Two Men Behaving Badly

Looking at Filey

Thursday 24 January 2013

Edward Richard SHARP[E] and John KING were incomers to Filey. Edward was born in Happisburgh, Norfolk, (Harborough in the LDS1881 census), and John in Horton, a tiny Wiltshire hamlet near Devizes. In 1885, when he was about 58 years old, John acted in a way that infuriated Edward, a 21-year-old unmarried bricklayer. The younger man reacted and ended up in Court.

District Intelligence Filey


At the Bridlington Petty Sessions on Saturday, Edward Sharp, of Filey, was charged with doing willful damage to the door of a house occupied by John King, omnibus driver, Filey. Defendant, who admitted the offence, but pleaded great provocation, was ordered to pay 5s. fine, 5s. damage, and 11s. costs.

Scarborough Mercury Friday 30 January 1885

Towards the end of the following year, Edward married Sarah LANE and the couple had 7 or 8 children, though at least three died in infancy. Edward died in 1937 aged 73 and beneath the inscription that also remembers two of his daughters, Gertrude Elizabeth and Sarah, it says: –

Always thoughtful, always kind, a beautiful memory left behind.

At the 1901 Census John KING, 74 years old, was still working but as an agricultural labourer and living in Queen Street with his wife, also called Sarah. They do not appear to have had any children. John died in 1903 (Free BMD Scarborough Jun Q 9d 222) and Sarah about three years later, aged 81 (Free BMD Scarborough Sep Q 9d 254).

A guinea in 1885 is now worth between about £90 (RPI) and £450 (average earnings calculation) so Edward probably didn’t go to the pub when he got home from Brid.

That evening, in a neighbouring county, some Filey men were behaving well.


The band of Filey fishermen have [sic] been holding services in the Primitive Methodist Chapel, New Shildon, with great success. On Saturday evening a service of song was given, entitled “A Night on the Deep” assisted by the Greenbank choir from Darlington.


1873 Lebberston · Birth · I created an ID for Betsy Ann ALDEN almost three years ago, when I put the headstone of her parents on the Shared Tree. She is still childless there – but she had seven boys and two girls with William Henry BRAITHWAITE. Thomas William, Alfred and Harold Edwin married and appear to have stayed in the parish, so there is much information that could be added.

Enumerated as “Henry” in 1911 and working in Gristhorpe as a farm labourer, William Henry is a  “farmer” in 1939 at Muston Cottage Farm. He died in 1955.

Betsy had died about fifteen months earlier, aged 80.

1886 Filey · Baptism Edward and younger sister Mary Elizabeth were both baptised on this day by Arthur Nevile Cooper at St Oswald’s. On the Shared Tree ­he is cut off from his birth family and is missing his birth date. He is married to Jack Sled’s eldest daughter, Mary Ann, and they have six children, most as yet unsourced. John William, Edward’s oldest brother has a foothold elsewhere on the Shared Tree with parents William and Ann née CHAPMAN but it will take several hours’ work to bring the family together.

Edward and Mary Ann are buried in St Oswald’s churchyard.

1918 Filey · Marriage George ABBOTT was thirty-years-old when he married Alice JOHNSON in St Oswald’s church. He was 35 when he died. Fifty years would pass before they were reunited.

Sacred to the memory of GEORGE, the beloved husband of ALICE ABBOTT, who died March 23rd 1923, aged 35 years.

‘Called to higher service’

Also his wife, ALICE ABBOTT, who died 17 December 1973, aged 82 years.


1918 Scarborough · Death There are nine people called CARTWRIGHT in FG&C and the earliest, Mary, appears in the eighteenth century. Robert Gordon Cartwright was born in Scarborough in 1894. Not a good time. The powers that were sent him to die for King and Country but he appears to have made it back to Blighty in 1918 where a note in the Filey database informs us – “he died from illness contracted in France”. His address is given on FG&C as 19 Asquith Avenue, Scarborough and I expected to find a civil death registration for him. Instead, I found a CWGC recording his burial on 14 January 1918 in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. Oddly –

Additional information: served as “JEFFINSON”, Son of Fred and Amelia Cartwright, of 19, Asquith Avenue, Scarborough.

Robert’s mother is “Amelia Mrs Cartwright” in FG&C. I now find her maiden surname is ABBOTT. Her husband, Fred, died in 1949 and probate went to “Ruth Amelia Cartwright, spinster”.

I have not found the family on the Shared Tree.

1921 Filey · Burial Sophia’s father, Thomas ROANTREE, was born in Etton but worked the Filey Mill in Common Right Lane, (where Ashley Court is now). The headstone remembering Sophia and her husband, Jenkinson HAXBY, can be seen on the Shared Tree.

Measure of Man 70 · Hope Street

Harry W.

He was still going by “Horatio” in 1901 but in 1911, as a 25-year-old ostler, he is Harry Wilkinson GRICE. His Ebenezer baptism record gives his birth date. FG&C has nothing more on him. The Shared Tree places his death in Great Yarmouth in 1960 and civil death registration gives a bang-on calculated birth year of 1886. Great Yarmouth is a long way from Filey but not a stretch if you consider the historical migration of fisher families up and down the east coast. Seeking confirmation of our Harry leaving his home town, I found a Harry W. Grice with his wife Mary (I guess) in Gorleston-on-Sea, at the southern side of the River Yare’s mouth. Born 27 August 1885, he was working as a “postman letter carrier”. In Q4 1885, Philip Grice and his wife Agnes Ann registered the birth of Harry Wallace and told the enumerator in 1891 that the boy had first seen the light of day in Ilketshall St Andrew, Suffolk, some twenty miles south-west of Gorleston-on-Sea.

It would be a remarkable coincidence if Harry Wilkinson and Harry Wallace had both died in Great Yarmouth in 1960.

Nineteen years after his christening in Filey St Oswald’s, Frank PROCTOR married Elizabeth SHIPPEY there. He followed his father into fishing but whereas Peter made old bones, Frank was taken by the Great Storm of October 1880. His name does not appear in the Fishermen’s Window in St Oswald’s (Lost, 19 January). He drowned off the mouth of the Humber from the Scarborough yawl General Lee SH68, with Walter Barker, Henry Kettle, John Bayes, William Martin, Thomas Creaser, John Easter and William Newton. His youngest child, Clara, was then not quite a year old.

There are 76 people in FG&C with the family name DALE. It ranks 94th equal (with ANDERSON) but is 333rd in the Top 1,000 here.

Somewhat over-represented then, in Filey parish, mainly thanks to James KNOX and Elizabeth FRANK. They married this day in 1800 in Scalby. (In FG&C – Knox, 4 people, rank 1,438 equal; Frank, 22 people, rank 410 equal.) Their granddaughter Sarah Ann Knox married Robert DALES (sic) of Gristhorpe in 1856. Alas, she is missing from the large family of Edward Knox and Rachel MARSHALL. Possibly a lot of work is needed to connect her to the Dale clan.

Ada Dorothy HORSFIELD died this day in 1974. She is a singleton in FG&C and has no place on the Shared Tree. Her father is absent from both places too. This is a surprise. Below are two photographs of Ada in public roles as headmistress of the Bluebird School on Crescent Hill and as a Girl Guides leader. Herbert Knight Horsfield was a natural history writer of note.

1943, photographer unknown, courtesy Keith D. Taylor

(Keith is third from the left, front row.)

Courtesy Joanne Cammish.

Possibly taken in the late 1930s. I posted this on Looking at Filey but not one of the girls was identified.

I have run out of time to do justice to James DOBBY. He is alone on FG&C  but at first glance has seven IDs on the Shared Tree. The memorial to him is one of the most impressive in St Oswald’s churchyard.

At least ten of his family are remembered. James was born in Glasgow and was 72 tears old when he died in 1886. So if anyone wishes to begin the research and merging effort…

Sunrise 57 · Royal Parade

A Different Tack

It should already be apparent that I’m struggling to do justice to six Anniversary People in a day’s march. I don’t want to give up on The Six already but reckon I need to treat them differently.

Here goes…

Filey Genealogy & Connections (FG&C from now on) tells me that Francis VARLEY was born this day in 1874 and, since Kath gave me permission to mine her database, I have not added a FamilySearch ID to his page, or to those of his parents. But here he is, with the diminutive “Frank”, a mother with a middle name – and, as I write, no maternal grandmother. (FG&C has Jane MIDWOOD.) “Frank” suggests familiarity and one of his five sources on the Shared Tree show him aged 38, single, living with his parents, two siblings and a nephew (perhaps), and working as a fish packer. He died in Scarborough, aged 46.

VARLEY, Francis, Age at Death (in years): 46. GRO Reference: 1920  J Quarter in SCARBOROUGH Volume 09D Page 407

There is one marked Varley grave in St Oswald’s churchyard but it belongs to a branch that is not clearly related by blood to Francis.

The surname JACKSON has always seemed rather workmanlike, but I imagine Constance Villette as a character in a Victorian romance novel. Born in Filey three days before Christmas, she is baptised this day 1882 in the Wesleyan Chapel. FG&C doesn’t provide any family whatsoever, so there is no point using RootsMagic’s relationship calculator.

Jackson is ranked 24th in the Top 1,000 at Surnamemap. In the FG&C database, it is 36th, suggesting that the Jacksons are under-represented in the town. The GRO Births Index offers DYER as the maiden surname of Constance’s mother. Free BMD gives both parents.

In 1881 William was working as a railway relief clerk but he is nobody’s fool. The enumerator, when he called at the Jackson house in Alma Terrace, Filey, at the beginning of April, recorded two daughters, Beatrice Ellen and Evelyn Louise. Ten years later, Constance has arrived – and so have sons Herbert and Reginald. Constance doesn’t make it to the next census, dying in 1899, aged 17. I don’t know why.

Getting this far brought enough information to find William and his family on FamilySearch. If you go there, you’ll see that Constance and Reginald have, so far, been overlooked.

Robert Shepherd WOODCOCK and Mary WELBURN married at St Oswald’s this day 1822 but have yet to be brought together on the Shared Tree. Robert, a yeoman, is a nephew of Editha Woodcock (last Monday’s post). Find him here. (There is work to be done to link him to common ancestors Thomas Woodcock & Mary COLLING.) Mary Welburn is here.

Elizabeth Gannon SCOTTER is a second great-granddaughter to Newman SCOTTOW (last Saturday’s post), She married William Johnson COLLING (“Bill Bullocky”) in 1949 and died in 1986. Elizabeth doesn’t have a place on the Shared Tree yet but find parents Matthew (“Sleightam”) and Sarah Elizabeth née JENKINSON here.

From the limited information currently to hand, Henry FORBES, a schoolmaster in Hull, married Rachel, the youngest daughter of Peter TINDALL and Jane née LORRIMAN on 12 April 1841. FG&C carries a brief note that today is the anniversary of the funeral of Rachel and her child, Rachel Frances. Mother died aged 31 and little Rachel lived for just a day or two. The verse on the stone has not been deciphered.

Right, I’m clocking out after seven and a half hours…

Beach 156 · Hunmanby Sands

Killing Fields

Friday 25 January 1895

Filey: Events of the Week

During the past week there has been very little of importance occurring at Filey. Matters have been jogging on in the usual quiet easy way. On Monday an occurrence of considerable interest to naturalists took place. There were to be seen flying over the noted Brigg hundreds of birds known as the roche or Iceland awk. It is said they are the harbingers of bad Weather, and Wednesday’s gale has proved that to be the case in this instance. Many of the birds flew inland. Mr J. Fountain, Foord’s Hotel, was proceeding along the Scarborough road later in the day, and picked up one of them in an exhausted con­dition. Several knights of the trigger were on the lookout and succeeded in killing several, it is a very rare thing to witness such a sight. The oldest inhabitant does not remember having seen so many of the Iceland awk at one time, and some winters, it happens that not one of these birds are seen. Mr. J Fountain intends having three of them stuffed, to be made use of as an ornament.

The Scarborough Mercury


1799 · John JOHNSON · L268-7DF

John has an extensive pedigree on the FamilySearch Shared Tree and a brief Life Sketch. Quite a few of his and Rebecca’s descendants have photographic portraits attached to their Details pages as Memories. And at the end of his life…


One of ten children born to George and Elizabeth née BRIDEKIRK, John has made little impression on the Shared Tree. Sisters Jane and Isabella married into VAREY and JENKINSON families, thereby producing many Filey descendants for George and Elizabeth. (They have few known forebears.) I don’t know if John made it through childhood.

1865 · William COLLING · MGC1-14W & Betsy JENKINSON

William is a grandson of George COLLING, who was part of the fisher migration south from Eyemouth, and a great-granduncle to Bill “Bullocky” Colling who died in 2015. Betsy is a second great-granddaughter of William the  “first Filey Jenkinson”.

1967 · William Watkinson WILLIS · LYBJ-HGX

William married Edith, daughter of Mortimer “Shaggy” CHAPMAN. In an Open Book memorial in the churchyard, Edith is remembered with her son William who died at the end of 1967, aged 33. Father William is remembered on a flower container, which I could not find this afternoon. His inscription –

Loving memory of my dear husband BILL, from his loving wife EDITH, died Jan 21st.

Here is the Book –

The partly obscured verse reads –

The kiss of the sun for pardon,

The song of the bird for mirth,

One is nearer God’s heart in a garden

Than anywhere else on earth.

1887 · Eleanor AUTON · MGBY-ZZ6

Eleanor married John HARRISON at St Oswald’s in 1881 and died six years later. Filey Genealogy is uncertain about which John and, for now, she remains single on the Shared Tree. But John, though he lived on for another forty years, is remembered on a headstone with his in-laws.

In loving memory of ELEANOR HARRISON, who died Jan 17 1887, aged 35 years.

And of JOHN HARRISON, husband of the above, who died June 16 1921, aged 75 years

Also, WILLIAM WILLIAMSON AUTON who died May 9 1892, aged 63 years.

And JANE AUTON, his wife, who died April 7 1900, aged 72 years.

Abstract 88 · Glen Gardens Lake


From Looking at Filey, 23 January 2011

Shay Turner has written a brief biography of Joshua FOUNTAIN, who died this day 1923, and you can read it in Growth of a Seaside Haven, the book of the Exploring Filey’s Past Project, at the Crimlisk Fisher Archive. The piece contains a small photo of Joshua in the Foords Hotel yard with a score of hens and tame seabirds around his feet – and a magnificent cockerel. Also clearly magnificent, even in this tiny image, is Joshua’s moustache. Shay writes, ‘He was not a big man but sported an eye-catching and prodigious white moustache.’

…The couple met at Lincoln Union Workhouse. Joshua was working there in 1861 as a porter and gardener and by 1871 he was Master. It was normally expected that the Master should have a military background and be married but childless, the wife taking the post of Matron. Shay writes, ‘As Joshua fulfilled none of the normal criteria, he must have had exceptional qualities.’ Matron in the early 1870s was Sarah Ann JACKSON, a spinster.

They must have been a good team because they left the Workhouse in early 1876, married in Sarah Ann’s Parish Church and almost straight away moved up to Filey. Joshua became licensee of The Ship Inn also known as T’awd Ship or T’oard Ship. Twenty-two years later, perhaps fancying a change of scene, they moved next door to the ‘more prestigious’ Foords Hotel!

Sarah Ann died in 1910 and Joshua retired two years later from innkeeping, livery stabling, carriage proprietorship and cattle breeding, ‘moving to 4 Cromwell Avenue where he was cared for by a Mrs Sweetman.’ Shay writes that Joshua ‘remained in good health until three months before his death in 1923.’

Joshua FOUNTAIN was clearly a character and perhaps somewhat eccentric, having ‘unusual pets’ that included a fox, a monkey and a badger. There may also have been a ‘scaled-down carriage for a pet goat to pull.’ But he also gave much in the way of unpaid public service on various committees. Shay reports that he was on the Board of Guardians of Scarborough Workhouse, a member of the Local Board of Health and pressed for the building of the present sea wall. (He was amongst the official party when the first stone was laid.) He clearly cared for his fellow human beings as well as his birds and animals, and was ‘known and respected by townsfolk and visitors alike’. I wonder, though what became of his pauper mother and siblings.

Old News

Friday 20 January 1939

The magistrates on Friday granted a licence for the new cinema. Under the title of the Brig Cinema, it will be opened on Monday next. With seating for 821 people, it is built on the latest pattern. There are large entrance halls and seats have more than the usual amount of leg room. The cinema is lofty, has the latest type of ventilation, and is well heated throughout Mr. S. Mortimer, supported by members of the Council, their wives and officials of the Council and their wives, officially opened the cinema on Monday. He remarked that the cinema would be a great asset to Filey and that people who went to Scarborough, Bridlington and even Hull for their entertainment, would now stop in Fley. It was a step in Filey’s progress.


MONDAY, January 23rd, for THREE DAYS.



At last, the story of Hollywood the world has been waiting for. The greatest picture with a Movieland background ever made.

THURSDAY, January 26th, for THREE DAYS.


Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel (u)

A London production as good as and better than any Pimpernel film made.



Prices: 1’6, 1’-, 6d.

(Children Half-price except Saturdays).

The Scarborough Evening News & Daily Post


1883 · Sarah Mary CAMMISH · G4ZK-9M7

Filey Genealogy & Connections lost track of Sarah after her birth. On the Shared Tree, I found her married to Frederick Charles Stanley FRANKLAND. Frederick’s first wife, Sarah Ann WOODS had died in 1908, aged 23.

Sarah and Frederick married in 1911. Sons were born in 1915 and 1920 and the family was living in Somerset Street, Hull at the outbreak of the Second World War. (Younger son, Frank, was an apprentice Aircraft Fitter.) Other members of Sarah’s birth family had also moved down to Hull to live. Her father, John Pinkney Cammish died there in 1947, aged 91.

Husband Frederick died in 1951 and Sarah five years later, aged 73.

1850 · William Simpson MARTIN · MGC1-TSH

William’s mother, Jane SIMPSON, was born in Filey in 1827. He would marry Jane HOLMES in 1869 and her mother was Mary SIMPSON, born Filey in 1828. The two mothers are not related by blood. Filey Genealogy & Connections has little to say about William and the Shared Tree hasn’t yet given him in wedlock to Jane [LD54-C4F).

1830 · Benjamin ELVIDGE · MJ6S-BCT & Ann HOBSON

Benjamin and Ann were children of the Holderness Plain. Their connection to Filey would be established when their son, Frederick, married Jane, daughter of Thomas SUGGIT and Zillah AGAR.

1973 · Ada COBB · 2Z4C-9DN

Ada was born about eighteen months before her putative father, Joseph William WILLIS, married Sarah COBB. Sarah was only sixteen when she gave birth, not 22 as currently indicated on the Shared Tree. Ada has her father’s name at the 1901 census but marries David East DOUGLAS as a Cobb in 1909. Her father gives her away and a couple of weeks later dies, aged 39.

About 1898, Joseph William and Ada, courtesy Martin Douglas

1898 · Zillah AGAR · 30 Suggit A5

Zillah, the wife of Thomas SUGGIT, is the grandmother of Mary Veronica (Monday Birth Anniversary). She died at Wenlock House in Church Street, survived by six (maybe seven) of her nine children. Her youngest son, Henry Vies, was with her when she died.

Courtesy Smith/Suggit families via Kath Wilkie

Beach 155 · Filey Sands


I am not complaining, but some mundane nonsense cut my hours today. I have little to say about the Anniversaries.

Losing a few hours is nothing. Remembering the death of Eliza CRAWFORD…

As it happens, ten years ago I wrote about her in Looking at Filey and “reprint” the post below.


1876 · Jane HUBBARD

1878 · Thomas Barker BURR

Jane and Thomas Barker have things in common. They both had a lot of siblings and neither has a place on the FamilySearch Shared Tree. I haven’t been able to track them down.

1779 · Nesfield GLAVES · MG68-GHG & Sarah BRADLEY

I only had time to notice that the Shared Tree celebrates this union on the 15th. The copy of the Cayton Register held by the Borthwick Institute disagrees.

1920 · Eliza CRAWFORD · MGCB-483

Old LaF

19 January 2011

The snapshot censuses in the 19th century caught a surprising number of Filey children living apart from their parents. There’s no sure way of knowing from the census how temporary, or permanent, the arrangements to live with grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relatives were.

Eliza CRAWFORD and her brother William are with their grandparents William CRAWFORD and Eliza (aka Elizabeth) STEPHENSON Crawford at census time in 1851 and 1861. Their mother, Mary COWLING, had died and their father, Edmund, remarried and began a second family with Elizabeth BAXTER. In 1851 Eliza had two half-siblings and in 1861 four. (Another two had died in infancy.) So, living with the grandparents looks on the face of it like a permanent arrangement and one wonders about the separation of the children. In the census enumerator’s book, though, Eliza’s grandparents are next door to her father and stepmother in Queen Street and in 1861 six doors away. Edmund CRAWFORD hasn’t abandoned his first two children.

Not too far away in Undercliff in 1861 is Ross JENKINSON, Eliza’s husband-to-be. The couple are married by 1871 and living in ‘Sand Lane’. There are no children. Ten years later Eliza is living alone in Reynolds Street. Ross had been lost from his yawl Eliza the previous October, with all of his crew.

In 1891 Eliza is still in Reynolds Street but has two nieces for company, Elizabeth (16) and Eliza (13), daughters of Eliza’s brother William and Ann Elizabeth JENKINSON. 

In 1901 niece Eliza is back with her mother at 35 Queen Street but Elizabeth appears to have stayed with her Aunt. Neither woman has an occupation in the digitization I have of this census. Even though Eliza may not have had any children to look after, she would have been kept busy helping Ross by skaning, baiting and cleaning his long lines – and a variety of duties during the other ‘fishings’. In 1881 her occupation is given as ‘Fisherman’s widow’ and in 1891 the occupation in the digital census file I have states ‘illegible’. I’ve checked the page image though and would put my money on ‘Confectioner’. You need imagination to see ‘Asst’ for Elizabeth’s occupation but she was probably helping her aunt in a small shop.

The 1901 census gives the address of the two women as 5 Reynolds Street and although seemingly without occupation they would have had to support themselves somehow so perhaps the Confectioner’s shop was still going…

Ross is the first of fifteen fishermen lost in the Great Storm of 1880 named on a Fishermen’s Window in St Oswald’s. Nineteen years after her husband’s death, Eliza put forward a suggestion that all families whose men had not returned from the fishing grounds should contribute to the creation of a Memorial Window. Andrew Todd, in Filey: Fishing, Faith and Family Since 1800, says that hers was the first donation. Jules and Jenny have put a photo of the window on Flickr.

1920 · Annie BUCKLE

Annie is a “singleton” in my RootsMagic database.

I have not yet found her on FamilySearch, but I wouldn’t be surprised to discover she is a child of Leeds couple Joseph and Frances née SILVERSIDES. Annie did not marry but worked for many years as a housekeeper to a “church schoolteacher”, Arthur WILLIS, a widower with a child to raise. In 1911 she was with both of them in Norman Avenue, Filey.

Mark of Man 81 · Tracks

Filey Boat Launching Tragedy

A fisherman was killed at Filey early this morning at the slipway, where he was struck by a motor fishing boat as she was about to be launched, and a wheel of the carriage passed over his head.

He was John William Sayers, aged 61, of 85 Queen Street, Filey.

Describing the accident, fishermen stated that they were launching the boats down the slipway about 630am. It was pitch dark and raining Sayers, who was one of the launchers, was just returning from the

coble landing-where he had been for his oilskin-to the water’s edge, to help the other launchers to lift the fishing boats from their wheels. Just behind him, the “Joan Mary.” weighing about three tons, was being run down the slipway ready for the launching. As the wheels on which the boat was borne had rubber tyres, and there was the roar of the sea ahead, it is assumed that the man did not hear the carriage running behind him.

The fishermen launching the boat felt her strike some object and to their horror they found Sayers lying on the sand severely injured.

The wheel had gone right over his head and the force of the boat took her another 19 yards. Deceased made no cry, and death was apparently instantaneous.

Dr. Vincent hastened to the scene, but could only pronounce life extinct.

All the fishing boats about to put off stayed ashore in consequence of the fatality.

The Scarborough Evening News & Daily Post

See An Accident Revisited and the Anniversary below.


1841 · Matthew CRAWFORD · 379 Crawford G320

1839 · George FEATHERSTONE · GQ5Z-73K

1804 · William PASHBY · MGZS-VVQ & Elizabeth READ

William and Elizabeth married in Muston but both are buried at St Oswald’s, though not in a marked grave.

1939 · John William Sumpton SAYERS · 2050 Sayers E161

1826 · Thomas MOSEY · G4XL-65T

The headstone remembering Thomas and his son John was put in section H by John and Maisie Crimlisk but it cannot now be found. Their transcription –

To the memory of THOMAS MOSEY, who died Jan 15th 1826, aged 49 yrs.

‘In life much respected and in death much lamented’

JOHN, son of the above, who was drowned in The River Thames, Feb 5th 1819,

aged 17 years and was interred at Mr. Reed’s Chapel, [?] Road, London

Thomas had fifteen children with Ann but John is missing on FamilySearch. I’ll make sure he is given his place on the pedigree before the anniversary of his drowning comes round.

Bird 111 · Treecreeper

Church Ravine

Making Mistakes

As I prepared to post yesterday I noticed I’d married Ann Tindall to a chap called Nicholas Cook. I sorted out my mess this morning – without understanding how I made such an error. Anyway, here are baptism and marriage screenshots that help to establish Nathaniel and Ann in their world.

Find them on the Shared Tree.


1889 · Mary Veronica SUGGIT · G76B-Z4Q

Mary is a granddaughter of Filey merchant Thomas SUGGIT.

Photographer unknown, courtesy Smith & Suggit families via Kath Wilkie

1897 · Thomas Cammish MAJOR · 846 Major G704

Courtesy Elaine Deller

Thomas (second from left, middle row) with comrades, somewhere in France?

He is remembered on the Filey War Memorial, on a plaque in St Oswald’s Church, online here and here, and on the family headstone in St Oswald’s churchyard (link in header).

1893 · Eric Rede BUCKLEY · GSV1-C9J & Gertrude HAWORTH

The couple married in St Oswald’s. Gertrude was the 13th of fourteen children born to Filey’s “Old Doctor” and Jane BURY but she would have just one child with the Reverend Eric. The known journeys of their forebears to late-Victorian Britain couldn’t be more different. The Haworths and Burys disappear from the Shared Tree in next to no time, whereas the Buckleys keep on branching towards the dawn of historical time. On my first trip, I was captured by generations of Irish Kings. Exploration is recommended. But what happened to Eric, Gertrude and their daughter Janet Constance?

1909 · Jane Elizabeth DRY · 1469 Hunter D262

1842 · Editha WOODCOCK · 985 Harland C37

This Editha is the grandmother of last Thursday’s bride (Editha Sarah Ann FOSTER). Below – three matching stones for interconnecting families at the east end of the church.

Sunrise 56 · Bridge Hole

Another Reverend Bids Filey Farewell

Ten years ago I wrote a lengthy article on the Reverend Basil Kilvington WOODD for Looking at Filey. There is a mercifully shorter Redux piece under the imaginative title Reverend B K Woodd here. Two items in the Scarborough Mercury of 17 January 1880 may be of interest.


A meeting was held in the School-room, on Friday evening, chiefly composed of the Sunday-school children, their parents and friends. The Rev. B. K. Woodd, the late vicar, said when he came to Filey six years ago there was no Sunday-school, but he was glad to say that so far his efforts, assisted by his wife, who had gone all over the parish seeking up the children, had been crowned with success, and he hoped that the good work they had begun would be carried forward by his successor, and that all children would attend school as usual. He thanked the many friends who had so ably assisted in the school, for if it had not been for their kind assistance his efforts would have been to no avail. Recitations, scripture passages, songs, &c., were then given by the children in capital style. Mrs. Woodd then distributed prizes to the children, according to merit, for attendance, behaviour, and intelligence. The Benediction was then pronounced by Mr. Woodd, whereupon Mr. R. Cammish ascended the platform accompanied by Mr. Harrison, and uncovered a beautiful encased clock with elaborate ornaments and also a silver ink-stand, which he said had been subscribed for by the parishoners of Filey, as a token of their esteem for the vicar and his wife. Mr. Harrison then made the presentation, remarking that during the six years Mr. Woodd had officiated at Filey he had made most praiseworthy progress in the arrangements at the church and all local matters that he had to do with. Mr. Woodd responded, saying that they had acknowledged their humble services far more than they deserved. He and his family would ever remember the kindness they had been shown to them during their short stay among them, and would value their handsome gifts as long as they lived. The meeting was dispersed.


On Sunday the Rev. B. K. Woodd preached two farewell sermons to his parishioners in the parish church. Towards the conclusion of the morning sermon, he said that [his time in the] parish was fast drawing to a close, and he prayed that God’s blessing might remain amongst them. In the evening the church was crowded to overflowing, and at the end of the sermon, the vicar said: -My dear parishioners and friends, I beg to call your attention to the close of my ministry here tonight. Such a time cannot be referred to without a certain amount of feeling. I have not sought the new living I am going to, neither have I had any selfish motives in accepting it. If my preaching in this parish has been the means of sowing good seeds, I hope they will take root and bear fruit. Many sermons have been preached within these grand old walls that have stood for 700 years. God grant that many have been blessed by them. I go forward with this consolation, that I have tried to do my duty, and trust that you will follow me with your prayers to carry out my mission of love for which Jesus died. I trust that God’s blessing may rest with you, brightening your paths, and filling you with His heavenly love and grace until this life is over.

Find Rev. Basil on the Shared Tree.


1866 · Robert IRELAND · G8Z8-X55

An infant with this name died in Scarborough before his first birthday but “our Robert” appears in the 1871 census with his parents, two sisters and brother Harrison. After that, I lose them. (Father Gibbon is Gibson in some sources and mother Sarah‘s maiden name in birth registrations is “McNee” rather than McKee.)

1801 · Jane LEGARD · KH2X-MM3

Jane was born at Ganton, ten miles inland from Filey, when her uncle John was the sixth of the LEGARD baronets. The daughter of Digby Legard and Frances CREYKE, she married the second son of William WILBERFORCE, four years after the great man’s death. She died childless in 1854. Her husband, the Reverend Robert Isaac Wilberforce, died three years later in Italy. Robert first married a Hunmanby WRANGHAM – and so did his granddaughter Evelyn Agnes. The Wilberforce line comes to an end whilst the Wranghams continue to the 21st century. There may be family connections to Filey but, so far, I haven’t noticed any.

1809 · Francis COLLEY · MGCB-22G & Mary COLLEY

Francis and Mary are not related by blood. They married in St Oswald’s when Mary was thirty and Francis about six years younger. I have nine children born to them, the last two not reaching their first birthday, when Mary was 45/47 years old. FamilySearch has a tenth child, a second Jane born in 1813.

1973 · Mary Ethel HALL · 1939 Cammish E111

Wife of James “Fatty” Cammish and grandmother of Martin Douglas, who kindly donated the photograph below to Looking at Filey.

Mary Ethel with Martin and Helen

1851 · Nathaniel COOK

Born in 1758, he was still working as a school teacher in 1841, living in Church Street with his wife Ann née TINDALL. He is the maternal grandfather of Elizabeth CHEW, who drowned with her husband William AGAR on passage from London to Shields in 1839. (See Anniversaries, 7 January.) Not yet found on the Shared Tree.


1975 Oxford


…A series of TV programmes, Pioneers of Photography, began last night with Fox Talbot. Very enjoyable considering my almost total lack of interest in “early” photographers. But, yesterday, I went to visit Dan in his daytime hell, Beaver House, and among the books he offloaded onto me was Famous Men and Fair Women, a badly water damaged collection of Julia Margaret Cameron’s photographs. The pictures themselves are unharmed except for a slight damp wrinkle. It is the white borders that have suffered. I might be able to rescue all the plates and put them against fresh, unsullied backgrounds. Worth the effort despite my lack of interest?

Dan has not been feeling well lately and has stopped talking to everyone. His sister thinks she has cancer of the bladder and Jumbo has been awful recently. Dan hit him on Sunday with a plastic bucket and the poor old chap cried over the sink “What did you do that for?” No one sits in my old chair next to Dan. “I am avoided.”

Beach 154 · Filey Sands


Zen Koan for the Virus


1786 · Newman SCOTTOW · L447-84Q

Newman lived for 86 years, dying in Overstrand, just five miles from his Norfolk birthplace. One of his descendants, David SCOTTER, explains the name change –

The Scotters have lived in Norfolk for nigh on a thousand years. Back then we were Skottowe or a variation of that spelling. As time went on the more general spelling was Scottow and by 1800 there were many changes, one being to Scotter, changes which happened purely by peoples’ different accents.

Fishing was in the family as early as 1603 when a Simon Skottowe left in his will –

Will of Symon Skottowe 13th December 1603

In the name of God Amen I Symon Skotowe of gt Yarmouth in the countye of Norff Sayler doe make and ordayne this my last will and Testament in manner and forme following. First I give and bequeathe my Soule into  the hands of almighty God And my body to be commuted to Christian buryall  Item I give and bequeathe to Ann my wiffe  my house in Fee simple and my netts with all that is myne In witness hereof he setts his hand. Wittnesses Richard Utting Nicholas Goodson and Stephen Hodges

Probate given at Gt Yarmouth 13th day of the month of December 1603

The first proper mention of the Scotters fishing in Norfolk was when Reuben Scottow took to the sea around 1860. Previous to that the family had been Agricultural Labourers. In those days Runton must have been a bleak place to earn a living in. As we all know if you were an agricultural labourer you worked from dawn to dusk for a pittance in pay, so to start with Reuben may well have enhanced his wages by helping out the other fishermen he lived amongst. It does not appear as if he had his own boat, as searches amongst records show nothing. What we do know is that he was suddenly taken by the fishing bug and later so were his whole family.

Spawned in Norfolk, Caught in Filey, posted in Looking at Filey, 19 May 2011

Reuben is the fourth of eight sons Newman had with Gemima SWAN(N), and the man responsible for the couples’ many Filey descendants. They are, for instance, second great grandparents to Arthur FERRAR (see Anniversary 1 January).

1854 · George DINNEWELL · MGCY-6SC

George never married. In the 1891 and 1911 censuses he was sharing a house with his sister Louise and her children. Louise had married Alexander Arthur CORSBY, a musician, on the Isle of Man but the couple had separated. I have not found a record of divorce but Alexander married again about 1899 and had two children with Matilda ROBERTS. Louise died in 1918 and George in 1932.

1740 · Nathaniel CAPPLEMAN · MJDY-FVB & Elizabeth RIDLEY

There is a bunch of duplicate IDs for Nathaniel, which may enable the construction of a family with six or more children. Filey Genealogy & Connections points to Nathaniel being a second-generation Cappleman in Filey. Elizabeth’s forebears are not yet known.

1909 · Godfrey BAKER · 624 Baker G488

See The Mystery of Edward Grooby.

1930 · Edmond SAYERS · MGZM-GV6

Edmond and his wife Sarah are remembered on the grave of their daughters, Jane Elizabeth and Edith Annie, who both married George SCOTTER (who happens to be a great-grandson of Newman SCOTTOW, above).

Abstract 87 · Speeton Sands