A Man of Cotton

Filey Genealogy & Connections is almost completely silent about Arthur ASPELL, offering just his birth year and date of burial. An imposing Celtic cross in the churchyard remembering his wife Sarah Ann suggests he was a man of substance. (You already know what the substance is.)

The 1911 census describes him as a “gentleman private means” and keeping him company in his grief at 11 The Crescent (aka Broomfield House) are visitors Emma WARD (from Rutland) and Arthur’s 10-year-old niece Mary CHEATHAM (from Middleton, his Lancashire home town). Four servants run the household. Emma, a married woman three years younger than Arthur, was a witness at his wedding to Sarah Ann STOTT of Cayton seven years earlier and therefore surely beyond reproach.

Arthur’s adopted daughter was Mary, his “niece” in the 1911 census. Her surname is “Cheetham” in a news report in 1913 regarding his will. With the exception of four legacies of £100 each, Arthur left the entirety of his estate to Mary and her issue and if that “failed” the estate’s value, estimated at £50,000, would go to charity – specifically to Manchester Infirmary and Scarborough Hospital in equal shares. (I hope Mrs Ward was one of the four individual beneficiaries.)

Rachel Emily HUTTON was baptised at the Ebenezer in Filey 29 days after her birth in Gristhorpe. She married railway signalman Arthur Porter LATHERTON in Middlesbrough in 1900 and had six or seven children with him. Her death at the age of 92 was registered in Howden.

If I drew up a list of Great Filonians, Herbert Liddell CORTIS would be my top man. Search for him online if you want to know why.

George William TURNER was an Essex man, the son of an agricultural labourer. He worked mostly as a general labourer so how he came to fetch up in Filey is a mystery. He also worked as a brickie’s labourer – and his father-in-law was a bricklayer. After the births of five children in Filey parish, the family moved briefly up to Loftus in North Yorkshire, where Elizabeth Ann was born, and then returned to Lebberston for the birth and death of George William junior in late 1911.   In 1921, George filled out the census form in Hunslet – three young adult children were still living with their parents.  The deaths of George William and Elizabeth were registered in Scarborough.

Ann Cappleman CAMMISH married Matthew Jenkinson COLLING at St Oswald’s in 1905. The youngest of her four sons, William Cammish Colling, drowned from SS Langleecrag in 1947. Search online for the name of the ship or ‘Great Sacred Island’ for information and photographs.

Row 9 | 235 Colling G165

In memory of a dear husband and father, MATTHEW JENKINSON COLLING, died 8th Feb 1957, aged 78.

‘Sadly missed’

ANN CAPPLEMAN COLLING beloved wife of the above, died 28 Nov 1964, aged 83.


Crimlisk Survey 1977

Sea 50 · Smoke on the Water

Filey Bay

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