Thanks for the email! Sebastian seems to be a Hodge name... I wouldn’t be surprised if both Hodge’s are related. The UK census shows a couple of Sebastian Hodge’s.
There were two weddings for a Sebastian Hodge in NSW:
V185541 82/1855 HODGE SEBASTIAN SMITH HARRIET QC
1413/1857 HODGE SEBASTIAN SMITH EMMA ELIZA BATHURST
Amazing. Two Sebastian Hodge’s married two girls with the surname Smith. I have the mariage certificate for Sebastian Hodge and Harriet Smith, though unfortunately it must be one of the LAST weddings not registered – so I have no information on where they were born:
NSW Marriage Certificate
Number: 41 Vol: 82
Name: Sebastian HODGE, Bachelor
Member: Presbyterian Church of Scotland
Name: Harriet SMITH, Spinster
Member: Not stated
When married: 16 March, 1855
Where married: Sydney
Minister: James Fullerton L.L.D., Minister Scots Church, Pitt St.
J. Lawler of Sydney
William Smith, of Sydney
The State Records NSW indicate a Sebastian HODGE arrived on the ‘Rose of Sharon’ in 1855 (without any other family), and there are no cogent births in the NSW BDM, which leads one to ponder how NSW had two.
So here is the most interesting thing I’ve ever found in censuses!
UK 1841 census: Three Sebastian Hodge men in Barnstaple, Devon., born 1786, 1807 and 1830 (three generations of the same family), all born in Devon, England.
In the UK in 1851 there were two Sebastian Hodge’s – father (with wife Susanna) and son (from above) in Barnstaple, Devonshire, England. Sebastian the older was born in 1808 and appears in later censuses – i.e. He never moved to Australia. The Devonshire probate records available online show a Sebastian, son of Sebastian and Sarah Hodge baptised 30 Mar 1808 in Devon: Barnstaple - Parish Register, 1538-1812.
Sebastian the younger was single in 1851. Both father and son have the occupation of ‘house joiner’, but in 1861 Sebastian is no longer living in England. I believe this to be one of the two Sebastian Hodge’s in Australia, as one death matches the
9521/1895 HODGE SEBASTIAN SEBASTIAN SUSAN NEWTOWN.
However the 1861 census for England, amazingly, shows my Sebastian Hodge!!
It transpires that my Sebastian Hodge was a Private. The 1861 census for Portsmouth, District First Battalion 11th Infantry Regiment shows:
Hodge, Sebastian. Married. Soldier. Age 27 (so born about 1834). Rank: Private. Born: Island of Zante, Mediterranean. British Subject.
Hodge, Harriet. Married. Wife. Age 27 (so born about 1834). Born: Ireland.
Hodge, William. Son. Age 5 (so born about 1856). Born: New South Wales, Sydney.
Hodge, Mary. Daughter. Age 3 (so born about 1858). Born: Kent, Dover.
The birth of William in Sydney is on the BDM, and matches with my Sebastian and Harriet. The fact that their daughter Mary was born in Kent suggests that he is related to the Kent Hodge’s I’ve heard so much about – if you can fit it into your tree I’d be most interested to hear of it. The Island of Zante (Zakynthos) was under British control from the time it was wrested from Napoleon in 1798 till 1864 when it was incorporated into the Greek State. So Sebastian himself may be the son of a soldier.
I know they returned to Australia – they had a child in Sydney 1855 (William), were in England in 1861 and then their next child in Sydney was in 1863 (Phillip E). His military career also fits with early entries in the NSW Sands Directory:
1865, p235 - Hodge, Sebastian, janitor and drill master, Sydney Grammar School, College-Street
1866, p 252 - Hodge, Sebastian, teacher, Stanley St
1868, p 288 - Hodge, Sebastian, drill instructor, Stanley St
I’ve e-mailed Grammar archives to see what they’ve got. I also need to learn about the First Battalion 11th Infantry Regiment.
This clearly leaves me with a lot to do! My Sebastian probably doesn’t appear on NSW immigration records if he arrived as a soldier, leaving the other likely Sebastian as the one born on Devonshire.
I’ll let you know when I learn more.