Andrew Bodwell (1810-1893)

Son of: James 1764

Andrew was born in Quebec, probably in Stanstead County. In 1815, while still a small child, the family moved to Vermont, then to Maine, and then to Sweden, New York, finally settling in Western Ontario. As a young man he acquired land in West Oxford, which he cleared and farmed He was not only a good farmer but a shrewd business man. He built one of the first grist mills in the area and also operated one of the earliest cheese factories. Ingersoll cheeses later achieved considerable fame. Andrew prospered during the Crimean War when the price of wheat rose to $3.50 a bushel. He bought more land, eventually owning some 400 acres, and built a large stone house which he named "Bleak House" after Dicken's novel. The house still stands, although the verandahs that once surrounded it have all been removed. (G. L Bodwell, 1997)

Andrew listed farmer as his occupation in the 1871 Ontario Census

BornDiedMarried Spouse
181023 Dec 189329 Oct 1849 Ann Sutherland Graham
Que.West Oxford, Ont. Woodhouse, Ontb. 1815

Children of Andrew and Ann (Graham) Bodwell

NameBirth Date Birth PlaceDeath Date Death Place
1.(Son)1850 Dereham, Ont.1850Dereham, Ont
2.Eliphalet Graham 18 Feb 1853Dereham, Ont 11 Jun 1913Ingersoll, Ont
3.Emma Sophia1854 Dereham, Ont.1855Dereham, Ont.
4.Martha Ann12 Feb 1857 Dereham, OntAFT 1904
5.Agnes MaryABT 1859 Dereham, Ont.AFT 1912

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