When  I researched the article The Execution of Frederick Nodder 1937, I had difficulties in finding any information about his early life - the newspaper reports did not give much background but they all stated that Nodder was 45 years of age at the time of his execution. and so I based my checks on this fact but to no avail. But I should have checked the BMD register. Free BMD gives the following information

Deaths December 1937
Nodder     Frederick     Age 50     Lincoln    Volume 7a Page    603

Nodder was 50 years old when he was hung and not 45 as stated in the press. Based on this new information there is a corresponding entry for his birth

Births September 1887 Nodder     Frederick           Sheffield     Volume 9c    Page 440.

A check on the 1891 Census found Nodder and his family at the following addresss at 80 Infirmary Road in the St Phillips area of Sheffield (RG 12/3817 Page 10)

SURNAME Age Rel Occupation Place of Birth
Joseph Nodder 47 Head Machine Dealer Sheffield, England, Yorkshire
Emma Nodder 46 Wife Ecclesfield,England,Yorkshire
Sarah E Nodder 25 Daughter   Brightside,England, Yorkshire
Charles A Nooder 21 Son Grinder - Cutler Sheffield, England, Yorkshire
Isaac Nodder 17 Son Garden Tool Finisher Sheffield, England, Yorkshire
Emily Nodder 15 Daughter Pupil teacher Sheffield, England, Yorkshire
Lily Nodder 13 Daughter   Sheffield, England, Yorkshire
Matilda Nodder 10 Daughter   Sheffield, England, Yorkshire
Priscilla Nodder 8 Daughter   Sheffield, England, Yorkshire
Frederick Nodder 3 Son   Sheffield, England, Yorkshire

To confirm I then checked back ten years to 1881 and found the following information

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation Disability
Joseph NODDER Head M Male 37 Sheffield, York, England Machine Dealer (E M)
Emma NODDER Wife M Female 38 Sheffield, York, England
Sarah E. NODDER Daur U Female 15 Sheffield, York, England
Joseph NODDER Son U Male 14 Sheffield, York, England
Chas.Alf. NODDER Son U Male 11 Sheffield, York, England
Wm. Henry NODDER Son U Male 9 Sheffield, York, England
Isaac NODDER Son U Male 7 Sheffield, York, England
Emily NODDER Daur U Female 5 Sheffield, York, England
Lily NODDER Daur U Female 3 Sheffield, York, England
Matilda NODDER Daur U Female 11 m Sheffield, York, England

Source Information: Dwelling 80 Infirmary Rd Census Place Sheffield, York, England
Family History Library Film 1342122 Public Records Office Reference RG11 Piece / Folio 4645 / 171 Page Number 48

I have not been able to find a photo of 80 Infirmary Road - the building the Nodders lived was demolished many years ago. But there is a photo taken just a bit further up Infirmary Road that gives an indication of what the area was like when the Nodders lived there. It was taken circa 1900


And so by 1891 Joseph and Emma were the parents of ten children - five sons and five daughters.

But by 1901 the family situation had changed - the family had moved to 22 Sackville Road in the Crookes District of Sheffield  (RG13/4339 page 20)

SURNAME Age Rel Occupation Place of Birth
Emma Nodder 56 Widow Ecclesfield,England,Yorkshire
Sarah E Nodder 35 Daughter Iron Hardware assistant Brightside,England, Yorkshire
Emily Nodder 25 Daughter School Teacher Sheffield, England, Yorkshire
Lily Nodder 23 Daughter Dressmaker Sheffield, England, Yorkshire
Matilda Nodder 20 Daughter Draper's assistant Sheffield, England, Yorkshire
Priscilla Nodder 18 Daughter Draper's assistant Sheffield, England, Yorkshire
Frederick Nodder 13 Son   Sheffield, England, Yorkshire
Elsie Nodder 4 Granddaughter   Sheffield, England, Yorkshire

Emma was now a widow and was living at home with her five daughters and son Frederick

Ten years later the family had moved yet again

1911 Census Record
Name Emma Nodder
Relationship to Head of Household Head
Condition Widow
Gender Female
Age 66 Estimated Year of Birth 1845
Employed No Working at Home No
Place of Birth Yorks Sheffield
Enumerator Information
Address 164 Providence Road Parish Ecclesall Type of Building Private House
Number of Rooms 6 Inhabited Y
Reference RG14PN27702 RG78PN1587 RD509 SD1 ED2 SN80 Administrative County Yorkshire (West Riding)
Registration District Ecclesall Bierlow Registration Sub District Ecclesall North Enumeration District 2

164 Providence Road is in the Walkley district of Sheffield. Frederick was still single at that time and was working as a Steel Melter in an Electric Furnace.

The next piece of information I was able to find was again from the BMD site

Surname First name(s) Spouse District Vol Page
Marriages June 1914
Myers Amy Nodder Ecclesall B. 9c 785
Nodder Frederick Myers Ecclesall B. 9c 785

Surname First name(s) Mother District Vol Page
Births December 1914  Nodder Margaret Myers Ecclesall B. 9c 815
Births June 1916 Nodder Frederick Myers Ecclesall B. 9c 834

There is an indication from the dates that Frederick "may have had to do the right thing" as they say. I also seem to recall that he may have either been enlisted or conscripted into the British Army during the First World War. His later occupation as a lorry driver/motor mechanic was a result of his years in the Army. To confirm I would need to locate his service record.

After that little is known. Nodder separated from his wife Amy and a bastardy warrant out for his arrest was issued. In addition he had a reputation for dishonesty and drunkenness that meant he was rarely in employment for any meaningful period. But what I do know is that in 1934 he was lodging at 9 Neill Road, Sheffield which is in the Hunters Bar district of the city. He was ostensibly a car mechanic by trade.

As for his late father Joseph I found the following entry in the burial registers of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield

NODDER, Joseph (Grinder, age 53).
Died at Southport (80 Infirmary Road); Buried on August 27, 1896 in General ground;
Grave Number 81, Section G1 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield. Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: P.
Plot Owner: E NODDER of 80 Infirmary Road.

Nearly 33 years later he was joined by his wife Emma

NODDER, Emma (Widow, age 84).
Died at 216 Stannington View Road; Buried on October 7, 1929 in General ground;
Grave Number 81, Section G1 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Officiating Minister, James Wallace: Removed from Sheffield Parish.

Frederick Nodder, the abductor and murderer of Mona Tinsley in Newark was a resident of Sheffield for much of his life - I wonder what his brothers, sisters and extended family thought of his actions?. It would be interesting to find out

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