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Henry Charles Bridger

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Middy Report 10 Aug 2011 11:43


I am trying to trace my relative Henry Charles Bridger (born 1825 approx and not sure where he was born - all we know is that he died at sea and was an able seaman on the Adria), I haven't got a subscription to Find My Past, this seems to indicate there may have been a will for him between 1875 and 1876 but am unable to view, I have a subscription to Ancestry and would be willing to look up anything on there as a swap if someone wouldn't mind looking on Find My Past for me.

Many Thanks


Maddie Report 10 Aug 2011 12:01

here is his death
can't see any probate

Overseas BMD details

Registration event: Death
Name: BRIDGER, Henry Charles
Vessel: Adria
Country: At sea
Year: 1875
Page: 19
Age at death: 50
Record source: GRO Marine Death Indices (1846 to 1902)


Middy Report 10 Aug 2011 12:02

Hi Maddie

Thanks for looking - we have his death but cannot find anything else out about him - it is so frustrating


 Sue In Yorkshire.

Sue In Yorkshire. Report 10 Aug 2011 12:02

Overseas BMD details
Registration event: Death

Name: BRIDGER, Henry Charles
Vessel: Adria
Country: At sea
Year: 1875
Page: 19
Age at death: 50

Record source: GRO Marine Death Indices (1846 to 1902)

Sorry looked for a will but none found,,Thought Ancestry had will on the site.


Derek Report 10 Aug 2011 12:06

Middy..there is a HENRY CHARLES BRIDGER baptised 15.02.1826 at Deal Kent..son of John and Elizabeth,


EDIT...He was one of eight children.....John Bridger married ELIZABETH NEWING at New Rpmney kent..12.06.1804


Maddie Report 10 Aug 2011 12:08

there is this birth

Henry Charles Bridger

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

residence: Deal, Kent, England
parents: John Bridger, Elizabeth Bridger

record title: England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
name: Henry Charles Bridger
gender: Male
baptism/christening date: 15 Feb 1826
baptism/christening place: Deal, Kent, England
father's name: John Bridger
mother's name: Elizabeth Bridger
indexing project (batch) number: I01604-1
system origin: England-EASy
source film number: 1786327


Middy Report 10 Aug 2011 12:11

Hi Maddie, Derek and Sue

Many thanks for you all looking for me - sounds quite promising, trying to look into whether we can get anything with regards to his ship records



Maddie Report 10 Aug 2011 12:12

1861 England Census about Henry Bridger
Name: Henry Bridger
Age: 34
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1827
Relation: Boarder
Gender: Male
Where born: Deal, Kent, England

Civil parish: Dover St Mary
Ecclesiastical parish: St Mary the Virgin
Town: Dover
County/Island: Kent
Country: England

Street Address:


Condition as to marriage:

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Registration district: Dover
Sub-registration district: St Mary
ED, institution, or vessel: 4
Neighbors: View others on page
Household schedule number: 24
Piece: 548
Folio: 77
Page Number: 6
Household Members:
Name Age
Stephen A Hammond 37
Caroline Hammond 32
Stephen M Hammond 13
Elizabeth M Hammond 11
Caroline M Hammond 4
James Gisbey 27
Alfred Friend 21
Henry Bridger

he was a mariner


Middy Report 10 Aug 2011 12:30

Hi Maddie

That sounds like it is possibly him - I know that he married Sarah Maria Quested on 15 June 1874 and they had a son James Henry Bridger who was born only months after Henry Charles Bridger had drowned at sea (James Henry is my grandad)



Derek Report 10 Aug 2011 12:44

Hello again..I've been trying to find SS ADRIA for you..and there are several..but appear to have been operating later than 1875...two possibilities wer built in in Scotland and one at Bristol.the Bristol one is interesting becasue the dates fit..but it was built as the "ETNA"..and not renamed "ADRIA" until 1896 after it had been sold to Italy..try might find something \i've missed.



GlitterBaby Report 10 Aug 2011 12:47

There is also a second thread on this man currently on Genealogy Chat


Middy Report 10 Aug 2011 12:50

Hi Derek

Thanks for the info and for looking for me, I will have a look on google.

Hi Glitter Baby

That thread may be one I did last year maybe, can't remember for sure



Janet Report 10 Aug 2011 15:46

Hi Middy- was looking for the details of this person but I have found this post so I am not sure whether this information has been given to you. On the 1841 census there is a Soldier called Henry Bridger aged 18 together with a William Bridger aged 20 in the Portsea area.
The other post for this was one from 2009 . Whilst you mentioned that his date of birth was 1825 on the other post, it could be that he gave a false age-jl


Middy Report 10 Aug 2011 16:33

Hi Janet

Thanks for the information - haven't seen the 1841 census so will have a look - to be honest I don't really know whether he had any siblings all I really know is his dad is called John and was a coachman and this is from Henry's marriage certificate




Middy Report 16 Sep 2013 20:06


I am finally having time to be able to carry on and research my tree, since my last thread here I can now see on FMP that I now can see the Place Of Death - Cape Finisterre and also the date of his death, which was not stated on the death certificate - however, I do not know how to get further information about his death or what happened to the ship - Adria that he was aboard.

Any ideas??