Collection date: Aug 1921
Oliver Price at Ross-on-Wye workhouse: age 57, 1 song 30 Aug 1921: Oliver Price said that he’d learned his song, a version of ‘The Holly and the Ivy’ FT4825 from his mother Mary Price (née Jones). She was born at St Weonards, 10 miles south of Hereford, in 1836 and was a widow and charwoman in 1871 and 1881 censuses.
Oliver Price was baptised at Bridstow church on 29/11/1863. He married Mary Ann Neate on 12/2/1890 at Walford and was an agricultural labourer in the 1891 census with 2 infants to support (ref RG12/2054 f85 p8). Unfortunately his wife Mary Ann died in July qr 1894 (ref 6a 231) and it seems that Oliver went to USA soon after. Sharp indeed noted that Oliver ‘spent many years in America’. Oliver was not in the 1901 and 1911 censuses in England. The 1921 census listed him as age 57, widower, born Bridstow, farm labourer. Oliver died at Ross-on-Wye Jan qr 1924 aged 60 (ref 6a 748).