Robert of Flotmanby

Robert BUCKE, the son of Sir John Bucke, was born in Filey but married Mary SKIPWITH in her hometown of Grantham, Lincolnshire. The Bucke estate was at Hamby Grange in that county and the connection to Filey was made when Sir John, knighted by King James the First in 1603, married  Elizabeth GREEN, whose father was presumably a man of rank here on the Yorkshire coast. The ruins of the manor house in which the Filey Buckes resided lie beneath Church Field.

A baronetcy was created for the Buckes of Hamby Grange and Robert’s eldest brother John was the first baronet. The title became extinct on the death of 4th baronet Sir Charles Louis Bucke in 1782. As far as I can discover, Robert was not graced with any notable titles or honours but he settled for a quiet life with Mary in Flotmanby in the parish of Folkton. The “gentry lineages” of the Bucke and Skipwith families can be found here. Filey Genealogy & Connections offers a limited pedigree. The Shared Tree is virtually silent.

Matthew John SWANN from Thornton le Dale married Elizabeth Ann CRAWFORD at St Oswald’s and stayed in Filey to bring seven children into the world. Edith Ann Crawford was number five. Edith married Hull-born joiner William CARR in Leeds in 1905 and gave birth to a son the following year. The boy was registered as John Clifford Carr but is James Clifford in the 1911 census, when the family was living in Devon Road, Leeds. At some stage, William and Elizabeth crossed the Pennines and The Register in 1939 caught them in Warrington. William, aged sixty, is described as a “joiner incapacitated”. He died seven years later.

Elizabeth was the third daughter born in Filey to general labourer John BELL and Mary COLLEY before the family moved the few miles north to Scarborough. The couple’s first and perhaps only son was born there in 1869. In 1871 the family was living in Jowsey’s Buildings, Hoxton Road. I have not been able to trace them in 1881.

Emily HUNTER married bricklayer and van man Benjamin Watson STORRY at St Oswald’s in 1904. They had four children before the Great War began. Benjamin considered it was his duty to fight for his country (see Ypres III ). Some months after her husband was killed, Emily conceived and a son, Leslie, was born towards the end of 1918. He died aged fifteen following a swimming accident at Coble Landing.

The headstone in the churchyard offers a different date of Leslie’s death than that reported in the newspaper, a curious instance of family history repeating itself.

Emily and Ben are not yet married on the Shared Tree.

William STUBBS is another anniversary person who needs to tie the knot on the Shared Tree. He was 27 years old when he married Elizabeth Kilby née THOMPSON at St Oswald’s in 1881. She was fifty-one. It was not a happy union (see Elizabeth at the Crown).

Tree 79 · Cherry

Glenn Gardens

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