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Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Thomas Ridgway and Ann Tooze

Holcombe Rogus View
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Thomas Ridgway, born 1844, was the son of James Ridgeway and Mary Ann Lock and the younger brother of my 2x great-grandmother, Mary Ridgeway. Thomas Ridgeway married Ann Tooze, also born in 1844, daughter of Richard Tooze, Chair Maker, and his wife, Eliza Disney, of Holcombe Rogus.

Thomas and Ann were also the parents of James Ridgeway, who married his first cousin, Henry Stone and Mary Ridgeway's daughter, Harriet Stone

In 1851, both 7, Ann Tooze lived with her family in Holcombe Rogus, while Thomas Ridgway lived in Ashbrittle Village with his. By 1861, Ann had left home, but I've been unable to find her. Thomas Ridgeway (18), had also left home and was employed as a Carter at Holcombe Barton, Holcombe Rogus. (Holcombe Barton Farm was part of the Manor of Holcombe Rogus of Holcombe Court, "the finest Tudor house in Devon.")

Thomas Ridgway and Ann Tooze were, however, married, on 27 Mar 1865, at St Peter’s Church Tiverton. Witnessing this marriage were Thomas Vickery and Jane Ridgway (Thomas and Mary Ridgway's sister), who themselves were married, also at St Peter's Church, Tiverton, in May of that same year.

By 1871, Thomas and Ann Ridgway were living at Lowman Cross, Uplowman.
  1. James Ridgway born 1867
  2. Tom Ridgway born 1869 (died 1881)
  3. John Ridgway born 1871
  4. William Ridgeway born 1874
  5. Henry Ridgeway born 1876
  6. Frank Ridgeway born 1878
  7. Bessie Ann Ridgeway born 1880
  8. Sydney Ridgway born 1882
  9. Charles Ridgway born 1884
  10. Ellen Ridgeway born 1886
In 1881, residing at Whitnage, Uplowman, Thomas Ridgeway (37) and his wife, Ann (37) are joined by their growing brood of John (10), William (7), Henry (5), Frank (3) and Bessie Ann (1), as well as Thomas' twice widowed mother, Mary Ann Mash, formerly Ridgeway, née Lock (74). James had already left home and Tom died in 1881, aged just 12.

In 1891, still at Whitnage, Uplowman, with Thomas (47) and Ann, were James (24), Frank (13), Bessie (11) and another three younger siblings.

In 1901, living at Greenend, Uplowman, are Thomas Ridgway (57), General Farm Labourer, and Ann (56). William Ridgway (27), Carter on Farm, has returned home, but the only other of their children left living at home is the youngest, Ellen (15). Then Ann Ridgway died, aged 63, in 1907, in St Thomas, Exeter, where there was the Workhouse hospital.

In 1911, the widowed Thomas Ridgway (67), Farm Labourer, was living with his son William Ridgway and his wife, Florence Louisa Finnimore, at Wallflower Cottage, Halberton.

Thomas Ridgway died in the 1st quarter of 1927, aged 83.

Whitnage Farm
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