Flight of Fancy 48 · Planet Manhole

Six MURRAY children were baptised at the Filey Wesleyan Chapel on 16 February 1877 and one of them, Esther Lind, celebrated her birthday on the 17th of May. Today marks the birthday of William Abry – the next to arrive after Esther. I have been surprised to find he went south from Filey, marrying Anne ALLEN in Bristol and having three children with her. The 1891 Census gives his occupation as “photographer and rural postman”. Ten years later, aged 35, he was “town postman” in Barry, Glamorgan. He lived for just five more years and was buried on his birthday.

The Masonic Great War Project and The Friends of Dean Road and Manor Cemetery offer information about Valentine. His marriage to Ida Nellie DAWES was a surprise to me – I attempted (and failed) to get to grips with her larger than life forebears three years ago.

The Purloined Rector

A Man of Osgodby

Family Matters

 It appears that divorce separated Valentine from Ida – he married Evelyn in 1913. About the same time in America, Ida gave birth to a son by her second husband.

Elizabeth ROGERS appears in FG&C as Elizabeth LINDLEY, with this note –

She was either the wife of a ‘flag facer’ or more likely the unmarried waitress from Boston Spa. Possibly come to Filey to work at one of the Hotels/guest houses??

I photographed her headstone a few days ago and forgot to process it! I’ll update her anniversary in a day or two.

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