He married his double first cousin Rebecca Minchin on 24 December 1850 at Templeharry, Kings County, Ireland.
They had no children.
He was a captain in the 95th Ceylon Rifles. He succumbed to Consumption (Tuberculosis) soon after taking his new bride back to Ceylon with him. The Indian sub-continent was notorious for claiming the lives of many young "white militiamen and civilians". You can still visit the 19th Century colonial graveyards where the tombstones are so close together, you can hardly walk between them.
↑ "Ireland Marriages, 1619-1898," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FG6Z-Y2P : accessed 7 January 2016), William Minchin and Rebecca M. Minchin, 24 Dec 1850; citing Templeharry, Kings, Ire, reference 2:3JZG81P; FHL microfilm 101,321.
↑ "Ireland Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZ5W-GDY : 12 December 2014), William Minchin, 11 Sep 1851; citing 00277, 005014893, Principal Probate Registry, Dublin; 100,979.
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with William by comparing test results with other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
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