Henrietta: In Two Places at Once

Henrietta was born this day in 1783 in Filey and baptised at St Oswald’s towards the end of June. Kath put this note on Filey Genealogy & Connections

According to baptism transcript, they had been to Canada and returned.  Mary Jane was born 15 Mar 1868 in Clark Township, Canada and ‘hypothetically baptised there’ she was then baptised at St Oswalds Filey in 1873, their son William was similar, but Henrietta  & Samuel were born at Filey.

The marriage of farmer William SLATER and Sarah Jane CAMMISH was registered in Scarborough in the June Quarter of 1865. About six months earlier, and thirty-five miles to the southwest, labourer William Slater had married Sarah Ann TODD in Yapham Parish Church.

Henrietta’s parents emigrated to Canada soon after the wedding. After William’s birth on 7 June 1870, I wonder why they returned to England. Samuel was welcomed into the family in 1874 but he didn’t stay long. I haven’t found his death registration in England but a Samuel J Slater aged five is part of the family at the 1881 census – in Ontario, Canada.

The other Slater family had also moved away from their home village and settled in Stockton on Tees, County Durham. A son, Mark, was born there in late 1874.

My last sighting of “Anniversary Henrietta” is in 1891, enumerated with a sister, two brothers, a stepmother and a stepbrother.

You will have guessed already that the Durham Slater family also had a Henrietta in their midst; five years younger but nonetheless mistaken for our girl.

Daisy and Martha feature in the 1901 census transcription, given as a source on the Shared Tree. Their mother is still alive, as “Sarah”, but we know that Sarah Jane née Cammish must have died in Canada before 1891 (making way for Faith). It takes a couple of minutes to check the GRO Births Index – and find mother Sarah’s maiden surname is TODD.

Peace PINKNEY has 19 sources attached to her record on the Shared Tree and one of them says her father is John.

The page image of the St Oswald’s register affirms the transcription.

So, why do we have this?

(Thomas & Elizabeth appear to have a daughter called “Pace” in 1841 – but she is ten years younger than her cousin, an excessive discrepancy, even for that wayward census.)

Mary lost her husband Edmond JENKINSON to the sea when their youngest of four sons was about three months old. She worked as a charwoman and successfully raised the boys to adulthood. Two married but only one, Edmund junior, lived long enough to attend her funeral.

Wilfred BROWN was a Captain in the Salvation Army when he married Miriam at St Oswald’s in 1929. Ten years later in the Register, he is described as an Adjutant and Miriam as a Minister of Religion. Their address was 24 Daisy Street, Bradford.

Alfred OSBORNE is remembered on the Filey War Memorial and on the plaque in St Oswald’s.

Kath has put this note on FG&C –

1881: 1 yr old at census (could have been born 1880) at 16 Cambridge St with parents. Dan [Eaton] has him born at Brid in 1887. Was exempt from ‘call up’ originally due to ‘family hardship’ if he should be injured or killed. The temporary exemption was renewed in May & July 1916 but on 8 Sept 1916, he was denied exemption and told to join Leics. Regt. trained & posted to the 6th Battalion in France. killed after 7 weeks. (Private 28851.)

The Royal Leicestershire Regiment website has this –


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