The Book of Soden

 History of the  Soden Family 1146 - 1950

UK Miscellaneous / 1702 - 1926

1702 - 1926

1702  The Tysoe Quakers of Sibford

Birth of John Soden in East Haddon 1723
[Source: Pamela Soden, 2018]

1802 ......... 2019

The Sodens of Oxford, Jericho and Cutteslowe   1802 ? 2019

[All information on this branch of the Soden has come from the copious details of Nigel Dudley [     ]

The Oxford Mail 1960 and the grave inscriptions of the  Oxford Historical Society. ]

 The Sodens through all their branches have been involved in many different professions and trades.

Prominent in Ireland were farming and horticulture. In England horticulture , too, was common but the Church, Law, Medicine, the Military, both Army and Navy, Tanning, Abattoirs, Postal and the Chimney Sweep Business were the principle activities.

Nigel Dudleys  great grandfather, Leonard Soden, and Nigel?s grandfather were involved with horses and greyhounds in the Oxford area at the turn of the 20th century. Their most successful greyhound was Witney Glitters.

As a young boy Nigel went to the races with his grandfather and experienced the hustle and bustle of race ? going and often heard his grandfather making a bet on a horse by phone  in the coded language of the day, ?Hello, this is Smokey Two speaking?.

Leonard was interviewed by the Oxford Mail in the late 1960s where he recalls his involvement in  the racing, as well as the horse slaughtering, postal and chimney sweep business.

 1835 - 2019

Joseph Soden , born 1835, was the son of John  and Catherine Soden and was the first to work as a chimney sweep mainly in the Jericho area of Oxford. He was followed by his son William Abraham Soden, born 1863, then by Leonard Soden, 1897, then by Richard Soden, then by Michael Soden  and finally by Gary Soden, when the business ceased in 2019 to operate. [To be completed]


Birth of Francis Soden in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales . 
Francis is also recorded in the 1851 Census

Alecia Raper , the source of this information, beleives Francis may have been a 
navie on the railways.She believes he had a cousin Hannah Such. 

[Source: Alecia Raper, December, 2014]



1841 Census

Bray, Berkshire, England

Tithe Commutation Awards 1841


Owner           -           Samuel Morris

Occupier       Richard Soden

Beer Shop and Garden


Cox Green, parish of Bray, Berkshire, England

1841 census

Head  Susan Soden             40       beer house   not born in this parish

            Caroline Soden       17                             not born in this parish

            Ineza(?)                     16                           not born in this parish

            William Pearce        38       agr. Lab.       

This plot is the The Foresters Pub on the corner of what is now Cox Green Road and Cox Green Lane. It is still a pub, built around 1838.

[Source; Craig & Sarah Scott, Maidenhead, England, 2000]


Arnold Soden born in Yorkshire on 10th November, 1926 . He was the son of 
Kate Rogerson and Frederick A. Soden . 
Arnold was the father to Sharon Soden who was born in Australia. 
It is thought Frederick came from Germany and had his name shorthened from 
Sodenoff to Soden 

[Source: Katie Soden, Australia, December, 2014]

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