The Book of Soden

 History of the  Soden Family 1146 - 1950

New Zealand / 1800 - 1976


We can all look forward to the publication hopefully at the end of 2023 of 

Melanie Bromley's book on the Soden and Related Families of New Zealand and their roots in the United Kingdom.

1800 - 1976

Information on the New Zealand Sodens has come mainly from

Margaret Morgan , Tauranga , North Island , New Zealand


Bay of Plenty,Tauranga,North Island,New Zealand



                                             New Zealand

Mary Soden born Sligo 17??,was the sister of Clotworthy and Thomas and daughter of James Soden of Belladevitt,Co. Donegal,Ireland.

She married James Davys and had one son Edmund Soden Davys.

Edmund Soden Davys , though listed in Pigotts Directory of 1820 as a Bank Agent for the Bank of Ireland, married Mary Winterscale in 1823, had a son in 1826, John Winterscale Davys and then emigrated to Dunedin, New Zealand.

There he was a Master Mariner, owned several schooners and traded on the South Seas. He became in later years a Water Works Inspector and died in 1909.His descendants live still today in that part of New Zealand around Dunedin and Otago ,one of whom is Margaret Morgan,Tauranga to whom I am indebted for this information.


Details sent to me by Margaret Morgan , Tauranga , New Zealand of 2 headstones there:

Cromwell Cemetery,Central Otago,New Zealand.

Block 29 Plot 16

433836 Drv. E F J Soden N.Z. Army Service Corps.

Died 18th January,1946

Aged 32 years.

(Servicemens stone with cross and fernleaf.NZMF.)

Site: Concrete Surround. Pebbles cover


Thomas Frederick Soden,

d. 27 March 1944

Bur 29 March

Nellie Teresa Mrs

10 Aug 1944

Bur 12 Aug

In loving memory of our dear parents

Thomas Frederick Soden

and loved wife

Nellie Teresa Soden.


Stanley Thomas Soden

58 years

8 December 1962

Bur 8 Dec.

Doris Anne Mrs.

70 years,

19 October,1976

Bur 23 Oct.

In loving memory of a dear husband and father

Stanley Thomas Soden,

and a dear wife and mother

Doris Anne Soden .

At rest.

Frederick John

Aged 4 months

8 Dec 1902

Plot bare


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