15. Emily Adelaide Ridge
THORNTHWAITE. -June 6, at Five Dock, Emily Adelaide, beloved wife of Harry P. Thornthwaite. Aged 27 years. Youngest daughter of James B. Ridge, late of Windsor.
Source: Australian Town and Country Journal 14 Jul 1883
3. Richard Charles Ridge
CONVEYANCE OF POST OFFICE MAILS.
(From Yesterday's Government Gazette.
COLONIAL Secretary's Office, Sydney, 1st January, 1849.—The undermentioned Tenders for conveyance of the Post Office Mails during the present year, having been accepted, the particulars are published for general information, viz. :—
Richard Ridge, Sydney and Parramatta, by four horse coaches daily, and from and to Parramatta and Windsor, and Parramatta, St. Mary's, and Penrith, by two horse coaches, for £145.
Source: The SMH 3 Jan1849
The Late Richard Ridge.
At Manly, on Saturday last, Mr Richard Ridge, formerly of Windsor, succumbed to a brief illness. The funeral took place on Sunday, when a special train conveyed the remains from Sydney, arriving at Windsor station shortly after 8 o'clock. A large number of residents of Windsor, Richmond, and various other portions of the district were in waiting here, and the funeral cortege .was a very long one. Messrs Primrose and Son were the undertakers, and carried out all arrangements satisfactorily. Amongst the mourners were : - Messrs Richard, Edward, Prosper (Mayor of Richmond), and Sidney Ridge (sons of the de ceased), Messrs A. Jones and Wilkinson (sons-in-law), S. Jones, E. Ridge, Smith, and three sons of Mr E. Ridge's (grand children), Mr R. Henson, Mr. Richards (Hill, Clark, & Go.) and many others. The pall-bearers were :-The Hon. W. Walker, M.L.C., Messrs R. Dick, J.P., J. Tebbutt, C. Hole, W. Gosper, J.P., and W. P. Linsley, J.P. The burial service was conducted by Rev G. D'Arcy-Irvine, who spoke a few impressive words, appropriate to the occasion, to the very large congregation assembled in St Matthew's. The remains were subsequently interred in the family vault.
The late Mr Ridge was well-known to most people in this district. He was born on the Hawkesbury. He came to Windsor somewhere about 50 years ago-a young
married man-and commenced business in a very humble way as innkeeper, in premises at the corner of George and Kable Streets-now the site of the Commercial Bank. After a time he went into the coach ing business, and ran a coach from, we believe, the Horse and Jockey Inn, between Windsor, Parramatta, and Sydney. The young couple were very industrious, and succeeded in business remarkably well, so that when the Dargin estate was sold, Mr Ridge was able to purchase the site of the existing Fitzroy Hotel-which building he erected. He carried on business in the Fitzroy for some years, when he had accumulated the wherewithal to purchase a large station on the Macquarie River, which he secured at a very low figure, and which has now become a very valuable property. Mr Ridge shortly afterwards retired from business, and purchased the Marsden Estate on South Creek, upon which he erected the residence known a " Trevallyn"-now the property of Mr W. H. Dean. Here he resided for several years, and here it was that his faithful partner in life died. It is only a few years ago since Mr Ridge disposed of this property to Mr W. H. Dean, and removed to Manly Beach, where he remained until the time of his death. There are those in our midst who assert that had the old gentleman remained in Windsor amongst a host of boon campanions and cronies, instead of going away to live in the midst of strangers, his life would have been considerably prolonged.
During his long residence in Windsor, Mr Ridge always took a lively interest in public matters. He was appointed one of ¡ the first commissioners for the Windsor Road Trust, and held that office for upwards of thirty years. He was also one of the Committee of the Hawkesbury Benevolent Asylum, and held the office of vice-Presi dent for several years. At the time of his death he was a Trustee for the Institution, and was also a Trustee of St. Matthew's Church of England. He was elected one of the first aldermen for the Borough of Windsor, and sat for several years in the Council. The deceased took a very deep interest in politics, and greatly assisted in the return of the late W. B. Dalley to Parliament for the constituency of Windsor. Soon after that election he was appointed a Justice of the Peace, but he very rarely exercised that function, being of a retiring disposition. He was a genial, kind-hearted and benevolent man, and no one ever approached him in distress without engaging his sympathy. When he left Windsor his departure was generally regretted, as he was much respected and esteemed by the people of the district. Deceased was in his 79th year, and leaves a family of four sons and five daughters.
Source: Windsor and Richmond Gazette 4 Jun 1892
Abel John Cobcroft
Mr. Abel John Cobcroft, one of the pioneer pastoralists of the State, died this afternoon at his resilience. Deceased, who was within a few weeks of 96 years, was a native of the Hawkesbury. At one time he held station property in the Moree district, and was one of the oldest sportsmen In the State, racing horses at Homebush and Randwick over half a century ago. For the past 60 years he had lived in East Maitland.
Source: The SMH 19 May 1920
10. Margaret Ridge
By the death of Mrs Margaret Buttsworth, who passed away at Wilberforce on the 27th ultimo, the Hawkesbury loses another of the good old pioneers who did so much for the settlement in its early days'. The deceased was the relict of William Buttsworth, who died 30 years ago, and was taken off by pneumonia at the residence of her daughter, Mrs George Nicholls. She had attained the age of 78 years and 7 months, and all through her long and useful life enjoyed the respect and goodwill which is always the reward of a good and noble career. Born at Sackville, the deceased was a daughter of the late Richard Ridge, and spent almost the whole of her life at Wilberforce. She was the last of the Ridges — a family whose name has been interwoven through the history of the Hawkesbury for almost a century, and which has an unsullied record. Mrs Enoch Cobcroft, a sister of the subject of this notice, passed away at East Maitland some six months ago. The late Mrs Buttsworth had a family of four. Mrs George Nicholls and Mrs H. G. Buttsworth are daughters, while a son died at the age of 45 and a daughter at 15. The burial took place at Wilberforce Anglican Cemetery on 28th ultimo, the remains of the good and greatly beloved old woman being laid fcq rest beside those of her late her husband. Rev W. S. Newton. M.A., conducted the burial and Mr J. W, Chandler was the undertaker.
Source: Windsor and Richmond Gazette 13 Oct 1906