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SurnameGiven Name TradeHistory
ALLBRIGHT William Blacksmith 1780: William Allbright, blacksmith. Born about 1780 ?where, and died 2nd March 1825. William Lived in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, England. Married Elizabeth Moore 20 April 1802. They had 9 children, John (1802), William (1804) Mary Ann (1806 died 1807), Mary (1810)Sarah (1813) Elizabeth (1816) Michael (1818 died 1895) Emily Caroline (1821) James (1824). John the eldest son moved to Northampton where he worked in a foundry. William is my husband's 3 x gt.grandfather . Contact Margaret by
BEESON William Blacksmith 1765: William Beeson, blacksmith. Born circa 1765. William and his son John born 1800 were blacksmiths in Chenies (formerly Isenhampton), Buckinghamshire, England. They were from a long line of Blacksmiths who lived in that area. John moved to Two Waters, Hemel Hempstead, Herts. and set up a blacksmith business there from around 1830, his son James stayed in the business but John's son Thomas born 1835 +/- went to work at the steam train building yard in New Swindon, Wiltshire, around 1850 as a steam engine boiler fitter. Contact Lesley by
CHANDLER Anthony Blacksmith 1550: Anthony Chandler, born about 1550, was trained as a Blacksmith (perhaps apprenticed to the famous Buckingham bell-founder Ap Powell) and started a family bell-foundry at Drayton Parslow. Anthony married in Buckingham in 1580. Some of the bells made in the 1600s by Anthony's descendants, labelled CHANDLER MADE ME, survive today and at least one 350 year old CHANDLER bell was rung to celebrate the arrival of the new millennium. See the Stories from the Past Index. Contact Dick by
ELDRIDGE Jesse Blacksmith 1816: Jesse Eldridge, blacksmith. Born about 1816 in Buckinghamshire. The 1841 UK census lists him as 25yrs, at Green Hailey, Monks Risborough, Buckinghamshire; with wife Mary 20yrs (born Buckinghamshire) plus daughter Elizabeth 2yrs & son Jesse 6months infant. See this index for other Eldridge family members who cross at least three generations of blacksmiths in the Monk's Risborough area. References 1851 and 1881 censuses; BMD death index. Contact Brian by
ELDRIDGE Jesse Blacksmith 1815: Jesse Eldridge, blacksmith. Born 1815, Risborough, Buckinghamshire, England. Jesse married Mary King (b1819) in 1838. Children: Elizabeth (b1839), Jesse (b1841), John (b1843), Ann (b1846) and Mary (b1849). Mary (ie the mother) died in 1849. Jesse remarried in 1853, Louisa Hillyar (b1820) but I have no record of any more children. Mary, his youngest child, appears to have died by the 1851 census. In 1851 his younger brother William is a member of his household and his occupation is also shown as a blacksmith. Contact Brian by
ELDRIDGE John Blacksmith 1843: John Eldridge, blacksmith. Born 1843, Risborough, Buckinghamshire, England. Son of Jesse. John moved to Maidenhead in neighbouring Berkshire. He married Hannah (b1839, Lane End, Bucks). Children: John (b1865), Mary (b1868), Louisa (b1871), Frank (b1875) and Jesse (b1878). As far as I am aware, none of these became blacksmiths. Jesse, my grandfather, was a bricklayer. Contact Brian by
ELDRIDGE Richard Blacksmith 1788: Richard Eldridge, blacksmith. Born1788, Monks Risborough, Buckinghamshire, England. Richard married Elizabeth East in 1809. Children: Celia (b 1810), Francis (b 1813), Jesse (b1815), Thomas (b1818), George (b1821), Mary (b1823), Jane (b1825), Hannah (b1827), John (b1829) and William (b1832). Contact Brian by
WILLIAMS George Blacksmith,Farrier 1874: George Williams, blacksmith, farrier. Born about 1874, Buckinghamshire, England. The 1901 UK census lists George as 27yrs, at v17 Priory Street, St Pancras, London; with wife Charlotte 25yrs (born Buckinghamshire) and son Johan 11 months infant.
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