Ruth Cockle

Another singleton on Filey Genealogy & Connections, arriving in the town from nowhere and buried on this date in 1908 in an unmarked grave, aged 81.

She was born Ruth STUBBINGS in Royston, Cambridgeshire, the daughter of James, a rope maker. Fourteen years old in 1841, she was a servant to Joseph READ in Ely, living in. She married Charles COCKLE in 1848. He was an agricultural labourer who would later describe himself as a farmer, though he had only eight acres to work. They raised a family of six children in Wentworth, and when all had flown the nest one way or another, they moved a couple of miles to Coveney. Charles worked on the land for a few more years and Ruth kept a small shop. It would appear that neither had strayed more than a few miles from the villages of their birth in seven decades. So what enticed or propelled Ruth to the Yorkshire coast after Charles’ death in 1896? Their last child to leave home was Emily, who became a schoolmistress. I wonder if she could help. Alas, my hours were drastically cut today and I didn’t have time to chase after her.

Flight of Fancy 53 · Rock Face

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