Du Boulay's Coleridge of Devon

In 1900, when he was in his late 60s, James Thomas Houssemayne Du Boulay produced a hand-drawn family tree entitled "Coleridge of Devon" based upon his research in Dunsford, Doddiscombsleigh and Exeter. It is interesting for its coverage of the early Dunsford family wills, which were destroyed in the Blitz, although some of his conclusions are quite speculative.

His interest in the COLERIDGE family, the Exeter branch in particular, appears to have come about as follows. His older sister, Maria Elizabeth Houssemayne DU BOULAY, married Rev. George HILL in 1849, and their daughter Maude Eleanor, born around 1860, marrried Henry Hill COLERIDGE, the only surviving son of John & Eliza COLERIDGE of Ilfracombe, in 1897.

Here is a link to a scanned image of Du Boulay's Coleridge of Devon family tree. The text below is my transcription of this tree reorganised for easier reading.

My notes and comments are shown in square brackets. Abbreviations: PR = Parish Record. DFHS = Devon Family History Society. IGI = International Genealogy Index. BMD = BMD Indexes.

Coleridge of Devon

For early records of this family in Devon see a "History of the House of Arundel" by John Pym Yeatman. London 1882. Michell and Hughes 140 Wardour St. Page 337. The name was variously spelt from the earliest times. In the 14th Century various individuals of the name are mentioned in the parish of Dunsford, such as William Colrigge Robert COLRYGGE etc. Dunsford may be regarded as the probable cradle of the existing family, which can be traced back to the adjacent parishes of Drewsteignton, Dunsford and Doddiscombsleigh. There is evidence to show that these families were closely connected. The family of the poet COLERIDGE and the present Lord COLERIDGE is traced to John COLERIDGE living at Crediton in 1715. Observe the connection of the last Humphrey COLERIDGE with Crediton.

The Registers of Dunsford & Doddiscombsleigh have been searched and the Probate Registry at Exeter, also the Register of St Thomas and of St Leonard's Exeter have been examined for verification of dates.
J T H DuBoulay. Sept 1900.


Richard COLRIDGE mentioned in Dunsford Register as father of John.C. 1619

Richard COLRIDGE's sons

Humphrey COLERIDGE Yeoman. held land in Drewsteignton xxi. James. Y [1624]
Humfrey COLRIDGE of Wallon in Drewsteignton. Will dated 28 Jan proved Dec 1647. leaves Wallon in trust for only son Humfry at 18 [so born after 1630] (the mother --- Michell. of Alfington being dead) otherwise to go to testator's "cozen Robert COLRIDGE". bequests to poor of Drewsteignton and Dunsford "a gift" to "brother John" and bequest to James son of brother John. also cozens Robert & Mary C.
[Humphrey's son]
Humphrey "COLERIDGE" (so in index) of Wallon Drewsteignton yeoman. sole son and heir of Humphrey COLRIDGE
W. at Somerset House dated 1669. (March proved Dec 15) mentions Wife Elizth daur of John ELLARD of Alphington but now of Crediton. Son Humphrey a minor [so born after 1650] and "a babe unborn" also mentions his cousin Thomas COLRIDGE of Dunsford. [PCC will]
[Humphrey s/o Humphrey's son]
Humphrey [born between 1650 and 1669]
John living in 1647 "son of Richard COLREDGE" ["brother John"]
In Dunsford Reg. father of
Grace bapt 1 [?] bur. 1620 [PR Duns. bur. 19 Mar 1620/1]
William bur. 1625 [PR Duns. bur. 29 Apr 1625]
James bapt 1619 [PR Duns. bapt. 26 Mar 1619] has legacy £5 in Humphreys Will
Alice bapt 1621 [PR Duns. bapt. 7 Jan 1621/2]
Other children mentioned in Will 1647.
no further record of this family in Dunsford Reg
[PR Duns. Alice COLRIDGE bur. 18 Aug 1621. w/o John]
William COLRIDGE yeoman of Dunsford.
[PR Duns. Jane(?) COLRIDGE bur. 27 Mar 1637. w/o Wm.]
Will dated 28. Sept 1643 proved 3.Nov.1643.
mentions sons Thomas and Richard. daurs Joan and Ann (Yelland) and Mary Yelland apparly granddaughter. John WHITE the Exor being dead Admon granted to Grace C. the relict. [William's widow]
The relationship to Richard COLRIDGE is only highly probable. In the Will the name is spelt COLDRIDGE

William COLRIDGE's sons

William son of William C. [PR Duns. no bapt. found]
bur 17 Sept 1643 at Dunsford [PR Duns. (pre-dates his father's 1643 will)]
Thomas son of Wm C
bapt 7 July 1622 at D. [PR Duns.]
mentioned as cousin in Will of Humphrey C. 1669. no further mention in Register at D
Richard son of Wm C.
bapt D 1624 [PR Duns. bapt. 21 Mar 1624/5]
mar. before 1665 Grace --- who was bur. D. 13 Jan.1675/6 [PR Duns.]
"Richard COLRIDGE of Farrants" Dunsford (still a freehold estate) had 3 or 4 children baptized at D. he migrated to Doddiscombsleigh and married 2ly Susanna --- (Will at Whitston 1718)
Richard COLRIDGE was bur at Doddiscomb. 18.Jan 1699/1700. Will dated 24 May.1698 (2 days after burial of William C.) proved 3 Jan 1700/1. Exor wife Susanna. son Charles. mentions a Elizabeth [but no mention of his son Richard!!!]
[see family below]

Richard & Grace's family

William COLRIDGE prob. b. at Dunsford before 1665
farmer at Dodd. in 1691
a Reg. at Crediton collection made a accordance [?] With a brief for great loss by fire.
Joan his wife bur. at Dodd. 20 Nov.1695 [PR Dodd. Wife of William COLRIDGE]
William C. bur. 22.May.1698. [PR Dodd.]
Charles COLRIDGE bapt Dunsford 1665. [PR Duns. bapt. 14 Feb 1665/6 "son of Richard COLDRIDGE of Farranth"]
mar.2 May 1695 in Exeter Cathl. cetat. 29 to Elizth MAJOR both of Doddiscomb.
bur. Dodd. 21.May.1721 [PR Dodd.]
Admon. 1721
Richard COLRIDGE bapt Duns. 25.Apr.1667 [PR Duns.]
mard. 1ly about 1687 Joan ----
2ly about 1706 Anne ---- who survived him and was bur. at Dodd. 29.Aug.1741 [PR. mar. before 1704]
"Richard CORNISH the younger" apparently migrated to Exeter before 1705. [children bapt. Doddiscombsleigh]
he was bur. at Dodd. 28.Jan.1718/9 [PR Dodd.]
Will of Richard COLRIDGE of Doddiscomb. Yeoman dated 26 Jan.1718 proved Jan 1719/20
Anne C. the relict. and sons John and Charles Exors. names children John Charles Richard Thomas Joseph Benjamin also a daur Grace to whom he leaves £100 at 21 and a child unborn [Jane b. 1719] and mentions the leasehold estate of Bagwell in Dunchideock and the freehold of Whitemore in Doddiscombsleigh (value £200) and Goosemore. [76 acres in 1850]
4 of his children died in Feb. March 1736
[see family below]
Elizabeth b. Duns. 2 June 1672 [PR Duns.]
bur. Dodd. 1 Jan.1728 [PR Dodd.]

Richard COLRIDGE's daughter

Elizabeth b. 1695. [PR Dodd. bapt. 30 May 1695 ]
bur. 1705 [PR Dodd. 3 Jun 1705]
"daur of Richard C. of the city of Exeter"

Richard & Joan COLRIDGE's family

Joan b. 1687. [PR Dodd. 5 Dec 1687]
bur. 1697 [PR Dodd. 22 Aug 1697]
daur of R and Joan
Richard b. 1699. [PR Dodd. 4 Feb 1699/1700]
bur. 1703 [PR Dodd. 26 Sep 1703]
John b. 1. Ap. 1701 [PR Dodd.]
John COLRIDGE bur 2 Aug 1751 [PR Dodd.]
Charles [PR Dodd. bapt. 7 May 1703]
bur. Feb. 1736 [PR Dodd. 2 Mar 1736/7]

Richard & Anne COLRIDGE's children

Grace [PR Dodd. bapt. 8 Mar 1704/5. d/o Rd. & Anne]
bur. Feb. 1736 [PR Dodd. 24 Feb 1736/7]
Richard [PR Dodd. bapt. 10 Jul 1707]
bur. Feb. 1736 [PR Dodd. 9 Feb 1736/7]
Thomas COLRIDGE bapt Dodd 26. Jan. 1709/10 [PR Dodd.]
mar. Mary ----
Thos. COLDRIDGE bur. Dodd. 23 June 1787 [PR Dodd.]
Will (dated 10 June proved 3 Sept. 1787) of Thos COLDRIDGE now of St Thomas Exeter (endorsed also Doddiscombsleigh) Gent. Mary COLDRIDGE and John JUTSUM Exors. mentions Richard and his wife Ann & children John and Charles. son Thos. daughter Mary. wife of Philip MORRIS. bequeaths annuities out of rents of his estate as long as his interest therein should continue.
[see family below]
Joseph [PR Dodd. bapt. 27 Nov 1712]
bur. Mar.1720/1 [PR Dodd. 23 Mar 1720/1]
Benjamin [PR Dodd. bapt. 23 Dec 1714]
bur. 2 Mar.1736 [PR Dodd. 7 Mar 1736/7]
Jane daur of Rd. C. decd. and Ann
bapt Ap. 19. 1719 [PR Dodd. bapt. 19 Apr 1719]
bur. Dodd. 1721 [PR Dodd. 10 Mar 1720/1]

Thomas & Mary COLRIDGE's family

  This family baptized as COLRIDGE adopted the spelling COLDRIDGE
Richard "COLERIDGE" so in Reg. bapt. Dodd. 12. Mar 1746/7 [PR Dodd.]
Mar. Anne ---- about 1775 [PR Duns. mar. Ann MAY 23 Nov 1775]
[see family below]
Mary [Anne] [PR Dodd. bapt 16 Jul 1752]
bur. 17. May 1760 daur of Thos and Mary COLERIDGE [PR Dodd.]
Thomas "COLERIDGE" bapt. Dodd. 7 May 1750 [PR Dodd.]
Thos "COLDRIDGE" mar. 1780 Mary WILLIAMS at Dodd. [PR Dodd. 12 Dec 1780]
Mary [PR Dodd. bapt. 18 Jan 1755]
mar. Philip MORRIS [DFHS/IGI m. 23 Dec 1781 Exeter St Mary Major]
[Grace] [PR Dodd. bapt. 3 Jan 1758]

Richard & Ann COLERIDGE's family

  This family though COLERIDGE in the Register always spelt their name COLDRIDGE
Thomas "S of Rd. and Ann COLERIDGE."
bapt. Dodd. 25.May 1776 [PR Dodd. bapt. 29 May 1776]
not living 1787 [PR Dodd. bur. 1 Aug 1776]
John "S of Rd. and Ann COLERIDGE".
bapt. Dodd. 17 Sep 1777 [PR Dodd.]
Land surveyor St Thomas parish then St Leonard's Exeter
mar. Elizabeth HALLETT [DFHS m. Eliz. HOLLET 26 Mar 1799 Withycombe Raleigh]
[PCC will dated 1845]
[see family below]
Charles "S. of Rd. and Ann COLERIDGE"
bapt. Dodd. 17 Jan 1780. [PR Dodd. bapt. 30 Jan 1780]
Ironfounder in Exeter
mar. HALLETT [DFHS/IGI m. Mary HOLLET 7 Oct 1809 Exeter St Mary Arches]
[3 children]
Charles May [IGI bapt. 13 Aug 1810 Exeter St Mary Arches]
George [IGI bapt. 27 Jun 1813 Exeter St Mary Arches]
Emily [IGI bapt. 14 Aug 1822 Exeter St Mary Arches]
Emilie COLDRIDGE "gentlewoman" mar. at St L. 20.Oct 1840 to Edward Hunt ROBERTS Attorney [BMD Dec 1840 St Thomas]
Ann "Coleridge" bapt at S.Thomas Exeter 1784

John & Elizabeth COLDRIDGE's family

  This family though COLERIDGE in the register spelt the name COLDRIDGE, except two, John and Ernest who formally adopted COLERIDGE.
Samuel Taylor "S. of John COLERIDGE Land Surveyor and Elizabeth his wife" bapt in S.Thomas Exeter. Jan.1.1800 [IGI]
in register John Taylor cf. similar error in Burial of John Viney COLERIDGE 23 March 1803 called on tombstone William Viney COULDRIDGE.
[DFHS/IGI mar. Maria POWNING 1 Apr 1826 Exeter Holy Trinity]
[DFHS/IGI Maria bur. 14 Dec 1829 Exeter St Leonard]
[see family below]
Charles b.1801 S. Thos. d. Oct 1801 [IGI bapt. 6 Oct 1801 bur. 8 Oct 1801]
Ann b.1802. S. Thos. [IGI bapt. 24 Oct 1802] burnt to death. 1808
Ernest not in register [IGI bapt. 1 Aug 1804 Exeter St David]
Army surgeon H.E.I.C.S (1)
[DFHS. mar. Sarah NEALE 13 Sep 1828 Exeter St Sidwell]
[d. 1877 Wellington, New Zealand]
[6 children]
Austen Ernest [PR bapt. 18 Sep 1829 Fowey]
George Tuyll [DFHS b. 30 Jan 1831 bapt. 28 Apr 1833 Exeter Holy Trinity]
John Newton [DFHS b. 25 Sep 1832 bapt. 28 Apr 1833 Exeter Holy Trinity]
Henry [PR bapt. 13 Aug 1836 St Marylebone]
Celia Elizabeth [PR bapt. 7 May 1840 Ireby, Cumberland]
Jean Marie Sutherland [bapt. 17 Jun 1847 Bombay. d. 11 Feb 1851 Jeypoor]
[Richard] [IGI bapt. 31 Aug 1806 Exeter St Mary Arches]
[Charles] [IGI bapt. 23 Oct 1808 Exeter St Mary Arches]
[IGI bur. 24 Feb 1833 Exeter Holy Trinity]
Ann bapt. 1808 St. Leonards [no record found]
died unmarr. about 1827
John bapt at St Leonards. Exeter March 18.1810. [IGI bapt. 18 Mar 1810 Exeter St Leonard]
s. of John COLERIDGE Land Surveyor and Elizabeth.
In the med. service. HEICS. 1837 afterwards in Holy Orders 1845.
(2) Asst. Chap. Hosp for consump. IofW. 1872
mar. 1848 Eliza. dau. Rev John HILL St Edm. H. Oxf. [BMD Oxford]
d.1881. [BMD d. Dec 1881 Isle of Wight]
[see family below]
James b.1812 [IGI bapt. Jul 1812 Exeter St Leonard]
d.1813 St. L. [DFHS bur. 7 Mar 1813 Exeter St Leonard]
Eliza b.1814 [DFHS/IGI bapt. 11 Jan 1814 Exeter St Leonard]
d.1819 St. L. [DFHS bur. 5 Apr 1819 Exeter St Leonard]
Theodore bap. 7.A.1816. St.L. [DFHS/IGI 7 Apr 1816 Exeter St Leonard]
in Holy Orders. church in Exeter. Rector All Hallows Goldsmith St. d.s.p. about 1850
[d. Jun 1851 BMD St Thomas]
Walter bapt Ap.9.1819 St. L. [DFHS/IGI bapt. 9 Apr 1819 Exeter St Leonard]
Colonel H.E.I.C.S died [unm]. [???]
mar. Emily Howard. dau. of William ROLFE of Thornbury
[Probate d. 5 Jan 1864 Heidelberg]
Celia bapt 1821 St. L. [DFHS/IGI 1 May 1821 Exeter St Leonard]
died unm. [???]
mar. John Henry MANBY Major H.E.I.C.S [BMD 1864 Henry John MANLEY]
[H.E.I.C.S. Honourable East India Company Service]

Samuel Taylor & Maria COLDRIDGE's family

Samuel Powning b.1827 [DFHS/IGI bapt. 22 Feb 1827 Exeter Holy Trinity (b. 14 Jan 1827)]
matr. oxf. 15 May 1845 "s. of Sam. Taylor COLDRIDGE of Exeter. arm." BA. 1849.
Vic. of Ide Devon 1877-86
Mar. (1) Mary WILTON dau. of T.W.WILTON of Gloster [BMD Mar 1863]
[3 children]
[Mary Louisa b. 1865 d. 1879]
Amy Beatrice b.4 July 1871. mar.Ap.19.1893 [BMD Jun 1893 mar. Arthur GIFFARD]
Harry Wilton b.23 June 1873 [BMD Jun 1907 mar. Anna LANDON. d. 1923]
(2) mar. Katherine dau of Charles Ginkell LANDON Cap. H.E.I.C.S
[BMD Sep 1884 Axminster mar. Katharine LANDON]
[Eliz. Powning] [DFHS/IGI bapt. 2 Aug 1828 Exeter Holy Trinity]
[DFHS bur. 24 Oct 1829 Exeter St Leonard]

John & Eliza COLERIDGE's family

a son d. infancy
Sophia Eliza b. Mar 5.1850.
mar. Nov 1887 John MILLS. Dep Ass. Surg. gen. ret.d. [BMD I.Wight]
[3 children]
Margaret Sophie b. Oct 26 1888.
John Coleridge b. Jul.24 1890
Lucy Eirene b. Jan 7. 1893.
Margaret b. Jan 18.1852 [BMD Edmonton]
[d. 1919 BMD Newton Abbot]
John Edmund b. Dec 30 1853 d. Oct 10.1854
Henry Hill b. Aug 15.1855
Civil Eng.
mar. Oct 21 1897 Maude Eleanor HILL. [BMD Salisbury]
[d. 1922 BMD Barnstaple]
[1 son]
Reginald Ernest b. Aug 21 1898
Kate b. May 13 1857 [BMD Barnstaple]
mar. Ap 19.92 Rev Noel Luke ASPINALL. [BMD I.Wight]
Mary Havergal b. Oct 24.1859 [BMD Barnstaple]
[d. 1935 BMD Barnstaple]
Annie Isabel b. May 31 1862 [BMD Barnstaple]
[d. 1947 BMD Honiton]