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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

15 Titheridge children

Mill Cottage in Frogmore, hamlet in East Meon
Can you imagine having 15 children? – I certainly can’t!  Are there any Titheridge/Titheradge families who had more children?

Over a 27 year period William and Elizabeth Titheridge had 15 children.  Not all the children survived to adult hood and 6 of the children died aged of 7 or under.  By my calculations this meant that Elizabeth spent over 11 years of her life pregnant!  It obviously had no detrimental effect on her health since she lived until she was 74.  I guess with the children spreadout as one child left home and got married another was born.  On the 1841 they were living with 6 children aged 13 to 11 months.  On the 1851 census they were living with 7 children aged 16 to 1 and on the 1861 census they were living with 2 children  aged 17 and 7.

William Titheridge was born about May 1805 in the village of East Meon, Hampshire.  He was the son of Thomas Titheridge and Jane Tee.  He married Elizabeth Lee on 28 Jul 1827 in East Meon.  They lived mainly in Frogmore which is a small hamlet to the east of the main village of East Meon.  It has a mill and a few cottages which were built for the mill workers and farm labourers. 

William and Elizabeth’s 15 children were  all born in East Meon.  Ann, John, William, Eliza, Maria, James, Elizabeth, Sarah and Frank were the children who survived to adult hood.  They certainly helped to spread the Titheridge surname as William and Elizabeth had 16 grandchildren with the name Titheridge.  These are their children:-
  •  Harriett Titheridge was born in 1827. She died in 1830 aged 3
  • Ann Titheridge was born about Jun 1828 she was still alive in 1841 but we do not know when she died or if she married
  • John Titheridge was born about Feb 1829. He married Eliza Hastings on 19 Jul 1858 in Portsea, St Marys, Hampshire.  He died in Dec 1886 in Portsea, Hampshire.  John and Eliza had 3 children with the Titheridge name.
  • William Titheridge was born about Jun 1831. He married Mary Moys or Moss on 08 May 1858 in East Meon.  He died in Dec 1907 in Wymering.  William and Mary had 7 children with the Titheridge surname.
  • Harriett Titheridge was born about Jun 1833.  She died about Feb 1836 in East Meon aged 3.
  • Eliza Titheridge was born about May 1835.  She was still alive in 1851 but we do not know when she died or if she married.
  • Jane Titheridge was born about Feb 1836.  She died in July 1837 in East Meon aged 1.
  • Maria Titheridge was born on 21 Jul 1838.  She married William Rogers  on 13 Jan 1861 in East Meon.
  • James Titheridge was born on 04 Feb 1840.  He married Eliza Rossey Harfield on 11 Nov 1865 in Catherington.  He died on 23 Apr 1923.  In 1874 the family emigrated to New Zealand establishing a large family of Titheridges in New Zealand.  James and Eliza had 6 children with the Titheridge surname.
  • Elizabeth Titheridge was born on 04 Jan 1842 in East Meon, Hampshire. She married William Willis on 08 Apr 1860 in East Meon, Hampshire.
  • Sarah Titheridge was born on 29 Jan 1844.  She married William Fly on 04 Jun 1864 in East Meon, Hampshire. She died on 18 Oct 1932.
  • Hannah Titheridge was born on 30 Aug 1846 in East Meon, Hampshire. She died in October 1846 in East Meon aged just a few weeks.
  • Henry Titheridge was born on 28 Jul 1847 in East Meon, Hampshire.  He died in July 1855 aged 7
  • Ellen Titheridge was born on 13 Dec 1849 in East Meon, Hampshire. She died in Jun 1855 in Petersfield, Hampshire aged 5.
  • Frank Titheridge was born in Mar 1854 in East Meon, Hampshire. He married Emily Jane Port on 13 Oct 1877 in East Meon, Hampshire. Frank and Emily had no known children.

If you can provide any more information on these individuals please add a comment or email me.

If you have a special interest in East Meon or Frogmore where William and Elizabeth lived  I can recommend the following website for amazing old pictures and history of the village.

Friday, 8 January 2016

400 years of Titheridges

Old Winchester, 15th century Priory Gate
 leading to Winchester Cathedral
I thought I would start the New Year by looking back into our Family History and reviewing what was happening to the family 100, 200, 300 and 400 years ago.

In 1616 all the records so far found suggest the family is concentrated in the Winchester area of Hampshire, England.  Early records from 1542 place the family in Chilcomb, Avington and Winchester.  In 1616 there are several family units in the small village of Avington. 

In 1716 records show that there were some family groups in Basingstoke and Kingsclere to the north east of Hampshire but the majority of the Titheridges were in Cheriton, Hampshire with one family group having moved from Cheriton to Kilmeston.   As yet in 1716 there are no variations of surnames spelt Titheradge or Tidridge, the surname is spelt either Tytheridge or Titheridge.
By 1816 the Titheridge families had started to spread out, but mainly in Hampshire.  While Winchester, Kilmeston and Cheriton remained family strongholds other family groups had moved to New Alresford, Alverstoke, Portsmouth, Droxford area and West Tisted.  By 1816 the Titheradge surname had been established in the Portsmouth area.  There were still no Tidridges, there were virtually no family members in London and as yet no known family group had emigrated from England to the rest of the world.

By 1916 all variations of the surname were in evidence.  The majority of Titheridges, Titheradges and Tidridges had remained in Hampshire and most notably in the Droxford area, Portsmouth,  Alverstoke, Southampton and Petersfield area.  Numerous family groups had now appeared in London and the counties of Essex, Surrey, Middlesex and Kent as couples moved with their families.  Work for agricultural labourers had decreased and they move to find work in response to the industrial revolution, the introduction of the railways making movement easier.  Emigration had taken place from England to the rest of the world.  In Australia there were family groups of Titheridges and Titheradges.  In New Zealand there were Titheridges and Tytheridges.  In the USA there were groups of Titheridges, Titheradges and Tytheridges, Tidridges, although today the surname is uncommon in the USA.  Titheridges had moved to Canada, Tytheridges had move to South Africa and Tidridges to Eire.
One hundred year ago in 1916, around 60 of our men were fighting in the army and navy in World War 1 and already 4 men had been killed in action.

Today in 2016 our family is spread across the world.  If you are a family member or related to the family name please post a comment below to say where you are living.