William Hodgson and his wife Eliza moved to Pewsham Cottage in 1842 from
14 children altogether, but a number died: Eliza 9, Albert 8, Rice 6,
Matilda 19, Ann Sophia 28, Elizabeth 28 and Clara 16. Eliza, Albert & Rice
all died in July 1849, but Rhoda and Mary Ann went on to have their own
careers with the canal company.
William Hodgson is described as being
a carpenter and canal surveyor, which may have meant that he was responsible
for the general maintenance of the canal, as well as charging tolls.
employed Charles Isaac in 1848.