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PIDGEONs of Thorncombe -- Guernsey & Australia branch

Jonah Pidgeon was born at Thorncombe, Devon in 1831 (see the PIDGEONs of Yarcombe & Thorncombe family tree). His parents were Richard Pidgeon and Hannah Jeffery who had married in 1813, and had had 8 children in addition to Jonah, at least three of whom had died young. Little is known about their family In 1841 Richard and Hannah were living at Thorncombe with two of their youngest children, but 8-year-old Jonah was 5 miles away at Penn Inn in Whitchurch Canonicorum. Although there was another Pidgeon family next door, they were but distant relatives (on the Pidgeons of Stockland family tree). In 1851, Jonah was still living at Penn Inn, and working as a farm labourer. By 1861 he had moved to Guernsey and married Elizabeth Dunnings from Hampshire.

Three children were born on Guernsey, Emma Rose, Joseph and Thomas. A fourth, Mary was born at South Stoneham, near Southampton and Elizabeth’s family in 1865. Later that year, Jonah died there of a diseased liver, aged only 33 years.

Emma Rose married Henry Bragg and raised a family at Bromley, Kent. Joseph died in the Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum in 1901. Thomas and Mary emigrated in 1886 to Brisbane, Australia where Mary married and settled. Thomas went west and settled at Perth in Western Australia (WA).t

Additional contributors: Greg Pidgeon and Bob Pidgeon

Notes:
   ab. = about,  b. = born,  bp. = baptised,  bu. = buried,  d. = died,  m. = married,
   Places in italics = Registration districts
Jonah PIDGEON (bp.11/11/1831, Thorncombe – d.11/12/1865, 33y, South Stoneham) Labourer
    :    1841:  at Penn Inn, Whitchurch Canonicorum – Jona (next door to John & Hannah family of Stockland tree)
    :    1851:  at Pen Inn, Whitchurch Canonicorum – Jonah
   m.(ab.1860, Guernsey?) Elizabeth DUNNINGS (b.1839, Eling, Hants – d.6/3/1921, 80y, Bromley, Kent)
    |                                                                                                                                   Seamstress, laundress, cook
    |    1861:  at Gullick’s Cottage, The Vale, Guernsey – Jonah & Betsey;  Rose 
    |                                                                                  + Emma (mothr-law), John (visitor) DUNNINGS
    |    1871:  at Burgess St, South Stoneham, Hants – Elizabeth (wid);  Emma Rose, Joseph, Thomas, Mary
    |    1881:  at Burgess St, South Stoneham, Hants – Elizabeth (wid);  Joseph, Thomas, Mary
    |    1891:  at Winchester Rd, North Stoneham, Hants – Elizabeth (cook to POINGDESTRE family)
    |    1901:  at 55 Kent Rd, Portswood, Southampton – Elizabeth (retired cook)
    |    1911:  at 68 Park Rd, Bromley, Kent – Elizabeth (late cook)   [3/4 ch alive]
    |    1921:  at 17 Scott’s Rd, Bromley – Elizabeth died
    |
    |– Emma Rose PIDGEON (b.1861, Vale, Guernsey – d.1933, 72y, Bromley) Dom. Cook. Midwife
    |       :    1881:  at Woodside Rd, Hound, Hants – Rose (servt to Charles HILL & family)
    |      m.(ab.1884?) Henry BRAGG (b.1860, Holborn, Lon – d?1932, 72, Salisbury, Wilts) House painter
    |       |    1891:  at 4 Aylesbury Rd, Bromley, Kent – Henry & Rose;  Margaret, Thomas, Jonah, Richard, Edwin
    |       |    1901:  at 2 Sharp Cottages, High St, Bromley – Henry & Rose;  Margaret, Thomas, Jonah, Richard,
    |       |    1911:  at 15 Scott’s Rd, Bromley – Henry;  Jonah, Richard, Elizabeth   [5/7 ch alive]                     Bessie
    |       |               at 51 Morgan Rd, Bromley – Rosa (midwife with Harry HENHAM & family)
    |       |                                                             [4/9 ch alive]
    |       |– male BRAGG (b.1884, Bromley – d.1884, 0y, Bromley)
    |       |– Margaret Mary BRAGG (b.1885, Bromley – d.)
    |       |– Thomas Henry BRAGG (b.1886, Bromley – d.1904, 17y, Bromley)
    |       |– Jonah BRAGG (b.1887, Bromley – d.1956, 67y, Bromley) Painter
    |       |      m.(1912, Bromley) Ellen COLE (b. – d.)
    |       |– Richard BRAGG (b.1889, Bromley – d.1945, 54y, Bromley) Painter
    |       |      m.(1912, Bromley) Annie E HOLLAND (b. – d.)
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Owen Richard BRAGG (b.20/9/1913,Bromley – d.1978, 64y)
    |       |       |      m,(1945, Chatham) Elvena P BOULTER (b.1914, Medway – d.1967, 52y, Bromley)
    |       |      └  Donald F BRAGG (b.1918, Bromley – d.1968, 49y, Croydon, Sur)
    |       |
    |       |– Edwin BRAGG (b.1890, Bromley – d.1893, 2y, Bromley)
    |       |– Elizabeth BRAGG (b.1894, Bromley – d.)
    |      └  John BRAGG (b.1902, Bromley – d.1902, 0y,Bromley)
    |
    |– Joseph PIDGEON (b.18/4/1862, Guernsey – d.29/6/1901, 38y, Fareham, Hants) Printer
    |            1891:  at County Lunatic Asylum, Fareham, Hants – J P (single, 28, born Guernsey, idiot)
    |            1901:  at County Lunatic Asylum, Fareham, Hants – J P (single, 38, printer, born Guernsey)
    |                            This was where he died of “Exhaustion from Acute Mania”
    |
    |– Thomas PIDGEON (b.28/3/1863, Guernsey –d.16/9/1949, 84y, Wellington, WA) Gardener, jobber, storekeeper
    |       :    1886:  Emigrated to Australia on SS Quetta with sister MARY,
    |       :                                                        dep.(London) June 29,   arr. (Brisbane) August 24
    |       :    1892:  Sailed from Cairns, Qld (dep. 19 Sept) to Albany, WA (arr. 13 Oct)
    |       :    1893:  Arrived Yalgoo, WA where he became Baker and Storekeeper
    |      m.(14/1/1901, Quambatook, Vic) Elizabeth Jane MANN (b.14/5/1865 – d.24/6/1949, 86y, Perth) Schoolteacher
    |       |
    |       |– Arthur Phillips PIDGEON (b.14/4/1902, Perth, WA – d.22/11/2002, 100y, Perth)
    |       |      m.(27/3/1937, Claremont, WA)  Winifred Margery SPEAR (b.12/6/1912, Perth – d.27/5/1990, 77y, Perth)
    |       |       |
    |       |                      →Greg PIDGEON
    |       |
    |       |– Thomas Robert PIDGEON (b.23/5/1903, Yalgoo, WA – d.7/8/1982, 79y, Subiaco, WA)
    |       |      m.(1936, Perth) Ivy Evelyn BACKHOUSE (b.13/3/1910 – d.5/4/2010, 100y, Cotteslow, WA)
    |       |       |
    |       |                      Bob PIDGEON
    |       |
    |       |– Elizabeth Emily PIDGEON (b.10/4/1905, Guildford, WA – d.20/8/1996, 91y)
    |       |      m1.(1927, Northam, WA) Frederick MENDE (b. – d.1/12/1939, 38y [suicide])
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Lesheph (Les) Joan MENDE (b.16/4/1928, Geraldton – d.18/12/2016)
    |       |       |      m.(8/1/1949) Ronald Joseph LARSSEN (b.9/6/1923 – d.20/10/1982)
    |       |       |       |
    |       |       |       |– Thomas Michael LARSSON (b.3/12/1949 – d.29/5/2016, 66y, Boulder)
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Rona Nancy MENDE (b.8/7/1931, Perth – d.21/3/2014, 82y, Leederville, Perth)
    |       |       |      m.(9/8/1952, Bunbury) Kenneth Douglas COURTHOPE (b.2/10/1930 – d.14/3/1989)
    |       |       |       |
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Frederick Thomas George MENDE (b.3/5/1935 – 17/1/1954, 18y [electricuted])
    |       |       :
    |       |      m2.() Frank Reece DONOVAN (b. – d.10/7/1967, 71y, Bunbury, WA)
    |       |
    |        Margaret Mary PIDGEON (b.18/11/1908, Geraldton, WA – d.1908, 0y, Geraldton, WA)
    |
   └  Mary PIDGEON (b.1865, S Stoneham, Hants – d.1956, Qld)
            :    1886: Emigrated to Australia on SS Quetta with brother THOMAS,
            :                                                         dep.(London) June 29,   arr. (Brisbane) August 24
           m.(7/4/1888, Gympie, Qld, Aus) Albert Basil MAY (b. – d.)
            |
            |– Ernest Tom MAY (b.1889, Qld – d.1929, Qld)
            |– Olive Edith MAY (b.1891, Qld – d.)
            |– George Albert MAY (b.1892, Qld – d.1971, Qld)
            |– Olivia Mary Rosa MAY (b.1899, Qld – d.)
            |      m.(1925, Qld) William Robert CROKER (b. – d.)
            |– Victor Emanuel MAY (b.1906, Qld – d.1906, Qld)
             Vera Victoria Elizabeth MAY (b.1909, Qld – d.)
                   m.(1934, Qld) Henry Edward MARTIN (b. – d.)
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