Freedom is the Greater Good



Another day in which the outside world intruded and cut my hours. I only have time for one anniversary and have chosen to remember Fileydelphey HURD. She was buried in St Oswald’s churchyard on this day in 1933 as Filey Delphy ELLIS.

The GRO Births Index calls her “Fileydelphey” and the 1851 Census transcription “Filiydilphey”. FG&C offers “Delphine” as an alternative to Delphy but perhaps FamilySearch is correct in rendering her christening record as follows –

I wonder how young she was when she chopped her given name in two. And was she amused to have Filey (the town) as her last resting place?

She was married to Richard Thomas ELLIS for 32 years. They didn’t have children. Richard worked as a joiner in Sculcoates in 1881 and was a lodging house keeper at the Belle Vue in  North Street, Filey in 1891. In 1901, just turned fifty, he has retired to “Winstead House” in West Parade. This should perhaps be Winestead, a village only two miles from the Patrington church where Philadelphia was christened. In 1911 their address is 24 West Parade and Richard describes himself as a retired licensed victualler. He died towards the end of the following year, leaving Filey Delphey to experience twenty years of widowhood.

She is just a child on the Shared Tree, separated from two brothers and a sister by the duplicate IDs of their parents.

In loving memory of my dear husband, RICHARD THOMAS ELLIS, died Dec 13th 1912, aged 62 years.

‘His end was peace’

Also, FILEY DELPHEY ELLIS wife of the above, died Feb 1st 1933, aged 86 years.

Bird 112 · House Sparrow♂

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