Marrying the Woman Next Door

Mary Violet Sydney DANIEL was nineteen when she married 32-year-old Gerald Pierce WATSON at St Oswald’s. The groom was a paper merchant, born in Surrey, but you can dismiss notions of the couple running away together. Their fathers signed the register. Joseph Herbert Daniel, described as a “Gentleman” in the PEMBURY, Kent, baptism register, was the headmaster of a Preparatory School in Filey in 1900). Filey Genealogy & Connections offers no information about the future they shared. Gerald died in 1953 and Mary married again in 1967 at the age of eighty-three.

I looked for children that Mary might have had with Gerald and was surprised by what I found. The 1939 Register recorded the Watsons at The Hill House in Portsmouth. Four sons are listed – George H G, 27, Manager (Paper Merchant); Richard P E, 24, Barrister (Inner Temple); Robert A D, 22, Cashier & Secretary (Ink Business); Allan P B, 18, Apprentice Wine Merchant. (Allan’s birth date was wrongly entered by the enumerator as “4 Oct 12”.) Also part of the household are Mary’s parents, Joseph Herbert and Charlotte Henrietta Daniel.

And living next door is the man who would marry Mary 28 years later, Sir Charles Cyril GERAHTY, the former Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago. 

BURR families originating in Cambridgeshire, Middlesex and Essex exported representatives to Filey. John William is the grandson of David BURR (AP 725 · burial · 29 April) from the Essex branch. He was baptized at the Ebenezer when he was thirty days old. He moved away from the town for a while, marrying Mary STEELE in the West Riding, but his last address was 9 Hope Street, Filey. He seems to have followed his father into the chimney sweeping business and then moved into cab driving with younger brother William Barker. In 1921, however, he is a chimney sweep again and a few doors away on Hope Street his father is working as a carriage proprietor.

John William and Mary are remembered on a small stone in Filey churchyard. Also, Maria their daughter who married Thomas Furnell LEPPINGTON and Theodore BARRATT who married their other daughter, Hilda.

Row 15 |1983 Burr F165

Treasured memories of JOHN WM and MARY BURR, died 1941 and 1945.

Also, MARIA LEPPINGTON their daughter, died 1940.

And THEODORE BARRATT, died 1971.

Crimlisk Survey 1977

John TROWSDALE was the son of John Middleton Trowsdale and Alice Ann BAXTER (AP 2107 · marriage · 9 December). He is not yet married on the Shared Tree to Gladys DAVIS, the youngest daughter of Hull fruiterer and licensed porter Charles and Emma née SPIBEY (various spellings).

Joseph Tyrell BEAUMONT was the father of Henry Reginald Tyrell Clare BEAUMONT (AP 949 · burial · 4 June). I think the Beaumont pedigree has grown significantly since I added the Filey headstone photograph as a memory four years ago.

Measure of Man 93 · Photographer

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