Make Believe

The real Thomas Warcup Cappleman, born on this date in 1864, has been turned into someone else on FamilySearch. A fellow with three of the same children but a different wife and parents. In other words, someone who never existed. There is a better representation on the Shared Tree of Thomas Warcup, but he has two sons called Robert, born a year apart and both marrying, one in 1914 and the other five years later. That doesn’t seem right.

Kath’s view of the family on Filey Genealogy & Connections is a safer place to start. (There are other branches in FamilySearch Genealogies that may help you separate Cappleman fact from fiction.)

Thomas contracted pneumonia while serving in the Royal Navy Reserve.

His headstone in St Oswald’s churchyard marks a War Grave. An additional memorial stone was placed on the grave about three years ago.

See also Thomas Warcup Cappleman.

Walter Graham GERMAN, the father of Mildred, was born in Dalton in Furness, Lancashire and married a Northamptonshire woman, Fanny FERRAR. Fanny is an aunt of Arthur who was killed in the Great War. (Baptism anniversary, 1 January.) A source indicates that Mildred married a York man, John Ogle JOHNSTON, in Sydney, Australia, in 1928 but their son – John Graham, was baptised in the same church as his mother – Filey St Oswald’s. His birth was registered in Scarborough in March 1930 but one source gives 11 May 1929 as the date of his baptism. Then –

The family didn’t settle in Australia. Father John died in London in 1967, aged 65. Mildred’s death was registered in Richmond upon Thames four years later and young John reached seventy before expiring in South Dorset.

Gilbert THOMPSON and Eva CLARK hailed from the Robin Hood’s Bay/Whitby area,  but they married in Filey. I haven’t discovered much about their lives. Gilbert followed his mariner father to sea and probably left Eva on her own for months at a time. (Eva was also the child of a master mariner and presumably knew the score.) Gilbert was still at the wheel, so to speak, at seventy and died in a distant land.

Francis CRIMLIS is a great-grandson of an Irish couple, Thomas and Catherine née McDEVITT. There is a family photograph of him on the Crimlisk One-Name Study website.

A few weeks before his seventeenth birthday, George Frederick DIXON fell from a tree.

He is remembered on a churchyard cross with “Rennie”, the nephew he didn’t live to see.

Path 173 · Cleveland Way

North Cliffs

One thought on “Make Believe

  1. I looked at Margaret Willis and family and had a ‘go’ as you suggested, as I think the mistake was mine in the first place! Hope I’ve got it right now.


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