Nature Morte 26 · Seabird

Elizabeth Baxter BOWMAN was a niece of Hannah Bowman, the wife of Richard GRICE and mother of Frank. See Saturday’s post regarding Matthew Grice and Ann LONGHORN. Alas, this connection isn’t apparent on the Shared Tree. Elizabeth doesn’t have any forebears. She married John William GRAY at Filey St Oswald’s and moved the few miles to Bridlington to start a family. She had two sons but lost John William junior before his second birthday. Husband John William worked as a bricklayer’s labourer/general labourer – steadily it seems because the couple lived for many years at 53 Nelson Street, Hilderthorpe.

I couldn’t ignore the eight children of Beecroft WINTRINGHAM and Sarah FRANKISH, publicly admitted into Folkton Parish Church following baptism by dissenting minister John Farrar WILKINSON. (The children are entered in the Flixton Parish Register. Flixton and Folkton are distinct and separate settlements but for some possibly quaint historical reason are often lumped together. There is only one parish church.)

The Shared Tree offers little information about the children’s lives. Three emigrated to Canada – and one endured life in Cornwall for a while before returning to Yorkshire. Alfred James was killed.

I remembered the death of Ruth Charlotte PRUDAMES on 10 May but wanted to recall her involvement, with her husband Wilf, in the Reighton Tragedy.

A large stone plaque in St Oswald’s Church recalls the lives of about a dozen occupiers of Gristhorpe Manor. Last but one is Jane, who gave up on life when she was nine years old.

Maxwell Henry BROCK was the youngest of three children born to Arthur Henry, an accountant and insurance broker working on his own account in Doncaster, and Daisy GEE. It was usual for middle and upper-class West Riding families to spend most of the summer at resorts on the Yorkshire coast. The fathers would visit at the weekends. The mothers would have a servant or two to assist with catering and childcare. Accidents happened sometimes and dead children were laid to rest in seaside churchyards. Maxwell was one such – though I didn’t find any reports that his was an accidental death. He simply “died at Filey”. It is pleasing to find that his small cross has survived intact and the grass within a marble kerb has clearly been neatly trimmed, perhaps on a regular basis. Some of the lead letters of the inscription are missing but the acknowledgement of his brief existence is clear enough. Had he lived, he may have gone for cannon fodder. Or he may have achieved great things. His older brother emigrated to Canada.

In ever loving and sacred memory of MAXWELL HENRY BROCK, died at Filey August 20 1911, aged 10 years and 11 months.

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