William Eldridge was a labourer born in Astinleigh, Kent, England when he enlisted on 14 Jan 1824 at age 18 into the 40th Regiment of Foot. His service included postings abroad in New South Wales & Van Diemans Land, East Indies and Alfghanistan before he was discharged on 9 Jul 1845. He was a labourer of Chilham, Kent England when he married Mary Ann Owen at Chilham on 30 Aug 1846 and his father shown as Robert Eldridge, a labourer however he may the William baptised at Hastingleigh, Kent in Jan 1805 the son of Ann Eldridge.
On the 1851 census the couple and their son Thomas Ernest were living at Chilham and William was recorded as being a Part Pensioner Chelsea, born at Astonleigh, Kent. In 1856 when his son Herbert John was born at Chilham he was shown as an agricultural labourer.
William died later in 1856 and his wife Mary Ann Eldridge is shown as a widowed dressmaker on the 1861 census at Chilham, living with four children. She later married married William Richard Barnes, a saddler and harness maker, in 1874 and she died in 1887.
Updated 7 November 2012
Robert Eldridge ( - ) m ( ) (Unknown) ( - ) | William Eldridge (1806-1856) m 1846 Mary Ann Owen (1828-1887) | Thomas Ernest Eldridge (1850- ) Constance Martha Eldridge (1852- ) (Unknown) | | | Beatrice Emma Eldridge (1869- ) | m 1887 John Frederick L Warburton (1865- ) Godfrey Clarence Henry Eldridge (1854-1919) m 1873 Harriet Brown (1846-1921) | | | Thomas Ernest Eldridge (1873-1875) | William Arthur Eldridge (1875-1876) | Lucy Eldridge (1877-1881) | Mary Adelaide Eldridge (1879-1960) | m 1903 John Dargue (1878- ) | | | | | Doris Dargue (1904- ) | | George Clarence Dargue (1909- ) | | | Herbert Eldridge (1882-1913) | m 1905 May Lucetta Spink (1883- ) | | | | | Ida Eldridge (1906- ) | | Evelyn Addison Eldridge (1909- ) | | | Ernest Eldridge (1884-1959) | m 1908 Hannah Crowther (1885-1934) | Laura Eldridge (1887- ) | m 1914 Willie Newby ( - ) | Herbert John Eldridge (1856- )