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Ezra Thomas Ridgard, SV/PROG

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Holywell, Flintshire, Wales, United Kingdom
Death: May 22, 1866 (75)
Queenstown, Stormberg District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Place of Burial: Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Benjamin Ridgard and Ann Ridgard
Husband of Elizabeth Mary Ridgard, SM/PROG
Father of Andrew Ridgard; Mary Ann Ridgard; Charlotte Caroline Ridgard; Elizabeth Sophia Rennie, SM; Ezra Thomas Ridgard and 5 others
Brother of Frances Ridgard

Occupation: saddler
Managed by: Private User
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About Ezra Thomas Ridgard, SV/PROG

1820 British Settler

Ezra Ridgard 29, Saddler. together with his wife Elizabeth Ekron Keen 23 and 2 children, were members of Pringle's Party of 24 Settlers on the Settler Ship Brilliant.

Party originated from Scotland.

Departure Gravesend, London 15 February 1820. Arrival Simon's Bay - 30 April 1820. Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth 15 May 1820

Area Allocated to the Party : Baviaans River, Cradock

Children :

  • Andrew Ridgard 3,
  • Mary Ann Ridgard


Ezra responded to an advertisement in the newspaper when the Scottish party, led by Pringle, had 2 cancellations. They left England on the Brilliant from Gravesend, London on 15 Jun 1820. On board were the Erith, Pringle and Gush division of the Sephton Party. At the time of departure they had 2 children, Andrew born in 1816 and Mary Anne born in 1819. Before departure, they must have lived in the Holborn area London as both Andrew and Mary Anne were christened there. Ezra was a saddle maker and when they arrived in South Africa they settled in the Cradock area.

British 1820 settler in South Africa

http://www.albany1820.com/menu/1820%20Settlers%20-%20Full%20List.htm full list of settlers

Ezra Ridgard (b. 1791), Occupation: Saddler, Spouse: Elizabeth (b. 1797), Children... Andrew (b. 1817), Mary Ann, Party: Pringle, Ship: Brilliant


   In his book "The Scottish Settler Party of 1820", J V L Rennie went to great lengths to trace the family origins of the members of Pringle's party. He first established that Ezra Ridgard was born on 10 June 1790 at Holywell in Flintshire, North Wales, and that his baptism certificate recorded him as being the son of Benjamin Ridgard. On page 202 Rennie dealt with the Elliott/Ridgard connection:
   "The fact that Elliott was born in Sheffield and Pringle's statement that he was related to Ezra Ridgard prompted the writer to make enquiries in Sheffield for possible Ridgards there, with positive results. It appears that there was an Ezra Ridgard in Sheffield who in 1787 was recorded as a bookseller and stationer. He died there in 1815, and a note in the local press spoke of "his integrity as a tradesman for half a century". In his will he left, inter alia, six hundred pounds to "Ezra Ridgard son of my late nephew Benjamin Ridgard". There does not appear to be any reason to doubt that this beneficiary and Ezra Ridgard, Benjamin's son, baptised in Holywell and later the 1820 Settler, were one and the same person.
   "Family records in South Africa indicate that William Elliott was born in Sheffield on 22 September 1792, the son of Samuel Elliott and his wife Rebecca, but these sources give no further information about his ancestry. The writer has ascertained, however, that Samuel Elliott's wife and the wife of Ezra Ridgard the Sheffield bookseller and stationer were sisters, daughters of a William Parker, a Sheffield cutler who became a master cutler in 1761, and his wife Mary Swinden, daughter of Joseph Swinden of Royd's Mill. The Settlers Ezra Ridgard and William Elliott were thus not related other than through a marriage connection, the former the great-nephew of his namesake the Sheffield bookseller, the latter the nephew of the bookseller's wife".
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Ezra Thomas Ridgard, SV/PROG's Timeline

June 10, 1790
Holywell, Flintshire, Wales, United Kingdom
November 11, 1816
Age 26
London, UK
March 18, 1819
Age 28
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
October 16, 1821
Age 31
Eastern Cape, South Africa
July 3, 1826
Age 36
Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa
August 1, 1830
Age 40
Tarkastad, Cradock Dist, Eastern Cape, South Africa
March 7, 1833
Age 42
Tarkastad, Eastern Cape, South Africa
May 26, 1835
Age 44
Tarkastad, Stormberg District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
September 26, 1836
Age 46
Bedford District, Eastern Cape, South Africa