Richard Eldridge was baptised at Ewhurst, Sussex, England on 1 Nov 1829. He married Frances Stevens in 1850 and they were living at Dunkirk, Kent when the 1851 census was taken. Their daughter Hannah died as a baby in May 1851 and Frances died in 1853.
Richard then married Sophia Ransom at the Chapel, Partridge Lane, Faversham, Kent, on 26 Oct 1853. They emigrated to Victoria, Australia as assisted migrants on the Tudor arriving in December 1854 with their infant daughter Hannah. Richard was shown as age 25 and Sophia as age 24. On the birth registration of their last child, Richard Charles Samuel born on 11 Jun 1871 at Phillips Flat, Ararat, Victoria, Richard is shown as a sawyer born at Sussex, England and Sophia as born at Kent, England. They are both shown as then being aged 42. The previous issue shows both Hannah and Emily as dead and appears to be in age order. The marriage registration for their daughter, Caroline Sophia, shows her birthplace as Creswick. Her younger siblings all had their births registered at Ararat VIC as was Richards death in 1887, aged 58. Sophia was shown as aged 62 when her death was registered at Horsham.
The husbands of their daughters Caroline Sophia and Ellen Harriett are both part of an apparently unrelated Eldridge family.
Their son Richard Charles Eldridge travelled to England as he enlisted in the Royal Artillery on 23 Feb 1895. He deserted on 14 Jan 1896 at Cork Harbour and travelled to the United States and married Marie Martin in 1896 at New York.
Updated 18 December 2018
Richard Eldridge (1829-1887) m 1850 Frances Stevens (1833- ) | | | Hannah Eldridge (1851-1851) | m 1853 Sophia Ransom (1829-1891) | Hannah Sophia Eldridge (1854-1856) | Descendants born in Australia 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 | Caroline Sophia Eldridge (1856-1881) m 1877 John Henry Holgate (1851- ) Alfred William Clowes Eldridge (1858-1930) m 1878 Christina McTavish (1851-1934) | | | Ernest Charles Eldridge (1881-1965) | m 1905 Elsie Esther Beatrice Smith (1881-1956) | | | | | Arthur Donald Ernest Eldridge (1906-1982) | | m 1927 Euphemia Reid Portbury (1905-1970) | | | | | | | Arthur Ernest Charles Eldridge (1928- ) | | | m 1952 Marie Schmale ( - ) | | | | | | | | | Graeme Arthur Eldridge ( - ) | | | | Lynne Maree Eldridge ( - ) | | | | | | | Ernest Keith Eldridge (1930-1980) | | | m 1957 Sylvia Margaret Baker ( - ) | | | | | | | | | Caron Leslie Eldridge (1958- ) | | | | Wayne Jeffrey Eldridge (1964- ) | | | | Gary Keith Eldridge (1965- ) | | | | | | | m 1968 Beverley Ann (Unknown) ( - ) | | | | | m ( ) Noreen Mauverneen Friend (1909-2003) | | Esther Christina Eldridge (1908-1991) | | m 1926 Leslie John Hamilton Garrett (1899-1994) | | | | | | | Kathleen Garrett ( - ) | | | Elaine Elizabeth Garrett (1942-1943) | | | | | Ellen Janet Eldridge (1910- ) | | m 1931 John William Nickell (1909-1969) | | Mabel Miriam Eldridge (1913- ) | | m 1939 Archibald Frederick Carroll (1914- ) | | | Donald Alfred Eldridge (1884-1975) | m 1927 Emily Maud Cullin (1888-1960) | | | | | Peggy Eldridge (1928-2008) | | m 1949 William Norman Mansell (1924-1978) | | | | | Paul William Mansell ( - ) | | Diana Phillipa Mansell ( - ) | | Ruth Mansell ( - ) | | | Jean Ellen Eldridge (1886- ) | m 1913 William James Crawford (1868-1932) | | | | | Bryce Crawford (1913- ) | | Donald W Crawford (1915- ) | | Dorothy E Crawford (1918- ) | | | Albert Richard Eldridge (1895-1979) | Christina Caroline Sarah Eldridge (1898-1985) | m 1924 George Fletcher ( - ) | Ellen Harriett Eldridge (1860-1930) m 1888 Rubert John Eldridge (1859-1939) Emily Julia Eldridge (1862-1863) Richard Charles Eldridge (1871-1900) m 1896 Marie Martin (1874- ) | Lillian Eldridge (1897- ) Anna Eldridge (1898-1974) m ( ) Lester Lefferts (1898- ) | William Frank Lefferts (1936- ) (unknown) Lefferts ( - ) (unknown) Lefferts ( - ) (unknown) Lefferts ( - )