Landscape 169 · Primrose Valley

Robert James Hammond ALLEN was 7 months old when he was baptised at Filey Wesleyan Chapel. Apart from this fact without a source, Filey Genealogy & Connections merely notes that the lonely boy was the son of “Richard Watson/Mary Ann Allen of Filey”.

His birth was registered in the first quarter of 1868, and his mother’s maiden surname was given as HAMMOND. Before delving into sources I looked for the lad on Find my Past, with fingers crossed that he’d had a life. His icon on the pedigree was free of orange hints so it was quite a shock to search for sources and find the top two recorded his death and burial in Torquay at the age of 84. This was a promising start but he proved to be elusive after that.

David BROWN was born and baptised in Rudston. He married Margaret FLETCHER in Bridlington in 1854 and moved his small family up to Filey after the birth of their second child. FG&C says he was a journeyman joiner before he took up “bird stuffing”. Margaret had more class, making the most of David’s offcuts, so to speak, as a “plumassier”.

Farm labourer William FEARON, born near the western edge of the Cumbrian fells, was forty years old when he married the much younger Margaret Walker in Ennerdale in 1825. One of their grandsons, John, began his working life as a miner in Cumberland but something made him journey east, over the Pennines to Filey where he married Elsie WRIGHT at St Oswald’s in 1922. They rest eternally in the churchyard and their son Michael, Filey Museum’s Honorary Curator, has written a history of the town.

Ellen KILLINGBECK is a great-niece of yesterday’s baptised person, Frances GOFTON. She married Francis Robert FOSTER at St Oswald’s in 1905. Francis worked as a joiner and was a churchwarden in his later years. Their grave is in the sheltered place near the south door of the church.

959 Foster C20

Benjamin DICKINSON is the father of Mary, who celebrated her wedding anniversary (with Joseph WILSON) on Christmas Day (AP 2203).

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