What the Dickens?

1849 Seamer · Death  When I wrote about the death of Mary SUGGIT last month, I said that the Great English Novelist had been economical with the truth regarding the demise of Robert SNARR, the husband-to-be of Mary’s daughter, Elizabeth CAMMISH. I wrote about his final journey here.

1873 Filey · Birth  Elizabeth’s arrival on this day in 1865 is recorded in Filey Genealogy & Connections. The Primitive Methodist chapel baptism register is the source relied upon but I have not been able to check and verify it. Elizabeth is missing from the family in 1871, and cannot be found elsewhere on census night or in the GRO Deaths Index for the previous six years. The family looks to be settled in Church Street but ten years later Emily is a widow of 39 in Bridlington. She has recently given birth to Florence but father Henry’s death registration has eluded me. The family seems well presented on the Shared Tree and should be your starting point if you want to go searching for Elizabeth.

1884 Filey · Baptism  Ellen was the ninth of twelve children born to William RAWSON and Elizabeth Ann MAULSON. She married William Stewart IRONSIDE at Filey St Oswald’s in 1906. William had been a boy soldier, joining the army at age 14. He survived four years of the Great War and then “bought it”  shortly before peace was declared.

Brigadier General Delaforge wrote to Ellen –

It is very hard that at the eleventh hour he should have been taken from us. He was a splendid soldier who set a very fine example. He was the pride of the Division, and all are grief stricken… I am not yet in possession of detailed accounts of the event but I know that just before his death a report had come to the effect that all objectives had been gained in the attack which he was covering with his guns and so he will have died happily.

A newspaper report said that William had left a widow and two children. I have not been able to find their birth registrations but June Gill, a descendant, told me their names were Rene and Billy.  June sent me this portrait of Ellen – undated but possibly taken in the early years of her marriage to William.

Ellen married again but the relationship with Jesse BROOKSBANK did not survive. Unable to find a convincing death registration for Ellen Brooksbank, I looked for a third marriage instead. Ellen may have become Mrs Albert KING in Leeds in 1935, but this couple “disappears” thereafter. The thought occurred that Ellen left Britain. June told me (several years ago) that Ellen’s daughter Rene was killed in Hull during a Second World War air raid. After the war, her brother Edmund took “her children” to America. Billy corresponded with June’s mother for several years but after they died there was no further family contact. (Billy had five children.)

Ellen does figure on a United States document – the death certificate of her younger son. Registered at birth in 1919 as Robert Edmond Stewart Ironside, he died with the surprising moniker of Eadmund Ironside de Braganca. See a page image of the Certificate at FamilySearch. (The informant was Eadmund’s nephew, David S. Ironside – one of Billy’s sons, presumably.)

1898 Filey · Burial Harold is one of nine people remembered on the GASH family headstone. Two infants, two children and two FirstWorld War soldiers. I will put a photo of the stone on the Shared Tree soon.

Flight of Fancy 42 · Downcliffe Djinn

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