utensils in trade and all my brewing utensils. Also my bed and bedding in the room where in he now sleeps called the further room. Also two large silver table spoons, my best white bed quilt and also a large blue box in the said room in which he sleeps.
5. Also I give and bequeath to my son Edward Bodman the sum of five pounds to be paid him by my executors herein after named within twelve months next after my decease.
6. Also I give and bequeath to my said daughter Elizabeth Bodman the bed and bedding in the room wherein she now sleeps, also three gold rings, eight silver tea spoons, one pair of silver sugar tongs, my mahogany tea board and mahogany tea chest and my patch work’d bed quilt and also all my child bed linen all of the linen to be delivered to her by my Executors herein after named within one month after my decease. All the rest residue and remainder of my Estate both real and personal of what nature, kind or quality so ever the same may be and where so ever whereto and being after my just debts the before mentioned legacy and my funeral expenses are fully paid and satisfied.
7. I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto and equally amongst my said children Thomas Bodman, Robert Bodman, Edward Bodman, James Bodman and Elizabeth Bodman their heirs, executors administrators and assigns.
8. And also I do hereby make, nominate, constitute and appoint my good friends James Hale of Calne aforesaid, grocer and William Baily of Calne, aforesaid, malisner? joint executors in Trust of this my Will and revoking all younger and previous Wills by me at any time here before made do declare this to be my last Will and Testament.
In witness whereof I have to this my last Will and Testament contained in two sheets of paper set my hand to the first sheet thereof and my hand and seal to the last sheet thereof the day and year first before written.
Signed, sealed published and declared } Thomas Bodman Seal
by the testator ~Thomas Bodman as and for }
his last Will and Testament in the presence }
of us who have hereunto subscribed our names }
as witness thereof in his presence and in }
the presence of each other }
Thos Ford
Jno. Ladd
Amelia Ladd
(Proved) at Calne on the 13th day of Nov 1807 James Hale and William Baily joint executors named in the Will of Thos. Bodman hereto annexed were duly sworn before me and that the effects of the deceased do not amount to one hundred pounds
Thos. Greenwood Surr.