Friends of Hastings Cemetery
On Monday the 15th inst. at St Mary's, Islington, the. Rev. John Medows Rodwell, Minister of St. Peter's, Saffron Hill, London, to Elizabeth Mary, eldest daughter of the Rev. William Parker, Rector of St. Etbelburgb, , Bishopsgate, and Prebendary of St. Paul's Cathedral.
Following the death of his first wife, by whom he had several children, two sons surviving, one being the Rev. W. M. Rodwell, he married Louisa, daughter of Charles Röhrs, on 10 September 1859, at Hampstead parish church. She is buried at AJ A22.
From 1883 -
John Medows Rodwell was the eldest son of John Medows Rodwell and his wife, Marianna, née Kedington, who was born at Barham Hall, Suffolk, on 11 April 1808. He attended school at Bury St Edmunds, and entered Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, on 10 November 1825, holding a scholarship (1827–30), where he was a conemporary and friend of Charles Darwin, and later a regular correspondent with Darwin.
Rodwell's greatest literary achievement was his English version of the Koran, which appeared in 1861 and was considered the best translation of its time. It was thought to be accurate and to convey some of the original's literary merits. His other works are translations of the books of Job and Isaiah from Hebrew, and of liturgies from Ethiopic manuscripts and from Coptic. He also catalogued Lord Crawford's Coptic and Ethiopic manuscripts at Haigh Hall.
Wealth at death
£8675 10s. 2d.: probate, 12 July 1900, CGPLA Eng. & Wales