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Benjamin Bridger, farm labourer, son of James Bridger, farmer and Elisabeth Bridger [Russell] Printer friendly version
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Oct 1811BornIn the Parish of Hartfield, Sussex
 
15th Dec 1811ChristenedAt St. Mary's Church in the Parish of Hartfield, SussexHartfield Parish Registers
 
13th Nov 1833MarriedAnn Heaver at St. Mary's Church in the Parish of Hartfield, SussexHartfield Parish Registers
 
22nd Aug 1839MarriedHannah Matilda Tester at St. Mary's Church in the Parish of Hartfield, SussexHartfield Parish Registers
 
1840Birth of a sonGeorge in the Parish of Hartfield, SussexHartfield Parish Registers
 
6th Jun 1841CensusAt Yewtree Field in the Parish of Hartfield, Sussex; Benjamin Bridger, M, Head, age 29, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourer1841 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
 
1844Birth of a daughterHannah in the Parish of Hartfield, SussexHartfield Parish Registers
 
1844Birth of a daughterAnn in the Parish of Hartfield, SussexHartfield Parish Registers
 
1849Birth of a daughterElizabeth in the Parish of Hartfield, Sussex1851 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
 
1851Birth of a daughterLucy in the Parish of Hartfield, SussexHartfield Parish Registers
 
30th Mar 1851CensusAt Forest Cottage in the Parish of Hartfield, Sussex; Head; occupation: farm labourer1851 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
 
1856Birth of a sonBenjamin in the Parish of Hartfield, SussexHartfield Parish Registers
 
1878RecollectionsAt Yew Tree CottageAshdown Forest dispute
 

During The Ashdown Forest Dispute 1876-1882 commoners and land owners were interviewed by the solicitor William Raper. Their comments were recorded in a series of notebooks:

Bridger, Benjamin. Works for Mr. Robert Melville and lives on the Forest close by. Will be 68 in October 1879. Was born in Hartfield Parish and except for 8 years from about 18 to 26 years of age have lived in the Parish close to Hartfield Grove. During the 8 years I used to come home at least once a year.

My father's name was James Bridger. My earliest recollection is as a boy living with him on a little property of about 6 acres now called Yew Tree Farm close to Forest House and Colemans Hatch. I have heard my father say that he took in the 6 acres from the Forest and got a grant of it from the Duchess of Dorset. When I was about 16 years old we let the Yew Tree Farm and moved to Furnace Farm adjoining the Forest at New Bridge where my father lived till his death about 1848. Except during the 8 years I was away from home, I lived with my Father at Furnace Farm till about 1838 when I married and moved to the Yew Tree Cottage near which I have continued to live ever since.

 
3rd Apr 1881CensusAt Forest in the Parish of Hartfield, Sussex; Benjamin Bridger, M, Head, married, age 69, born Hartfield; occupation: labourer1881 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
 
Ancestor's report
Descendent's report
Bridger, Bridgen, Bridgers, Brydger family records
  
The ancestral pedigree of Benjamin Bridger, farm labourer
 
  
 James Bridger
farmer
m: 19th Jan 1791 St. Mary's Church, Hartfield, SussexElisabeth Russell 
 b: c 1770
d: c 1848
  b: c 1770
  
         
George Mary Jane Lucy James Elizabeth Anne Benjamin 
b: 1791 Hartfield, Sussex
ch: 3rd Apr 1791 St. Mary's Church
 b: 1793 Hartfield, Sussex
ch: 11th Feb 1793 St. Mary's Church
 b: 1795 Hartfield, Sussex
ch: 9th Mar 1795 St. Mary's Church
 b: 1798 Sussex b: 1800 Hartfield, Sussex
ch: 19th Oct 1800 St. Mary's Church
 b: 1803 Hartfield, Sussex
ch: 1st May 1803 St. Mary's Church
 b: 1806 Hartfield, Sussex
ch: 27th Jul 1806 St. Mary's Church
 b: October 1811 Hartfield, Sussex
ch: 15th Dec 1811 St. Mary's Church
 
                  
Parental record
   
   
 
   
1st marriage Benjamin Bridger
farm labourer
m: 13th Nov 1833 St. Mary's Church, Hartfield, SussexAnn Heaver 
 b: October 1811 Hartfield, Sussex
ch: 15th Dec 1811 St. Mary's Church
 b: c 1810
Family record
 
   
2nd marriage Benjamin Bridger
farm labourer
m: 22nd Aug 1839 St. Mary's Church, Hartfield, SussexHannah Matilda Tester 
 b: October 1811 Hartfield, Sussex
ch: 15th Dec 1811 St. Mary's Church
  b: 1810 East Grinstead, Sussex
  
       
 George Ann Hannah Elizabeth Lucy Benjamin 
 b: 1840 Hartfield, Sussex
ch: 12th Jan 1840 St. Mary's Church
 b: 1844 Hartfield, Sussex
ch: 24th Nov 1844 St. Mary's Church
 b: 1844 Hartfield, Sussex
ch: 24th Nov 1844 St. Mary's Church
 b: 1849 Hartfield, Sussex
ch: 7th Sep 1851 St. Mary's Church
 b: 1851 Hartfield, Sussex
ch: 7th Sep 1851 St. Mary's Church
 b: 1856 Hartfield, Sussex
ch: 2nd Mar 1856 St. Mary's Church
 
                
 
 

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