The Price Family
A miner by trade, he joined the Royal Sappers and Miners in Hythe, Kent on 28th December 1813. He was over 30 years old when he joined this newly formed Corps which had taken on 700 volunteers in 1813. On his attestation record it states that James served 3 and 8/12 years in France, this was probably in the run up to and during the Waterloo campaign.
Although a Private throughout his military career James served in the Royal Sappers and Miners for nearly 33 years. The latter part of his service saw him employed in guarding the Ordnance Plantations at Chatham.
James married Jane BRADLEY (BRADLICK) (see Bradlick Family Page) on 24th July 1820 at Stoke Damarell, Devon, and their daughter, Elizabeth was born there in 1821.
Shortly afterwards James was posted to Chatham and he and Jane lived at Upnor, near Frindsbury, Kent where a further eight children were born and baptised. Mary 1824, James 1828, Susannah Selena 1829, Thomas 1831, Charles 1836, Jane 1837, Catharine 1839 and Robert 1841
In 1839 their daughter Elizabeth married Robert DEANS (DENS), a soldier in the 21st Regiment of Fusiliers.
James Price was discharged from the Army at Woolwich on the 14th April 1846. The Amy Discharge board recommended him for a gratuity and medal in addition to a pension for his "long and faithful service." He was 64 years and 4 months old, 5' 5 1/2" tall, grey hair, hazel eyes, fresh complextion and had a scar between the forefinger and thumb on his left hand. Reason for discharge: Chronic Rheumatism.
After his discharge James took his wife and younger children to Cardiff and in 1851 they are to be found living at 33 Wharton Street with James employed as a gardener. Later, about 1859 or 1860 their eldest daughter and her family would also make their home in Cardiff. (see DEANS Family Page)
James died in Cardiff and was buried in there on 26 March 1858. Jane was living with her daughter Catherine, a dressmaker (entered on census as Caroline) at 3 Golden Lion Court and working as a mangler. Jane probably died in Cardiff in 1869.
Elizabeth married Robert DEANS at Frindsbury, Kent on 16 December 1839, Robert was already serving in the 21st Fusiliers and was soon posted to India. Elizabeth went with him and at least 4 of their children were born in India. Robert was discharged from the Army on 30th July 1859 in Birr, Ireland. They had probably been posted there for a number of years as a daughter, Rebecca, was born on 2nd August 1856 in Birr.
On discharge from the Army Robert and Elizabeth moved to Cardiff, Wales as Robert found employment there as a Dock Policeman. Three further children were born to Robert and Elizabeth in Cardiff.
When Robert retired from the Dock Police he and Elizabeth bought a smallholding of fruit trees called The Gilbert, at St Andrews, just outside Cardiff. Robert died in 1886 and Elizabeth continued to live at The Gilbert until her death in 1894. She is buried alongside her husband in the churchyard at St Andrews. (see DEANS Family Page)
Mary married John BALLANTINE but nothing more is known about her or the family.
James married Cecelia FULLAGAR and nothing else ids known about this couple either
Nothing more is known about Selina
Thomas was a sawyer by trade. He married Phillis MILES at Frindsbury on 23 September 1860 and they had two children Phillisstrong> and Thomas. They lived in and around Chatcham for the rest of their lives as did their children and grandchildren.
Nothing more is known about either Charles, Jane or Robert.
Catharine moved to Cardiff with her parents and married James TAYLOR there on 6 May 1861. They had eight children: James William 1862, Elizabeth Jane 1864, Charles Frederick 1866, Mary A 1868, Emily 1871, George Henry 1872 and John Price 1876.
|Elizabeth Deans (nee Price)||St Andrew's Churchyard|
|Robert and Elizabeth's grave at St Andrews||The Gilbert-the smallholding at St Andrews|