Edward HOWELL was born in Avebury and made his way to Filey via Sheffield, where he married Fanny GILSON in 1870. The couple made their home in Leeds where Edward was a fruit merchant in 1871 and a commission agent ten years later. They chose to spend their twilight years in Filey. They would have been “comfortable” here. Fanny’s father, Richard Gilson, died in 1883 and left the residue of his considerable estate in nine equal shares to his children. Fanny may have banked over £300,000 in today’s money. Edward bequeathed her a widowhood that lasted 33 years. Her last address was in Scarborough Road.

Martha HUNTER is one of eleven children born to John, a fisherman, and Jane Elizabeth DRY. I have not been able to find out if she married or when and where she died. “Erected by their loving daughter Martha” is written on the headstone of her parents.

The shield bearing the inscription has slipped from its moorings but when this photo was taken five years ago you could still see Martha’s dedication.

William Thomas CODLIN is the brother of Elizabeth, who married Filey’s foremost photographer, Walter FISHER. Their father was a joiner/cabinet maker from Lincoln but, somewhat amusingly, William worked as a fishmonger for some years. He stopped believing in cod in his forties and became a bookkeeper and commercial clerk. By this time, he had crossed the Pennines, married Jane SAYERS, a Scot, and set about raising a small family in Bolton. William is a solitary Codling on the Shared Tree but his son Ernest signed the 1911 Census form as “Codlin”. The family is a bit bigger on Filey Genealogy & Connections.  

Arthur WALLER’s grandfather, William, is on the Shared Tree [L4KT-BNM] but only just – so if you are interested in the family go to FG&C.

Abstract 103 · Poop Art

Country Park

Google Alt Text: A picture containing nature, water, waterfall.

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