The Roden family roots are in Shropshire where Samuel Roden lived and had a thriving business in Ironbridge making bricks and tiles. Samuel was considered to be a wealthy land owner. He had five children, four sons and one daughter, Mary.
Mary Roden, Samuel’s only daughter, married Samuel Tombs at St.Bartholomew’s Church, Benthall on 8 June 1843. Samuel Tombs had moved from Shropshire to Droitwich in 1830. The Tombs family had lived very near the Rodens in Benthall. Samuel and Mary lived in the former St Andrew’s House, now the Raven Hotel. He was articled to Charles Pomfrey and became Town Clerk in 1840 in succession to Thomas Gale Curtler.
Samuel Roden died in 1854, when visiting his son at 64Friar Street. By that time, it appears he was an invalid and inadvertently set fire to his nightgown and died a few hours later from his burns.