Simon & Elizabeth Coldridge of Exeter

Simon COLDRIDGE, born in Doddiscombsleigh in 1817, is the fourth son of John & Betsey COLDRIDGE. He seems to be the first to make the move from Doddiscombsleigh to Exeter where he married and had 5 children.

Simon COLDRIDGE's marriage at the age of 22 to Elizabeth MARTIN was registered in March 1839 in Exeter.

Simon COLDRIDGE, Bachelor, Painter, residing Bartholomew St Allhallows on the Walls, son of John COLDRIDGE, Yeoman, married Elizabeth MARTIN, Spinster, Servant, also of Bartholomew St, daughter of Charles MARTIN, Mason, on 25th February 1839 in the Parish Church of St Mary Steps Exeter after banns. Both of full age. Both signed. Witnesses W? NEWER and Ann BENNETT.

1841 census for Exeter

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Exeter St Thomas
Cowick St
Simon COLDRIDGE
Elizth COLDRIDGE
Emily COLDRIDGE
Hannah MARTIN
Henry MARTIN
George MARTIN
Eliza MARTIN
20
20
1m
20
10
10
3
Head
Wife
Daur
Painter
 
 
F.S.

In 1841 Simon and Elizabeth are living in Exeter on Cowick St. The MARTINs are living in part of the same house in the census record, so perhaps Hannah is Elizabeth's sister.

Emily COLDRIDGE's birth was registered in June 1841 in St Thomas.

1851 census for Exeter

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Exeter St Thomas
Cowick St
Simon COLDRIDGE
Elizabeth COLDRIDGE
Emily COLDRIDGE
William John COLDRIDGE
Thomas COLDRIDGE
Georgina COLDRIDGE
Amelia Emma COLDRIDGE
35
38
9
8
4
2
7m
Head
Wife
Daur
Son
Son
Daur
Daur
Painter & Glazier
Laundress
Scholar
Scholar

In 1851 Simon and Elizabeth are still living on Cowick St with their growing family – at the time of the census their daughter Elizabeth is in Doddiscombsleigh:

William John COLDRIDGE's birth was registered in March 1843 in St Thomas.

Elizabeth COLDRIDGE's birth was registered in March 1845 in St Thomas.

Thomas COLDRIDGE's birth was registered in December 1846 in St Thomas.

Georgina COLDRIDGE's birth was registered in September 1848 in St Thomas.

Amelia Emma COLDRIDGE's birth was registered in December 1850 in St Thomas.

1861 census for Exeter

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Exeter St David
St Georges Square
Simon COLDRIDGE
Elizabeth COLDRIDGE
Emily COLDRIDGE
William J COLDRIDGE
Georgina COLDRIDGE
Maria COLDRIDGE
Samuel TRUSCOTT
44
47
19
18
12
7m
33
Head
Wife
Daur
Son
Daur
Daur
Lodger
Painter & Glazier
Laundress
Shoe Binder
Painter
Scholar
 
Shoe Maker

In 1861 Simon and Elizabeth have moved to St George's Square near the centre of Exeter.

Eliza Jane COLDRIDGE's birth was registered in December 1852 in Exeter, and her death, aged 2, was registered in March 1855 in Exeter. [†]

Elizabeth COLDRIDGE's death, aged 15, was registered in September 1860 in Exeter. [†]

Maria COLDRIDGE was born in late 1860 and her birthplace is recorded as Somerset, Shepton Mallet, but there is no corresponding BMD record. Maria is actually Emily's daughter, presumably by their lodger Samuel TRUSCOTT from Tavistock who married Emily later that year:

Emily COLDRIDGE's marriage to Samuel TRUSCOTT was registered in September 1861 in Exeter.

Thomas and Amelia Emma are not recorded in 1861 or in subsequent censuses, and there is no further record of William after 1861. Their deaths were possibly recorded as COLERIDGE:

Emma COLERIDGE's death was registered in June 1852 in Exeter.

Thomas COLERIDGE's death was registered in December 1855 in Exeter.

William COLERIDGE's death, aged 27, was registered in March 1872 in Exeter.

1871 census for Exeter

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Exeter St Mary Major
2 Sun Street
Simon COLDRIDGE
Elizabeth COLDRIDGE
55
57
Head
Wife
Painter & Glazier
Laundress
Exeter St Mary Major Richard MORTIMORE
Georgina MORTIMORE
Maria MORTIMORE
Emily MORTIMORE
23
22
3
1
Head
Wife
Daur
Daur
 

In 1871 Simon and Elizabeth have moved again, but are still near to the centre of Exeter and to their daughter Georgina.

Georgina COLDRIDGE's marriage at the age of 19 to Richard MORTIMORE was registered in March 1868 in Exeter.

1881 census for London

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
London
Newington
113 East St
George WOOD
Emily WOOD
Emily Maria MOULE
Simon COLDRIDGE
35
41
20
64
Head
Wife
Step-dau
Fath-law
Lab Biscuit Factory
Boot Fitter
Paste Fitter (Boot)
House Decorator

In 1881 Simon is living with his daughter Emily in London and is recorded as a widower. Emily COLDRIDGE is married to George WOOD, but I can find no record of their marriage. Emily Maria is from Emily's previous marriage to Samuel TRUSCOTT.

Elizabeth COLDRIDGE's death, aged 60, was registered in September 1874 in Exeter. Elizabeth Ann COLDRIDGE was buried in Exeter cemetery on 22nd July 1874.

1891 census for London

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Newington Workhouse Simon COLERIDGE 74 Inmate Painter

Sadly, in 1891, Simon is recorded in London as a pauper in the workhouse.

Simon COLDRIDGE's death, aged 76, was registered in December 1893 in Camberwell.