The day after my Tailor, Soldier, Sailor post, the family of William COLLEY and Elizabeth WHITING was re-arranged on the FamilySearch Shared Tree. William, the Tailor of Scawton, was given a new wife and eight of his children vanished.
With Elizabeth née JARMAN taking her place in William’s bed, what has become of “our Elizabeth”?
Elizabeth is with her rightful husband here, William the Bricklayer, and one of her 18 sources is the 1841 Census showing the couple in Skipsea with daughter Maria, 18, and Robert PAPE, 14, also a bricklayer. Christening sources for Maria and George are also correct. I think Walter should have stayed in Scawton. Twelve sources attached to Elizabeth are bogus, being the christenings of children belonging to the cutler, the soldier, the sailor and the tailor. The 13th is the proof of her own christening. Wrong year, wrong place, wrong father.
I don’t yet know if this daughter of John reached adulthood and married. When exiled from Scawton a few days ago she took Elizabeth Jarman’s death date with her. She kept the 1811 marriage date too but on the 19th December that year, it was a different Elizabeth Whiting who married William Colley. Hence the Big Red X on the screenshot above.
William’s burial in All Saints churchyard, Skipsea, is correctly sourced. Elizabeth rests eternally nearby but not as a Colley. When I couldn’t find a death registration for her, I guessed she must have married again.
About the time William died in Skipsea, Frances FALLOWDOWN breathed her last in North Frodingham, five miles to the west. A few months later, on 11 October, our Elizabeth married widower Phineas Fallowdown. With Victorian etiquette advising widows to wear “full mourning” for two years, this appears to be a tad unseemly. But our Elizabeth’s birthplace, Beeford, is only two miles from North Frodingham, so the Whitings may have known the Fallowdowns for years. There are also tantalizing glimpses in census returns of families GRAINGER and BARR being Fallowdown neighbours. William Colley’s sister Elizabeth married a Barr and his daughter Maria a Grainger. (In 1851, Ellen Grainger, age 13 and a “visitor”, was with Phineas and Elizabeth on census night.)
Our Elizabeth died in North Frodingham in 1858 and her body was taken to Skipsea. It may have been her wish to be buried with her first husband.
Second time around, Phineas was fourteen years a widower. He died towards the end of 1872, aged 78. At census the year before he had been living alone. I haven’t found a burial record for him. Phineas has two PIDs but a minimal representation on the Shared Tree. You can find our Elizabeth as a single girl, with parents and siblings, here. The church register entry for her marriage to Phineas identifies her as the widow Colley and the daughter of the Miller of Beeford.
The first trees in Filey Parish Wood were, I think, planted in 1996. I remember being underwhelmed when I first set eyes upon it in 2010. This is how the wood looked this morning.
The ghost of Jude is standing a few feet beyond the gate on the left.