Surname Saturday

Surname Saturday – Dredge

The first person in my tree with this surname is my 4x great grandmother, Rebekah Dredge.   My line is:

1. Lois V. Whimpey

2. Ivon Walter Whimpey (1923-2009)
3. Edith Jean Marr (1922-1990)

4. John Ernest Whimpey (1884-1960)
5. Ivy May Harley (1890-1959)

8. Joseph Whimpey (1848-1919)
9. Sarah Jane Sharp (1853-1906)

16. Joseph Whimpey (1819-1902)
17. Margaret Price (1816-1901)

32. William Whimpey* (1789-1870)
33. Elizabeth Clement(s) (1792-1860)

64. Joseph Wimpey* (1761-1790)
65. Rebekah Dredge (1760-1844)


Rebekah was christened 21 September 1760 in Frome, Somerset, England.  She was the daughter of William and Susanna Dredge.  Rebekah first married Joseph Wimpey on 10 June 1783 at St John the Baptist Parish in Frome.  Joseph and Rebekah had five children before Joseph in 1790.  He was buried 8 February 1790.  Rebekah then married Thomas Commons on 24 October 1805 in Frome.  Thomas also appears to have been known as James Cummins – I have written about my research on the Cummins family in my post Cummins family of Frome, Somerset, England.

No marriage has been found for Rebekah’s parents William and Susanna, so Susanna’s maiden name is not yet known.  The parish register transcripts for St John the Baptist in Frome at show William and Susanna had 12 children:

  • William christened 18 July 1755
  • Edward christened 20 March 1757
  • John christened 16 February 1759
  • Rebekah christened 21 September 1760
  • Edward christened 11 July 1762
  • Betty christened 25 March 1764
  • Betty christened 14 December 1765
  • Hannah christened 1 October 1767
  • Daniel christened 31 January 1770
  • Betty christened 9 August 1771
  • James christened 29 September 1773
  • Susanna christened 30 December 1775

William was buried 20 December 1819 at St John the Baptist Parish in Frome.  He was 90 years old.  There are two possible baptisms for William:

Wm, son of John and Ann, was baptised 27 November 1730

William, son of William and Mary, was baptised 12 February 1730/31  


The family trees I have seen show that he was the son of William Dredge and Mary Nicholas.  William and Susanna’s eldest son was named William, and it was normal practice to name the eldest son after the husband’s father, so this would make it possible that the February baptism is for my William.  However, more evidence is needed.


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