52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors (2014) #38 William Whimpey

This week my ancestor is ggg grandfather William Whimpey.

In 1979, my dad was sent information about the Whimpey family from relatives in the United States, and amongst these was a family group sheet for William Whimpey, and his wife Elizabeth Clements.

This family group sheet showed William was christened 27 March 1790 in Frome, Somerset, England, and was buried there on 31 May 1870.  He married Elizabeth Clements on 14 July 1817 in Frome.

This group sheet also showed William and Elizabeth had nine children:

  1. John christened 1818
  2. Joseph born 1819
  3. Mary Ann christened 1822
  4. Isaac christened 1823
  5. Elizabeth C. christened 1825
  6. Isaac born 1827
  7. William christened 1829
  8. Rebecca christened 1832
  9. Eliza christened 1833

Although I have not been able to view the original parish registers to confirm these details, the parish registers for Frome have been transcribed, and are available on the Frome Research site.  These transcripts provided the same details as on the family group sheet, although the Parish registers listed their surname as Wimpey, and the marriage entry for William and Elizabeth shows her surname as Clement.

The baptismal records for his children show his abode as:

1818 Keyford
1819 Butts
1822 Water Lane
1823 Butts
1827 Butts
1829 Whittox Lane

All these locations were in Frome, Somerset, England. His occupation was listed on all these records as labourer.

On the 1841 England Census, William was living at Wine Street in Frome.  He was age 45, occupation labourer, born in Somerset.  Also in the household was Elizabeth age 45, Isaac age 15, Mary age 20, and William age 14.

The marriage certificate for his son Isaac in 1847 listed his occupation as miner.

On the 1851 England Census he was at Fountain Lane in Frome. He was the head of the household, age 61, occupation day labourer, born in Frome, Somerset.  Also in the household was his wife Elizabeth born about 1790.

In 1861 he was living with his brother Edward at Mill Street in Frome. The census listed him as unmarried, age 68, occupation labourer at ? garden, birthplace Frome, Somerset.  William’s wife Elizabeth had died the previous year, in 1860.

The burials on the Frome Research website only go to 1812, but a number of parish registers from Somerset have also been transcribed and added to the FreeReg site.  The following entry was found for William:

County                                         Somerset
Place                                             Frome
Church                                         St John the Baptist Pr
RegisterNumber                      1946
BurialDate                                  31 May 1870
Forename                                  William
Surname                                     WHIMPEY
Age                                               80
Abode                                          Keyford
FileNumber                               28931

Since William died in 1870, his death would also be in the Civil Registration records, so I searched the England and Wales Free Birth, death and marriage indexes at the FreeBMD website and found his death entry:

Deaths Jun 1870
Whimpey William 81 Frome 5c 389

I then applied for his death certificate, which shows he died 27 May 1870 at the Asylum in Frome from age.  He was 81 years old.