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Saturday, 10 March 2018

Titheridge surname in the Poor Law Union Gazette

Alverstoke Parish Church 

The Poor Laws

In 1834 the government reformed the poor law system, joining parishes into Poor Law Unions, an early local government unit. These Poor Law Unions took over responsibility for administering poor relief and existed in England from 1834 to 1930. Each Poor Law Union was run by an elected Board of Guardians. Every Union had its own workhouse and poor relief was intended only to be given in the workhouse. The Poor laws aimed to discourage the poor from seeking relief by forcing them to enter the workhouse; if a person didn’t want to enter the workhouse they did not really need relief. There were exceptions were made for the old, sick, and widows with dependent children.

The Poor Law Gazette

Poor relief was expensive to the unions and if a family were in need of poor relief because the breadwinner had deserted the family then the unions wanted to find the absconder. To help find the deserters the paper “The Poor Law Union Gazette” was established in 1842 on the recommendation of the Poor Law Commissioners. It gave information on people who were being sought because they have deserted their families. It was published weekly and distributed to other unions throughout the country and sold for two pence. Each Union published a list of people they were seeking. Information was encouraged by a substantial reward. A typical entry would list the name of the person being sought, who they had deserted and where they might have gone.

We have found two Titheridge Family members who appear in The Poor Law Gazette, both listed under the parish of Alverstoke, Hampshire.

James Titheridge of Alverstoke

In the Poor Law Union Gazette on 17th August 1878 the following entry appear for James Titheridge, from Alverstoke. It reads:

“James Titheridge, lately residing on the Little Beach, Gosport. 41 Years of age, 5 feet 11 inches high, thinly built, hair light brown, eyes blue, complexion fair, visage long, thin light whiskers, and has a peculiar look with right eye: Bracelet, half moon and star in blue ink on right wrist, scald mark on one of shin bones; dressed in black felt hat, black cloth walking coat, Bedford cord trowsers and vest, lace-up boots, and mauve and black necktie. He is a Cooper by trade, and has a brother working in Deptford Dockyard.
One Pound Reward; information to the Clerk or to Mr Geo. Pearman, Relieving Officer, April 1878.

James was obviously elusive as they continued to publish James’ name until 3 June 1882, although the description did change to

“James A Titheridge, a cooper by trade, about 44 years of age, nearly 6 feet high, of slight build, light brown hair, blue eyes, fair complexion and thin light whiskers when he ran away. A bracelet mark in blue ink on right wrist. Has relations in Deptford Dockyard and Royal Clarence Victualling Yard, Gosport. Wife and six children.”

We have been able to identify James as one of nine children born in 1838 to Henry Titheridge and Agnes Taylor in Alverstoke. James married Eliza Williams in Portsmouth, St Thomas in July 1866 and they had seven children, two of whom died young. James and Eliza were living together on the 1871 census at 29 King Street Alverstoke with children Georgina Rhoda Agnes and James Henry. In the 1881 census Eliza is living on her own at 3 Lord Nelson Passage, Alverstoke with five children Rhoda 13, Henry 11, George 8, Eliza 6 and Florence 5 (the two eldest children are now known by their second names).  James had an older brother, Henry, who left Alverstoke for London in 1860. On the 1871 census Henry was working a cooper in Deptford, hence James’ connection to Deptford Dockyard.

There is no further record of James that we have identified beyond the 1871 census. We cannot find him on the 1881 census and we can find no record of his death.

Richard Titheridge of Alverstoke

The second record we found in The Poor Law Gazette was on 5 December 1885 under the Parish of Alverstoke and it reads

“Richard Tetheridge was formerly a cooper in Royal Clarence Victualling Yard, about 50 years of age, fresh complexion, proportionately built. Wife and 5 children. This man may now be working at Deptford Dockyard in an assumed name.”
One pound Reward:. Information to Mr C Pearman, Alverstoke; or to Superintendent Catchlove, Police Station, Gosport who hold the warrant”.

This appeared in the Gazette from 5 December 1885 until 4th September 1886.

Unfortunately we don’t know if he was found. We also don’t know who Richard was. There is a possibility that he is the cousin and the brother in law of James above but we cannot say with certainty. The age, occupation and number of children do not match but we cannot find another Richard Titheridge to fit the bill. So the identity of Richard remains a mystery.

If you can add any more information to this story please let us know.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

The Birth of a New Surname Variation – Tedridge

A Misspelt Surname

Two months ago I was in Cardiff Registry Office waiting to register the death of my aunt.  At the counter was a gentleman in a very heated argument with the Registrar’s Assistant. He was waving a birth certificate in one hand and a driving licence in the other hand.  His complaint was that he had registered the birth of his child a few weeks ago and the surname on the certificate was spelt wrongly, despite the fact that he had given the registrar his driving licence to spell the surname. The assistant politely told him that when he registered the birth he was given the chance to check the certificate.  Since he had confirmed the accuracy of the certificate at that time the surname could not be changed. The only option was to change the name by deed poll at a cost. This incident took place in 2017 when we can all read and write - no wonder surname changes happened historically.

Ernest Percival Tedridge

The surname Tedridge is an illustration of how misspelling can create a new surname.  There is no record of anyone born with the surname Tedridge before 1912.  In September 1912 the birth of Ernest Percival Tedridge was registered in Southampton.  His birth certificate shows he is the son of Amelia Tedridge, hotel waitress of Southampton. He was born on 26 August at 1a Chilworth Road, Shirley Warren, Southampton.  The birth was registered by J C Young who described themselves as “occupier 1a Chilworth Road”, it was not registered by the parents or other relative. Since there are no Tedridges before this birth we can only conclude that the mother was in fact Amelia Tidridge not Amelia Tedridge.  Amelia Minnie Tidridge was born in 1891 one of eleven children born to Harry John Tidridge and Emma Louise Newman.  Harry and Emma Tidridge lived in Silverdale Road, Southampton just 3 miles away from where Ernest was born.

The Tedridge Surname

It therefore appears the birth of Ernest was erroneously registered as Tedridge.  Ernest kept his new surname and went on to marry Elsie. Their children and following generations kept the new family name of Tedridge.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

A Tidridge Wedding

Recently someone commented that one of my posts was not very cheerful. On reflection this is true and many of the blogs cover sad stories. The reason is that it seems easier to find bad news in the papers and records than good news. I've written about war deaths, accidental deaths, murder, railway accidents, cemeteries, infant mortality, suicides and tuberculosis and I still have lots more of these sort of tales! However this is my 100th family history blog - so to celebrate I have found a happy story!

So here is an article that appeared in the Hampshire Telegraph over 84 years ago, giving a very full description of a Hampshire wedding that took place in Southampton in 1933.

Hampshire Telegraph 14 July 1933

A Hedge End Wedding Party

Miss Ethel Clark and Mr Walter Tidridge were the bride and bridegroom

Considerable interest was shown in the marriage which was solemnized at the Parish Church of St John’s, on Thursday afternoon in last week, between Miss Ethel Frances Clark, daughter of the late Mrs Clark and of Mr G Clark, of Hillsbrow, Hedge End, and Mr Walter Sidney Tidridge. The Rev. Evan Jones, Vicar of Hedge End, officiated and Mr F Stafford Silverlock was at the organ. The bride, who was given away by her father, was attired in a bridal gown of ivory crepe-de- Chine with veil and coronet of orange blossom. She also wore a crystal necklace (the gift of the bridegroom) and carried a shower bouquet of white carnations. There were seven bridesmaids, the Misses Daisy Tidridge (sister of the bridegroom), Amy Barfoot, Mabel Barfoot, Ella Farmer, Peggy Goodall, Myra Farmer (nieces of the bride), and Florence Sawyer (friend of the bride). The elder bridesmaids wore floral georgette dresses with tiaras of carnation petals and pearls and carried bouquets of pink carnations, while the smaller bridesmaid wore dresses of eau-de-nil crepe suede with small caps of net and buttercups, and carried posies of choice yellow flowers.  The bridegroom’s gifts of the elder bridesmaids were butterfly wing and silver compacts from Rio, while the little ones received necklaces also from Rio. As the bride and bridegroom left the church Master Donald Goodall, on behalf of his father who was unable to attend, presented a floral horse shoe to the bride.  Mr George Tidridge (brother of the bridegroom) was best man. The bridegroom’s mother wore a dress of grey with coatee and a navy blue hat to tone. She also carried a bouquet of lilies. A reception was held at the St John’s Room, the wedding cake being made by Miss Wells, a friend of the bride. Later the happy couple left for Sway, the bride travelling in a dress of cherry red  crepe-de-Chine with brown coat and hat.

Walter Tidridge was the youngest of eleven children born to Harry Tidridge and Emma Newman between 1884 and 1905 in Southampton.  Walter was born on 13th August 1905.  It was 6th July 1933 when Walter married 26 year old Ethel Frances Clark at Hedge End, Southampton.

What makes the story extra happy is that Walter and Ethel went on to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary in 1983.  When Walter died in 1990 the couple had been married for an amazing 57 years.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Titheridge (1857 – 1918)

Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Titheridge R.V.O.  R.N. was a well-respected naval officer who died 100 years ago today. This is his life story.

Benjamin Titheridge’s Family

Benjamin Titheridge was born 26 June 1857, one of 13 children born to William Henry Titheridge and Elizabeth Ann Baird. The family lived in Alverstoke, Hampshire at 11 Stocks Yard in 1861 and 9 Forton Road in 1871.

Benjamin was twenty five years old when he married Louisa Pope on 26 March 1882 at Portsea, All Saints. They had seven children:

  • Ruth Titheridge born 1882 died 1899 aged 16
  • Benjamin James Titheridge born 1884 died 1951, married Eva Wells
  • William George Titheridge born 1886 died 1890 aged 4
  • Arthur Horace John Titheridge born 1887 died 1963, married Celia Walker
  • Ethel Louisa Titheridge born 1892 married, Thomas Potts
  • Beatrice Dorothy Pamela Titheridge born 1893, married Frederick Gibbins
  • Harry Percival Titheridge born 1899 died 1970, married Edna West

Benjamin’s wife Louisa died on 18 December 1906, leaving Benjamin with three children under 14. A year after Louisa’s death Benjamin married Lizzie Rebecca Phillips on 28 December 1907 at Forton, St Johns.

Benjamin and family lived at a variety of addresses around Alverstoke and later Southampton.  Their known addresses are:

  • 1886 Stoke Road, Gosport
  • 1891 38 Prince Alfred Street, Gosport 
  • 1906 Park Road, Gosport 
  • 1907 15 Forton Road, Gosport
  • 1911 49 Millais Road, Itchen, Southampton
  • 1912 115 Obelisk Road, Woolston, Southampton

Benjamin Titheridge’s Naval Career

Benjamin joined the Royal Navy sometime between 1871 and 1875.  This was a career that was also followed by two of his brothers, James and John. Benjamin remained in the Royal Navy until his retirement in 1912. His service number was 53111. His naval records show he was promoted to Gunner on 20 March 1885; promoted to Chief Gunner on 20 February 1904; and promoted to Lieutenant on 30 September 1909.

The records also show glowing reports about him and show he was an excellent seaman. These are as some of the comments by his superiors. In 1886 it is recorded “very good, smart respectable recommended for promotion”. In December 1890 his superior wrote “very good specially recommended for advancement”. In 1910 he is described as “A first rate officer. Quiet and firm. Very strongly recommended” and “all very good, zealous and good manager of men”

It is known that he served on the following Navy vessels

  • In 1881 HMS Wolverine
  • In 1885 HMS St Vincent 
  • In 1887 HMS Craysfoot 
  • In 1895 HMS Orlando
  • In 1901 HMS Trafalgar
  • In 1901 His Majesty’s Yacht Osborne
  • In 1908 His Majesty’s Yacht Alexandra

On 2 November 1909 he was made a member of the Royal Victorian Order, this is a British honour given by the monarch to people who have served them. The Royal Victorian medal was presented by King Edward VII.  The entry appears in the London Gazetter on Tuesday 9 November 1909 and reads
“Chancery of the Royal Victorian Order, St James’s Palace, November 9 1909.
The King has been graciously pleased to make the following appointments to the Royal Victorian Order to take effect from the dates noted:
To be a member of the 5th class
2 November 1909 Lieutenant Benjamin Titheridge, Royal Navy, His Majesty’s Yacht Alexandra”

Lieutenant Benjamin Titheridge MVO was placed on the retired list on 26 June 1912.  With the approach of World War 1 on 2 August 1914 Benjamin was reappointed to “HMS Pomone” Royal Naval College at  Dartmouth. HMS Pomone was used as a training ship. Benjamin continued on the staff of the naval college and on 30 September 1917 he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander.

Benjamin Titheridge’s Death

Benjamin died 23 January 1918, aged 60, at his home at 115 Obelisk Road, Woolston, Southampton after developing pneumonia. He was buried in St Anne’s Hill Cemetery, Gosport (Plot 31a 113).  He was survived by his wife Lizzie who died in 1929 at Southampton.

A photograph of Benjamin’s grave can be seen at the following link War Graves Photographic Project

The following funeral notice appeared in the local paper.

Hampshire Telegraph 01 February 1918


The funeral of Lieutenant-Commander Benjamin Titheridge, M.V.O., R.N., took place at Ann’s Hill Cemetery on Monday afternoon with naval honours.  The coffin enclosing the remains had been brought from Sholing, where Lieutenant-Commander Titheridge died, to the Gosport railway station.  It was there met by a Naval funeral party under the command of Lieutenant Sidney Crabb R.N. and there was a large attendance of commissioned and warrant officers.  The coffin was placed on a Naval field-gun carriage, on which it was borne to the cemetery. The following officers being the pall bearers:  Lieutenant-Commander G H Colwill M.V.O. R.N.,  J E Edwards R.N.,  G Hogg R.N.,  R Arnold R.N.,  J H Jarvis,  H W Eason R.N.,  and A Gamblin  R.N., Commander Shrubsole R.N.R. represented the Commander in Chief.  Following the gun carriage were private mourners, who included Messers A Titheridge and H Titheridge (sons).  Mrs T S Potts and Mrs F J Gibbins (daughters).  Lieutenant Titheridge and Mr Jack Titheridge (brothers).  Mrs Emma Bryan, Mrs Talford and Mrs Godden (sisters).  Mr Will Godden and Mr Cecil Titheridge (nephews).  Messers J Redman, W A Phillips and Talford (brothers in law) and Beal (Southampton).  At the cemetery the cortege was met by the Rev. C Carey, M.A., Vicar of St Johns Forton, by whom the service was conducted. At the close three volleys were fired over the grave, and the “Last Post” sounded.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Tuberculosis a Common Cause of Death

Cause of death

Have you ever looked at the cause of death of your ancestors? 

There are several places you can research this. The easiest way, is to buy a death certificate. These can now be obtained electronically from the GRO website for £6 each ( GRO link )If death was unexpected or suspicious you may find the inquest reported in the local papers. These articles are free to search but cost to access the articles ( Newspaper link  ). Occasionally the minister at the church recording the burials may add cause of death, especially if it is something unusual. You may also find some details in old hospital records ( example of hospital records )

Research shows that in 19th and first half of the 20th century the cause of death was very different from today. Today the main causes of death are heart disease, cancer, stroke whereas in the nineteenth century one of the biggest cause of death was tuberculosis, followed by other infections such as pneumonia and diarrhoea. Simple infections often had deadly results. It was only in 1928 that the first commercial antibiotic was discovered and it was 1940s before antibiotics were routinely distributed among the general public. Death also occurred much earlier and in 1915 the average life expectancy was 48 for males and 54 for females compared with 79 and 83 today.


Tuberculosis (TB) is one of these infections that took the lives of many people. In the nineteenth century the disease tended to affect young adults and was more prevalent in women than men. It is known by many names and you will also see it written as tuberculosis, TB, Consumption, Phthisis, White Plague and Potts disease. Tuberculosis is caused by bacteria that mainly attack the lungs but other parts of the body are also attacked. It leads to a persistent cough and other symptoms may include losing weight and appetite and a fever. The disease is spread through the air, so a person suffering TB can pass it on by coughs or sneezes. For most people the body’s immune system attacks the bacteria and you don’t get ill, but the disease can lie dormant for years. Before 1949 the only known treatment for TB was rest, good food, gentle exercise and time. In many cases this did not work. It was 1949 before the antibiotic, streptomycin, was first used to cure a patient. Treatment is now antibiotics taken over a long period of time. Between 1851 and 1910 nearly 4 million people died in England from TB.

So far I have come across two young family members who have died of TB.

Alfred William Tutheridge (1906 -1923)

Alfred William Tutheridge was born in the Peckham district of London on 21 February 1906, son of Alfred John Tutheridge and Jemima Alice Thomsett. He was one of one of seven children. Alfred was christened on 15 Jun 1911, with three of his siblings, at Christ Church, Greenwich. The 1911 census shows the family living at 42 Marlston Street, Greenwich, later they moved to 6 Fingal Street. Alfred was admitted to the Greenwich Union Infirmary with TB and hospital records show he died there on 27 January 1923 aged just 16. He was buried on 2nd February 1923 at Greenwich Cemetery. Later in the same grave are buried his father Alfred William (1929), his mother Jemima Alice (1942) and his sister Florence Maud (1933).

Sophia Tytheridge(1826 - 1853)

Sophia Tytheridge was born Sophia Cunningham about April 1826 in Liverpool. The 1841 census shows her living with her aunt and uncle, John and Catherine Courtney and her mother and two sisters. Nineteen year old Sophia married William Henry Walter Tytheridge at St Luke’s Chelsea on 24 May 1845. William was a senior clerk in the General Record Office of Somerset House. The family were relatively well off, with William described as a gentleman on the baptism records. Sophia and William lived at 23 St John’s Terrace Kensington and other addresses in Chelsea. There were three children from the marriage Henry Burton Holdup Tytheridge born 1847, Walter Robert Tytheridge born 1849 and Elizabeth Sophia Tytheridge born June 1853.

Sophia developed TB around the time of the birth of baby Elizabeth. She died as a result of this six months late on 13th December 1853 age just 27 years. The death certificate records the cause of death as “Phthisis 6 months certified”. Sophia was buried on 20 December at the Brompton Cemetery London. Her Uncle John Courtney had died just two months earlier and when Sophia died her Aunt Catherine requested Sophia be buried in the family plot. Her letter reads “I request my grave be opened to receive the remains of my niece Mrs Sophia Titheridge on 20th December” signed Catherine Courtney of 3 Old Cottages Brompton. Later in the same grave were buried Catherine (1879), Sophia’s mother Elizabeth Sophia Cunningham (1885) and Sophia's sisters Elizabeth and Anne Cunningham (1899).

After Sophia’s death husband William was left with three children to look after, Henry 6, Walter 4 and Elizabeth 6 months. By the 1861 census he had employed a governess, Caroline Sarah Dredge, to look after the children. In December 1862 William married the governess Caroline who was twenty years his junior. It was 1880 when Caroline died and 1886 when Willliam died.

These are just two of our ancestors who were victim of Tuberculosis. If you have ancestors that contracted TB please tell their story in the comments section below.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

William Titheradge Trade Unionist and Labour Councillor

Below is a newspaper report of the death of one of the Titheradge family members in Portsmouth in 1955. William is one of our ancestors who was an active Trade Unionist and member of the Labour Party.

Portsmouth Evening News on 4 April 1955

Death of Councillor W J Titheradge

"Councillor William Joseph Blaik Titheradge of 51 Cedar Grove, Copnor died at his home on Saturday afternoon after two weeks illness.  He was 59.

He had served on the City Council for nearly eight years as a Labour member.

A native of Portsmouth he had been engaged in the Dockyard as an electrical wireman since 1909 apart from service in World War 1 with the Portsmouth Battalion (15th Hants) in France and Germany.

He was a member of the Transport and General Workers Union and for more than 12 years was Secretary of Portsmouth branch No 296. He also served as a member of the Executive of the Portsmouth Labour Party.

Councillor Titheradge was first elected to Portsmouth City Council as a representative of St Mary Ward in November 1945. He was defeated in May 1949, regained the seat at a by-election in February 1950 but was unsuccessful at the 1951 election. In 1952 he regained St Mary Ward and in 1953 on the redistribution of the wards was allocated to Paulsgrove. He was due to seek re-election next month.

As a member for the Paulsgrove Ward he was interested in the many problems of the new estate and contributed largely to the inauguration of the Hillsley Road bus service.

He leaves a widow one son and one daughter.

The funeral service will be held at Copnor Methodist Church on Tuesday followed by interment at Milton Cemetery."

William Joseph Blaik Titheradge

William Joseph Blaik Titheradge was the eldest of four sons born to Joseph Blaik Titheradge and Ada Caroline Matthews in Portsmouth. His middle name “Blaik” is named after his grandmother Mary Ann Blaik. He was born 8 May 1895 but was christened at the same time as two younger brothers at Portsea, St Mary on 6th December 1900. The family’s address was given as 42 Railway View, Fratton where the family were still living on the 1901 census.

In 1904 two of his siblings died aged 4 and 2. In the same year William's father Joseph died leaving Ada with two children to support, William aged 9 and Walter aged 5. Joseph had been a leading stoker in the Royal Navy and as result the boys were sent to a Naval Orphanage in Commercial Road, Portsmouth after their father's death . When that closed they went to Swanage orphanage. The grave of William’s parents and brothers is in Kingston Cemetery a photograph can be seen at this link below

The 1911 census sees 15 years old living William living with his mother and maternal grandmother at Liverpool Street, Fratton, his occupation given as messenger.

With the outbreak of World War 1 William joined up and served in the Hampshire regiment. He joint the 15th Battalion which was raised in Portsmouth in 1915 and this was one of the many Pals Battalion, known as "Pompey Pals Battalion". He was a private, regimental number 55417 and was awarded the Victory Medal and British Medal.

After the war in 1920 William married Emma Dorothy Higgins in Portsmouth. They had two children a boy and a girl.  On the 1939 Register William and Emma are living at 51 Cedar Grove with their young daughter while their son is away from the hazards of Portsmouth and living and going to school in the New Forest

William enjoyed an active life in both the Labour Party and Trade Union movement. He died on 2 April 1955. Probate records show he left his widow Emma £1872 3s 6d. Emma survived him by 19 years dying in 1974 in Portsmouth.

If you can add anything to this story please get in touch. 

Thursday, 7 December 2017

The Unusual Use of Surnames in Two Cousins

The surnames of Titheradge, Hine and Emblin

Kingston Cemetery - Brambles Plot
Titheradge family grave on the very back row

George and Elizabeth Emblin

George Emblin was a naval man who resided in Portsea in 1841. George had married Elizabeth Harrow in Stoke Dameral, Devon in January 1813. On the 1841 census George and Elizabeth had seven children, including two girls Sarah and Emma. Sarah was baptised on 6 March 1825 in Portsea St Mary and Emma was baptised 30 January 1827 in Portsea St John.

Sarah Isabella Emblin

The eldest sister, Sarah, married in Alverstoke, Hampshire on 13 January 1848.  She married George Robert Titheradge, an accountant and son of Christopher Titheradge. George and Sarah had 8 children born between 1848 and 1864.  The children were
•           George Sutton Titheradge born 1848 died 1916 in Australia (George became a famous actor)
•           Ernest Montague Titheradgen born 1850 died 1851 aged 1
•           Augustus Fabian Titheradge born 1852 died 1877 aged 25
•           Sarah Ann Elizabeth Adela Titheradge born 1853, married Frederick Watts
•           Blanche Titheradge born 1857, married George Watts
•           Herbert Hine Titheradge born 1 December 1859 died 1926, married Emma Watts
•           Annie Ada Titheradge born 1862
•           Robert Titheradge born 1864 died as an infant in1864

Sarah died in the June quarter of 1864 either in childbirth or shortly after childbirth. In 1867 George remarried to Sarah Perren.

One thing that struck me was the very distinctive names given to some of the children and the use of Sutton, Montague, Fabian and Hine as middle name. I knew Sutton was the surname of their paternal grandmother, Martha Sutton and that Fabian was surname of paternal great grandmother, Mary Fabian, but I had no idea about Montague and Hine. The origin of the name Hine came from unexpected source as you will see.

One other unusual thing is that 3 of the siblings, Herbert, Blanche and Sarah (known as Adela), married into the Watts family of Bungay in Suffolk.

Emma Emblin

Sarah’s younger sister, Emma, married four years later when she was 25. Emma married Thomas Merit Hine, a gunner in the Royal Navy, on 25 October 1852 at Portsea, St Mary. Emma and Thomas had 6 children born between 1852 and 1866. The children were
•           William Hine born 1852
•           Montague Hine born 1857
•           Herbert Titheradge Hine birth registered Jan 1860
•           Ada Hine born 1862
•           George Martin Hine born 1864
•           Henry (or Harry) Augustus Hine born 1866

Emma lived until 1902 and died at the age 75 at The Yorkshire Grey public house Portsmouth where she and Thomas were living with their son Herbert, the proprietor of the pub.

Two Herberts and the Unusual Use of Surnames

There is a noticeable similarity in the names of the children of these two sisters, both sisters use Montague, Herbert, Ada, George and Augustus. 

More surprising is the fact that when Sarah and Emma both had sons around December 1859 they both gave their son the same first name, Herbert. More unusual is the fact that each added a middle name that was the married surname of their sister. This is certainly not something I’ve ever come across before

Hence we have two cousins born very close together one called Herbert Hine Titheradge and one called Herbert Titheradge Hine. Imagine the confusion for the grandparents trying to differentiate the two grandsons!

Herbert Titheradge

Herbert Hine Titheradge worked as a tailor. He married in 20 November 1881 in Bungay, Suffolk to Emma Watts. They had 3 children Blanche born 1889, Alice born 1892 and George Augustus born 1896. The first two children were born in Maldon, Essex and the third child was born back in Portsmouth. Herbert continued to live in Portsmouth until his death. He died suddenly on 22 March 1926 in Portsmouth aged 66.  Herbert is buried in the family grave in Kingston Cemetery. The records show it is a brick grave in Brambles plot (row 1 grave 10 ) and contains  Herbert Hine died 1926 with 5 others  - George Robert Titheradge (Herbert’s father died 1871), Sarah Isabella (Herbert’s mother died 1864), Augustus Fabian (Herbert’s brother died 1877), Robert (Herbert’s brother died 1864) and Emma (Herbert’s wife died 1936).

Herbert Hine

Herbert Titheradge Hine was in the navy and worked as a ships steward. Herbert married Maria Laura Bond in 1884 in Portsea. They had eight children.  In later life Herbert worked as a Hotel proprietor. Herbert died on 2 May 1932 age 72 in Portsea. The family continued to use the surname Titheradge as a middle name for at least one of their children Leslie Titheradge Hine born and died in1889.

Please get in touch if you can add any more to the story.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

St Patrick's Cathedral New York

Reverend Joseph A Tytheridge of St Patrick's Cathedral

St Patrick's Cathedral, 5th Avenue, New York

New York New York

My Daughter and I have just returned from a week in New York. Our travels took us down the famous 5th Avenue. There between 50th and 51st Street and opposite the Rockefeller Centre we saw the inpressive St Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral which was built in 1858 - 1878 in neo-gothic style. Inside the cathedral was beautiful and below I have shared with you some of the pictures of stained glass windows, mosaics and statues - it was a place of beauty and the pictures do  not do it justice.

It was here that Joseph Tytheridge was priest for fourteen years during the period 1926 - 1940. This was the period when the Rockefeller skycraper buildings were appearing across the street.  This was also time the famous statue of Atlas holding up the heavens, which was created by Lee Lawrie in an art deco stye, was installed opposite the cathedral steps in 1937.

Joseph Tytheridge

I originally wrote about Joseph in February 2015. The story can be reread at this link.

click here for the earlier blog on Joseph Tytheridge

Since that time I have found a copy of his obituary which is shown below and summarises his life.

Obituary from Sullivan County Record

Thursday 3 July 1952, Sullivan County Record, Jeffersonville New York


Rev. Joseph A. Tytheridge, pastor at St. Peter’s Catholic Church at Liberty since Nov. 1, 1949, died at Liberty-Loomis Hospital early Friday morning. He was taken to the hospital at 1:15 a. m. Thursday and died at 1:55 a. m. Friday.

Father Tytheridge, who served several pastorates in the metropolitan area, including 12 years as assistant priest at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City, was born in New York May 6, 1896, the son of Joseph and Mary Bell, Tytheridge. He is survived by one brother, Harry D., of New York.
Father Tytheridge was graduated from St. Charles Borromeo Elementary School, New York, and from All Hallows High School, New York, and from Cathedral College, New York. He studied at North American College in Rome, and was ordained at St. Paul Latteran Church in Rome May 26 1923. His first appointment was to St. John The Baptist Church at Dunwoodie, N. Y.

Prior to coming to Liberty Father Tytheridge was administrator at Immaculate Conception Amenia Church, New York City. He served as assistant priest at St. Patrick's Cathedral from 1926 to 1940.

Divine office was recited at 10:30 Monday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Liberty, for Father Tytheridge. There was a solemn high requiem mass at 11 a. m. Monday at St. Peter’s. The body was taken New York Monday afternoon where there was a solemn high mass at the Church of Our Savious, 183rd St. and Washington Avenue, The Bronx, Tuesday. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn.

We now believe that the link below, showing a picture of a gravestone in Calvary Cemetery, is his gravestone

click here to see the gravestone

Views inside beautiful St Patrick's Cathedral where Joseph worked for 14 years

pictures of the statue of Atlas opposite the cathedral

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

John Tytheridge’s Journey from Kent to South Africa

How the surname Tytheridge reached South Africa

John and Sarah Tytheridge (Tutheridge) of Kent

The story begins in Kent with John Tytheridge and Sarah Saunders in the early nineteenth century. John and Sarah had various versions of their surname spelt Tetheridge, Tutheridge and Tytheridge. They had 11 children born between 1820 and 1840. One of these children Elizabeth, born about 1828, had a son John Tytheridge who was born December quarter of 1847. In 1851 Elizabeth married Obed Wickens. The families were living in the villages of Sundridge and Chevening in Kent.

John Tytheridge born 1847

On the 1851 census John Tytheridge was living with his grandparents John and Sarah in Chevening Kent.

On the 1861 census John was living with his aunt and uncle, Benjamin and Margaret Talbot, in Chipstead Village, in the district of Chevening, Kent. Margaret was 34 (born in Sundridge about 1827) and John was 13 (born in Chevening in 1848)

On the 1871 census John Tytheridge was at Fulford Gate, Yorkshire and was now in the army as a private in the 7th Hussars at the York Cavalry Barracks.  John’s age was given as 22.

The Family of John and Caroline Tytheridge 

On 9 January 1873 John Tytheridge married Caroline Elise Clark at Hounslow, the witnesses at the wedding were James New and Mary Wickens. John remained in the army and the children of this marriage were born in various Army towns. The children were:

Carynthia Elise Tytheridge born March 1874 in Elham, Kent christened at Shorncliffe, Kent

John Stanley born 19 February 1876 in West Derby, Lancashire

Bertie Cecil born 12 April 1878 in Dublin

Harry Aubrey born  February 1880 in Tipperary, Ireland and died aged just a few weeks old with the death registered in June quarter Clogheen, Ireland

Reginald Jack born September 1881 in Eton, Berkshire

On the 1881 census Caroline and three children were at Staines Road Court, Wraysbury, Buckinghamshire but John was not at home, presumably he was posted somewhere with the army.

In January 1881 John was listed as a Junior Quarter Master in 7th (Queen's Own) Hussars. Early in 1882 Sergeant John Tytheridge, purchase his discharge from the British Army after serving 11 Years and 141 days. It was noted he was a regimental farrier major. The records suggest he was probably discharged in South Africa.

Arrival and Life in South Africa

On the 11 April 1882 the SS Drummond Castle set sail from the East India Docks, London to Cape Town, South Africa. On board were Mrs Tytheridge and her four children, Carynthia 8, John 6, Bertie 4 and Reginald 1 and a half. I cannot imagine travelling all that way on a boat with four small children. The Tytheridge family disembarked at Durban. Life was obviously hard in South Africa and later in 1882 John was declared insolvent.

The first South African family record found is Carynthia Elise, aged 16, marrying on 16 October 1890 to a wagon maker Albert Edward Water (or Waller) in Ladysmith, Natal, South Africa.

When the Second Boer war broke out it would appear that John and his two sons joined the South African forces.  There are records available for the “Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902” showing war medals given for the 2nd Boer war. The records show:-

John Tytheridge (Service number 1185) was Regimental Farrier Major in 1 Brabant's Horse The notes state: “QSA Clasps: We,W,CC,T”

J S Tytheridge (Service number 933) was Corporal in Kaffrarian Rifles. John Stanley was also listed as in 2nd Brabant’s horse and later in South African Constabulary.  He was a blacksmith and enlisted at Modderfontein on 27 December 1900 for 1 year at a wage of 5 shillings per day.  He was discharged on 26 December 1902, with an address in Johannesburg.

B C Tytheridge (Service number 895) was Corporal in Kaffrarian Rifles The notes state; “QSA Clasps: We,W,CC,T”.  Bertie enlisted on 5 November 1900, but no further details of his service were found.

So far no records have been found for the deaths of John and Caroline. There are no records for Reginald so it is probable that Reginald died young.

John Tytheridge’s Grandchildren via Bertie Cecil Tytheridge

John’s son Bertie was a carpenter after the Boer War. He married Lillian May and they had at least one child, a son also called Bertie Cecil. He was baptised on 6 August 1905 in the Cape of Good Hope. Sadly records show that 8 month old Bertie Cecil Tytheridge died on 27 September 1905 in Hallet Street, East London area of South Africa, cause of death Whooping Cough and Bronchitis. So far no further records of this family have been found.

John Tytheridge’s Grandchildren via John Stanley Tytheridge

John Stanley Tytheridge married Edith May Judson.  Edith was born 29 May 1878 and died in 2 January 1956 in Kabuli Newcastle, South Africa. John died some time before 1959. John and Edith had six children, they were:

Stanley John (1907 -1975)
Stanley was born 6 April 1907 in Memel and died 22 November 1975.  He was a farmer who resided in Rommel, Memel. He was single.

William Edward (1909 – 1954)
William was born 10 February 1909.and died 8 May 1954. He married Beatrice Purkiss (1916-1973) and they had two children.

Norman Victor (1910 – 1963)
Norman was born November 1910. He was a blacksmith who lived in Rommel.  He died 25 December 1963.  He was single.

Emily Beatrice (1912 – about 1959)
Emily was born about 1912 and died in 1959 in Pretoria area. She was single.

George Ernest (1914 – 1959)
George was born 1914.  He was a farmer in Rommel.  He was single.

Percy Cecil (1917 – 2011)
Percy was born 5 October 1917. He was a shunter on the South African Railways.  On 16 September 1942 he married Beryl Mavis Wright (born 20-3-1924). They had two or three children. Percy died 31 May 2011. It is possible that Percy may have married a second time to Thelma Doreen Ainsworth (1916 - 2002).

Pictures of Tytheridge Family Graves in South African

Edith May died 1956 aged 87
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Beatrice died 1973 aged 57
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Clive James Anthony died 1974 aged 32
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Stanley John died 1975 aged 68
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George Ernest died 2000 aged 41 and Thelma died 2002 aged 85
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Today there are still Tytheridges living in South Africa.

Finding records in South Africa has been difficult, so if you can provide any additional information please get in touch.  The task has been made more difficult by corruptions of the name during transcription of records to variations such as Lytheridge and Fytheridge.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Early Titheridge records from Hereford - January 1628

Cathedral in Hereford
Cathedral in Hereford

These days more and more genealogy records are appearing on line.  You would expect this would help to sort out some of the missing links in our family history which indeed they do. However in reality the increasing number of records tends to create as many mysteries as they solve.  An example of this is a batch of records that I saw on line for the first time last month.

Titheridge Records from Hereford St Peters

The records are early records from the Parish Church of St Peters in Hereford.

They show the following records

26 January 1628 Thomas Tytheredg marries Elizabeth Davis at Hereford, St Peters

Thomas and Elizabeth then go on to have the following children all baptised in Hereford, St Peters

  • Thomas Tetheridge baptised 16 December 1629
  • William Tetheridge baptised 1635
  • John Tetheridge baptised 1636
  • James Tetheridge baptised 1638
  • William Tetheridge baptised 1640

There are no other records for the family name in Herefordshire - no future births, no marriages, no burials. The only other early records I have in Hereford is in 1798 when a parcel of meadow called “Titheridge Moore” is sold in the parish of Staunton upon Wye, Herefordshire 10 miles from Hereford .

How do the Hereford record relate to the Hampshire Records?

These records from Hereford cover the years 1628 to 1640 and pre-date our main family records of John Titheridge and Ann Quallett who marry in Cheriton in 1664. However they do not predate our earliest records of Richardus Tetridge of Avington / Chilcomb Hampshire who died in 1542.

So the records raise the following questions:

  • What happened to this family after 1640?
  • Are the Hereford family related to our Hampshire Titheridges who lived over 100 miles away?

If you can provide any records to give the answers to the questions raised please get in touch

Friday, 13 October 2017

Titteridge and Titeridge - extinct surnames?

Titteridge / Titeridge

Titteridge is one of the rarest versions of our family surname. I believe it is now extinct – but if you know otherwise please let me know. This version is sometimes spelt Titeridge and sometimes Titteridge. A search of these surnames on genealogy websites gives you quite a lot of records but most of the records are erroneous forms of the surname Titheridge. Some of these errors come from transcribing the records while other errors are erroneously written in the original documents. There are three main sources of the Titteridge / Titeridge surname.

Titteridge / Titheridge in Kingsclere and Basingstoke

The earliest records are between 1688 and 1755 when there are records of Titheridges in Kingsclere and Basingstoke, Hampshire.  These surnames are sometimes written as Titheridge and sometimes Titteridge.  No records have been found in the area after 1755.  I have no idea if or how these individuals are related to the main family of Titheridges from Cheriton.

Early Titteridges in London

In the early eighteenth century the surname Titteridge appears in the Westminster area of London.  The name occurs in the Westminster Births, Marriages and Deaths records between 1693 and 1766 and the Westminster Rent books for the period 1717 – 1765. No records for these families have been found after 1766. Records for these times are limited and when found can be difficult to read and often uninformative.  I have been unable to establish where these Titeridges / Titteridges have come from.
Are they native to London and not related to our family tree?
Are they related to the main Titheridge family from Cheriton?
Have they migrated from Kingsclere and Basingstoke area?
I do not know the answer to the questions posed so if you have the records that will give the answers please get in touch. Tracing family history often leads to a series of questions rather than answers.

Titeridges of Salisbury

There is one Titeridge / Titteridge family group that I can trace with certainty and these originate in Salisbury, Wiltshire.  Both spellings are used within the family but the one with a single ‘t’ is the most common. I do not know if this family group is related to the Titheridges of Cheriton.

The first reference to the name is in 1770 when Thomas and Mary Titteridge are in Salisbury. They have five children

  • Elizabeth baptised 14 June 1770 in Salisbury St Thomas buried February 1773
  • Charlotte baptised 8 June 1771 in Salisbury St Edmund
  • Sophia baptised 4 November 1772 Salisbury St Edmund buried 15 May 1775
  • Lucy baptised 4 February 1775 in Salisbury St Thomas
  • Thomas baptised 20 March 1777 in Salisbury St Thomas

On 19 January 1780 the wife of Thomas is buried at Salisbury St Edmund. Six weeks later on 2 March Thomas married again to a widow Mary Langtry. There are no known children to the second marriage. In October 1794 Thomas took a third wife Fanny Boniface in Sherborne, Dorset. Thomas’s daughter Lucy had married Edward Amos three years earlier in Sherborne. Thomas senior stayed in the Salisbury area as evidenced from hospital admissions in March and June 1799 and again in April 1808. Thomas died sometime before 1813 and his widow Fanny (Frances) was buried in Shaftesbury Holy Trinity on 29 January 1813.

The Titeridges of Andover 

Thomas’s son, also called Thomas, was a hatter and he moved from Sherborne to Andover.  He married Mary New in Andover parish church on 30 October 1800. Thomas and Mary had ten children all baptised in Andover between 1802 and 1820.  The children were

  • Ann baptised 19 April 1802.  Ann married a man called Chandler who died young leaving her a widow to bring up her children. Before she was married she had a daughter Eliza Titeridge born 31 July 1820 in Andover.
  • Henry baptised 8 February 1804 buried in 1805
  • Mary baptised 5 October 1807 died 1884 in Andover unmarried
  • Sarah baptised 29 April 1808 died 1877 in Epsom Surrey unmarried
  • Elizabeth baptised 30 March 1810 buried 12 April 1810
  • William baptised 20 March 1811 died in 1879 in Epsom (see below)
  • Eliza baptised 7 September 1814 buried 15 July 1819
  • Edward  baptised 29 May 1816 a twin buried 1 February 1817
  • Thomas baptised 29 May 1816 a twin buried 9 November 1816
  • James baptised 24 November 1820 died December 1857

Mary died in Andover in 1850 aged 76 and Thomas died in Andover in 1853 aged 76.

William Titeridge and family

William Titeridge was the only child to carry on the surname.  He married Jane Gilbert in Andover on 8 September 1836. Later they moved to Stepney / Tower Hamlets area of London. William and Jane had four children

  • William Henry born 1 August 1837 Andover and Christened on 30 August.  When William was 25 he emigrated to the USA arriving on 5 July 1862. He was known to be living in Brooklyn in 1867 and 1872.  He died aged 35 on 5 April 1873 in Kings, New York
  • Eliza baptised 6 May 1839 Andover died in Andover in 1915 and remained unmarried
  • Henry baptised 1841 in Andover died in Cornwall in June 1918 (see below)
  • Jane baptised 25 July 1845 in Stepney London and buried in Stepney on 27 December 1846

William’s wife, Jane, died in Stepney in March 1850 and William married a second time to Elizabeth Lambert on 19 June 1852  at Holy Trinity church Mile End and they had three children

  • Frances Alfred  born September 1853 in Stepney and died March 1855 in Stepney
  • Marian Frances baptised 15 February 1855 in Stepney St Dunstan married to Arthur Curtis on 17 November 1877 at St Paul Bow Common.
  • Alice Maud  born September 1857 in Stepney unmarried and buried 22 April 1937 in Bethnal Green

Elizabeth died in Stepney in 1877 and two years later William died in Epsom, Surrey.

Henry and Maria Titeridge – the last of the line

William and Jane’s son, Henry, was a bachelor for many years before marrying at the age of 60 to a widow. Henry grew up in Andover and later moved to London. On the 1871 census he is a bachelor working as a shorthand writer in a solicitor’s office and living in Mary-le-Bow with a visitor Maria Hitchcock of Andover who is married. Thirty years later at the age of 60 Henry, an insurance clerk, marries a widow Maria Hitchcock (nee Hickman) in June 1901 in Devon.  If you have an interest in Maria I recommend visiting the Hampshire Record Office where there are letters written by Maria to Mr Bennett remembering life in Andover in days gone by.  I partially read them over 20 years ago and one day I will go back and find out more. Henry died in Jun 1918 in St Columb, Cornwall aged 77. His will shows he left his money £1953 12s 11d to Maria. Maria died in Andover in Jun 1930 aged 91.

End of the line

Despite the birth of 23 descendents of Thomas Titeridge the end of the line for the surname came in the June 1937 when Thomas's great granddaughter, Alice Maud, died in Bethnal Green aged 79, she was the last of the Titteridges.

Titeridge Family Tree
Family Tree of Thomas Titeridge 1750 to 1937

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Tough Justice for William Titheridge

The story of a child’s punishment for stealing some turnips

Two hundred years ago life for the poor was hard. Rural communities who relied on agriculture were suffering from decreased employment because of increased efficiency of agriculture, enclosures and mechanisation. A typical agricultural labourer earnt just ten shillings a week and feeding a family on these wages was tough. This was made more difficult because the Napoleonic wars with France had increased the price of basic commodities.

When ends did not meet people were placed in the workhouse but with the increasing numbers needing assistance ‘outdoor relief’ was given, which meant money was given to the individuals directly to assist them rather than admit them to the workhouses. The Overseer determined how much each person received and for what reason. East Meon in Hampshire was one such rural village hit by the changes in Agriculture. The East Meon Overseers book for the period between 1819 to 1826 is still in existence and can be viewed at the Hampshire Archives. During this period outdoor relief was given to 333 parishioners, among the individuals listed as getting handouts is Thomas Titheridge.

Thomas Titheridge (b about 1774 – d1846) had married Jane Tee (b1776 – d about 1831) on 25 September 1803 in Bishops Waltham.  From 1805 they lived in the village of East Meon.  They had six children all born in the village.

  • William (b1805 – d1866)
  • Ann (b1807 – d1824)
  • Henry (b1808 – d ?)
  • Harriet (b1811 - d1831)
  • James (b1818 – d ?)
  • Maria.(b1820 – d1833)

It is because there was great deal of poverty that crime was high as people tried to survive the conditions. It is not surprising that people living in such harsh conditions found themselves on the wrong side of the law. Crime was punished harshly, with the pillory, transportation to Australia and prison being among the common sentences. Children were often treated in the same way as adults, receiving similarly harsh punishments.

By 1819 Thomas’ son, William, was the eldest child in a family of five children struggling to make ends meet. In December 1819 William found himself on the wrong side of the law and he appeared at the Epiphany Quarter Sessions in Winchester.  Quarter Sessions were held four times a year and here lesser crimes were dealt with by local Justices of the Peace.

The Quarter Sessions Records read:

“William Titheridge, aged 13, committed December 29 1819 by Thomas Butler Esq. and Rev John Baynes, clerk, for 124 days imprisonment for having stolen a quantity of turnips, the property of William Weeks at Eastmeon, whereby he was adjudged to pay the penalty of ten shillings which he did not have.”

It is hard for us to understand this degree of punishment for an adult yet alone a boy of 13 - over 3 months in prison for such a minor crime is incomprehensible to us today.

William went on to marry Elizabeth Lee in East Meon on 28 July 1827 and they had 15 children all born in East Meon between 1827 and 1854.
East Meon Cross Street

High Street East Meon

Thursday, 31 August 2017

The Tidridge Family of Cork

William and Mary Tidridge of Cork with family around 1906
From left to right: Back row: Louisa (Lou), Ann, William (father), Mary (Molly)
Middle row: John or William, Ruth, Mary (mother), Harriot, John or Wiliam, Elizabeth
Front row sitting: James Alexander.
This photograph has been published by kind permission of Bob Powell

Tidridges in Eire

It was over 15 years ago when I first came across a reference on the Internet to someone with the surname Tidridge living in Doneraile. My first question was “Where is Doneraile”?  The answer to this question is that it is a small village about 30 miles north of Cork in southern Ireland. My next questions were “Who are these Tidridges in Eire?” and “Are they related to the Tidridge family group living in Bishop’s Waltham in the early nineteenth century?”

The Tidridges of Bishops Waltham Hampshire

The Tidridges of Bishops Waltham, Hampshire were a family I had done a lot of research on in the past. The surname Tidridge was first used in Bishops Waltham by the children of William Titheridge and Priscilla Pargent. The four children Fanny (1806 – 1866) William (1809 – 1873) Charles (1812 – 1862) and Henry (1815 - 1868) were all born with their births registered with the surname Titheridge but they were all using the surname spelt Tidridge by the time of their death and in the case of Henry he was also using the name spelt Tidridge by the time of his marriage to Ann Newell in 1840. Henry Tidridge and Ann Newell had 11 children and it is one of their sons William who emigrated to Eire.

William Tidridge (1845 – 1929)

William was the fourth child born to Henry and Ann in Bishops Waltham, Hampshire on 13 December 1845. On the 1851 census William was aged 5 and living with his family at 223 High Street in Bishops Waltham and by the 1861 census he was 15 and working as a “pot boy” at the local inn, The Crown Hotel in St Georges Square, Bishops Waltham.
On 22 December 1870 William signed up for the army for 12 years in the Rifle Brigade, giving his age as 19 years 2 months. In fact he was 25years when he enlisted, but I have no idea why he would have lied about his age or alternatively how he could be so confused over his age. The 1871 census sees him in the 2nd Battalion of the Princes Own Rifle Brigade at Hougham, Dover still claiming to be 19 years old.  At the end of William’s twelve years’ service he re-engaged in the army for a further 10years. Throughout his career he gained promotion, first to corporal in 1874, Sergeant in 1878, Colour Sergeant in 1882.  He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal on 25 May 1889 and the Ashantee Medal and Clasp for Coomassie. He was finally discharged from the army on 16 November 1891.

Life in Cork

By the time William left the army he was married to an Irish girl from Cork. On leaving the army he became sexton at the Church of Ireland (Anglican) church of St Mary Shandon in Sunday’s Well, a suburb of Cork City, Eire. He died in Cork on 29 September 1929 age 83 and is buried in St Finbarr's Cemetery, Glasheen, Cork. Interestingly the age on his death record is now correct with his birth year, unlike during his army years.
It was on 27 June 1882, while he was still in the army, that William married Mary Baker Brown in Cork. In 1901 and 1911 census William and Mary were living at Strawberry Hill Lane in Cork with their children. William and Mary had ten children.  All of these were born in Cork, with the exception of Ann, William and Elizabeth who were born in Westmeath 150 miles north of Cork.  The children were:
John Harry (1883 – 1946)
Born 18 January 1883. Married Evelyn Davis in Elham Kent in 1911. John and Evelyn had two sons Lionel and William born in Elham. John served with Lancashire Fusiliers in World War 1.The family emigrated to Canada after the war.
Ann Amelia (1885 – 1930)
Born 15 February 1885. Known as Annie. Married Thomas Joseph Kerr September 1914 in Cork and they had 6 children.
William Alfred (1887 – 1969)
Born 5 September 1887. Known as Bill. Married Helen Geraldine Rea in June 1909 in Cork.  They had no children. They emigrated back to England.
Elizabeth Jane (1889 -1956)
Known as Lizzie. Born 5 July 1889. Died in Cork aged 67 in Sept 1956. Never married. She did however look after her sister’s Ann’s children when he sister died in 1930.
Mary Alice (1892 ?)
A twin known as Molly. Lived in Cork.  Married Richard Osmond Powell in September 1920 and had two sons.
Louisa Francis (1892 -1942)
A twin known as Lou. Married Rev John Hartley Roundhill in September 1922 in Cork.  They had no children.
James Alexander (1894 – 1961)
Known as Jim. James served in the Royal Garrison Artillery in 82nd Battery in World War 1. He was discharged on health grounds. He married Mary Dymphna Walsh (May) of Doneraile in Kensington, London in 1925. They then moved back to Eire. They had no children.
Ruth Lydia (1896 – 1977)
Lived in Cork and never married.
George Tidridge (1898 – 1898)
Died as a baby
Harriet Edith ( 1899 – 1980)
Known as Edie. Married George Harley Bishop in December 1938 in Cork and had one daughter

Tidridges of Doneraile

It was James Alexander and his wife May who I first found reference to in Doneraile.  They had a shop High Street.  In Michael Shine's book on Doneraile he writes:

“Tidridge: This was a very tasty shop run by Mr James Tidridge and his wife May, whose maiden name was Walsh. They sold newspapers and magazines, comics and journals of all description (and one-penny ice cream - either "pink or white"). He also did groceries and cigarettes and confectionery. He came to Doneraile as a carpenter to the mill and was a very able craftsman.”

So indeed this family in Doneraile came from Cork and originally from Bishops Waltham family.  It would appear there are no longer individuals with the Tidridge surname living in Eire, however some of the descendants are still there and we would love to hear from them if they read this.