This book I have was published just after Old Humphrey passed away in 1854. There is all kinds of personal information in his book but not much about his family. There is an etching of Old Humphrey so I can even tell you what he looked like.
Here is just a little bit of information that is in the book entitled "Memoir of Old Humphrey".
George Mogridge (Old Humphrey) was born Feb. 17th, 1787 and died Nov. 2, 1854 at age 67. His grandfather was Anthony Mogridge, Vicar of Kimbolton, Worcestershire, England. His father was a canal agent. He first married Miss Elizabeth Bloomer who passed away at an early age. He then remarried a Miss Mary Ridsdale.
At age 14 he was placed as an apprentice to the position of japanner. (Do you have any idea what a canal agent is or a japanner?) He then went into business with his older brother who later left the business to him. His brother acquired some quality property. George ended up loosing the business and facing a considerable amount of indignation because of this. The book goes on to tell of the trials and tribulations of how George became a well known writer of his time.
Old Humphrey requisted to be interred at the picturesque cemetery at Hastings called All Saints. The book says he rests in the upper part, against the upper wall. Hastings was a favorite spot of Old Humphrey. He spent his last days in Hastings taking in the sea breeze and its grand beauty. There is a fairly discriptive accounting of Old Humphrey passing away with his wife at his side.
The book says that his tombstone is a neat and substantial monument which is inscribed with this:
TO THE MEMORY OF
GEORGE MOGRIDGE, ESQ.
OF KINGSLAND, LONDON,
BETTER KNOWN, IN NUMEROUS WORKS, AS
IN HIS WRITINGS
HE SOUGHT THE HONOUR OF GOD, AND THE
HIGHEST HAPPINESS OF MANKIND:
IN HIS LIFE
HE ADORNED THE DOCTRINES OF THE GOSPEL:
HE REJOICED IN THE HOPE OF THE GLORY OF GOD,
THROUGH THE MERITS OF JESUS CHRIST
CHEERFUL HE PASS'D HIS DAYS BELOW,
THOUGH THORNY PATHS HIS FEET HAD TROD;
FOR HE HAD FOUND IN EVERY WOE
THE MINGLED MERCIES OF HIS GOD:
AND THEY SUSTAIN'D HIM IN HIS FEARS,
IN YOUTH, IN MANHOOD, AND IN YEARS.
HE DIED AT HASTINGS, NOVEMBER 2, 1854,
THE COMMITTEE OF THE RELIGUOUS TRACT SOCIETY
HAVE CAUSED THIS STONE TO BE ERECTED,
TO MARK THEIR HIGH ESTIMATE OF
HIS CHARACTER AND WORKS.
Zoe, I'm the 4th g grandson of a George Mogridge born in Sept of 1807 in England who immigrated to Wayne County, Pennsylvania. I'm certain that Old Humphrey is related to George Mogridge (1807) but don't know how. Can you help me with this? I believe that George Mogridge's (1807) father was Charles but I'm not sure of this. Actually, I don't know much of anything after my 4th great grandfather.
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