Some Clay Figures

Arthur Travis CLAY died on 16 October 1919 and a probate entry gives two addresses for him – Holly Bank in the West Riding (Rastrick) and Waxholme in the East (Filey). His effects were valued at £58,997 0s. 8d, which is about 3 million pounds in today’s money. For many years, Arthur lived next door to Rastrick House in Brighouse – the “family home” occupied by his older brother, John William.

John died in October 1918, leaving effects valued at £60,650 12s. 1d.

Arthur’s youngest son, Wilfrid Travis Clay, was residing at Holly Bank when he died in 1945, leaving property to the value of £30,281 14s. 6d. – a mere million and a quarter today.

Waxholme, Arthur’s red brick Filey home, is now a Convent. In 1901 he was there on census night, a widower with his five surviving children, aged 24 to 18. Four servants and a “lady housekeeper” described as a “boarder” completed the household.

At the opposite side of the driveway leading to Ravine Hall (now Glen Gardens), Langford Villa was occupied by recently widowed Annie Isabella BIRCH, a son Alan Grant, and two servants. She married Arthur the following year and in 1904 her eldest son, John Kenneth Beaufoy, married Janet Elizabeth Clay, Arthur’s elder daughter.

Langford Villa & Waxholme, 20 September 2021

Path 152 · Long Lane

Kings of Edith

Four years ago I wrote a post about Edith Beaumont BATES. After her death, husband Arthur Travis CLAY paid for the installation of a stained glass window in Filey St Oswald’s Church. Edith, Victorian in dress and hair style, is at the right hand of Jesus.

The Clays of Rastrick indicates my interest in the couple and their children but I didn’t follow through – until yesterday.

Edith has six IDs on the FamilySearch Shared Tree, and Arthur four, but none appear to take us back more than a generation. However, a seemingly trivial connection I made yesterday opened a portal.

One system-generated ID has given Arthur and Edith children but none have attached sources. So I gave a “minimalist Edith” parents to see what might happen.

Nothing much did – until the caret by mother Elizabeth Ledgard’s name was clicked. A trickle of this Elizabeth’s direct descendants soon turned into a flood. A consideable number ruled lands across the length and breadth of Europe for almost two thousand years.

I had wondered about Arthur’s  chutzpah in placing Edith in the company of her Lord. Maybe he knew something.

If you undertake the journey, it will be less frustrating if you start with Elizabeth. How incredible you find it will depend, in part, on what you think of the divine rights of Edith’s kings.

Clay memorial, photographed this morning

Abstract 78 · Ackworth Fresco

Update 18 September

I am not sure how I lost my way yesterday (with the failed link). The line from Edith’s mother [MTCC-DY7] stretches 71 generations to Christ Jesus son of Elohim [G8NL-D9Y]. Go on, be a pilgrim! (You won’t bump into any giants.)

I hope you will make your own way but if you must have a guide…

William Edward Ledgard, Edward Ledgard, Edward Ledgard, Thomas Ledgard, Robert Ledyard, Francis Ledgard, Michael Sheard, William Hepworth, William Hepworth, Henry Hepworth, Sir John Richard Osborn, Sir Peter Osborne, Henry Bourchier, Sir William Bourchier, Thomas of Woodstock, Humphrey de Bohun, Richard FitzAlan, Edmund FitzAlan, Sir Richard Fitzalan, John Fitzalan, John FitzAlan, John Fitzalan (3rd Lord), William “the Crusader”, William d’Aubigny, Sir William d’Aubigny, Lord William d’Aubigny, Roger d’Aubigny, Roger de Mowbray, Yves II, Ivo de Beaumont, Alber I, Gislebert, Henrich I, Otto I, Heinrich von Babenberg, Eberhard, Hludowic, Welf I, Isembert, Warin II, Rurhardus, Hartrad, Eticho Hertzog, Dux Adalrich, Leuthari III, Marcelus, Duc Sabirnis, Maximalus, Duc Lodhandr, Gunzo, Vithicab, Vadomarm Chlodomar, Guindomar, Wadomaire I, Chrocus I, Marcomir V, Childeric I, Sunno Magnus, Chlodomir, King of the Franks Marcomir, Odomir, King of Sicambrian Franks, Ratherius, King Antenor IV, Christ Jesus.

Boomer Bust

Monday’s Frank and Eliza GRICE had nine siblings and the GRO Births Index shares them out to three mothers called Hannah. In chronological order between 1858 and 1881 the digitized sequence of family names runs as follows:-

Bowmer, Boomer, Boomer, Boomer, Bowman, Bowman, Boomer, Bowmer, Bowman, Bowman, Bowman

It isn’t surprising to see confusion on the FamilySearch Shared Tree. First, a minimalist George BOWMAN, future father of Hannah.

There is a more extensive family with this same ID and an “Unknown Wife” as mother to Hannah Bowman.

And now father George with namesake third son. I have included the helpful Blue Hint.

At the 1861 Census, Father George was enumerated at home as “Bowmer” and also at his place of work, Church Cliff Farm, as “Bowman”, a shepherd. Young George Bowman was only listed at the farm as a servant, aged 23 and unmarried. He was a “Boomer” in 1866 when he took Elizabeth TRUMAND for a wife but their three known children were all registered as “Bowman”.

Bowman will be favoured if I’m first to tackle the Shared Tree merges.

Found Object 59 · Old Rope

Grave Mistakes

John Charles is the eldest son of Richard Jesse STEVENSON and Mary Darnton nee HULLOCK, who featured in three short posts earlier this month.

His death was registered in the December Quarter of 1950.

STEVENSON, John Charles, Age at Death (in years): 82. GRO Reference: 1950 D Quarter in BUCKROSE Volume 02A Page 24.

A probate entry gives the date of his passing.

“Margery” (on the birth registration) was the last of twelve children born to John Charles and Eliza nee GRICE. I will connect her to the family HUNTER on the Shared Tree in the next few days.

Eliza is a younger sister to Frank, who made a mistake more terrible than any misguided cut by a monumental mason. (See Two Graces.)

Insect 41 · Common Darter ♀

Wooden bench, Crescent Hill