A Filey Officer’s Marriage

Scarborough Mercury 1 Feb 1918

Interesting Double Event

Lieut. Brian A. SMITH, elder son of Councillor and Mrs W. Foster SMITH, St John’s Villas, West Avenue, Filey, was married on Tuesday at St John’s Wood, London, by the Vicar of Filey (Canon COOPER), the bride being Miss Gladys EDWARDS, daughter of Mrs Edwards and the late Dr EDWARDS of 73 Springfield Road, St John’s Wood. Lieut. Smith, who has served in the R.G. A. and is now attached to the Royal Engineers, holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He was some time ago badly wounded and has only just come out of hospital, where he has been since November 13th.

The wedding was a very quiet one on account of bereavement in the bride’s family, her father having died a few weeks ago.

Lieut. Smith’s sister, Miss Gertrude Mary SMITH, was married as previously reported last week at Filey to Second Lieutenant Herbert Holmes HINDE, son of Major HINDE, of Blackpool. Mrs HINDE has been headmistress of the Whendon Lane School at Castleford. Lieut. Hinde has been wounded twice and is going abroad for the third time.


1873 Filey · Birth  Agnes Winifred COX was born at 7 Rutland Street but the records I have don’t give the maiden surname of her mother Julia Susanna. Her father, Stephen, is described as a Wesleyan Minister, so the family is unlikely to have lived in the town for long.

I haven’t had any dealings with a Cox family before and created a family folder for them. My first stab is at the heart of the GRO Index Births. Julia is a PREST! I approached Free BMD assuming that Stephen and Julia married in the previous twelve years. No response. Extending the range another ten years captures them in St Luke, Middlesex in 1857. Back at the GRO the search for Cox-Prest children in 5-year chunks, without specifying a location, gives Agnes eight older siblings, revealing movement from Lewisham to Sheffield, then further north to Sunderland, cross country to Burnley, return to the capital (Kensington and West Ham) and finally to Filey (as far as reproductive activity goes).

The family was in West Ham when the 1871 census was taken and they have gone from Filey before 1881. So where did they travel next? And did Winifred survive the journey? (The girl born two years before Agnes also had the middle name Winifred and, yes, she died within six months.)

In 1881 the Cox family – Stephen, wife Julia, daughters Julia, Gertrude, Ethel and Agnes – had returned to London. With them in Greenwich was Julia senior’s mother Lucy, 77.

Ten years later, in Trentham, Staffordshire, Gertrude has gone (and her grandma Lucy). Agnes is eighteen and possibly quite unaware that the future would bring her Arthur JOHNSON, a Wesleyan minister, who would ask her to marry him. She said yes but it was not to be…

The Reverend Stephen Cox died in Westbury Park, Bristol in 1901, aged 75 and is buried in London. He had been a widower for about nine years.

1833 Filey · Baptism  On the Shared Tree Christiana ‘Kitty’ HODGSON is the tenth and youngest child of John and Mary née EDMOND. She has no revealed connections to the past and she did not marry. In 1901, claiming to be seventy years old and in receipt of parish relief, she is enumerated at 2 Royal Cottages (in Belle Vue Street, Kath notes) with a gaggle of WATKINSON “nephews and nieces”. (The five, aged two up to 26 are actually her grandnephews and grandnieces, the grandchildren of sister Rachel who married Robert JENKINSON 1819-1882).

Kitty began her working life as a flither girl and was a bathing maid for many years. Kath says there is a lot of information about her at Filey Museum.

1740 Pickering · Marriage  The wedding of Ralph CALVERT and Marg PEARSON is almost completely unsupported by other sources of information. Their son, also Ralph and possibly an only child, was born in Goathland and married Dorothy CARTER in Sneaton on 4 February 1781. Their first child, Hannah, was baptised in Filey St Oswald’s on 2 December that year. I know nothing more about her, other than her sister, Bridget died in Filey in 1851 (as Mrs Ralph ROBINSON).  Not much to go on. Are any of these people on the Shared Tree?

Well, Ralph Robinson has only his father Thomas for company. Bridget is with her father, Ralph Calvert junior. Hannah likewise. Both girls are lacking a mother and forebears. I have no dates for Marg Pearson but there are three candidates for her on the Shared Tree, maybe more.

So, this one is a bust.

1935 Bromley · Death Catherine Eveline DANIEL was born in Scarborough in 1875 and married Arthur FEELEY in Hull in 1891. Although the date is precise, Kath notes that she could not find the death recorded in the UK and wondered if the couple had left the country. Catherine earned a place on FG&C because her mother is Ann CRIMLESS/CRIMLISK, daughter of Thomas and Catherine née McDEVITT. The Shared Tree supplies a useful pedigree – and a contributor has found Catherine Evilene’s death in the UK in 1935.

FEELEY, Catherine      

GRO Reference: 1935  [Age at Death] 60,  M Quarter in BROMLEY  Volume 02A  Page 797.

1884 Filey · Burial  Mary Ann TOWNROW was born in Ranby, Nottinghamshire but Filey man John CHEW found her somehow and married her in East Retford in the summer of 1869. Her two boys were born in Filey and the younger was only five when Mary died. Her headstone also remembers her husband and his parents, Francis and Mary née JENKINSON.

I have brought Mary Ann and John together on the Shared Tree and will add the stone as a memory later this week.

Wave 52 · Filey Bay

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