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THE BRYDGES FAMILY, SETTLED IN
  RAMSAY TOWNSHIP, LANARK COUNTY,
   ONTARIO, CANADA IN 1830
  SPECIAL THANKS  to Earl Brydges for the research and documentation of data for our Ancestors, thereby making this site possible.
ALSO to Robert Bond e-m rbond007@earthlink.net, for information on other
              family members through his Ancestory.com pages.  Disregard Bob' e/m address, if other than  the foregoing on any pages.

THE FAMILY BACKGROUND IN ENGLAND:

It is important to understand that the early records in the British Isles give the parish
christening dates for children, not birth dates.   This means that an allowance must be
made when a birth date is being established. (source: Earl Brydges Family History 1994)
ROBERT BRYDGES UK4
Robert Brydges (UK4), according to the Canadian Census records for 1861 and 1871 was
born in England, about the year 1795 (if we subtract his death age of 78 years from his
year of death i.e. 1973, as noted in the Anglican Church records, Ottawa).   He died on
the 12'th concession of Ramsay, and was buried on the 8'th Line of Ramsay, February
5, 1873, age 78 years.
The Mormon Church records for the British Isles show a Robert Brydges christened on
May 7, 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.   This is the closest date to our Robert's calculated 1795 birth year that I (Earl)
could find for a Robert Brydges in England.   There is possible our Robert and later things
about him support this possibility.   There is no absolute proof.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE BRYDGES FAMILY BACKGROUND IN ENGLAND:
After a careful study of the Mormon records on family history that I (Earl) did in Texas in
February 1993, I think that I have traced accurately the Brydges background another
three generations.   I sent to Salt Lake City for the film of the old parish records going
back to the 1600's and checked the dates and names as they were actually written in the
parish registers.
Starting with the earliest entries that could be followed directly by marriage, I found the
folloeing:
ROBERT BRYDGES UK1:
1 Robert Brydges , whose birthdate would be about 1700, married Mary (surnane possibly
is 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.  
Their son-
ROBERT BRYDGES UK2:
2 Robert Brydges (UK2) was chtistened on Sept. 27, 1736 at Swanton Morley, Norwich
Archdeaconry.   He married Ann Veale on February 15, 1757 at St. Ethelred's, Norwich diocese.
Her surmame"Veale"  is on the marriage register.   Their son-
3 Robert Brydges (?UK3) was christened on Dec. 27, 1761 at St. Benedict's, Norwich diocese.  He
married (date not shown) Mary Ann Read, who was also christened at St. Benedict's, Norwich, on
Dec. 22, 1776.  
Their son-
ROBERT BRYDGES UK3
4 Robert Brydges (UK3) was christened Dec. 27,1761 at St. Benedicys, Norwich diocese.   He
married Mary Ann Read, who was also christened at St. Benedicts, Morwich, on December 22, 1776.  
    More on ourUK Family and where they lived at of Norfolk County
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. 
                To view the page for Robert Brydges UK4, see below.
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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 Esther came 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 to Esther (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 to Ann 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
the same clergyman.
Robert UK4 and Ann had 8 children as follows:   
          
  1     Frances Brydges         
  2    Sarah Brydges #1        
  3    Hannah Brydges             
  4    Robert Brydges #5                                    
  5    William Brydges #1         
  6    Louisa Brydges          
  7   Amelia Brydges                                                
  8    Anne  Brydges                                      

They also raised 9 Samuel Brydges #1    


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VIEW PHOTOS OF THE BRYDGES ANCESTORS AT (click on)
                 
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EXTRACT FROM ANCESTRY.COM    (AUTHOR NOT KNOWN)
ROBERT BRYDGES
BIRTH               MAY 7 1797       NORWICH CO. ENGLAND
DEATH              FEB 3 1873        RAMSAY TWP. ALMONTE AREA ON. CAN.
NOTES:
He lived across the road from Robert MacKinlay b. 1788, located in Ramsay Township,
just east of Almonte, Ontario, Canada.   Robert owned 100 acres lot 11 west, Concession 12,
Ramsay Township, Ontario.   His oldest son Samuel and his wife Ann Richardson owned a
farm corner to corner with Robert's farm.   His second son Robert and his wife Janet McKinlay
were living with him in 1871 and had taken over the operation of his farm.   The youngest
son William Brydges who married Annie McKinlay, owned a 60 acre farm adjoining Roberts
on the north sie at the time.

Samuel Brydges #1, click on   http://brydgesfamily.homestead.com/samuel_brydges1.html
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