Thomas & Mary Coldridge of Doddiscombsleigh

Thomas COLDRIDGE, born around 1789 in Doddiscombsleigh, is the second son of Thomas & Mary COLDRIDGE and John's younger brother.

Thomas COLDRIDGE's marriage at the age of 26 to Mary REED was recorded in the Holcombe Burnell parish register on 19th May 1816.

Although Thomas & Mary don't appear in either the 1841 or 1851 censuses, parish records indicate that they were living in Alphington and Ide, then Doddiscombsleigh from 1822 to 1829 at least. They appear to have had 5 children, 2 of whom died in infancy and 1 at the age of 11.

There are parish records in Alphington and Ide for the baptisms of their first two children:

Elizabeth COLDRIDGE was baptised on 26th January 1817 in Alphington, and her burial was recorded less than 2 weeks later on 6th February 1817. [†]

John COLDRIDGE was baptised on 10th May 1818 in Ide.

The Doddiscombsleigh parish register also records three births to Mary & Thomas COLDRIDGE, labourer in the parish of Doddiscombsleigh:

Richard COLDRIDGE was baptised on 6th January 1822 in Doddiscombsleigh. In the later censuses he gives his place of birth as Ide.

Charles COLDRIDGE was baptised on 18th October 1825 in Doddiscombsleigh, and buried in Doddiscombsleigh on 20th October 1825, aged 3 weeks. [†]

Martha COLDRIDGE was baptised on 4th February 1827 in Doddiscombsleigh.

The only other record relating to Thomas & Mary's family is this one in the parish register:

John COLDRIDGE's burial, aged 11, was recorded on 10th May 1829 in Doddiscombsleigh.

1841 census for Devon

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Banawell St

The 1841 census for Tavistock records Martha COLERIDGE who is the right age to be Thomas & Mary's daughter, and there is a record of her subsequent marriage

Martha COLDRIDGE's marriage (to William COX or Thomas GRIGG) was recorded in December 1845 in Tavistock.


1851 census for Exeter

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Exeter Holy Trinity
Melbourn Place
Sarah COLDRIDGE 20 Servant House Serv

The 1851 census has an entry for Sarah COLDRIDGE, born in Doddiscombsleigh around 1831. She is still a mystery – she may be Thomas & Mary's daughter, or possibly the first of William & Maria's children.