The person I would invite to dinner would be my 2x great grandmother, Margaret Price (1815-1901).
The marriage certificate for Margaret and my 2x great grandfather Joseph Whimpey lists her father as John Price, a farmer. Her son, Isaac’s birth certificate lists her birthplace as Merthyr Kinnock, Brecknockshire (or Merthyr Cynog, Breconshire), and her year of birth based on her age is 1816. I also have a date of birth of 14 February 1815, from an email from another of her descendants. The email shows the date of birth came from a birthday book.
Unfortunately, Price is a common surname in Wales, so I haven’t been able to determine which of the many baptisms for a Margaret Price around Merthyr Cynog is the right one. I would therefore ask her what her mother’s name was.
Margaret married Joseph Whimpey in January 1840, and they had a daughter Elizabeth, who was born 9 December 1840 at Tredegar, Monmouthshire. She appears with Joseph and Margaret on the 1841 census, but she doesn’t appear with them on the passenger lists for the Ward Chipman. I haven’t been able to find a death record for her in the England and Wales death indexes. Did she die before they left the United Kingdom, or did she die on the voyage?
Another question I have is: who was the William Price who was the witness at her marriage, and who was with them on the 1841 census. Was he her brother? And how was the other witness, related to her?
Why did they decide to migrate to Australia, and what was the voyage out like? What did she think of Australia when she got here?
According for the records I have for her son Joseph, he was born in 1848 in Mount Barker, South Australia. A cousin was born the same year in Adelaide, and he appears on the South Australian birth indexes. I’d ask her why Joseph’s birth wasn’t registered in South Australia. Was he actually born in Victoria?
At the time of her daughter Sarah’s birth in 1853, Joseph and Margaret had 2 sons and 2 daughters living, and 3 sons and 1 daughter deceased. I have found records for:
- Daughter Elizabeth b 1840 died some time in 1841, as she doesn’t appear with her parents on the passenger lists for the Ward Chipman
- Son John b 1843 d 1926
- Daughter Elizabeth b 1845 d 1942
- Son William b & d 1846
- Son Joseph b 1848 d 1919
- Daughter Eliza b 1851 d 1920
This accounts for the 2 sons and 2 daughters who were living, and 1 son and 1 daughter who were deceased. This leaves 2 sons who were unaccounted for. What were the names of the other two sons, and when and where were they born and when and where did they die?