A Lincolnshire Lad


John was only 22 when he died in Filey, but three enumerators had taken a census snapshot of him.

Just a few months old in March 1851 he was not at home on his father’s 400-acre farm at Hibaldstow, where he was born, but at his maternal grandfather’s house on The Mount, in York. He was there with his mother Anne and older sister Grace.

Ten years later John was at boarding school in St George Gate, Doncaster and in 1871, age 20, he was helping his mother run the family farm. His father had died a little over a month earlier. Widow Anne seems to have made the decision to sell the farm shortly after her husband’s death and an auction had taken place shortly before the enumerator called. Perhaps 860 sheep, 45 beasts and 26 horses had already gone, along with over a hundred acres of sown land and pasture.

I don’t know why John was in Filey the following year or the cause of his death but further investigation revealed that the Danby family must have had some connection with the town. What this might have been exactly is difficult to fathom but two of John’s sisters were married at St Oswald’s.

Grace married farmer William LITTLE from Willoughton in Lincolnshire about 21 months after John’s death. Seven years later, Lucy married Henry Hall BEDFORD. He wasn’t “local” either.

Between Grace and Lucy, there was Lavinia Mary. She didn’t marry but at the age of 53 died in Scarborough.

I have put the photo of John’s headstone on FamilySearch Tree but there is a problem with the IDs of his father, Joseph. I’m not sure how to merge a duplicate because it has already been declared “not a match”. Find Joseph with his more extensive family here.


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