Charles & Mary Coldridge of Exeter

Charles May COLDRIDGE, born in Exeter in 1810, is the elder son of Charles & Mary COLDRIDGE of Exeter. He married Mary at the age of 24 in Exeter and they had 5 children – 2 sons and 3 daughters – the last two born in the North West. After Charles emigrated to South Africa, Mary moved to Exmouth and is later recorded in Bristol and London.

Charles May COLDRIDGE's marriage to Mary Anne Covell GREGORY, born around 1814, the only daughter of J. GREGORY of St. Thomas, was recorded on 30th September 1834 in Exeter St Thomas, noted as All Hallows Goldsmith St.

1841 census for Exeter

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Exeter St David
Waterloo Cottage
Charles COLDRIDGE
Mary COLDRIDGE
Henrietta COLDRIDGE
Emily COLDRIDGE
Elizabeth BROWN
Charlotte LINKHAM
Mary BARTRUM
30
20
3
1
30
20
40
Head
Wife
Daughter
Daughter
Ironfounder



Servant
Servant
Servant
Exeter St Thomas
Cowick St
Jane GREGORY
Edward COLDRIDGE
Jane COUNTER
65
5
20
Head
GSon
 

In 1841 Charles & Mary are living in Exeter St David with their 2 younger children and Charles is working in his father's iron foundry. Their first son is in Exeter St Thomas with his grandmother.

Edward Hull COLDRIDGE's baptism was recorded on 23rd March 1836 in Exeter St Thomas.

Henrietta Covell COLDRIDGE's birth was registered in September 1837 in St Thomas.

Emily Ursula COLDRIDGE's birth was registered in June 1840 in Exeter.

1851 census for Exmouth

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Exmouth
Littleham
Bicton Street
Mary COLDRIDGE
Henrietta COLDRIDGE
Emily COLDRIDGE
Augustus COLDRIDGE
37
13
10
4
Head
Daur
Daur
Son
Officers Lady
Scholar
Scholar
Scholar

In 1851 Mary is living in Exmouth with her daughters and youngest son:

Augustus Mervin COLDRIDGE's birth was registered in June 1847 in Manchester.

The following record is for the only other Coldridge in the North West, but I am not sure she is Charles & Mary's daughter as she does not appear in any of the censuses:

Caroline Eliza COLDRIDGE's birth was registered in March 1849 in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Charles May and his brother George had apparently moved to South Africa before 1851 as their names appear on a petition in the Grahamstown Journal of 2nd March 1850. Also, the Graaf-Reinet Herald carried the following notice from Charles on 15th June 1853:

Arrived per 'Centaur' and will be here very shortly, a small lot of CUTLER'S SUPERB RIFLES. Made expressly to order, to suit the wants of our Frontier farmers. These beautiful guns have been pronounced by some of our keenest sportsmen to be the best shooting guns ever to be imported into the Colony. Prices very moderate. Further particulars in a future advertisement. C. M. COLDRIDGE. Graaff-Reinet 1st June 1853.

1861 census for Bristol

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Clifton
7 Park Place
Eleanor COLDRIDGE
Augustus COLDRIDGE
45
13
Lodger
Lodger
Fundholder
Scholar

In 1861 Charles & Mary's son Augustus is recorded in Bristol. Eleanor is widowed so may not be his mother Mary Anne, but the census record gives no further clues.

1871 census for London

Address Name Age Relation Occupation
Kensington
1 Basing Rd
Mary A COLRIDGE
Augustus COLRIDGE
58
23
Head
Son
Annuitant

In 1871 Mary Anne and her son Augustus, recorded as COLRIDGE, are living in Kensington, London. There is no further record of the family in the UK censuses and no death registrations have been found.

 

While searching the English newspaper archives, I came across the following article, much syndicated in 1867, which presumably refers to Charles COLDRIDGE:

Fight with Snake – Mr. Coldridge had a long and severe fight with large black ringhals on the Whittlesea road. He was passing on horseback when he observed the reptile lying by the side of the road, and with first instinct of a colonist he resolved to despatch it. He consequently alighted and made towards the snake, which at once sheered off. With a thick sjambok Mr. Coldridge struck at it repeatedly; but, although it is generally acknowledged that one blow is sufficient to dislocate the vertebrae of the largest snake, this one received all the blows showered upon it without being apparently affected. At length it assumed the offensive, and, hissing with rage, charged several times straight at the gentleman. By a great exercise of agility these attacks were avoided, although the snake got so close at one time as to discharge a quantity of nauseous saliva in the face of Mr. Coldridge. This, fortunately, did not enter the eye, or the result would have been to cause blindness for a period. After a running fight of a quarter of an hour, and when its fangs had been broken by a blow with the sjambok, it was at length despatched with a large stone.

The newspaper archives also provided the following announcement of Charles' death:

Charles COLDRIDGE's death, aged 66, was recorded in 1876 in Whittlesea, South Africa, on September 19th according to a notice in the Exeter & Plymouth Gazette.

 

The following records relating to Charles & Mary's son Edward were found on the British 1820 Settlers website and Ancestry South Africa archives:

Edward Hull COLDRIDGE's marriage to Sarah Elizabeth LOXTON was recorded on 20th April 1857 in Queenstown, South Africa. Edward is recorded as a sheep farmer residing in Tylden park, Queenstown, Sarah as a minor, daughter of Samuel & Emily LOXTON, residing Whittlesea.

Rosalie Evangeline COLDRIDGE's marriage to Robert William GRAY, solicitor, was recorded on 13th February 1884 in Grahamstown, South Africa. Rosalie is noted as a minor, daughter of Edward Hull COLDRIDGE, both residing Grahamstown.

Edward Hull COLDRIDGE's death was recorded on 18th January 1904 in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Sarah Elizabeth COLDRIDGE's death was recorded on 29th May 1919 in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Sarah Elizabeth COLERIDGE of Grahamstown Cape Province South Africa widow died 29 May 1919 Administration (with Will limited) London 1 April 1921 to Bertram LOWNDES assistant bank manager the attorney of Lennox Llewellyn GIDDY. Effects £708