Rev. George Wilson BRIDGES, ,Rector of St. Annes,Jamaica,later Incumbent at Beachley

Male 1788 - 1863


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  • Name  Rev. George Wilson BRIDGES, ,Rector of St. Annes,Jamaica,later Incumbent at Beachley 
    Prefix  Rev. 
    Suffix  ,Rector of St. Annes,Jamaica,later Incumbent at Beachley 
    Born  1788  Leyton, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened  14 Aug 1788  Leyton, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  1863  Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Beachley , Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Besides being a violent defender of slavery, and equally violent opponent of Baptism, and Methodism while in Jamaica as Rector of Manchester, and later St Ann., in which latter parish, during the disturbances of 1831-2, he encouraged the Colonial Church Union to open conflict with nonconformist missionaries.After leaving Jamaica in the 1830s, following a breach with his wife and the loss of his daughters in a boating accident, Bridges contacted William Fox Talbot and became a pioneer photographer of some importance.
    Person ID  I26377  Kirkpatrick Family Archives
    Last Modified  14 May 2015 

    Father  George BRIDGES, ,Banker and Merchant, of Lawford Place, Essex,   b. 2 Sep 1764,   d. 13 Sep 1835 
    Mother  Mary WILSON,   b. 13 Apr 1767, Whitechapel, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1863 
    Married  14 Aug 1787  Leyton, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ref:England & Wales Marriages, 1538-1940.,Burke's Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland. Supplementary Volume. Vol. III
      George ,Mary and family were painted by John Constable in 1804, the portrait now in the keeping of the Tate Gallery in London.. Their children were George Wilson (1788-1863), John William (1795-1866), ; Mary Ann (1790-?) ,Jane Monck (1793-1871), Elizabeth Ann (1799-1858), Frances Maria Yale (1800-1815), Sarah Ann (1797-1820), Ann (1803-31). The group is depicted in what was probably the drawing-rooom of Lawford Place, which George had built c1790.
    Family ID  F6033  Group Sheet

    Family  Elizabeth Raby BROOKS,   b. 1796, Jamaica Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1862, Ealing, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  3 Mar 1816  St George Hanover Square, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ref:Westminster Marriages Transcription

      The elopement and later marriage to Elizabeth Raby Brooks caused a family split and gave a poor start to the marriage. In 1834 Bridges' wife left him, taking their son, Henry, for company. Elizabeth left for Britain leaving Bridges with four children to parent. At the time of this estrangement, they had six children. The last child was in England. After some months Bridges returned to England to find his wife and his missing son and daughter.

      In 1837 the separated couple were to face a disaster when a boat accident resulted in the loss of all four of their daughters. Some small consolation was that their son was saved. Bridges and his son turned their backs on England and on Jamaica and set out for Canada.Bridges and his son were there for a number of years and they had an octagonal house built at Lake Rice. In 1842, William Bridges was ill so they returned to England.
    Children 
     1. Henry BRIDGES,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Cmdr. William Wilson Somerset BRIDGES,   b. 1831, Jamaica Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1889, "Millbrook" , Throsby Park, Berrima, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  10 Dec 2014 
    Family ID  F8876  Group Sheet




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