HISTORY OF THE BRIDGENS NAME:
This very old and rare medieval English surname is
almost certainly locational and derives from a now "lost" medieval
village called "Bridgemont". This place was near the
The name is also found in
The Coat of Arms shows a man
crossing a stone bridge, above water. The first recorded spelling of the family
name is shown to be that of Charles Brigement, which was dated September 3rd
1596, a christening witness at the
Surnames became necessary when
governments introduced personal taxation. In
Our Bridgens Family including Webb
Small numbers by a name refer to personal number in listing eg EDWARD 2 BRIDGENS see 2
1. ~ ~ ~ GEORGE THOMAS BRIDGENS was born in 1811 in Woolwich,
Children of GEORGE BRIDGENS and FRANCES WEBB included:
FRANCES MARIA BRIDGENS, baptized 19 July 1837 at
Bermodsey St John, Horsley Down,
RUTH ELIZABETH BRIDGENS, baptized 19 July 1837 at
Bermodsey St John, Horsley Down,
EMMA SUSAN BRIDGENS, born July to September 1840.
ELLEN ELIZABETH BRIDGENS, born January to March 1842.
GEORGE BRIDGENS, born 1845.
EDWARD 2 BRIDGENS born
in 1846 at Blackwell, Poplar,
ALICE BRIDGENS, born early 1847 at Blackwell, Poplar,
around May 1849.
2.~ ~ ~ EDWARD BRIDGENS (GEORGE) was born on 26 May 1846 in Blackwall,
Edward and Martha arrived in
Children of EDWARD BRIDGENS and MARTHA WEBB were:
FREDERICK HENRY 3 BRIDGENS, born 9
September 1872 in Marylebone,
ELLEN ELIZABETH BRIDGENS, born 8 November 1874 in
EDWARD WALTER 4 BRIDGENS, born
14 April 1876 in
GEORGE HERBERT BRIDGENS, born 1877 and died 1878 in
MARTHA LOUISA 5 BRIDGENS, born 9 August
ROSINA EDITH (ROSE) BRIDGENS, born 1881 and died 1882
ALICE MAUD BRIDGENS, born 1883 in
GEORGE ERNEST BRIDGENS, born 1887 in
Grateful thanks to the late Mrs Kathleen Craig (second wife of Edward George Bridgens) for the following information:
Edward and Martha Elizabeth with 22 month old son Frederick Henry were
listed amount 219 steerage passengers aboard Shaw Saville & Co ship Zealandia leaving
In various records they were living at Summer St 1883, Ponsonby 1890,
The Auckland Institute & Museum has a picture of Rendell's shop (which is still in the same place) with Bridgens shop right next door (This was in horse and buggy days of course) and remained there until Edward, their second son, or the family were no longer able to carry on the business because of age or infirmity.
This is the family that started Bridgens Shoe Factory when Ted, my
husband, came home after the First World War the government had retained a
percentage of soliders pay which made a small nest egg when they returned
home. My father-in-law had worked for his father in the
The second brother, Albert, won a draw in the building society and joined his father and brother. This enabled them to purchase some property and with a Bank loan and eventual profits to expand into the largest shoe factory roundabout.
Percy became a dentist and never worked in the factory.
Ernest became a school teacher in the north, but as the shoe factory
grew, he and his wife and children came to
As time went on in due course the next generation took over, but, last
year (1996) when the cousins were reaching retirement
age, they decided to call it a day, as they considered it unlikely that the
business would be profitable any longer. The lower standard of living in
other countries caused a flow of imports which could be sold much more
Edward died on 21 February 1922 in
From the "Central Leader" 5 12.1997
1875 Edward began boot-making in
3. ~ ~ ~ FREDERICK HENRY
> EDWARD) was born on 09
September 1872 in London, England and arrived in New Zealand on the Zealandia on 15 October 1874 with his parents
EDWARD BRIDGENS and MARTHA WEBB.
Children of FREDERICK BRIDGENS and BARBARA ELLEN BROWN were:
EDWARD GEORGE BRIDGENS, born 22 May 1895
FREDERICK ALBERT BRIDGENS, born 1897
ALICE LOUISA ADA BRIDGENS, born 22 March 1899
PERCIVAL RUPERT BRIDGENS, born 16 March 1901
HENRY ERNEST BRIDGENES, born 2 September 1904
HAZEL MAY BRIDGENS, born 07 May 1907
LESLIE ARNOLD BRIDGENS, born 20 May 1909
CHARLES BRYAN BRIDGENS, born 08 February 1908; died 2 December 1981. Charles married NELLIE MILDRED McMAHON. Nellie was born in 1909.
ROY DOUGLAS BRIDGENS, born 22 February 1917
4.~ ~ ~ EDWARD WALTER BRIDGENS (GEORGE
> EDWARD) was born on 14 April 1876 in
Children of EDWARD BRIDGENS and LILLIAN EDWARD were:
EDNA MAY BRIDGENS, born 1909. Edna married CYRIL ELSMERE DOWDEN in 1930. Cyril was born in 1905.
GEORGE EDWARD BRIDGENS, born 1915.
FRANK WALTER BRIDGENS, born 5 October 1919 in
Edward died on 14 January 1945.
5. ~ ~ ~ MARTHA LOUISA
> EDWARD), was born on 9 August 1879 in Eden Terrace,
Henry died on 20
September 1952 in Eden Terrace,
> Refer to the WEBB family for more information about Henry and his family and children of Martha & Henry.
Please note that in keeping with genealogy protocol I have not included
information about later generations which may include living persons.
If you have a family connection please contact me for further information.
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