Rock 34 · Moon

Emily SAVAGE was born in Selby, the daughter of John, a railway fireman. She married Scotsman Thomas THOMSON in Great Ouseburn in 1901and they had three children in their first ten years together. In 1911 they were living in Selby, where Thomas was working as an iron ship plater.

Thomas gave up the heavy work to become a pub landlord. In 1939 he was a licensed victualler at The Station Hotel in Church Street, Filey. Youngest daughter Winifred, 18, worked there as a barmaid. Thomas died in 1941, but Emily lived at the hotel until her death in 1955.

Filey Genealogy & Connections notes that the father of Hilda Beatrice PAYNE died before his daughter was baptised at St Oswald’s in 1881. Earlier in the year, on Census night, widow Margaret Elizabeth Payne was employed as housekeeper to colliery proprietor James MOXON in Pontefract. With her was a three-year-old “visitor”, Hilda B. Payne.

James was seventeen years older than his housekeeper but must have been impressed by the way she dealt with a house full of seven motherless children, the youngest not yet a year old. He married her the following year. By 1891, James had moved his considerable household to Willesden in Middlesex – and his stepdaughter Hilda the company of her full sister “Mary C”, aged 17. Ten more years pass and Hilda is employed as a governess – but is visiting the HOOPER family in Upton on Severn, Worcestershire. From here, she vanishes, and the reason she was baptised in Filey remains a mystery. Unless her mother being born a CRAWFORD is somehow pertinent.

Jane Baxter Crimlisk SCOTTER is a niece of yesterday’s George Scotter – and also a fifth cousin. (Common ancestors are Robert Scotter and Ann Mary Temple in the first instance; William Jenkinson and Mary Cappleman in the second.) Her husband John DOBSON was an incomer from the West Riding, born in Wath upon Dearne, the son of a miner. He was employed as a “steel inspector”,  possibly a reserved occupation during the Second World War.

Remembered with love, JACK DOBSON, died 29th August 1988, aged 75.

JANE BAXTER CRIMLISK DOBSON, died 12th July 1992, aged 72

(Jane hasn’t been given to her parents yet on the Shared Tree. Her father is Matthew “Sleightam” SCOTTER.

FG&C tells us that Robert E. BURSELL “gave his life” on this date in 1918 but offers no further information. Arthur William Bursell’s death in 1976 was recalled here on 25 February. I had no idea that Robert Ernest was Arthur’s brother, nor that their parents are buried in St Oswald’s churchyard.

Robert served with the 6th Bn. Royal West Kent Regiment that was engaged in heavy fighting during the Battle of Amiens. He lost his life “pushing the enemy back and capturing Meaulte, Mametz, Carnoy, Hardecourt and Favière Wood”. He didn’t make it beyond Meaulte.

Frederick Bursell and his wife Nellie were living in Cottingham when news of their son’s death reached them. I don’t know when they moved to Filey, just that their grave is sadly neglected. Not much of the kerb inscription is visible.

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