Graves BULMER, Neighbour 2 a few days ago, led a seemingly quiet existence. His son was rather more lively and I wrote about some of his adventures in Looking at Filey – The Liquidation of James Bulmer.
Today, while trying to sort out the paternity of James’ children for FamilySearch Tree, I happened upon an instance of misbehaviour by one of his sons.
“A Bill to the Whole World”
Singular Horse Dealing at Scarborough
Pony “Warranted Quiet When Sound.”
A singular state of affairs was revealed at Scarborough Court on Monday, when James Bulmer, jun. (35), horse dealer, Filey, was charged with obtaining a pony by false pretences. Mr Nicholl (Deputy Town Clerk) in the course of the proceedings mentioned three instances in which the prisoner had given bills payable to the York City and County Bank in payment of horses, where he had an account. In the case in question the prisoner bought a pony for £7 from Mr. Crawshaw, of Scarborough, in payment for which prisoner handed him a bill, which was stamped, and on it prisoner had written: “Pay to my order the sum of £7 for value received to Mr. Newman Crawshaw, Langdale Road, Scarborough, (Signed) James Bulmer, 36 Queen Street, Filey.”
The Chairman: Is it a promissory note?
Town Clerk: No. It is a bill addressed to the whole world. (Laughter.)
Mr. Crawshaw said he would not have parted with the pony if he had not thought the bill would entitle him to £7 when presented at the bank, which marked the bill as worthless. He gave the prisoner a recept and a warranty. The latter was as follows:- “Warranted quiet to drive and ride when sound.” (Laughter.)
Prisoner was remanded on bail.
Bradford Daily Telegraph 31 January 1899
James senior was almost certainly young James’ father but the lad’s mother was probably Ann TEMPLE and not, as Filey Genealogy & Connections has it, “Mary Ann BULMER”. James junior was born in 1864, eleven years before his father married “Miss Temple” but the most convincing birth registration I have for him is in June Quarter 1864 in Bridlington. His name is given as “James Bulmer TEMPLE”. The mother’s maiden surname is absent, suggesting an illegitimate birth. Ann was 23 years old and at the 1861 census was living with James senior at Moor Farm, Reighton, as his housekeeper.
Ann is on FamilySearch Tree in several guises, waiting to be hitched. Here is one. Poor Newman Crawshaw isn’t on the World Tree yet but his household in 1901 is easily found in Sources.