Ann Who?

1858 Filey · Baptism  Filey Genealogy & Connections insists she is Ann Mary TEMPLE. The Shared Tree currently disagrees.

Her St Oswald’s baptism entry does offer “Martha” –

But when she marries Robert SCOTTER in 1876, she signs “Mary” –

East Riding Local Studies Service

Her trustworthiness is in question. At her wedding, she claims to be 21 years old when her birth registration (as Ann Mary) points to her being only eighteen. (Making her sixteen when she gave birth to William Temple.) Two years after her husband died, she registered the birth of Alfred Tinson Scotter. Kath notes on FG&C that a William J. TINSON was a “boots” at the Crescent Hotel on census night 1891. Five years younger than Ann Mary, and therefore a reasonable shout for biological father, William may have stayed with her if the boy had not died at a year old.

Ann Mary was Robert’s second wife. His first, Hannah, died whilst attempting to bring their son Robert into the world. She was just twenty.

Hannah and the child are remembered on a stone that cannot now be traced. The inscription read –

In affectionate remembrance of HANNAH, the beloved wife of ROBERT SCOTTER, who died Sept 3rd 1874, aged 21 (sic) years.

‘Farewell dear friends and husband dear

For we shall meet no more

Till we be rais’d with Christ to dwell

On Zion’s happy shore’

Also ROBERT son of the above died in infancy

‘Safe in the arms of Jesus’

Also of HILDA MAY, the beloved daughter of GEORGE & HILDA CAMMISH, died 29th Oct 1925 aged 11 years

‘Too dearly loved to be forgotten’

(Hilda May is a grandniece to Hannah Ferguson.)

Robert, a fisherman, died aged 39 and a yawl in full sail is carved on his headstone.

Curiously, Robert appears to have been living in Beverley when he died. The sea did not claim him. The inscription on the stone is almost impossible to read now and this may account for Robert’s death being transcribed forty years or so ago as happening in “December 1891”. The burial register gives 6 December 1889. (His birth registration suggests he was 38 when he died, not 39.)

Most of today has been spent with Ann Mary/Martha. I had hoped to put two stones on the Shared Tree but they are still “in the red”.

Bird 115 · Jackdaw

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