For the descendents of Richard Dearie and his son John Russell

Elizabeth Lidstone Hogg nee Mugridge/ Muggeridge

Baptised 18 July 1784

Died 17 June 1860.

Collated by Claire Grey

On 24 August 1807 Elizabeth married John Hogg a jeweller who was born in Perth. They married in London at St. James Westminster, a church designed by Sir Christopher Wren and a very fashionable and famous place to be married in. The witnesses were Benjn. Bright and B. Scott. Both bride and groom were described as “of this parish”. The curate was Charles Spencer. There is no address.

A later entry in the register for 15 December 1813 is for the birth of an Elizabeth Blyth daughter of James and Hannah Mugridge. They lived at Archer Street and James was a naval officer. However Elizabeth is unlikely to have two brothers with the same name. There is a marriage entry for a James Mugridge marrying Hannah Haynes at St James on 5 April 1812. The witnesses are John Hogg and ?Marin Haynes. So there must be some connection.



The schools at Belgrave Lodge in Chiswick and St Peters Square, Hammersmith

The 1841 census shows Elizth Hogg aged 55 schoolmistress, Anne Hogg, 25 schoolmistress, Agnes Hogg 15 schoolmistress and Oscar Hogg 13 pupil. Elizabeth and her two daughters were running a girls school for 14 children aged between 9 and 23 but mostly 13,14, and 15. Ages are rounded up to the nearest 5 years on this census. Elizabeth was actually 57.

Ten years later it had become a boys school run by Sophia and Isabella Graham. In 1841 the Hoggs or Grahams did not own the building. Mrs. Hogg paid £3 rates and next-door Penelope Graham paid more. By 1847 Agnes Hogg was the rate payer, with Penelope still next door. 1841 was the first year that Mrs. Hogg name appeared.

The street directory shows that in 1826-27 Misses Grahams (Gents Preparatory) Turnham Green and 1838- 1840 Prep school at Belgrave Lodge kept by Misses Grahams. We might assume that as Elizabeth’s husband had just died and she needed to work that the Grahams had helped her. Her mother in law’s name was Graham.

It is assumed that Penelope, Sophia and Isabella were relatives. The building no longer exists but stood with a few other large houses on the North side of what is now Chiswick High Road. It was surrounded by fields, still the country in 1841.

Absent from the family at Belgrave Lodge in 1841 were Elizabeth, now married to Richard Dearie and living in America, Alfred, and Georgina, 23 who was later to marry in Chiswick church in 1843.

A court case reported in 1843 mentions the family:

HAMMERSMITH. – Yesterday Mary Bailey, a decently dressed young woman, was brought up in the custody of Mount, one of the summoning officers, on a charge of having stolen certain articles, the property of Mrs. Elizabeth Hogg, of the Belgrave Lodge, Chiswick. Mrs Hogg deposed that she kept a seminary for young ladies. The prisoner had up to 5 May last been in the witness’s service. On 1st of May last witness gave the prisoner a month’s notice, which would have been up on 1st of June. On 4th of May, about 9 o'clock at night, the prisoner brought her boxes into witness’s room and asked her to look them over, as she intended to go then. Witness did so, and found in them three pairs of white stockings, one pair of worsted ditto, and five of the young ladies’ bags, which she told the prisoner were her (witness’s) property, and took them from her. She then told the prisoner that she could not go that night; but the next morning while witness was gone to make some inquiries, the prisoner left the house and took her boxes with her. Witness subsequently ascertained that the prisoner had obtained from a neighbour 2s and 8 ½d in witness’s daughter's name. From that time witness did not know where to find the prisoner until she received a summons from the Court of Requests, Kingsgate-street, Holborn, for her wages, when she sent her son and a servant to the Court, who gave the prisoner into the custody of Mount, who was in attendance for that purpose. The prisoner most positively denied the charge of robbery, declaring that the article is specified had been given her by Mrs. Hogg herself, and that she had certainly borrowed the 2s 8d, but in her own name, until she got paid her wages. Mrs. Hogg denied the truth of the prisoner’s statement, and persisted in the truth of her own version of the matter, to prove which she could bring witnesses if the prisoner was remanded. Inspector Morgan, T division, said the prisoner was at present in the service of Mr. Williamson, the Superintendent of that division, of which fact Mrs. Hogg must have been aware, as she had herself given the prisoner a character, and Mrs. Hogg had that day acknowledged to him that she never would have preferred the charge, had not the prisoner sought to recover wages. Mr. Clive said he should remand the prisoner, in order to afford Mrs. Hogg an opportunity of bringing forward the witnesses she had spoken of; and he would accept bail for her appearance. Mr. Williamson became answerable for the prisoner’s appearance, and she was liberated from custody. The Globe 1 Sept 1843.

The school must have been unsuccessful as by June 1844 Elizabeth Hogg was bankrupt and in debtor's prison. She is given two previous addresses in the bankruptcy notices: Wardour St, Soho and Well St., Oxford Street. In 1844 her daughter Elizabeth Dearie gave birth to her son Donald at Belgrave Lodge on 6 October. He died 4 days later. Agnes Hogg appears to have taken over the school in 1847.

By 1851 Elizabeth aged 66 was head of the household but no longer teaching. She was living in another school for young girls at 36, in St. Peters Square. Agnes, her daughter aged 27 was the schoolmistress, Alfred, 25 a clerk, and George Hogg her husband’s brother, also a jeweller aged 65 and deaf was living there. There are 5 pupils aged 10 to 15 and a cook and a housemaid.

Reuben Sayers painted a portrait of Elizabeth Lidstone in 1853. Sayers lived in Hammersmith at 1 St Peters Square in 1850 so was a neighbour. Elizabeth is wearing a widow’s cap. Only a photograph of this painting now exists. There were painted portraits of all the children hanging at Oscar’s home, Beulah Villa but no one knows what happened to them.

Elizabeth died at Woodford, West Ham; Essex on 17 June 1860 aged 76. The informant was Marian E. Sutton. She was buried in Old Woodford Churchyard on the North side according to her daughter Agnes. The registers of St Mary the Virgin at Woodford show that she was buried on 24th June 1860. The church was rebuilt after a fire in 1969 and the churchyard was landscaped. Nearly 230 graves were discarded without transcriptions being made.

They seem to have lived in the City of London for the birth of their first two children, Elizabeth in 1813, and Annie in 1815. The next children were born in Perth according to family records, which have not yet been verified: Georgina in 1818, Agnes in 1822, Alfred in 1826 and Oscar in 1828 when Elizabeth was 44. Oscar was baptised in the Pomarium West Church. Pomarium was the weavers’ district of Perth so possibly this is where the family were living.

In 1833 , her eldest daughter Elizabeth ran off with a sailor and had a child with him who she called Jessie Elizabeth Smart. It is not known where the family was living at the time. Perhaps Elizabeth met him through her uncles?

John Hogg is recorded as living in 1838 at the time of their daughter Elizabeth’s wedding but dead by 1843, at the time of Georgina’s wedding.

The family myth recorded his death on the same day as Elizabeth's father. Gertrude Fox's noted on the back of Elizabeth's picture: “ same time Gr. mother M’s husband James (sic) Hogg died asleep with folded arms. Travelling in Scotland, but wife woke same night, heard him returning home and rose to open to him Tho’ in perfect health the night he died, on retiring to rest he begged, if anything happened he should be buried with a piece of bread he carried. “It was the last I broke with my wife”

His death turns out to be more prosaic . "Recommended as an Infirmary Patient 27.9 1838. Meeting of the Hammermen was informed that Hogg was ' in indigent circumstances and labouring under a violent disease'. He was admitted at the Hammermen’s expense to Perth Infirmary. He died suddenly on the morning of 15 January 1839 ' in destitute circumstances"

It is interesting that illegitimacy has been recorded in the family history but poverty has been kept a secret. His death meant the family had to go to work.

Elizabeth is found running a school in Chiswick in the 1841 census.


There is a Lidstone One Name Society which in 1997 was being run by Mr. Hugh R. G. Lidstone, 11, Furzehatt Avenue, Plymstock, Plymouth, Devon. PL9 8LJ.

The name originates from Ledstone, Kingsbridge in Devon.

Hugh had records of an Ann Lidstone baptised at St. Saviours Dartmouth in 31 July 1757, the daughter of Thomas and Mary (Chrober) Lidstone. He notes that she must have left Dartmouth as he has records fully covered for all parishes there.

In addition to Ann, Thomas and Mary had Mary 1746, Thomas 1748, Eleanor 1750, John 1754, Nicholas 1761 and Elizabeth 1763.

Of these he has no further information on the sons except for John who founded the Newfoundland branch by settling there in 1775 and was joined later by his parents at St. Johns.

Eleanor married Thomas Eales at Dartmouth and Elizabeth married Joseph Wooley 25 December 1787 at St Saviours by licence- Joseph was of Camberwell Surrey- the only London connection, but it is just possible that Ann followed her sister as he has not traced Eleanor and Thomas after their marriage and they may have moved to Camberwell.



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Elizabeth came from a naval family and was baptised at St Saviour's Church in Dartmouth Devon in 1784.

She was supposed to have come from Buckfastleigh and lived in Brixham.

Gertrude Fox wrote on the back of the picture of her: “Great grandmother Muggeridge (Mother Lydstone) daughter of James Muggeridge of the First man of war who boarded the French at Copenhagen a little middie- picture of him in the engagement at Somerset House. After pensioned drowned off Goodwin Sands. His boat lost." His ghost was said to have appeared in dripping oilskins to some sailors on the shore.

If his whole boat was lost there are unlikely to be records of his death, which would normally be made by the Captain. His death is supposed to have occurred on the same day as Elizabeth's husband, which was 15 January 1839, although this would make her father quite old to be still working at sea. It is more likely that he died in 1788.

Family myth says that her brothers become officers in the navy. Either she or her mother knew the Revd. Francis Lyte Vicar in Brixham.

This information needs to be verified, her father's name was recorded as Joseph in her baptism record not James and family history reported her husband dying while travelling and in perfect health when in fact he was destitute and in an infirmary. It is not known if her mother's maiden name was Lidstone or if the name came from further back in the family.

Above: St Saviour's Church Dartmouth Photo. by Shirley Murray 2011

Left: Photograph of an original painting of Elizabeth Lidstone Hogg painted by Reuben Sayers in 1853.

Above: The interior of St. James Westminster. Photos. Claire Grey 2010

Above:The font in St. Saviour's Church. Photo. by Shirley Murray. 2011
Right: This family tree is largely from the family search web site and only Elizabeth's original record has been checked. The dates seem to make it possible to be a family and we know that Elizabeth had a sister called Sophia.
Above: Interior of St Saviours. Photo by Shirley Murray 2011
A record of a Joseph Mugridge, Mariner, taking out fire insurance on his dwelling house of stone, timber and slate in 1786 has been found in the records of the Sun Insurance company. Although he is said to be of Dartmouth the record has the place as Oxenham. The value of the house is £230 and the household goods are worth £70. The fee paid was 4s/6d. The relative value of the equivalent sums today (2014) in terms of economic status would be about £500,000 for the house and contents and £300 for the fee. The word "mariner" implies a merchant seaman but many ended up in the Royal Navy during the war against Napoleon. (1803-1815). Joseph was supposed to have survived the war. A record for a Jos. Mugridge appears in a list of apprenticeships. In 1791 he was apprenticed to Ja. Traies of Dartmouth, Devon as a jeweller. This may be Elizabeth Lydstone's brother who was baptised in 1777 and would be 14 years of age. It might help to explain why Elizabeth ended up marrying a jeweller. A list of Devon wills held at Kew records the death of a James Mugridge at Dartmouth, who is a seaman in the Royal Navy. He died on board H.M.S. Russell in 1806 and the executor was his sister E. L. Mugridge. If this is Elizabeth's brother, he would have been 20 years old. The H.M.S. Russell was a fighting ship but so far her involvement in any battles in 1806 have not been found.
The other local men who took out a Sun insurance policy on the same day as Joseph Mugridge were Humphrey Bartlett, fishmonger, from Brixham, James Davy, mason, from Dartmouth, William Eales, cordwainer, from Dartmouth, Thomas Pering, attorney at law, Dartmouth and William Smart who was a fisherman from Brixham.

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Hogg Elizabeth Lidstone, of Merton-place, Turnham-green, out of business- Queen's Prison Perrys Bankrupt Gazette 15 June 1844 p. 381

Town Insolvents ..The following prisoners, having filed their Schedules, are ordered to be brought up before the Court, at the Court House, Portugal Street,Lincoln's Inn Fields...On Thursday, the 11th day of July, 1844....Elizabeth Lidstone Hogg, Belgrave lodge, Merton place, Turnham green,not in any business. Bells New weekly Messenger 30 June 1844, p 7

Elizabeth Lidstone Hogg, late of Belgrave-lodge, Merton-place, Turnham-green, Middlesex, not following any trade or profession, previously of Wardour-street, Soho, Middlesex aforesaid, Needlewoman.- In the Queen's Prison. Gazette 8th June 1844

Gazette 9 Jan 1846 . ps 115 & 116
Gazette 5 May 1846.
Gazette 21 June 1844
To be heard by order of the Court.. Hogg Elizabeth Lidstone, of Belgrave-lodge, Turnham-green, widow..Perrys Bankrupt Gazette 22 June 1844 p. 6

"Petition of Ann Mugridge of Dartmouth in the county of Devon widow of Joseph Mugridge thirty five. That your petitioners ? husband was bred to the sea and served there as master of the sloop London and his ? schooner both called Industry for upwards of 13 years has left 7 children from ages of 13 to one year old and is now pregnant. He was drownded on 26 December last on his passage from London to Dartmouth which trade ?held/hand." Trinity House Petition 1789 viewed on fiche of original at SOG (Series 2 Book 5) (Thirty five is crossed out. Her aged is noted as 40). If 1788 is when Joseph died and the Napoleonic Wars were 1803–1815, it is not possible that he fought in them. The James mentioned in the family story may be Elizabeth's brother James from HMS Russell rather than her father.