52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors #2 Favourite Photo – William Whimpey (1789-1870)

I have chosen as my favourite photo the one for my 3x great grandfather, William Whimpey.

William Whimpey
My ggg grandfather William Whimpey

William Wimpey was born 5 May 1789 in Frome, Somerset, England[1], and baptized 27 March 1790 at Frome St John[2].  He was the fourth child of Joseph Wimpey and Rebekah Dredge.

A family group sheet for William and Elizabeth, lists his occupation as teamster/weaver.

Before his marriage, William served in the Military, and fought in the Battle of Waterloo.

William appears in the Canada, British Regimental Registers of Service, 1756-1900 collection at Ancestry.  These records show he served in the 32nd Foot Soldiers.  He enlisted on 1 May 1807 at Butts for limited service. He was 5 feet 3 ¼ inches tall, had fair complexion, hazel eyes and light hair.  He was a labourer from Frome, Somerset[3].

He also appears in the UK, Military Campaign Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1949 collection at Ancestry. These records show that he served in the 32nd Regiment of Foot in the Napoleonic Wars, at Salamanca, Pyrenees, Nivelle, Nive, Orthes, and Toulouse[15].  He was in the W H Toole Company in Belgium at the Battle of Waterloo[4].

William also appears in the UK, British Army Muster Books and Pay Lists, 1812-1817
He served in the 32nd Regiment of Foot 1st Battalion, on the Continent.  He appears in the muster that started 25 Sep 1815 and ended on 25 Dec 1815. He had first enlisted on 1 May 1807, and he was born about 1791[5].

William married Elizabeth Clements on 14 July 1817 at Frome, by banns[6].  Their banns had been read on the 29th June, 6th of July and 13th July[7].

William and Elizabeth had 9 children:

  • Eliza Clements Whimpey (1811-1874)
  • John Whimpey (1817-1895)
  • Joseph Whimpey (1819-1902)
  • Isaac Whimpey (1822-1824)
  • Mary Ann Whimpey (1822-1870)
  • Elizabeth Clement Whimpey (1825-1894)
  • Isaac Whimpey (1827-1912)
  • William Whimpey (1829-1874)
  • Rebecca Whimpey (1832-1833)

The baptismal records for his children show his abode (all were in Frome, Somerset, England)

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

His occupation was listed on all these records as labourer.

William appears on the 1841 census at Wine Street, 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[8].

At the time of his son Isaac’s marriage in 1847, his occupation was listed as miner.[9]

He appears on the 1851 census at Fountain Lane, 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[10].

His wife Elizabeth died on the 28 March 1860.  She was the wife of William Wimpy, a general laborer.[11]

After Elizabeth’s death, William went to live with his brother Edward.  The 1861 census shows William in the household of his brother Edward Whimpey at Milk Street, Frome. William was listed as unmarried, age 68, occupation labourer at ? gardens, birthplace Frome, Somerset[12].

William died 27 May 1870 at Asylum Frome, aged 81 years.  He was a general labourer.  He died from age[13].

He was buried 31 May 1870 at Frome Selwood.  His abode was Keyford. He was listed as 80 years old.  His funeral service was conducted by Thos H[?] Compton, Curate[14].

Sources of Information

[1]The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Ancestral File,” database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 1 Jul 1999), William Whimpey (4K1Q-LJ) and Elizabeth Clements (4K1Q-MP) family group record; submission no. AF83-082825, AF83-086041, AF83-103127 etc, Multiple submitters.
[2]Ancestry.com, “Somerset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1531-1812,” database and images, Ancestry.com (http://home.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 10 Jan 2018); baptism for William Wimpey, 27 Mar 1790, Frome St John; Somerset Heritage Service; Taunton, Somerset, England; Somerset Parish Records, 1538-1914; Reference Number: D.jo/2/1/4.
[3]Ancestry.com, “Canada, British Regimental Registers of Service, 1756-1900,” database, Ancestry.com.au (http://home.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 22 Aug 2015), entry for William Whimpey, b abt 1791; The National Archives; Kew, Surrey, England; Class Number: WO 25; Class Title: 32 Foot; Piece Number: 366; Piece Title: 32 Foot.  Ancestry.com, “Canada, British Regimental Registers of Service, 1756-1900,” database, Ancestry.com.au (http://home.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 22 Aug 2015), entry for William Whimpey, b abt 1791; The National Archives; Kew, Surrey, England; Class Number: WO 25; Class Title: 32 Foot; Piece Number: 366; Piece Title: 32 Foot.
[4]Ancestry.com, “UK, Military Campaign Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1949,” database, Ancestry.com.au (https://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 10 Jan 2018), entry for William Whimpey, Service Date 1815, Service place Belgium, Campaign or Service, Battle of Waterloo; National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; War Office Campaign Medal and Award Rolls 1793-1949 (WO 100); Class: WO 100; Piece: 15.
[5]Ancestry.com, ” UK, British Army Muster Books and Pay Lists, 1812-1817,” database, Ancestry.com.au (http://home.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 22 Aug 2015), entry for William Whimpey, start of muster 25 Sep 1815; The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; General Muster Books and Pay Lists; Class: WO 12.
[6]Ancestry.com, “Somerset, England, Marriage Registers, Bonds and Allegations, 1754-1914,” database and images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 10 Jan 2018); marriage for William Wimpey and Elizabeth Clement, 14 Jul 1817, Frome St John; Somerset Heritage Service; Taunton, Somerset, England; Somerset Parish Records, 1538-1914; Reference Number: D.jo/2/1/21.
[7]Ancestry.com, “Somerset, England, Marriage Registers, Bonds and Allegations, 1754-1914,” database and images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 10 Jan 2018); entry for William Wimpey and Elizabeth Clement, marriage or bann date 13 Jul 1817, Frome St John; Somerset Heritage Service; Taunton, Somerset, England; Somerset Parish Records, 1538-1914; Reference Number: D.jo/2/2/2.
[8] 1841 census of England, Frome Selwood, Somerset, folio 41, page 2, William Mimspey (Whimpey), age 45; digital images, ancestry.com, ancestry.com.au (http://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 10 Jan 2018); citing PRO HO 107/942/11.
[9]Wales, marriage certificate for Isaac Whimpey and Mary Lewis, married 5 July 1847, entry no 472, book no 2; Crickhowell registration district.
[10]1851 census of England, Frome, Somerset, folio 236, page 19, William Wimpey, age 61; digital images, ancestry.com, ancestry.com.au (http://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 10 Jan 2018); citing PRO HO 107/1932.
[11]England and Wales, death certificate for Elizabeth Wimpy, death 28 March 1860; citing 5c/440/336, Mar quarter 1860, Frome registration district, Frome sub-district; General Register Office, Southport.
[12]1861 census of England, Frome, Somerset, folio 27, page 12, William Whimpey, age 68; digital images, ancestry.com, ancestry.com.au (http://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 10 Jan 2018); citing PRO RG 9/1653.
[13]England and Wales, death certificate for William Whimpey, died 27 May 1870; citing 5c/389/449, Apr-May-Jun quarter 1870, Frome registration district; General Register Office, Southport.
[14]Ancestry.com, “Somerset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1531-1812,” database and images, Ancestry.com (http://home.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 10 Jan 2018); burial entry for William Whimpey, 31 May 1870, Frome St John; Somerset Heritage Service; Taunton, Somerset, England; Somerset Parish Records, 1538-1914; Reference Number: D.jo/2/1/33.
[15]Ancestry.com, “UK, Military Campaign Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1949,” database, Ancestry.com.au (https://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 10 Jan 2018), entry for William Whimpey, 1793-1815, Service Place Europe, Napoleonic Wars; National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; War Office Campaign Medal and Award Rolls 1793-1949 (WO 100); Class: WO 100; Piece: 6.

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