John Eldridge is thought to have been born in Sussex circa 1776, based on his age on burial. He may be the John Eldridge baptised at Battle, Sussex on 14 Apr 1779. John Eldridge was buried on 9 Jul 1849 aged 73 and Sarah on 19 Mar 1869 aged 79, both at Sedlescombe, Sussex England.
He is probably the John Eldridge who remarried as a widower by licence at Bodium to Sarah Whiting, a spinster, on 18 Nov 1833 with the baptism on 10 Jun 1810 at Catsfield, Sussex of John having his parents as John Eldridge and Sarah Whiting (as distinct from John Eldridge Whiting and Sarah).
John Eldridge Whiting married on 30 Dec 1834 at Sedlescombe to Sarah Smith. Baptisms at Sedlescombe of their children John and William show the parents surname as Eldridge Whiting and Sarah as Eldridge, all marked with an X with a margin note that "This ought to be Whiting" or "This Name ought to be Whiting". Later baptisms of Jane and Harriet show the parents surname as Eldridge Whiting and Eldridge respectively. A margin note "alias Whiting" is shown alongside the baptisms of Mary and Edward. No baptism is known for Elizabeth.
John, baptised 1810 at Catsfield, is shown as John Eldridge on the 1841, 1851, 1861 and 1871 census but is shown as John Whiting Eldridge age 65 in the entry for his burial on 6 Dec 1872 in the Sedlescombe Parish Register.
His son John, baptised 14 Aug 1836 at Sedlescombe, married on 2 Jan 1864 at Bodiam, Sussex as John Eldridge, son of John Eldridge, to Abigail Eldridge, daughter of Thomas Eldridge. She was Maria Abigail Eldridge baptised at Ewhurst on 26 Dec 1841 and shown in subsequent census records as Abigail. Her elder brother James migrated to Australia in 1859 and her ancestors relationship to those of her husband John is unknown.
A descendant, Jack Stewart McGregor Eldridge, migrated to Australia under the Ex-servicemens Free Passage Scheme on the Largs Bay from London to Sydney, arriving at Fremantle on 2 Jan 1947. He married, as John Eldridge, on 25 Jan 1947 at Stanmore, a Sydney New South Wales suburb, to Joan Patricia Murphy. Jack died on 24 Aug 1965 at Parramatta, NSW.
Updated 28 June 2015
John Eldridge (1776-1849) m ( ) Sarah (Unknown) (1790-1869) | John Eldridge Whiting (1810-1872) m 1834 Sarah Smith (1811-1851) | John Eldridge Whiting (1836- ) m 1864 Maria Abigail Eldridge (1841- ) William Eldridge Whiting (1838- ) Sarah Eldridge Whiting (1840- ) Jane Eldridge Whiting (1841- ) Harriet Eldridge Whiting (1843- ) m 1868 Alfred Noakes (1842- ) | | | Alfred J Noakes (1869- ) | George Henry Noakes (1870- ) | Albert Noakes (1872- ) | Frank Noakes (1876- ) | Elizabeth Eldridge Whiting (1845- ) Mary Eldridge Whiting (1846- ) Edward Eldridge Whiting (1850-1917) m 1876 Esther Hodgkin (1844-1918) | Nellie Eldridge (1877- ) Winifred Annie Eldridge (1879-1963) m 1913 William Foreman (1873-1953) | | | Percy George Foreman (1915-1976) | Kate A Eldridge (1882- ) Percy Edward Eldridge (1883-1914) m 1908 Agnes Isabella Henderson (1880- ) | | | Jean Margaret Eldridge (1908-1984) | m 1931 Henry Charles Kingsbury (1906-1998) | | | | | Michael J Kingsbury (1932- ) | | | Donald Edward Frederick Eldridge (1909-1991) | m 1940 Mabel D Bagnall ( - ) | | | | | Eleanor C Eldridge (1941- ) | | Malcolm D Eldridge (1943- ) | | Howard D Eldridge (1946- ) | | Lois Eldridge (1951- ) | | | Jack Stewart McGregor Eldridge (1911-1965) | m 1947 Joan Patricia Murphy (1922-2011) | | | | | Phillip John Eldridge (1950- ) | | Stephen E Eldridge (1953- ) | | Susan A Eldridge (1955- ) | | | Mavis J Eldridge (1912- ) | m 1930 Alfred J Upton ( - ) | | | Douglas John Upton (1933-2005) | Mavis J Upton (1935- ) | Edith Mary Eldridge (1885- ) Frederick Harry Eldridge (1890-1918) m 1912 Florence Eva Williams (1889-1981) | Ivan Maurice Frederick Eldridge (1915-1969) m 1942 Iris Winifred Hardy (1913-1999) | Nicholas J Eldridge (1950- )