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THE RODD FAMILY

The Trebartha Estate came into Rodd ownership in 1729 following the death of Mary Grylls, the last surviving heir of the Spoure family. Read more ...

The Rodd family came originally from Leominster in Hereford, but by the seventeenth century had moved to Devon, where James Rodd took for his second wife Grace, daughter of Edward Bampfylde of Oakhay, Stoke Cannon. They had one son, Bampfylde Rodd. James' third wife was Mary, daughter of John Bampfylde of Poltimore, Devon; they had seven children, one of whom was the Mary Rodd who in 1675 married Edmund Spoure of Trebartha.

The Rodd family arms are shown above. The blazon reads “Per fesse sable and argent, in base two trefoils slipped of the first”. The arms can be seen in St Torney’s church. They can be seen on the bench ends of some pews, on a stained glass window and on the Spoure memorial. Although this memorial predates the Rodd family’s occupation it can be seen from the preceding paragraph that there was a connection through Edmund Spoure’s mother.

16_01.jpgFrancis Rodd, born in 1683, was a son of James Rodd's son Bampfylde Rodd by his second wife Bridget. In 1730 Francis married Alice Sandford of Exeter and they moved to Trebartha. The marriage settlement listed the property in Devon which he had inherited from his father, and set up a trust for Alice and her family out of lands in Devon and Cornwall to be purchased with her marriage portion of £1600.

Francis died in 1736 leaving all his property to his son Francis. Until the boy came of age the estate was managed by trustees, including his mother Alice, who purchased considerable amounts of land on his behalf. A memorial to Francis, his wife and daughters was erected in St Torney’s church by his daughter, Alicia.

After Francis came of age he continued to extend the family estates by purchasing land in Altarnun, Lewannick, Linkinhorne and North Hill, but acquired even more valuable property by his marriage in 1763 to Jane Hearle of Penryn. Their marriage settlement lists in meticulous detail all the lands of the Rodd family, viz: those inherited from Mary Spoure; those inherited from Bampfylde Rodd; lands purchased by Francis' father, and by his mother Alice, and lands which he himself had purchased. Jane's property was considerable, including part of the manor of Trelissick in St. Erth and lands in Gwinear, Phillack, Paul, Gwennap, Mabe, Penryn and Stithians.

Francis and Jane had five children that survived into adulthood: Francis Hearle, John Tremayne, Edward, Jane and Harriet. Jane predeceased her husband and in 1784 Francis married Ann, daughter of William Sandford of Somerset. A new settlement was drawn up. The marriage was childless, Ann dying in 1807, Francis in 1812. The estates were inherited by Francis' eldest son Francis Hearle Rodd, who in 1795 had married Mary Ann Coryton.

Funeral_FrancisRodd.jpgFrancis Hearle Rodd continued to purchase property in North Hill and Linkinhorne, but his marriage was childless, and the Rev. Edward Rodd became his brother's heir. He was rector of St. Just-in-Roseland, and in 1805 married Harriet, daughter of Charles Rashleigh of Duporth in St. Austell. They had a large family; the eldest son, Francis, married Mary Rashleigh, and their son Francis Rashleigh Rodd married Julia Graves Sawle in 1882. Francis died in 1922 aged 83. His funeral was recalled in a newspaper cutting of 2012.

By 1939 his nephew Major Edward Francis Stanhope Rodd had inherited Trebartha; he was succeeded by four daughters.

“The Cornishman” newspaper of 5th February 1880 carried a report on the “Ancestry of The Late Mr Edward Hearle Rodd”, following his recent death. It explained some of the history of Trebartha Hall and the Rodd family. Read more ...

In 1940 Major Rodd deposited the family documents at the City Library in Exeter; although almost the entire collection relates to Cornwall, there was at that time no County Record Office in Cornwall. In 1971 Major Rodd's daughter, Mrs. E. Mann of Bowerchalke, Salisbury, requested the Exeter City Library to transfer the Rodd documents to the Cornwall Record Office, and the transfer was completed in January 1972. The present catalogue was compiled between March and October 1974. Mrs. Mann and her three sisters retained the original "Spoure Book". The diaries of Francis Rodd, Francis Hearle Rodd, Rev. Edward Rodd and Col. Francis Rodd were given to the Record Office by Mr. Brian Latham who had purchased Trebartha in 1940.

 

The image shows the arms of the Rodd family

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