|About Aldridge, Baxter, Fisher, Gooding, Kerslake, Narraway and Rice Family Tree
Firstly and before I thank anybody else I would like to give an enormous thank you to Mary SMITH. Mary is my fantastic aunt who wrote out by hand lots of family information and sent it through to me. It was because of the hard work that Mary did that started me on this never ending trail of tracing my family tree.
Secondly I would like to thank my father, Peter ALDRIDGE who has spent some considerable time travelling to different council offices tracing the birth and marriage certificates of our ALDRIDGE family.
I would like to thank everybody I have met via the internet on Genesreunited or
other sites. Specifically those people named below who have conducted some excellent research:
Simon Fisher Brooker, Fisher and Narraway Families John Carter & Michael Daniel Kerslake/Keslake Family Jan Kingshott, Mary Aitkin & John Rawcliffe Gooding Family Dave Grimbling Narraway Family Geraldine Gardner & Colin Ward Easley Family Keith Torrance Baxter Family Jerry Daniels Bawden Family Joan Cowdell Rice Family
If anybody would like their name removed or for the information to be added to their site please let me know. The object is to share information amongst people of common ancestors.
Thanks again for all of your assistance.
Variations of the ALDRIDGE Name
In many old records are found variations of the name that differ from today's commonly used spellings. The many orthographies in which the name is found are:
Aldriche, Aldritch, Aldrige, Aldrigge, Aldretch, Aldrech, Aldredge, Aldridgh, Aldrigh, Aldridge, Aldrich, Aldreidge, Aldrage, Alldredge, Alldridge, Aldred, Allred, Alred, Auldridge, Arledge, Oldridge and others. The most common spellings today are: Aldridge, Alldredge, Aldredge, Aldred, Allred, Alred, Aldrich and Arledge.
Origin of the ALDRIDGE Name
One writer says the name derives from a Saxon word - "Aldred" meaning old or ancient - also "Ald" and "Eld" means old. The first syllable of the name Aldridge, viz, "Ald" is a corruption of the English word "Auld." The last syllable is from a word meaning "point of land or ridge." The Welsh pronunciation is "redge," sometimes sounding nearly like "retch." When our ancient people decided to have a surname, they were living in a primitive manner in the hills of Wales as freemen. To designate themselves, they were known as the people from the "Auld Ridge," this being the designation of their chain of hills, which was known far and wide as "The Auld Ridge."
History of the Name
One of the first references to this name in England is Aldred, or Ealdred, or Alred who became Abbot of Tavistock in 1027, Bishop of Worcester in 1044, and Archbishop of York in 1060. This man died at York in 1069. He undertook several
diplomatic missions to the Continent, and was the first English bishop to visit
Jerusalem in 1058. It has been alleged that he crowned Harold in 1066; he certainly crowned William the Conqueror, and proved a faithful servant to the Norman king. He was active and courageous, but ambitious, greedy and self- seeking.
Families bearing this name were to be found at early dates in the English counties of Suffolk, Norfolk, Oxford, Derby, Surrey, Hants, Stafford and London. Records indicate that they were, for the most part, of the landed gentry and yeomanry of Great Britain. In early American records the name of Aldrich and Aldridge are used interchangeably and, in some cases, are even confused with the name Eldridge or Eldredge.
One of the earliest known lines of the family in England was that of William Aldrich, who was Bailiff of Yarmouth, County Norfolk, as early as the year 1468
and possibly before. Another early branch of the family in England was that of Robert Aldriche or Aldrich, who resided in Staffordshire before the beginning of the 17th century, having been born about 1575. While it is not definitely known from which of the several lines of the family in England the first emigrant of the name to America was descended, it is generally believed that most, if not all, of the Aldrichs and the Aldridges derive from a common ancestor of a remote period.
One Robert Aldridge appears to be the first Aldridge that set his foot on the soil of the new country called America. What day or year he arrived is not known, or if he had a family. The record only says, "Muster of inhabitants across the water at Virginia, 1624/25. Those that lie in ye Treasurors Plantation at James City ", on the dead list "at these Plantations" is the name
of Robert Aldridge.
Robert Aldred left England in June 1635 for Virginia. Robert Aldred was brought
into the county of Nansemond, Virginia 1650 by John Perrott and may be the ancestor of the Aldred family that later appears in North Carolina. If these two are the same person, he may have stopped over at Barbados a few years before coming on to Virginia. Nansemond County was formed in 1637 from New Norfolk (called Upper Norfolk until 1642).
Another early arrival to Virginia was one Francis Aldridge. He is mentioned in a grant of land provided to Bridges Freeman in 1637 for transporting, at Freeman's cost, 16 persons to America. Francis Aldridge was one of the 16 transportees. His wife was Jane, and he left a will upon his death in 1678 in Norfolk County, Virginia. He mentions no children.
Nicholas Aldred is also found in the early records of Virginia. Here the spelling is found as "Aldred" which may be "Aldridge." Land transactions in 1645 and 1655 involving this man appear in the Isle of Wight County Virginia - Deed Book A. He is also mentioned in the will of Edward Chetwine, Isle of Wight
County, dated 7 Sept. 1647.
Copied from the "ALDRIDGE/ARLEDGE Family Homepage"
Thomas BECON - Rev. Thomas Becon, who had been the confessor to Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and who had spent much of 1554 in the Tower of London.
Note from Deborah Sweet, Thank you
Thomas was one of the SIX PREACHERS OF CANTERBURY. After Henry VIII formally broke with the Catholic Church of Rome, he named Archbishop Cranmer the first Archbishop of Canterbury of the Church of England. Cranmers first act was to annul Henry''s marriage to Catharine, validating Henry and Ann Boleyn''s marriage (which had already taken place). After Henry died in 1547, Edward VI ascended the throne, and Thomas Beacon was named by Cranmer as one of the Six Preachers of Canterbury. He is called ''Chaplain to Archbishop Cranmer’. In 1553 Mary I "Bloody Mary" ascended the throne and Cranmer and the Six Preachers were arrested. Thomas is known to have been imprisoned in the Tower of London for much of 1554. Cranmer meanwhile recanted his Protestantism, but it didn''t save him from burning at the stake. He reaffirmed his Protestantism before being burned. Thomas and a friend, Robert Wysdom, who was minister of St. Catherine''s, are both forced to recant and Thomas was released from the Tower. He fled to Geneva, Switzerland, but returned in 1559, probably when Elizabeth takes power.
Research and source notes: Deborah Sweet -
1) From Burke's Landed Gentry, 1952 (courtesy of Jim Beken)- "Priest in Holy Orders (ordained 1538), became a noted ProtestantReformer, was author of over forty religious pamphlets and volumes ofsermons under the name Theodore Basil; Vicar of Brenzett, Kent, Rector ofSt. Stephen's, Walbrook 1547-8 till deprived by Bishop Bonner 1554,Chaplain to Archbishop CRANMER and a Six Preacher; After confinement inthe TOWER fled to Geneva in 1554; Canon of Canterbury from 1559 tilldeath, Rector of Buckland, Herts 1560, Vicar of Sturry, Kent 1562, Vicarof St. Stephen's, Wallbrook 1563, Rector of St. Dionis Backchurch from1563 till death; educated at St. John's Coll., Cambridge. (B.A. 1530-1)."
2) From the Volume Library, V.2, p.1648; op cit-
"Cranmer, Thomas - (1489-1556); Became the first archbishop ofCanterbury in the Church of England. He worked for the church'sestablishment under the king's sovereignty. A university theologian,Cranmer first came to favor in 1529 by suggesting ways in which HenryVIII might obtain a divorce from Catherine of Aragon. He remained in theking's favor and was named archbishop of Canterbury in 1533. Cranmerimmediately annulled Henry's first marriage, making his marriage withAnne Boleyn valid. When Queen Mary, a Catholic, came to the throne in1553, Cranmer was accused of treason and heresy. He publicly recanted hisProtestantism, but, when sent to be burned at the stake, reaffirmed hisProtestant beliefs." From p. 1679-
"Henry VIII - (1491-1547); King of England 1509-1547. Henryseparated the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church. Hismarriage to his brother's widow, Catherine of Aragon, had produced onesurviving daughter (later Mary I). Cardinal Wolsey failed to get Henry adivorce, whereupon Henry arrested Wolsey, broke with Rome, made himselfhead of the Church of England, divorced Catherine, and married AnneBoleyn, in 1533. This marriage also produced one surviving girl (laterElizabeth I). Between 1536 and 1539 the monasteries were dissolved. Theirwealth and property went to Henry, whose court was becoming more and moreextravagant. In 1535 Henry had Anne Boleyn executed on charges ofadultery and married Jane Seymour, who died giving birth to the futureEdward VI in 1537."
3) From copies of a book on Thomas Becon and his Collected Works, sent byJim Beken, containing a sketch of the life of Thomas, and some of hiswritings - (I need more info on the author, etc.)
"Robert Wysdom, or Wisdom, was minister of St. Catherine's, inLothbury, and a laborious preacher of the truth; he was compelled torecant, with Becon, in 1544." [He and Becon were friends].
"When Edward VI came to the throne, the people of Canterbury wereparticularly opposed to the Reformation. This induced Cranmer to place inthat city SIX PREACHERS, distinguished for their piety and learning.Becon was one of them, and from the numerous sufferers for the truthamong the inhabitants during the reign of Queen Mary [Bloody Mary, whohad tried to reestablish Catholicism as the dominant religion, torturingand burning many Protestants at the stake], their labours appear to havebeen made useful to many. Becon was also chaplain to the protectorSomerset, and for some time an inmate in his family at Sheen. Of thedeath of this nobleman, Becon spoke thus in his epistle to the persecutedsufferers for the gospel in England '...Edward, duke of Somerset, who, inthe time of his protectorship, so banished idolatry...and brought inagain God's true religion...Was not the ungentle handling of him, and theunrighteous thrusting him out of office, and afterwards the cruelmurdering of him...a token of God's anger against us?...I pass over manyothers and ...come unto that which is most lamentable....the death of ourmost godly prince and christian king, Edward the sixth...that earnestdestroyer of false religion...was not the taking away of him a sure signand an evident token that some great evil hung over this realm ofEngland?'
That Becon was an eminent preacher of the reformed doctrines appearsfrom his having been committed to the TOWER, with Bradford and Vernon,within a fortnight of the accession of queen Mary. He was at that timerector of St. Stephen's, Walbrook, in the city of London. After a severeimprisonment of seven months, he was released, but was deprived of hisliving by the early proceedings of the queen against the married clergy;it is indeed most surprising that he should have been liberated, whilemany persons far less distinguished as preachers of the truth, weredetained in prison under different pretences until popery was fullyrestored, when they were burned. These early proceedings, however, warnedhim of his danger, and after remaining in concealment for some time, heescaped to the continent, where he continued till the death of queenMary. [Jim Beken notes that Thomas "...fled Norfolk and hid in Kent inthe mid 1500's. Jim has followed the generations across Kent since thenfrom Canterbury in the East, eventually to London and surrounding areasin mid-Kent. There are still Beacon families living in North Kent, and afew Beeken families in mid-Kent. He has met and knows most of them. TheBeken's have now gone from the county, the last being his Aunt BerthaBeken who died in Ramgate, Kent 1988. Jim tells us there are nearly 20variations of the spelling of the name. He also states that he has beenin touch with descendants in England, Scotland, Canada, Australia,U.S.A., and New Zealand, both north and south islands.)
Becon's writings were included by name in the proclamation of Philipand Mary against the writings of the principal reformers, and many copiesdoubtless destroyed. While upon the continent he was not idle, but wroteseveral of his tracts. In an epistle to the persecuted brethren inEngland, he directed them to their only refuge and deliverer; it was readin the private meetings of the protestants... In the preface written in 1563, Becon says, "The cross of Christ waslaid upon the true christians ot this realm not many years past, so thatdivers of our countrymen were most grievously persecuted, most cruellyapprehended, imprisoned, stocked, chained, manacled, brought forth,accused, condemned, and burnt to ashes. Divers were secretly famished,and murdered in prison, spoiled of all their goods, exiled and banishedinto strange countries....
When queen Elizabeth came to the throne, Becon returned to England,and again laboured zealously and successfully to promote the truth. In1560, he was appointed to the rectory of Buckland, in Hertfordshire, andsubsequently to that of Christ Church, Newgate, which he afterwardsresigned; and in 1563 was appointed to the living of Dionis Backchurch inLondon. Like many of the exiles and most excellent characters of thatday, he desired that greater liberty as to uniformity should be permittedthan was allowed; and he was one of the large minority in theconvocation, which supported a petition for greater freedom with respectto some rites and ceremonies. (58, including proxies, supported thepetition, 59 opposed it; the majority of the individuals present votedfor it.) In January 1564/5, the clergy of London attended at Lambeth:they were required to subscribe to the recent ecclesiastical regulations,but several declined. [cites 'Strype's "Life of Grindal"-] "Many uponthis were sequestered, and afterwards some deposed and deprived -Whittingham and Becon refused at first, but afterwards subscribed andwere preferred." It does not clearly appear what preferment he obtained,after this; but he was appointed to preach at Paul's cross in thefollowing year, and the lord mayor petitioned archbishop Parker,requesting his grace to prevail upon Becon to preach one of the SpitalSermons. After this time he seems to have resided chiefly at Canterbury,where he held a prebend...In that city he died about 1567.
Becon was one of the most laborious and useful writers and preachersamong the British reformers. His publications exceed forty in number;some are of considerable length. The earliest was printed in 1541, andthe latest in 1566. They embrace a much wider range of subjects than theworks of any other writer of that day. Several of them are upon theRomish controversy, and manifest a thorough knowledge of the subject, butthe greater part of them do not directly relate thereto...[although]their contents are also exceedingly spritual...
The most complete list of Becon's works which can be ascertained - 1. News from Heaven (1541) 2. The Christmas Banquet 3. A Petationfor Lent 4. The pathway to Prayer 5. A pleasant Nosegay 6. The Policy ofWar 7. David's Harp newly stringed; an exposition on Psalm cxv 8. A NewYear's Gift 9. An Invective against Swearing 10. The Governance of Virtue11. A new Catechism 12. Preface to the book of Christian Matrimony 13.The Jewel of Joy 14. The Principles of the Christian Religion 15. ATreatise of Fasting 16. The Castle of Comfort 17. The Solace of the Soul18. The Fortress of the Faithful 19. The Christian Knight 20. Homilyagainst Whoredom 21. The Flower of godly Prayers 22. The Pomander ofPrayer 23. The Sick Man's Salve 24. Dialogue between the Angel and theShepherds 25. An Invective against Whoredom 26. A comfortable Epistle tothe afflicted People of God
27. A Supplication unto God for restoring of his holy Word 28. Thedisplaying of the Popish Mass
29. Common-places of the Holy Scripture 30. Comparison between the Lord'sSupper and the Pope's Mass 31. Proofs from the Fathers against the popisherrors relative to the Sacrament 32. The monstrous Merchandise of theRomish Bishops 33. The Reliques of Rome 34. The diversity between God'sword and man's invention 35. The Acts of Christ and antichrist 36.Christ's Chronicle 37. The Summary of the New Testament 38. The Demandsof the Holy Scripture 39. The glorious Triumph of God's blessed Word 40. The praise of Death 41. Postills, or Sermons upon the Gospels for theSundays and Holy Days throughout the year. There are a few other piecesascribed to Becon, and some translations. He also assisted in theBishop's Bible.
4) Transcription of Thomas Becon's Will, courtesy of Jim Beken - "Transcription of the Will of Thomas Becon (Beacon)
In the name of God Amen. The xx19 (29th) day of June in theyear of our Lord God, a thousand five hundred three score and seven andin the ninth year of the most ------ and rayne of our sovereign LadyElizabeth by the Grace of God, Queeen of England, France and Ireland,Defender of the Faith etc:
I Thomas Beacon common prebender of Christ Church, Canterbury, beingsicke of body and nethertheless of Good and Perfect mind and remembrance,after the declaration of his lively faith in Jesus Christ and continualmeditation of Gods most Holy Word, to the great comfort and considerationof his soul hath declared his will and Testament by word of mouth in fewwords as following, perceiving present death at hand to take him out ofthis miserable life.
That is to say I give to my wife all my goods, the portions of moneythat I have already for my children appointed and assigned only reserved,and also I forgive ----- ryder xv (15/-) Present witness hereof.
Thomas Foster, Josua Hutton and others."
Ronald Macdonald Hutchinson - Otherwise known as Harry TATE
Tate made his debut at the Oxford in 1895, and became well known for his impressions of performers such as Dan Leno, George Robey, and Eugene Stratton. Success came with his comedy sketch, Motoring, in which he played the part of a new car owner trying to repair it. His other sketches included Running an Office, Billiards and Fishing. Several catch phrasees he used became popular in Britain in the 1930s, including "Goodbye-eee", "How's your Father" (used as an escape clause when he was unable to answer a question) and "I don't think", used sarcastically (as in "He's a nice chap – I don't think") . He used his bristling moustache to express all kinds of emotion by twitching or moving it.
Harry Tate died in 1940 as a result of injuries suffered in an air raid during the London Blitz. He is buried at St Mary's, Northolt. For a time, his son Ronnie continued the act as Harry Tate junior.
My direct line descendents are:
Aldridge, Andrews, Anderson, Attwill, Austin, Baker, Bartlett, Bastaway, Bates,
Bawden, Baxter, Bayliss, Becon, Beer, Bollen, Brooker, Buckledge, Burton, Chaplin, Clark, Daw, Drewit, Farnham, Farrant, Gathergood, Goacher, Griffin, Guidotti, Haines, Hall, Hancock, Harling, Harris, Hatswell, Hooker, Horley, Hull, Ilford, James, Jebson, Jelbert, Jenner, Kerslake, Lang, Norris, Pelworth,
Piper, Randell, Rice, Rodgers, Rowed, Sanders, Savage, Stapely, Sweetland, Tucker, Tuppen, Urin, Vaughn, Vivian, Woolmer,Yandell (1,110 names)
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