I Should Cocoa

I have left Doris WATSON’s question mark in the grid but I found her after a trip down Memory Lane. The first useful clue appeared in The Register. In 1939, two unmarried sisters were living together at 75 Gale Lane, York. Ann PEARSON, younger by two years and born in 1900 was the head of the household, presumably on the strength of her being the breadwinner. Doris, born on 7 March 1898, did the “unpaid domestic duties”. The transcript gives Doris Pearson another surname in brackets – WATSON. Sure enough, Doris married Arthur Watson in York in 1941. (You can see why this happens in Lost Cousins: Why some names are crossed out and other mysteries.)

I looked for the Pearson sisters in earlier times and found them in Acomb in 1911. They had an older brother who, the transcription said, was a “clerk corn and confectionery works”.

Ha, I should cocoa.

To Ann again in 1939. She brought home the bacon working as “Clerk to Local Chocolate & Confectioner Manufacturer”. Local?

I should Cacao. (Same thing.)

In the late Seventies, I worked three shifts at the chocolate factory for eighteen months, most of the time on Number Eight, the old four-finger Kit Kat line. Memories.

Arthur, by the way, was a tougher nut to crack.

Arthur Basil is the only WARDLE in Filey Genealogy & Connections. He was really a WARDELL, the only child of Robert and Harriet DAVIDSON to be born in Filey. His three siblings were born in Kilham, where Robert was a schoolmaster. Arthur was baptised at Filey Wesleyan Chapel on 16 January 1898 and again in Kilham on 2 October 1900. In 1915 he volunteered to fight, served with the Royal Engineers and survived the war. He married Gladys Annie BODDY in the spring of 1922. There are two birth registrations in East Yorkshire that may record their children but The Register shows them living as a couple in September 1939, when Arthur was working as a GPO telephonist in Kingston upon Hull. The death of Arthur B Wardell in Hull in 1964 doesn’t fit well with “Basil” because his age at death is given as 71. A probate record for Gladys Annie adds to the uncertainty. Her age at death (66) fits her birth date in The Register perfectly.

On the strength of Richard Derrick BELLWOOD being born in 1912 at Athol House on West Avenue and Muriel Florence LIDDELL’s baptism at St Oswald’s thirty-one years earlier, FG&C offered this immutable scrap of tree on FamilySearch Genealogies –

Muriel Frances Liddell didn’t marry anyone.

It is a mystery, given her family connections to Scotland and British India, how she came to be born Filey. She didn’t stay here long. I couldn’t find her in 1891 but ten years later she was with her Uncle Charles FAGGE in London. He was only 28 but already a consulting surgeon, probably at Guy’s hospital which was a short walk from his front door.

In 1911 she was living with her parents at the Old Vicarage in Ashford Bowdler, Shropshire. Her father’s private means were sufficient enough for her not to work. Father and daughter were still in Ashford Bowdler in 1921 and widower David wrote “none” for both of them in the occupation column.

I couldn’t find Miss Liddell in the 1939 Register but she hadn’t fallen into a late marriage. Her death was registered in Wellington in 1969. She died on 5 May at The Beeches Hospital in Ironbridge. Built as the Madeley Union Workhouse, it was for a while a private hospital and then brought into the NHS after 1948. If you are interested in its history, look here, and for what has become of it, here.

I wonder how Muriel filled all her days – and I am tantalised, wondering if it was her family name that was given to Filey’s World Champion cyclist. (Probably not. The dates don’t quite stack up.)

Measure of Man 91 · Ridge and Furrow

Church Field, Church Ravine and Queen Street

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