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I have researched all the Somerset Parishes at present on line and have found in the Parish of Winsford at the church of St Mary Magdalene a John Ridler and his wife Mary had a son, Robert, baptised on 30th July 1797 .
Robert Ridler is the first ancestor we have traced with documented evidence to our branch of the Ridler's and from Robert the only known male descendent some 200 years later is Benjamin Michael James Ridler, son of Phillip Ridler.
From the entry in the parish burial register of Temple Church, Bedminster, Robert's age was given as 47, indicating he was born in 1794. However the death certificate gives his age as 44, making his birth year as 1797.
Robert died 21st January 1841 just a few months before the 1841 census.
The earliest record of Robert I have found is his marriage to Jane Boulter on the 24th November 1818 at St.John's church in Bedminster Bristol. One of the witnesses at their wedding was a William Ridler. He could have been Robert's brother or uncle.
The most likely reason that Robert moved to Bedminster was in search of work. There are various groups of Ridler's at the turn of the 18th century centered in Somerset / Devon / Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.
There appear to be 3 families of Ridler's in Temple parish of Bristol in the early 1800's of which 2 may be related through connections in Somerset. Further research is required.
If any researcher has any information relating to my ancestors please drop me an email at the following
Tony James Ridler 1940- m. Margaret Anne Williams 1942-
Phillip John Ridler 1966- m. Fiona Leigh Middleton 1965-
Benjamin Michael James Ridler 1993-