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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.

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