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Stephen PARTRIDGE (1817-1817?)

Stephen PARTRIDGE1 [1145], son of Stephen PARTRIDGE (1793-1878) [1141] and Sarah WILLIAMS (1796-1830) [1143], was born on 24 May 1817 in Sydney, NSW.1,2,3,4 He was baptised on 2 June 1817 at St Phillip's Church in Sydney.2,4

he died (aged 0) on 2 June 1817 (estimated) in Sydney.5


Thomas Partridge (b. 17 May 1817) and Stephen Partridge (b. 24 May 1817) were twins born seven days apart to Stephen Partridge and Sarah Partridge (nee Williams). However they were baptised four months apart, Stephen on 2 June 1817 and Thomas on 5 October 1817. Under normal circumstances one would expect them to have been baptised at the same time. Although no record of his death has been found, it is suspected that Stephen either died some time between his birth and his baptism, presuming he actually was alive when born. Being the second born child in what may have been a difficult labour **, he was possibly in a very poor condition at the time of birth. His baptism at only nine days old compared to his brother's four months later, is seen as a probable indication of a crisis which may have been his death.

** [Enquiries with a midwife suggest that a labour of between five and seven days which is what is suggested by the birth dates, is probably unlikely, even in 1817. What has been suggested as more likely, is for there to have been dual conceptions three or four days apart with the subsequent births some days apart. This sort of event while not common is also not that rare].

When Stephen's parents departed to help establish the new penal settlement at Port Macquarie (21 March 1821), Stephen was not with them. They only had Thomas and his later born sister Jane. Some years later when making a compensation claim, his father noted in that claim " ... I have seven children ..."; if Stephen was still alive, this statement would have noted eight children. Both of these facts point toward Stephen having died before the family left Sydney. Accordingly, Stephen has been recorded as dying about 2 June 1817.

Thomas' baptism was carried out under the name Thomas with no second name. However later records show him as Thomas Stephen. Is this a case where the parents decided to append the second name Stephen in honour of his twin brother's memory? While it can never be known for certain, it's a pleasant thought even if it isn't the case.6


1{S0199}, Internet : General. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
2{S0293}, Certificate - Baptism : PARTRIDGE, Stephen (1145). Custom Id: V1817144 6 / 1817. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Primary evidence.
3{S0064}, BDM (NSW) Online Indexs : Births (NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Births Index : Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Registration nos : V1817 4165 1B/1817 and V1817 144 6/1817
4{S0258}, Mailing List Summary (Norfolk Island Ancestors & their Families) : General ( Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
5{S0258}, Mailing List Summary (Norfolk Island Ancestors & their Families) : General ( Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Unreliable.
Text From Source: "May have been twin to #864 Stephen Partridge or registered on same date"
6{S0021}, Researcher : OWEN, John Edward (0001). Cit. Date: 14 November 2009. Assessment: Questionable.
A number of sites on the Internet show Stephen as dying c.1843 in Port Macquarie but it is believed that this incorrect as he probably died in June 1817 as explained in the note. There is no death record in the NSW BDM Index for a Stephen Partridge dying anytime or anyplace between 1840 and 1845.

Compiler of this family history is : John Owen


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Updated : 14 Mar 2016