“Tighten My Handlebars”

These may have been the last words spoken by George STEVENSON, 14, on the evening of May 4th 1904. The people gathered by his bedside agreed that, in a brief moment of consciousness before he died, he was addressing an older brother.

In 1901 George was living with his parents, two brothers and two sisters at Number 1, The Beach, Foreshore Road in Filey. He had a job in Hunmanby and was pedalling home from work when he rounded a corner and ran into a pony that was pulling a cart belonging to Joseph DANBY of Old Hall Farm. Francis MALTBY, a labourer, was a passenger in the cart. With a strong following wind, the boy was “going at a fair pace”. Newspaper reports indicate that George was on the wrong side of a road wide enough for two carts. Those final words, uttered most probably to James, 16, suggest a mechanical fault had resulted in the fatal loss of control.

Farmer Danby conveyed George to Filey and a doctor was called. At the inquest, held at the Horse Shoe Inn, Hunmanby…

Dr FORSTER said the shaft of the trap had apparently struck the deceased in the chest, rupturing a lung, and causing other serious injuries, as the skin was not broken, only scraped…

The cycle which deceased had ridden was brought into the room, and showed how fearful the impact was.

The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death,” exonerating Mr Danby from blame.

The father of the deceased rose and thanked Mr Danby and Dr Forster for the kindness they had shown his boy, and, much affected, Mr Danby deplored the accident.

Hull Daily Mail, 5 May 1904

In 1911, the Stevenson family was living in the same home on Foreshore Road. Henry had married and moved away. Jane had married too but was at the house on census night with her one-year-old daughter, Isabel Stevenson ROBERTS. Older brother Thomas Edward, 33 and single, had moved back in with his parents. Sister Mary Darnton was also unmarried. She is remembered, with George, on the restored stone in St Oswald’s churchyard.

Newspaper reports, birth and burial records agree that George was fourteen when he died. Richard Jesse Stevenson noted on the 1911 census form that he had been married 42 years, and that only one of his thirteen children with Mary Darnton HULLOCK had died. Find the family with ten children on the FamilySearch Shared Tree.

Sand 39 · A Fleeting Impression

Filey Sands

The Errors of Our Ways

A couple of days ago, in the process of tidying up a spreadsheet of “Stone People”, I revisited the family of Benjamin Simpson and Ann nee RICHARDSON. I had left them in November 2019 with five children on the FamilySearch Shared Tree and noticed they had been given another child.

The late arrival of a bundle of joy is sometimes described as “a surprise”. That would have been an understatement for Ann, giving birth at age 60 when her youngest son Benjamin junior was 22 years old.

FamilySearch attempts a rescue.

The single source attached to Hannah M is the 1891 Census, which clearly shows her to be the daughter of Ann.

Grandson Benjamin is the third child of Richard Richardson Simpson (the Second) and Christiana BULMER. You may have twigged that Hannah M is his older sister.

SIMPSON, Hannah Maria, Mother’s Maiden Surname: BULMER. GRO Reference: 1878 S Quarter in SCARBOROUGH Volume 09D Page 356.

GRO Births Index

Curiously, the “System” declares there are no Possible Duplicates for Hannah M, but she flourishes elsewhere as Hannah Maria.

The single source for Hannah Maria is the 1881 Census. It correctly identifies her place in the scheme of things and introduces us to younger sister Elizabeth Ann. The source for Lilly of the screenshot is the 1891 household of Charles Bulmer and Rebecca nee ELIOTT. I haven’t found a birth registration for her and suspect she has been mistaken for Elizabeth Ann, who went by “Lizzie” according to a note in Filey Genealogy & Connections.

Hannah Maria married Francis Davidson Forrest GOODWILL in St Mary’s Church, Scarborough, on 19 February 1900. Both died in their fifties, Francis in York in 1930 and Hannah in Scarborough in 1934.

Sea 39 · Swimmer

Filey Bay