No Story Too Small – Amy Johnson Crow’s challenge of 52 Ancestors this year, has been the inspiration to writing up my family history stories.
Caroline WRIGHT who was baptized 13 December 1818 at St Mary Quay Parish, Ipswich, Suffolk, daughter of Charles and Sarah, abode St Peters, father a sailor is my 3rd great grandmother. She is one of 6 children in this family.
At only 18 years of age, Caroline WRIGHT married Robert MATHAMS a 54 year old widower at St Clements Church, Ipswich, Suffolk; by Banns; he signed and she made her mark ITPO Robert CADE and her sister Ann Maria WRIGHT.
The first child of this couple was baptized 5 March 1837 as Mary Ann MATHAMS d/o Robert and Caroline MATHAMS, abode Rope Lane, occupation baker.
Followed by the birth of Alfred son of Robert MATHAMS, Baker and Caroline formerly WRIGHT, Rope Lane, St Clements; 29 October 1838.
Daughter Elizabeth Ann made her appearance on December 13, 1840.
The census taken on June 6, 1841 shows the family living at Rope Lane, St Clements, Ipswich, Suffolk. Robert MATHAM age 45 not born Suffolk, head of house, a Baker, with Caroline 20, Olive 15, Maryann 4, Alfred 2, Elizabeth 6 months & Rosella WRIGHT 15 a FS.
Caroline is only five years older than her stepdaughter Olive MATHAMS. Her sister Rosella WRIGHT is living with them.
Little Elizabeth Ann MATHAMS dies December 9, 1841 just a few days short of her first birthday.
Caroline MATHAMS dies on the 2nd of August 1842 at only 23 years of age and is buried at St Clements, Ipswich.