Robert Eldridge was a bachelor when he married Mary Higgins, a spinster, on 26 Dec 1821 at St Luke, Finsbury, Middlesex, England. He was a weaver and later a cooper and was at Bethnal Green, Middlesex, England when the 1841 census was taken with him shown aged 50. Mary is shown as Mary Ann on the baptisms of some of their children.
Robert Eldridge, son of Robert and Mary, was born at the Lying in Hospital, London in 1839 and is shown aged 2 born Middlesex in the 1841 census at Bethnal Green. A Robert Elton, shown as born London son of Robert Elton and Mary Pryor, married at Emerald Hill, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 1874 to Catherine Lennon. His only surviving child, William Henry Elton, is in the household of Rachel Fitzgerald, nee Eldridge on the 1891 census at Swanscombe, Kent shown as William Elton, a nephew age 14 born Melbourne. As Robert Eldridge, born 1839 is the younger brother of Rachel Eldridge, this census evidence strongly suggests that Robert Eldridge changed his name to Robert Elton on coming to Australia.
Updated 10 January 2011
Robert Eldridge (1790- ) m 1821 Mary Ann Higgins ( - ) | William Eldridge (1822- ) Mary Ann Eldridge (1824- ) m 1845 John Rice (1831- ) | | | John Rice (1845- ) | Albert Rice (1847- ) | Mary A Rice (1852- ) | Eliza Rice (1854- ) | Emily Rice (1855- ) | Henry Rice (1857- ) | George Walter Rice (1861- ) | Elizabeth Emma Eldridge (1827- ) m 1847 George Hill (1825- ) | | | Elizabeth Emma Hill (1848- ) | Mary Anne Hill (1850- ) | Emma Hill (1851- ) | Caroline Hill (1853- ) | Eliza Ann Hill (1856- ) | Henry Hill (1861- ) | William James Hill (1863- ) | Thomas Hill (1864- ) | Alice Hill (1867- ) | Ann Hannah Eldridge (1830- ) Esther Eldridge (1832- ) m 1850 William Eggleton ( - ) John Thomas Eldridge (1833- ) Henry Eldridge (1835- ) Rachel Eldridge (1837- ) m 1856 Richard Fitzgerald (1835-1914) | | | William George Fitzgerald (1859- ) | Robert Fitzgerald (1860- ) | Alfred Fitzgerald (1862- ) | Henry Fitzgerald (1866- ) | Alice Fitzgerald (1870- ) | Charles Fitzgerald (1871- ) | Maud Fitzgerald (1874- ) | Frederick Fitzgerald (1876- ) | Jane Fitzgerald (1868- ) | Edward Fitzgerald (1880- ) | Annie Fitzgerald (1882- ) | Robert Eldridge/Elton (1839-1907) m 1874 Catherine Lennon (1855-1896) | Robert Elton (1876-1876) Robert Elton (1877-1878) William Henry Elton (1879-1937) Alfred Dolphin Eldridge (1881-1882) James John Elton (1882-1882)