I am enjoying the search for information about Anniversary People, but it is more labour intensive than I expected. I’ll stick with it for a while longer.


1876 · George Mainprize HEPTON · L5JQ-VQ1

George was a third great-grandson of the first Filey JENKINSON – William (1721-1762). The child died at seven months. About a year later, parents Francis and Mary welcomed another boy into the world and gave him the names George Mainprize. George the Second lived for just a few weeks.

Note: William Jenkinson is a wrong ‘un on FamilySearch. The first Filey Mrs Jenkinson was born Mary CAPPLEMAN in 1721. She married her Mr Right married in Hornsea in 1848.

1863 · Francis Edmund HANSON · 842 Hanson G700

Frank was a cousin of the Hepton boys (above), another descendant of “the first Filey Jenkinson”. Both of his parents died when he was seven or eight years old and the 1881 census indicates that his grandmother, Mary Chew née JENKINSON, raised the three Hanson orphans. She outlived two of them. Frank married Mary Jane COWLING in 1891 and died three years later. Mary Jane was a widow for 55 years.

1927 · Albert Noel SHAKESBY & Eleanor Pearl DANBY

Albert Noel was the son of “Street Arab”, fairground boxer, rescuer of damsels and Primitive Methodist preacher Albert Edward Shakesby. The son seems to have lived a more retiring life. I will add him to the Shared Tree as soon as I can – and Eleanor Pearl, daughter of Amos DANBY.

1956 · Robert Edward CAMMISH · 1812 Cammish E47

1885 · Ann ALDERSON · 738 Alderson G605a


1985 Coalbrookdale


At the edge of Oilhouse Coppice goldfinches erupt from a bush like Roman Candles and settle further along the path only to burst out again. A wagtail bobs at the edge of the New Pool, a kingfisher bullets low over the ice. Breughel magpies fly up into the white-limbed trees.

Camera Man. After lunch into the snow. A world of monochrome, so, when I reached the field corner I photographed a few days ago I wanted Tri X or XP1, I wanted my darkroom already, wanted to be making fine (great) prints on Ilford Galerie. Dreamer. Followed a fox’s footsteps down the apple path.

Camera Man by John Gale. Started reading this novel, published after suicide. A good man. Travels with a Son, read ten years ago, still with me. The same John Gale who provided a byline for Don McCullin reportage – words! – so that the photographer could return to the country [that was] being slagged off. Twenty pages in it seems too loose to be a good read. A chapter of Ina Taylor’s Edith Holden book disappointing too. But then, all day my attention has wandered. The news pages of the Sunday Times couldn’t hold me at all.

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