Little Children

Glaves Foster and his wife Mary named their third son Henry. He died before his first birthday. After bringing another two children into the world they tried again with Henry. He did much better. Local newspapers reported his passing. This from the Hull Daily Mail, 31 May 1938:-

County Alderman Henry Foster, of Red House, Filey, died at Filey yesterday, at the age of 73.

Alderman Foster descended from a yeoman family whose records go back in local registers to 1610. He was a member of the old Board of Guardians for over 40 years, a county alderman and magistrate for 20 years, and a member of Filey Council for 15 years. His service to the church was also long-standing. He was a warden for 34 years, treasurer of Filey Parochial Church Council for almost an equal period. He also served as chairman of Filey Lifeboat Council, chairman of Filey Fishermen’s Trust and president of Filey Conservative Club.

The Fosters are mentioned as landowners in the Filey parish award dated 1788, and also in the parishes of Gristhorpe and Muston.

Henry Two farmed at Newbiggin. He married Annie Elizabeth GRUBB at St Oswald’s in March 1899 and about fourteen months later their first child, Mary, was born at the farm. A year later the trio was living in Filey, at Number 1, The Crescent, where an uncle James WADDINGHAM was head of the household.


1, The Crescent, this morning

It was perhaps here in June 1901, that Annie Elizabeth gave birth to twins William Henry and George Waddingham, and died shortly afterwards. One source says that the boys survived for 14 weeks, another says fifteen. William died on 25 September and George two days later. They were both buried on the 30th, in a small plot beside their mother. A small cross has gone from atop their stone.


In 1911 the census records Henry at 1, The Crescent, occupation farmer, with daughter Mary, a schoolgirl. At the age of 29, Mary married chartered accountant James Stanley TURNBULL at St Oswald’s. He died three years later, shortly after the birth of their only child, Ruth Mary.

When Ruth was eight-years-old she was introduced to a step-father, Clifford Hubert DAVIES, vicar of Thornton. When she was 25, her mother died. Clifford married again about a year later, in 1946. He was Rector of Stokesley between 1942 and 1966 and became a Canon of York. He died aged 79 in 1980. Ruth married Michael J LAYCOCK in 1957.

Newspaper half-tone of Henry Foster.
The Red House, photographed yesterday.

Henry and Annie Elizabeth on FamilySearch Tree.

7 thoughts on “Little Children

  1. This has been a brilliant link in our chain! Thanks for posting this. I’m trying to find out as much as possible about the residents of number 1, the Crescent, Filey, which we bought last year. I managed to find out a bit about Henry Foster but didn’t realise that the Annie Grubb who was living there in 1881 as the niece of George Waddingham was the same person as Annie Elizabeth Foster, Henry’s wife!


  2. You mention Henry Foster had an uncle named James Waddingham living at 1 the Crescent. According to the census of 1881 and 1891 his name was George Waddingham.


    1. Thank you for your comments, Jeremy. I do have George in the census but also have a record for a James. But whether he is Henry’s uncle… I’ll check him out tomorrow and update the post if there is a connection. I’m sure 1 The Crescent has many stories attached to it.

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  3. On the 1901 census George is no longer there but above Henry Foster and Annie Elizabeth the writing is indistinct but could be interpreted as James, but the reference is in the female column and the age is 77 which is Jane’s age. The writing suggests either a bad rendering of “Jane” or possibly “Janie”


    1. You are right in your observations, Jeremy. I don’t recall noticing that “James” was a woman – I ran with the Find My Past transcription. I wonder if we can find who the mysterious “Jane” or “Janie” is. On the balance of probability, I accept that James is wrong. But I won’t settle until the woman is run to ground. The James record I have is for a marriage near Hull and I can’t make a connection to the Muston Filey Waddinghams.


      1. Jane or “Janie” is the wife of George Waddingham. He died some time between the census of 1891 and the census of 1901. Jane was with him at No.1 in 1881 aged 57, 1891 aged 67, and she’s now aged 77 in 1901. She originated from Driffield. I’ll email you the 1901 census.


      2. I will try to make amends for my inattention by posting the photograph I took of George and Jane’s headstone just over two years ago, perhaps tomorrow. I have a short attention span which leads to dot connection failure on occasion. Thanks for the offer to send the 1901 census


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