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Benjamin Bridger, farm labourer, son of James Bridger, farmer and Elisabeth Bridger [Russell]
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Date
Type
Information
Source
 
Oct 1811
Born
In the Parish of Hartfield, Sussex
 
15th Dec 1811
Christened
At St. Mary's Church in the Parish of Hartfield, Sussex
Hartfield Parish Registers
 
13th Nov 1833
Married
Ann Heaver at St. Mary's Church in the Parish of Hartfield, Sussex
Hartfield Parish Registers
 
22nd Aug 1839
Married
Hannah Matilda Tester at St. Mary's Church in the Parish of Hartfield, Sussex
Hartfield Parish Registers
 
1840
Birth of a son
George in the Parish of Hartfield, Sussex
Hartfield Parish Registers
 
6th Jun 1841
Census
At Yewtree Field in the Parish of Hartfield, Sussex; Benjamin Bridger, M, Head, age 29, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourer
1841 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
 
1844
Birth of a daughter
Hannah in the Parish of Hartfield, Sussex
Hartfield Parish Registers
 
1844
Birth of a daughter
Ann in the Parish of Hartfield, Sussex
Hartfield Parish Registers
 
1849
Birth of a daughter
Elizabeth in the Parish of Hartfield, Sussex
1851 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
 
1851
Birth of a daughter
Lucy in the Parish of Hartfield, Sussex
Hartfield Parish Registers
 
30th Mar 1851
Census
At Forest Cottage in the Parish of Hartfield, Sussex; Head; occupation: farm labourer
1851 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
 
1856
Birth of a son
Benjamin in the Parish of Hartfield, Sussex
Hartfield Parish Registers
 
1878
Recollections
At Yew Tree Cottage
Ashdown 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 1881
Census
At Forest in the Parish of Hartfield, Sussex; Benjamin Bridger, M, Head, married, age 69, born Hartfield; occupation: labourer
1881 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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