Wave 58 · Filey Bay

Annie LEWIS is the granddaughter of “Billam” who died on 6 June. And the daughter of George and Christina née RUSTON. She didn’t get to meet her father. He died before she was born. She married Eric STONES at the Filey Ebenezer three or four weeks after the Second World War began. In December 1942 their son Kenneth Lewis Stones was born. The poor lad died seven days later but he has not been forgotten. Annie is remembered on a small plaque within the bounds of the family grave.

Mary WALLER was baptised in Bridlington. She married George POOL in the town and they had four daughters and a son. Only one of the girls is readily found on the Shared Tree. Mary Ann Pool married Carr DIXON and two of her sons – George Frederick and Henry Waller Dixon – have had anniversaries here (15 and 22 June).

The Shared Tree doesn’t tell us much about Simon and Frances. Blue hints point to him coming from the Nottingham area. FG&C is more forthcoming – it may be worth taking a look at George, the father of Frances.

John William LAWSON was born in Beckingham, a Nottinghamshire village across the River Trent from Gainsborough. The family hadn’t been there for long. John William’s father, Alfred, and Lawsons going several generations further back were Yorkshire born.

John William married a Filey woman at St Oswald’s in October 1921. Margaret Jane COWLING was thirty years old, four years his senior, and they don’t appear to have had any children. In 1939 they were living at 14 Hope Street and John was working as Goods Porter and Shunter (LNE). On the Shared Tree, Margaret Jane is a single woman. Alfred Lawson, her future father-in-law, is also waiting for his spouse to show up.

In loving memory of my dear wife, MARGARET JANE LAWSON, fell asleep 25th March 1951, aged 60 years.

Also, of her dearly beloved husband, JOHN WILLIAM LAWSON, died 9th August 1966, aged 71 years.


John MARSAY is a one-off in my database and all I know is that he was 64 when he died at Crow’s Nest, near Gristhorpe. He was buried in St Oswald’s churchyard but is not listed in either the Crimlis Survey record or in the East Yorkshire Family History Society books. I think he was born in Whitby but there are other Johns with middle names in that area that confuse the issue when searching for him in census returns.

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