George & Celia Coldridge of Exeter

George COLDRIDGE, born in Doddiscombsleigh in 1819, is the fifth son of John & Betsey COLDRIDGE and just 2 years older than my great-great-grandfather Charles. When he appears in the censuses he is living in Exeter working as an organ builder. He had 1 daughter by his first marriage.

George COLDRIDGE's marriage at the age of 33 to Celia NICHOLLS was registered in September 1852 in Exeter.

George COLDRIDGE, age 30, Bachelor, Organ builder, residing The Friars Walk, son of John COLDRIDGE, Farmer, married Celia NICHOLLS, age 29, Spinster, residing Upper St Paul, daughter of Henry NICHOLLS, Relieving Officer, on 25th September 1852 in the Parish Church of St Mary Steps Exeter after banns. Both signed. Witnesses Jarvis NICHOLLS and Merina COLDRIDGE.

1861 census for Exeter

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Exeter St Sidwell
Holy Trinity
Paragon Place
Nathaniel PIDGEON
Ann PIDGEON
George COLDRIDGE
53
60
40
Head
Wife
Visitor
Porter
 
Organ Builder
Exeter St David
St Mary Arches
Mary Arches St
Charles DICKER
Elizabeth DICKER
Laura COLDRIDGE
James EASTERBROOK
68
60
8
22
Head
Wife
Boarder
Boarder
Organ Builder
 
 
Cabinet Maker

In 1861 George was living in Exeter like most of his brothers. In the census his status is given as widower and I found the following records:

Henry Nichols COLDRIDGE's birth was registered in June 1857 in Exeter, and his death was registered in September 1857 in Exeter. [†]

Celia COLDRIDGE's death was registered in December 1857 in Exeter. They had only been married for 5 years when Celia died.

George and Celia's daughter also appears in the 1861 census and I presume that she is at George's normal abode given the uncommon occupation of their landlord Charles DICKER.

Laura Nicholls COLDRIDGE's birth was registered in June 1853 in Exeter.