Beach 173 · Muston Sands

Florence Wilkinson TEMPLE is the sister of Charles Canby WILKINSON (birthday 27 April).  

The FARLINE family name is sometimes rendered as FARLING and even FARTHING. This makes searches of vital records rather annoying. Frederick, son of Frederick and Annie Jane PROCTOR (Annie o’ the Brigg), didn’t stay long. The parents tried again with “Frederick” nine years later. The Shared Tree tracks his progress to adulthood and marriage but there are no children and he dies at forty-two.

Elizabeth GOFTON was Robert FRANKLAND’s second wife. After registering the births of four children in Scarborough, the couple decided to emigrate to Canada. The Shared Tree has followed their fortunes – almost to the present day. The male line of Ronald Charles SEYMOUR, who died last December in California, goes back to 11th-century France and Guillaume Sainte-Maur.

Mary Frances McFARLANE’s last address was 8 Granville Road, Filey – the house she had shared with her husband William WITTY. William, a policeman, died aged 63 in October 1939. Mary Frances was a schoolteacher.

For more on George Gilbank WYVILL see About Another Boy.

Edward or Edwin

His birth was registered as George Edwin DOWSLAND but some sources insist on Edward. The monumental mason who carved the headstone in St Oswald’s churchyard seems to have acknowledged an error, but one can’t be sure.

Long before this, when he joined the army…

A liberal supply of blue hints on the Shared Tree indicates he is solidly represented there with his wife Lucy.

John William BAILEY was the son of a fisherman and may have initially followed his father to the sea.  In his mid-twenties, however, he was a police constable in Scarborough. In 1911 he was back at sea, fishing for herring while his wife Louisa Maud ran a lodging house on Filey’s Crescent. They had three children, one of them Arthur, (death anniversary 17 May).

Beatrice PASHBY was the ninth of twelve children born to Thomas, a labourer, and Ann Jane McINTYRE. She married Filey grocer Henry STEVENSON in Middlesbrough but I think all their children were born and baptised in Filey. Henry was the son of Richard Jesse Stevenson and Mary Darnton HULLOCK (wedding anniversary 12 July) and has a place on the Shared Tree, where he waits for Beatrice.

John STUBBS doesn’t have a back story on the Shared Tree and FG&C introduces him as one of six children born to shoemaker Robert and Isabella RICKABY. His wife Elizabeth was five years old when her father died – but he was 46 years older than her mother. Searching the vital records and sifting through hints led to me think that Elizabeth died in her twenties and John perhaps a couple of decades later without having married again.

On FG&C she is Minnie Porteous Wyatt WINGRAVE 1867-1943. She died at No.16 Brooklands and was buried in an unmarked grave in St Oswald’s churchyard. I began a search for her as a single woman but things took a surprising and delightful turn. The Shared Tree has her as one of the three wives of Vitruvius Harold Wyatt WINGRAVE but fails to reveal her origins or her passing in Filey. Minnie’s Durham family needs to be handled carefully – all in good time – but I’m sure you’ll feel rewarded in the meanwhile if you spend some time with her husband.

Insect 52 · Flesh Fly

Sarcophaga carnaria

Rock 33 · On the Beach

Robert WARD was described as a “working traveller” in 1871 and a “working jeweller and silversmith” ten years later. He married twice and his many children are spread untidily across the Shared Tree. Today’s birthday boy adds to the messy confusion by being born as Edmond Story Ward in York and buried as Edward Story in Filey. He was the first child of Robert’s second marriage.

His mother, Mary Jenkinson Story was the eldest sister of William, who died at Balaclava.

Ellen Gertrude SMITH has the lightest of footprints on Filey Genealogy & Connections – just the date of her baptism and a note that she is the daughter of Joseph and Mary. A little digging led to the discovery that Mary was a PICKERING, born in Staxton when her future husband was already working on the land around Lebberston. They would have a large family but, for now, we have to make do with Ellen and her sister Mary Jane. (JohnGalley WILLISwas a widower when Ellen married him.)

Richard FOORD and Mary TURNBULL married in Wykeham. Their daughter Ruth married David PINDER in Rudston and it was one of their sons, Frank, who made a connection to Filey. I am not sure if this Foord branch had anything to do with the Hotel in Queen Street.

In loving memory of ANN, the beloved wife of EDMUND S. COWLING, who died Sep 8th 1904 in her 30th year.

‘Weep not for me nor sorrow make

But love my child for my dear sake’

And their children, EDWARD aged 5 months, Edmund aged 2 days.

‘They sleep in Jesus’

Also of their grandson EDMUND COWLING, beloved son of GEORGE R. AND FANNY E. PEARSON, died Jan 3rd 1933 aged 4½ years.

‘God has gathered in our darling

Placed our bud amongst His flowers

Taken in our little treasure

To a better home than ours’

Edward Hobson WARDELL’s wife Isabella CAPPLEMAN celebrated her birthday on 14 April.

Path 178 · Primrose Valley

I have had to take a sickie today but just a word about John Arthur ALDERSON. He married twice and his first wife Lucy CRICK aka “Norah” was a burial anniversary person on 25 April. She died in Filey when John was ministering to the town’s Prims. He next married the sub-postmaster’s daughter. He was younger than he appears on the Shared Tree and his mother may not have been Harriet Lucy ROBINSON. Look for Harriet TWEED.

Smith and Jones

The information in Filey Genealogy & Connections is sparse. A couple from Worcestershire, David JONES and Mary Ann SMITH married and started a family in Northamptonshire. David was a schoolmaster and his son Harold Clayton Jones followed him into the profession. Harold married Evelyn Rosalie MORETON at Filey St Oswald’s in 1920, without having any prior connection to the town (as far as I know). In 1939, The Register places them in The Schoolhouse, Ellesmere, Shropshire. With them are Evelyn Mary Clayton, 18 and seeking work, and David John Clayton, 14, a schoolboy. A brief note in FG&C suggested Evelyn senior’s father was a miner. A Welsh one perhaps. Evelyn died in Llanelli in 1970, aged 75.

Sarah was the first child born to Ann GARBUTT  (burial anniversary 5 May) and John COOK. Sarah died two or three days after she was baptised. Six years later, Sarah Mary joined the family and lived for 85 years.

James WALLER made his way from Norfolk to Filey and in 1878 married Sarah Jane WHEELER at St Oswald’s, thereby connecting to most of the town’s main fisher families. Elizabeth was the couple’s fourth child. In 1906, at the age of 22, she married John William RADDINGS in Hull. Three children were born in the first four years and Elizabeth noted their names on the 1911 Census form. John William was away on business transporting goods to and from Hull aboard the family-owned ships. He died in 1917 and Elizabeth was a widow for sixty years. This wedding photograph is part of a detailed and moving story that explains how events conspired to cause the brutal separation.

Sea 47 · North Sea & Filey Bay

Missing Pieces

I haven’t been keeping score, but the proportion of loving couples who travel a considerable distance to marry in Filey continues to grow. And it is rare to spot a connection that either party has with the town. It isn’t just marriages. Marjorie Lanyon Handcock, born in South Wales, was brought to Filey at the age of four to be baptised at the Wesleyan Chapel. Her mother Caroline LANYON took the opportunity to be baptised too. She was a native of Cornwall, 43 years old.

I didn’t expect to find any Anglo-Welsh connections to the Yorkshire coast but was delighted with what I did uncover. Seeing what anniversary people looked like is always a treat.

Wiki Tree says that Caroline Lanyon was baptised at Lanreath, Cornwall in 1851. I don’t have access to the 1890 Filey Wesleyan registers to check the Filey Genealogy & Connections reference. Not that it matters much. More important is the Lanyon or Handcock family connection to the town. I cannot see it on Wiki Tree.

Marjory and her husband lived for many years at The Homestead on Honiton Road, Exeter. The property came on the market recently and you can download a PDF of the details here.

John, son of Filey farmer Jackson PARKINSON and Frances FRANK, became a master mariner. He married twice but only his first wife Rachel JENKINSON is remembered on the headstone in St Oswald’s churchyard.

In affectionate remembrance of RACHEL, [unreadable], who died [May 1861 in pencil]

JOHN PARKINSON [unreadable], who was drowned on the voyage to London about the 23rd February1867 (?) [1879 in pencil], aged 63 years.

John’s baptism entry in 1817 makes his death in 1867 unlikely. My digitisation of the 1977 Crimlisk Survey doesn’t indicate who wrote that he died in 1879 and I haven’t found any newspaper accounts of his drowning.  

He married Mary UNDERWOOD at St Oswald’s in September 1863 and FG&C indicates that they had a son, John Thomas, who was baptised in October 1867.

Elizabeth LACY was blacksmith John MILLER’s second wife. FG&C doesn’t indicate him having children with either woman. (The Edward Miller offered by the Shared Tree looks  a dubious character to me.) Elizabeth died in Lancashire five years after John and her body was brought back to Filey. The couple’s headstone was moved from the grave to the north wall some years ago.

The only connection Florence NIGHTINGALE has to Filey is tenuous and unverifiable. William STORY, seventeen, died at Balaclava on 7 December 1855. The details of his passing are not known, leaving open the possibility that he died in a hospital from wounds received in the Crimean War – and was perhaps shown care and compassion by a future national treasure. For more speculation see Hilary, Florence and Richard.

Robert Lacy MILLER was a year and nine months old when he was buried in an unmarked St Oswald’s grave. He was totally alone on FG&C but the timing of his arrival makes him a shoo-in to be the son of today’s married couple. Non-Conformist Baptism Records show his birth in Bridlington on 11 November 1834 and baptism six days later.

The 1841 Gristhorpe Census shows blacksmith John Miller and his wife Elizabeth have two boys under their roof who may be their sons. George aged seven and James, one.

Bird 129 · Herring Gull

My next-door neighbour in Hope Street

Field 15 · Cut Rape

Filey Fields

Filey Genealogy & Connections says that Alice Marjorie MATHEWMAN was born at 12 Norman Crescent, Filey but when the census was taken the following year, the family was living in Bridlington, where the head of household Thomas Leaper worked as a traveller for a drapery company. The Shared Tree takes the pedigree back a short distance to the first Leaper but then gathers enough momentum to take Alice’s forebears to Anglo-Saxon England, acknowledging the Conqueror along the way.

David DOVE, a photographer, married Emily NAYLOR in Bramley in 1887. David’s restlessness is apparent in the birthplaces of their children. Herbert Sidney seems to be the only one born in Filey so the family can’t have been here for long. Emily gave birth to six children and all were alive in 1911. Five were with her then in Belgrave Road, Keighley and only ten-year-old Elsie was not in gainful employment. This must have been a great help to widow Emily. Herbert, 18, was an apprentice weaving overlooker. He served with the Royal Garrison Artillery in the Great War (Service No. 118260) and survived the carnage. At the beginning of the Second World War he was living in Parson Street, Keighley – working as a worsted weaving overlooker! His wife, Ethel Victoria, was a shopkeeper and there were two young children at home. Herbert’s older brother, Reginald Naylor, married Beatrice Annie BAKER. Ethel Victoria was her younger sister.

Joseph Martin HADDAKIN married Maud Elizabeth HALL at Filey St Oswald’s in 1905 but they have yet to exchange vows on the Shared Tree. Still single and just Martin, Maud’s “future husband” has attracted a Blue Hint that references her. That Edward Henry HALL is boarding with his sister in 1911 seals the deal. They had ten siblings, so there is much work to do to bring them all together on the Shared Tree.

Metal 30 · Abstract

Rosie Hettie Geatches TOUT, sister of Minnie Maud Charlotte Geatches (baptism anniversary 1 June) was somewhat restrained when she registered her firstborn as “Rosie Bessie”. If husband Thomas HARRISON had an investment in the name choice, his death saved him the disappointment of seeing her marry as “Rosa”. She died as Rosa Bessie Anderson in Ontario. The ID I gave Rosie over four years ago hasn’t been merged and, for who knows how long, it affords our birthday girl a richer heritage.

I have a weakness for picking unfamiliar names to follow. There are only two of the MANTON family in my Filey database. The birth registration of Gertrude Lilley in the December Quarter of 1868 is clearly late – if she is the Gertrude Lillie baptised on today’s date in St Oswald’s. Her father, John Nathaniel, was a dentist and perhaps a busy man who took a sudden opportunity to relocate to the east coast. (He had married Annie Elizabeth TREVETT in London in 1864.) I haven’t attempted to track his career but his daughter married a dentist who took her out to South Africa. After giving birth to four children, she died in Johannesburg. Dr Quinn medicine man married again. Gertrude’s parents are out in the Shared Tree cold.

DAYBELL. Another irresistible name. William Walker came to Filey from his Nottinghamshire birthplace, a distance of about one hundred miles, and married Sarah HARVEY at St Oswald’s. The families thus connected must have known each other because Sarah and her father had been born in Southwell too. The Daybells had three children and then Sarah died at the age of only thirty. William married Winifred HUNT about two years later. (Sarah is an aunt of John Revill STOCKDALE – burial anniversary 31 May.)

George Lewis BATLEY. See Filey for Health.

Thomas MAULSON married three times and has almost fifty sources on FamilySearch. He is grandfather to three anniversary people (at least) – John RAWSON, death 25 May; Richard MAULSON, burial 3 July; John MAULSON, burial, 11 July. I don’t know where he is buried in Filey churchyard.

The Lottery of Life

Donald the First was born in Carlton Road and baptised at St Oswald’s. Thirteen years later Donald the Second was dealt a better hand, marrying at St Oswald’s in 1951. Hilary Margaret married Arthur Leslie DENNISON at St Oswald’s in 1945. She died in Leicestershire.

Joseph was born in Queen Street, the fourth child of bootmaker Joseph IRELAND and Hannah PEACOCK. He was fifteen when his mother died. His father married Eliza LORRIMAN in August the following year, a few months after the lad was described in the Census as a shoemaker. Eliza was 44 and, not surprisingly, remained childless. Joseph junior did not marry and neither did those of his siblings who made it to adulthood. It does seem, though, that Eliza may have cared about our birthday bachelor. Kath notes poignantly that in 1901 Joseph was living alone at 25 Hope Street “near to his stepmother Eliza née Lorriman”. {Eliza’s mother was the first daughter of murdered sea captain Michael COOK.)

Joseph’s grave is among those “lost” but it can be pinpointed – as a sad rectangle of matted grass, its bounding kerb if it has one, hidden beneath the soil.

I expected to find that Samuel Kennedy CASS was related to the Scarborough musical family of that ilk. I was in for a surprise – if the Shared Tree is to be believed. It appears that Eleanor Ida LEWIS, born in Montreal, and Samuel from Pennsylvania, sailed across the Atlantic, married at St Oswald’s in August 1878 – and sailed back home almost immediately. Not, alas to live happily ever after. Samuel died the following August. Canadian sources offered on the Shared Tree are compelling. All I could find over here was the marriage register.

It seems that Eleanor’s father John Lewis had come along for the ride.

Ruth BARKER had a marriage anniversary in March but I was short of deaths to remember today. She was the sixth of eight children born to William, the landlord of the Three Tuns and Elizabeth RENNARD [MGBN-47N]. She had two sons with farmer Tom Gray COCKSWORTH. Tom Gray junior died soon after he was born. Tom Gray Reginald fared better, reaching the age of eighty, matching the longevity of his parents. (At some stage of his life he swapped his middle names and died as Tom Reginald Gray.

The Cocksworth grave is yet another that is overgrown and would make dismal viewing if photographed.

John Frankish ROOKE died at 8 Clarence Terrace on the 8th of August. He was buried in St Oswald’s churchyard but the location of the grave hasn’t been recorded.

Mark of Man 94 · Hunmanby Sands