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Matthew Cridge (1823- )
1823 Born in Merriott, Somerset, on 12 March, son of John and Mary (nee England).
Matthew became a patternmaker, and emigrated to the USA at the age of 19. He was an inventor, and patented several improvements to steam engines. He built the Evergreen Narrow-Gauge Railroad. In 1844 he married Elizabeth Wadsworth, who had emigrated from Cheshire in 1817.
1854 US Patent US12052 for oscillating steam engine, granted to Matthew Gridge and Samuel Wadsworth
1860 US26654 US Patent for improvement to steam engine governor, granted to Matthew Cridge
1860 US26664 US Patent for oscillating steam engine, granted to Matthew Cridge and Samuel Wadsworth.