Friday, October 7, 2011

Simon Price and Mary Louisa Stanners (Parents of Robert Price)

Simon Price, son of Richard Price and Maria J. Watts, was born November 1, 1808 in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England.  Simon Price married Mary Louisa Stanners in 1832 or 1833 in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England.  Mary Louisa Stanners, daughter of John Stanners and Susannah Taylor, was born April 12, 1807 in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England.

Together, they had ten children names Henry Richard, Emily Maria, Mariam Martha, Mary, Robert, Annie, Henry Simon, George, Louisa, and Ellen.

Simon Price and Mary Louisa (Stanners) Price
Simon was apprenticed to a tailor.  Upon completion of his apprenticeship, Simon established a tailor and clothing business in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England. 

Great Missenden is fringed with Chittem trees and is very near the beach.  William Timble did much Abolitionist missionary work there and the Price children would tramp over the coarse common to hear him preach.  They loved music in the Missenden Chapel but it didn’t come very often; occasionally a Prima Donna would come on State occasions or sometimes some voluntary organ player.  The Price home was a wood house which the children viewed as a castle.  The Price family sometimes rode coaches to London.  Their living was plain but substantial and they never wasted anything.

1841 British Census, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England
Simon Price was politically-minded and a clever writer of satirical verses, which were published in the press.  At an election his verses that were published in that community did him so much harm that he was forced to move from Great Missenden.  Simon adopted the wish of a friend, who was a Congregationalist minister at Boston, England, and moved his family and all his worldly goods there in 1846-1847.  In Boston, Simon was successful; he became a deacon and superintendent of a chapel, and Mary Louisa, a valiant member. 

Mary Louisa spent the winter of 1849-50, nursing Robert who became seriously ill with rheumatic fever back to health.  It brought the two very close and created a deep, abiding love between mother and son.

Mary Louisa was never well in Boston, England and after a few short years there, she fell in the street on her 50th birthday and never recovered consciousness.  She was so loved and respected that the Church buried her and the deacons carried her to the grave. 

Mary Louisa (Stanners) Price died April 12, 1857 in Boston, Lincolnshire, England. 

Robert and I had to go home to the funeral; how scared Robert looked.  Henry Simon’s face was white as snow.  Annie fainted in the coach, and I was held up at the grave.”                                    
                                                                                                                            - Mary Price

Simon Price married Rebecca Broughton in Boston, England. 

She was a woman of some considerable means, a Christian of very high character, who devoted a great deal of her time and money to religious work.  Our father was a man of sterling piety, orthodox, never wavering, always a church worker, but in the early years of his children’s lives, he didn’t make religion a livable thing.  He was very hasty and severe.” 
                                                                         - Mary Price

Rebecca (Broughton) Price died November 1887 at Leighton Buzzard, Buckinghamshire, England. 
Simon Price died January 21, 1890 at Leighton Buzzard, Buckinghamshire, England.  

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