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John TORLESSE [1715]
Rachel BORCKENSTEIN [1716]
Martin ROBINSON [1964]
Mary ELLITHORNE [1963]
John TORLESSE [1627]
Anna Maria ROBINSON [1628]

Harriet TORLESSE [1634]


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1. Rev Charles BRIDGES [1635]

Harriet TORLESSE [1634]

  • Born: 13 Feb 1797, Queens Sq LND
  • Marriage (1): Rev Charles BRIDGES [1635] on 25 Apr 1821 in St Clements Ipswich
  • Died: 26 Nov 1878, Stoke By Nayland SFK aged 81

bullet  General Notes:

Gentlemans Magazine
Transcription of marriages 1731-1850
Husband surname Bridges first names Charles
Husbands rank/occupation Reverend
Wife surname Torlesse first names Harriet
Wifes fathers unit EIC
Marriage date 25 Apr 1821
Edition Date May 1821 Page number 467
Detail Rev. Charles Bridges, to Harriet, dau. of the late J. Torlesse, esq. of the Hon. East India Company's service.

Harriett is buried with her son Edward. Alternative date of death 20 Nov 1878.

A glimpse of Harriet's household is given in a letter from Dr. Chalmers, who visited them in 1833:
The pious family, consisting of Mr and Mrs Bridges, who walked together as heirs of the grace of life, three young children, christianized manservant and two or three christianized female servants, assembled before breakfast when I was to expound . . . . .
But Harriet Bridges had many qualms over the spirituality of her children; for, strange to say, they manifested few signs of the divine grace, and were, if we may judge from her letters, unusually selfwilled and naughty; evidently natural, vigourous and high-spirited little mortals.
"Life at Old Newton was one of order and rule" writes neice Fanny Torlesse. "Every member of the household read a verse of the Bible at family prayers. Each hour had its appointed task, and the whole household worked together in absolute harmony. It is impossible to think that in those days there were what are called servant troubles."
These are the recollections of her son John Henry.
"Her strong and beautiful hands were always employed, and as she went from one occupation to another she had a way of singing gently to herself. She was a most practical gardener and needle woman, and delighted in making all kinds of ingenious toys for her children. She also drew well, not only landscapes, but all kinds of little curious figures which often adorned the sides of her letters.
To say she was beautiful, unselfish, full of humour and gaiety, conveys no impression of a personality full of a peculiar and exquisite charm. She had a power of sympathy that kept her from ever saying the wrong thing; in her presence there was a consciousness of rest and calm her movements were full of grace so that it was a pleasure to watch her pouring out tea, gathering or arranging flowers, or fashioning original and ingenious toys. Her beautiful smile illuminated the darkest hours and her sense of humour helped her and others through many a dreary time.
But the parish of Old Newton was her first care.
Ref: Extract from "A 19th Century Teacher: John Henry Bridges" by Susan Liveing 1926


bullet  Other Records

1. Harriet Bridges: Letter to Sarah or Frances Glasscott, Mar 1845, Colchester post mark.
Liveing Archive 246a-f
This letter needs careful analysis as to its placement, see also Fanny Torlesse [145]

2. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, Melcombe Regis Dorset. Harriet is recorded as aged 54 a rector's wife born London

3. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, Hinton Martell DOR. Harriet is recorded as a wife aged 64 born London Queens Square.


Harriet married Rev Charles BRIDGES [1635] [MRIN: 534], son of John BRIDGES of Maldon ESS [23057] and Margretta Ann COOKE [23067], on 25 Apr 1821 in St Clements Ipswich. (Rev Charles BRIDGES [1635] was born on 24 Mar 1794 in Northampton NTH and died on 2 Apr 1869 in Hinton Martell DOR.)

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