Mayor 1866 – 1867.


Member of the Liberal Party.

Primarily a Nonconformist – – Member of the Society of Friends – Quakers, but later became a member of the established church – Church of England.

Robert entered the Council in 1859 as one of the representatives of the Middle Ward.


Born: 1st June 1830, St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.




1861   6, Hayman’s Green, West Derby, Lancashire.


Robert was 30 years old, an Agricultural Engineer. He was widowed, he and his brother were visitors at the home of their sister, brother-in-law,and nieces & nephews.

John Eliot Hodgkin, 31, a Refiner of Borax – employing 40 men, born Tottenham, Middlesex.

Sarah Jane Hodgkin (nee Ransome), 26, born Ipswich.

Eliot Hodgkin, 5, born Edgebaston, Warwickshire.

Edith Hodgkin, 4, born Edgebaston.

John Hodgkin, 3, born Edgebaston.

Janet Hodgkin, 2, born Edgebaston.

Stanley Howard Hodgkin, 1, born West Derby.

Charles Ernest Hodgkin, 3 months, born West Derby.

brother – James Edward Ransome, 24, an Apprentice to Ironfounder.

1 visitor.

1 upper nurse.

1 under nurse.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.

1 seamstress.


1871   Orwell Lodge, Belstead Road, Ipswich.


Robert was 40 years old, an Engineer. He was married and head of the household.

Elizabeth, 30.

Ethel, 4.

Charles, 2.

Mildred, 1.

Bertram, 6 months.

sister-in-law – Rebecca Gibb, 30, a Lady, born 3, Canal Grove, Camberwell, South London.

1 nurse.

1 under nurse.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.

1 under housemaid.

1 groom.


1881   The Langham Hotel, Portland Place, Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London.


Robert was 50 years old, a Justice of the Peace for Ipswich. He and 40 year old Elizabeth were guests at the hotel – manager – 40 year old William Charles Gordon.



Image courtesy of Mr. A. Gilbert – Ipswich Borough Council.

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