Crimes & Misdemeanors

At the Bridlington Police Court on Friday 20th July 1883 before Lieutenant-Colonel PRICKETT and the Reverend C. W. HUDSON a Filey STONEHOUSE was charged with a breach of the Local Board Bye-Laws. The report in The Scarborough Mercury ran as follows:-

Abraham Warf Stonehouse, carriage proprietor, Filey, was charged with unlawfully standing in the Foreshore-road, and plying for hire on the 30th of June. In reply to the charge, defendant said he was standing on a piece of private ground, which he had rented for four years. Sergeant Bramley stated that about noon on the day named he saw the defendant standing with his carriage on the Forshore Road, but when he (witness) went towards defendant he drove on a few yards on to the piece of ground he mentioned. He had cautioned defendant a day or two before. Defendant having been convicted last year of a similar offence, was now fined 10s. and 9s. costs.

“Warf” is a local pronunciation of the family name WAUGH. In the early 1820s two WAUGH sisters married STONEHOUSE men whose relationship isn’t clear in Filey Genealogy & Connections (FG & C) – but both couples chose to call their firstborn sons Abraham Waugh.

The Abraham Waugh STONEHOUSE who found himself at odds with Sergeant BRAMLEY 134 years ago was the grandson of Samuel STONEHOUSE and Rachel WAUGH. Here he is (without his middle name) on FamilySearch Tree.

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Names in yellow are on FG& C. I have found GRO records for the 8 children in Kath’s database. FST has six children but the elusive Harry may be Henry.

Some of the girls from this generation of STONEHOUSE families married well in local society. It was the men who got into scrapes – and worse. A couple of them were charged with cruelty to a horse. Samuel, brother to our carriage proprietor, killed his wife. You will find him on FST with the ID L5TZ-8G3. (Daughter Ellen Elizabeth has a “data problem”; her date of death has been wrongly entered. It should be 1889.)

These two scraps of pedigree could be joined fairly easily but it would take more time than I have spare. As with other Filey families, turning to FG & C for help will bring dividends to anyone caring to undertake the task. At some point the STONEHOUSES link with the CRIMLISKS which grows a few more branches on the community tree. One of our cabman’s sons, Albert Charles, married Elizabeth GASH whose brothers were subject of a recent post. Before their deaths on active service in the First World War her husband’s cousin, Samuel D. STONEHOUSE, who ran for help when he witnessed his mother being killed, lost his life on the Western Front.  (There is a another twig in FS Genealogies for Samuel Dixon STONEHOUSE – it is from the Filey Community Tree I started to assemble when running the first incarnation of the Looking at Filey blog. Kath’s is more informative!)

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