Richard Joseph Vidler 1866-1916

Richard Joseph VIDLER is the father of my great grandmother Etta Dorcas VIDLER, who was born Etta Dorcas VIDLER is my great grandmother. She was born in Ticehurst, Sussex on 12 April 18961. She is the daughter of Richard Joseph VIDLER and Alice Mary POTTEN. Richard Joseph VIDLER was married to Alice Mary POTTEN.

When and Where BornNameSexName and Surname of FatherName, Surname and Maiden Surname of MotherOccupation of FatherInformantWhen Registered
12 April 1896. Mabbs Hill, TicehurstEtta DorcasGirlRichard Joseph VIDLERAlice Mary VIDLER formerly POTTENGeneral labourerAlice Mary VIDLER. Mother. Mabbs Hill, Ticehurst26 May 1896

1871 Census

In 1871 Richard Joseph VIDLER was living at Cock Farm, Stonegate, Sussex2. He was living with his parents George and Mary VIDLER, who worked on a farm of 34 acres. Richard VIDLER was 4 years old.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
George VIDLERHeadMarried49Farmer of 34 acres employing 2 menTicehurst, Sussex
Mary VIDLERWifeMarried43Farmer’s wifeTicehurst, Sussex
Jane VIDLERDaurUnmarried19Farmer’s daughterWadhurst, Sussex
Elizabeth VIDLERDaurUnmarried17Farmer’s daughterWadhurst, Sussex
Jemima VIDLERDaur12ScholarWadhurst, Sussex
Thomas William VIDLERSon9ScholarTicehurst, Sussex
George H VIDLERSon7ScholarTicehurst, Sussex
Richard J VIDLERSon4ScholarTicehurst, Sussex
William J VIDLERSon2Ticehurst, Sussex
Harriet N VIDLERDaur5 monthsTicehurst, Sussex

1881 Census

In 1881 Richard Joseph VIDLER was living at Cock Farm, Stonegate, Sussex3 with his parents George and Mary VIDLER, who farmed 10 acres of the farm. Richard was working as an agricultural labourer.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
George VIDLERHeadMarried59Farmer 10 acres 2 menTicehurst, Sussex
Mary VIDLERWifeMarried54Farmer’s wifeTicehurst, Sussex
Jane VIDLERDaurUnmarried29Ticehurst, Sussex
Thomas W VIDLERSon19Agricultural labourerTicehurst, Sussex
George H VIDLERSon17Agricultural labourerTicehurst, Sussex
Richard J VIDLERSon14Agricultural labourerTicehurst, Sussex
William J VIDLERSon13ScholarTicehurst, Sussex
Lois VIDLERDaur7ScholarTicehurst, Sussex

1891 Census

In 1891 Richard Joseph VIDLER was living at Cock Farm, Stonegate, Sussex4, where his mother Mary (a widow) was now farming the land. Joseph and his brothers Thomas, Henry and William were “farmer’s sons”, which probably means that they were helping their mother on the farm. Richard VIDLER was 24 years old.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
Mary VIDLERHeadWidow64FarmerTicehurst, Sussex
Jane VIDLERDaurSingle39Wadhurst, Sussex
Thomas VIDLERSonSingle29Farmer’s sonTicehurst, Sussex
Henry VIDLERSonSingle27Farmer’s sonTicehurst, Sussex
Richard VIDLERSonSingle24Farmer’s sonTicehurst, Sussex
William VIDLERSonSingle22Farmer’s sonTicehurst, Sussex
Lois VIDLERDaurSingle17Ticehurst, Sussex
Joseph BARDENBrotherMarried52Ticehurst, Sussex


Richard VIDLER and Alice Mary POTTEN were married at St Peter’s Church, Ardingly, Sussex on 09 November 18915. Richard VIDLER’s father was George VIDLER, a farmer.

When MarriedName and SurnameAgeConditionRank or ProfessionResidenceFather’s Name and SurnameRank or Profession of Father
09 November 1891Richard VIDLER25BachelorLabourerArdinglyGeorge VIDLER (deceased)Farmer
Alice Mary POTTEN20SpinsterArdinglyHenry POTTENMilkman
Witnesses: Obed EVEREST & Bertha EVEREST

1901 Census

In 1901 Richard VIDLER was a publican at the Sportsman Inn, West Malling, Kent6. He was living there with his wife Mary and 4 of their children: Agnes, Etta, Eric and John.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadCondition as to MarriageAgeProfession or OccupationWhere Born
Richard VIDLERHeadMarried35PublicanBurwash, Sussex
Mary VIDLERWifeMarried28Wadhurst, Sussex
Agnes VIDLERDaur.Single6Wadhurst, Sussex
Etta VIDLERDaur.Single4Wadhurst, Sussex
Eric VIDLERSonSingle3Wadhurst, Sussex
John VIDLERSonSingle1Wadhurst, Sussex
Laura CURTISServantSingle20BarmaidBurwash, Sussex

1911 Census

In 1911 Richard VIDLER was living at Starvenden Cottage, Stonegate, Sussex7. His wife Mary wasn’t present in the household when the census was taken (and I haven’t been able to find where she was living), but Richard states that he was married for 19 years with 6 children, 2 of whom had died (which was crossed through because he wasn’t supposed to provide that information). Richard and Mary VIDLER had 2 daughters who died at birth – Jane in 18928 and an unnamed daughter in 18939. Richard VIDLER was living with 3 of his children: Agnes, Eric, and Clifford. His daughter Etta was living with her aunt and uncle in Staffordshire10.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadAgeParticulars as to MarriageProfession or OccupationBirthplace
Richard VIDLERHead45Married 19 years, 6 children, 4 living, 2 diedFarm labourerStonegate, Sussex
Agnes VIDLERDaur16SingleStonegate, Sussex
Eric VIDLERSon13SchoolWadhurst, Sussex
Clifford VIDLERSon11SchoolWadhurst, Sussex


Richard Joseph VIDLER died on 26 April 1916 at Witherenden Cottages, Stonegate, Ticehurst, Sussex11 at the age of 49.

When and Where DiedName and SurnameSexAgeRank or ProfessionCause of DeathInformantWhen Registered
26 April 1916. Witherenden Cottages, Stonegate, TicehurstRichard Joseph VIDLERMale49 yearsFarm labourerHeart failureC VIDLER. Son. Present at death. Witherenden Cottages, Stonegate, Ticehurst28 April 1916

Family Members:

Wife:Alice Mary POTTEN 1873-?
Daughter (Direct Ancestor):Etta Dorcas VIDLER 1896-1968
Father:George VIDLER 1821-1889
Mother:Mary Ann BARDEN 1827-1894

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  1. Births (CR) England. Ticehurst, Sussex. 12 April 1896. VIDLER, Etta Dorcas. Entry No. 195.
  2. Census Records. England. Stonegate, Sussex. 02 April 1871. VIDLER, George (head). ED 6. SN 47. PN 1046. FN 84. p. 10. : accessed 02 August 2021.
  3. Census Records. England. Ticehurst, Sussex. 03 April 1881. VIDLER, George (head). PN 1045. FN 80. p. 16. : accessed 18 November 2020.
  4. Census Records (CR) England. Stonegate, Sussex. 05 April 1891. VIDLER, Mary (head). ED 6. PN 778. FN 61. : accessed 02 August 2021.
  5. Marriages (CR) England. Ardingly, Sussex. 09 November 1891. VIDLER, Richard and POTTEN, Alice Mary. Entry no. 274.
  6. Census Records. England. West Malling, Kent. 01 April 1901. VIDLER, Richard Joseph (head). ED 16. PN 743. FN 70. p. 28. : accessed 30 July 2021.
  7. Census Records (CR) England. Stonegate, Sussex. 02 April 1911. VIDLER, Richard (head). RD 73. ED 17. PN 4903. : accessed 02 August 2021.
  8. Births Index (CR) England. Ticehurst, Sussex. 1st Q., 1892. VIDLER, Jane. Vol. 2b. p. 103. : accessed 02 August 2021.
  9. Births Index (CR) England. Ticehurst, Sussex. 1st Q., 1893. VIDLER, [female]. Vol. 2b. p. 109. : accessed 02 August 2021.
  10. Census Records. England. Hanley, Staffordshire. 02 April 1911. PEAKE, Joseph (head). RD 361. ED 25. PN 16535. : accessed 01 August 2021.
  11. Deaths (CR) England. Ticehurst, Sussex. 26 April 1916. VIDLER, Richard Joseph. Entry no. 40.


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