The Sunninghill & Yateley Ridgers Family


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A branch of this family appeared in Ontario, Canada when Charles Ridgers (born 1893) migrated on the "Ausonia" to Cornwall, Ontario in 1912 and married a Canadian girl, Sarah Ellen Keyes from Hamilton in 1915. He was from nearby Ascot and the son of Samuel Ridgers (born Yateley 1861), a blacksmith, and  Rose Paradine (1864) from Hendon in Middlesex. 

Samuel was the son of carpenter Henry Ridgers (born Yateley 1836) whose father John Ridgers (1804) a journeyman carpenter, was apparently  from a Yateley family, but born in Bloomsbury, London. John's wife Mary (1808) was born at Yateley and in later years lived at Cricket Hill. Her mother-in-law, a carpenter's widow, Ann Ridgers (born Yateley in 1788) was listed as a Yateley grocer in 1859.








Sunninghill, Ascot was the home of some of the above family in 1901. Blacksmith Samuel Ridgers (1861) and Rose had at least five children, Samuel H (1886), Percival (1888), Frederick G (1890), Charles Henry (1893), and Florence C. in 1896.The first three children were born in Rose's home town of Hendon in Middlesex and the two youngest at Sunninghill.

Samuel (1861) had a brother Henry Ridgers (born Yateley in 1856) who was apprenticed as a carpenter. In 1901 he and his wife Emily Lloyd (born Winkfield in 1857) with their six children all born in Sunninghill, Walter J (1883), Emily (1886), Willie (1888), Florence M (1891),Gertrude C (1893), and Ethel (1896) were living a few doors from Samuel's family.

A Google search brought this quote from Tony Ridgers ...


"As far as I know, my branch of the family comes from Ascot/Sunningdale which is near Windsor, England. My father is John Percival Ridgers. He had a sister, Phyllis and their father, ie my grandfather, was Percival Ridgers. I know he had at least one brother who I think emigrated to Canada just before the 1st World War.
My grandfather had an electricians business in Bracknell, Berks and was involved in airship design at Vickers, Barrow in Furness during the !st World War"


Nigel Ridgers' family -  Father - James William Percival Ridgers (1916-1996), Mother Lilian Dougherty married in 1939. Grandfather - James William Percy Ridgers (1887) married  Mabel Kate Henning (Born Hampshire 1887) at South Stoneham, Hants in 1914.





Herbert Henry Ridgers 1870





Henry Ridgers who was born at Wokingham, Berkshire in 1841 was the son of John Ridgers (1797) and Lucy Phillips (1810) who had nine children.   John was the first son of Lawrence Ridgers and Martha Batten.

Henry married Ann Kendrick (1843) from Morton, Shropshire at Easthampstead near Wokingham in 1869.

He was a coachman on the 1881 census living at Lyall Mews, Westminster.

He died at Lingfield in 1890. His widow Ann remained in Lingfield according to the 1891 & 1901 census and died there in 1913.

Their only son was Herbert Henry Ridgers (1870) born at Moulsoe in Buckinghamshire. He married Portsmouth born Minnie Cox (1876) at Portsmouth in 1895. His occupation when their first child Minnie (1899) was born at Devizes, Wiltshire was listed as Asylum Attendant.

They had at least two more children. Herbert Henry (1901) was registered at St Pancras, and Charles Edward (1903) at Marylebone.


John Ridgers (Born Crondall in 1797).  Farmer at Pamber (Silchester) Hampshire 1830s, Wokingham, Berkshire farmer on 1841 and 1851 census. Farm Bailiff at Frogmoor/Blackwater (near Yateley) in 1861.
Most likely his second marriage. He married Lucy Phillips (born 1810) in 1833. First son John was born around 1827. 






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The Bullocks Farm family - Richard Ridgers of Odiham






Bullocks Farm. Near Odiham, Hampshire. The farm is still shown on modern OS maps. It is a listed building - 16/17th Century. 2 storeys. Brick with string course between ground and first floor. Old tile hipped roof.

The Ridgers family were there from the 1840s till around 1898.


Richard Ridgers (1801) moved to Bullocks Farm in the  1840s. He and his wife Martha Raggett had previously farmed a couple of miles away at Grubs Farm, Dogmersfield near Winchfield, where  four of their six children were  born. In 1851 his brother Matthew Batten Ridgers was the tenant at Grubs Farm.

In the late 1850s Richard and Martha had taken another farm lease, this time at Long Sutton, and left son Richard (1833) to run Bullocks Farm in partnership with his sister Jane (1831) and her husband James Fulbrook.


By 1871, Richard (1833) and his wife Sally - Sarah Ann Clarke (1836) were managing the 117 acre farm with the help of 5 labourers and a boy, and had 3 children, Alfred (1862), Rose (1864), and Sarah (1866). They must have been reasonably prosperous as they were employing four servants, two for the house and two for the farm.

The 1881 census shows four more children, Fanny 1869, Richard 1870, George 1872, and Frederick 1875.

In 1891 five of the children were still living at home. Alfred (26) is listed as a farmer's son on the census. Fanny (22) is given no occupation. Charles (20) is a baker. George (17) a wheelwright and Frederick (15) had no occupation listed.

By 1901 the family are no longer at Bullocks Farm. Widower Richard (1833) had retired and was living at King Street, Odiham with his daughter Rose Guppy and family. His son, coal merchant Frederick, is married to Tryphena Pitts and their home is nearby West Street. Fanny has married grocer Thomas Wheeler and their shop is in the High Street.

George, a wheelwright has married Harriet Trusler and moved to Wisborough Green, near Petworth in Sussex.



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The Farnborough Wheelwrights




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Brothers Robert (1745) and Lawrence (1764) both married at Farnborough. All Robert's children were baptised there and the first three of Lawrence's eleven children. The wheelwright's business was in Somerset Road, Farnborough. Records do not indicate when it first started, and we can only speculate that this was the area both families lived and perhaps their parents Robert & Sarah. We do know from the 1891 census that situated only one house down from the Ridgers wheelwrights in Somerset Road was a group of dwellings named  1, 2 and 3 Ridgers Cottages.

 Charles Ridgers (1812) married Eliza Terry from Crondall in 1831 and they had five children. His son James who was baptised at Church Crookham in 1837 was named as the employer at their wheelwright's business in Somerset Road, Farnborough in the later 19th century. Son James Henry (1866) who married Edith May at Farnborough in 1886 was also  at Somerset Road in the same trade with a family of thirteen children at the turn of the 20th century. His daughters married into local families. Ivy (1889) to Edwin Goddard in 1908, Daisy (1893) to Charles Fulbrook in 1918, Winifred (1896) to Ernest Ayres in 1922, and Gladys (1908) to Hector Wilson.

 A couple of miles away, another of Charles's (1812) grandsons, Lawrence Arthur Ridgers (1853) had a wheelwright's shop in St Michael's Road, Aldershot  at the time of the 1901 census, and his 16 year old son Arthur was listed as a sign-writer.









The Long Sutton Wheelwrights




Robert Ridgers (1828) was trained as a wheelwright but around 1850 leased Hide Farm, Long Sutton. His sister Martha (1835) and five labourers helped him to run the 118 acres.

In 1860 he married Louisa Porter who was born at Freshwater, Isle of Wight in 1835. The ceremony was at The Strand in London. In 1861 they were sharing a Crondall house with her widowed mother, 44 year old Crondall born dressmaker, Harriet Martin and her unmarried daughter, 22 year old Ellen. Robert gave his trade as wheelwright on the census form.

In 1871 they have three children, Robert (1863), Lindsay (1866) and Thirza (1869).Their address is in the same locality as his mother-in-law in 1861. His occupation is given as wheelwright.

In 1881 he is now living at Long Sutton and both his sons are also wheelwrights.

In 1891, still at Long Sutton, he is shown on the census form as widowed (Louisa died in 1889), and his wheelwright son Robert and dressmaker Thirza are living with him. Lindsay (1866) had joined the army but had died at Rawal Pindi, India in 1890. 

1901 has the 72 year old (he died in 1904) living with his daughter Thirza Yalden and her husband William with grand-daughter Louisa at the Long Sutton family home. In the same road wheelwright son Robert (1863) is living with his wife, Jane Sutton and their 7 year old daughter Isabel.  



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The Ridgers Family  of Deptford and Greenwich


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George Batten Ridgers 1853


George Batten Ridgers was born at Marshall Farm, Swanthorpe near Crondall, Hampshire in 1853.

In 1871 he was a single man boarding in the Limehouse dockside area and employed as an engineer's labourer.

He married Ann Hovell from Denver, Norfolk at Greenwich in 1878.

His seven children, Sarah (1878), Maud (1880), Charles (1882), Lawrence (1884), James (1886), Alfred (1893), and Ethel (1896) were all born in Greenwich.

Charles (1882) married Elizabeth Henrietta Smith in 1903 at Greenwich and their son Frederick (1908) married Rose Rashley.


Marianne Ridgers 1864


George had a sister Marianne Ridgers (1864). She was also born at Swanthorpe.

She appears on the 1891 census as a 27 year old single woman. Her trade is listed as licenced victualler at the Prince Arthur public house in Greenwich Road, Greenwich.

On the 1901 census she has married fellow Crondall villager Lindsay Stevens (1852) the son of a basket maker and they are living at a public house in Gravesend, Kent where Lindsey is the licencee.

They had a daughter Minnie Stevens (1886) who was born to Lindsay's first wife Sarah Elizabeth Ridgers (1853) at Greenwich, Sarah & Lindsay in 1891 were running a public house at St Martin in the Fields, London. 

I have been unable so far to trace Sarah's birth or death but the 1891 census form indicates she was born in Crondall and could possibly be Marianne's sister. 

George's son Charles Ridgers (1882) worked for the railways. When 18 at Greenwich in 1901 his occupation was  listed as railway porter. He was later to be an engine driver. His son Frederick (1908) who married Rose Rashley (1911) had at least three  children, all born in the London area, June (1932), Jean (1934) and Alan (1938).

Alan married Jill Tucker.






The Ridgers Family from Barnes



The Ridgers Family from Barnes


John Ridgers (1854) was part of the Windlesham/Bagshot family. He married Sarah Wilkes (1851) in 1878 at her home village in the Windsor area.

In 1891 he was a coachman living at Cleveland Gardens, Barnes with six children, Alice (1876), George (1878), Thomas (1879), Frederick (1880), Beatrice (1882), and Walter (1887).

Alice was born to Sarah before her marriage and retained her surname of Wilkes on the 1901 census.


When checking the 1901 census it appears that something has happened to John and Sarah. Their children, with the exception of Thomas, are now living with the Seaman family in Putney.




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