ROBERT BRYDGES UK4: was christened May 7, 1797 at Heigham Parish, Norwich diocese. THIS IS
THE ROBERT BRYDGES WHO CAME TO CSNADA IN 1834 OR 1835 AND SETTLED IN RAMSAY TOWNSHIP View Robert Brydges UK4 at Robert Brydges UK4
OUR U. K. FAMILY
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Robert Brydges UK 1 married Ann Groves from Staffordshire County, England. They lived in
Swanton Morley, a parish about 15 miles north-west from the city of Norwich, in Norfolk
County in the Archdeaconry of Norwich. They had a son also named Robert (Robert
Brydges UK2) who was christened on Sept. 27, 1736 in Swanton Morley.
Robert Brydges UK 2 married Ann Veale on Feb 15, 1757 at St. Ethelred's Norwich
Archdeaconry. They also had a son Robert (Robert Brydges UK3) who was christened
on Dec. 27, 1761 at St. Benedict's Norwich diocese. He married Mary Ann Read who
was christened at St. Bendict's on Dec. 22, 1776. They also had a son Robert,
(Robert Brydges UK4), (see below) who was christened on May 7, 1797 at Heigham Parish,
Norwich diocese. Robert Brydges UK4 was married twice, and immigrated to
Canada with his second wife and son Samuel Brydges #1.
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Our Ancestors all lived in a small area a few miles north-east to north-west, or close to and in theCity of Norwich, Norfolk County, England. The Brydges men married wives from Swanton Morley
(Ann Groves), from Norwich (Ann Veale and Mary Ann Read), and from Aylsham (Ann Shaw).It is quite likely that Robert'UK4's first wife Esthercame from that area also.
The Veale name (Robert UK3) is recorded as far back as 1680 in the Norwich area. The earliest Brydges entry in the Norwich area is 1546. The Read name is traced back as far as 1630. This all points to the fact that our Ancestors and the families they married into lived for many years in Norfolk County, in and around the City of Norwich.
In the early 1830's there were many desperate, hard-working English labourers, people used to
hard work and poverty, who were ready to emigrate to the New World- Canada, United States and
Australia-and start a new, hopefully better life for themeselves and thier families. Hence
Robert Brydges UK4 and his second wife Ann, along with a son (Samuel #1) from his first
marriage, departed for Canada.
The Parish records show no Brydges names for christenings, marriages or deaths before the year 1823 and none after 1834. During the 11 years the following 7 entries appear.
Emma Brydges mother Frances Brydges chtistened Dec. 7, 1823
Samuel Brydges son of Robert and Esther Brydges christened June 27, 1825
Hannah Brydges mother Charlotte Brydges christened Dec. 26, 1826
Frances Brydges married John Granham Dec. 26, 1826
Maria Brydges married John Ludbrook April 24, 1827
Robert Brydges married Ann Shaw Oct. 7, 1833
Mahalath Brydges parents Robert & Mary Brydges christened March 16, 1834
At that time the Parish of Redgrave had a population of 153
According to the Canadian Cencus rrcords for 1861 and 1871, Robert Brydges UK4 was born in England about the year 1795. He died at the 12th Concession of Ramsay; Lanark County,Ontario,Canada and was buried on the 8th Line of Ramsay on February 5th, 1873. (age 78 years).
The Mormon Church records for the British Isles show
Robert Brydges christened on May 7th, 1797 in the parish
of Heigham, near the city of Norwich, Norfolk County, on the east coast of England. The parents were recorded as Robert Brydges and Mary Ann Read.
Robert Brydges was marrird twice;
!'st marriage was toEsther (last name not known) in
1824. The cause of Esther's death is also not known.
Robert and Esther had a son SAMUEL BRYDGES # 1
who immigrated to Canada about 1835 with his father and step-mother.
2'nd marriage was toAnn Shaw in 1833. She immigrated to Canada with
Robert UK 4 about 1835. It is not known where they lived during the first few
years. Many Lanark County settlers lived at Lanark Village, after
disembarking at Prescott and proceeding to Lanark via Brockville.
Robert Brydges UK4 , when he first arrived, worked for John Gemmill (who
came to Canada in 1821; to Lanark Village and then moved to the 8'th Line
of Ramsay. When his son Samuel #1 commenced working, he was
employed by a Mr. Nicholson on the 8'th Line. John Gemmill had much to do
with land grants, land sales and settlement in the Almonte area of Ramsay.
Robert Brydges eventually settled on lot 11 west, Concession 12 of Ramsay
in 1856. Later son Samuel #1 purchased the farm on lot 12 east Concession 12
(upon which he lived his entire life) and married Ann Richardson in 1847.
Robert Brydges UK4 and Ann had 8 children (6 were baptized in March 1852, at
the house; on the same day that Samuel and Ann had 3 children baptized, by