I am not complaining, but some mundane nonsense cut my hours today. I have little to say about the Anniversaries.

Losing a few hours is nothing. Remembering the death of Eliza CRAWFORD…

As it happens, ten years ago I wrote about her in Looking at Filey and “reprint” the post below.


1876 · Jane HUBBARD

1878 · Thomas Barker BURR

Jane and Thomas Barker have things in common. They both had a lot of siblings and neither has a place on the FamilySearch Shared Tree. I haven’t been able to track them down.

1779 · Nesfield GLAVES · MG68-GHG & Sarah BRADLEY

I only had time to notice that the Shared Tree celebrates this union on the 15th. The copy of the Cayton Register held by the Borthwick Institute disagrees.

1920 · Eliza CRAWFORD · MGCB-483

Old LaF

19 January 2011

The snapshot censuses in the 19th century caught a surprising number of Filey children living apart from their parents. There’s no sure way of knowing from the census how temporary, or permanent, the arrangements to live with grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relatives were.

Eliza CRAWFORD and her brother William are with their grandparents William CRAWFORD and Eliza (aka Elizabeth) STEPHENSON Crawford at census time in 1851 and 1861. Their mother, Mary COWLING, had died and their father, Edmund, remarried and began a second family with Elizabeth BAXTER. In 1851 Eliza had two half-siblings and in 1861 four. (Another two had died in infancy.) So, living with the grandparents looks on the face of it like a permanent arrangement and one wonders about the separation of the children. In the census enumerator’s book, though, Eliza’s grandparents are next door to her father and stepmother in Queen Street and in 1861 six doors away. Edmund CRAWFORD hasn’t abandoned his first two children.

Not too far away in Undercliff in 1861 is Ross JENKINSON, Eliza’s husband-to-be. The couple are married by 1871 and living in ‘Sand Lane’. There are no children. Ten years later Eliza is living alone in Reynolds Street. Ross had been lost from his yawl Eliza the previous October, with all of his crew.

In 1891 Eliza is still in Reynolds Street but has two nieces for company, Elizabeth (16) and Eliza (13), daughters of Eliza’s brother William and Ann Elizabeth JENKINSON. 

In 1901 niece Eliza is back with her mother at 35 Queen Street but Elizabeth appears to have stayed with her Aunt. Neither woman has an occupation in the digitization I have of this census. Even though Eliza may not have had any children to look after, she would have been kept busy helping Ross by skaning, baiting and cleaning his long lines – and a variety of duties during the other ‘fishings’. In 1881 her occupation is given as ‘Fisherman’s widow’ and in 1891 the occupation in the digital census file I have states ‘illegible’. I’ve checked the page image though and would put my money on ‘Confectioner’. You need imagination to see ‘Asst’ for Elizabeth’s occupation but she was probably helping her aunt in a small shop.

The 1901 census gives the address of the two women as 5 Reynolds Street and although seemingly without occupation they would have had to support themselves somehow so perhaps the Confectioner’s shop was still going…

Ross is the first of fifteen fishermen lost in the Great Storm of 1880 named on a Fishermen’s Window in St Oswald’s. Nineteen years after her husband’s death, Eliza put forward a suggestion that all families whose men had not returned from the fishing grounds should contribute to the creation of a Memorial Window. Andrew Todd, in Filey: Fishing, Faith and Family Since 1800, says that hers was the first donation. Jules and Jenny have put a photo of the window on Flickr.

1920 · Annie BUCKLE

Annie is a “singleton” in my RootsMagic database.

I have not yet found her on FamilySearch, but I wouldn’t be surprised to discover she is a child of Leeds couple Joseph and Frances née SILVERSIDES. Annie did not marry but worked for many years as a housekeeper to a “church schoolteacher”, Arthur WILLIS, a widower with a child to raise. In 1911 she was with both of them in Norman Avenue, Filey.

Mark of Man 81 · Tracks

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