A Tailor of Filey

George STERICKER didn’t reside in Filey long before he died. He married Sarah HODGSON in 1852 and their first daughter was born in Pickering a couple of years later. Their second daughter was born in Filey towards the end of 1859 and George died about three months later.

Sarah went back to Pickering, the place of her birth, to raise the girls, making her living as a dressmaker. Firstborn Mary Elizabeth married David TINDALL in 1879 and moved to Huddersfield with him to bring seven children into the world. Four were alive in 1911. Maria Ann married John William WILKINSON in 1884 and they too moved to Huddersfield. In 1911 they were living quite close to the Tindalls and all five of Maria’s children had made it through to their mid-teens and early twenties.

Sarah didn’t marry again and stayed in Pickering. Aged 68 in 1891, she was boarding with two elderly sisters in Potter Hill, still dressmaking. Curiously, a few doors away there was a Stericker family – Thomas, 31, his wife Ann, three children under six and a nurse servant called Mary Tindall who looked after them.

Sarah died in March 1896 and was laid to rest in Pickering. She is remembered on George’s stone in St Oswald’s churchyard.

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