Inherited Craziness
A place to share all the nuts found on my family tree

Monday, 30 August 2021

David Jones and Catherine Rice

The door from Kitty's solid fuel stove. Photo: Jerome Mc Cormick

David Jones, son of David Jones and Laura Elizabeth White, married Catherine Rice, daughter of Richard Rice and Mary Hagerty, at the Registrar's Office, Cork on 1 Dec 1942. David, known as 'Young Dave', was 44 and Catherine, known as Kitty, was 36. Dave, of The Bungalow, Rushbrooke, Cork was a labourer and Kitty a Domestic Servant, residing at 14 Middleton Park, Rushbrooke. 

Witnesses were Dave's sisters, Laura Mary Jones and Alice Jones.

Dave 'inherited' the job of Sexton of Christ Church, Church of Ireland, Rushbrooke from his father - and Christ Church has only had two Sextons, both called David Jones - and he seems to have kept the job even after his marriage to Catherine, who was a Roman Catholic. Allegedly, he also worked for the Rushbrooke Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, cutting grass, etc.

Catherine's father, Richard Rice, from Fermoy, was a Harness Maker, son of John Rice, Farmer, who had married Catherine's mother, Mary Hagerty, farmer's daughter, from Lismore, Waterford, at the Roman Catholic Chapel at Ballyduff, Waterford, on 27 Sep 1900. In 1901, they had set up in Princes Street, Fermoy. By 1911, they were in Bank Street (apparently now Kent Street), with Richard Rice (42), Mary Rice (43), John (9), Mary (8) and Catherine (5).

Dave Jones died on 21 Nov 1966 (aged 68). Under his name on the record of his burial, on 23 Nov 1966, kept in Christ Church, is marked (Sexton) in brackets, hence knowing he had kept the job. He is buried in the family plot at the Old Church Cemetery (Cobh), along with his mother, brother and father.
Hendrick Verwey (Visit Cobh), once told me, "I grew up just up the road from Christ Church Rushbrooke and a very small lady called Mrs Jones lived in a tiny corrugated iron house across the road. I think that her husband looked after the church, but he died many years before her."
Kitty Jones, Widow, died on 13 Aug 1987 (aged 80–81) and was buried on 15 Aug 1887, also at the Old Church Cemetery (Cobh)

Sunday, 29 August 2021

Cornelius Walter Jones


Cornelius Walter Jones, born 2 Jan 1893 in Queenstown (Cobh), Ireland, eldest son of David Jones and his second wife, Laura Elizabeth White, was my grandmother's elder brother. We've never been able to find his military record, but know he enlisted in the Army and served during World War I. His first cousin's husband, who was in Queenstown with the US Navy, kept a detailed diary and had written that Cornelius (Con) was leaving for Egypt in 1917. 

The image above, which I will admit that I downloaded some years ago (and have since lost the link), is dated 10.11.1917 EGYPT. The taller man, second from right, back row, is so much like my father it's literally like looking straight into his eyes. It's eerie and uncanny and, unless someone can prove otherwise, I feel very sure that there's a chance this is my great-uncle, Cornelius Jones.

Though the cousin's daughter had thought that Con didn't return from the war, I know that he did, probably suffering shell-shock, for which one of his younger siblings described him as "daft" - such was the lack of understanding then. 

Not expecting to find him there in Ireland, we were quite shocked when we read the listing of his burial at the Old Church Cemetery (Cobh)

Cornelius Jones, late of Rushbrooke, Cork, died on 21 Apr 1926 at the Cork District Hospital (now St. Finbarr's Hospital, with its origins in the Cork Union Workhouse and Infirmary). He was a bachelor, previously employed as a labourer. The record says 30, but he was 33 and died from Pneumonic Phthisis (tuberculosis, also known as consumption), after 8 months in hospital. The informant was Helena Lynch, "Inmate" Cork Union. Cornelius was buried on 24 Apr 1926.

Saturday, 28 August 2021

Edward John Bicknell, Marcella Jones & Harry Babb

Portsmouth Cathedral
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Edward John Bicknell married Marcella Jones, eldest daughter of David Jones and Johannah Anne O'Callaghan, at St Jude's ChurchSouthsea on 12 Dec 1906. Among the witnesses was Marcella's younger sister, Helena Jones. At the time of his marriage to Marcella, Edward John Bicknell's rank was Corporal RGA (Royal Garrison Artillery), then stationed at Southsea Castle. On the marriage certificate, Bicknell's father is listed as Edward Bicknell, a farmer. 

Their only child, David Nicholas Bicknell was born on 20 Jan 1909, at 15 Gold Street, Southsea and baptised, on 10 Feb 1909, at The Anglican Cathedral of St Thomas of Canterbury, known simply as Portsmouth Cathedral

Fort Rowner-Gosport
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On 17 Dec 1895, Edward John Bicknell, listed originally as aged 14 years, 11 months (although the 14 appears to have been over-written as 15 on the 2nd page), from Withycombe [Withycombe Raleigh], Exmouth, Devon, formerly a Telegraph Messenger, had enlisted for Long Service in the Royal Artillery, at Slough, Bucks. The name and address of his next of kin was given as Mrs F E Palmer, 18 Hencroft Street, Sough, Bucks. In 1901, there was an Elizabeth F Palmer (60) Tailoress, from Withycombe, Devon at that address. 

In 1891, as Edward Jno Bricknell (10), at Hencroft Street, Upton with Chalvey, Eton, Buckinghamshire, with Henry Palmer (42) Butler domestic and Elizabeth F Palmer (54) from Withycombe, Devon, he's described as their nephew.

Records show that Henry Palmer had married Elizabeth Fanny Bicknell, at St Margaret's, Westminster, London, in 1873. In 1881, they were living at Church End, Tempsford, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, where Henry was Under butler. Elizabeth Bicknell, listed in Withycombe Rawleigh in 1841 and 1851, bap. as Elizabeth Nanny Bicknell on 5 Jan 1834, had a brother named Edward, born 1830. However, he died in 1870, so cannot be the boy's father.

When he enlisted in 1895, Edward John was 5' 1⅝' tall, weighed 98lbs, had a fresh complexion, hazel eyes and dark brown hair. He was sent to Fort Rowner, Gosport on 21 Dec 1895. Initially passed as fit, he spent 29 days in hospital from 5 Feb 1896 to 4 Mar 1896, whatever he was suffering from, referred to only by the initials V.D.H., it was of unknown cause and he was discharged on 7 Mar 1896, as "Not being likely to become an efficient soldier."

On 19 Sep 1900, in London, at 18 years and 9 months, Edward John Bicknell, once again enlisted in the Royal Artillery. The record, again, says that he was from Withycombe, Exmouth, Devon. Was he cured of his previous ills, or was he hopeful that nobody would tie the two together (which they don't seem to do)? 

There are many people named Edward Bicknell, in Withycombe, going back to the 17th Century. None of them were farmers. And I can find no birth, nor baptism record for an Edward John Bicknell, in 1881, anywhere near the area. The closest is an illegitimate birth of an Edward John Bicknell in St Thomas, Devon (district under which Withycombe, Exmouth would fall), in 1879. 

All that and naming their son only after his maternal grandfather and uncle and not after his father, leads me to think that Bicknell had no idea who his father was and, as is often done, simply made one up for the marriage certificate.

Leith Fort flats, North Fort Street
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The flats were to be demolished, but the wall and remnants of the old fort were to remain.

In 1901, Edward John Bicknell (19) Gunner Royal Artillery, was listed on the census at Leith FortNorth Fort StreetLeith, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Tigné Barracks, before its demolition in 2001. Image: Billy Shewring, CC BY-SA 3.0
Parts of The Point Shopping Mall include architectural elements from the former Tigné Barracks.

In 1911, Sergeant Edward John Bicknell (29), from Exmouth, Devon, was listed on the census of Overseas Establishments with 96th Company RGA (Royal Garrison Artillery) at Fort Tigné, Malta. Also listed on the census there at that time are wife, Marcella Bicknell (26) and son, David Nicholas Bicknell (2).

96th Company, I believe, remained in Malta for the duration of World War I. 

Edward John Bicknell was Mentioned in Despatches at least once.

On 27 Oct 1919, Edward John Bicknell, then a Battery Sergeant Major at Sandown Barracks, Sandown, Isle of Wight, filed for divorce from Marcella, citing her adultery with Co-respondent, Harry Babb, a Fitter in His Majesty's Dockyard at Portsmouth, with whom she was allegedly residing at 34, Castle Road, Southsea. The final decree was granted on 29 Sep 1920 and Harry Babb was ordered to pay the costs of £63 18s 4d (around £2,900 in 2021).

Marcella Bicknell married Henry Babb in the 4th quarter of 1920, in Portsmouth.

Babb was no easier to pin down than her first husband. The only relevant birth of a Harry Babb, in the 4th quarter of 1894, is in Barnstaple, Devon, with his mother's maiden name given as Ware. There was a marriage of an Eli Francis Babb and Annie Ware on 21 Feb 1880, at St Martin-in-the-Fields, in The Strand, London. Harry was baptised on 25 Jan 1895 at Holy Trinity Church, Barnstaple and the baptism record gives his parents as Levi Frank and Annie Babb, with his father's occupation listed as 'Boots' at the Fortescue Hotel

The word came from, ‘boot boys’, an occupation in the 1830s and 40s requiring young men to clean the boots of hotel guests. Later, the occupation had become simply known as ‘boots’, and duties included odd-jobs around the hotel. 

In 1901, Levi F Babb (43) Hotel servant (boots) from Somerset (Eli Frank Babb was baptised in Williton, Somerset in 1857); Annie (42), Levi F (18) born in London, John (14), Ellen E (11), Harry (6), Rose (4), Charley (3) and William G (2) were living at 2, Higher Church Street, Barnstaple, Devon

In 1920 and 1921, records show that Sergeant Major Edward John Bicknell was a member of Sandown Masonic Lodge on the Isle of Wight. 

Edward J Bicknell also remarried, to Ida G Priestley, on 25 Mar 1921, on the Isle of Wight. Ida Gertrude Priestley (b. 31 Dec 1891), was the daughter of Thomas F and Sophia C Priestley. Her father was a Yacht steward. Her mother, Sophia, was from Jersey, Channel Islands. In 1901, the family address was Grocer's Shop, 62, West Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight (now a branch of The Co-operative Food). In 1911, Ida Gertrude Priestley (20), had been employed as a Lady's Maid to Mrs Winifred Walker at 10 Marmion Road, Battersea, London.

Edward John Bicknell was discharged from the Army on 18 Sep 1921, at Dover, under Paragraph 392 (xxi) of the King's Regulations - the end of a period of engagement. He was awarded a pension of 51½d per day for life from 19 Sep 1921. His address on discharge was 177, Filbert Street, Leicester.

But Edward John Bicknell of 4 Burton Street, Leicester, Bank Messenger, died on 21 Apr 1922, at Leicester Royal Infirmary from shock following an operation, having been diagnosed with stomach cancer 5-6 months previously. He was 40. His death was registered by P H Priestley, Brother-in-law (Ida's younger brother, Percy H Priestley, born 1895) of 18 Hartington Rd, Leicester.

It would appear that Ida G Bicknell remarried to Thomas A Brennan, in Southampton, in 1923. In 1939, she was living at 66 Shakespeare Avenue, Hillingdon with two daughters, born 1924 and 1927. She is listed as married, but her husband is not at home. Ida died, in Uxbridge, in 1942, aged 50.

In 1939, Harry Babb (b. 17 Nov 1894), Marine Engineer, Marcella Babb, David N Bicknell and a lodger were living at 10 Wilberforce Road, Portsmouth.

Marcella Babb of 1 Festing Grove, Southsea, died on 9 Oct 1963, at 80.

Henry Babb, also of 1 Festing Grove, Southsea, died on 19 Nov 1967. 

David Nicholas Bicknell never married. He died of a cardiac arrest on 22 Jan 1987, two days after his 78th birthday. The retired production controller still lived at 1 Festing Grove, Southsea. His place of birth quoted on his death certificate was India. The records show that he was, in fact, born in Southsea, so I wonder if his father spent time in India while he was growing up. 

Festing Grove, Southsea
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Friday, 27 August 2021

Private Robert John Ridgeway

When we first visited St Peter’s Church, Uplowman, back in 2016, I'd noticed this cross in remembrance of Private Robert John Ridgeway and took the photo as a reminder to research him to see how we might be related.

Many of my Ridgeway ancestors had ended up in Uplowman: my 2x great-grandmother, Mary Stone née Ridgeway, daughter of James Ridgway, was born in Ashbrittle and is buried in Uplowman churchyard. Mary's brother, Thomas Ridgway, also came to Uplowman and had no less than ten children there. Perhaps, I thought, Robert John Ridgeway will have 'belonged' to one of them. Now that I've worked my way through them, however, I discover he does not and actually exists in a parallel universe: 

Private Robert John Ridgeway, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, the parish website informs us, "... died in November 1945, after the war in Europe had ended, in a road accident when the armoured Ford Lynx scout car that he was a passenger in, tried to overtake another vehicle in a convoy and left the road striking a tree on Watling Street, Shenstone in Staffordshire." 

Robert John Ridgeway died on 6 Nov 1945, is buried in Uplowman churchyard and is remembered inside the church. 

Robert John Ridgeway was born on 18 Mar 1927, and is found at home with his family in 1939, at Uplowman Cross Cottage, Uplowman. Is that the same as 1 Crosses Cottage, Uplowman, where my relative, Frederick John Ponsford, son of Charles Ponsford and Bessie Ann Stone, was living in 1970? Or 2 Crosses Cottages, Uplowman, where Elsie Tremlett, daughter of William Ridgeway and Florence Louise Finnimore, was living in 1979? Or even Lowman Cross, Uplowman where Thomas and Ann Ridgway were living in 1871?

The parish website also says that "Robert lived a large part of his life at Wallflower Cottages, Uplowman." Several of my relatives have been residents at Wallflower Cottages, UplowmanWilliam and Florence Ridgeway and George and Ellen Norman in 1911, and Herbert Ridgeway in 1988. These are most likely to have been tied cottages, so it suggests they were all working for the same farms, but is no particular indication that they're related. 

Sarah Ridgway 
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John Ridgway bap. 27 Nov 1825 - Mary Parker b. 1831
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James Ridgway bap. 25  Apr 1858 - Eliza Vickery b. 1861
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Robert John Ridgeway b. 7 Sep 1898 - Louisa Baker b. 10 Dec 1899
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Robert John Ridgeway b. 18 Mar 1927 - d. 6 Nov 1945

Robert John Ridgeway's parents were Robert John Ridgeway (b. 7 Sep 1898) and Louisa Baker (b. 10 Dec 1899), who had married, in Tiverton, in 1924. 

In 1911, Robert John Ridgeway Snr (12), born in Holcombe Rogus, was living with his widowed mother, Eliza (48), sister Florence Alice (9) and brother, Herbert Percy (6) at Passmore's Court, Halberton. 

In 1910, this Robert John Ridgeway had attended Halberton School. 

In 1901, living at Ford, 90, Holcombe Rogus, were James Ridgway (43) Cattleman on farm, from Stawley, Somerset, wife Eliza (39), Beatrice (13), Edith (11), Eliza (9), William (7), Lillie (5) and Robert John, listed simply as John (3).

Records suggest that James Ridgeway had married Eliza Vickery in the second quarter of 1887, in the Wellington, Somerset registration district. 

The baptism for James Ridgway on 25 Apr 1858, in Stawley, Somerset, suggests that his parents were James and Mary Ridgway, however, in 1861, we find the 3 yr old, living at Parkley, Stawley, Wellington as the son of John Ridgway (33) Agricultural Labourer, with wife Mary (30) and John (8), Mary Ann (6), Sarah Jane (4), James (3), Charles (1) and Mary Cotter (12) Housemaid. In 1871, John Ridgeway (46) and wife Mary (40) were living at Stones Cottage, Stawley, Wellington, with John (18), Mary Ann (16), Sarah (14), James (13), Elizabeth (10), Emily (8), Thomas (6), Edwin (4) and William Henry (2).

John Ridgway had married Mary Parker, on 18 Apr 1851, at St Michael & All Angels church, Stawley. One of their witnesses was a William Vickery. Mary Parker's father is listed as James Parker, while the name of John Ridgeway's father isn't listed ...

... which stacks up with the record listed here of the baptism of John Ridgway in Ashbrittle, on 27 Nov 1825, son of Sarah Ridgway, described as 'single - base'.

These earliest records of Baptisms, Burials & Marriages, were transcribed from the "Bishop's Transcripts", which were in poor condition. There aren't currently, any further records that can be accessed online, so I can't [yet] get back further to prove if there is a common ancestor. But, to be having an illegitimate child in 1825, there's a fair chance that Sarah Ridgway was born around 1805, give or take. My 3x great-grandfather, James Ridgway was born around 1806. They are from the same hamlet - the village population in 2014 was only 225 - with the same surname. Their descendants all turn up in the same locations. They could be siblings. They could be first cousins. It would be much more difficult to accept that they were not at all related.

Thursday, 26 August 2021

Harry Sampson and Ellen Ridgeway and John W Salway

Rectory House and Church at Sampford Peverell
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Ellen Ridgeway (22), tenth and last child of Thomas Ridgway and Ann Tooze, married Harry Sampson (25), son of James Sampson and Sarah Jane Ponsford, at St John the Baptist ChurchSampford Peverell on 20 April 1908. Witnesses to the marriage were William Ambrose Quick, husband of Ellen's sister Bessie Ann, and Mary Sampson, Harry's younger sister (bridesmaid perhaps?).

In 1911, Harry Sampson (28) Waggoner on farm and Ellen Sampson (25) were living at Middle Pitt, Burlescombe. Living at Middle Pitt at that same time were Frank Stone, Ellen's first cousin, and his wife Frances.

Then Harry Sampson died, in 1938, aged 55.

In 1939, Ellen Sampson was living with her brother-in-law and sister, William and Bessie Quick, at 104, Barrington Street, Tiverton.

In 1947, Ellen Sampson remarried, at 61, to John W Salway. 

John William Salway (b. 1884), was the son of Charles Salway and Sarah Ann Galpin. In 1909, John William Salway had married Ellen Taylor, who had died in 1940. At least he was in no danger of getting his wives' names confused!

Ellen Salway died in Tiverton, in 1957, aged 71.

John William Salway died on 11 Mar 1972.

Charles Ridgeway and Ivy Edna Evans

Fort Regent, Saint Helier, Jersey

Charles Ridgeway (b. 1884), son of Thomas Ridgway and Ann Tooze, married Ivy Edna Evans (b. 5 Jan 1905), in Tiverton, in 1936. The bridegroom was 52 at the time of their marriage, while the bride was 21 years his junior at 31. Nevertheless, this does seem to be Charles' first marriage. Unable to find Ivy's birth record, I cannot discount that she could have been married before.

On 29 May 1901, Charles Ridgeway, previously a labourer from Uplowman, Devon, had enlisted in the British Army. His age of 18 and 3 months on enlistment, would give a birth year of 1883, so it appears that he added a year to his age to sign up. Certainly not the first or last to do so, and if there were any additional urgency or motivation for doing this, it might have been because the Second Boer War was then in progress. Charles later, was at Fort RegentSaint Helier, Jersey and there transferred to the Royal Tank Corps, having previously been attached to the 3rd Hussars

He was discharged, after 21 years service, on 28 May 1922, at the termination of his period of engagement (Para 392 (xxi) KR), having served through the entirety of World War I. His address on discharge was 104, Barrington Street, Tiverton, which was his sister, Bessie Ann Quick's address. 

At some point, Charles had been wounded, which I believe is why he was awarded a pension at a rate of 31½d for life from 29 May 1922. (That's 18s 4½d per week, when 20 shillings = £1 in 1922 is worth £58.29 today.)

In 1939, Charles Ridgeway, Groom, was living at 5 Radcliffe Cottages, St Thomas, Devon. His date of birth on the 1939 Register is given as 24 Feb 1884. This was the date he was baptised, so either he was baptised on the very day he was born, or the actual date of his birth is lost in time. Living with him is his wife, Ivy E Ridgeway. There are then two closed entries, so it's possible that they had children (who may well be alive), but the records are not [yet] available.

Charles Ridgeway died at the beginning of 1955, aged 70, in Tiverton.

Ivy Edna Ridgeway died, in Exeter, in 1975, also aged 70.

Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Sidney Ridgeway and Lucy Headford

St Andrew Street, Tiverton
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Sidney Ridgeway, son of Thomas Ridgway and Ann Tooze, married Lucy Headford (b. 3 Jan 1886), daughter of George Headford and Ellen Baker, in Tiverton, in 1908. In 1901, Lucy, living at Cosways Buildings, 7, Westexe South, Tiverton, with her widowed mother and siblings, was working as a Wheelwinder, while her mother was a Silk hand and her sister a Silk winder: all occupations that suggest they were employed at the Heathcoat Fabrics factory.

Sidney and Lucy had two children: 
  1. Charles Ridgeway born 29 May 1908
  2. Beatrice Maud Ridgeway born 21 Jun 1910
In 1911, Sidney Ridgeway (28) Woodman on estate, Lucy Ridgeway (24), Charles (2) and Beatrice (0) were living at 2 Langwood, Cove, Tiverton.

Charles Ridgeway married Dorothy Ellen Lazarus in Tiverton, in 1932.

Beatrice Ridgeway married Malcolm Garfield Huish in 1935.

In 1939, Sidney Ridgeway, 'Electric Wireman at the Municipal Electric Works', Lucy Ridgeway and Lily Headford, Incapacitated (Lucy's younger sister), were living in Higher Rock Close, St Andrew Street, Tiverton. In a separate household in Higher Rock Close, were Malcolm G Huish, 'General Labourer Gas & Electricity Works', Beatrice Huish and their daughter, Marion. Charles Ridgeway, 'Gas Worker' and Dorothy Ellen Ridgeway, lived at 9 Hammett Square.

Lucy Ridgeway died, in Tiverton, in 1949, aged 64. Sidney Ridgeway died, in Tiverton, in 1957, aged 75. Charles Ridgeway died, in Tiverton, in 1973, at 65, and Beatrice Huish, in 1975, also at the age of 65, in Sedgemoor, Somerset.

Bessie Ann Ridgeway and William Ambrose Quick

Bampton Street, Tiverton
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Bessie Ann Ridgeway, daughter of Thomas Ridgway and Ann Tooze, married William Ambrose Quick (b. 2 May 1885), son of George Quick and Mary Winzer, in Tiverton in 1906. Five years earlier, in 1901, Bessie had been employed as Servant in the household of Thomas Heath, Postmaster, at 11, Bampton Street, Tiverton. William Quick (15), at that time, was a Tailor's apprentice.

William and Bessie had three sons:

  1. George Ridgeway Quick born 8 Feb 1907
  2. Kenneth William Quick born 7 Jan 1911
  3. Hedley C Quick born 18 Aug 1918
George and Kenneth were both baptised on 5 Jul 1911 at St Peter's Church.

In 1911, at 1 Brickfield Terrace, Martins Lane, Tiverton, Bessie Ann Quick (31) was a Boarding house keeper. Living with her were sons George Ridgeway Quick (4) and Kenneth William Quick (0) and three boarders: Annie Cuthbert (52), Thomas Jenkinson (28) and Edward Jenkinson (26). William Quick (25) Tailor, was a patient at the Tiverton Infirmary And Dispensary in Bampton Street.

Tiverton : Barrington Street & The Barley Mow
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In 1926, Kenneth William Quick (15) enlisted in the Royal Artillery.

In 1939, the family were living at 104 Barrington Street, Tiverton with William A Quick, Tailor; Bessie A Quick; Hedley C Quick, Glove Cutter. Living with them was Ellen Sampson, widow, Bessie's younger sister.

William A Quick died in 1952, aged 67. Bessie A Quick died in 1956, aged 75.

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Henry Ridgeway and Maud Emily Kemp

West Anstey: village
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Henry Ridgeway, Police Constable, fifth son of Thomas Ridgway and Ann Tooze, married Maud Emily Kemp (b. 10 Aug 1872), daughter of William John Kemp and Mary Prouse, on 27 Jul 1899, at St Petrock's ChurchWest Anstey, Devon. Maud's father, William John Kemp, was also a Police Constable.

Henry and Maud had three children: 
  1. Harold Henry Ridgeway bap. 3 Jun 1900 in Denbury
  2. Gwendoline Maud Ridgeway b. 8 Sep 1904, bap. 22 Jan 1905 in Denbury
  3. Horace William Ridgeway b. 21 Feb 1911, bap. 21 Apr 1911 in Kingsteignton
In 1901, Henry Ridgeway (25) Police Constable, Maud E (28) and Harold H (11 months) were living at East Street, Denbury, Torbrian, Newton Abbot. 

In 1911, at 2 Yeoman Terrace, Kingsteignton, Devon, were Henry Ridgeway (35) Devon police constable; Maud Emily (38), Harold Henry Ridgeway (10), Gwendoline Maud Ridgeway (6) and Horace William Ridgeway (1 month).

In 1918, Harold Henry Ridgeway, had joined the Merchant Navy.

On 4 Jun 1938, Horace W Ridgeway married Euphemia I Wilson, in Wetherby, Yorkshire. The Aberdeen Press And Journal announced on 6 Jun 1938: 
RIDGEWAY-WILSON: At Wetherby Parish Church, Yorkshire on 4th June 1938, by the Rev. Milnes, Horace William, son of Mr and Mrs Ridgeway, or Torquay, South Devon, to Effie, younger daughter of the late James Wilson and of Mrs Wilson, 8 Victoria Crescent, Cullen.

In 1939, Horace and Effie were living at Devon Cottage, Wharfe View Estate, Wetherby. The name of the cottage gave them away! Horace was employed as a "Sales Representative For Manager Of Glazed Files Fire Places", while Effie was the "Private Secretary To Director Woollen Merchants". 

Also in 1939, Gwendoline Maud Ridgeway married Andrew John Williams, in Newton Abbot. That year they were living at Haytor House, Kingsteignton with Andrew J Williams (b. 29 Dec 1904), Dairyman, Gwendoline M Williams and Wilfred H Green (b. 1890) Salesman Disabled War Pensioner.

Henry Ridgeway, Retired police constable and Maud E Ridgeway, in 1939, were living at 5 Torquay Road, Kingskerswell, Newton Abbot.

Henry Ridgeway died in Newton Abbot, in 1950, aged 74.

Maud E Ridgeway of Haytor House, Kingsteignton, died on 28 Dec 1955, aged 83. Probate was granted to Andrew John Williams, Dairyman and James Marshall, retired police officer.

Harold Henry Ridgeway died in 1980, in Torbay, Devon, shortly before his 80th.

Horace William Ridgeway died, in 1996, also in Torbay. He will have been 85.

Gwendoline Maud Williams died in Torbay, in 2004. She was 99.

William Ridgeway and Florence Louise Finnimore

St James Street, Taunton
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William Ridgeway, son of Thomas Ridgway and Ann Tooze, married Florence Louise Finnimore (b. 22 Mar 1880, bap. 12 May 1880), daughter of Henry Finnimore and Louisa Beer, at St. JamesTaunton, on 22 Mar 1903. Witnesses were Henry Finnimore (father) and Alice Maude Finnimore (sister).

William and Florence had five children, all baptised at St Peter’s ChurchUplowman:
  1. Edith Maud Ridgeway born 28 Sep 1904, bap. 6 Nov 1904 
  2. Lily Ridgeway born 23 Feb 1907, bap. 24 Mar 1907
  3. Hilda Ridgeway born 7 Oct 1910, bap. 6 Nov 1910
  4. Elsie Ridgeway born 8 Jul 1912, bap. 28 Jul 1912
  5. Herbert Ridgeway born 4 Apr 1914, bap. 3 May 1914
In 1911, William Ridgway (37) Farm Waggoner, Florence Louise Ridgway (31) were living at Wallflower Cottage, Halberton, with Edith Maud (6), Lily (4) and Hilda (0), as well as William's widowed father, Thomas Ridgway (67).

  • Lily Ridgeway married William J Palk in 1928. In 1939, they were living at Sellake Cottage, Willand. Jack and Lily Palk both died in 1987. They are buried together in Uplowman churchyard.
  • Elsie Ridgeway married Harry Tremlett in 1932. Harry Tremlett died on 20 Jul 1961 and is buried at Uplowman. Elsie Tremlett of 2 Crosses Cottages, Uplowman, died on 29 Dec 1979 and she is also buried in Uplowman, along with her husband.
  • Hilda Ridgeway married Louis Joseph Holway on 1 Jul 1933. In 1939, Louis and Hilda Holway were living in Bridge Street, Uffculme, with daughter Margaret. Hilda Holway died in 1953, aged 42. 

From the Western Times 7 July 1933:

UPLOWMAN AND UFFCULM FAMILIES UNITED


The marriage was solemnised quietly at St Peter's Church, Uplowman, on Saturday, of Miss Hilda Ridgway, third daughter of Mr and Mrs William Ridgway of Neddicott, Uplowman, and Mr Louis Joseph Holway, third son of Mrs and the late Mr Thomas Holway of the Post Office, Cradock, Uffculme. The Rector (Rev. E J Sandford) officiated. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a pretty dress of lido blue silk crepe, the panelled skirt reaching to the ankles and the roll collar, white silk in one half and brick in the other, finished at the point with diamonds of white and brick, and the belt was fastened with a small paste brooch. She wore a large white felt hat and carried a prayer book in place of a bouquet. There was no bridesmaid. Mr Edgar Holway carried out the duties of best man. A reception was held at Nedicott, and the happy couple left for their new home at Bridge Street, Uffculme.
In 1939, back at Wallflower Cottage, Uplowman, were William Ridgeway, Shepherd retired; Florence L Ridgeway, Edith M Ridgeway and Herbert Ridgeway, Farm Carter. 

William Ridgeway died on 27 Jun 1941, aged 67 and is buried at Uplowman.

In 1946, Herbert Ridgeway married Elsie Kelland. Herbert Ridgway of 1 Wallflower [Cottages], Uplowman, died on 28 May 1988, aged 74 and is buried at Uplowman with his wife, Elsie Ridgway (d. 14 Jan 2006).

Florence Louise Ridgway of Sellake Cottage, Uplowman, died on 27 Oct 1965 and is buried in Uplowman churchyard along with her husband, William. She was 85. She left her effects to her eldest daughter, Edith Maud Ridgway, spinster. 

Edith Maud Ridgway never married and died in 1997, aged 92. Edith Maud Ridgway is also buried in the churchyard at Uplowman.

Monday, 23 August 2021

John Ridgeway and Ellen Norman

Building at Widhayes FarmUplowman

In 1891, John Ridgeway (20) working as an Agricultural Labourer, was lodging with James Wood at Widhayes, Uplowman. At the same time, Ellen Norman (20) was employed as a General domestic servant in the household of Edward Chave (39), a prosperous Farmer, at the Farm, Widhayes, Uplowman. 

On 3 Jul 1892, John Ridgeway, son of Thomas Ridgway and Ann Tooze, married Ellen Norman, daughter of James Norman and Harriet Woodland at St Peter’s ChurchUplowman. Witnesses were James Norman and William Norman, the bride's father and younger brother, respectively. Another younger brother, George Norman, later married John Ridgeway's cousin, Ellen Stone.

John and Ellen had three children: 
  1. William Henry Ridgway born 1893
  2. Thomas Ridgway born Q1 1894 (Died Q2 1894, aged 0)
  3. Annie Elizabeth Ridgway born 26 May 1895, bap. 30 Jun 1895 at St Peter’s ChurchUplowman
In 1901, James Ridgeway (30) Cattleman on farm, Ellen Ridgeway (29), William H (8) and Annie E (6) were living at Little Sellake, Higher Town, Halberton.

In 1911, still at Sellake, Halberton, were John Ridgway (40), Ellen Ridgway (39) and William Henry (18) Farm Labourer. Meanwhile, Annie Ridgway (16) was working as a General domestic servant in the household of Retired farmer, Robert Pearce (89) at Locks House, Witnage, Sampford Peverell.

Annie Elizabeth Ridgway married Herbert John Howe (b. 31 Jan 1895), son of Walter Howe and Ann Hawkins, in Wellington, in 1916. Walter Howe was a Carter on farm and general labourer, living in Holcombe Rogus village.

Stawley: Gamlins Farm
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In 1939, John Ridgway, Assisting Cowman, and Ellen Ridgway (b. 23 Dec 1871), were living at Whipcott, Red Ball. While, Herbert J Howe described as "General Farmer, Quarts Owner, Haulage & Road Contractors & Quarrying", wife Annie E Howe "Assistant To Husband In Farming" and their son, Colin J R Howe (b. 3 Feb 1933), were living at Gamlin's, Stawley, Somerset. 

John Ridgway (77) of Whipcott, Holcombe Rogus, died on 22 Mar 1947 at Gamlins, Greenham, Stawley. Probate was granted to Herbert John Howe, quarry proprietor and Arthur John Exton, solicitors managing clerk, leaving effects of £2282 12s (worth around £91,590 in 2021).

Herbert John Howe (56) of Gamlins, Greenham, Somersetshire, died 6 Dec 1951, leaving effects of £2796 2s to his widow, Annie Elizabeth Howe.

Ellen Ridgway (81) of Gamlins, Greenham, Somersetshire died on 11 Sep 1952 at Mountbatten Nursing Home Taunton, leaving effects of £2942 9s 2d. Probate was granted to Arthur John Exton, solicitors managing clerk.

Annie Elizabeth Howe died, in 1970, at 75.

Thomas Ware and Harriet Ridgeway

Cottages at Chettiscombe
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Thomas Ware, son of Robert Ware and Sarah Radford (m. 31 Mar 1834), was baptised on 15 May 1836, in Cullompton, though their residence was listed as Halberton. His father, Robert, died aged 28, and was buried in Halberton on 21 May 1837. In 1841, his widowed mother, Sarah Ware was a Female Servant at the Growing Farm, Cullompton and with her were her two children: Mary Ware (bap. 30 Nov 1834) and Thomas (4). Then in 1851, Thomas Were (sic) (14) was employed as a Farm Servant at Sutton Barton, Halberton.

The marriage, on 12 May 1859, at St Peter's Church, Tiverton, suggests that Thomas Were, son of Robert Were, married Margaret Ridgway, daughter of James Ridgway. There are no other records of a Margaret Ridgway, so I'm certain this is yet one more error - and as is so often the case, neither of them could read and write to spot it - and is the marriage of Harriet Ridgeway, daughter of James Ridgeway and Mary Ann Lock, sister of Mary Ridgeway.

Thomas and Harriet had at least ten children: 
  1. Eliza Ware born 1862 in Somerset
  2. Thomas Ware born 1863 in Somerset
  3. Mary Jane Ware born 1865 in Tiverton, Devon
  4. Emma Ware born 1867 in Tiverton, Devon
  5. Robert Were (sic) born 5 Jul 1869, bap. 25 Jul 1869
  6. Harriet Ware born 28 Feb 1871, bap. 19 Mar 1871
  7. James Ware born 23 Jun 1873, bap. 13 Jul 1873
  8. Ann Ware born 25 Mar 1875, bap. 11 Apr 1875 
  9. John Ware born 16 Mar 1878, bap. 14 Apr 1878
  10. Ellen Ada Ware born 1883 in Tiverton, Devon
Robert, Harriet, James, Ann and John were baptised at St ThomasChevithorne.

Church of St Thomas, Chevithorne
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In 1861, Thomas Were (sic) (24) Agricultural Labourer from Halberton, and Harriet Were (20) were living in a Private Cottage, Court Place, Ashbrittle, Wellington. (This was Court Place Farm, where her parents had lived.)

In 1871, in Chettiscombe - probably moved there by 1865, looking at the locations of the births of the children - with Thomas Ware (33), Harriet Ware (29), Eliza (9), Thomas (7), Mary Jane (5), Emma (4), Robert (1) and Harriet (0).

There at Chettiscombe Villas in 1881, were Thomas Were (sic) (43) Ag Lab, Harriet Were (38), Robert (11), Harriet (10), James (8), Annie (6) and John (3). Couldn't locate Thomas; Mary Jane Ware (15) was a General domestic servant to the household of Robert S Austin in Angel Hill Terrace, Tiverton. There was an Emma Ware (14) employed as a Housemaid to the household of John C Williams, Carpenter, in Castle Street, Tiverton.


Thomas Ware died in Tiverton, in 1890, aged 51.

In 1891 at Chettiscombe Cottage, Chettiscombe, Tiverton, Harriet Were (sic) (50) Charwoman, was living with James Were (17) Farm Labourer, John (12), Ellen (8) and Harriet's mother, Mary A Marsh (83) Widow.

  • Robert Ware married Amelia Land, daughter of Robert Land, Labourer at at St ThomasChevithorne, on 25 Dec 1891. Robert Ware died in 1909, aged 40. 
  • James Ware (24), Porter at the Railway, of "Paradise" Cowleymoor Road, Tiverton, married Mary Pook, daughter of Richard Pook, Labourer, at St Peter's Church, Tiverton on 4 Apr 1896. James Ware died in 1897, aged 24.

Harriet Ware died in 1896, aged 55.

Sunday, 22 August 2021

Jane Ridgeway and Thomas Vickery and James Copp

Tiverton : St Peter's Church
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Jane Ridgeway, daughter of James Ridgeway and Mary Ann Lock, sister of Mary Ridgeway, married Thomas Vickery (bap. 23 Nov 1834 in Sampford Peverell), son of James Vickery and Elizabeth Webber (m. 26 Mar 1818), on 7 May 1865 at St Peter's Church, Tiverton. There, in March of the same year, Thomas Vickery and Jane Ridgway had been witnesses to the marriage of Jane's brother Thomas Ridgway to Ann Tooze. Reversing the roles, witnessing Thomas and Jane Vickery's marriage were the recently married, Thomas and Ann Ridgeway.

In 1871, Thomas Vickery (37) Farm Labourer, Jane Vickery (32) and George Coombe (37) Miller, Lodger, were living at Lands Mill, Uplowman

Thomas Vickery died, aged 45, and was buried on 16 Apr 1879, in Uplowman. 

In 1881, Jane Vickery (43) Widow, Laundress, was living with her brother-in-law and sister Henry and Mary Stone, still at Lands Mill, Uplowman.

On 24 Jun 1882, Jane Ridgeway remarried to James Copp, at St Peter’s ChurchUplowman. James Copp, b. 24 Feb 1832 and bap. 11 Mar 1832, was son of Thomas Copp and Elizabeth Hall (m. 26 Mar 1831).

Neither marriage produced any children.

In 1891, James Copp (59) Mason and Jane Copp (52) were living at Woods Tenement, Pinnex Moor, Tiverton. (If now replaced by the 'bungalow land' of Pinnex Moor Road, 'tenement' suddenly sounds wildly enticing!)

In 1901, James Copp (69) Mason and Jane Copp (62) were living at 67, Barrington Street, Tiverton.

Jane Copp died in 1905, aged 66. James Copp died in 1911, at 78.

James Ridgeway and Thomasin Rookley

Approaching Kentismoor Farm
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James Ridgeway, eldest son of James Ridgeway and Mary Ann Lock and younger brother of my 2x great-grandmother Mary Ridgeway, married Thomasin Rookley (bap. 28 Feb 1841), daughter of John Rookley and Mary Ayres, on 12 Nov 1859, at the parish church of St. Mary’sKentisbeare

Thomasin's father, in 1851, was a Farmer of 22 acres in Kentisbeare village.

In 1861, James Ridgeway (25), Thomasin Ridgeway (20) and Samuel Rookley (4) Nephew, were living at Kentismoor [Farm], Kentisbeare. 

The only child I have been able to find of this marriage was the birth of James Ridgeway in 1866, baptised in Kentisbeare on 25 Dec 1866. He died, aged 6 months and was buried, also in Kentisbeare churchyard, on 5 May 1867.

James Ridgway (37), Thomasin Ridgeway (28), still living at the 'Moor' [Kentismoor Farm] in 1871, have Thomasin's father, John Rookley (78) still employed as a Farm Labourer, living with them. John Rookely died shortly afterwards, aged 78, and was buried on 14 May 1871.

Fields by Rhode Farm
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By 1881, James Ridgeway (45) and Thomasin Ridgeway (35), had moved to Rhode [Farm], Bradninch. Two nephews were staying with them as visitors, Walter Hartley (8) from Portsmouth and John Hartley (7) from Wales.

Bradninch: Devon Valley Mill
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Also known as Hele Mill; there has been a paper mill here since at least 1765. These buildings date from the 20th century. The brick building carries a datestone of 1912. In previous centuries several other paper mills relied on the water power of the river Culm, seen here flowing under a bridge that may have once carried a siding into the works from the nearby railway.

In 1891, James Ridgway (50) Farm Labourer and Thomasin Ridgeway (45) now working at the paper mill, were living in Hele, Bradninch.

Living in Lower Hele, Bradninch, in 1901, are James Ridgeway (68) Agricultural Labourer and Tamsin (sic) Ridgeway (60) Rag cutter in a paper mill.

Still at Lower Hele in 1911, where James Ridgway (77) and Tomassie (sic) Ridgeway (70) were both described as "Old Age Pensioner". Mary James (67) Widow of No occupation from Plymtree, was staying with them as a visitor. 
Historically, the "Old Age Pension" was introduced in 1909 in the United Kingdom (which included all of Ireland at that time). Following the passage of the Old-Age Pensions Act 1908 a pension of 5 shillings per week (25p, equivalent, using the Consumer Price Index, to £26 in present-day terms), or 7s.6d per week (equivalent to £39/week today) for a married couple, was payable to persons with an income below £21 per annum (equivalent to £2200 today), The qualifying age was 70, and the pensions were subject to a means test. 
James Ridgeway died in 1913, aged 78.

As so often happens, there's no record of Thomasin Ridgeway's death, as there was probably nobody left around who knew or cared what to register.

Saturday, 21 August 2021

Richard Tooze and Eliza Disney

Sampford Peverell: Grand Western Canal and church
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Richard Tooze (bap. 24 Jul 1803), son of Thomas Tooze and Joan Potter, married Eliza Disney, at St John the Baptist ChurchSampford Peverell, on 22 Jan 1827. The marriage record suggests that Richard, who would only have been 24 at the time of this marriage, was widowed previously. Not impossible, of course, but I've not found any evidence of a previous marriage.

Unfortunately, I've not been able to find a baptism or identify the parents of Eliza Disney either, which is a shame, as I was hoping to establish if there was a family link to the Mariah Disney, allegedly ravished by John Stone. Mariah Disney (b. 1859), was daughter of John Disney (b. 1827), who in turn was the son of John Disney (b. anywhere from 1802 to 1806). This older John Disney said he was from Stawley, Somerset. Eliza Disney (b. 1807) who married Richard Tooze, was likewise from the Somerset border. They could have been siblings, or cousins, but, frustratingly, I've been unable to prove it.

Records suggest that Richard and Eliza had at least nine children, who were all baptised at All Saints' Church in Holcombe Rogus
  1. Caroline Tooze bap. 22 Feb 1829
  2. Samuel Tooze bap. 17 Feb 1831 
  3. James Tooze bap. 2 Feb 1834 (Died and was buried on 22 Nov 1835)
  4. Richard Tooze bap. 10 Jul 1836
  5. James Tooze born 1839, bap. 5 Dec 1841
  6. Emma Tooze born 1841, bap. 5 Dec 1841
  7. Ann Tooze born 1844, bap. 21 Mar 1844
  8. George Tooze bap 22 Aug 1847 (Died and was buried 30 Sep 1848)
  9. Elizabeth Tooze born 1851, bap. 25 Mar 1853
Richard Tooze' trade is listed on all the baptisms as Chairmaker.

In 1841, at Tinckham, Holcombe Rogus, are Richard Tooze (35) Chairmaker, Eliza Tooze (30), Caroline (12), Samuel (9), Richard (5) and James (2).

Cottages, at Twitchen
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In 1851, at Twitchen, Holcombe Rogus, we find Richard Tooze (47) Chairmaker, Eliza Tooze (44), Samuel Tooze (19) Chairmaker, Richard Tooze (14) Chairmaker, James Tooze (10) Errand boy, Emma Tooze (9) and Ann Tooze (7). Caroline Tooze (22), in 1851, was working as a General servant to Sarah Shackell (67) Widow, Butcher in Lower Town, Sampford Peverell.

No.46 Timewells, Holcombe Rogus
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In 1861, Richard Tooze (56) Chairmaker, Eliza Tooze (54) Lace Mender, and Elizabeth Tooze (9), were living at Timewells Cottage, Holcombe Rogus.

Still at Timewells Cottage, Holcombe Rogus, in 1871, are Richard Tooze (67) Chairmaker and Eliza Tooze (64). 

Eliza Tooze died, aged 72, and was buried on 18 May 1879, in Holcombe Rogus. Richard Tooze died the following year, aged 77, and was buried, on 2 May 1880, also in All Saints Churchyard, Holcombe Rogus.

All Saints church, Holcombe Rogus
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If you're related to any of the people written about, I'm guessing you'll recognise them from the surnames. If you are, do please get in touch.