The Sound of Music

In 1890, the marriage of a professional violinist and a professional pianist was registered in Epping. The five children born to them in the decade that followed were not baptised until the family left the nation’s capital – and came to Filey. Their ages ranged from about fourteen down to six when they congregated at St Oswald’s on this day in 1906.

Albert Victor had informed the enumerator in 1901 that he was a “violin master”. What offer did the small seaside town make that he couldn’t refuse?

The family had probably not been here long when Albert had a run-in with a local jobsworth who queried his right to vote in elections. In passing, the newspaper report explained what he was doing here.

It seems that Albert was a pure-bred Englishman but there are Italian connections in the extended family. And youngest child Florence would marry a man of German descent. Her father in law, Karl KOHLER, was a flautist but her destiny appears to have been serving customers in her husband Rudolph’s Newsagent and Tobacconist shop. She did well on it, and when she turned a hundred in 2001 received a birthday card from the Queen.

With this kind of pedigree, I expected to find the Medcalf family on the Shared Tree. I haven’t, yet.

Measure of Man 81 · Epsilongas

North Sea

As I wrote this post, Epsilogas was at anchor off Le Havre.

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