Filey’s Death Rate

Jottings 19 February 1909

If Filey goes in for advertising its advantages this season, it will probably make something of its low death-rate of only 11 per 1,000. For purposes of comparison, it may be stated that the death-rate for the whole kingdom was 15 per 1,000, and this was the death rate at Leeds, while at Sheffield it was 17. Too much stress must not be laid on any one week, for last week Gateshead, by no means a healthy town, had a death-rate of only 11 in the 1,000. Still, it is as well that the decreasing death-rate should be considered as some set off to the falling birth-rate, for if there are less children they are taken better care of. All things seem to point to the death-rate falling lower still, and life lengthening. The sins and follies of man  has done much to shorten life, and as education spreads and men get wiser, and boys cease to smoke, and athletes cease to break records and their own heart strings, some years may be added to the average life. Whether religion will make men sufficiently good to induce them to give up the vices which shorten life remains to be seen. Certainly the decrease in drinking points that way.

The Scarborough Mercury


1826 Scarborough · Birth Emily Jane HARLAND is the third daughter of Dr William Harland and Ann PIERSON and a granddaughter of Editha WOODCOCK (Anniversaries 17 January). She had ten siblings, and at least one of her brothers became a Man of Mark. Edward James teamed up with another fellow to build a shipyard.

Emily Jane married Alexander Hay HALLEY MD and had nine or ten children.

1854 · Filey · Baptism  Phillis Ann WARD is a third great-granddaughter of William JENKINSON and Mary CAPPLEMAN – except on the FamilySearch Shared Tree where the olds are William Jenkinson and Martha HALLWORTH. On the face of it, we are expected to believe that William, at the age of twelve or thirteen, had his way with 19-year-old Martha, resulting in the creation of a son John. Where this illegitimate child first drew breath isn’t known. William, who hailed from Leicestershire, married Martha at Linton-in-Craven, but their two known natural children, Elizabeth and Robert, were born in Filey.

Meanwhile, a hundred miles to the east in 1748, William Jenkinson marries Mary CAPPLEMAN in Hornsea. Both are 27 years old. Their first child is baptised in Filey on 1 October 1749 according to Filey Genealogy & Connections (FG&C). The source of this information isn’t given and I haven’t been able to confirm the event. Elizabeth and Robert followed – at the same time as Martha’s Elizabeth and Robert in, it appears, a nearby Filey cottage.

I don’t know what William of Leicestershire and Linton did for a living but William of Great Yarmouth was a fisherman – and the migration of fisher families to and from Norfolk coastal villages two centuries ago is a significant aspect of Filey history.

So I reckon William and Mary are Phillis Ann’s third great grandparents, not William and Martha. Proving this beyond a reasonable doubt isn’t going to be easy. Can anyone help?

Shared Tree: Phillis, Martha Hallworth

1835 Old Swinford · Marriage  John UNETT’s father was instrumental in the development of New Filey. You can find some useful information at Charlie Cass’s Norwood site. (From the Index panel on the left, choose The Prudames Family/The Crescent.) John’s first wife died before the Crescent development was completed but he lived in Filey for a while with his second wife, Eliza CHANCE. They are both remembered on a monument in St Oswald’s churchyard.

Caroline had six children. After a few days of illness in the summer of 1847, when her youngest was two years old, she died in Harrogate. In newspaper death notices, John was said to be “of Icknield House near Birmingham”. He is at that address on census night 1851, a widower with four children, a governess and five other servants. “Near Birmingham” seems misleading. There is an Icknield House today and although it appears to be a modern commercial structure, it is in the centre of the city, not far from the Bull Ring in St Martin’s parish – where the 1851 Icknield House was located.

Shared Tree

1991 Saskatchewan · Death  Clara Myrtle SMALLEY’s long life began in the USA and ended in Canada. She has a place in FG&C because she married a fellow born in Driffield. George Leonard LANSDELL had brothers and sisters who first saw light in nearby villages. I haven’t yet seen any of the family with a direct connection to Filey. There are Smalley family photographs on the Shared Tree but the Lansdell’s don’t yet have a past there.

1940 Filey · Burial  George Henry DORAN is the father in law of Maude SCOTTER (Anniversary 25 January). Although buried in St Oswald’s churchyard, there isn’t a marked grave listed in either the Crimlisk or East Yorkshire Family History Society Surveys.

George Henry Doran, courtesy Martin Douglas

Cropped from the Doran-Scotter wedding group, 22 November 1917.

Shared Tree

Mammal 12 · Old Tip

Roe deer ♀

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