Reighton to Filey

Ann HAMCOAT was baptised this day 1741 at St Oswald’s, Filey. She was the fifth known child of Lewis HAMCOAT and Jane ARTLEY who had married nine years earlier at Reighton.

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I visited St Peter’s Church for the first time about three weeks ago and enjoyed a mooch around the graves. From Filey the eye is drawn to the caravan dandruff on the distant cliff top that is Reighton Sands Holiday Park. Reighton Village  away to the right seems to be hidden in trees. I was surprised, then, by the view from the north wall of the churchyard.

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The stretch of Filey Sands  by the Promenade features in Today’s Image.

There isn’t a great deal to be discovered about the HAMCOATs in the Filey Genealogy & Connections database. There is even less in FamilySearch Tree. I have neither a marriage nor a death date for Ann. Her older brother William married Margaret STAFFORD at St Oswald’s in November 1757 and they named their second daughter Ann (MJDT-2QF). She married John TINDAL (sometimes TINDALL/TINDALE) in the same church 33 years later and they christened their firstborn Ann there the following year.

C29_HAMCOATwm_20170518_fstAs is natural, deaths followed. Ann TINDAL senior in December 1815 age 55, her father William the year after age 83, her mother Margaret the year after that age 77. The old couple sleep under another of the very few flat stones in St Oswald’s churchyard. Their granddaughter Margaret HUNTLEY nee Williamson may not be with them but she is remembered (MGC1-WZ2 on FST). Her husband, Robert, was a “Captain” and I would guess a Master Mariner. One can imagine him having conversations  with  the above John, one of the ship building TINDALLs of Scarborough. (I wrote briefly about that family in Ship Owners’ Wives, 16 May 2011.)

Here is the HAMCOAT MI:- C29 in the Crimlisk/Siddle transcription, (976 page 5 in the East Yorkshire Family History version, No. 289 in their MI Transcription Series).

Sacred to the Memory of WILLIAM HAMCOAT of Filey who died Nov 30th 1816 aged 83

Also to MARGARET HAMCOAT wife of the above who died May 19 1817 aged 77

Also of Margaret HUNTLEY widow of Capt. ROBERT HUNTLEY of Scarboro’ the granddaughter of the above who died  Mar 16th 1885 aged 88

The HAMCOATs (sometimes HAMCOURT) and the families into which they married seem to be broken up on FST so, once again, anyone interested in them should turn to Filey Genealogy & Connections first, perhaps starting with Lewis.

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