Man of the Moment

On Blueberry Hill


1868 Lebberston · Birth  Lebberston is a small village in Filey parish. I chose Laura NEWBEGIN today because there is also the hamlet of Newbiggin in the parish. I imagined a family living in the area for many generations.

I have Laura as the daughter of Thomas Newbegin, born Scalby in 1826, and Isabella RUSSELL, born the same year in Seamer. Isabella has a FamilySearch ID in RootsMagic and it gives us this:-

Hmm. Here’s a screenshot of Thomas Newbegin’s family in RootsMagic with Laura Annie NEWBIGGIN highlighted.

No sign of “Isabel Newregen”. Laura Annie’s red exclam points out that she was born after her father’s death when her mother was over sixty years old. Point taken.

(See Laura Annie misplaced on FG&C.)

The GRO Index gives us “our” Laura.

I thought of explaining my progress in detail from here but things took a surprising turn or two and it would take way too much ‘splainin’. You will have your own ways of ducking and diving through available resources. My wanderings brought me to a final understanding that “Isabel” was illiterate, making her mark on the 1911 census form, on which it was noted that she’d had eight children, of whom three had died. One of those was Laura.  Her father died at the end of 1869 and at the census in 1871 Laura was enumerated at The Ox Inn, Lebberston, where her mother worked as a dressmaker to support four daughters – Isabel 12, Anna 7, Emily 5, and Laura 3. The older children, those born in Illinois, had left home by then. Lest you are smelling a rat, Thomas really did emigrate to North America with his bride. The 1861 census records the presence at The Ox of Susannah, 9, Ann Elizabeth, 6, (born in Morgan County) and John Stuart, 5, (born in Dewitt).

Laura died in the summer of 1876, aged eight, and was possibly buried in St Oswald’s churchyard with her father. There are no records of any Newbegin burials in Filey.

Well, that’s half of my working day gone.

Baptism & Marriage  I will have to leave Emily SHAW and married couple Robert LOWSON/LAWSON and Mary RIDLEY for another time.

1904 Filey · Death Mary Jane BROWN’s headstone is on the Shared Tree.

1859 · Filey  Ann Ellen FOX’s headstone is on the Shared Tree.

Tree 74  · Church Ravine

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