Elizabeth MEPHAM (twin)
(Abt 1800-1881)


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Mary C. FRY


  • Born: 29 Jan 1839, Ulcombe, Kent, England 2
  • Married: 2 Dec 1866, Ganges, Allegan Co., MI, USA 1
  • Died: 21 Sep 1912, Kosciusko Co., IN, USA

   Research Notes:

William and his brother Henry arrived in New York from London, England per America Eagle on 24 May 1858.


1880 U.S. Federal Census:

Age given: 41 years
Birthplace given: England
Dwelling Place: Wayne, Kosciusko, Indiana, USA
Occupation: Farmer

Present were wife Mary (33) of Ohio, keeping house, children: Willie (8) of Michigan, Franklin (1) of Indiana. Henry's brother William was living nextdoor.


1900 U.S. Federal Census:

Age given: 61 years
Birthplace given: England
Dwelling Place: Wayne, Kosciusko, Indiana, USA
Occupation: Farmer
How long married: 33 years
How many children: 6 (3 still living)

Present were wife Mary (53) of Ohio, son Oliver R. (15) of Indiana


"Henry Bodkin, a farmer residing in Wayne Township, was born in County Kent, England, January 29, 1839. His parents were Potter and Mary Bodkin... Our subject was reared in England, receiving his education before he was nine years old. In 1858, he immigrated to America, taking passage at London on board the sailing vessel American Eagle. He was five weeks and two days crossing the Atlantic, and landed at Castle Garden, New York City, in May of 1858. He came directly to this county and worked one year for Isaac Brockway, of Monroe Township. He was subsequently variously employed until August 1862 when he enlisted in Company K, Seventy-fourth Indiana Infantry. In 1862, he and his entire company were taken prisoners at Munfordville, Kentucky, and remained prisoners about three days. At the expiration of that time, they were paroled and properly exchanged. They then rejoined their regiment and fought at Chickamauga, Chattanooga, all through the Atlantic campaign, and participated in the Grand Review at Washington. He was discharged June 21, 1865. In the fall of that year, he went to Michigan and remained until 1872, then returned to this county and has since resided here. December 2, 1866, he married in Michigan to Mary Fry, and to this union were born six children, three of whom are living -- Willie H., Frankie O., and Oliver R. In 1872, Mr. Bodkin settled upon his present farm, and he owns forty acres of well-improved land. He is a member of the Methodist Epicsopal Church, and politically is a democrat." 3

   Marriage Information:

Henry married Mary C. FRY on 2 Dec 1866 in Ganges, Allegan Co., MI, USA 1. (Mary C. FRY was born in May 1847 in Ohio, USA.)

   Marriage Notes:

"State of Michigan County of Allegan SS

I certify that on the second day of December, A.D. 1866, at the house of John Fry in the County aforesaid I Seralph C. Buck, Minister of the Gospel, joined in marriage Henry Bodkin of Ganges in the State of Michigan aged 26 years and Mary C. Fry of Ganges in the State of Michigan aged 20 years: that the parties did then and there solemnly declare that they took each other as Husband and Wife and that there were present as witnesses Alex N. Fry of Ganges and John Fry of Ganges. Dated Ganges this second day of December A.D. 1866. S. C. Buck


1 Michigan County Marriages, 1820-1935, p. 41.

2 England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008, Hollingbourne district, 1st Quarter, vol. 5, p. 239.

3 Kosciusko County, Indiana Biographical and Historical Record, pp. 309-310, cited in Rootsweb database janbotkin.

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