John W Trodd was a carpenter-joiner, a cabinetmaker, a wood dealer, a coal merchant, a general dealer, a publican, and a photographer in his lifetime. In retirement he chose to give his occupation as retired photographer. Trodd was born in Southampton in 1830, and by 1851 he was married to Elizabeth, with a one year old son. For the 1851 census he gave his occupation as carpenter joiner. His occupation was given as photographer for the 1861 census, at 3 Broad Street. In the 1863 directory he was listed as a joiner.
Cox's directory list of photographers 1871
By the time of the 1871 census John and Elizabeth Trodd had 7 children living at home, and also two lodgers. Trodd was listed as a carpenter at 27 South Front. In the list of trades in the 1871 Cox Directory Trodd was included in the section for photographers, at Broad Street. In the street listing in the same directory he was recorded as a photographer and publican at the Cricketer's Arms, at South Front and at 3 Broad Street. In 1881 Trodd was recorded in the census as a general dealer at 19 Fanshawe Street. In the 1884 Stevens Directory street listings 37 Fanshawe street was the address of J.W Trodd, photographer. In the list of trades people in the same directory he was a photographer and a wood dealer. Trodd gave his occupation as coal merchant for the 1891 census. One of his daughters was an attendant at a coal merchants. In 1911 Trodd was a widower living with one of his married daughters in Portswood. He gave his occupation as retired photographer. John and Elizabeth Trodd had at least 14 children, although not all survived to adulthood. Trodd died in Southampton in 1919.