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Ann GREGORY[1, 2]
 1855 - 1921

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  • Birth  15 Mar 1855  Faversham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Christened  10 Feb 1856  Faversham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Died  3 Oct 1921  Maidstone, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried  Maidstone, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I53  Young Family Kent Ancestry
    Last Modified  14 Jan 2009 20:21:24 
    Father  Edward GREGORY, c. 22 Dec 1822, Faversham, Kent, England  
    Mother  Ann RUCK, c. 17 Feb 1824, Faversham, Kent, England  
    Family ID  F689  Group Sheet
    Family 1  Henry George KEARN, b. Abt 1848 
    Married  29 Jul 1876  Faversham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Family ID  F20  Group Sheet
    Family 2  Alfred Heinrich BODEKER, b. 5 Feb 1860, Deptford, St. Paul, Kent, England  
    Married  31 Aug 1890  Faversham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
     1. Alice Jane GREGORY, c. 18 Feb 1876, Faversham, Kent, England
     2. Albert KEARN, b. 2 Qtr 1877, Faversham, Kent, England
     3. Annie Catherine KEARN, b. 12 Aug 1878, Faversham, Kent, England
    >4. Edith Louise KEARN, b. 4 Sep 1879, Faversham, Kent, England
     5. Minnie KEARN, b. Dec Qtr. 1882, 2a, 831, Faversham, Kent, England
     6. Rosa KEARN, b. Sept Qtr. 1885, Faversham, Kent, England
     7. Frederick BODEKER, b. 25 Oct 1887, Faversham, Kent, England
    >8. Ada Jane "Lillian" BODEKER, b. 28 Dec 1889 (1st Qtr 1890), Faversham, Kent, England
    >9. Minnie Winifred BODEKER, b. 5 Feb 1893, Faversham, Kent, England
    Family ID  F690  Group Sheet
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  • Notes 
    • Ann, the last child of Edward Gregory and Ann Ruck, was born 15 March 1855. Her life is somewhat of a mystery and she was never forthcoming with her children about family information.

      Prior to her first marriage, Ann had had one daughter named Alice Jane who was christened at the Faversham Parish Church on 18 February 1876. Unfortunately, this little child died around the time she was 1 year old and her death is registered during the first quarter of 1877 at Faversham District.

      She married for the first time, a man by the name of Henry Kearn on the 29th of July 1876 at the parish church of Faversham. None of her grandchildren knew of this marriage and it only came to light when her marriage certificate to Alfred Bodeker was received. Ann was shown on that latter certificate as being Ann Kearn, widow, father - Edward Gregory, mariner. What became of Henry Kearn is unknown and in light of this earlier marriage, it is also unknown if Ann's first child, Annie was Henry's or Alfred's natural daughter.

      Although Ann was living with Alfred Bodeker as his wife by the time of the 1881 census, their marriage did not take place until 31 August 1890. It is possible that Henry Kearn, who had been an engine driver, deserted Ann, could not be found and subsequently had to be declared dead. At any rate, I have requisitioned the microfilm containing burials at the Faversham Parish Church for the applicable period and may find more answers there. In 1881 the family lived at 3 Gatefield Lane.

      Between 1880 and 1893 Ann and Alfred had 7 more children. Edith Louise, born 4 September 1880; Minnie born during 1882; Rose born during 1885; Frederick born 25 October 1887; Ada Jane born 28 December 1889; and, Minnie Winnifred born 5 February 1893. Annie C., Minnie and Rose all died during 1886. It was not until a trip to visit with Dorothy Hardman and Edith Owlett during June 2003 that it came to light that their Lill was actually named Ada Jane. Up until that time, I had suspected that was the case as certainly there had never been a Lillian Gregory, Kearn or Bodeker registered at any time in the Faversham District. Unfortunately, though I had nothing to prove my suspicions. Edith Owlett suddenly revealed that her mother's name was actually Ada Jane entirely out of the blue. I was astonished and proclaimed my thanks to her for finally rectifying that piece of family history. Certainly during the 1891 and 1901 census Ada is living with the family - but no Lillian.

      During 1891 the family continued to live at 33 Westgate Road in Faversham. Alfred was a labourer in the gun cotton works and the only children then living were Edith, aged 12, Frederick, aged 3 and Ada Jane, aged 2. At 32 Westgate Road was Ann's second cousin once removed, Charles Bunting and his wife, Fanny. Charles Bunting was the great-grandson of Thomas Nutt and Mary Herman, Ann's great-great-grandparents through her grandmother, Christian Gregory (nee Milsted). It is unknown what the relationship was like between Ann and her cousin. As the relationship was somewhat removed in time between Charles Bunting and Ann, it also makes me wonder if either of them was aware of their kindred bonds.

      Alfred Bodeker eventually rose to the position of foreman at the gun cotton works. He was a rather confused and abusive sort and eventually deserted Ann around 1899. We are told that he had run off with a younger woman and certainly two entries in the Faversham parish registers bear this out: christened 8 August 1900 Alfred Heinrich Bodeker (G.R.O. June Qtr, 1899, Orsett, 4a, 578) and christened 26 May 1901 Hilda Mildred Bodeker (G.R.O. March Qtr 1901, Orsett, 4a, 649), the children of Alfred Bodeker and Charlotte Eliza Houseden. Curiously, his residence was given as being Stanford, Essex. The 1901 census shows Alfred and Charlotte and their two children living at 10 Fleet Street, Corringham, Essex. He was working as a foreman in the guncotton and explosive powder works. Living with them were two male boarders who had each been born in the U.S.A.. Hilda was shown as 2 months old at the time and Charlotte was shown as being 29 years of age and born in Faversham. A third child was found on the G.R.O. birth index - Charles William, June Qtr. 1902, Orsett, vol. 4a, page 653.

      Family tradition recalls that Ann's eldest daughter used to make the most of opportunities to discredit Alfred in front of his new love or employees, ranging from name calling, kicking of shins, through to stamping on Charlotte's feet one day when Alfred and Charlotte were encountered walking together through town.

      About 1903 Alfred was sent to South Africa to assist in the start up of a new gun cotton works. Word eventually came back to Ann that he had been killed there in an explosion. No one knows for certain that this is true. I have my doubts as a descendant of Alfred's brother still lives in Faversham today. She is Ella Epps, great-aunt of a lady, Ruth Bodeker (now Busbridge) who lives in New Zealand. All attempts at communication, prior to 2003, with these people failed miserably with Ella Epps more or less of the opinion that 'we' Bodeker descendants do not exist. This situation was rectified during 2003 with a contact made with Sandy Patterson. Sandy is also a descendant of Alfred's brother and more information concerning the Bodeker line can be found in the notes concerning Alfred and his family. Contact has also now been made with Ruth Busbridge in New Zealand.

      Edith married in Faversham a man by the name of George Sharp and had taken up residence with her husband in the Chatham area, where during 1902 she gave birth to her only child, George Thomas Sharp. The family history of Edith and George during these few years, before they came to Canada are quite cloudy and more information will have to be gathered from Pamela Harrison, Edith's grand-daughter.

      Ann, with family in tow, moved to Canada circa 1912 and settled in Toronto. Edith, George and their son also emigrated with Ann. The Sharps opened a fresh fish store on Davenport Road. Again, there is some cloud of confusion surrounding Ada Jane during this period. Family reports have it that Alice, Ada's first child was not Luke's daughter. She actually married Luke Owlett in Toronto during 1912.

      Ada "Lill" and Luke eventually purchased a home at 251 Silverthorn Avenue where the entire family lived together for awhile. Minnie met Victor John Hill, her future husband, while riding the tram to work. She worked at Eaton's downtown and he was a conductor on that tram. Shortly before the outbreak of World War I Victor and Minnie's brother, Fred, purchased a small farm property in North York. Edith Owlett can recall one incident that happened when she was about 8 years old. Apparently the family was then living on Silverthorn and had come down very ill during the winter. Edith Owlett recalls looking up and down Silverthorn for any signs of activity as the weather was so dreadfully bad. She says that much to her great excitement and relief she recalls seeing Victor walking up the street and realized that he was probably coming to bring them the medicine that had been ordered by their doctor.

      On March 13th, 1916 Frederick Bodeker enlisted for duty with the 198th Battalion. His description on enlistment indicates that he was 5'10-1/4" tall, had a fresh complexion, blue eyes and fair hair - traits that seem to run through the Gregory family consistently. He also had three distinctive tatoos on his right arm and eventually those aided in his identification at death. Fred shipped overseas aboard the 'Metagama' arriving in Liverpool, England on 17 April 1917. After serving briefly as acting Lieutenant his designation reverted back to Private. On 20 May 1917 he was stationed at Witley camp in Surrey, England not too far outside of Godalming. By May 27th he was assigned to the intelligence course and on 1 March 1918 landed in France. Fred was killed in action 28 August 1918 while serving with the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles. He was buried at Vis-en-Artois, France and decorated with the British War Medal and the Victory medal. Fred's death deeply affected his sisters. Minnie never accepted his death and for years attempted to find some evidence that he remained alive. Lill named her third child, who was born three months after Fred's death, in remembrance of the cemetary where he was buried - Matilda 'Artois' Owlett.

      Ann returned to England with her daughter Edith and George Sharp circa 1917/18. Edith and George had became very disillusioned with life in Canada. Their store had suffered complete destruction in a fire and Edith was having great difficulty in understanding the Canadian currency system having been used to the pounds, shillings, pence system in use in England. At first, upon their return to England, Edith and George Sharp operated a public house in Chatham, Kent. by the time of Fred's death in 1918 their abode was the Rose Inn, Wheeler Street, Maidstone. No word had been heard from Edith's descendants from the time of her death during the 1950s until I (Susan) was able to finally track down Pamela Harrison (nee Sharp) during summer 2003.

      For a time Lill and her daughters worked at Neilsen's chocolate factory in Toronto. Alice, Lill's eldest daughter, was gifted musically and spent many hours playing her violin at hospitals and hospices. Alice however, had a very tragic marriage and she felt as if she had been the cause of her baby's death. Alice turned away from the support of her family and eventually died as a result of years of alcohol abuse. Matilda, Tilly as she was known, died at the age of 55 unmarried. She too, had not had great success in finding a mate and after her last beau spurned her she took to eating nothing but wieners. Matilda died of cancer. I can remember visiting Silverthorn Avenue at least once during the severest part of Tilly's illness. I was about 7 years old but I can clearly remember that she was up in her bedroom and unable to come down. The adults, only, were allowed to go up to visit with her.

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      BODEKER ANN (RG14PN3905 RG78PN149 RD47 SD1 ED21 SN156)
      Address 31 PROSPECT ROW CHATHAM County Kent
      District Medway Subdistrict Rochester and Chatham
      Enumeration District 21 Parish Chatham
  • Sources 
    1. [S39] Obituary, Toronto Star, (Canada, Toronto: Toronto Star), October 1921.
      In loving memory of our dear mother, Annie Brown, who passed away October 3, 1921 age 64 years.

      And have you gone forever and left us here to weep
      Until we are called to follow you and in the grave to sleep.
      Since you could no longer stay to cheer us with our love
      We hope to meet with you again in good bright world above.

      In loving memory of our dear brother, Pte. F. Brown killed in action in France august 28, 1918 age 31 years interred at Arras Cemetery in the Canadian Buffs, transferred as Lewes gunner.

      He bravely answered his country's call
      His life he gave for one and all
      His heart was brave, his spirit good
      he lives in peace in a soldier's grave.
      Hand-written original for insertion in newspaper in possession of Susan Young.

    2. [S7] 1901 Census, England and Wales, Office of National Statistics, General Register Office, Kew, Surrey, England, (, RG13/803, folio 13, page 17, Ospringe, Kent, 31 Mar 1901.
      Schedule #110, Water Lane East, Village of Ospringe: Ann Bodeker, head, married, 45, charwoman, worker, born at Preston; Frederick, son, 14, house boy domestic, a worker, born at Faversham; Ada, daughter, 11, born at Faversham; Minnie, daughter, 8 born at Faversham.

    3. [S45] Certified copy of an entry of Birth, (England, Kew: General Register Office), Certificate #BXBA721329 issued 24 January 1995, 20 Apr 1855.
      Birth of Ann Gregory on the 15th day of March 1855 at Brents Town, Preston, father being Edward Gregory and mother being Ann Gregory, formerly Ruck. Father's occupation, mariner. Informant was Ann Gregory, mother, usual residence being at Brents Town, Preston.
      Original certificate in possession of Susan Young.

    4. [S43] Certified copy of an entry of Death, (England, Kew: General Register Office), Certificate #DXZ945164 issued 11 February 2002, 3 Oct 1921.
      Registration of death occurring on 3 October 1921 at Rose Inn, Wheeler Street, Maidstone of Annie Brown [sic], aged 64 years and widow of Alfred Brown [sic] a sailor. Cause of death apoplexy haemorrhagica [haemorrahegic stroke] of 2 months duration and 2/2nd [second] attack and coma of 5 days duration. Present at death was G. T. Sharp, son-in-law, usual residence, Rose Inn, Wheeler Street, Maidstone.
      Original in possession of Susan Young.

    5. [S40] Certified Copy of an Entry of Marriage, (England, Kew: General Register Office), Certificate #MX707989, issued 18 November 1993, 29 Jul 1876.
      Marriage solemnized at the parish church of Faversham after banns on 29 July 1876 between Henry Kearn, 23, bachelor, engine driver, usual residence Tanner Street, father William Kearn, labourer and Ann Gregory, 30, spinster, no occupation, usual residence Tanner Street, father Edward Gregory, mariner. Witnesses Alfred Dadson and Margaret Dunk.

    6. [S36] Parish Register, England, Kent: Church of England, Canterbury Cathedral Archives, (U.S.A., Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah), LDS Film #1886148-1886149, Entry #428, 1876, Faversham, Kent, 29 Jul 1876.
      Married July 29, 1876, Henry Kearn, bachelor, 23, engine driver, residence at Tanner Street, father William Kearn, labourer, to Ann Gregory, spinster, 20, no occupation, residence at Tanner Street, father Edward Gregory, mariner. Witnesses: Alfred Dadson and Margaret Dunk.

    7. [S40] Certified Copy of an Entry of Marriage, (England, Kew: General Register Office), Certificate #MX645697, issued 29 April 1993, 31 Aug 1890.
      Marriage 31 August 1890 of Alfred Bodeker, 31, bachelor, millman in gun cotton works, usual residence being 33 Westgate Road, Park Place, father Heinrich Wilhelm Bodeker a silversmith to Ann Kearn, 33, widow, no occupation, usual residence 6 St. Mary's Road, father Edward Gregory, a bargeman. Witnesses were Charles Horatio Bodeker and Sarah Ann Bodeker.


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