Sweet Names

The 1881 UK Census will sit in the middle of the useful series when 1921 is made available online in January. I have begun gathering the 1881 Filey clans and, if I live long enough to reconstitute all the families, will move back and forth in time to slowly accumulate ancestor and descendant Filey families.

The first household in 1881 Filey is headed by the Vicar, Arthur Nevile COOPER. Thirty-one years old and unmarried, he would have been alone at the Vicarage were it not for housekeeper Annie DUNN (48), housemaid Margaret DAVIDSON (19) and kitchen maid Mary Jane BELL (15). He did not marry until January 1891 and the last of his four children with Maude NICHOLSON wasn’t born until 1902.

I had to create some IDs for his family a while back, and revisiting them a couple of days ago I discovered I didn’t have a death record for firstborn Walter. Not for the first time, newspapers came to my assistance when the GRO Deaths Index left me uncertain. The Kensington Post headline on 22 June 1956 was rather shocking. COLONEL’S DRUG DEATH WAS ‘MISADVENTURE’. Initially, I wondered if this could by the Walking Parson’s son. Registered at birth as just Walter, he died in this report as Walter Bevan Cooper. But his grandfather had gone by Walter Bevan or Thomas Walter Bevan Cooper so I’m thinking this is our man.

Walter’s newspaper wife is just Grace. She made her appearance on the planet as Grace Ethel Margaret SWEET.

I have a thing about middle names. As a child I felt deprived because I didn’t have one, and imagined it was a class thing. Grace must have been quite a catch. Then I noticed her father was Algernon Sydney Osborne SWEET – and she had a brother who sported the same extravagant moniker. Intrigued, I set about reconstituting the families of Algernons I and II.

It is a long story for another time. Today, I just want to report that John Hales SWEET, in 1861 a teacher of Classics & Mathematics and Church Clergyman without cure of souls, had eleven children with two different women called Mary Ann. Algernon I was the only boy to have three given names. Three half brothers and one full bro had to settle for two. All but one of the girls had three given names. Simple maths gives 2.55 names per child.

Algernon I married Alice Mary BELFAST. They had eight children and all were blessed with three given names. I am not sure if I have all of them present and correct but let me introduce the nineteen young Sweets: –

Mother Mary Ann GOFF: Mary Ann Goff, William Hales, John Beaumont, Charles Henry.

Mother Mary Ann PULLAN: Amy Adela Selina, Hannah Elizabeth, John Hales, Edith Maria M?, Florence Agnes Neville, Algernon Sydney Osborne, Mary Anne Ethel.

Mother Alice Mary BELFAST: Grace Ethel Margaret, Julia Mary Aurora, Amy Amphillis Elizabeth, Florence Edith Monica, Algernon Sydney Osborne, Maude Sophia Ensor, Alice Maude Vernon, Dorothy Adela Rachel.

It took several hours to gather these names.The two families are not well represented on the FamilySearch Shared Tree. Mary Ann GOFF has six children with John Hales SWEET but you must visit Wiki Tree to meet Mary Ann PULLAN.

Grace Ethel Margaret is waiting for her parents here. Algernon I and Alice Mary have just one child here.

Algernon II, a Chaplain in the Royal Navy, was 28 years-old when he was killed in the explosion that sank HMS Natal on 30 December 1915. His body was not recovered and he is remembered on the Chatham Naval Memorial in London. A Nottinghamshire Roll of Honour offers a ”brief life”.

You can find much more about the loss of HMS Natal here.

Sunset 11 · Church Field

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