Two Guesswork Wives

Filey Genealogy & Connections (FG&C) offers an Alice FEATHERSTONE who fits the story below quite well – but flags her as a “guesswork wife” who baptised her first child with William HILL in 1899. I wouldn’t put money on this being correct. “Mrs Hill” has a sister in law called Mary Featherstone, so I think William must have married someone else.

THEFT FROM A FILEY SCHOOL – A Young Woman Sentenced.

11 February 1901 The Scarborough Evening News

A poorly-clad  little woman named Alice Featherstone (20), of Filey, was charged in Bridlington Police-court on Saturday, before Colonel Hudson, Dr. Wheelhouse, Alderman Medforth, and Alderman Creaser-with the theft on Friday afternoon, of two articles of wearing apparel from the cloak-room of the National School, Filey, the properties of Miss Jones and Miss Collins.

Miss Daisy Jones, teacher at the National School, Filey, said the black straw hat produced was her property. It was worth 1s. 11½d. It was last in her possesion at 1.30 the previous day in the cloak-room, where she had left it. She missed it at four o’clock. She had seen the prisoner about twenty-five minutes to four the same afternoon in the passage leading to the cloakroom. Proisoner said she had come to fetch a girl called Atkinson; otherwise she had no business on the premises. She did not say anything more to her. Witness gave information to the head mistress as to the missing hat. She did not see it then in the defendant’s possision.

Mary Featherstone, sister-in-law of the prisoner, said she knew the hat produced. Prisoner had brought it to her house on Friday and said she had it given to her. She brought it about 4.45 p.m. Witness did not buy it from her, and she eventually handed it over to Sergeant Smith.

Sergeant Smith said from information received he saw Mrs. Featherstone, who handed him the hat, about 7.30. He was then in search of the prisoner. At 7.45 he apprehended her and charged her with stealing a black straw hat, the property of Miss Jones, from the Infant School, that afternoon. She made no reply, and he locked her up.

Prisoner pleaded guilty.


Prisoner was further charged with stealing from Mis Blanche Collins, teacher at the National School, Filey, on Friday, a fur boa (produced), of the value of 5s. 11d. It was last in the prosecutrix’s possesion at 1.30 p.m. on Friday, in the cloak-room. She missed it at 4 o’clock. She had not seen the prisoner near the school that day. Information was given about the missing fur boa to the police. She next saw it in the hands of the police.

Mary Featherstone sister-in-law, said the prisoner brought the fur boa to her house along with the hat. She said that the boa had also been given to her. She afterwards handed it to the police.

Sergeant Smith had also charged prisoner on Friday evening with stealing the boa, and she had made no reply to the charge. He received it from Mary Featherstone, along with the hat.

Prisoner also pleaded guilty to the second charge.

In reply to the bench, Sergeant Cooper said the life the prisoner lead in Filey was a perfect disgrace, not only to herself, but to all connected with her. Her father had authorised him to inform the Court that the prisoner was entirely beyond his control, and that he would be satisfied if the Court sentenced her to a term of imprisonment, or to an institution in order that she might become well again. She had “run to ruin.” She was indeed, he regretted to say, of disreputable character.

Prisoner heard her condemnation without apparent emotion, and, choosing to be dealt with by the bench, she was sent to prison for twenty-eight days-fourteen on each charge.


Birth Elsie CRABB has an existing ID on the Shared Tree with parents William & Ann née GILLIAM plus four sisters, but no husband yet. She would marry twice.

Baptism  James DOUGLAS, the fourth of six sons born to Arthur and Elizabeth Ann née CAMMISH, was baptised in Filey St Oswald’s church. Twenty-two years later, he married Mary Jane SCOTTER there.

The couple’s first child had not arrived by the time of the 1911 census but the family portrait below shows them with Lizzie Ann, Richard Henry, Maud and baby Mary. Two sons followed in 1920 and 1922.

Photographer unknown, c.1919, courtesy Martin Douglas

Jimmy died in 1961 and Jennie (as she was known) in 1987.

The story is different on FamilySearch.

As mistakes on the Shared Tree go, this one is particularly baffling, though “guesswork” seems to cover it.

Following the breadcrumbs brings you to this –

The link takes you here –

Searching won’t bring you children born to our Jimmy and Martha POPE, but here is Jennie’s first child in the GRO Births Index.

Finally –

Shared Tree.

Marriage  James, the son of James and Sarah Robinson, made the connection to Filey by marrying Grace CAMMISH at St Oswald’s. The grandchildren of today’s married couple liked Filey well enough to stay and raise families of their own.

Shared Tree. There’s a lot of linking up to be done. (James and Sarah’s granddaughter Grace Robinson married Castle Jenkinson – see Anniversaries 29 January.)

Death  Descendants of James Knox would put down roots in Gristhorpe, baptising children and marrying at St Oswald’s.

Burial Rose Budd’s life was all too short. Her parents had representation on the Shared Tree as a married couple. I have only had time today to give them Rose. I will add the other children when I can – and the stone.

In loving memory of WALTER BUDD, 24th May 1838, 27th Oct 1892.

Also, ANN his wife, 7th Sept 1849, 29th March 1929.

And LILY their daughter, 20th Oct 1884, 25th July 1931.

‘Thy will be done’

Also, MARY AND ROSE their children, died Feb 1886

Also, ALFRED their son, died 8th Nov 1947.

Mark of Man 82 · Above the Bay

Just like old times

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