Possible further details of the children of Samuel Madge and Susan Manley.

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Samuel Madge and Susan Manley had at least 6 children:


William Madge born about 1847, Crediton.

There is a record of the baptism of a William Madge son of Samuel and Susan Madge - baptised 7 June 1847, Crediton.

Recorded in the family household for the census of 1861, aged 14, a Mason's Labourer, born in Crediton. Nothing more currently known.

Sarah Ann Madge born about 1849, Crediton.

There is a record of the baptism of a Sarah Ann Madge daughter of Samuel and Susan Madge - baptised 12 September 1849, Crediton.

Recorded in the family household for the census of 1861, aged 11, a Servant, born in Crediton.

It is possible that Sarah Ann Madge married Philip Tremlett in Crediton in the April-June quarter of 1871. (Crediton Vol 5b page 737).

For the census of 1881 this couple were listed in East Street, Crediton with Philip Tremlett recorded as a 41 year old Shoe maker and Sarah Tremlett recorded as aged 30 both born in Crediton. Included in the household were their children Philip Tremlett aged 8, Rhoda Tremlett aged 7, Emma Jane Tremlett aged 6, Alice Maud Tremlett aged 4, Elizabeth Tremlett aged 3, Elias Tremlett aged 2, and Walter Tremlett aged 6 months, all born in Crediton.

For the census of 1891 the couple were listed at Bowden Hill in Crediton. Phillip Tremlett aged 51 was still recorded as a Shoe maker, and Sarah Tremlett was recorded as aged 41, with both identified as born in Crediton. Also included in the household were the couple's 10 children, Hermon Tremlett aged 19 (missed off the 1881 census), Rhoda Tremlett aged 17, Alice M Tremlett aged 14, Elizabeth Tremlett aged 13, Elias Tremlett 11, Walter Tremlett aged 10, John Tremlett aged 8, Fred Tremlett aged 7, Ernest Tremlett aged 4, Sidney Tremlett aged 3, and Charles Tremlett aged 1, all born in Crediton. Philip Tremlett their eldest son was lodging in London in the house of Thomas Steer and I suspect Emma Jane Tremlett aged 6 in the previous census was recorded working as a Domestic Servant in the household of William H. Badcock, in East Street, Crediton.

For the 1901 census the family were still listed at Bowden Hill in Crediton. Phillip Tremlett aged 61 was again recorded as a Shoe maker, and Sarah Tremlett was recorded as aged 50, both born in Crediton. Of their children Ernest Tremlett aged 14, Sidney Tremlett aged 13, Charlie Tremlett aged 11, and Kate Tremlett aged 8, all born in Crediton, are also still recorded in the household.

For the 1911 census the family were again listed at Bowden Hill in Crediton, now identified as number 6 and as a dwelling with 6 rooms. Phillip Tremlett now aged 71 was recorded as a Retired Boot and Shoe maker, with Sarah Ann Tremlett recorded as aged 60, both born in Crediton. They were recorded as having had 14 children all of whom were still alive. Of those children only Kate Tremlett aged 18, a Confectionery Sugar Boiler in a Confectionery Works, identified as born in Crediton, was still recorded in the household.

Sarah Ann and Philip lost one of their sons in WW1. He is commemorated on war memorials in Crediton.(The memorials themselves simply contain an Initial and Surname but to these have been added additional details through the research of Donna Egan and these are available via the Devon Heritage Website from which this information has been transcribed)

F. TREMLETT - 5195 Private Fred Tremlett of the 1st/3rd Battalion, the City of London Regiment. Son of the late Philip Tremlett and Sarah Ann Tremlett. Born in Crediton in the December Quarter of 1884. Died 28 September 1916 aged 31.

... and from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's web site -

TREMLETT, FREDERICK -Rank: Private Service No: 5195 Date of Death: 28/09/1916 Age: 31 Regiment/Service: London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers) 1st/3rd Bn. Panel Reference: Pier and Face 9 D and 16 B Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL - Additional Information: Son of the late Phillip and Sarah Ann Tremlett.

There is a record in the BMD index of the death of a Sarah A. Tremlett in the January-March quarter of 1923, in Crediton, aged 73, which I would assume to be the death of Sarah Ann Tremlett, nee Madge. (Crediton Vol 5b Page 468). Similarly there is a record of the death of a Phillip Tremlett in the January-March quarter of 1926, in Crediton, aged 85, which I would assume to be the death of her husband, Philip Tremlett. (Crediton Vol 5b Page 532).

Emma Madge born about 1851, Crediton.

No baptism found

Emma Madge married James Strong in Exeter in the July to September quarter of 1879 (Exeter Vol 5b Page 211).

Recorded in the same household as her parents throughout their lives.

For the census of 1881 the couple were listed in the Household of Emma's father Samuel Madge in Cockwell, Crediton. James Strong was recorded as Mason's Labourer aged 34 and and Emma Strong as aged aged 29 a Dressmaker, both born in Crediton. Also included in the household was their child Florence E. Strong aged 1 also born in Crediton.

For the 1891 census the couple were recorded in Kiddcott, Crediton. James Strong was recorded as aged 45, still a Mason's Labourer and Emma Strong was recorded as aged 39 still a Dressmaker, with both listed as born in Crediton. There were 4 of their children recorded in the household, Florence E. Strong aged 11, Bertie John Strong aged 5, Lilly Strong aged 3 and Frederick J. Strong aged 1, all identified as born in Crediton. Also included in the household were Susan Madge, Emma's widowed mother, aged 67 and John Madge, Emma's brother, aged 31, Royal Marine, again with both listed as born in Crediton.

Emma Strong nee Madge died in the October-December quarter of 1899 aged 47. (Crediton Vol 5b Page 314.)

For the 1901 census her husband James was again listed in Kiddcott, Crediton. James Strong was recorded as a widow aged 56, a General Labourer, born in Crediton. Included in the household were his 4 children from the previous census, Florence Strong aged 20, a Cook (not Domestic), Bertie Strong aged 15, an Errand Boy - Port, Lilly Strong aged 13, a Packer in Sweet Factory and Fred Strong aged 11, a Milk Boy, and his widowed mother-in-law Susan Madge, aged 78, a Retired Weaver. All were idenified as born in Crediton, Devon.

For the 1911 census James Strong was recorded at 9 Cockwell, Crediton, living own his own, aged 65, working as a Chimney Sweep, and born in Crediton. He was identified as a Widower, having had 7 children, 4 of whom were still living.

James Strong lost both his sons in WW1. Both are commemorated on war memorials in Crediton.(The memorials themselves simply contain an Initial and Surname but to these have been added additional details through the research of Donna Egan and these are available via the Devon Heritage Website from which this information has been transcribed)

F. STRONG - Stoker 1st Class Frederick James Strong of the Royal Navy, HMS Good Hope. Son of James Strong and the late Emma Strong; brother of Bertie (See below). Born in Crediton 4 June 1889. Died 1 November 1914 aged 25. - Frederick was lost along with thr rest of the crew of HMS Good Hope during the "Battle of Coronel" off the coast of Chile on 1 November 1914. HMS Good Hope was the flagship of Admiral Craddock and was lost witjh all hands during an engagement with the German East Asia Squadron, under the command of Vice Admiral Graf Maximilian von Spee. At 19:50 her forward magazine exploded, severing the bow from the rest of the ship, and she later sank in the darkness. Spee estimated that his flagship had made 35 hits on Good Hope, suffering only two hits in return that did no significant damage and failed even to wound one crewman. Good Hope was sunk with all hands, a total of 919 officers and enlisted men. Four of the midshipmen aboard the ship were the first casualties of the newly formed Royal Canadian Navy. (More detailed information is available via Wikipedia.)

B. STRONG - 447963 Private Bertie John Strong of the Alberta Regiment, the Canadian Light Infantry. Son of James Strong and the late Emma Strong of Crediton. Born in Crediton in the June Quarter of 1885 Died 19 November 1916 aged 31.

... and from Commonwealth War Graves Commission's web site -

STRONG, BERTIE - Rank: Private Service No: 447963 Date of Death: 19/11/1916 Age: 31 Regiment/Service: Canadian Infantry 50th Bn. Panel Reference: Memorial: VIMY MEMORIAL - Additional Information: Son of the late James and Emma Strong.

Bertie had enlisted in the Canadian Light Infantry on 20 November 1915, in Calgarry, . His occupation ws given as Lumberjack, and his date of birth as 10 May 1887, (although I believe it was probably 10 May 1885,) with the place of birth as "The Green, Crediton, Devon, England". This was the same address as given for his next of kin listed as Mr. James Strong (Father). He was described as single, 5' 5 3/4" with a 37" chest with a 4" expansion, and having a dark complexion, Brown eyes and Black hair, with a small scar on his chin.

Addendum - I believe Lily Strong married Ernst L. Kelsey Crediton in the October- December quarter of 1911 (Crediton Vol 5b Page 856), and that they possibly had only the one child, a daughter, Mildred F. Kelsey born in Petersfield, Hampshire, in the October-December quarter of 1912 (Petersfield Vol 2c Page 312). I believe Lily Kelsey nee Strong died aged 59 in Petersfield, in the January-March quarter of 1947 (Petersfield Vol 6b Page 501), and her husband Ernest L. Kelsey died aaged 62 in Midhurst, Sussex, in the July-September quarter of 1951 (Midhurst Vol 5h Page 448). I believe Mildred F. Kelsey married and her descendents live on, in and around the same locale.

I believe Florence E. Strong married Frederick Best in Chard, Somerset, in the April-June quarter of 1917, (Chard Page 5c Vol 588), and they possibly had only the one child, a daughter Ida L. Strong born in Chard in the January-April quarter of 1919 (Chard 5c 419). No obvious death of Fred Best has yet been found but I believe Florence E. Best died in Taunton in the January-March quarter of 1965 (Taunton Vol 7c Page 222). Sadly I believe that her daughter Ida L. Best died aged 22 in the October-January quarter of 1944. (Taunton Vol 5c Page 591). (Presumambly unmarried).

James Madge born about 1854, Crediton.

There is a record of the baptism of a James Madge son of Samuel and Susan Madge - baptised 21 October 1857, Crediton.

For the 1871 census James was recorded in the family household, aged 16, a Shoemaker, born in Crediton.

It is possible that James Madge married Emma Perkins in Crediton in the January-March quarter of 1881. (Crediton Vol 5b Page 585).

These newly weds were recorded at Tolleys, Crediton for the 1881 census, James Madge was listed as a 26 year old Agricultural labourer and Emma Madge as a 19 year old Dressmaker, both born in Crediton.

For the 1891 this couple were listed at East Street, Crediton with James Madge recorded as a Agricultural Labourer, aged 36, and Emma Madge recorded as aged 29, both born in Crediton. Included in their household were 4 children, James H Madge aged 9, Bertha Madge aged 5, Sidney J Madge aged 3, and Earnest Madge aged 1, all born in Crediton.

For the census of 1901 the couple were again listed in Tolleys, Crediton with James Madge recorded as a Labourer, aged 46, and Emma Madge recorded as aged 39, both born in Crediton. Included in their household were 5 children, Sidney Madge aged 13, and Earnest Madge aged 11, Florrie Madge aged 9, Louisa Madge aged 7, and Reginald Madge aged 4, all born in Crediton.

For the census of 1911 the couple were again listed in Tolleys, Crediton with the dwelling identified as number 1 and having 4 rooms. James Madge was recorded as a General Labourer, aged 57, and Emma Jane Madge recorded as aged 49, both born in Crediton. The couple were identified as having been married for 31 years, and having had 8 children, 7 of whom were still living. Included in their household were 5 of their children, Ernest Madge aged 21, a Railway Labourer, Florence Madge aged 19, General hand in a Sweet Factory, Louisa Madge aged 17, General hand in a Sweet Factory, Reginald Madge aged 14, a Draper's Errand Boy, and Hermon Madge aged 10 a Scholar, all identified as born in Crediton.

Note: I suspect the child that had died was James H. as there is the death of a James Madge aged 19 recorded in Crediton in the BMD index for the January-March quarter of 1900 (Crediton Vol 5b Page 346) which would fit.

Samuel Madge born 16 August 1857, Crediton. (From Samuel's later Naval Record)

There is a record of the baptism of a Samuel Madge son of Samuel and Susan Madge - baptised 21 October 1857, Crediton.

For the 1871 census Samuel was recorded in the family household, aged 13, a Scholar, born in Crediton.

Samuel Madge joined Royal Marines on 16 November 1876

Recorded on HMS Hector for the 1881 census.

Samuel Madge died 8 February 1891 of heart failure on board the HMS Warspite whilst voyaging in the pacific. Buried in the English graveyard on shore. A personal account of Samuel's death and funeral was included in the published log of William H Palmer - Citation: Palmer, William H. "XIV." P.44, 45, 46, 47. In Pages from a Seaman's Log Being the First Eighteen Months of the Cruise of HMS Warspite in the Pacific. Victoria B C: S N, 1891.

John Madge born 23 March 1860, Crediton. (From John's later Naval Record)

There is a record of the baptism of a John Madge son of Samuel and Susan Madge - baptised 13 March 1863, Crediton, which may be this John Madge, however it is very late.

For the 1871 census John was recorded in the family household, aged 11, a Scholar, born in Crediton.

John Madge joined the Royal Marines in 23 October 1879.

For the 1891 census John Madge was recorded along with his mother, Susan Madge, in the household of his married sister Emma Strong.

John Madge moved to Royal Fleet Reserve 21 March 1901.

For the census of 1901 a few weeks after leaving the Marines John Madge was recorded in Plymouth identified as a "Lodger" "Living on Own Means" in the pub of John and Susannah Bond.

For the census of 1911 John Madge was again recorded in in Plymouth now working as a "Labourer", living in 3 rooms at 1 Stafford Row, Granby Street, Plymouth.

There is a record of a John Madge aged 57 dying in Plymouth in the January-March quarter of 1917. (Plymouth Vol 5b Page 494).