52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors (2014) #42 Margaret Price

This week, my ancestor is my gg grandmother Margaret Price.

The first information I had about Margaret came from a group of documents sent to my dad from relatives in the United States.  In this group of documents was the death certificate for Joseph Whimpey, who died in 1902.  On this death certificate, she was listed as his wife.  Also in this group of documents was the birth certificate for their son Isaac Whimpey, born in 1855 in Castlemaine.  This certificate showed that Joseph and Margaret were married in 1840, and Margaret was age 39 years (indicating a birth year of 1816), and her birthplace was listed as Merthyr Kinnock, Brecknockshire.

In 1995, I was sent a copy of Joseph and Margaret’s marriage certificate by another relative.  Joseph and Margaret were married 15 January 1840 at the Parish church in the parish of Bedwelty, county of Monmouth.  Margaret was a spinster of full age, and her residence was Tredegar.  Her father was John Price, a farmer.  One of the witnesses was a William Price.

On the 1841 Census for Wales, Joseph and Margaret were at Charles Street in the Hamlet of Ucklawcoed, Bedwelty.   Joseph was listed as age 20, miner, not born in county, and Margaret was 25, not born in county.  Also in the household were Elizabeth Whimpey, age 6 months, born in county and William Price age 30, miner, not born in county.   This William Price may have been the same William who was a witness at their marriage, and may have been Margaret’s brother.

Margaret and Joseph emigrated to Australia later that year (1841), travelling on the “Ward Chipman”, which arrived at Port Phillip in December 1841.  Their daughter Elizabeth appears to have died between the time of the 1841 census, and when they sailed, as she does not appear on the immigration lists. Although a birth record has been found for her, I have been unable to find her death record.  She had definitely died by 1845, as Joseph and Margaret named their next daughter, born in 1845, Elizabeth.

As well as the above information, a birthday book held by another branch of the family lists Margaret’s birth date as 14 February 1815.

Although I have a possible birth date, location and father’s name, I have not yet been able to find a baptism record that matches. As the name Price is one of the most common surnames in Wales, this will make confirming the information I have, and tracing the family further back in time, difficult.

Although I don’t yet have her death certificate, the death indexes have the following entry:
Year 1901 Surname Whimpey Given name(s) Margt Registration no 11843 Father’s name Price Wm Mother’s nameAge 87 Place Tgulla

Here, there is a conflict in her father’s name – on the death certificate, it’s listed as William, and on the marriage certificate it’s John.  As the death certificate information would have been second hand information, while the information on the marriage certificate was probably from Margaret herself, this is more likely to be correct.

I have also found the following obituary for her, from The Tarnagulla Courier Saturday August 3 1901

Mrs Whimpey

On Wednesday morning the intelligence was spread that Mrs Whimpey, wife of Mr Joseph Whimpey, sen., had breathed her last.  The deceased lady, who had reached the ripe old age of 87 years, has been ailing for a long time, and her life has been despaired of several times, but the vital spark was strong in her, and she rallied time and again, but each time becoming feebler. For a considerable time past she has been almost helpless, and her end was expected.  She leaves an aged husband who is older than herself.  The funeral took place on Thursday, at the local cemetery, the service at the grave being read by the Rev. C Lancaster.

The mortuary arrangements were carried out by Mr W Roper.