Two Men of God

Richard GREENLEY is the only person in Filey Genealogy & Connections who died on this day – in 1875, and over 4,000 miles from his birthplace. Four young Greenley brothers made the journey to Dubuque, Iowa. George, John and Benjamin married before their departure. Richard was fifty-one years old when he tied the knot with Pennsylvania-born Isabella HOSNER, 45. Too late to begin a family.

There are no clear Greenley family connections to Filey but I am pleased to remember Richard for the surprising coincidence that unfolded.

He preached in Cottage hill Chapel last Sunday morning, his subject being the Sufferings and Glory of Christ. He entered the pulpit in excellent health, and never preached better, but when he was about half through his sermon he suddenly faltered, explained that a sudden feeling of faintness had taken him, and requested the congregation to sing a hymn while he rested a few minutes and gathered his wits and energies. At the close of the singing he arose to proceed, but staggered, and would have fallen but for the instant aid extended by those nearest at hand. He sank into unconsciousness, from which he never rallied, nor ever again spoke or moved; and early on Tuesday morning the flickering lamp of life went out.

Obituary (extract) FamilySearch Memory

On this day in 1967, Percy Vernon CORNER, vicar of Filey for thirty years, was buried. He has a presence on the Shared Tree but, lacking the middle name “Vernon” and unimpeachable sources, I am uncertain he is our second man of God. That he is working as an accountant in 1911 isn’t a problem, but I found a record that this fellow was later released from military duties because of sickness. His malady? Hysteria.

But then there is this from the Northampton Mercury, 12 February 1937 –

Weedon Vicar Leaving, Accepts Living of Filey

…Mr Corner served with the Yorkshire Hussars during the War, and was doing special work in the War Department of the Russian Imperial Government before the revolution. He was later attached to the news department of the British Foreign Office, and also acted as private secretary to the Director of Foreign Propaganda during the latter part of the War, after he had been invalided out of the service. He has travelled extensively in the Baltic countries.

Given the hysterics of British journalists, politicians and BBC propagandists these days, perhaps this is our man.

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