What’s in that Closet?

My father delighted in telling me a story of a Saturday morning cinema visit, when he was a child in the 1920s. The audience must have been 99% street urchin – as it was in the 1950s when I joined hundreds of other unwashed Ovaltineys (happy girls and boys) to watch Flash Gordon, Hopalong Cassidy and Zorro serials. The previous generation of young Hullensians were watching an American short film when a character pointed to a closed door and bellowed, “What’s in that closet?” A chorus yelled back, “Shi-i-i-i-t”.

The same response is appropriate if asked, “What’s in the Covid-19 vaccines?”

A couple of weeks ago, Dr Carrie Madej showed Stew Peters what she had seen under a microscope. Others have since had a close up peep of what we are being urged to allow into our bodies (if we haven’t been shot already). Seemorerocks points the way to further explanation.

By one method or another, and in one form or another, this sh*t is going to enter most humans soon and transform them into something other. If, reading this, you are still 100% human, just say “No” when the jab person cometh.

Abstract 81 · Seawall

My Cousin Josh?

Last month I mentioned the possibility that I shared common ancestors with Edith Beaumont Clay.

Last night I watched the first programme in Series 18 of Who Do You Think You Are?, featuring Josh Widdicombe. On his journey into the past, the first name that rang my bell was Lady Katherine KNOLLYS, the daughter of my many times great grandmother, Mary BOLEYN (possibly).

Josh’s televised adventure didn’t go any further back than another of our (maybe) common grandparents, King Edward I of England, aka “Longshanks”.

Catch it if you can, wherever you happen to live. Genealogical eye candy of the highest order.

Find Mary Boleyn on the FamilySearch Shared Tree.

Josh was expecting to find “a couple of farmers” among his forebears and was well pleased with the quality of the stock from which he came. I wish I had a bunch of historians to establish my descent from the high and somewhat mighty down to my ag labs and sawyers.

Townscape 72 · Seafront

Seawall Repair

Clay Genealogy

Charles Travis CLAY, a nephew of Arthur Travis, died in Oxford in 1978 aged 92. A 57 page catalogue of his Archive of Family Papers can be viewed online. On page 2 there is a Genealogical wheel he made, based on earlier research done by his father, John William Clay. Today, I added some of the wheel information to my RootsMagic 8 version of Filey Genealogy and Connections to produce the Chart below.

Adding a generation to see how closely it resembles Charles’ effort isn’t a high priority.

Path 154 · St Oswald’s Churchyard

Clay headstone: left corner

A Surprising Wife and Mother

I put the CLAY headstone on FamilySearch today and set about adding sources for the three children of Arthur and Edith who are not remembered on it.

Firstborn Hugh Travis arrived about a year after his parents married. He took his place in the family business and in 1911, 37 years-old and single, he was living at Waxholme in Filey, described as “Managing Director “ of the Worsted Manufacturing Company that his father had run successfully for so many years. Hugh’s stepmother was away on this census night  but his father was at home, as were unmarried siblings Marjorie Beaumont, 31, and Wilfred Travis, 28.

Hugh married Mabel Priscilla Penery FRENCH in 1923 when he was 47 years old. Mabel was about the same age. The couple went to live on Jersey, where Mabel died in January 1955. Hugh died in Grouville on 24 September 1957.

Unexpectedly, I found a Death Notice for Hugh in the Zimbabwe Death Registers. He died childless and was survived by one sibling, sister Marjorie. I can’t explain why his mother is named as Rachel Mary.

His effects at probate  would have been valued at around £415,000 in 2017. Some houses on the Les Ruisseaux Estate (his last address) are currently on the market at over £4 million.

Tree 68 · Martin’s Ravine

A Far Horizon

Joseph BATES, a wool finisher and exporter in Yorkshire, sent two of his teenage sons to the East Indies to further his business interests. Both young men married daughters of a career soldier, Cornelius Umfreville SMITH, in the Fort William Old Church, Calcutta. Edward and his bride Charlotte Elizabeth were under age in July 1836. Edward’s brother Benjamin Hopkinson, and Charlotte’s sister Susannah Mary, were witnesses at the ceremony. Their wedding took place in the same church two years later.

The Smith sisters were children of the Raj but they both sailed 15,000 miles to the “home country” with their husbands. There, they experienced the deaths of infants before dying themselves. The brothers married again. Edward prospered as a merchant and ship owner, served in Parliament, and was raised to the peerage. Benjamin died a bankrupt.

Edward married his second wife, Ellen THOMPSON, in Holy Trinity Church, Hull. It appears to have been celebrated by a large number of people.

I am a little puzzled by “overland mail” but you can assess their successful partnership on Wikipedia and the FamilySearch Shared Tree.

Sky 28 · Filey Bay


Yellow River

Annie Elizabeth TURNBULL (Some Clay Figures, 20 September) was “Nina” when she first married.

John Grant BIRCH was born in Antigua and a brief note in my RootsMagic database indicated his death by drowning – in China. I looked today for details.

We much regret to learn this morning of the death of Mr. JOHN GRANT BIRCH, of the firm of Messrs. John Birch & Co., London, at the age of fifty-three. In this gentleman China has claimed another victim, and Britain has lost a loyal and most patriotic son. Mr. Birch was the eldest son of Colonel J. F. Birch, late 3rd West Indian Regiment. The Times says:- He made the acquaintance of our correspondent, Dr. Morrison, during his frequent journeyings in China in late years, and in our columns have appeared on several occasions letters showing his intimate knowledge of Chinese politics and foreshadowing later untoward events. In his last journey, on or about June 24, he lost his life by drowning through the wrecking of the raft in which he was travelling on the Yellow River, on his way from Lanchow [Lanzhou] to Peking [Beijing], where he had intended making strong representations with a view to the opening of the Yangtsze Valley by railways – a subject on which he was fully informed, and which he advocated in the interests of his country. A further tribute is due to Mr. Birch’s memory in connection with the Soudan expedition, which was rendered possible only by the dessert (sic) railway from Wadi-Halfa to Abu Hamed. Almost the whole scheme of this railway followed a plan drawn up in great detail by Mr. Birch, and submitted by him to Lord Cromer several months before the first advance on Dongola.

London and China Express, 27 July 1900

(Find Wadi-Halfa Railway Station on Google Maps and John on the Shared Tree.)

Measure of Man 63 · Flyers

Muston Sands