Found Object 70 · Hoodie

Google Alt Text: A picture containing clothing, underpants

Filey Genealogy & Connections didn’t have a birthday to celebrate today but a search of the churchyard records gave me Arthur ELLIS. The Crimlisk Survey records the inscription on a flat stone or plaque in the Cremation Area near the north wall, but I must have missed it when I attempted a complete photographic record last summer.

10: In loving memory of my dear husband, ALFRED ELLIS, 3rd August 1914 – 1st December 1993.

A search of the 1939 Register finds Alfred at 23 Sandhall Drive, Halifax, working as an Insurance Representative. With him is “Audrey G (Gladys A)” born 17 December 1915. Free BMD Marriages offers Gladys A. ARMITAGE as a wife for Alfred in 1938. The death of Gladys Audrey Ellis, born 1915, was registered in Doncaster in Q1/2010.

The births of three boys called Alfred Ellis were registered in the September Quarter of 1914 – in Dewsbury, Bethnal Green and Halifax.

John Travis Beaufoy BIRCH was baptised at St Oswald’s. His grandfather Arthur Travis CLAY would surely have been present but Grandmother Edith had died 21 years earlier. (Countless thousands of worshippers have looked upon her image in the east window’s stained glass, without knowing her identity.)

John was nineteen when his mother was killed in a car accident and the year after he married Pamela Kempthorne GODSELL in London his father died. A Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, John Kenneth Beaufoy Birch would have been proud of how successfully his son followed in his wake during the Second World War.

Tom was the third of ten children born to Londoner Samuel Edward BARNES and Filonian Alice Ann STEVENSON. A note on FG&C says he “married Ada”. I had difficulty finding her and wondered if Tom was her second husband. Then I found an online database that offered the correct spelling of her father’s family name. It was plain sailing thereafter – well until I turned to the Shared Tree to check my findings there. Tom’s mother-in-law appears to have been given in marriage to someone else. Sigh.

Mary Elizabeth SCAIFE, daughter of William and Christiania would perhaps make Thomas RICHARDSON a better wife.

Ann RUSTON is a singleton on FG&C with a comment attached – “single or married. Ann was spelt Anne”. Her birthdate needs a five-year adjustment to tally with the burial register assertion that she was 74 when she died. A widow of this name born in 1835 is found in Westbourne Grove, Selby in 1901. With her on census night is unmarried daughter Jane, a 31-year-old schoolteacher. Jane’s birth record tells us that Anne’s Maiden Surname is DALBY and further investigation points to her parents being William and Jane (LEPPINGTON rather than SEPPINGTON).

Sand 45 · Tideline

Annie Rose Cooper was baptised at the Wesleyan Chapel in Filey when she was just a month old and buried in St Oswald’s churchyard ninety-one years later. Her parents Thomas and Rosannah were our wedding anniversary couple on 14 March. Rosannah died in 1909 and on census night years later Thomas was eighty and still working as a joiner and undertaker. Annie, 43, was with him and so was her older sister Kate. Thomas indicated that Kate was his housekeeper but someone has crossed this out. Annie’s occupation is a mystery.

Their home had eleven rooms and after the death of Thomas, the daughters continued to live at Binton House, West Avenue. It was Kate’s last address in 1944. Annie died in Bempton Lane Hospital fifteen years later.

Binton House

Frederick Norris PEACOK’s father was a gadfly. In a six-year stay in Filey, he saw four of his children baptised at St Oswald’s. In 1834 he told the clerk that he was a lodging house keeper, in 1826 that he had no occupation or profession, in 1838 a brickmaker and in 1840 “a gentleman”. A year later he declared to the enumerator that he was “Ind”. He kept busy for seven more years, fathering three more children, leaving his widow in 1848 with seven to care for. It is fortunate that she appears as a “landed proprietor” in the 1851 Census. In 1861 she elaborated – “Proprietor Railway Shares Land & Houses.”. Her three children over twenty didn’t have to work. In 1871she settled for “Landowner & Annuitant.”  She had only her youngest daughter for company. I haven’t tried to follow the others who were perhaps still alive, but Frederick was dead, on the sixth day of December 1869.

The seven children of Robert COLLEY and Sarah Hannah NODDLE have not yet been born to them on the Shared Tree. When John Richard has been given an ID, he can be hooked up to Gladys Mildred, daughter of Frank and Louisa née BLUNDELL.

Edward George GASH and his wife Mary Hannah buried four infant children. The Great War ended the lives of two young men who went for soldiers. Their daughter Elizabeth’s first husband was also sacrificed. See a bit more about Edward in Family Gash

The boy sailor Robert DONELSON may never have a place on the Shared Tree. There is speculation that he was a native of North East England or Scotland but, other than that, his life sketch is in the burial record, complete until someone finds out more about him.

Blazing a Trale

I chose William TRALE because his family name was new to me, and there is minimal information about his parents in Filey Genealogy & Connections. Initial searches on Free BMD and the GRO Index made me think of Spike Milligna, the well-known typing error.

More searching raised a few individuals bearing the name but they were distant in time and place to the young man I was looking for. So, with Spike in mind, I went to THE source – the St Oswald’s baptism register.

Catherine is the tell-tale. Looking in my Filey census spreadsheet picks up the family in no time, at 22 The Crescent in 1861. That Josiah is a lodging house keeper and not an upholsterer is a caution. And although he is a father of four, none are called William. I fear the boy has died already…

I now had enough information to find the family on the Shared Tree. Josiah has five “possible duplicate” IDs. I have linked to the one that shows him with the two Catherines – wife and daughter. And just to confirm that I am on the right trail…

(The mother’s maiden surname for firstborn Clara is “Leggott” in the GRO Index.)

Sarah Ann is one of three SHIPPEY children who lost their father to the Great Gale of October 1880. (John William is “Shippy” on the Fishermen’s Window in St Oswald’s Church.) Her mother would live to see all three married and to welcome at least seven grandchildren into the world. Sarah Ann had three of those children with Isaiah CRAWFORD but she has yet to marry on the Shared Tree. Her man is out there, a fisherman waiting to be caught [GS1G-N4P].

Today’s wedding anniversary celebrants may have travelled a great distance to make their vows at Filey St Oswald’s, only to disappear on their honeymoon, and never return to the town. But the groom having Mendelssohn as a middle name begged my attention. To begin, I knew little more than Joseph’s birthplace and occupation – Roehampton and merchant – and understood the bride to be a Skinner, by family name, not occupation. All praise to the Shared Tree for providing an extensive, illustrated pedigree. Joseph’s connection to the composer isn’t immediately clear but it is worth the time it takes to figure out.

Samuel TOWSE may have spent all of his fifty-six years in a small patch of Yorkshire around Garton on the Wolds. His namesake great-grandson (death anniversary 4 January) would become Filey’s postmaster.

Walter BUNTING is a singleton without a past  – except for the FG&C note that his ashes are at The Lawns (Filey Cemetery). I went there this morning to see if he had a stone but didn’t find one.    

Path 177 · Cleveland Way

A Problem Family

George LEAK, an agricultural labourer, and his wife Ann were caught in Ingleby Berwick by the 1841 census enumerator. With the couple was Margaret NELSON, aged two. A fellow recorded as George LEAH had married Ann Nelson in Thirsk, 25 miles to the south, a few months earlier. Ten years later, Margaret had the Leak surname, two sisters and a brother at the family home in Balk End, Scarborough. George was then a railway labourer and the only one given a birthplace – Aldborough, about fifteen miles south of Thirsk.

Ann was pregnant when the enumerator called and gave birth a month or so later. The baby girl was baptised at Filey St Oswald’s on the last day of July. (Lebberston is in Filey Parish and Scarborough Registration District.)

Just over a year later, another daughter with the same given names was baptised at Filey’s parish church.

Birth registrations tell a different story.

A death registration in 1851 was for Jane Hannah…

…but she was buried somewhere in St Oswald’s churchyard as Jane Ann five days after baptism.

After the baptism of Jane Ann a year later I could find no further information on the family.

Christopher AUTON was born in Patrick Brompton near Bedale and found his wife Margaret WILLIAMSON in Leyburn, a small market town about seven miles distant. They raised a family of ten children in York, where Christopher worked on his own account as a painter, plumber, and glazier. One of their sons, William Williamson carried on the same trade in Filey. After Christopher died, Margaret spent some of her short widowhood in Clarence Terrace, Filey, with William and his wife Jane. Christopher and Margaret’s representation on the Shared Tree is somewhat sketchy.

Horace William HOLSWORTH’s father worked in Great Yarmouth as an oilskin dresser for seamen and gentlemen’s outfitters. In 1916, Horace was a pupil teacher but in 1917 joined the army and served in France with the 12th Bn King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Demobbed in 1919 he was given a Government Allowance of £120 a year for three years and attended Sheffield University.

Meanwhile, in the north of England, Durham-born John Thomas WAGGITT married Annie Hoggard HAXBY and settled in her hometown, Filey. While he worked as a hairdresser, Annie kept a lodging house on the Crescent. Lilian was the eldest of four daughters and married Horace in 1923. It would be interesting to know how the two families came to be connected. More so because Lilian’s youngest sister Edith had married Horace’s older brother Harry five years earlier.

Harry was also a teacher, for many years the headmaster of Tibenham and Pulham St Mary School in Norfolk. In the summer of 1963, Horace and Lilian attended Harry’s cremation service at St Faith’s, Norwich. Edith was supported by her daughter Daphne, now Mrs INGHAM. The daughter of Horace and Lilian, Mrs Hilary ROSS, was also present. Lilian still had almost thirty years to live; Horace only four.

Theodosia POCKLEY makes the grid because she is the only person in FG&C who died on this day. This could be an error though – FamilySearch says she was buried on 31 July. The Shared Tree doesn’t make it clear that Theodosia was from the elite OSBALDESTON family. Sir Richard (1655-1728) was her grandfather but the link that would connect them has not been made yet. (From her mother KZ56-W42, there is a direct line to Alfred the Great, King of Wessex L8MB-ZF7.)

Scotsman William MUNRO married Agnes BARBER in Edinburgh in February 1832. It seems to have been an extended family decision to travel south and set up a home in Filey. On census night 1841, a dwelling in Main Street sheltered William, a surgeon, his father Donald, grocer, and younger brothers John, confectioner, and Donald junior, an engineer. Agnes had died the year before, and William’s mother Janet must have been away visiting. She died in 1843. Three servants, one of them male, ran the household. There was another Munro family enumerated in Bridlington that year who may have been close relatives.

William added to the fees he collected as a doctor. A note in FG&C reports –  

A warm bath may be procured by applying at the house of Mr Munro, surgeon, who is possessed of a portable one, manufactured out of tin on an improved construction, which can be either lent out, or persons may be accommodated with it at Mr Munro’s house.

Erected to the memory of WILLIAM MUNRO, late surgeon at this place, who departed this life on 27th July 1841, aged 36 years.

Also, of [unreadable] his wife, who departed this life on the 25th Dec. 1840, aged 40 years.

Also, of JANET, wife of Donald Munro and Mother of the above, who died the 22nd December 1843

Landscape 160 · Cayton Bay

An Elderly Groom

Filey Genealogy & Connections tells us that John Tindall STEPHENSON was 58  years old when he married Ethel COWTON at Filey St Oswald’s in 1925. She was just thirty, and John was unlikely to have been rich on a labourer’s wages.

FG&C notes that John is the son of Johnson Stephenson. The Shared Tree offers plain John and Jane as his parents. A Blue Hint for the 1911 Census has him married to Dorothy Isabel, and they are without children in their Hunmanby home. Isabel is four years older than John T. and had married him less than three years earlier when she was 46. She may have been married before and therefore not a WARDELL at birth. She died in the winter of 1923 at 25 Church Street, Filey.

I wonder if John T. had married as a young man.

I am not aware that Emily Jane BRONTË visited Filey. She has a place in FG&C because Charlotte had a couple of holidays here – and Anne is buried a few miles up the road in Scarborough. She takes the birthday-girl spot today because memories of the first reading of Wuthering Heights came flooding back. In the Sixth Form room at Malet Lambert, ‘JR’ sonorously intoned the opening paragraphs and I was hooked. Since that day, Emily has kept her place near the top of my list of best-loved humans.

Agnes PRUDENCE was a bit of a puzzle for a while. Born in Gristhorpe, her mother’s maiden surname at registration is given as HAKINGS – but when she married William two years earlier, she was a JOHNSON. Her first husband had left her with two or three children to raise. Exactly how many isn’t clear. In 1861, three are enumerated with Hannah at her parents in Winteringham near Malton, but Isaac is ten years old. If he was Hannah’s child, she would have been sixteen years old when she gave birth and perhaps not yet married. Alice Elizabeth was three and Margaret two – and all three grandchildren bear the “Haykins” name. Future census returns for William Prudence and Hannah’s family would help enormously but I have yet to find them.

Charles RUDSTON only makes it onto the grid because he must have relatives entombed in the churchyard Mausoleum – but I haven’t had time to check who they might be.

William TOUT is the father of Minnie Maud Charlotte Geatches – baptism anniversary 1 June.

Measure of Man 83 · Down the Choobs

The Man Who Scared Me

When I was nine or ten years old, my mother took me to Wilberforce House in High Street, Hull. Wandering alone through the museum rooms, I saw a dead man and fled in panic to find my mam.

The effigy of the Great Emancipator is still there and you may happen upon him if you take the Virtual Tour. The image above is a screen grab. From memory, the room was more true-to-life in the 1950s than it is now. Today is the anniversary of William’s passing. A couple of years after my scare, I found myself doing a six-year stretch in another Wilberforce House – at Malet Lambert School. The other houses were Andrew Marvell, De La Pole and Ferens. (Times have changed. “Malet Lambert have six houses, each with its own ethos.”)

One of the four sons William had with Barbara Ann SPOONER married into the  Hunmanby WRANGHAMs. I don’t know of a closer Wilberforce connection to Filey but there are now twenty-nine of their ilk in my RootsMagic database. Maybe I am just being sentimental.

Today is also the anniversary of Elsie May BURR’s death. (See yesterday’s post.)

Thomas ROSS, Filey-born, crossed the river and married Maria BANNISTER in Cleethorpes, not long after she had turned eighteen. Though Thomas had generations of fisher forebears, his first census occupation was “clerk”. But he was soon working in Grimsby as a fish merchant and must surely have influenced, encouraged, and supported his second son John Carl when he created what would become a famous British brand.

The Ross Group was a British food company founded in Grimsby, England in 1920. The Ross brand remains prominent in the retail frozen fish market. David Ross, the co-founder and significant shareholder in mobile telephone retailer The Carphone Warehouse, is the grandson of J Carl Ross. Originally a small family-owned fish merchanting company, Ross diversified into trawling, fish processing, and later into food processing in general, expanding into factory farming to become the largest chicken producer in Europe by 1962 via a series of takeovers. The company bought out rival Young’s in 1959 and, after a series of takeovers and mergers and de-mergers, forms part of what is now Young’s Bluecrest, the UK’s largest company in the frozen fish sector. The company’s history is also Grimsby’s industrial history.

William ALDEN is the brother of Joseph (birth anniversary 11 April). Baptised at the old Primitive Methodist Chapel, he married Mary Elizabeth AGARS in 1893 and they had three daughters and a son. Firstborn Hester did not reach her first birthday. In her short time on earth, she seems to have been known as “Maggie”. William worked as a porter at Gristhorpe Station and was only thirty-eight when he died.

Richard Cammish “Snosh” JENKINSON and Lily JOHNSON married at St Oswald’s in 1915. Richard served as a sailor/stoker in the First World War and survived. Sadly, three of the couple’s children born after the war died in infancy. Third child George Thomas Johnson JENKINSON, “Tommy Snosh”, became Mayor of Filey.

A new headstone in the churchyard remembers…

The old stone had this inscription (Crimlisk Survey 1977).

In ever loving memory of ELSIE ALICE, the beloved daughter of GEORGE THOMAS & ANN JOHNSON of Filey, died Dec 29 1920, aged 27 years.

‘Blessed are the pure in heart

For they shall see God’

Also, of the above GEORGE THOMAS JOHNSON, who was drowned near Filey Bay from the Coble ‘Mary’, Dec 14 1896, aged 26 years.

‘Out of the deep I cried

Oh Lord be merciful to me’

And his wife ANN JOHNSON, died March 14 1951, aged 82 years.

‘Sadly missed’

About ten years ago, Lily was identified in a photograph of women and children celebrating Christmas at the Ebenezer in, I guess, the late 1940s. Please let me know if this isn’t her.

Photographer unknown, courtesy of Martin Douglas

Samuel Edward HALL is on his own in Filey Genealogy & Connections but has the company of his wife Charlotte Alice BEST in St Oswald’s churchyard. The couple married in Leeds in 1893 and had two children, Lottie and Frank. In 1911, Samuel worked as a Tailor and Draper.

Flower 33 · Bindweed

Albert and Elsie

Albert Edward WORTON was born in Luton and after joining the Hunts Cyclists was posted to Filey. Here he met Elsie May BURR, daughter of David (birth anniversary 5 March). The war to end all wars had been over for almost a year when the couple married at St Oswald’s. Their daughter Mildred Mary married and had a son who contributed photographs and information to the “old” Looking at Filey blog!  

Albert & Elsie, courtesy of Keith Taylor

I think the photo was taken at the Burr Riding Stables in South Crescent Road, and the young man on the right is Keith.

Margaret WEBB is the granddaughter of Robert STORK and Margaret CHAPMAN (marriage anniversary 15 March). I haven’t discovered how her brief life ended.

Maude Charlotte POTTER celebrated her birthday here on 29 January but she hasn’t received the gift of a FamilySearch ID yet. She married Frank WADE of Stalybridge at St Oswald’s in 1921. He has a place on the Shared Tree and a Scarborough death registration in 1952 fits him well – but I have coloured the year orange on the grid. Maude lived on for another forty years.

The life of George WHEELER also ended at the age of seventeen.

Ellen Lydia WESTON was born in London and married John Frederick SAMWAYS in the capital when she was 28. I don’t know how long they lived in Filey before taking their rest in the churchyard.

Found Object 69 · Spade

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Daisy Tulip

Elizabeth Ann TULIP was born on the Durham coalfield, close to the Springwell Vale Pit, and less than a mile from a present-day expression of human endeavour – the Angel of the North. You would expect Elizabeth to have miners among her ancestors, but perhaps be surprised that she married a Filey man, as her mother’s sister had a quarter of a century earlier. On census night 1911, Miss Tulip was with Aunt Elizabeth Ann Cambridge at 11 Brooklands and perhaps she stayed in the town until she landed her fisherman husband fourteen years later. Maybe it was to avoid confusing Filey folk that she went by “Daisy”. There is a note on Filey Genealogy & Connections that Matthew CAMMISH, the man she married at St Oswald’s on 6 June 1925, had a coble called Daisy Tulip.

An online tree says that Matthew’s byname was “Mather” but doesn’t indicate how this was pronounced. It seems clear from the headstone that he could manage without the middle name he is sometimes given.

For Thomas CHAPMAN, see Cousin Thomas and Comrade Tom.

Insect 51 · Bumble Bee

Railway Children

Ethel Mary IMESON was one of eight or maybe nine children born to James William and Ruth née PINDER. The “William” in her father’s name floats in and out of sources and so is not as helpful as it might be when it comes to sorting out the mess.

Here are James Wm’s sources (as James) on the Shared Tree.

‘Red’ James is the only one of the trio born to married parents, Israel and Sarah Ann (born KAY). Aiskew and Bedale are joined at the hip.

‘Green’ James is Ethel’s father and the 1939 Register listed above as a source gives his birthdate as 4 January 1868. His mother is Ann, daughter of Thomas Imeson and Eleanor WILKINSON. She gave birth to two children before she had James but neither Clara nor Thomas William lived more than a few weeks or months. James of Moreton-on-Swale was baptised at nearby Ainderby Steeple.

The one true father of Ethel worked for much of his life as a platelayer for the North Eastern Railway. In 1911 the family was living in one of the Railway Cottages at Muston Crossing, where Ethel had entered the world in 1896.  (She had an older sister, Hannah Elizabeth, who presumably played the part of Bobbie.)

But there is more. Great-grandfather of the Imeson children, David PINDER was a gatekeeper for the NER for most of his working life. The census enumerator found him in 1891, retired and living at Railway Gatehouse, Gashouse Lane, Bridlington.

There is not so much romance attached to David’s son Frank. He was just a railway labourer. He married Alice BARKLEY and they had eight children together. Ethel’s mother Ruth was their firstborn.

On the Shared Tree, to add insult to the injury of being lumped with wrong forebears, Ethel has been given in marriage to William HALLAH. What sort of a name is that? Oh, wait. This poor chap has two sources attached, both of them saying he is a HULLAH. Correct.

William, a farm waggoner at the time he courted Ethel, was about twelve years her senior. He died in 1947, aged 63.

Blue hints indicate Sarah TRUEMAND went to Ireland with her husband, and searches raise the possibility that they went on to the United States. But an 1881 Census return  (Bishophill, York) looks solid. Birth registrations of their children indicate they are grass is greener folk. I last saw them in 1891 – in Moss Street, York, when Michael was a labourer on the North Eastern Railway.

On the Shared Tree, Richard MASON waits patiently for his wife and the announcement of his passing.

John Fawcett POTTER the Elder hasn’t married Elizabeth Ann ROBERTS on the Shared Tree yet. See A Perfect Picture.

Sea 45 · Off the Brigg


Edward HOWELL was born in Avebury and made his way to Filey via Sheffield, where he married Fanny GILSON in 1870. The couple made their home in Leeds where Edward was a fruit merchant in 1871 and a commission agent ten years later. They chose to spend their twilight years in Filey. They would have been “comfortable” here. Fanny’s father, Richard Gilson, died in 1883 and left the residue of his considerable estate in nine equal shares to his children. Fanny may have banked over £300,000 in today’s money. Edward bequeathed her a widowhood that lasted 33 years. Her last address was in Scarborough Road.

Martha HUNTER is one of eleven children born to John, a fisherman, and Jane Elizabeth DRY. I have not been able to find out if she married or when and where she died. “Erected by their loving daughter Martha” is written on the headstone of her parents.

The shield bearing the inscription has slipped from its moorings but when this photo was taken five years ago you could still see Martha’s dedication.

William Thomas CODLIN is the brother of Elizabeth, who married Filey’s foremost photographer, Walter FISHER. Their father was a joiner/cabinet maker from Lincoln but, somewhat amusingly, William worked as a fishmonger for some years. He stopped believing in cod in his forties and became a bookkeeper and commercial clerk. By this time, he had crossed the Pennines, married Jane SAYERS, a Scot, and set about raising a small family in Bolton. William is a solitary Codling on the Shared Tree but his son Ernest signed the 1911 Census form as “Codlin”. The family is a bit bigger on Filey Genealogy & Connections.  

Arthur WALLER’s grandfather, William, is on the Shared Tree [L4KT-BNM] but only just – so if you are interested in the family go to FG&C.

Abstract 103 · Poop Art

Country Park

Google Alt Text: A picture containing nature, water, waterfall.