Abstract 115 · Sandscape

Sarah Ann PASHBY was baptised at St Oswald’s. She was the tenth child born to Cornelius and Jane JAMES – but only their seventh on the Shared Tree. Her journey through life seems straightforward, remaining single and working as a laundress. In 1921 she is out of work, having been let go by the Alexandra Laundry in Scarborough. She gives her age precisely…

… making herself at least 18 months younger than her baptism record indicates.

Neither the GRO nor Free BMD Births have a Sarah Ann Pashby registered in 1865 in England and Wales.

Our Sarah lived long enough to be recorded in the 1939 Register but it must have been a struggle. At 90 Longwestgate, Scarborough –

She did not have much longer to live.

Charles Papworth CROSS was born in Huntingdonshire, a War Cyclist who married a local girl and returned from the trenches to start a family. Kate RICHARDSON was the daughter of Mary GILLICK (AP 1936 · baptism · 12 November) and “Billy Nap”. Charles worked as a gardener and so did the couple’s son. There is a bench by the main path in Filey churchyard with a plaque that says, “Dennis & Charlie Cross, the gardeners are at home”.

Martha Mary BROWN was a singleton on FG&C with her surname WRIGHT questioned. Born in Sherburn, probably the village midway between Malton and Scarborough, she married James Henry WRIGHT in Sculcoates in 1909. The couple may have retired to Filey, their last address being 41 Station Avenue.

Row 29 | 626 Wright G489 | Granite

Ethel POTTER married Walter Edgar CULLEY (AP 326 · baptism · 24 February) in 1931 when she was forty years old. Walter was about six years her junior but he died before they could celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary. Four years after her husband’s death, Ethel was a patient in the East Riding Mental Hospital near Beverley. She may have been well enough to be cared for in her last days by her in-laws at 2 Belle Vue Crescent. She is remembered on the family headstone. (Back in February I wrote that I was having difficulty tracing her. I have corrected my mistake of calling her Enid.)

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