James Rodwell

James Rodwell was a builder who was very active in Williamsburgh and Bushwick from 1834 through the 1880s. In addition to his work as a builder, Rodwell was also a real estate speculator and served as Fire Commissioner for the City of Brooklyn and was a director for various banks and fire insurance companies in Williamsburgh.

Rodwell was born near London on 5 January 1823, the son of John and Frances (Hall) Rodwell. The family emigrated to New York in 1831, and then to the village of Williamsburgh in 1834. John Rodwell was a builder and his son apprenticed for him for about 10 years, setting out on his own as a builder at age 21.1

  • 1Henry R. Stiles, ed., Civil, Political, Professional and Ecclesiastical History of the County of Kings and the City of Brooklyn from 1683 to 1884 (New York, N.Y., United States: W.W. Munsell, 1884), Volume 2, 841.