Arthur & Mary Coldridge of Bristol

Arthur COLDRIDGE, born in Exeter in 1863, is the eldest child of Charles & Amelia COLDRIDGE and my great-grandfather. He lived in Weymouth where he managed a boot warehouse and later in Bristol where he worked as a carpenter. He had 5 children: 1 son and 4 daughters.

Arthur COLDRIDGE's marriage to Mary Ann WHITE was registered in June 1888 in Exeter.

Arthur COLDRIDGE, age 24, Bachelor, Shop Assistant, residing St Thomas, son of Charles COLDRIDGE, Gardener, married Mary Ann WHITE, age 24, Spinster, residing St David, daughter of James WHITE (deceased), Sailor, on 2nd April 1888 in the Parish Church of St David Exeter after banns. Both signed. Witnesses George COLDRIDGE and Jessie WHITE.

1891 census for Dorset

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Weymouth
Melcombe Regis
74 St Mary Street
Arthur COLDRIDGE 28 Head Manager of Boot Warehouse

In the 1891 census Arthur is Manager of a Boot Warehouse. He was a Shop Assistant when he got married and a Boot and Shoe Dealer when his first child Albert was born. His family are visiting his sister-in-law.

1891 census for Devon

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
East Stonehouse
114 Union Street
Albert GREEN
Jessie E GREEN
Mary A BURNS
Mary A COLDRIDGE
Albert V COLDRIDGE
Florence M COLDRIDGE
25
23
48
27
2
6m
Head
Wife
Mth-Law
Sis-law
Nephew
Niece
Manager of Boots Warehouse

In 1891 Mary Ann was visiting her sister Jessie on census day. Just like Arthur, Jessie's husband is managing a boots warehouse - between them they obviously had an early influence on young Albert Victor!

Albert Victor COLDRIDGE's birth was registered in June 1889 in Weymouth. He is my grandfather and was born on 9th May 1889. His birth certificate gives his father's occupation as Boot and Shoe Dealer living at 74 St Mary St, Melcombe Regis.

Florence Maud COLDRIDGE's birth was registered in December 1890 in Weymouth.

1901 census for Bristol

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Bristol
St Philips & St Jacobs
109 Twinnell Road
Arthur COLDRIDGE
Mary A COLDRIDGE
Albert V COLDRIDGE
Beatrice M COLDRIDGE
Annie A COLDRIDGE
Lillian J COLDRIDGE
37
37
11
8
3
6m
Head
Wife
Son
Daughter
Daughter
Daughter
Carpenter

In 1901 Arthur and Mary are living in Bristol - they have 3 more children but Florence is missing and I haven't found her in the census yet:

Beatrice Mary COLDRIDGE's birth was registered in June 1893 in Weymouth.

Annie Amelia COLDRIDGE's birth was registered in June 1897 in Barton Regis.

Lilian Jessie COLDRIDGE's birth was registered in December 1900 in Bristol.

Given Arthur's occupation in 1901, he is probably the original owner of my Coldridge family heirloom - a boxwood carpenter's plane made by R. Clarke of Exeter.

1911 census for Bristol

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Bristol, Easton
109 Twinnell Road
Arthur COLDRIDGE
Mary Ann COLDRIDGE
Albert Victor COLDRIDGE
Beatrice Mary COLDRIDGE
Annie Amelia COLDRIDGE
Lillian Jessie COLDRIDGE
47
47
21
18
13
10
Head
Wife
Son
Daughter
Daughter
Daughter
Carpenter
 
Boot Shop Assistant
Drapers Assistant
School
School

In 1911 Arthur & Mary are still in Bristol and the two older children living at home are now working.

1911 census for Newton Abbot

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Torquay
65 Lymington Road
Florence M COLDRIDGE 20 Head Housekeeper Domestic

In 1911 Florence is living independently of her parents in Torquay.South Devon The census return was completed by Jessie Ellen GREEN, her mother's sister, presumably the owner of the 4-room property. The enumerator has crossed out Niece and replaced it with Head.

The only other information I have about Arthur & Mary's family is from the BMD records:

Arthur COLDRIDGE's death, aged 55, was registered in March 1919 in Bristol.

Mary A COLDRIDGE's death, aged 68, was registered in March 1932 in Bristol.

Annie A COLDRIDGE's death, aged 38, was registered in December 1935 in Bristol.

There are also BMD records for the marriages of 3 of Arthur & Mary's daughters:

Beatrice COLDRIDGE's marriage at the age of 28 to William HADLEY was registered in September 1921 in Bristol.

Lilian Jessie COLDRIDGE's marriage at the age of 36 to John (Jack) DAVIES was registered in March 1936 in Bristol.

Florence COLDRIDGE's marriage at the age of 45 to Pennington JOHNSTON was registered in September 1935 in Bristol. He was 62 and had been married previously. Florence was only 9 years older than his daughter!

 

1901 census for Bristol

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Clifton
9 St Vincents Parade
Pennington J JOHNSTON
Mary Ann JOHNSTON
Muriel JOHNSTON
Minnie PATRICK
Charles PATRICK
28
27
1
7
4
Head
Wife
Daughter
Visitor
Visitor
Marine Engineer

1911 census for Bristol

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Clifton
Hotwell Road
7 St Vincent Parade
Pennington J JOHNSTON
Mary Ann JOHNSTON
Muriel JOHNSTON
38
39
11
Head
Wife
Daughter
Sea Going Engineer

School

In 1901 and 1911 Pennington JOHNSTON was living with his first wife and daughter in Bristol.

Pennington James JOHNSTON's birth was registered in March 1873 in Bedminster (South Bristol after 1896).

Pennington James JOHNSTON's marriage to Mary Ann TURNER was registered in June 1898 in Barton Regis.

Muriel Amelia A JOHNSTON's birth was registered in June 1899 in Bristol.

Mary A JOHNSTON's death, aged 63, was registered in March 1934 in Bristol.

Pennington J JOHNSTON's death, aged 70, was registered in December 1943 in Bristol.

Florence JOHNSTON's marriage to Harry F W JOHNS was registered in September 1950 in Bristol.