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Commemorative Information gleaned from the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
website for
Abraham Trubody, Francis Herbert Trubody, Percy Trubody,

Also bits and pieces about :-
Stephen Truebody, Eliza Truebody, William Trubody
Thomas Truebody Thomason, J. Truebody, Anne Truebody, T Truebody, Troopers Hill,
Visitations of Cornwall, Wills

In Memory of
1st/5th Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment
who died on
Saturday, 20th October 1917. Age 22.

Additional Info:

Son of Thomas B. and Ellen Trubody, of North Common, Warmley, Bristol.

Commemorative Information


Grave Reference: VIII. I. 79.
Location: Boulogne Eastern Cemetery is one of the Town Cemeteries and stands on high ground on the eastern side of Boulogne, on the road to St. Omer.
Historical Information: Boulogne, was one of the three Base ports most extensively used by the British Armies on the Western Front, throughout the 1914-18 War. It was closed and cleared on the 27th August, 1914, in consequence of the retreat of the Allies; but it was opened again in October, and from that month to the end of the war Boulogne and Wimereux formed one of the chief Hospital areas. The dead from the Hospitals at Boulogne itself were buried, until June (in a few cases July), 1918, in the Cimetiere de L'Est, one of the Town Cemeteries. The British graves form a long, narrow strip along the right hand edge of the cemetery; they are arranged in seven plots, numbered I to IV and VII to IX. (The number V was given to the German Plot and VI to the Portuguese.) In the spring of 1918 it was found that the ground available in the Eastern Cemetery was being filled up, in spite of repeated extensions to the South, and the site of the new cemetery at Terlincthun was chosen. During the 1939-45 War Boulogne was, for a short time in May 1940, again the site of British hospitals and of Rear General Head Quarters. Taken by the Germans at the end of that month, it remained in their hands until re-captured by the Canadians on September 22nd 1944. There are now nearly 6,000, 1914-18 and 200, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. The cemetery covers an area of 8,040 square metres.


In Memory of
Royal Gloucestershire Hussars
who died on
Thursday, 2nd May 1918.

Commemorative Information


Grave Reference: Panel 3
Location: The Jerusalem Memorial stands in Jerusalem War Cemetery which is 4.5 kilometres north of the walled city. The cemetery is situated on the neck of land at the north end of the Mount of Olives, to the west of Mount Scopus, close to the Hyatt Hotel and the Hadassa Hospital. The Memorial commemorates over 3,000 soldiers of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, who fell in Egypt or Palestine during the 1914-1918 war, and who have no known grave. The Memorial takes the form of a Chapel in the centre of the long wall which bounds Jerusalem War Cemetery on the north-east side and occupies the highest point of the cemetery. The Chapel rises 11 metres from a raised stone platform, and on either side of it are curved walls 4.5 metres high with stone panels engraved with the names of the dead. At the two ends of the whole Memorial are stone pylons 6.6 metres high, one bearing the arms of Australia and the other those of New Zealand. The Chapel, built of limestone, was erected by the subscriptions of the officers and men of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, and its interior was decorated with mosaic at the cost of the Government of New Zealand.
Historical Information: The Egyptian Expeditionary Force (a name which covers practically all the units which fought under the British flag in Egypt and Palestine) lost by death about 17,000 officers and men, and there are in Egypt and Palestine the graves of more than 20,000 officers and men of the forces of the Commonwealth. These graves, however, include a large proportion due to wounds or sickness in other Expeditionary Forces, and when these and the unnamed graves are deducted there remain a large number of dead whose graves are not known and whose names are recorded on a central Memorial. The Memorial takes the form of a Chapel in the centre of the long wall which bounds Jerusalem War Cemetery on the North-East side and occupies the highest point of the cemetery. The Chapel rises 11 metres from a raised stone platform, and on either side of it are curved walls 4.5 metres high with stone panels bearing the names of the dead. At the two ends of the whole Memorial are stone pylons 6.6 metres high, one bearing the arms of Australia and the other those of New Zealand. The Chapel, built of limestone, was erected by the subscriptions of the officers and men of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, and its interior was decorated with mosaic at the cost of the Government of New Zealand. There are now over 3,000, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated on this Memorial.


In Memory of
8th Bn., The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
who died on
Wednesday, 18th April 1917. Age 20.

Additional Info: Son of W. and Elizabeth Trubody, of 5, Burdith Avenue, Moss Side, Manchester.
Commemorative Information


Grave Reference: I. E. 16
Location: Bully is approximately 20 kilometres north of Arras. From Arras, take the D937 towards Bethune. At Sains-en-Gohelle, turn right onto the D166E towards Bully. In Bully the Cemetery is on the right side of the road just after the railway.
Historical Information: The French troops, whose place was taken in this sector by the British in June, 1915, had made an Extension on the West side of the Communal Cemetery; and from June, 1915, to June, 1916, 91 British soldiers and Marines and one German prisoner were buried in the French Extension, which contains also 241 French war graves. The British Extension, on the South-West side of the Communal Cemetery, was begun at the end of April, 1916, and was used until October, 1918 by the troops holding this part of the line. From April, 1917, to March, 1918 (Plot II, Row E to the last row of Plot IV), it was very largely an Artillery burial ground. At the date of the Armistice, Plot VI, Rows A-C, had been completed, and the Cemetery contained 595 graves. After the Armistice, Plots V (D-G), VI (C and D) and VII to IX were made by the concentration of graves from isolated positions and small graveyards on the battlefields East of Grenay. Three came from Grenay Churchyard, which had been damaged by shell-fire and was closed. One came from the German Extension of Sallaumines Communal Cemetery. There are now over 750, 1914-18 and a small number of 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly 150 are unidentified and the names of two soldiers (one British and one Canadian), who were buried in the Extension but whose graves were not found, are recorded here on Special Memorials. The British Extension covers an area of 3,235 square metres, and it is enclosed by a low rubble wall.



The name Stephen Truebody is one that should be better known in Codicote as that of a famous local personality, Codicote's leader of the Hertfordshire part of the Peasants' Revolt. We don't know anything about Stephen until he suddenly came to prominence in 1381. We can, however, get some idea of what led up to his role in this action from local and national records. The 14th century was a momentous one locally and nationally.
I don't know how old Truebody was in 1381, but I guess he was probably still a youngish man. If so, his parents or grandparents would have told him about the problems of the mid-14th century, how cold weather and rain had led to poor harvests and starvation early in the century. They would have said that in 1332 half the shops in Codicote were unoccupied (according to the contemporary "Extent of Codicote"), and how half the village's population had died in the Black Death of 1349 (according to the manorial records of the time).
Prior to the plague, the residents of Codicote, like those elsewhere, had gradually been allowed greater freedoms than ever before by their lord of the manor, the Abbot of St. Albans. They were, for instance, permitted to pay a sum of money to the abbot to be excused the obligation to work for nothing on his home farm in return for their own holdings. The abbot then used this money to pay labourers from elsewhere to work his land.
After the plague, things were different. There were now no spare labourers to be hired. So the abbot insisted on all his tenants performing the work in person, as fifty years before. This did not suit them. There was also much discontent over a law that the residents had to have all their corn ground at the abbot's mill (Codicote Mill), and pay both the miller and the abbot for this privilege. They wanted to use their own "querns" (hand-powered mills), and save the expense. This was illegal, and the abbot's officers were enthusiastic in seeking out and punishing anyone who did this. The confiscated querns were used to pave part of the abbot's house at the abbey in St. Albans.
There was, no doubt, much muttering in the alehouses and church porch about these grievances. What Codicote people wanted, like those elsewhere on the abbot's manors and beyond, was a charter of freedoms. When Codicote tenants wanted to do something new and different, the abbot kept producing old scrolls which said how everything had always been done and so how they always should. If only they could get these rolls and burn them, they might be free from precedents.
In June, 1381, there were rumours of rebellions in Essex and Kent, and then stories of the tenants of the abbots other local manors marching over to St. Albans. Would any of the Codicote men join them? Would they be able to acquire their desired freedoms?

Nicholas Maddex
December 2003



Eliza Truebody married to Joseph Pearce

ELIZA(BETH) TRUEBODY (alias: Evans) was convicted (convict no 71545) at Cheshire, Nether Knutsford Quarter Sessions on an unknown charge and sentenced to transportation for a term of 7 years. She left Cheshire on 2nd May 1842 and sailed from London on 7th May 1842 on the ship ‘Royal Admiral, one of 204 transportees. She arrived in Van Diemen's Land, Australia on 24th September 1842.

The index of CONVICT MARRIAGES - TASMANIA 1843 shows references to some convicts and free persons marrying in the year 1843 Tasmania. It is not a list of ALL such persons, just some of those available in newspaper articles mentioned in the Cornwall Chronicle.
The marriages may not have taken place, the Governor was simply giving his permission for them to occur. It was common for convicts to apply for permission to marry several times. Permission to marry may have been denied on conditions such as behaviour, further convictions, sobriety etc.
One lady is known to have applied to marry five husbands over two years!
At least one of each couple mentioned was a convict.


WILLIAM A. TRUBODY, Supervisor of Napa County.

William A. Trubody, Supervisor of Napa County, residing seven miles northwest of Napa, near Trubody Station, has been a resident of California since 1847 and of Napa Valley since 1856. His parents were John and Jane (Palmer) Trubody, both natives of Cornwall, England, who came to this country in 1833, and settled in Pennsylvania, afterward removing to the vicinity of Lexington, Missouri, where they lived for ten years. In 1847 the family, consisting of the parents and two children, William and Josiah P., crossed the plains with ox teams, with a party which was formed on the road in the spring of that year. They reached California early in October, locating at Sutter’s Fort, and remaining there about two months, when they moved to San Francisco, then Yerba Buena, where the father worked for a time at his trade, which was that of carpenter. Soon after the discovery of gold at Sutter’s mill, he, as did almost every other white man in California, went to the mines. After about six months of work in the mines, in which he was quite successful, he returned to San Francisco and invested his earnings in real estate. He built the first brick house ever erected in that city, and also the first marble-front, on Dunbar Alley and Washington street, with marble he imported from New York. Coming to this coast before gold was thought of in connection with the country, he has figured conspicuously in the history of the State; but in the main his life has been devoted to the promotion of the religious and material interests of the city, where he so early made his home.

The subject of this sketch was born in Missouri, in 1839. He attended the schools there and afterward in San Francisco until about 1850, when with his brother he was sent East to enter the Mount Pleasant Academy, near Sing Sing, on the Hudson River. Returning to this State he attended the University of the Pacific at Santa Clara, now at San Jose, until 1856. In that year, still in company with his brother, he came to his present home, which is a part of the ranch purchased by his father in 1850. This ranch was first used for stock, and later for a grain and stock ranch combined. In 1869 they planted about eight acres in blackberry vines, gradually increasing the acreage until ten years later they had about thirty-eight acres in blackberries. There are still about eighteen acres devoted to that fruit, though most of the early vines have been worked out. The average crop is about three tons to the acre, though they have gathered five tons when the vines were in full bearing. Mr. Trubody was married in 1868 to Miss Lura Grigsby, a native of Missouri, who came with her parents to California in 1852. They have four children living: George and Lulu, who are attending the Napa College, and Clara and Frank, who are in the local school. Mr. Trubody is one of the County Supervisors, having been elected to that office in 1867 and again in 1888. He has always devoted himself to the management of his farming interests. He has tried office-work, but found it less suited to either his health or tastes than out-door pursuits. He is a member of the Masonic Order, Yount Lodge, No. 12, of Napa, and has always been identified with the Republican ideas, and is an earnest supporter of the Republican party.

Memorial and Biographical History of Northern California, Lewis Publishing Co., 1891
page 373
Transcribed by: Kathy Sedler, September 2004 1971



Thomas Truebody Thomason

Lady Esther Dornford (b.1754) was, by her first husband, Thomas Thomason, the mother of the famous missionary Thomas Truebody Thomason.
She later married Josiah Dornford in August 1791 at St Paul’s Church in Deptford. Sir Josiah Dornford, was a member of the court of common council of the city of London and the author of several pamphlets on civic affairs and the reform of debtors' prisons. Dornford and her husband were close friends of the evangelical minister Charles Simeon and the female evangelist Mary Bosanquet-Fletcher.

(Source: International Geneological Index)

Thomas Truebody Thomason, Fellow of Queens College Cambridge, chaplain at Calcutta, translator of the Old Testament into Hindustani, died 1829.

Note! I don’t know if this man was actually a Truebody. Was his mother Esther born a Truebody? Did she use her surname for his middle name? Is Thomas Truebody Thomason the same man noted below as the Rev Thomas Truebody? The dates show that he could be but if he is then why did he drop the Thomason?

The Bible in Transition

The judgement of Wilberforce’s contemporaries certainly indicates a recognition that fundamental change was taking place in the attitudes of society and that this change was having a huge impact on receptivity to the gospel. The leading evangelical, the Rev Charles Simeon, writing to a friend in 1820, the Rev Thomas Truebody, made this comment:
“The numbers of pious clergy (i.e. Evangelical Anglican clergy) are greatly on the increase; how it is I know not for I do not think that either myself, or any other minister in the church is very successful in converting souls to Christ. In my mind I ascribe it:

1. To God’s secret blessings on the nation, on account of the attempts which are made to honour him in Britain.
2. To the influence of the Bible Society, which has given a kind of currency to gospel truths.”

It is clear then that something significant changed in the early years of the nineteenth century that was sufficiently important to bring hundreds of thousands into the churches. It was not the revival as such. It is as if the interaction between religious institutions and the nature of their social environment was somehow altered so that the surrounding culture changed its view of the value of the church. That fundamental shift in the attitude of society to the Church laid the foundations for the astonishing growth of the Church in nineteenth-century Britain.



By Trevor Hearl

….. There followed another eight "valuable properties", no fewer than six in Main Street. Lacking names and numbers, they cannot easily be identified, though to Moss and potential purchasers they were "too well known to need many particulars". The house formerly rented by Captain Knipe, "well known as the best and most convenient in Town", was apparently to be sold with vacant possession, while tenants of the others doubtless viewed proceedings with some apprehension. Three of the most desirable, "of precisely the same character", were occupied by H.Weston, Lee Solomon and Dr. Marshall, "for many years past let to highly respectable Tenants". James Scott's house and shop "in an excellent business situation was followed by the Jeweller's Shop and Dwelling House of "W. Green, near the Market". This left two "spacious premises", one on the road to Ladder Hill occupied by Mr. Beattie, "well adapted for any purpose requiring extensive space", the other "the Blacksmiths' Forge and Yard (behind) Solomon and Moss' Stores", let to J. Truebody. Finally were offered shares in the St.Helena Hotel, "a safe and profitable investment".

Julie Balchin, who lives on St. Helena (see St Helena tree) wrote on 7th August 2010. "... I do know that this particular J. Truebody was my Great Grandfather, James Samuel (1855). He was the last blacksmith in the family and carried out blacksmithing during WW1 for the Military.
There is a Plaque (memorial) in St James Church dedicated to his memory as well. St James' Church is said to be one of the oldest Churches, perhaps the oldest in the Southern hemisphere.

A J. Truebody is also shown in List of Families and Cattle upon the Island St. Helena taken 30th Sept 1814. This must be James 1791.


Samuel Wallis
Born in 1663 at Lanteglos-by-Fowey, Cornwall, England.
Married Joan Beale on 29th November 1688 at Lanteglos-by-Fowey, Cornwall.
Joan (b. 1667),
Priscilla married John Goard
Mary married Simon Truebody 1715 ish (See tree Cornwall 9)

Samuel Wallis died in 1726.

His (second?) wife Anne, formerly Anne (Trubody?) Cossentine, widow of John Cossentine of Lanteglos-by-Fowey, yeoman deceased. Henry Cossentine, Richard Cossentine, Samuel Cossentine and Elizabeth Cossentine sons and daughters of John Cossentine of Lanteglos-by-Fowey, deceased.
Received in part of will of John Cossentine, 5 November 1724.
Executors and residuary legatees: Four (sic) sons: John Henry, Samuel, Richard (Cossentine).
Testator appointed trustees and guardians: his father in law, Samuel Wallis, John Wallis, of St. Veep, yeoman and Ann Trubody, his wife, as (the named) executors were under legal age.
Testator gave Anne Trubody £120. Horses, oxen, cows, bullocks, sheep, lambs, pigs, geese, ducks, poultry, corn and hay of testator appraised at £110.2s.
A legacy of £120 to Anne Trubody (unpaid) accepted horses, oxen, cows, bullocks, sheep, lambs, pigs, geese, ducks, poultry, corn and hay of John Cossentine, deceased, in lieu of legacy of £120.

Ref. CY/7384 - date: 27 October 1726.

John Wallis is also recorded above (but I'm not sure who he was. A son of Samuel perhaps?).
His daughter, Mary, also married a Truebody.


A T Truebody was a member of a group of emigrants travelling to California in 1849 with Judge Benjamin Hayes whose diaries are available on the website below.

(http://www.webroots.org/library/usahist/pndojbh0.html) See page 34 of the diaries.

Nothing other than the mans name is mentioned in the diaries and where this T Truebody came from or what happened to him is unknown. He was possibly a Thomas Truebody but without an age or birthplace he cannot be placed at all.

There was a Thomas Truebody born in Linkinhorne, Cornwall on 30 January 1798 whose brothers Josiah and John emigrated to Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1833 - See tree Cornwall 3. Perhaps he went with them.


Trooper's Hill Road in St George/Hanham, Bristol was, in the latter part of the 19th Century, called Truebody's Hill (or maybe road). 

The following details come from

Troopers Hill - Origin of the Name

1826 marks the first recorded use of the name 'Troopers Hill' when it was used on OS survey sheet of the Bristol area - you can see the map here (thanks to 'souterain' for posting the link on our Forum). Prior to this date the hill had been referred to as 'Harris Hill' or 'Truebody's Hill'. In 1937, local historian William Sanigar wrote to the Ordnance Survey to ask about the name. In his letter he states that the Truebody family were owners and tenants of land in and around the neighbourhood for about a hundred years. Troopers Hill and Truebody's Hill were both used through much of the nineteenth century, with Troopers Hill becoming the accepted name by the end of the century, possibly because of its use on the Ordnance Survey map. It remains in doubt as to whether the name came from the use of the hill by troopers in the civil war or at some other time; or whether it was simply a corruption of Truebody's Hill.




There is also a Trubody's Yard at Bridgeyate - just east of the Griffin cross roads. This was started by James Abraham Trubody (1890).


http://www.uk-genealogy.org.uk/england/Cornwall/visitations/index.html - pp 512 & 513. Transcribed by J.L.Vivian, 24th February 1887.
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