Not So Plain, Jane

I noticed a detail in one source this morning that put a question mark against yesterday’s narrative that Jane WATKINSON married two WYVILL brothers.

On their entry in the St Mary, Hull, marriage register Crompton is correctly identified as a widower, and his bride as a widow but, against convention, Jane gives her maiden name WATKINSON, rather than her first married name – WYVILL. The register, alarmingly, states that her father is William COULTAS, Labourer (deceased).

The register entry for Jane’s first marriage to James Wyvill gives her father as William WATKINSON and helpfully adds the detail that he is “Sexton to Filey Parish Church”. This fits perfectly with Jane’s memorial on her father’s headstone in St Oswald’s churchyard.

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In loving memory of WILLIAM WATKINSON, for 32 years Sexton of this parish,

died 20th March 1884, aged 76 years.

‘A door keeper in the House of my God’

Also MARY wife of the above who died 13th April 1897 aged 84 years

‘Thy will be done’

Also JANE WYVILL their daughter died March 19 1930 aged 79

‘Her end was peace’

This Jane may be a second iteration – there’s a birth registration in 1848 for a Jane who may have arrived earlier. I haven’t, though, found a death record, or the birth of a second Jane in 1850 or 1851. However, there is a christening source for March 1851, and that year’s census return gives Jane’s age as “1 mo”.

In 1871 there is a census entry in Mosey’s Yard for Jane, first husband James Wyvill and their first child William, also one month old. (The little chap wouldn’t see the year out.) Nearby in Queen Street, James is recorded again with his wife Elizabeth and three children. This isn’t a transcription error – “James” is clearly written – but the children belong to Crompton Wyvill and his first wife Elizabeth Jane FELL.

Support for Jane marrying Crompton after the deaths of her James and his Elizabeth Jane is found in the 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses. As close families would, Crompton and Jane accepted the children from those first marriages as their own, and no attempt is made by the census enumerator to indicate the mix of biological parents. On census night 1911, Jane, a widow aged 60 and working as a laundress, is with her “grandson”, 11-year-old Frank Cappleman Wheeler WYVILL. The boy’s grandmother is, of course, Elizabeth Jane Fell. Jane confirms that she had given birth to just three children, of whom one had died. That would have been William.

I can’t explain the naming of William Coultas in the Hull marriage register, mentioned above. Jane’s eldest sister Maria had married a Thomas COULTAS and the couple gave some of their children names that are found in other Watkinson families. (Example – John Clark COULTAS and John Clark WATKINSON.)  Maybe the clerk at St Mary’s had a senior moment.

Jane, Elizabeth Jane and the two Wyvill brothers don’t yet appear as they should on the Shared Tree. For now, you may have to go into the Details screens to see everyone I’ve mentioned. (Maria isn’t represented yet.)

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