Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week the mission was:
1) Who is your MRUA – your Most Recent Unknown Ancestor? This is the person with the lowest number on your Pedigree Chart or Ahnentafel List that you have not identified a last name for, or a first name if you know a surname but not a first name.
2) Have you looked at your research files for this unknown person recently? Why don’t you scan it again just to see if there’s something you have missed?
3) What online or offline resources might you search that might help identify your MRUA?
4) Tell us about him or her, and your answers to 2) and 3) above, in a blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a comment on Facebook or Google Plus.
Number 17 on my Ahnentafel List is Margaret Price. Although I have a possible name of her father, John Price, from her marriage certificate, I still don’t know her mother’s name.
Per the Family Bible (which I haven’t seen a copy of, my information comes from an email from a distant cousin), she was born 14 February 1815. The birth certificate of her son Isaac shows her birthplace as Merthyr Kinnock, Brecknockshire (also known as Merthyr Cynog, Breconshire). As mentioned, her marriage certificate lists her father as John Price, occupation farmer. Margaret married my 2x great grandfather Joseph Whimpey on 15 January 1840 at Bedwelty, Monmouthshire. One of the witnesses was a William Price.
On the 1841 Census, the family were living at Charles Street in the Hamlet of Ucklawrcoed, Parish of Bedwelty. There was also a William Price, age 30, in the household, occupation miner. This William Price was possibly the same William who was a witness at their marriage, and may have been Margaret’s brother.
Joseph and Margaret emigrated to Australia later in 1841, and Margaret died 31 July 1901 at Tarnagulla, in Victoria. Although the death certificates here in Australia do list parents’ names, unfortunately Margaret’s isn’t much help – it lists her father as William, mother unknown.
My difficulty has been that, even with a possible birth date, and possible father’s name, as well as a possible brother’s name, I haven’t been able to determine which baptism entry is for her, as the ones from Merthyr Cynog itself list a different father’s name, and the other baptism entries I have found that might fit don’t list the parents’ names.
I have tried searching for the baptisms for each name, to see if there was a Margaret and a William with baptism entries in the same parish, that would match their ages, and is reasonably close to Merthyr Cynog, so that I could then search for a marriage of a John Price in the same parish, because there are so many entries for each name, this has proven difficult.
I would appreciate any advice on how I can found out who Margaret’s parents were.