Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Your Longest Ancestral Marriage

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)  Marcia Philbrick wrote Celebrating 50 Years today on her Heartland Genealogy blog, and suggested it for a Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge, so here it is:

2)   How many of your ancestors were married for FIFTY years?  What is the longest marriage of your ancestors in your tree (from marriage to first death of a spouse, or divorce)?  Consider, say, the last 6 generations to make it manageable!


3)  Tell us in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a comment on this blog post to lead us to your answers.

Here’s mine

*  Parents Ivon Walter Whimpey and Edith Jean Marr – 38 years (1952-1990)

*  Grandparents John Ernest Whimpey and Ivy May Harley – 45 years (1914-1959)
*  Grandparents Wilfred Palmer Marr and Edith Meriden Docwra – 26 years (1922-1948) although technically they were only together for 5-8 years; their son Aubrey was born in 1927, and by 1930 Edith had moved to New South Wales, while Wilfred remained in Victoria

Grandparents marriage length range:  26-45 years
Grandparents (2) average marriage length:  35.5 years

*  Great-grandparents Joseph Whimpey and Sarah Jane Sharp – 34 years (1872-1906)
*  Great-grandparents Alexander Alexander Harley and Henrietta Louisa Russell – 51 years (1888-1939)
*  Great-grandparents Henry Palmer Marr and Mary Reeves – 61 years (1883-1944)
*  Great-grandparents Harry Docwra and Emily Alice Oliver – 23 years (1902-1925)

1st-Great-grandparents marriage length range:  23-61 years
1st-Great-grandparents (4) average marriage length:  42.25 years

*  2nd-Great-grandparents Joseph Whimpey and Margaret Price – 61 years (1840-1901)
*  2nd-Great-grandparents Henry Sharp and Jane Elizabeth Oldroyd – 45 years (1847-1892)
*  2nd-Great-grandparents Robert Harley and Euphemia Dandie – 45 years (1846-1891)
*  2nd-Great-grandparents  Thomas Henry Russell and Maria Louisa Doyle – 27 years (1865-1892)
*  2nd-Great-grandparents James Marr and Martha Richardson – 37 years (1845-1882)
*  2nd-Great-grandparents William John Reeves and Mary Gill – 30 years (1858-1888)
*  2nd-Great-grandparents Alfred Docwra and Mary Scott- 33 years (1852-1885)
*  2nd-Great-grandparents George Oliver and Elizabeth Ann Ball – 34 years (1875-1909)

2nd-Great-grandparents marriage length range:  27 to 61 years
2nd-Great-grandparents (8) average marriage length:  39.0 years

*  3rd-Great-grandparents William Whimpey and Elizabeth Clement – 43 years (1817-1860)
*  3rd-Great-grandparents William Sharp and Sarah Rose Crossley- 44 years (1822-1866)
*  3rd-Great-grandparents Mark Oldroyd and Elizabeth Sidebottom – 52 years (1816-1868)
*  3rd-Great-grandparents John Harley and Agnes Moncur – 33 years (1817-1850)
*  3rd-Great-grandparents John Dandie and Catherine Susannah Hardie – 19 years (1822-1841)
*  3rd-Great-grandparents Garrett John Russell and Susan Greene – 38 years (1839-1877)
*  3rd-Great-grandparents Thomas Doyle and Catherine Mills – 42 years (1844-1886)
*  3rd-Great-grandparents John Marr and Agnes Philp – 39 years (1812-1851)
*  3rd-Great-grandparents William Reeves and Maria Crook – 43 years (1827-1870)
*  3rd-Great-grandparents William Gill and Mary Scott – 30 years (1817-1847)
*  3rd-Great-grandparents Joseph Scott and Mary Muncy – 10 years (1826-1836)
*  3rd-Great-grandparents Frederick Oliver and Susannah Campkin – 9 years (1846-1855)
*  3rd-Great-grandparents William Edward Ball and Ann Slawson –  23 years (1855-1878)

3rd-Great-grandparents marriage length range:  9 to 52 years
3rd-Great-grandparents (13) average marriage length:  32.69 years

*  4th-Great-grandparents Joseph Whimpey and Rebekah Dredge – 7 years (1783-1790)
*  4th-Great-grandparents John Sharp and Anna Maria Chatterton – 47 years (1794-1841)
*  4th-Great-grandparents David Sidebottom and Sarah Lockwood – 23 years (1783-1806)
*  4th-Great-grandparents Robert Harley and Janet McAish – 47 years (1786-1833)
*  4th-Great-grandparents John Dandie and Janet Donaldson- 54 years (1797-1851)
*  4th-Great-grandparents Nathaniel Mills and Maria Allen – 39 years (1804-1843)
*  4th-Great-grandparents Peter Marr and Ann Tosh – 42 years (1789-1831)
*  4th-Great-grandparents Simeon Sell and Edith Leete – 17 years (1781-1798)
*  4th-Great-grandparents William Docwra and Elizabeth Quy – 10 years (1793-1803)
*  4th-Great-grandparents Silvester Oliver and Mary Ann Burgess – 48 years (1824-1872)
*  4th-Great-grandparents Stephen Campkin and Rebecca Pewter – 29 years (1814-1843)
*  4th-Great-grandparents James Ball and Esther Ericksen – 11 years (1823-1834)
*  4th-Great-grandparents George Slawson and Elizabeth Skempton – 24 years (1833-1857)

4th-Great-grandparents marriage length range:  7-54 years
4th-Great-grandparents (13) average marriage length:  30.62 years

*  The longest marriage in these six generations of my ancestors is 61 years for Henry Palmer Marr and Mary Reeves, and Joseph Whimpey and Margaret Price
*  The range for these 41 marriages is 7 to 61 years
*  The average length of these 41 marriages is 34.46 years
*  There are 5 ancestral couples with 50 years or more years of marriage (out of 41 listed)

 

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