The Williams Beswick

I arrived in Filey with my faithful companion Jude, a 7 year old lab cross, nine years ago today.  I can’t remember writing a local history blog being high on my To Do List but when I began Looking at Filey in 2010 the first post featured the area’s most famous Bronze Age citizen. Put Gristhorpe Man into your favourite search engine and you will find plenty of information about him, including photographs of what the facial reconstructionists reckon he looked like. His skeleton was discovered on the estate of William BESWICK (1781 – 1837) in July 1834.

William’s second son, also William, was born 200 years ago and as a 17 year old was probably in the party of amateur archaeologists and labourers who excavated the barrow near Gristhorpe cliffs. Should you doubt the interest in such an activity by a teenager in the reign of William IV take note that the first report on the excavation was written by William Crawford WILLIAMSON, the son of Scarborough Museum’s curator, also aged seventeen.

I will write a post about the excavation next month but today young William BESWICK is my first guinea pig in the experiment to link Yorkshire coast people in Kath’s Filey Genealogy & Connections (FG&C) with the same individuals on FamilySearch Tree (FST).

My initial search for William on FST was disappointing. Here is a screenshot of the family tree.


For a scion of a locally significant landed family this was an unexpected result but after a few weeks of exploring the world of FamilySearch I guessed there would be more to discover.

A second search, this time for William Senior, brought another fragment of pedigree.


You will see from my comments on the screenshots that Kath’s database has more information on these Beswicks than FST seems to be currently offering.

Here is a graphic comparing the Williams on FST and FG&C.


Two hundred year old William is the target man. His FST ID is in red as a warning that he is currently detached from his extended family. (See yesterday’s post for an explanation of why he is Generation 5.) On his male (Y-DNA) line the IDs for earlier generations are in green because I hope these will prove to be the best of two or more Duplicates for the people on the two (and possibly more) pedigrees.

The names of the Males in the Filey Genealogy column are in bold because they are represented on FST. Mary KELD is also on FST but as just “Mary” and I’m not sure which of her Duplicate IDs will survive a merging process that will see Young William linked to his extended family.

Brian BESWICK born 1602 is in regular font because I haven’t yet found him on FST. (This doesn’t mean he isn’t there!)

You will see very clearly from the graphic that the BESWICK female line begins and ends with Mary KELD. Maybe you can extend it by finding Mary’s mother, then her mother’s mother – and maybe even take the line further back towards “the Daughter of Eve”.

William didn’t marry and died in 1884 shortly before his 67th birthday. Only Mary Elizabeth [LRB5-GP9] of his five siblings married and her husband will be the subject of a future post.

I hope all this makes sense and is of some interest. Feel free to go to FST and reunite Young William with his family. You will need to sign up for a Free Account to make changes to the World Tree Wiki but anyone can access the Pedigree Resource File. To search for Young William there click Genealogies on the Menu bar and enter his name, birthplace “Gristhorpe” and birth year “1817”. Kath’s database should be the better of two birth and christening hits. The third return is for the 1841 Census which shows William and his younger brother with servants.

(The burial place of Gristhorpe Man is about two miles towards the setting sun in today’s image of the Cleveland Way.)

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