George Eldridge married Maria Ellis on 21 Apr 1837 at Ninfield, Sussex, England. Maria was the daughter of Edward Ellis and Fanny Lusted and was baptised at Ninfield on 23 Apr 1820. Their two daughters Charlotte and Jane were both baptised at Ewhurst, Sussex on 8 Apr 1838 and 16 Feb 1840 respectively.
They migrated to New South Wales on the ship William Turner arriving from London, Plymouth on 5 Oct 1841. George is shown as age 24, a bricklayer of Ewhurst, Sussex, son of Samuel Eldridge, a bricklayer living and Phoebe Cheeseman, his wife dead. Maria is shown as age 21, a house servant of Ninfield, daughter of Edward Ellis, a labourer living and Fanny Nelson, his wife also living. Charlotte is shown as age 3 on 7 Mar 1841 and Jane as age 1 on 18 Jan 1841.
Charlotte married George Smith at Yass on 18 Mar 1853 and her usual residence is shown as Narran Gullen, Cavan. Jane married Reuben George Carter on 26 Mar 1855 at Murrumbateman near Yass and they moved to Yackandandah, Victoria probably after the birth of her first child. Both Charlotte and Jane remarried following the death of their husbands.
Maria Eldrige (sic) with residence shown as Narrangullen Cavan was shown as the mother of Thomas, born 18 Nov 1848 and Ann, born 24 Sep 1851, when they were both baptised at Yass on 18 Mar 1853. The name of their father was not stated suggesting George was not their father. No record of the death of George is known.
Maria remarried as a widow on 11 Feb 1861 at Goulburn to John William Hall. His residence was recorded as Nanima Creek. She was recorded as the daughter of Edward Ellis and Frances Robinson and her place of birth as Enfield, Sussex. She died at Nanima Creek, near Yass, on 29 Jun 1896. John was the informant on her death registration and he recorded her first spouse as J Ellis and No Issue for children of marriage, presumably meaning his.
Updated 23 February 2017
George Eldridge (1817- ) m 1837 Maria Ellis (1820-1896) | Charlotte Eldridge (1838-1928) m 1853 George Smith (1821-1880) | | | Susan Smith (1851-1922) | Martha Smith (1853-1899) | Louisa Smith (1855-1929) | Charlotte Smith (1857-1943) | Mary Jane Smith (1859- ) | George Henry Smith (1862-1934) | Thomas James Smith (1864-1958) | Maria Smith (1866-1961) | Alfred Smith (1869-1935) | William Smith (1872-1947) | Edward Charles Smith (1875-1952) | Amy Elizabeth Smith (1877-1878) | Hannah Elizabeth Smith (1879-1964) | m 1881 James Privett (1812-1901) | Jane Eldridge (1840-1924) m 1855 Reuben George Carter (1829-1871) | | | Alfred Thomas Carter (1856- ) | George Robert Carter (1858-1952) | Mary Jane Charlotte Carter (1860-1934) | Arthur Henry Carter (1862-1895) | Sarah Maria Carter (1863-1945) | Winifred Sarah Smith Carter (1866-1868) | Martha Caroline Edwards Carter (1868-1949) | Ralph Brown Carter (1871-1875) | m 1876 Alfred Jarvis (1835-1927) | Emma Matilda Jarvis (1877-1962) Reuben Thomas Jarvis (1878-1951) Ebenezer Augustus Jarvis (1881-1946) Annie Rebecca Charlotte Jarvis (1884-1889)