Bridges in Wiltshire
William BRIDGES (1710-1796)
Richard BRIDGES (16??-1744)
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This page is devoted to the BRIDGES ancestors of my father - the origins of the name, who they were and where and when they lived.
The genealogical data in these pages is accurate to the best of my current (at the time of writing) knowledge. This means it is of very variable reliability, since sources at one extreme are 100% certain (e.g. I know who I married, where and when, and the identity of my parents) to the mere rumour level, such as LDS data extracted from the IGI and Ancestral File, and reminiscences of elderly relatives, some now deceased. Anyone wishing to make any use whatever of this information is therefore strongly advised to contact me for source details.
The surname Bridges sometimes means someone who lived near a bridge, sometimes a bridge keeper, sometimes a bridge toll collector and occasionally someone from the Flemish city of Bruges (which itself means Bridges).
Bridge, Bridgen, Bridgens, Bridgeman, Bridgman, Brigg, Briggs, Brigman, Burge.
My great great great great grandmother, Elizabeth or Betty BRIDGES, was born in South Marston, Wiltshire and baptised there 20th November 1763. On 17th May 1785 at South Marston parish church she married George FISHER, who became the village blacksmith. She was buried at South Marston on 19th January 1819.
The couple had at least 11 children: John (my ancestor) (baptised 18th May 1788), Joseph (25th December 1789), Sarah (9th July 1790), William (24th April 1791), Ann (21st December 1792), George (4th May 1794), Henry (23rd November 1800), Thomas (21st November 1802), Richard (born 1806), Jane (born 11 Mar 1808) and Elizabeth.
Betty Bridges's father was Henry Philip BRIDGES. He was baptised at South Marston 16 Oct 1735. He married Ann MALL at South Marston parish church 31 January 1763. The parish register record of the marriage describes him as a labourer. The couple had three children that I know of: Betty, Deborah (baptised 6 October 1765, buried 15 Oct 1766) and John (baptised 6 Sep 1767, buried 22 Jan 1824). John married Martha ?; they produced 6 children and have many descendants.
The father of Henry Philip Bridges was WilliamBRIDGES. He was born in Marston Maisey, and in the absence of a church in that village at the time he was baptised at Meysey Hampton, Gloucestershire on 8 August 1710. He married Hannah King at Purton on 21 Oct 1733 and they produced 8 children that I know of: Thomas (baptised 15 Apr 1734), John (15 Apr 1734), Henry Philip, Mary (6 Mar 1740), William (5 Jun 1743), Richard (3 Oct 1746), Betty (3 Aug 1749) and Sarah (8 Jul 1753), all in South Marston. William was buried at South Marston 19 Jul 1796. The son William married Sarah Hornblow 6 Dec 1762; they produced 8 children and have many descendants.
My great great great great great great grandfather William Bridges was the son of Richard BRIDGES and his wife Elizabeth. They produced at least seven children, all baptised in Meysey Hampton but born in Marston Maisey. He died 7 Nov 1744 in Marston Maisey. The children were: Mary (baptised 30 Dec 1703), Thomas (16 Nov 1705), John (20 Feb 1707), William, Betty (30 Dec 1712), Daniel (21 Aug 1718) and John (11 May 1721). Thomas married Mary ? and died in Marston Maisey 24 Nov 1756.
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I am indebted to several people (all descended from some or all of the people listed above) who have provided some of the information above and who have pointed me in the right direction to find more, and who have also put me in touch with other relatives/researchers.
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