Another Mistaken Identity

I have given up all of today to Henry Ephraim SPIVEY. He led me in a merry dance.

Two starting points –

Of the few crumbs of information behind the screens, the most useful is the fact that Henry’s father was a Primitive Methodist Minister.

Two sources are attached to Henry on the Shared Tree. The birth registration truly introduces our birthday boy. The 1901 census source belongs to a different Henry Spivey. The blue hints provided by FamilySearch are all good for Henry who married Robina COMBE and had a daughter, Elizabeth.

I made a beeline for the 1881 Census and found that Henry had two brothers and two sisters. The GRO Births Index gave their mother’s maiden name as STORR.

In 1891, Henry is a fifteen-year-old schoolboy – and then he disappears. I snooped around my available sources and picked up a couple of leads pointing to the Far East. In 1910 Mr and Mrs H E Spivey boarded a ship and travelled first class to Singapore.

Could they have been the couple that had married four years earlier in Bangkok?

And is this our Henry anyway? Distressing news brings confirmation that it is.

Henry appears to have left nothing but the payout from his life insurance and that, eventually, went to his wife, Bellarmina.

I sought out his school online in the hope of finding him on a list of headmasters. It is a select establishment for boys of wealthy parents now.

I found no trace of Henry’s memory there but here is his last resting place, courtesy of Billion Graves. (There is also a Find A Grave link on FamilySearch. The photo there shows the whole stone and you can just make out “Filey” on the base of the cross. Henry’s ID isG6L7-WTP.)

I have used the time left in the day to put some sources on the Shared Tree. To the end, Family Search thought Robina Combe’s husband could be a duplicate of Filey’s Henry Ephraim.) I will update this post with its Anniversary Grid in the next day or two.

Landscape 154 · Hedge

By the Old Tip

Update 12 April 2022

Here is the missing Anniversary Grid –

Evelyn Mary and her sister Henrietta were born in Derbyshire – and I could not find either on the Shared Tree, nor any forebears or descendants. I had to start their GEORGE line from scratch.

They are buried in St Oswald’s. Henrietta’s probate record indicates that she was still living in the family home in Derby at the end of her life and was probably on holiday in Filey with Evelyn when she died.

Richard was the husband of elder sister Frances Elizabeth. I haven’t put her on the Shared Tree yet.

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