Below are some enquiries looking for ancestors
or family links . If you can help drop me an email
and I will put you in touch.
Hi Ray, I saw reference to the Kingdon family from
which I am descended and I was wondering if you know
more about the family or the books and material about
them? I am descended from John and Joan but find the
available trees appear to be in conflict and so I
would like to be able to try and see what information
is 'solid'. One site I did see mentioned a digital
form of the two Kingdon books of 1932 and 1974 but
I got no reply to my communication. Thanks for reading
this and I would appreciate any assistance you might
be able to offer. Regards, Kevin, Australia
Raymont: Webber: Dart: Wade:
Packer: Down/Downe: Hone: Cockram:
Dear Ray, I have read with great interest the Visitors
Comments page and noticed a number of names that match
my ancestors. The earliest date I have is for Thomas
Raymont in 1572 (9x G-Grandfather). It seems my family
resided in Coldridge for a further 6 generations,
the last recorded member being Dinah and William Raymont
in 1811. Other main names in my tree are Agnis Webber,
Joan (or Joane) Dart, Grace Wade, Margaret Packer,
Elizabeth Down (or Downe), Judith Hone and Elizabeth
Cockram. I wonder if you could tell me where I might
find the Parish Records or Transcripts of this time
or if you have any further information on the families
listed above.Thank you for creating such a wonderful
website where we can all see where our ancestors once
With thanks and kind regards Jay (Bristol, UK)
Hi Ray, Being smitten by the genealogy bug, I am busy
tracing my ancestors which has led me to Coldridge.
I have a Thamesin (Thomasin) Stoneman b: 1712 in Coldridge
who married John Squire on 1 Apr. 1737 in Coldridge.Thomasin's
parents were Christopher Stoneman & Mary Shobrooke.
Would you have any information or direction for me
in pursuing these lines?
Regards, Pearl, Washington state, USA.
Thanks for the website. It gives us a nice glimpse
into the small, yet delightful village. I am looking
for the exact roots of my GGGrandfather. He was supposedly
from Liverpool. However, as you know, that could just
mean that he emigrated from there. Also, I find fewer
"Spear" references there. Devon seems to
be where many of the Spears came from. My John Spear
was born in December of 1813 and , therefore, christened
in early 1814. I found a reference to a John Spear
christened on January 30th, 1814 in Coldridge. His
parents were Samuel and Mary nee Webber. The names
fit what I know about John's family. His first born
was Samuel and his first born girl was Mary.He also
had ten other children with names such as William,
Thomas, Elizabeth, Ann, etc. Could this indeed be
my John? I can't seem to find out where he went. He
appears to have been the oldest in the family. Was
it likely that he would have struck out on his own
and perhaps went up north and eventually wound up
in Illinois? Somewhere he met and married Matilda
Adams from Ireland. They married in Sherbrooke, Quebec
before going to Illinois to work on the canal. All
this happened in the late 1830s, so they were not
in the 1841 census. I'm sure they must have left behind
some family.Any help or direction
would be greatly appreciated. Thanks . Bob Spear from
My late father was Maurice Webber and he was born
in Coldridge in 1929. His family lived at 38 Birch
Cottage. His father was called Frederick and his mother
was Elsie. They had two other children called Leslie
and Freda. My eldest sisters Lesley and Dawn Webber
attended Coldridge school, which I understand is a
very small village school. My sister can remember
using my fathers exercise books so we can only presume
that he went there as well I have seen that the war
memorial has a John Webber on it but as yet I have
not linked this to my family. If you are able to give
me any information on my family that would be fabulous.
Fred and Elsie when I knew them lived in Lapford....
Many Thank, Karen Beswick, Surry
Hello Ray, I would be interested in making contact
with anyone who has an interest in the Born family
of Coldridge. As you can imagine it is very difficult
searching for “Born” on the internet.
Kind regards, Pam Abikhair,Victoria, Australia
I've been on Ancestry for the past two years tracking
my family tree. I found my great great grandfather
on my father's side just recently. Finding your website
today was another amazing surprise. You see my 2X
great grandfather was born in Coldridge, Devon England
in 1808. His name is Henry Parish. I'd be interested
in finding out anything I could if that would be possible.
He married Anne Atkins from Exeter in 1840 and had
nine children ( at last count ) all seemed to have
been born in Tiviton, where Henry owned or worked
a farm called The Towers for most of his life. I would
appreciate any information or direction to information
that I can find and I love your website. I'm interested
in finding out as much as I can, since never knowing
much about my father and where he came from and loosing
him when I was only 9. It's been a wonderful journey
Thank you. Jan P. S. I'm in Ontario Canada.
HI Ray. My Name is Mike Hatherley. I don't know if
you can help me,but, I am in the process of completing
part of my Family Tree, for my Cousin Joyce,in Canada.
I am trying to trace records of Richard Stentiford,
who I believe was born in Coldridge around 1825 or
1826. He married a girl whose christian name was Sarah.
She was born in Lapford in 1822 and I am having difficulty
in finding her surname, as the only place that it
would be recorded, is in the Parish Register Records.
The Maiden name of my cousin Joyce's mother, was Fanny
Snell, B1886 in Coldridge. Fanny's mother's, name
was Jane Stentiford, before her marriage to Edward
Snell, and, her mother was Sarah Stentiford, who married
Richard. It sounds a little complicated, but because
you live in the area, you may have some Knowledge
of the 'Sarah' that I am trying to trace.
Thanks - Mike Hatherley
We are trying to discover when my husbands grandfather
who lived at Bankland cottage where he was born in
1866, where he would go to school and on what terms.
His name was John Gould. Can you tell us anything
about Aller Chaple where he was baptised.
Yours Sheila and Gerald Gould
Good evening Ray Just found link to your website.
Interested in comments regarding the Born family.
I can trace a connection back to Thomas Born (b1818)
his wife Jane Piper (b 1814) and their four children
Mary Ann (b1840), William (b 1842), Helen (b1845)
and John (b1846). Anyone interested? Penny
Hello Ray, Have you ever heard of 'Rawley's' in Coldridge,
please? I wonder if this dwelling is still standing.
My ancestors were living there in 1871. Thanks for
your lovely website, - Christine.
Hi Ray I am trying to trace the Kingdon family which
I believe lived in your village - in Fursdon Farm
- an H.T.Kingdon was a friend of my grandmothers and
I have been bequeathed a book of their family tree
with the understanding that I should try to return
it to them.
Are there any still residing in the area that you
know of? I would be most grateful if you could let
me know as I would dearly like to find this book a
good home - it is unusual to find a book tracing a
family this far back.
Kind Regards - Sally
Hello Ray, I made contact with you some years ago
when researching by Born's of Coldridge. I note that
you have had correspondence with Colin and Jean Borne
of Redditch which is quite near Sutton Coldfield where
I live. They are very welcome to make contact with
me if they would like my info. on the Born family
which dates back to 1601/2 before they moved to Coldridge.
Hope you are keeping well,
All the best, Lola.- Thanks for the 'Bad Boys' one
of whom was mine!
Dear Mr Taylor I wonder if you could help me. I am
researching my family and my Gt Gt Gt grandfather
came from Coldridge. He was Richard Brealy born 1810.
I think his father was called George a farmer from
Aller Bridge but thats as far as I can go. I have
looked up all sites for births deaths and marriages
but have come to a halt. I wonder if you could tell
me where I can find out about Richard’s parents,
and siblings and life in Coldridge.
Regards - Elizabeth A Tonkin
Hi Ray - Richard DRAKE (son of John) was born in Coldridge
in Nov 15,1598, he married Alice, he or his son may
have married Julian SLEE. I am hoping to connect with
fellow genealogists to share research. I am writing
a family history book on the Drake family, Richard
Drake was born in Coldridge in 1598 (son of John)
and I was wondering if you know how I would go about
looking for occupations and perhaps land grants from
this period in time?
Thanks, Linda Drake, Vancouver
Mashford & Cann:
I am researching my great-great grandmother, Elizabeth
Mashford, daughter of John Mashford, tailor and Mary
Cann, who came from Coldridge. John Mashford married
Mary Cann in 1818.
Mary and her children, sailed for South Australia
in 1847 after John had died - Elizabeth Mashford’s
grandfather, John (1771-1834), is said to have been
Parish Clerk at Coldridge; and his younger son Josiah
Mashford (1798-1871) has been confirmed in this role
through Census and Will - In 1841, Widow Mary Mashford,
a publican, was living in Coldridge with three daughters
Elizabeth (21), Mary Ann (10) and Jane (8). Her sons
were out to work – John Cann (18) was an apprentice
to William Clotworthy a tailor in Zeal Monachorum,
George May (16) was apprenticed to John Harris, publican
of the Taw Bridge Inn, West of Coldridge. Josiah Labbett
(13) was a servant at Birch Farm near East Leigh,
South of Coldridge.
In 1841 Josiah Mashford (Mary’s brother in law)
was also a publican (and shoe maker) in Coldridge,
probably at the “Ring of Bells”
Any information on this family would be greatly appreciated
- Roslyn Ross, Australia