Metal 24 · Manhole Cover

Elizabeth WALKER is the second great-grandmother of Ronald William DOVE, the wee boy with a “guardian angel” in Filey churchyard (AP 1047 · burial · 20 June). In the post Ronnie’s Girl five years ago, I said you could go back on the Shared Tree to the lad’s 11th great grandfather Peter OWSTON. Today that doesn’t seem possible. I am not sure if the contributor who has committed a crime against Elizabeth Walker is responsible. She has been trafficked to a Hull-born carver and gilder and made to have his babies in Huddersfield whilst continuing to bear  William Dove’s children in Scarborough, her reputation tarnished.

Edward WHITELEY married a different Elizabeth Walker (doh!) who died young to make way for Mary Ann HALLAM. Meanwhile, over in Scarborough, William and his Elizabeth were raising their children.

William (asterisked) is Ronnie’s great-grandfather. Elizabeth died in 1855.

Amelia Rebecca MILLMAN was born on the island of Jersey and baptised in Shirley-by-Southampton. She was thirty-two when she married master mariner Horatio Michael PRITCHARD in Blackheath, London, some 22 years after his father had been hanged in Glasgow.

Boxing Day in Filey seems to have brought more couples to St Oswald’s to exchange vows than on any other day of the year. There are over forty marriages listed in FG&C, including several that I wanted to look at. I chose a couple less prominent in local society and perhaps more mysterious. Cecil Edward (Cyril on FG&C) was the son of James White MERRYWEATHER, a Clerk in Holy Orders and second wife Constance Mary WEBSTER. Cecil seems to have been a career soldier, recovering from wounds received in the Great War and retaining his rank of army lieutenant in 1922 while working in “civvy street” as an Allied Assurance Company clerk (1921 census). The couple doesn’t appear to have had any children who survived childhood. They lost a daughter, Evelyn, in 1926 when she was only a few weeks old.

Susannah LANE is the wife of George WHEELER (AP 629 · birth · 15 April).

FG&C says that Bridget CALVERT’s father Ralph was born in Goathland in 1742. Bridget married a Filey man, Ralph ROBINSON, whose mother Margaret Calvert had been born in Goathland in 1742. According to my RootsMagic presentation of FG&C data, Ralph and Margaret Calvert are not related by blood – but must surely be connected somehow. Oh! They are. There is a stone plaque on a wall in St Oswald’s.

2145: This tablet records the deaths of THOMAS ROBINSON of Filey/ and MARGARET his wife./The Former May the 6th 1798/ The latter June the 27th 1826/ and also the death, and age of/ RALPH ROBINSON/ son of the above/ and BRIDGET the wife of RALPH ROBINSON./ The former June 11th 1851/aged 79 and the latter/ December the 20th 1851 aged 67 years.

East Yorkshire Family History Society, Filey St Oswald’s Part 3,© 2015

Kath says of Ralph Robinson: ‘He was a brickmaker of Filey also a farmer.  He was also involved in licenced premises, acting as surety for landlords etc.’

He may have lived at The White House on Scarborough Road (at the mini roundabout).

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