James Bridger

born 1806 died 1885

Natural son of James Moore, he inherited Lordship of the Manor of Biggin and Tamworth, and held it for thirty years.

Married Rachel Holden on 8th April 1834 at the Parish Church.

On 9th June 1859 his daughter Elizabeth married John Armfield.

The 1861 census stated that he was 55 years old, lived at Manor House, Figs Marsh. Occupation ‘Medical Herbs Grower, cultivating 320 acres, employing about 40 hands’. His wife Rachel was 50, with sons Benjamin 24, James H 22, Frederick 10 and daughters Maria 19 and Emily 13.

The 1871 census lists him at Biggin Farm with 302 acres, employing 40 men and 10 boys. Grandchildren Gertrude,5, and John A Armfield,3, are also listed.

In 1876, fined for a late night card game at the White Hart.

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