John BEDGOOD born bef. 1670 who married Elizabeth ?. Their son John BEDGOOD b. 1675? was born in Beaminster, Dorset, England.




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This is my Family Tree which starts from my GGGGGGGrandfather John BEDGOOD born 1675? who married Elizabeth PYE 24 May 1702 in Thorncombe, but their children were all born in Beaminster, Dorset.

My ancestors moved from Devon to the neighboring county of Somerset about 1800 where many worked as hair cloth weavers initially in their homes but later in the Horse Hair Weaving Factory established in Castle Cary. About this time the surname spelling changed to BIDGOOD.

Castle Cary

The expansion of new industries in the growing cities and the resulting opportunities for work took my ancestors to Neath in South Wales, from there my Grandfather settled in Manchester where my parents were born. This drift to the North of England reversed when my parents moved to the Midlands and eventually the suburbs of London, where I was born. The most recent move was across the Atlantic to Nova Scotia, Canada.

Other branches of this line show a similar dispersion to other areas of England and South Wales, and to Australia, the Channel Islands, the United States, and New Zealand.


1700 – 1800 Occupations rarely recorded. Agricultural Labourer, Laundress, Weaver, Servant.

1800 – 1850 Civil registration and the Census records frequently record the occupation. Sawyer, Basket maker, Agricultural labourer, weaver, lineman, licensed victualler, seating weaver, line weaver, artisan, ship’s master, dress maker, seaman – Royal Navy, under nurse, scarf weaver, sail maker.

1850 – 1900 The move to the cities is reflected in the occupation: cab driver, hotel keeper, horsehair teaser, hotel servant (boots), blacksmith’s mate, factory hand, twine worker, domestic servant, marine engineer, engineer’s draughtsman, apprentice dressmaker, dispenser, Petty Officer – Royal Navy, ship and general finish, teacher of pianoforte, apprentice to carpenter, grocers assistant, apprentice to draper, apprentice printer, coal mine hewer, nurseryman, shipping clerk, home trade apprentice.

1900 – Improved social status and the effect of wars is reflected in the occupations: Red Cross nurse, RAMC stretcher bearer, dentist and dental surgeon, surveyor, Sergeant – Australian army, explosives attendant, sales representative, nurse, electrical fitter, tracer, book keeper, Group Captain – RAF, child care assistant, house master, physiological measurement technician, special guidance teacher, police officer.

The 1911 Census records (UK) are the last available, so that occupations are not readily available for more recent years.
With the exception of living persons this Tree is on TribalPages and on WorldConnect which has a GEDCOM download option.


Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Castle Cary, Somersetshire, England
Chinnock, Crewkerne, Somerset, England
Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Corscombe, Dorset, England
Crewkerne, Somerset, England
Devonport, Devon, England
Eglwysilan, Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Haselbury Plucknett, Somersetshire,England
Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Hulme, Manchester.,Lancashire,England
Huntingdon, Cambridge, England
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Moss Side, Manchester, England
Neath, Glamorganshire, Wales
Norton Bridge, Pontypridd, S. Wales
Nottinghamshire, England
Palmers Green, London, England
Pontypridd, Glamorganshire, S Wales
Proche le Havre, St Sampson, Guernsey, Channel Islands
Queensland, Australia
South Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
Stockport, Lancashire,England
Vale, Guernsey, Channel Islands
Withington, Manchester, England

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