Thomas VODDEN 

*1860 - †?


a) "The family story has always been that Thomas, a carpenter, came to the U.S. via Canada, though we don't know how he got from there to San Francisco, where he died in the late 1930s. Another family story has been that Thomas spent time in Texas before coming to California, but we have no verification of that."

Above was from a note from Eric Vodden from the Vodden family site.

1881 British Census - LDS
Dwelling: Village
Census Place: Beaford,, Devon, England
Source: FHL Film 1341543 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 2255 Folio 7Page 8
Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Thomas VODDEN M 54 M Beaford,, Devon, England
Rel: Head
Occ: Carpenter Joiner Etc
Wilmot VODDEN M 45 F St Giles In The Wood,, Devon, England
Rel: Wife
Thomas VODDEN U 20 M Beaford,, Devon, England
Rel: Nephew
Occ: Carpenter
It appears that Thomas was apprenticing to his uncle as a carpenter at the time of the 1881 British Census prior to his emigration to the Americas through Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada the following year. LJH Confirmed with the 1901 British Census which does not list him as being enumerated.

A transription from the inGeneas Database Record #202565 paid for by Linda J. (Vodden) Hauley:
Listed on Page No. [4] Shipping Line: Allan Line
Name: Thomas Vodden Vessel Name: S.S. "Parisian"
Occupation/Calling: labourer Master's Name: James Wylie
Age: 21 Tons per Register: 3,448
Sex: male Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
Other Characteristics: English, single Date of Departure: April 1882
Destination: Quebec Where Bound: Halifax
Port of Embarkation: Liverpool, England Port of Arrival: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Contracted to land at: Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia Date of Arrival: 14 April 1882
Contract Ticket No. 07229 No. of Passengers Aboard: 687
Others on same Ticket: R. Stacey, age 20
Source: Reel C-4511 (National Archives of Canada, Ottawa)

From the Ellis Island Emigration Records website, we find Thomas Vodden, now a U.S. citizen, residing in San Francisco, California, returning home through the Ellis Island port on May 2, 1906. He had sailed from Southampton, Southamptonshire, England, UK aboard the ship " Kronprinz Wilhelm". The passenger list listed him as married although it did not appear that his wife had accompanied him on this trip. His occupation is listed as a builder.

  • Carpenter
  • 1881
  • 1882
  • 1899