Samuel Eldridge married Elizabeth Jones (nee Luckings) at Elizabeth Street Sydney on 24 Jun 1871. Samuel was a bachelor of Sydney, aged 35, born in Dublin, Ireland and signed with an X mark. He was the son of William, a labourer, and Margaret Ellen. Elizabeth was a widow of Sydney, aged 35, and was born at Maitland, NSW the daughter of John Luckings, a market gardener. She was first married to John Jones in Sydney in 1854 and they had six children, Mary, Elizabeth Ann, Harriet, Emma Caroline, John T and Lavinia C.
Samuel and Elizabeth had three children all born in Sydney. They all died as babies or infants and are buried in the same grave in the Roman Catholic Cemetery at Rookwood, NSW.
Samuel died of injuries accidently received on 27 Aug 1892 at Sussex Street, Sydney and an inquest was held on 29 Aug 1892. His death certificate shows he was aged 55 and had lived about 40 years in NSW suggesting he emigrated circa 1852 as a 15 year old. The Newcastle Morning Herald & Miner's Advocate carried a report on 29 Aug 1892 detailing the accident and reported on the inquest on the following day. Funeral notices for Samuel were published in the Sydney Morning Herald of Tuesday, 30 Aug 1892, as following:
A HORRIBLE ACCIDENT
Crushed to Death
(FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.)
INQUEST ON SAMUEL ELDRIDGE.
An inquest was held at the South Sydney
Morgue to-day by the City Coroner, Mr.
Pinhey, on the body of the man Samuel
Eldridge, who was crushed to death on
Saturday afternoon at Ashcroft's engineering
works, Sussex-street. He was 54 years of
age, a married man, and resided at Pyrmont.
At the time of the accident he was assisting
to slide a heavy casting, about four tons in
weight, into the shop, when it fell oner on
deceased, crushing him to death. His limbs
were broken, and his chest and abdomen
were crushed almost flat. The jury returned
a verdict of accidental death.
SYDNEY, Sunday. A Fearful accident happened yeaterday
afternoon at Ashcroft's engineering works,
295 Sussex-street, to a man who was em-
ployed at the works, which resulted in his
instant death. At about 2 o'clock the
unfortunate fellow was assisting, with
others, in sliding some heavy pieces of
machinery into Ashcroft's shop, the entrance
to which is on a steep incline from the
street. While a huge piece of iron was
being placed into position, after leaving the
dray, it canted over, and before the deceased
could escape he was crushed to the ground
under the heavy weight. As speedily as pos-
sible ready hands set to work to raise the
piece of machinery, which occupied
some time, but it could be seen before-
hand that the man was dead. When
extricated it was found that his chest and
abdomen were crushed in, and both legs and
arms fractured, and he was quite dead. A
constable was called in, and the body was
removed to the South Sydney Morgue, where
it now lies.
The deceased man's name was Samuel
Eldridge. He was 54 years of age, and
resided with his wife and family at 58
THE FRIENDS of Mrs. SAMUEL ELDRIDGE
are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of her
late beloved HUSBAND; to move from his late residence,
65 Pyrmont-street, Pyrmont, THIS (Tuesday) AFTER-
NOON, at quarter-past 1 o'clock, for the Necropolis. H.
MASON, Jun., Undertaker, 74 Oxford-street.
THE FRIENDS of JOHN FRANKLIN, ALFRED
CHALLINOR, and HARRY SPINNEY are respect-
fully invited to attend the Funeral of their respected
FATHER-IN-LAW, Samuel Eldridge; to move from his
late residence, 65 Pyrmont-street, Pyrmont, THIS (Tuesday)
AFTERNOON, at quarter-past 1 o'clock, for Necropolis.
Elizabeth died at Glebe on 15 Apr 1918 aged 82. She was survived by all her daughters from her marriage to John and her three children to Samuel Eldridge were shown as none living, 2 females, 1 male deceased.
On 2 Jun 1960 a Ethel May Eldridge died at her neice's residence at Arncliffe and she is shown on her death registration, by her neice E Challinor, as being aged 79 born Pyrmont, Sydney the unmarried daughter of Samuel Eldridge and Elizabeth Lackings. It is thought that she was an adopted child.
Updated 7 August 2007
William Eldridge ( - ) m ( ) Margaret Ellen (Unknown) ( - ) | Samuel Eldridge (1836-1892) m 1871 Elizabeth Luckings (1835-1918) | Descendants born in Australia 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 | Margaret Ellen Eldridge (1873-1875) William Eldridge (1874-1875) Amelia May Eldridge (1876-1881)