Sunday, February 7, 2010


One part of my paternal great-great-grandparents is Ann LANGRIDGE (1841-1876). Ann was one of five children born to Joseph LANGRIDGE (1783-1834) and Catherine MILES (1780-1861). Ann married Thomas DAWES (1809-1851) in Lewes on the 10th November 1834.

Thomas was a bricklayer and he died of cancer just after the census was taken in 1851. This is good and bad. Bad because he died young, at age 42, and good because he lasted to the 1851 census which was the first to record the exact age and place of birth. Thomas left Ann with five children between the ages of 5 and 16. While the older children must have been a help, caring for a young family without a wage earner and before social assistance must have been tough.

Ann eventually re-married in 1856 to James GALLOP (1814-1871) and had another child with him, Caroline b. 1856. Ann was only 62 when she died of heart disease and also noted on her death registration is asthma so the LANGRIDGE family may be where the Dawes family inherited asthma from.

The chart at right traces the LANGRIDGE family back to William LANGRIDGE (1742-1808) and Mary HORSCROFT. There is a lot of research left to do on this family as you can see from Joseph's siblings.

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