Family History


I would love to hear from you about this. Susan Martin. martis1@hotmail.co.uk CHARLES BRIDGER Born: 1814 Chichester Father: John Bridger Mother: Catherine Saxby Baptised: 9/5/1814 The Close Chichester Died: 24/10/1873 Chichester Buried: 28/10/1873 St Peter the Great, Chichester from West End, Chichester Married: 27/10/1844 St Peter the Great Chichester Spouse: Mary Ann Biles Baptised: 25/1/1818 Bosham Buried: 16/8/1884 Chichester cemetery, pauper’s grave Parents: David Byles & Mary Wilkins (David a gardener) Children: James Biles (known as Bridger) born1843 Eliza Ann Bridger born 1845 Chichester Mary Ann Bridger born 1846 Chichester John Charles Wilkins Bridger born 1848 Chichester J John Saxby Bridger born 1850 Chichester Walter Bridger born 1852 Chichester Catherine Bridger born 1854 Chichester Elizabeth Margaret Bridger born 1856 Chichester Sarah Bridger born 1858 Chichester 1841 census: Residing with sister Catherine Pescott, Occupation: Bricklayer. Mary Ann a servant in Slindon 1844 onwards, Residing Tower St, Chichester 1858: birth certificate of Sarah. Residing crane Street Chichester. Occupation: bricklayer (journeyman) 1861 census: Residing Chapel St, Chichester. Occupation: bricklayer (journeyman). James Bile living with them, Occupation: jobbing labourer 1871 census: Residing Tower St, West End, Chichester. Occupation: bricklayer. Daughter Eliza Brown, widow, annuitant living with her children at her parents 1873: Died of typhus fever 1884: Death registered by daughter Mary Ann Bridger. Cause of death: Bright’s disease ELIZA ANN BRIDGER Born: 1845 Chichester Father: Charles Bridger Mother: Mary Ann Biles Baptised: 23/3/1845 St Peter the Great Married: 1867 Chichester Buried: 24/1/1919 Portfield cemetery Spouse: George Brown Died: Probably 1870 Chichester Married: Chichester 1872 Spouse: William White Born: 1830 Birdham Children: Georgiana Bridger b 1865 Chichester SEE Brown & White line MARY ANN BRIDGER Born: 1846 Chichester Father: Charles Bridger Mother: Mary Ann Biles Baptised: 8/11/1846 St Peter the Great Buried: 22/6/1863 St Peter the Great, from Tower Street JOHN CHARLES WILKINS BRIDGER Born: 1848 Chichester Father: Charles Bridger Mother: Catherine Saxby Baptised: 20/7/1848 St Peter the Great Buried: 25/1/1864 at St Peter the Great (from Tower St) Note: known as Charles JOHN SAXBY BRIDGER Born: 1850 Chichester Father: Charles Bridger Mother: Mary Ann Biles Baptised; 5/1/1851 St Peter the Great Died: 1926 Steyning district Married: 1876 Chichester district Spouse: Ellen Hoare Born: 1850 Arundel Died: 1893 Brighton Married: 14/1/1896 Henfield parish church(witnessed by William White and James Wilfred White) Spouse: Ellen White Born: 1860 Henfield Parents: James Wilfred White, farmer Children: Ernest James Bridger born1879 Brighton John Saxby Bridger born 1882 Brighton Ellen M Bridger b 1886 Brighton Winifred Bridger b 1896 Brighton George Bridger born 1904 Brighton 1867: Joined railways January 1867 recommended by Mr Elstone, worked from Billingshurst No 53 gate London, Brighton & South Coast Railway 1868: 30/5/1868 porter Southwick 1871 census: Residing Purbrook, Billingshurst as a lodger. Occupation: railway porter 23/10/1871 made a shunter, Brighton Upper Yard. Salary: £1 a week 1872: Made goods guard, Brighton. £1.4s a week 1881 census: Residing 74 New England St, Brighton, Occupation: railway goods guard. 1891 census: Residing 30 Melbourne St, Brighton. . Occupation: Railway guard 1896: marriage certificate. Residing 33 Richmond Road, Brighton. Occupation: railway guard. Ellen residing Henfield. 1901 census: Residing 160 Upper Lewes Rd, Brighton. Occupation: railway guard. Living with them Wallace West stepson aged 12 (born Stepney), John Douglas 66 boarder (iron turner) and Mrs Sarah Seagrest, sister-in-law, 27 born Henfield. Father-in-law James M White born Woodmancote about 1838 a farmer Broadmere Common, Henfield 1903: Brighton Upper Yard. Incapacitated 27/7/03, resumed duties 12/12/03 1908: Goods guard. Salary £1.5 a week 1910: Retired for pension 28/1/1910 1911 census: Residing 97 H Road, Brighton. Occupation: railway guard pensioner In later life apparently lived as a tramp residing between Portsmouth and Brighton Ernest James Bridger born 13/7/1879 Brighton married 1906 Maud (no trace of marriage – may have been abroad) born 1882 Brighton. Children: John Bridger born 1908 Brighton; Edward Bridger born 1910 Brighton Admitted to Lancastrian School Chichester 5/6/1893 , left 20/8/1894 1901 census: Boarder at 71 Franklin Rd, Brighton. Occupation: painter 1911 census: Residing 11 Ruskin Road, Hove. Occupation: navy pensioner and house painter. With them his son/stepson Ernest Emery born 1903 John Saxby Bridger born 10/11/1882 30 Melbourne Street Brighton 1882: Birth registered by father 21/11/1882 1901 census: Residing with father. Occupation: tailor Ellen M Bridger. Born 1886 Brighton 1901 census: Housemaid at 29 Buckingham Place, Brighton 1911 census: Cook at 28 Montpelier Crescent, Brighton CATHERINE BRIDGER Born: 1854 Chichester Father: Charles Bridger Mother: Mary Ann Biles Baptised: 30/4/1854 St Peter the Great Married: 1875 Chichester district Spouse: William Henry Lawrence Born: abt 1850 SEE LAWRENCE, CATHERINE file ELIZABETH MARGARET BRIDGER Born: 1856 Chichester Father: Charles Bridger Mother: Mary Ann Biles Baptised: 28/10/1856 St Peter the Great Married: 1876 Chichester Spouse: Charles Seamark Born: 1833-1839 Middlesex Died: 1892 Chichester aged 52 Married: 23/4/1894 Chichester Spouse; Charles Biles Born: 1862 Chichester Father: Richard Biles see BILES & SEAMARK file SARAH BRIDGER Born: 1858 Chichester Father; Charles Hudson Mother: Mary Ann Biles Baptised: 21/11/1858 St Peter the Great Spouse: Richard Hudson see HUDSON, SARAH file WALTER BRIDGER Born: 16/3/1852 Chichester Father: Charles Bridger Mother: Mary Ann Biles Baptised: 2/5/1852 St Peter the Great Died; 19/7/1930 Jarvis Brook, Crowborough Buried: Fishbourne (see Note 1) Married; 6/1/1876 Steyning Spouse: Charlotte Standing Born: 1852 Steyning Died: 18/1/1929 Jarvis Brook, Crowborough Buried: Fishbourne Parents: William Standing (baker) Children: William C Bridger born 1876 Chichester Walter J Bridger born 1877 Chichester Alice M Bidger born 1879 Chichester Bessie Bridger born 1881 Fishbourne. Charlotte L Bridger born 1884 Fishbourne. Dora S Bridger born 1889 Fishbouirne Albert Edward Bridger born 1901 Fishbourne 1871 census: Residing Jarvis Lane, Steyning. Lodging with Mary Ann Slater, herbalist, quack doctor. Occupation: railway porter 1881 census: Residing Fishbourne Rd, Fishbourne. Occupation: signalman on LB&SC Railway 1891 census: Residing Fishbourne Rd, Fishbourne. Occupation: railway signalman 1901 census: Residing New Fishbourne. Occupation: railway signalman. Adopted daughter may White aged 6 born Chertsey living with them 1911 census: Residing Railway Cottages, New Fishbourne. Occupation: signalman. Granddaughter Bessie Harding aged 4 with them, and daughter Dora. Known as ‘peg-leg’ as he had a wooden leg There are comprehensive details of his funeral In Fishbourne Methodist church there was a tablet “In loving memory of Walter and Charlotte Bridger who for many years served the lord faithfully in this church “Their children arise up and call them blessed” “ From the Observer & West Sussex Recorder wed 30/7/1930 The late Mr W Bridger Old Fishbourne resident’s death Mr W Bridger aged 78 died at Jarvis Brook [near Crowborough] on Sat 19 July where he lived for 11 years since retirement from the railway after 51 years mostly spent at Fishbourne Junction signal box. He was for many years the treasurer of the old ASRS (local branch). He was also a member of Fishbourne PCC. He was connected with the Primitive Methodist Chapel for over 57 years including 46 yrs as its Sunday School Secretary, Society Steward and Circuit Steward of the old Chichester circuit. He was predeceased by his wife 18 months ago The funeral was conducted at Fishbourne Church by the Rev N Shaw (Rector) and chief mourners WC Bridger his son (Bognor); Mr & Mrs A Mason [Alice](Chichester) Mr & Mrs Harding [Bessie](Portsmouth) Mr & Mrs Ousley [Charlotte] Mr & Mrs Thrift [Dora](Crowborough) Mr & Mrs Holdsworth[May White & Ber](Hounslow) daughters and sons-in-law: Mrs L Lawrence (Portsmouth), Messrs A & W Mason [Arthur & Walter](grandsons) also Miss G Harding [Gladys](granddaughter) Mr G R Standing JP [George](grandson) Miss F Standing [Fanny] (Worthing) brother & sister-in-law also Mrs Turner and Mrs Andrews nieces and Mrs Hughes Cousin [last three have been unidentified] Then follows list of other mourners including Misses E & M Powell (life long friends) Then a long list of floral tributes William Bridger. Born 22/4/1876 Chichester. He married 1902 Fishbourne Ethel Mary Elizabeth Forfeit born 26/8/1879 Rotherfield, daughter of George Forfitt, coal merchant Died 1/7/1948 Children: Charles J Bridger born 13/8/1904, Edgar Forfeit Bridger born 11/10/1909, George Walter Bridger born 24/8/1919 (married 1946 Durham district Mary J King. Two daughters) 1901 census: Residing with parents. Occupation: learner on LB&SCR He attended Lancastrian school from 16/1/1888. Later occupation was as a clerk 1909 living Crowborough. 1911 census: Residing Station Road, Jarvis Brook. Occupation: manager for coal merchant, carrier and contractor. Wife assistant in business. Her grandfather Owen Forfitt aged 79 living with them He later lived in Bognor with Emmy. Walter James Bridger. Born 31/10/1877 Chichester. Killed 5/1/1909 Attended Lancastrian school 1888-11/9/1891. Walter born 17/10/1866 Walter B (218) adm 27/11/1879 father James coach painter left 26/11/79 1901 census; patient Hospital, Heart Rd, Bowling Green Horsham. Occupation: railway porter 5/1/1909 accidently killed whilst at work on LB&SCR Wandsworth box, Clapham Junction. Buried 9/1/1909 Fishbourne. He had been living 15 Aliwal Rd Battersea and engaged to Emma Tilley of Mitcham. Obituary Chichester observer 13/1/1909 Killed on the line- young signalman’s sad end The funeral took place at Fishbourne church on Sat 9th Jan 1909 of Walter James Bridger aged 31 who died 4 th January 1909. He worked for the London & Brighton South coast railway (LB&SCR) for 16 years; lately stationed at the new Wandsworth box Clapham Junction. He booked on for duty at the station bur never got to the signal box. A verdict of accidental death was recorded at the inquest. He was to have been married in early February. He was liked and respected by all who knew him. One of the chief railway officials said that he had lost one of the best men in their employ. The funeral procession from the house was headed by 30 railway employees in uniform (from Clapham Junction, Mitcham, West Croydon, Battersea Park, Balham and Chichester) Mourners: parents: Miss E Tuley (Mitcham) brothers and sisters WC Bridger (Crowborough) Mrs A mason, Mrs J Harding & Misses L & D Bridger. Uncles – Mr G Standing (Havant) Mr W Standing (Steyning) Mr A Standing (West Grinstead) and Mr J Bridger (Brighton) Aunt Miss F Standing Sister-in-laws Mrs WC Bridger, Brothers-in-law Mr A Mason and Mr J Harding Rev Batty and Rev J Jefferson Mr R Jupe (YMCA secretary) and others Thanks for support was expressed by Mr & Mrs W Bridger and Miss R Tuley Buried 9/1/1909 Fishbourne churchyard Alice Mary Bridger born 31/71879 Chichester. Married 7/9/1905 Fishbourne Arthur Mason born 1881. They had 7 children, three of whom died in infancy. Died 24/12/1957 29 Bognor Rd Chichester where she had lived all her married life Children: Arthur George Mason born 1906 Chichester; Walter William Mason born 1908 Chichester; Edward Charles Mason born 1909 Chichester 1901 census: residing Heatonleigh, North Parade, Horsham. Occupation: cook/domestic for Cuthbert Suther, General in Marines. Sister Charlotte also working there. 1911 census: Residing 27 Bognor Road. Occupation: shinter (shunter?) Bessie Bridger born 16/1/1881 Fishbourne. Died 1959 Catherington Married 1905 Jesse Harding born 3/3/1879 Fisbourne.. He died 13/4/1950 Catherington. 1901 census. Residing: Bognor. Occupation: domestic servant 1911 census: Residing 10 St Ann’s Crescent, Forton. Occupation: private Royal Marines Jesse was a Marine, when he retired he worked as a butler for Sir and Lady Douglas Smith, Government House, Portsmouth and then as grounds man when it became army officers’ quarters. 10/1/1941 bombed out from Portsmouth and moved to Hazeldene, Victory Ave, Horndean Children: Bessie Charlotte (Betty) b 7/5/1906 married Clifford le Miatre in Jersey. William Jesse (Bill) born 4/5/1907 married 5/10/1929 Daisy. She died 1930, he remarried Ethel Clark b 11/6/1904. Both died in 1980s. (One son, one daughter); Dora Elizabeth Harding b 2/10/1909. married Jack Carpenter. After his death she remarried Frank Butt, she died 1998, Frank 1987. She had one son before marriage, and two sons and a daughter with Jack Carpenter; Alice Gladys Harding (Lally) b 10/8/1911 married in Jersey Clifford Hingston. She died 1989, Clifford in 1970s. (One son, one daughter); Ethel Mary Harding (Pickles) b 14/9/1915 married Albert George (Pim). He died 1988. (Two sons); Muriel Violet Harding (Moo) married 4/10/1946 Frederich Nagler b 26/11/1920 in Austria. 2 sons, one daughter; Bertha Iris Harding (Pete) b 10/9/1923 married 16/8/1950 Ernest Hunn. (One son, one daughter). Ernest died 23/6/1986 Charlotte Lilian Bridger (Lottie) born 11/8/1884 Fishbourne. Died 1975. Married 1919 Sidney Ousley who died 9/12/1958. Children: Doris Lilian Ousley born 22/1/1920. (Married Ron Tadd. 2 sons); Sidney Walter Ousley born 3/10/1922. died Dec 2002. (Married Hazel. One son, 2 daughters); William Barrington Ousley (Bill) born 18/4/1925 married Dorothy (Hazel’s sister). (One son, one daughter) 1901 census: Residing Horsham. Occupation: housemaid with sister Alice 1911 census: Residing Brockhurst House, Brockhurst Road, Gosport. Occupation: Housemaid to Arthur Deakin, Lieutenant Royal Marines Dora Standing Bridger (Dolly) born 8/11/1889 Fishbouirne. Married 1915 Barrington F H Thrift born 16/8/1891. he died 9/7/1931. Remarried 1938 Will Knight born 11/5/1884. He was a widower with a son George. Dolly and Barry had adopted a baby Enid Mary who died 15/2/1934 aged 3. Dolly & Will lived 109 Pavilion Rd, Worthing (article in Walsall Observer 14/4/1994 Marriage memory is just the ticket) 1911 census: Residing with parents. Occupation: mother’s help Albert Edward Bridger born 15/5/1901 Fishbourne buried 30/11/1902 Fishbourne Adopted daughter? May Smith born 11/1/1895 Chertsey. Married Bert Holdsworth. One illegitimate daughter who was adopted and one daughter with Bert.