Amy Johnson Crow introduced the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge on her No Story Too Small blog in 2014. This year she continued the challenge, but also added a weekly theme. This week’s theme is Live Long. Time to feature a long-lived ancestor. Any centenarians in the family?
Although I have others in my family tree that lived longer (the longest lived was Hannah Maria Vernon, nee Faulks, who died aged 106 years 355 days – only a few days short of 107 years), these individuals belonged to more distant branches of the family. When concentrating on either ancestors or their siblings, the longest lived was Elizabeth Whimpey, the sister of my great grandfather Joseph Whimpey.
Elizabeth was born 12 February 1845 in Melbourne. At the time of her birth, Melbourne was in the Port Phillip District, in the Colony of New South Wales. She was baptised 13 November 1846 at the Parish of St James in Melbourne. Her parents were Joseph Whimpey, a shoemaker, and Margaret Price. (Parish of St James, Baptisms, Elizabeth Whimpey: Entry No 2757, Registration no 14985, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia).
Elizabeth died 2 August 1942 at 8 Selwyn Street, Merewether, New South Wales, Australia, at the age of 97 years and 171 days. (New South Wales, Australia Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, <i>Death Certificates</i>, death certificate 1942/019863 (1942), Elizabeth Stow.)
By 1848, Elizabeth and her family had moved to South Australia, where her brother Joseph (my great grandfather) was born. A younger sister, Eliza, was born at Margaret River, in the colony of South Australia, and was baptized at Portland, in the colony of Victoria. The family then moved to the goldfields at Castlemaine, where another sister Sarah was born in 1853, and brother Isaac in 1855.
By 1861, when Sarah died, the family had moved to Sandy Creek (later named Tarnagulla).
On 15 May 1868, at St Augustine’s Church, in Inglewood, Victoria, Elizabeth married Joseph Bannister Stow, a widower with 3 living and 3 deceased children. Their first five children were born in Victoria, the first 2 at Newbridge, the next 2 at Castlemaine and the fifth at Campbells Creek. By 1877, when son John was born, they had moved to Newcastle, in the colony of New South Wales. Joseph and Elizabeth had 11 children in total, which with Joseph’s 6 from his first marriage, gave a grand total of 17 children, 12 of whom lived to adulthood.