Maund and Cound Families, Going Forward (Part 3)

I have not had as much luck with the oldest Maund sibling, Elizabeth, as with her brother John and sister Mary, so this post will be comparatively brief.

Elizabeth was christened in 1792, and Richard Price (sometimes Preece, which is consistent with the derivation and historical pronunciation), also of the Munslow parish, on 25 Mar 1813. From his burial record, Richard would have been about 25 or 26 at the time of the marriage. Richard and Elizabeth were both were able to sign their names (not just a mark), and the marriage was witnessed by Samuel and Hannah Price.

The first child of Richard and Elizabeth I have located in the parish records is their daughter Elizabeth (chr. 1819, in Diddlebury). Although it seems likely they would have had earlier children I have not yet identified any. At some point between 1819 and 1821 they returned to Munslow (or at least the parish church) and had the following children, all christened in Munslow: Thomas (1821), Sarah (1823), Luke (1825), Mary (1827), Ann (1829), Jane (1831), and Hannah (1833) were born. Also in 1833, Luke (age 8) died. In 1835 (when Elizabeth was 42), Samuel was born, quickly followed by George in 1836. In March and April 1838, daughters Jane and Mary died (ages 7 and 11), and then, in August of that year, another daughter, Rachael (christened on 14 Aug), was born. At first I questioned whether these were all Elizabeth’s children, given her age (46 by the time Rachael was born), but the records indicate that they were. Indeed, Elizabeth seems to have died in childbirth (or related causes) with the birth of Rachael, and was buried on 17 Aug 1839. In October Rachael also died, age 9 weeks. As of the end of 1839, then, the living family members of whom I am aware were Richard Price, Elizabeth (20), Thomas (18), Sarah (16), Ann (10), Hannah (6), Samuel (4), and George (3).

Related to all this, here is an interesting piece, although it focuses more on London, on the topic of mortality: Life and Death in the 19th Century. For more specific information on death from childbirth: British Maternal Mortality in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The living members of the family identified above were mostly still in Munslow at the time of the census in 1841. Like his brother-in-law John Maund, Richard (age 50-54) was a shoemaker. Living with him were children Elizabeth (22), Thomas (20), Ann (14–although the christening records would suggest 12), Hannah (8), Samuel (6), and George (4). The only unaccounted for child is Sarah, who would have been around 18.

Richard did not live long thereafter. He was buried in Munslow on 10 Dec 1844, and was 57 when he died, according to the burial record, and young son George (8) was buried on the same day. While Elizabeth, Thomas, and Sarah were already adults (and hard to find given how common their names are), Samuel would have been only 9, Hannah 11, and Ann 15 when they were orphaned. So the next puzzle was what happened to them. By the 1851 census, Hannah and Samuel were living with an aunt and uncle, James and Hannah Dolphin, at The Birches, Hampton Charles, Herefordshire. Both James and Hannah were born in Shropshire, but I have not found their marriage record yet. James was a farmer of 19 acres and a freeholder. Samuel (16) was identified as going to school, and Hannah (18) as a house servant. I have not been able to find Ann in 1851, but she would have been old enough to be in service somewhere, if not married. I also have not managed to identify any of the children in subsequent records. Common names, possible marriages, and no family members to help locate them makes it too difficult, for now.



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