Sweet Names

The 1881 UK Census will sit in the middle of the useful series when 1921 is made available online in January. I have begun gathering the 1881 Filey clans and, if I live long enough to reconstitute all the families, will move back and forth in time to slowly accumulate ancestor and descendant Filey families.

The first household in 1881 Filey is headed by the Vicar, Arthur Nevile COOPER. Thirty-one years old and unmarried, he would have been alone at the Vicarage were it not for housekeeper Annie DUNN (48), housemaid Margaret DAVIDSON (19) and kitchen maid Mary Jane BELL (15). He did not marry until January 1891 and the last of his four children with Maude NICHOLSON wasn’t born until 1902.

I had to create some IDs for his family a while back, and revisiting them a couple of days ago I discovered I didn’t have a death record for firstborn Walter. Not for the first time, newspapers came to my assistance when the GRO Deaths Index left me uncertain. The Kensington Post headline on 22 June 1956 was rather shocking. COLONEL’S DRUG DEATH WAS ‘MISADVENTURE’. Initially, I wondered if this could by the Walking Parson’s son. Registered at birth as just Walter, he died in this report as Walter Bevan Cooper. But his grandfather had gone by Walter Bevan or Thomas Walter Bevan Cooper so I’m thinking this is our man.

Walter’s newspaper wife is just Grace. She made her appearance on the planet as Grace Ethel Margaret SWEET.

I have a thing about middle names. As a child I felt deprived because I didn’t have one, and imagined it was a class thing. Grace must have been quite a catch. Then I noticed her father was Algernon Sydney Osborne SWEET – and she had a brother who sported the same extravagant moniker. Intrigued, I set about reconstituting the families of Algernons I and II.

It is a long story for another time. Today, I just want to report that John Hales SWEET, in 1861 a teacher of Classics & Mathematics and Church Clergyman without cure of souls, had eleven children with two different women called Mary Ann. Algernon I was the only boy to have three given names. Three half brothers and one full bro had to settle for two. All but one of the girls had three given names. Simple maths gives 2.55 names per child.

Algernon I married Alice Mary BELFAST. They had eight children and all were blessed with three given names. I am not sure if I have all of them present and correct but let me introduce the nineteen young Sweets: –

Mother Mary Ann GOFF: Mary Ann Goff, William Hales, John Beaumont, Charles Henry.

Mother Mary Ann PULLAN: Amy Adela Selina, Hannah Elizabeth, John Hales, Edith Maria M?, Florence Agnes Neville, Algernon Sydney Osborne, Mary Anne Ethel.

Mother Alice Mary BELFAST: Grace Ethel Margaret, Julia Mary Aurora, Amy Amphillis Elizabeth, Florence Edith Monica, Algernon Sydney Osborne, Maude Sophia Ensor, Alice Maude Vernon, Dorothy Adela Rachel.

It took several hours to gather these names.The two families are not well represented on the FamilySearch Shared Tree. Mary Ann GOFF has six children with John Hales SWEET but you must visit Wiki Tree to meet Mary Ann PULLAN.

Grace Ethel Margaret is waiting for her parents here. Algernon I and Alice Mary have just one child here.

Algernon II, a Chaplain in the Royal Navy, was 28 years-old when he was killed in the explosion that sank HMS Natal on 30 December 1915. His body was not recovered and he is remembered on the Chatham Naval Memorial in London. A Nottinghamshire Roll of Honour offers a ”brief life”.

You can find much more about the loss of HMS Natal here.

Sunset 11 · Church Field

More Ups and Downs

The UK was unusually warm last week. Half a million of the fed-up locked down were reported to have crowded Bournemouth’s beaches. It was a little cooler in the north-east and at Durham Tees Airport (my “local” weather station) the week ended only 0.08 degrees Centigrade warmer than the week before. I was surprised the differential wasn’t greater, and astonished that Durham Tees, the outsider, beat every one of “the Ten” in the warmth stakes last week.

Given the attention Siberia and the Arctic have been receiving for extraordinary heat, you may wonder at Koltsovo’s 0.36°C drop from its Week 29 Mean. Koltsovo is east of the Urals and considered by some authorities to be part of Russia’s Sibir. Tell that to the folk in Yekaterinburg, twenty minutes by car from Koltsovo Airport. Whatever, while Siberia burned last week, the Urals almost froze. I exaggerate. Koltsovo’s mean temperature for the week was 11.9°C (53.4°F) and Durham Tees 19.2°C (a devilish 66.6°F).

For the Year to Date, the 5 northern stations dropped to 2.63°C above Pre-Industrial by the end of last week. The southern stations continued the gentle warming trend of the last five weeks to reach 0.73°C above P-I. The Ten Station Globe is currently running at 1.68 degrees above P-I, warmer than is comfortable for the Paris Accord people. The Ten Stations warming rate had risen to 52 IPCC units by Week 16 but it has steadily reduced to just 28 units in Week 30. (One unit is the amount the Earth is projected to warm each year by the International Panel on Climate Change, from 2017 to 2040.)

Found Object 36 · Wellie

Filey Sands

Deleted Thomas

A couple of years ago I created a Thomas JENKINSON on the FamilySearch Shared Tree. I had a photograph of the headstone in St Oswald’s churchyard that remembers him and his wife Mary. Various distractions prevented me completing the simple upload until yesterday – and I discovered that “my” Thomas was no more.

The reason given for the deletion was that my man was a duplicate. Here is Mary with the fourteen children they brought into the world.

Mary’s husband is represented elsewhere on the Shared Tree.

Mary Castle has 9 duplicate IDs but 7 of them are “not a match” because they have been triggered by children of her “wrong mother” Lydia, (over in the West Riding). One ID, however, has associated Blue Hints that would at least guide an investigator to her “right parents”, Thomas CASTLE and Mary DUKE.

Mary’s mother died giving birth and Thomas married for the third time. Maud/Maude DUKE had seven children with him. (I don’t think she was related to her predecessor.)

I’m in two minds about how to proceed. Have a go at clearing up the mess myself, or leave it to descendants.

I visited the grave this morning and photographed Thomas and Mary’s inscriptions.

Path 97 · Muston Cliffs


The father of William WINSHIP (Thursday’s post) made at least one dismal life-choice in his youth.

A month later (13 July), the Halifax Guardian listed the cases that were to come before judges and jury at the Yorkshire Summer Assizes.

47. John Winship, 18, c[harged] with having, at Paull, feloniously assaulted Fanny Barchard.

On Tuesday the following week, the grand jury at the Assizes “ignored the bill” against John for the rape and so he was, I assume, allowed to return home.

He was 17 years old, not 18, and I expect all the villages dotted around the Plain of Holderness knew what he had done.  He was not driven away and stayed in the village of his birth until he married Eliza WISE in 1859. She was just nineteen. They set up home in Hull, the “big city”, and Eliza died there in 1862, possibly in childbirth. (Filey Genealogy & Connections records a daughter Emily, born 1862 in Sproatley near Hull, but I haven’t found her in the GRO Index.)

John, a fisherman, moved up the coast to Filey and on 24 July 1864 married Jane KITCHING at St Oswald’s. Two daughters were born before William. In 1871 the family was living in Church Street, Filey (and the aforementioned Emily was with them). Ten years later, Jane occupied the dwelling with her second husband, Charles BRIGHT. John had died six years earlier, aged just 42.

Shed no tears for him. What about his TWO victims? There were two girls called Fanny BARCHARD – first cousins, having the same paternal grandparents. In 1841 they were living a few miles from each other, the elder in Ellerby, the younger in Roos. At the time of the rape, one would have been 15 years old and the other fourteen. I don’t know which of the girls suffered the attentions of John Winship. The triangle made by their home villages measures about 10 miles on each side. Newspaper notices concerning the outrage offer no helpful details.

If the girls discussed the rape with each other, I imagine they were both psychologically harmed in ways that would shape their futures. It is a simplistic idea, I know, but I wondered if their approaches to marriage would indicate which one had suffered the physical assault.

Fanny the Elder was 28 years old when she married James SEAMER, a farm servant aged 30. I have not found any children.

Fanny the Younger married at 30, her husband 40 year-old widower Matthew THURLEY, a shoemaker. They appear to have been childless also.

Consequences, perhaps, but no conclusion. ( I have had a quick look for their deaths, with no success. A Fanny Seamer who died in Brighton in 1927 aged 82 is not our girl.)

Insect 24 · 5 Spot Burnet Moth

Common spotted orchid, Dactylorhiza fuchsia, Burnet moth, Zygaena trifolii, Muston Cliffs