Joseph & Elizabeth Coldridge of Doddiscombsleigh

Joseph COLDRIDGE, born in Doddiscombsleigh in 1825, is the eighth son of John & Betsey COLDRIDGE, and like his older brother William he is a farmer in Doddiscombsleigh all his life. He appears to have had 5 children: 3 sons and 2 daughters.

Joseph COLDRIDGE's marriage at the age of 31 to Elizabeth DIGGINES, also born in Doddiscombsleigh, was registered in December 1856 in Exeter.

Joseph COLDRIDGE, age 30, Bachelor, Farmer, residing Mary Arches Street, son of John COLDRIDGE, Farmer, married Elizabeth DIGGINES, Spinster, residing Mary Arches Street, daughter of William DIGGINES, Inn Keeper, on 17th October 1856 in the Parish Church of St Mary Arches Exeter after banns. Both signed. Witnesses Celia COLDRIDGE and Charles DICKER.

1861 census for Doddiscombsleigh

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Doddiscombsleigh
Holmbush Farm
 
Joseph COLDRIDGE
Elizabeth COLDRIDGE
John COLDRIDGE
Elizabeth COLDRIDGE
Mary Ann COLDRIDGE
Henry BOLLEY
Edward BURNETT
Sarah FERRIS
34
32
4
3
1
26
17
14
Head
Wife
Son
Daughter
Daughter
Servant
Servant
Servant
Farmer
Farmer's Wife
Farmer's Son
 
 
Ag. Labourer
Ploughman
Housemaid

In 1861 Joseph and Elizabeth have a young family and they are looking after the 230 acre Holmbush Farm rather than his older brother William as might be expected.

John COLDRIDGE was baptised on 22nd March 1857 in Doddiscombsleigh, giving his abode as "Popple House", and his birth was registered in March 1857 in St Thomas, only 3 months after they were married.

Elizabeth COLDRIDGE was baptised on 21st March 1858 in Doddiscombsleigh, giving her abode as "Holmbush", and her birth was registered in March 1858 in St Thomas.

Mary Ann COLDRIDGE was baptised on 19th February 1860 in Doddiscombsleigh, giving her abode as "Holmbush", and her birth was registered in March 1860 in St Thomas.

1871 census for Doddiscombsleigh

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Doddiscombsleigh
Woodah Farm
Joseph COLDRIDGE
Elisabeth COLDRIDGE
Mary Ann COLDRIDGE
Thomas COLDRIDGE
William COLDRIDGE
Mary Ann CARPENTER
Henry BOLLEY
Robert DENSHAM
45
43
11
9
7
22
35
19
Head
Wife
Daughter
Son
Son
Servant
Servant
Servant
Farmer of 130 acres
Farmers wife
Scholar
Scholar
Scholar
General Servant
Farm Labourer
Farm Labourer

In 1871 Joseph and Elizabeth have moved from Holmbush to Woodah farm, half a mile to the west of Doddiscombsleigh village.

Thomas COLERIDGE was baptised on 14th July 1861 in Doddiscombsleigh, giving his abode as "Holmbush", and his birth was registered in September 1861 in St Thomas.

William COLDRIDGE was baptised on 16th August 1863 in Doddiscombsleigh, giving his abode as "Woodah", and his birth was registered in September 1863 in St Thomas.

1871 census for Exeter

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Exeter St Stephen
King's Lodge College
John COLDRIDGE 14 Pupil  

In 1871 Joseph & Elizabeth's son John is at school in Exeter. Their daughter Elizabeth is also in Exeter, staying with John & Elizabeth. (there are too many Elizabeths)

1881 census for Doddiscombsleigh

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Doddiscombsleigh
Woodah Farm
Joseph COLDRIDGE
Elisabeth COLDRIDGE
John COLDRIDGE
Elisabeth COLDRIDGE
Mary A. COLDRIDGE
William COLDRIDGE
Elisabeth COLDRIDGE
Kate T HOWARD
Henry BULLEY
George COUNTER
Emma TODD
55
52
24
23
21
17
52
22
45
20
14
Head
Wife
Son
Daughter
Daughter
Son
Visitor
Boarder
Servant
Servant
Servant
Farmer
 
Farmer
 
 
Farmer
 
School Mistress B S
Farm Servant (Indoors)
Farm Servant (Indoors)
General Servant

In 1881 Joseph and Elizabeth are still at Woodah farm with all their children except Thomas. Elizabeth COLDRIDGE, their visitor, was born around 1829 in Exeter. She is probably the widow of Joseph's brother John who died in 1880.

Mary Anne COLDRIDGE's marriage at the age of 25 to Ben Woolley STEADHAM was registered in September 1885 in St Thomas.

Elizabeth COLDRIDGE's marriage at the age of 29 to William BRADRIDGE was registered in September 1887 in St Thomas. A notice in the Western Times records the marriage on 15th August at Doddiscombsleigh Church: William BRADRIDGE of Sutton, South Brent to Elizabeth (Bessie), eldest daughter of Mr. J COLERIDGE of Woodah, Doddiscombsleigh.

1881 census for London

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
London, Pancras
28 Tottenham Place
Thomas COLDRIDGE 19 Head Salesman Drapers

The 1881 London census records Thomas COLDRIDGE born in Doddiscombsleigh, whose age matches Joseph's son. I have no idea how he came to be working in London.

1891 census for Doddiscombsleigh

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Doddiscombsleigh
Woodah
Joseph COLDRIDGE
Thomas COLDRIDGE
Edwin HAWES
Emma THOMPSON
Kate GLASSON
Mary ELSTON
Henry BULLEY
Frank CROSS
Jack HUTCHINGS
65
29
28
26
23
34
54
19
16
Head
Son
Boarder
Housekeeper
Lodger
Servant
Servant
Servant
Servant
Farmer (Em'er)
Farmer's Son (Em'er)
Attendant Agricultural
Housekeeper
Schoolmistress
General Serv Dom
Farm Servant
Farm Servant
Farm Servant

In 1891 Joseph, the last of John and Betsy's children to live in Doddiscombsleigh, is a widower living on Woodah Farm with his son Thomas (the drapery salesman thing obviously didn't work out). Joseph's other sons, John and William, had married and left home by 1891.

Elizabeth COLDRIDGE's death, aged 60, was registered in December 1888 in St Thomas, and her burial on 24th November 1888 is recorded in Doddiscombsleigh parish.

Joseph COLDRIDGE's death, aged 65, was registered in December 1891 in St Thomas, and his burial on 23rd October 1891 is recorded in Doddiscombsleigh parish.

Joseph COLDRIDGE of Doddiscombsleigh Devon farmer died 19 October 1891 Probate Exeter 27 January 1892 to Thomas COLDRIDGE farmer and William COLDRIDGE forage dealer Effects £716 13s. 6d.

1901 census for Essex

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Essex, Bradwell On Sea Tom COLERIDGE
Emmie THOMPSON
Annie WILLS
Henry BULLEY
35
35
19
69
Head
Housekeeper
Servant
Servant
Farmer
Housekeeper
General Servant
Yardman on Farm

The 1901 census also records Tom COLERIDGE, born in Doddiscombsleigh around 1866, as a farmer in Essex. Although his age is actually 39, he is clearly Joseph's son as he has brought his housekeeper and old Henry Bulley with him to Essex. He followed his nephew to Canada a few years later.