Welcome to the Eldridge Family

This page focuses on genealogy, and includes the family trees for the Eldridge, Scott, Winning and Perley families for my ancestry, and the Olenick, Luy and Myslawchuk families for my wife.  There are photo galleries for the Eldridge, Scott, Perley, Olenick, Luy and Myslawchuk families.  Also included are the 1879 diary of my great grandmother, Eliza (Perley) Eldridge, and some information about our family.

Unexpectedly, my web page has allowed two unrelated people, who were given up for adoption, to determine the identities of  their birth mothers.  In one case, the person was able to connect with and meet his birth mother.  In the second, sadly, the birth mother had no more children and had passed away, along with her brother and sisters.   The person was able, though, to make contact with an aunt and an uncle, and with several cousins.  All contacts by both people have been very positive.

Through this page, I have been in contact with many different cousins and have had the opportunity to meet some of them.

I have found that I am distantly related to the following, although I have not included the actual genealogies on the web page:

1.         Bliss Carman, the Canadian Confederation poet, - through Richard Carman, the Loyalist (1757 - 1817)

2.         Billy Bishop, the much decorated Canadian World War I ace, - through John Seaman (1610 - 1694)

 3.        Mark Twain (Samuel Clements), the great American author and story teller, - through Robert Clements (1595 - 1658).  On a related note, Robert’s daughter, Mary (Clements) Osgood (my ancestor, not Twain’s) pleaded guilty to being a witch and served 3 months in jail in Salem. Her daughter, Sarah Osgood married Thomas Perley, Jr., who was another of my ancestors.  His father, Thomas Perley, Sr., was a member of the jury at the Salem trials.

4.         George W. Bush (former American president) and his mother, Barbara Bush, - through John Carman (1606 - 1653) (the same Carman’s as Bliss and Richard)

I have looked through various genealogies and they would show my ancestry in several families dating before the year 0.  There are many reasons to be skeptical about many genealogies that go back over 400 or 500 years.  I have seen claims of ancestry where:
a)   parents are dead long before their children are born
b)   parents are over 100 years old when their children are born
c)   children are born before their ancestors
d)   there are vast disceprencies in the genealogies of children of the same parents where subsequent generations don't match closely

There is about a 33% chance I am descended from John Carman, who was recorded in the Domesday book.

Also, the Elders or Eldreds (the source of the name Eldridge), were Anglo Saxon kings  prior to the Invasion of William the Conqueror.  Many Eldridges still live today in Battle, Sussex, England, which was established by William the Conqueror on the site of the battle of Hastings.  There is a possibility I may be descended from the Eldridge’s of Battle.

I have numerous ancestors who were United Empire Loyalists, including:

William Eldridge, Richard Carman, Gabriel deVeber, James Moore, Elias Wright, Jessie Walton, and Isaac Justason.

My wife's ancestors were from Germany and the Ukraine and are much harder to identify.  Her most distant ancestors are:

1.   Franz Luis (b late 16th Century, Genheim, Germ.) (8 generations back)
2.   Wilhelm and Anna Maria Wenz (b late 16th Century, Windesheim, Germ.)
(8 generations back)

 

Links:

Genealogy:

New Brunswick Archives  An excellent source for anyone with NB ancestors.

Automated Genealogy for 1851, 1901 and 1911 Census of Canada

Ancestry.ca - for 1921 Canada census (free)  Ancestry.ca


Library & Archives Canada - all Canada Census (except 1921) http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/Pages/census.aspx

Manitoba Vital Statistics

British Columbia Archives

Saskatchewan Vital Statistics

ancestry.com This requires a membership but payment or the free trial period can provide useful results with intense searching and time commitment.

Scotland's People 
This requires a membership and payment of fees for document searching and retrieving.   Large numbers of Scottish documents including census, parish and civil records are available. Unfortunately it is too easy to spend money to retrieve documents that aren't relevant.

Eldridge Home Pages:

Charlotte County Links

 

Mail to: "Roy Eldridge"<reldridg@mts.net >     (Please include a header message relevant to the genealogy.  I am receiving some spam so I delete messages from unknown sources without reading them.)

Notice:   Most of the information on this site either was given to me since 1983 by people in the genealogies or their relatives, or was sourced from documents, books or articles.  A small amount I have taken from other web pages, probably without permission.  I cannot guarantee that everything is accurate.  Anyone with an interest in genealogy is welcome to use this information and to place it on their own web pages and to save or print it for personal or family use.  However, this material may not be copywrited, nor may any fee be charged for accessing it, nor may any paid membership be required for viewing it.

Last update: Aug, 2016