Inherited Craziness
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Wednesday, 24 March 2021

James Ridgeway and Harriet Stone

Inside the Grade II* Listed St Peter’s Church in Uplowman

Harriet Stone, the 6th child and 2nd daughter of Henry Stone and Mary Ridgeway, married her first cousin, James Ridgeway, who was the son of her mother's younger brother, Thomas Ridgeway and his wife, Ann Tooze

Harriet was born in Ashbrittle, Somerset, in 1865 and is there, aged 6, on the census of 1871. In 1881, the family had moved to Lauds Mills, Uplowman, Devon. Harriet (16), listed as a General Servant, is by then the oldest of Henry and Mary's offspring still living at home. After her mother's death in 1885, in 1891, Harriet had become her father's Housekeeper at Greengate, Uplowman. Francis Stone (3), grandson to the head of the household, is Harriet's child.

Meanwhile, James Ridgway (4), in 1871, was at home with his parents at Lowman Cross, Uplowman. By 1881, James (15) is working as a Farm Servant for Rachel Chave, Widow, in Halberton. While, in 1891, he is back home at Whitnage, Uplowman, employed as an Agricultural Labourer.

Harriet Stone and James Ridgeway married, on 1 Apr 1895, at St Peter’s Church, Uplowman. Harriet was 29 and James 27. Witnesses were Harriet's younger sister, Lucy Jane Stone and Francis Stone (undoubtedly her younger brother, not her 7 year old son.) But the marriage was not before Harriet had a second son, Charles Stone, registered in the same quarter of that year. 

Greengate Cottage, Uplowman

Whether those two boys were James Ridgway's sons or not, in 1901, they're both listed with the surname Ridgway on the census of that year. This may be a simple error of getting carried away with Ditto marks. The family are still at Greengate, Uplowman, but James Ridgway (34), Farm Labourer, has become the head of the family and with James and Harriet and their growing brood is Harriet's father, Henry (71) (also listed incorrectly as Ridgway), now working as a Labourer on Roads, as well as Harriet's brother, Francis. 

Children of this blended family include: 
  1. Francis Stone born 1888
  2. Charles Stone born 1895
  3. Nellie Ridgway born 1897
  4. Emily Ridgway born 1899 (died, aged 3, in 1903)
  5. James Ridgway born 1904
With their address listed as Road Crosses, Sampford Peverell, Tiverton, in 1911, are James Ridgway (44), Farm Labourer, Harriet (46), Nellie (14), Domestic Servant, James Ridgway (7). However, Frank Stone (23) and Charles Stone (16), both employed as Horseman on Farm, have been relegated the bottom of the list and described as James' stepsons.

James Ridgway died, aged 62, in 1929 and Harriet, in 1936, aged 71.

[According to my dad's notes, James Ridgeway died on 28 Feb 1928.]

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