Unusual family names are sometimes given to children. Glaves FOSTER’s mother was Ellis Glaves, born Cayton in 1791. In Filey Genealogy & Connections Ellis is often bracketed with Alice, but on FG&C Mrs Foster is plain Ellis.
Labouring the point perhaps, Ellis’s Father is Nesfield GLAVES, a son of Ellis (Alice) NESFIELD.
Glaves Foster’s maternal great grandfather, the husband of Ellis (Alice), was born in Seamer but the family moved a few miles to Cayton and then took another step to Gristhorpe.
Glaves was born in Gristhorpe in 1819 and died in “Newbeggin”. Now “Newbiggin”, there are quite a few places in the British Isles sharing the name. In Scotland, “biggin” or “bigging” means “a building, a house, a cluster of houses; a hamlet”. (Source: Scots Words and Place-Names). In England, the meaning is the same.
In 1861, Glaves was farming 225 acres at Little Britain, Gristhorpe but was at one of the Newbiggin farms by 1871. He died in 1875 and at the 1881 census his widow Mary was working their 320 acres with two unmarried sons and five Farm servants.
Erected to the memory of GLAVES FOSTER of Newbeggin, who died March 11th 1875, aged 56 years
‘Watch therefore for ye know not
What hour your Lord doth come’
Also of MARY FOSTER, the beloved wife of the above, who died Nov 2nd 1885, aged 62 years.
‘The Lord my pasture shall prepare
And feed me with a shepherd’s care’
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