George Eldridge was aged 27 when he accidently drowned in the Hunter River at Hinton near Maitland, New South Wales on 12 Mar 1843. The Maitland Mercury of Saturday 18 Mar 1843 reported Death by Drowning as follows:
On Monday last an inquest was held at Berry Park, the estate of J. Eales, Esq., before J.S. Parker, Esq., coroner, on the body of George Eldridge, who was accidentally drowned on Sunday morning while crossing the Hunter, near Mr. Jermain's farm, in the company of two other persons, in an old boat that was hardly safe for one man to have ventured in. One of the party, named Hall, who had come from Maitland that morning, had a very narrow escape, and was saved by taking hold of a dog that was in the boat at the time, and which kept him above water till rescued from his perilous situation by one of Mr. Jermain's servants. A verdict of accidental death was returned. The deceased has left a wife and two children to lament his untimely end. The man who took the body out of the water was entitled to a reward of five shillings, which he requested the coroner to hand to the widow of the deceased.
One of George's children is thought to be Mary Ann Eldridge. She married at
the District Registrar's Office, Yass on 23 Aug 1870. Her parents were not
recorded. She records her birthplace as Hunter River on the birth registration
of her two children born before she married. Robert Pucket is noted as the
father for the birth of Ellen. On 29 Jun 1880 Mary Ann was baptised in the
Catholic Church at Yass and she showed her parents as George Eldridge and
Mary Harris. Mary Ann died at Temora on 8 Jan 1912 and was shown as aged 72
born Maitland with her parents unknown.
George Fletcher & Elizabeth Eldridge
James O'Donnel & Mary Ann Eldridge with son John
Updated 9 December 2007
George Eldridge(1816-1843) m ( ) Mary Harris ( - ) | Mary Ann Eldridge (1841-1912) (partner) Robert Pucket ( - ) | | | Ellen Eldridge (1864- ) | m 1886 Robert Pilcher (1865-1899) | | | | | Mary Ellen Pilcher (1886- ) | | Margaret Pilcher (1889- ) | | Ettie A Pilcher (1893- ) | | Robert Colenso Pilcher (1900-1900) | | | m 1901 James Harris Thomas (1866-1937) | (unknown male) | | | Elizabeth Eldridge (1869-1927) | m 1890 George Fletcher (1862-1935) | | | William Fletcher (1892-1953) | Mary Fletcher (1894-1974) | John Fletcher (1896-1917) | Henry Fletcher (1898- ) | Alice Elizabeth Fletcher (1901- ) | George Fletcher (1904-1932) | James Glen Fletcher (1906-1944) | Frederick Fletcher (1908-1979) | Benjamin Eldridge Fletcher (1910-1970) | Robert Fraser Fletcher (1912- ) | m 1870 James O'Donnell (1821-1901) | | | Margaret O'Donnell (1872- ) | Mary O'Donnell (1874- ) | Bridget O'Donnell (1876-1886) | James O'Donnell (1880-1883) | John O'Donnell (1882- ) | Maria O'Donnell (1885-1886) | (Unknown) Eldridge ( - )