Looking for Miss White

Robert Tate KILLINGBECK was an older brother of Tom Holland, (killed at Gallipoli, see A Different World). He married Christiana SELLERS in August 1895.

Thomas, Christiana’s paternal grandfather, was born at the end of the 18th century and had at least six children. There is an empty space on the FamilySearch Shared Tree where their mother should be.

Blue hints for Thomas point to “Sarah” being the mother of two baptised children. Filey Genealogy & Connections gives her birth family name as REID and I attached a note some years ago saying that FamilySearch offered WHITE. More recently, a Sarah WILES had fulfilled the role of wife and mother – and had then dismissed for being “wrong”.

There is a Sculcoates parish marriage record of a Thomas SELLORS marrying Sarah White in January 1819. She would have been no more than seventeen years old.

Census records would show Carnaby or Bridlington as Sarah’s birthplace and Thomas was a Hunmanby man, so the couple marrying in Hull is a bit concerning. Some solid evidence is needed if Sarah White is to be returned to the Shared Tree.

I caught a glimpse yesterday of a Find My Past member’s tree that had lonely Thomas dying in Australia in 1878, but amongst his sources on the Shared Tree is the 1881 census putting him in the Northgate home he had occupied for many years.

The seven grandchildren here had been born to daughter Mary Jane and husband William SMITH. Mary’s older brother George also had a large family – with a Mary SMITH (confusing, huh?) and it was their ninth child, Christiana, who became Mrs Robert Tate Killingbeck. A son, Thomas Holland, was nine years old when his eponymous uncle was killed at Gallipoli.

Landscape 146 · Church Ravine

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