Found Object 70 · Hoodie

Google Alt Text: A picture containing clothing, underpants

Filey Genealogy & Connections didn’t have a birthday to celebrate today but a search of the churchyard records gave me Arthur ELLIS. The Crimlisk Survey records the inscription on a flat stone or plaque in the Cremation Area near the north wall, but I must have missed it when I attempted a complete photographic record last summer.

10: In loving memory of my dear husband, ALFRED ELLIS, 3rd August 1914 – 1st December 1993.

A search of the 1939 Register finds Alfred at 23 Sandhall Drive, Halifax, working as an Insurance Representative. With him is “Audrey G (Gladys A)” born 17 December 1915. Free BMD Marriages offers Gladys A. ARMITAGE as a wife for Alfred in 1938. The death of Gladys Audrey Ellis, born 1915, was registered in Doncaster in Q1/2010.

The births of three boys called Alfred Ellis were registered in the September Quarter of 1914 – in Dewsbury, Bethnal Green and Halifax.

John Travis Beaufoy BIRCH was baptised at St Oswald’s. His grandfather Arthur Travis CLAY would surely have been present but Grandmother Edith had died 21 years earlier. (Countless thousands of worshippers have looked upon her image in the east window’s stained glass, without knowing her identity.)

John was nineteen when his mother was killed in a car accident and the year after he married Pamela Kempthorne GODSELL in London his father died. A Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, John Kenneth Beaufoy Birch would have been proud of how successfully his son followed in his wake during the Second World War.

Tom was the third of ten children born to Londoner Samuel Edward BARNES and Filonian Alice Ann STEVENSON. A note on FG&C says he “married Ada”. I had difficulty finding her and wondered if Tom was her second husband. Then I found an online database that offered the correct spelling of her father’s family name. It was plain sailing thereafter – well until I turned to the Shared Tree to check my findings there. Tom’s mother-in-law appears to have been given in marriage to someone else. Sigh.

Mary Elizabeth SCAIFE, daughter of William and Christiania would perhaps make Thomas RICHARDSON a better wife.

Ann RUSTON is a singleton on FG&C with a comment attached – “single or married. Ann was spelt Anne”. Her birthdate needs a five-year adjustment to tally with the burial register assertion that she was 74 when she died. A widow of this name born in 1835 is found in Westbourne Grove, Selby in 1901. With her on census night is unmarried daughter Jane, a 31-year-old schoolteacher. Jane’s birth record tells us that Anne’s Maiden Surname is DALBY and further investigation points to her parents being William and Jane (LEPPINGTON rather than SEPPINGTON).

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