My Sweetheart Adelaide

It is a fair step from Scarborough Station to the top end of Peasholm Glen, but it’s no hardship for an old taphophile. The way passes through the wonderful Dean and Manor Road cemeteries.

On the right of the path as it slopes down to the tunnel under Manor Road, on the right, is the eye-catching “music stone”.

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Above this fond farewell, the dedication:-

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A leaflet produced by The Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery tells us that Adelaide was born in France. Just “Arras” is inscribed on the stone and I wondered if she may have been an East Yorkshire girl. But no, her birthplace is given in the 1911 census as France – and she married as a mature woman in 1909, aged about 57. She is registered as Adelaide BELL so Vincent Charles White was perhaps her second or third husband. He was given only a few years to dote upon her. She died in 1915 and eighteen years would pass before they were “reunited”.

Vincent’s first wife, Mary WOOD, died the year before the sweethearts tied the knot. It isn’t clear if his first marriage produced any children. There is one birth registration, for “James Henry Traltles” WHITE in 1882 but the census in 1891 finds the couple visiting a family in Leicester, without children in tow. Ten years later Vincent and Mary are the only occupants of a house in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. (Mary is listed as “Pollie” but age and birthplace are consistent with the earlier census – and she dies as Mary.)

Vincent was a musician for most of his working life but perhaps not a very accomplished one. He seems to have wandered the land seeking work and, although offering titles like “Professor” and “bandmaster” to Victorian data gatherers he may have had to lower his sights on occasion.

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Vincent was living at 34 Green Lane, Newby when he died and a brief notice in the Leeds Mercury the following year announced the gross value of his estate to be £1,335. His “net personalty” was just £251.  But, hey, he spared no expense for his departed sweetheart.

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I haven’t yet found Vincent or Adelaide on the FamilySearch Tree. I’ll keep looking.

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