We All Make Mistakes

I was a bit sniffy in last Thursday’s post about the treatment of poor Elizabeth Agar nee CHEWon the FamilySearch Shared Tree. Delving further into the tangled web of Filey parish Chews, I realised today that I had given Robert CHEW, born in 1777, at least twelve more years on the planet than he had enjoyed. I cannot remember now what possessed me to create an ID for him two years ago when there was a good record in existence already – though it didn’t offer a date of his passing or burial.

This Robert was Elizabeth’s father but there were two namesakes, born in 1775 and 1776 – and they both married a woman called Ann. Who isn’t going to make mistakes in such circumstances?

I had confidently suggested that the Robert born in 1775 had died in 1853 but today noticed his wife, Ann HICK, was a widow in 1841. He was a first cousin to the Robert born in 1776 who married Ann PARKINSON. It appears that Elizabeth’s father Robert is not related by blood to the other two. Elizabeth’s mother, Elizabeth nee COOK, was 1777 Robert’s second wife and appears to have died a few months after her second daughter’s birth. (There was an Elizabeth the First who lived for just six months of 1810/11.)

1775 Robert and Ann Hick’s first child, John, lived for less than a month of 1810. They called their next child John. Born in 1811, he married Jane SMURWAITE (sic) in Filey St Oswald’s in 1834. Their three children were born in Lebberston (Filey parish) between 1835 and 1838 – and then John died.

Crows Nest is now a Caravan Park wedged between Blue Dolphin and The Flower of May. Though the enumerator’s book indicates that Jane is the head of the household, the Find My Past digitizer suggests that Robert is her husband. He is more likely to have been the son of 1776 Robert and Ann Parkinson, helping the bereft wife of his first cousin once removed with the farm work.

I looked for Jane in later censuses before finding that she married again in 1849 and emigrated to America with husband Thomas HOWLETT and their daughter. (This information provided by a Find My Past User Tree.)

Helpful Robert may have died a single man in 1858, aged 43. Ten years earlier he possibly attended the wedding of his younger brother George – to Ellen or Eleanor CLARK in Filey St Oswald’s.

Another George Chew, younger brother of 1775 Robert, is buried in St Oswald’s churchyard.

Next to him are grand niece Mary Ann and great grandniece Mary Elizabeth HANSON.

You can find this George (and 1775 Robert) on the Shared Tree here but there is still a lot of web untangling to do (and the spinning of new strands) – Mary Ann Chew is better represented at the moment by a duplicate ID, MGCT-GK2.

Townscape 64 · Seafront, Foggy Morning

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