John & Betsey Coldridge of Doddiscombsleigh

John COLDRIDGE, born around 1782 in Doddiscombsleigh, is the eldest son of Thomas & Mary COLDRIDGE. He lived in Doddiscombsleigh all his life and had 12 children over a period of 22 years!

John COLDRIDGE, Bachelor, of the Parish of Doddiscombsleigh, married Betsy TOMS, Spinster, of the Parish of Christow, on 4th January 1809 in Christow Parish Church after banns. Both signed. Witnesses Joseph TOMS and John TOMS.

John and Betsey are my great-great-great-grandparents. The later censuses give John's birthplace as Doddiscombsleigh and Betsey's birthplace as Christow, a few miles away.

1811 census for Doddiscombsleigh

Address Name My notes
Doddiscombsleigh
Townplace
(assumed)
John COLDRIDGE
Betsey COLDRIDGE
Samuel COLDRIDGE
Maryann COLDRIDGE
William COLDRIDGE
Rose COLDRIDGE
[age 29, born around 1782]
[age 21, born around 1790]
[age 2, born around 1809]
[age 1, born around 1810]
[age 16, born around 1794]
[age 12, born around 1798]

The 1811 census shows John & Betsey, just two years after their marriage, living in Doddiscombsleigh with their first 2 children and John's brother and sister. The parish registers for Christow and Doddiscombsleigh contain records of their baptisms:

Samuel COLDRIDGE was baptised on 22nd February 1809 in Christow.

Mary Anne COLDRIDGE was baptised on 5th November 1810 in Doddiscombsleigh.

The other two occupants of the house are assumed to be John's brother William and his youngest sister Rose. The Doddiscombsleigh parish register contains the following records relating to John's sister:

Rosamond COLDRIDGE's marriage at the age of 22 to John BUTT was recorded on 30th December 1820.

Rosamond COLDRIDGE's burial was recorded on 1st January 1885, aged 84, giving a date of birth around 1801.

1841 census for Doddiscombsleigh

Address Name Age Occupation Notes
Doddiscombsleigh
Holmbush
John COLDRIDGE
Elizabeth COLDRIDGE
William COLDRIDGE
Charles COLDRIDGE
Daniel COLDRIDGE
Joseph COLDRIDGE
Robert COLDRIDGE
Merina COLDRIDGE
Emma COLDRIDGE
55
50
20
15
15
15
13
11
10
Farmer  
 
Age about 30
Age 19
Age 18
Age 16
Age 14
Age 11
Age 9

The 1841 census records John and Betsey with 7 of their children still living at Holmbush. William farmed in Doddiscombsleigh all his life - at Holmbush Farm, Pitt Farm and finally White Moor Farm. John, Simon and George have all left for Exeter.

The Doddiscombsleigh parish register also records the births of 10 more children to John COLDRIDGE, farmer, and Betsey (Elizabeth):

William COLDRIDGE was baptised on 23rd December 1812 in Doddiscombsleigh

John COLDRIDGE was baptised on 30th January 1815 in Doddiscombsleigh.

Simon COLDRIDGE was baptised on 13th March 1817 in Doddiscombsleigh.

George COLDRIDGE was baptised on 23rd March 1819 in Doddiscombsleigh.

Charles COLDRIDGE was baptised on 30th September 1821 in Doddiscombsleigh. He is my great-great-grandfather.

Daniel COLDRIDGE was baptised on 9th February 1823 in Doddiscombsleigh.

Joseph COLDRIDGE was baptised on 18th February 1825 in Doddiscombsleigh.

Robert COLDRIDGE was baptised on 25th March 1827 in Doddiscombsleigh.

Merina COLDRIDGE was baptised on 4th October 1829 in Doddiscombsleigh.

Amelia Emma COLDRIDGE was baptised on 3rd October 1831 in Doddiscombsleigh. The parish record gives her abode as Holmbush.

1841 census for Exeter

Address Name Age Occupation Notes
Exeter St Mary Major
Market St
Willm ISAAC
Mary ISAAC
Emelia ISAAC
Willm ISAAC
Julia ISAAC
James ISAAC
George COLEDRIGE
Leah LEVI
30
29
9
8
7
2
22
55
Hairdresser
 
 
 
 
 
Ch Builder
 

In 1841 George (with mangled surname) is working in Exeter as a church builder and living with his married sister and her family.

Mary Anne COLERIDGE's marriage at the age of 20 to William ISAAC was recorded on 28th June 1831 in Exeter St Mary Major.

By 1841 John and Simon are both married and also living in Exeter (see separate entries).

1851 census for Doddiscombsleigh

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Doddiscombsleigh
Holmbush Farm
Elizabeth COLDRIDGE
William COLDRIDGE
George COLDRIDGE
Charles COLDRIDGE
Joseph COLDRIDGE
Robert COLDRIDGE
Merina COLDRIDGE
Emma COLDRIDGE
Elizabeth COLDRIDGE
Edward BROOM
Henry BOLLY
61
38
32
30
26
24
22
19
6
16
16
Head
Son
Son
Son
Son
Son
Daughter
Daughter
Relative
Apprentice
Apprentice
Occupier of 230 acres
Farmers son
Joiner
Farmers son
Farmers son
Farmers son
Farmers daughter
Farmers daughter
 
Ag Lab
Ag Lab

By the time of the 1851 census Elizabeth is widowed and "occupier" of the farm with 7 of her children still at home and apparently in no hurry to get married. The younger Elizabeth is the daughter of Simon who is living in Exeter, Cowick St.

John COLDRIDGE's death was registered in September 1844 in St Thomas, corresponding to a parish record for the burial of John COLDRIDGE of "Holman Vail", aged 62, on 22nd July 1844. There is also a Death Duty record for John COLDRIDGE granting administration to Elizabeth in 1844.

In 1851 George is back in Doddiscombsleigh and working as a joiner, the first of the COLDRIDGE woodworkers. Daniel is not on the 1851 census - he married in 1849 and emigrated to Canada. Joseph will have taken over running of the farm by 1861.

 

Charles joined the COLDRIDGE exodus from Doddiscombsleigh to Exeter and married for the first time in 1857:

Charles COLDRIDGE's marriage to Ann BURTON was registered in June 1857 in St Thomas.

Charles COLDRIDGE, age 35, Widower*, Farmer, residing St Leonard, son of John COLDRIDGE, Farmer, married Ann BURTON, age 28, Spinster, residing Ide, daughter of Michael BURTON, Farmer, on 24th May 1857 in the Parish Church of St Leonard Exeter by licence. Both signed. Witnesses John DEAN and John JELLARD. *The register has the following correction: Charles COLDRIDGE was by mistake described in the Marriage Licence as a Widower, whereas he was never married before, as declared under oath.

Sadly, his marriage was short-lived as Charles is actually a widower before the year is out.

Susan Emma COLDRIDGE's birth was registered in December 1857 in Birmingham.

Ann COLDRIDGE's death, aged 28, was registered in December 1857 in Birmingham.

Susan Emma COLDRIDGE's death, aged 6m, was registered in June 1858 in Exeter. [†]

 

Samuel, John and Betsey COLDRIDGE's eldest son, is still living in Doddiscombsleigh at the time of the 1851 and 1861 censuses:

1851 census for Doddiscombsleigh

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Doddiscombsleigh
Leigh Cross Cottage
James COUNTER
Ann COUNTER
John COUNTER
Samuel COLDRIDGE
32
32
8
42
Head
Wife
Son
Lodger
Ag Lab
 
Scholar
Miner

The 1851 census shows Samuel living at Leigh Cross Cottage to the west of the village. He is unmarried and working as a miner, presumably at one of the small manganese mines.

1861 census for Doddiscombsleigh

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Doddiscombsleigh
Burnthouse Cottage
Samuel COLDRIDGE 52 Lodger Miner

In the 1861 census Samuel is living at Burnthouse Cottage and his marital status is given as widower. I found the following records relating to Samuel:

Samuel COLDRIDGE's marriage to Catherine REES was recorded in September 1853 in Bridgend, Glamorgan.

Samuel COLDRIDGE, age 34 [he was actually 44], Bachelor, Miner, son of John COLDRIDGE, Farmer, married Catherine REES, age 27, Spinster, daughter of William REES, Hay Merchant, on 20th August 1853 in the Parish Church of Tythegston, Glamorgan. Both residing Tythegston Higher. Samuel made his mark and Catherine signed. Witnesses Thomas LEWIS and William BETTRIDGE.

George William COLDRIGE's birth was registered in June 1855 in Bridgend, and his death later that year was registered in December 1855. [†]

Catherine REES's death was registered in September 1855 in Bridgend.

Samuel COLDRIDGE's death was registered in March 1868 in St Thomas. The parish register records his burial on 20th February 1868, aged 59, living at Tick Lane Cottage.

 

John and Betsey's unmarried children also appear in the 1861 census:

1861 census for Devon

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Trusham
Tucketts Farm
John BAKER
Hannah BAKER
Eliza Jane STOKES
Robert COLDRIDGE
James DYER
38
38
19
36
11
Head
Wife
Visitor
Servant
Servant
Farmer 100 Acres
Farmer's Wife
Farmer's Daughter
Carter
Farmer's Boy

John & Betsey's youngest son Robert shows up in Trusham, a few miles south of Doddiscombsleigh. His correct age should be 34, but his brothers John and William have similar difficulties with their ages.

1861 census for Exeter

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Exeter St Sidwell
Precinct The Closes
The College
Merina COLDRIDGE
Sybella HEXTER
30
16
Boarder
Daughter
Dressmaker
Dressmaker (Ap.)

In the census, Merina COLDRIDGE's birthplace is given as Doddiscombsleigh and her date of birth around 1831. John & Betsey's daughter Merina (Mariana) was born in 1829.

 

Amelia Emma does not appear on the 1861 census as she is already married:

Amelia Emma COLDRIDGE's marriage at the age of 27 to Elon WRIGHT was registered in March 1859 in St Thomas.

1871 census for Trusham

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Trusham
Welcombe Farm
Elon WRIGHT
Amelia E WRIGHT
William WRIGHT
Eliza A E COLDRIDGE
44
39
27
5
Head
Wife
Nephew
Niece
Farmer (155 Acres)
 
Farmer's Son
Scholar

In 1871 Elon & Amelia are living in Trusham. Eliza is the daughter of her brother George & his wife Amelia who live in Exeter:

Eliza A E COLDRIDGE's birth was registered in September 1866 in Exeter.