Ancestor chart of Bridgers Family
FTDNA Test Kit# 177490, Group 2 (Haplogroup R1a1) (Ysearch User ID # -----) - (chart submitted by test subject)
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Laurence Bridger (1550-1630) Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England.
Samuel Bridger (1584-1650) Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England. Sub-dean and auditor of the College of Gloucester, His son Joseph was probably educated there.
Col. Joseph Bridger (1628-1686) married Hester Pitt (1631-1711). Joseph Bridger born Woodmancote Manor, Gloucestershire England, emigrated to Virginia and buried “Whitemarsh Plantation, Isle of Wight Virginia. Joseph Bridger was a royalist and fled England to escape Cromwellian persecution circa 1655. Col. Bridger died on April 15, 1686. In a codicil to his will dated October 18. 1683 Col. Bridger disowned his son Joseph Bridger, Jr. “who I finde fly out with divers dissolute courses of life and is grown very disobedient to me”. In a further codicil dated 18 October Col Bridger disowned all of Joseph’s descendents. Upon Col. Bridger’s death, in addition to his wife he was survived by three sons and four daughters.
Joseph Bridger, Jr. (1660- 1713) married circa 1679 Elizabeth Norsworthy (1663-1727). Although Joseph Jr. had been disinherited, after a lengthy lawsuit against the estate of his brothers, he was deeded 2500 acres at Currawaugh, Isle of Wight Virginia. Joseph Jr. and Elizabeth had seven children, one of whom was my direct ancestor William Bridgers.
William Bridgers, Sr.(1680-1730). William married Elizabeth Godwin circa 1699 in Virginia. They relocated to Bertie County, NC by 1716. Died Bertie County, North Carolina (later to be Northampton County). William first signed his name as Bridgers (with an “s”) in a deed of 1718. William continued the practice of adding “s” to his name. No one is certain if this was intentional or a mistake. William and Elizabeth had six children; Joseph, William, Benjamin, Samuel, Mary, and Elizabeth. Benjamin Bridgers is my direct ancestor and brother of William Jr.(Found in FTDNA Test Kit# 187964 Ancestor Chart, my highest match).
Benjamin Bridger, Sr. b. about 1705 in Isle of Wight, VA d. about 1781 and married to Sarah nee Bryant, widow of John Drake. They resided in Nash and Edgecombe Counties, NC. Benjamin died about 1781. Benjamin is the stepfather of James Drake. Benjamin Bridgers gave all his personal inventory to his son, Benjamin Bridgers, by deed dated Nov. 23, 1780, witnessed by Thomas Lewis and Siorlesian Davis. Source: Nash Co., NC - formed 1777 from Edgecombe Co., NC (Nash Co. Estates).
Benjamin Bridgers Sr. is my direct ancestor the brother of Samuel. (Found in FTDNA Test Kit# 23767 and Ancestor Chart, match) and the brother of William (Found in FTDNA Test Kit# N33492 Ancestor Chart, match.)
Benjamin Bridgers Jr. b. ca 1730/40 (Edgecombe / Nash Co. NC) d. ______ alive 1810 Franklin Co. Census, (maybe ?"Jr"? from Edgecombe/Nash Co.) was one of the early settlers of what is now Franklin Co., NC and lived 8 or 10 miles south of the present county seat of Louisburgh. He may have married Miss Rebecca Drake. Benjamin Bridges had 2 sons, William and Josiah and had at least one daughter who married a Lewis, the father of Guilford Lewis, who was the father of the Hon. A. M. Lewis. A.M. Lewis died in Raleigh, NC where he had resided and practiced law.
Their son Josiah Bridgers b. ca 1770/80 d. ______ alive 1810 Franklin Co census, married a Miss Martha Williams (whose first husband was a Drake, with whom she had no children). Josiah and Martha had a number of children: John left the state and went to AL, He had a son who the family called Frank who visited his relatives in NC; Josiah married Elizabeth A. Hutchins of Wake County, NC, Benjamin Bell Bridges, William who died young, and George W. Bridges married Miss Delany Bryant of Nash County. Josiah's daughters were: Tempe who married Caswell Finch of VA, Martha and Lucy each married a Denby. The Denbys were named Thomas and John. Both Denbys died, the men left NC and moved to Indiana. Daughter Elizabeth Bridges married Jeremiah Solomon on March 4, 1818.
Their son Benjamin Bell Bridges, b. ca 1800/10 d. ____ ? (after 1834) married Rebecca P. Southerland (daughter of James Sutherland) m. 3 Jan 1834, Franklin County, NC. Rebecca b. 1813 Warren Co. d. ____ . Their children were: James S Bridges b. 1834; Josiah Bridgers b. 1837, Lebat Bridges b. 1839, Martha R. Bridges b. 1840, Ann C Bridges b. 1849.
Their son James S Bridges, b. 23 Nov 1834 in Warren County, NC d. 1 Oct 1884 in Montgomery County, TN m. 8 May 1861, Montgomery County, TN Louisa Matilda Mockbee (daughter of Risdon Mockbee and Margaret Howard; Risdon b. KY and Margaret b. TN) Lousia b. 16 Mar 1843, TN d. 3 Nov 1909 Montgomery County, TN. Both buried in Bridgers Cemetery, Montgomery County, TN. Their children were: Risden Bridges 1864 – 1886; Sabat Stith Bridges 1865 – 1883; Joseph Bell Bridges 1867 – 1954; Martha Bridges 1868 - ?; Bulah Bridges Hale 1870 - ?; James Wilson Bridges 1875 - ?; Daniel Slayden Bridges 1877 – 1944; Emily A Bridges 1879 - ?.
James S. Bridges is found in 1850 Sandy Creek, Warren Co., North Carolina census with Benjamin Bell Bridgers and Rebecca P. Not located in 1860 census. Found with wife Louisa in 1870 District 16, Montgomery Co., TN census; and 1880 District 16, Montgomery Co., TN Census with son Risden.
Their son Risden Bridges b. ca 1864 d. 1886 buried in Powell Cemetery, Montgomery County TN m. ____ ? ______ b. ____ d. _____ . Two assumed Children; Risdon Baxter Bridges b. June 1883 d. 22 April 1940 Douglas County, OR; and James Howard Bridges b. 26 Feb. 1883/85.
Assumption of Risdon Baxter Bridges and James Howard Bridges being brothers based on Risden was of age to have children and passed away when James Howard was approx 1 year old, forcing the boys (Baxter and James) to live with relatives. Sabat already passed when James was born. Baxter is found living with his grandmother Louisa in The 1900 Dickson Co. TN census.
James is found in 1900 Montgomery Co. TN census as Howard Bridges (no "r") b. Feb. 1885 age 15 in 1900 Montgomery Co. TN census. Living with Mary Doran Watkins b. 1823 (widow with 7 children born, and 5 living). Mary Doran Watkins Baxter is the daughter of Rebecca Boone Mockbee that is the sister of Risdon Mockbee (Louisa Matilda Mockbee’s father). (Great Grandfather of Risdon Baxter Bridges). In addition James Howard could have received his middle name from Great Grandmother Margaret Howard.
Their son, James Howard Bridgers b. 26 Feb 1883 (or 1885) in Montgomery Co., TN, USA and d. 14 Jan 1953 in Sumner, Lamar, Texas, USA. married Malissa (Melissa) (Lisse) Catherine Lawson (daughter of George Washington Lawson and Sarah Jane Brewer, both b. TN) m. 24 May 1907, Wayne County, TN. Melissa b. 29 Jul 1883, Wayne County, Tennessee d. 27 Nov 1962 Paris, Lamar County, Texas. Both are buried in Little Vine Cemetery in Lamar County. Their children were: Rosella R Bridgers 1908 – 1988; George R Bridgers 1910 - 1974; Tom Baxter Bridgers b. 1912; Susie Jane Bridgers 1914 – 1991; Jettie Jay Bridgers 1916 – 1993; Charles Eugean Bridgers 1917 – 1933; Roy Walter Bridgers 1920 – 1972; Robert L Bridgers 1923 -2001; Gladys Marie Bridgers 1925 – 1983. ............... Howard Bridges was found at age 15 (b. Feb. 1885) in 1900 Montgomery Co. TN census; James was found in 1910 Seminole Co. OK; 1920 Seminole Co. OK; 1930 Colbert Co. Alabama. Both his parents were b. TN. From family tradition, James Howard Bridgers may have had a brother named Baxter Bridgers.
Their son, Tom Baxter Bridgers b. 16 Feb 1912 in Seminole County, Oklahoma and d. 12 March 1982 in Duncanville, Dallas County, Texas. m. Leona May Tackett (daughter of L. C. Tackett and Ardelia C Tallant, both born Arkansas) 28 Aug 1937. They had 4 daughters and two sons. One of the sons was Larry Gene Bridgers b. 1946.
Their son, Larry Gene Bridgers b. 4 Oct 1946 in Montgomery County, Arkansas and d. 24 Oct 2008 in Duncanville, Dallas County, Texas. Son: RLB.
Their son, RLB was the person tested.DNA Project Page DNA Test Results