Some South Australian Families
Marriage: 08 OCT 1784 Ninfield, Sussex, England
Family: Mary MERCER (Christening: 29 OCT 1762 Ninfield, Sussex, England - f William; m ELIZABETH DULEY - marriage: 10 DEC 1761 Ninfield, Sussex, England) IGI data
Father: Henry DUNK
Mother: Mary MERCER
Family: possibly William CHILD/S
Marriage: 31 March 1832, Saint Nicholas, Brighton, Sussex, England
Notes on the marriage of William Child/s and Sarah Dunk
Information about these marriages from Barrie Keech shows that this is not the same William Child/s perhaps marrying a second time:
"The Marriage of William CHILD to Sarah DUNK was by licence. Probably because William was a minor and is recorded as such. Clearly your William from Worthing would have still been a minor on 31 Mar 1832. Sarah Dunk is recorded as 21+ which is often a clear way of suggesting that she is undoubtedly over 21 (by some margin). For the marriage of William CHILDS to Sarah Ann SMITH, William is recorded as a bachelor. This suggests that he is not remarrying after the death of Sarah DUNK and is more likely a different person."
Taking into consideration other dates and the fact that the father of the William Child who married Sarah Dunk was given as George CHILD, it's likely, on present evidence, that this is the right family. Even so it's possible that there's a marriage of a William Child/s to a Sarah about this time that hasn't yet been found.
Sarah CHILDS' death
Source: The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858-1889) Friday 9 May 1862 p.3
Another account which provides more information appeared in the South Australian Register:
(From our own Correspondent. )
At this stage of the proceedings Dr. Hill was requested to examine the body and report on the external marks, there being several bruises observed about the eyes and forehead, with discolouration under the throat. Dr. Hill having examined the body was sworn, and deposed as follows: This morning, at about half-past 6, was called up by the husband of the deceased, who told me, crying, that poor mother was dead. Went to see her. Found her lying on her right side, quite dead and nearly cold; her limbs were stiff. Mrs. Wallace came in, straightened her limbs, and laid her on her back. Made no further examination. I have now made an examination. Find a bruise about the right eye, and an abrasion over the forehead. It appears to have been done about a fortnight or three weeks. The bruise is turning quite yellow. The livid appearance about the neck, I consider to be quite a post mortem appearance. The same appearance is to be met with all over the body back of the neck and thighs in places; it arises from the blood separating and gravitating. There are no marks of violence. Two, or three Jurymen deposed to the fact that deceased had told them that she had had a fall about three weeks since. After consulting a minute or two the Jury were unanimously of opinion that the deceased died from natural causes.
South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839-1900) Monday 12 May 1862 Page 3
Some South Australian Families