William & Harriet Coldridge of Doddiscombsleigh

William COLDRIDGE, born in Doddiscombsleigh in 1812, is the second son of John & Betsey COLDRIDGE and worked as a farmer in Doddiscombsleigh all his life. His marriage took some finding:

William ALDRIDGE's marriage at the age of 44 to Harriett JERVIS was registered in March 1857 in St Thomas.

The censuses give Harriet's birthplace as Tedburn St Mary, a few miles north of Dunsford. They married relatively late and appear to have had no children.

1861 census for Doddiscombsleigh

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Doddiscombsleigh
Pitt Farm
William COLDRIDGE
Harriett COLDRIDGE
Elizabeth COLDRIDGE
47
44
72
Head
Wife
Mother
Farmer of 50 Acres Emp 1 man
Farmer's Wife
Retired

In 1861 William is married and living on the 50 acre Pitt Farm leaving younger brother Joseph to manage Holmbush. William's mother Betsey has left Holmbush to live with them but she died less than a year after the census.

Elizabeth COLDRIDGE's death, aged 73, was registered in March 1862 in St Thomas. The parish register records her burial on 30th March 1862.

Probate 13th May 1862. The Will of Betsey COLERIDGE late of the Parish of Doddis-combsleigh in the County of Devon Widow deceased who died 25 March 1862 at Doddiscombsleigh aforesaid was proved at Exeter by the oath of Amelia Emma WRIGHT (Wife of Elon WRIGHT, Farmer) of Doddiscombsleigh aforesaid the Daughter and the sole Executrix. Effects under £200

1871 census for Doddiscombsleigh

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Doddiscombsleigh
Holmbush
William COLDRIDGE
Harriet COLDRIDGE
57
54
Head
Wife
Farmer of 33 acres

In 1871 William and Harriet are back at Holmbush Farm where he was born and raised.

1881 census for Doddiscombsleigh

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Doddiscombsleigh
Whitemoor Farm
William COLDRIDGE
Harriet COLDRIDGE
Emma SERCOMBE
67
64
17
Head
Wife
Servant
Retired Farmer
 
Domestic Servant

In 1881 William and Harriet are retired and have moved to Whitemoor Farm, half a mile to the east of Doddiscombsleigh village.

1891 census for Exeter

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Exeter St Mary Steps
Commercial Road
John SERCOMBE
Martha SERCOMBE
Harriet A SERCOMBE
Frederick SERCOMBE
Harriet COLDRIDGE
62
62
25
20
74
Head
Wife
Daughter
Son
Sis-law
Carter
 
 
Confectioners Apprentice
Living On Own Means

By 1891 Harriet, recently widowed, is living in Exeter with her younger sister Martha. John Norrish SERCOMBE's marriage to Martha JERVIS was registered in January 1852 in Doddiscombsleigh. In the census John and Martha both give their birthplace as Dunsford, but their children were born in Doddiscombsleigh.

William COLDRIDGE's death, aged 77, was registered in March 1891 in St Thomas. The parish register records his burial on 7th February 1891 and gives his residence as Burnthouse.

Probate 19 March 1891. The Will of William COLDRIDGE late of the Parish of Doddiscombsleigh in the County of Devon Yeoman who died 2 February 1891 at Doddiscombsleigh was proved at Exeter by Harriet COLDRIDGE of Doddiscombsleigh Widow the Relict the sole Executrix. Personal Estate £178 2s. 7d.

Harriet COLDRIDGE's death, aged 77, was registered in March 1894 in Exeter, and the parish register for Doddiscombsleigh records her burial on 27th January 1894.

Harriet COLDRIDGE of 44 Commercial-road Exeter widow died 23 January 1894 Probate Exeter 21 March 1894 to Elon WRIGHT retired farmer Effects £104 12s. 4d.