Eight years after Elizabeth Richardson searched the Filey shore for her husband’s body, the family CHOW sought two of their own – brothers, Francis and James. Robert and Mary née PEARSON have ten children listed in Kath’s database, Filey Genealogy & Connections but only three had PIDs on FamilySearch until today.
FG & C has Robert drowning with his sons on 14 January 1808 but I have yet to find an official record to confirm this. This headstone offers circumstantial evidence that Robert lies beneath with Francis and James, and that two months of searching separated discovery of the brothers’ bodies. The following verse is mostly hidden now but it was recorded by George Shaw in his book, Rambles Round Filey, 1886 and is included in the East Yorkshire Family History Society transcription.
Most epitaphs are vainly wrote;
The dead to speak it can’t be thought;
Therefore, the friends of those here laid,
Desired that this might be said.
That rose two brothers, sad to tell,
That rose in health, ere night they fell –
Fell victims to the foaming main;
Wherefore awhile they hid remain.
Friends for them sought, and much lament,
At last the Lord to those them sent.
So child and widow may bemoan
O’er husband’s and o’er father’s tomb.
The EYFHS transcription adds the burial records for the brothers; James being interred on 24 January and Francis on March 25th, 1808.
The family unit isn’t complete on FST yet but here is the link to husband and father, Robert CHOW. By the time George, his youngest son, died in 1864 the family name was CHEW.