The Stonemason’s Wife

Charlotte EMPTAGE died 127 years ago today so I checked on her FamilySearch Tree record. Her pedigree is more substantial than others I have looked at recently (ID: K8KB-WGQ). I wrote a couple of short posts about her father James EMPTAGE and husband John Sumpton FOX on the old Looking at Filey and have copied the latter as a “Memory” to FST rather than give you the link to the Wayback Machine. (John Sumpton’s ID: MGCB-6TX.)

Charlotte’s headstone is by the south-west gate to the churchyard, numbered A1 in the Crimlisks’ Survey of Monumental Inscriptions – reason enough to put a photograph of it on FST as a ‘memory’ to her and infant son Francis. It felt a bit like breaking the ice, though I actually put up my first headstone photograph on FST a few weeks ago. I have well over a hundred stone pictures ready to go so will try to upload more in the coming weeks.

The old LaF post included a link which probably doesn’t work on the UK Web Archive but in my saved Word doc it took me to the LaF Wiki. I’m amazed that website has survived (thanks PB Works) so I feel obliged now to give it a thorough spring clean. There’s plenty of dead wood to clear out but also a lot of information that may be of value to someone, sometime. I have just realised I edited out the reference to the headstone of Charlotte’s father in the Fox Memory so if you are interested in sampling the goods at the Wiki start here. I will, over time, replace the red fctIDs (Filey Community Tree) with FST IDs.

I did about three hours work on the short-lived STONEHOUSEs this morning. John married Isabella THOMPSON in early 1856, taking on, it appears, her illegitimate daughter Selina as his own. John and Bella welcomed their first child into the world towards the end of the year but young Henry Richard died at the age of two. Bella followed him to the next world about four years later. I think John remarried but there are several men with his name on the Yorkshire coast, and of a similar age, and I haven’t been able to sort them out yet. You can check on my FST progress with the family via John’s ID: MGCB-BCZ. (I thought I’d created a record for Selina but she seems to have disappeared.)

I did find some time for my Ain Folk today. I took possession of a copy of my atDNA file and put it on GEDmatch. In a day or two I should be able to access the One to Many Matches. My Heritage has supplied me with about 80 matches so far and it will be interesting to see how much this number will grow. I’m hoping GEDmatch will point me more surely towards the potential cousins I should be contacting as a priority.

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