William Moden

William Moden was the youngest of the two children of Edward Moden and his wife Margaret Nicholas of Coveney, Cambridgeshire, England.

When William was no more than a year old, his father died. By 1800, his mother had re-married to William Biggs.

William's appearances in parish records and censuses shows a wide number of variants - including Moton on his Banns of Marriage, and Mowton just days later at his marriage. He also gets Morton, Mordin, and even Martin surnames.

William married Rebecca Dolby in 1821 at Ely, and the couple settled down to have nine children over the next 21 years. It seems that only their first-born, William, failed to thrive, and died as a child.

William is noted as a 'Grazier' in 1830, becoming an 'Ag Lab' by 1841. However, by the time of the 1851 census, he's become a 'Farmer of 9 acres', a role he retains into 1861.

He died in February 1865, pre-deceasing his wife by about 11 years.

Life Events


  • circa 1796 at Coveney, Cambridgeshire, England.



  • William Moden (1822-182?)
  • Elisabeth Moden (1825-?)
  • William Moden (1826-1902) married Eliza Ansel (1828-1892)
  • Edward Moden (1828-1867) married Mary Ann Freeman (1836-19??)
  • John Moden (1830-?)
  • Margaret Moden (1833-?) married Thomas Hall (1832-?)
  • Trew Nicholas Moden (1836-1924) married Ruth Graham (1834-1900)
  • Rebekah Moden (1839-?) married William Robinson (1836-?)
  • Phoebe Moden (1843-1929) married Jesse Glover (1842-1868), and later to Alfred Strawson (1842-?)

Census and Residence

  • 1841: 45yrs, Wayhead, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1851: 55yrs, Wayhead, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1861: 66yrs, Bank Side, Coveney, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • 1830: Grazier
  • 1841: Agricultural Labourer
  • 1851-1861: Farmer of 9 acres


  • February 1865 at Wayhead, Cambridgeshire, England, aged 69 years.


  • 22nd February 1865 at St. Peter-ad-Vincula church, Coveney, Cambridgeshire, England.



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