Benjamin Bodman (1705 – 1748)

Benjamin Bodman (1705 – 1748) and Hannah Haddrel (? – ?)

Benjamin Bodman was born around 1705. He was a butcher.

There are various references in Calne General Accounts of Benjamin supplying meat during 1729. In 1730 he purchased Pew seats in St. Mary’s Church, Calne which was sold on his death in 1749.

He married Hannah Haddrel in October 1729 at Bremhill. The Banns dated 5th October have been seen.

Benjamin and Hannah had one daughter:

Ann Bodman baptised 11 April 1747 at Calne.

Benjamin died in March 1748 and was buried 20th March 1748 at Calne. Benjamin left a Will (See Below)

It is not known when his wife died, but his daughter Ann died just 5 years later and was buried at Calne on 26th December 1753.

Will of Benjamin Bodman of Calne butcher
dated 10th March 1748
Proved 29th April 1749
Executrix, wife Hannah Bodman
In the name of God Amen, I Benjamin Bodman of Calne in the County of Wilts, butcher, being very much poverished in body but of perfect mind and sound memory do make & publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say, I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it me and my body to be discretely buried at the discretion of my executrix hereinafter named and as to such worldly estate it has pleased God to benefit me with I give and dispose therein of (as follows)
First my Will is that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall be fully paid and satisfied Also I give and bequeath all my estate, bonds, notes, debts, dues, plates, goods and chattels of what kind or nature soever the same be unto my loving wife Hannah Bodman and to my only daughter Ann Bodman their Ex(ecut)ors, Admin(istrator)s and assigns share and share alike which said share devised to my daughter shall be paid to her at the age of twenty one years by my executrix hereinafter named But in case my said daughter shall be married without the consent of my said wife Hannah Bodman or shall happen to die before the age of twenty one years then I give and bequeath the share part and portion on my said daughter (before devised) unto my said loving wife Hannah Bodman her executors and admins
and do appoint my said loving wife whole and sole executrix thereof and do hereby revoke all other wills by me hereto fore made and do declare this to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I the said Benjamin Bodman have to this my will set my hand and seal the tenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty eight
Benjamin Bodman Seal
Signed, sealed published and declared }
by the testator Benjamin Bodman as and for }
his last Will and Testament in the presence }
of us who have subscribed our names } Watt? Harvey
as witnesses thereof in the presence of the said } Anne Russell
testator and in the presence of each other } John Bishop
Proved 29th April 1749, Hannah Bodman, widow, relict of the deceased appointed executrix