Measure of Man 84 · Church

St Oswald’s from Carr Naze

George Simmons CAMMISH and Isabella HARRISON married at Filey St Oswald’s in 1860 and set about creating a large family. Between us, Filey Genealogy & Connections and I have noted eleven children but in the 1911 Census, the parents acknowledge just eight. Mary, born in 1875, is obviously one of the later ones. At the age of sixteen, she was working as a general servant at the Three Tuns on Murray Street. At twenty she may have given birth to Isabella Bielby Cammish but the Shared Tree jury is still “out” regarding this. Mary married Wharton Smith HARPER from Foxholes. They had five children. In 1911, the family was complete-to-date at 19 Cambridge Street, Scarborough. Ada turned up a couple of years later and was with her widowed father at the same address in September 1939.

Google Street View 2018.

James Moses DONNER was baptised in Brinkhill, a village and civil parish in Lincolnshire that would become part of Spilsby Registration District a decade or so later. James married Sarah JARVIS in Louth, about ten miles to the north of Brinkhill. Isaac may have been their only child. He crossed the Humber and married his second wife Johanna at St Oswald’s in 1888. She was the widow of William Willis WISEMAN, a fisherman washed from Elizabeth and Emma when the Great Gale of October 1880 stranded the vessel at Robin Hood’s Bay. She brought five children to the marriage and provided Isaac with three daughters. The middle one, Alice, is buried somewhere in St Oswald’s churchyard with her husband George Smith BASHAM. It is one of the EYFHS “lost” graves.

Jane STAMPFORD was born on the Holderness Plain, at the edge of the sea. Twenty-three years later, she married George JOHNSON. My records show that their son Thomas was an only child Thomas, but all nine of his progeny married, some connecting with notable Filey families – Fenby, Jenkinson, Scales, Watkinson, Willis.

Thomas William DUKES is the father of Percy – birth anniversary 21 February. Thomas was killed during the Battle of the Somme. He is remembered on the Murray Street Memorial and in St Oswald’s Church…

…and at CWGC.

You can see from his grid dates that Filey’s Humphrey DAVY didn’t invent the miner’s lamp. His parents must have been on holiday when their infant died. They arranged for a substantial cross to be placed on his grave and went back to their home in the West Riding. Percy Davy and Florence née HARVEY had four more children and all are on the Shared Tree. Their Humphrey has been forgotten. The cross on his memorial has gone and the base has tilted and is overgrown.

If you look at Percy’s pedigree you will see his Y line stretch back quite a way – and there are some other Humphreys. The famous one is not among them because in Shared Tree World he died without issue. He was a chemist, and so was little Humphrey’s father and his father before him. So, you never know…

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