Joseph Caradine and Elizabeth Eyles
Joseph Caradine was born about 1829 in Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England. His father was William Caradine a stone mason and his mother was Grace Beames.
Elizabeth Eyles was born in Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England on 3 June 1827. Her father was Hope Eyles, who was also a stone mason, and her mother was Jane Gibson.
Birth of Elizabeth Eyles
The illustration opposite is a copy of the Baptismal Register for the Parish of Chipping Sodbury. The entry for Elizabeth Eyles is marked in red.
The birth of Joseph Caradine in 1829 was recorded in the non-conformist register as the Caradine family worshipped at the Baptist Church in Chipping Sodbury.
The Caradine family lived above the Post Office in Chipping Sodbury. In the nineteenth century it was located on the south side of Broad Street.
The Post Office was run by Joseph Caradine, then by his daughter Amy who married Joseph Turner, and finally by his grandson’s wife Bessie Hine, but by that stage the Post Office had moved to Horse Street.
Joseph Caradine was appointed Postmaster for Chipping Sodbury on 8 October 1859. and the family lived above the Post Office.
The illustration opposite records his appointment in the official Post Office Register.
In a Street Directory for Chipping Sodbury dated 1894, which is twenty years after Joseph died, Elizabeth is still running the Post Office and a stationery shop.
Joseph died at the young age of 45 and is buried in the cemetery behind the Baptist Church in Chipping Sodbury.