This was the middle name given to Harold MOSEY, though his father wrote “Fasnet” on the 1911 census form. Harold is the grandnephew of John who drowned in the River Thames at the age of nineteen. (See Who is Mr Reed?). Harold had better fortune when surrounded by water.

Emma Mosey née HURST, a sea captain’s wife approaching her fortieth year, gave birth to Harold as the barque Mercia ploughed through the waves off the southern coast of Ireland.

Harold married Norah HOPWOOD at the Primitive Methodist Chapel in Scarborough in 1919. They had a daughter in 1928 who they named Mercia Caroline Cole Mosey. In 1939 Harold and Norah were living in Paignton, Devon, working together in their bakery and confectionary business – while Norah’s older sister Ethel undertook the domestic duties.

(The value of Harold’s effects today would be about £15,000.)

Leonora, the seventh and last child of William Bulmer COLLEY and Maria MARLOW, was baptised privately in Filey (Church of England). The family lived in Rutland Street in 1911 but then moved to Leeds. Leonora married David PERKINS in the city in 1933 but I lost track of them thereafter.

Cecil POTTS fell in love with Sarah when, as a music teacher in his late twenties, he boarded with line fisherman William FREEMAN at 15 Union Street, Filey. The couple married in late 1911 when the character posing as Cecil on the Shared Tree had just started school in Leeds.

Cecil and Sarah’s first child, Margaret Brenda, is an “anniversary person” (AP 1694 · birth · 5 October). A son was born in 1918 but Freeman Routledge lived for only 19 months. The kerb around the grave of the parents reads –

CECIL POTTS August 1937 and SARAH “DA” his wife, July 1958.

‘Sadly missed’

Row 30 631 Potts G505 Kerb (not photographed)

See The Langleecrag Cousins for information about William Cammish COLLING.

Elizabeth Sarah Gannon is a cousin of the wife of “Bill Bullocky” who survived the wreck of the Langleecrag.

Path 184 · Black Cliff Steps

Jane BEDLINGTON was born in Robin Hood’s Bay. She was pregnant with her first child John James Edward when she married John DOWNEY in Hartlepool in 1867. The couple had a daughter in 1870 but neither infant made it to their first birthday and their father died early in 1871. Jane married Edward Joseph LITTLEFAIR in Stockton before that year was out. Annie, the fifth of their seven children, had eight children with Thomas HOPE of Stockton and their firstborn married Filonian Thomas “Dasher” HOLMES (AP 1692 · death · 4 October).

Edward Littlefair [L111-D2D] waits patiently for Jane at the Shared Tree altar.

Leah HOOK was baptised at Filey St Oswald’s. Her parents are not yet fully realised on the Shared Tree. Leah’s father was a waiter and I didn’t expect he would stay long in Filey. Five years later the family was living in Leeds, but Jane (née HILL) had stopped on the way to give birth to Robert in Bradford. In 1891 all four were enumerated in Knaresborough, the parents now bath attendants and Robert, 22, a tailor’s cutter. Leah did not declare an occupation. Both children were single and Leah remained so to the end of her days, though she may have had a long-term relationship with John Thomas HOLDSWORTH. In her mid-forties she kept a lodging house on Coltsgate Hill in Ripon and on census night 1911 John was her only boarder. He was about the same age, a widower working as a general labourer. Ten years later the enumerator found the pair at the same address. John was now a general dealer working on his own account and Leah engaged in “home duties”. I hope the two were happy together but the relationship, if it was one, was soon to end.

John Robert BARTON was born in Cloughton near Scarborough, as was his older stepsister, Rachel SELLERS. Their mother, Maria Elizabeth BUTTERY, was a widow when she married George Barton, a general labourer from Suffolk.

John Robert married Ann Elizabeth JENKINSON at St Oswald’s. A daughter had been baptised at the beginning of the year. Lilian Barton Jenkinson may have been an only child.

66 Willis B28  

In affectionate remembrance of WILLIAM WILLIS, who died November 14th 1823, aged 29 years.

‘Them also which sleep in Jesus will God

Bring with Him’

Also of MARY his beloved wife, who died June 28th 1864, aged 70 years.

(The remainder of the inscription is unreadable.)

Crimlisk Survey 1977

In 1861, Ann WHITTLES was keeping house for octogenarian Chelsea pensioner Donald MUNRO, the father of William who had died twenty years earlier (AP 1294 · burial · 31 July). Less than two months after the census, Ann had to seek other employment. For most of her remaining years, she was either a laundress or a charwoman and seems to have lived alone.

Measure of Man 82 · Castle

Filey Sands

Nellie Muriel RAYLOR is the granddaughter of Ann Elizabeth NUTBROWN (AP 1621 · birth · 23 September). Her father William Wetherill RAYLOR [LDYK-16R] hasn’t tied the knot yet on the Shared Tree. William was a market gardener in Hunmanby and must, I think, have been associated with W Raylor and Sons in Filey.

Filey Guide 1936, courtesy Filey Museum

Nellie married Thomas William BURR in Hunmanby in 1934. Tommy was a butcher but his Uncle David Burr had the Riding Stables in South Crescent Road, which was almost next door to the Raylor’s shop. He died in 1980.

Hannah Margaret GOUNDRILL was baptised at Filey St Oswald’s. She didn’t marry but her clothes were ripped off in public once and she wasn’t shy about telling the story.

The death of Dorothy Wilkes née PENNINGTON was registered in the same quarter as the birth of her son, William Pennington WILKES. William’s father Herbert married again in 1916, choosing Mary E. EDMUNDS to be William’s stepmother, (born 1888, Worksop). William, a baker, married Mary MILLER in 1938. FG&C notes her death at St Margaret’s Nursing Home, Filey, in the year 2000.

Northallerton born Emma Louisa ROBINSON was the second wife of Tom GULLEN, platelayer. She is remembered with his first wife Alice CARR on a fallen stone in Filey churchyard.  

Nature Morte 28 · Little Gull

Bridge Hole

Edith Emily ELLERKER was the only daughter of Robert Dixon ELLERKER and Frances Mary GILMAN.  She was born in Filey, baptised at the Ebenezer and had three brothers. In 1911, older brother Robert was  23 and on census night he was boarding in London where he worked as an assistant surveyor of taxes with the Inland Revenue. Edith had also left home and was boarding in Beverley that year, working as a milliner. Her youngest brother Herbert was a draper’s assistant in Hull and Walter was in the parental home, a grocer’s assistant aged nineteen. Three years later the Great War began. Walter and Herbert answered the call and it would be the death of them. (See Brothers in Arms.)

The war had to be paid for, so I guess Robert’s job was considered a reserved occupation. In June 1919 he married Nora CHANDLER in her home village of Rowsley, Derbyshire. About eight months later, Edith married Frederick William COLLETT in Knaresborough. Frederick, a “musical student” in 1911, was working ten years later on his own account as a caterer and confectioner at 3 Cheltenham Parade, Harrogate – employing Edith as an assistant. When the Register was taken in September 1939, he was a “missionary”, at 8 Cheltenham Parade with Edith and two of their three children. Six years earlier he had found himself in an embarrassing position.



Harrogate magistrates were occupied for several hours today, hearing charges against Frederick William Collett, refreshment house keeper, Cheltenham Parade, allowing women of a certain type to assemble in the refreshment-house and using the premises for an immoral purpose.

Evidence was given by police officers as to incidents which they allege took place when they visited the premises in plain clothes as customers. They said there were mirrors in the shop and the café behind enabling anything that happened in either place to be seen in the other, Collett, it was alleged, knew what was happening. It was not suggested that he made any money directly out of the improper use.

Collett, who was represented by Mr. Masser, said he knew some of the women customers were of a certain class. They only came there for food, and as a licensed refreshment-housekeeper he understood he must supply them. If there was anything wrong in their conduct, he turned them out at once.

Several witnesses testified to the orderly conditions in the shop and café.

The Mayor (Alderman J. A. Whiteread) said the Bench believed the evidence of the police officers whom he congratulated on the way they had given it. Collett was fine 40s. on the first summons and £20 on the second.

Leeds Mercury 15 February 1933

I think Frederick may have been unfairly treated – mirrored walls in refreshment houses were, and possible still are, ubiquitous. But I can’t begin to imagine Edith’s life with this man over the next three decades. Her probate record hints at separation.

Alfred Bush was the husband of Edith’s daughter, Joan Christine. Frederick’s death was registered in Claro in 1978.

Filey Genealogy & Connections is quite sure that Mary GILLICK was baptized in County Cavan on this day in 1863 but holds back on a source. A contributor to Find my Past agrees though and that’s good enough for me. Mary married William Richardson at St Oswald’s in January 1886 and they filled their small house in Queen Street with children. Have a nose around the cottage in its current ownership here (or search online for Billy Napps Cottage).

Billy Napp is (possibly) pictured below at the end of Queen Street, far right.

Photographer unknown, no date, courtesy of Joanne Cammish

Born in Burton Agnes, tailor Charles William PERCY married Alice Ann JOHNSON at Filey St Oswald’s in 1896. The Shared Tree represents them well. Alice is the granddaughter of Alice BAKER (AP 167 · death · 28 January).

Row 11 | 1925 Percy F12

In memory of ALICE ANN, beloved wife of CHARLES W. PERCY, died July 10th 1937, aged 69 years.

‘At rest’

Also, the above CHARLES W. PERCY, died Feb 8th 1953, aged 83 years.

Crimlisk Survey 1977

FG&C has it that Marjorie Morris HOSKINS was born just across the street from Billy Napp and died less than a hundred yards up Queen Street 61 years later. Her father Geoffrey was a painter and decorator and so was the man she married, though Kenneth Richard ABBS may have been serving with the RAF when the couple exchanged vows at St Oswald’s in May 1941. After Marjorie’s death, Kenneth lived for over thirty years after Mary died. I don’t think either has a place on the Shared Tree – “Geoffrey Moris Hoskin” [GNJ6-W84] is in want of a wife on the Shared Tree so Marjorie doesn’t have a presence there yet.

I don’t know why Claud ELLIS died so young. His parents, Eli and Clara née WROE were from Dewsbury but the last four of their children were born in Filey where the Laundry was clearly a big attraction for them. Five of the family were probably employed on Laundry Hill in 1911. The eldest of the “child laundresses”, Florrie, named her first son Claude in 1920 – registered as Claude Lancelot SIMPSON in Knaresborough. Eli [L13D-XK5] and Clara [9ZPL-W3K] are not yet married on the Shared Tree.


Edith Emma MOORE was born at 33 Mitford Street, Filey. She married farmer Herbert PRODHAM in 1924 and they brought two girls into the world at Newbiggin. Edith’s life was taken by accident.

A stone in Filey churchyard remembers the family.

Three years after marrying Ellen (or Eleanor) CLARK of Osgodby, George CHEW was enumerated at The Gate House, his father’s farm in (or near) Scarborough. Ellen and year-old James were with him. Hints for the family dry up on Find my Past after this – and my time runs out – but it seems likely that George died in 1858, leaving Ellen to raise their children and run a small farm of about forty acres.

Shortly after the Great War began, Albert Walter HALL arrived in Filey with the ‘Gaspipe Cavalry’ – the Huntingdonshire Cyclists Battalion. He formed an attachment with a local girl and married her in November 1915. The Cyclists were disbanded the following year and the men were sent to various units around the country. Albert went to France with the 1st/77th Warwickshire Regiment and died on what would later become Armistice Day from wounds received in combat. He is buried at Martinpuich. Lilian Eleanor [G334-2MD] married soldier Walter George KEEBLE when the war was over.

Row 4 | 1777 Lowe E42


To the beloved memory of ELLEN LOWE, died Feb 23 1929.

‘Light at eventide’

ADA HINCHLIFFE, sister of the above, died Nov 7 1932.

‘At rest’

Also of JOE L.H. LOWE, dear husband of MURIEL LOWE, died Nov 8 1944.

Crimlisk Survey 1977

Bird 132  · Robin

A Poppy Seller

Ellen’s life was a long one, and she didn’t hang about. Five years after her birth in Filey she was living with her parents at Cape Cottage in Bridlington. Her father was a Chelsea Pensioner – an old soldier – and he died before the next census was taken. His widow, an elementary schoolteacher, and Ellen were living at Marsh Cottage in Membury, Devon, in 1881 and working together in the adjacent school. Ellen had found her vocation.

In 1891 Ellen, schoolmistress, was boarding at the house of William SIMPSON, a coke drawer, in Brandon and Byshottles, County Durham. She must have been courting because the following year she married a schoolmaster, William Bowman GUTHRIE, a native of nearby Willington.

Sometime after the wedding, they journeyed south and their two sons, Harold and Bede, were born in North Marston, Buckinghamshire. The enumerator in 1901 found the quartet at Hambleden, near Henley – both parents working as teachers. I don’t know how much longer the family unit held together. I couldn’t find Ellen and Bede in 1911. Father William, 43, married and a schoolmaster, was boarding at Old Hall Farm near Carnforth, Lancashire. Harold, 17, was a bank clerk, boarding in Kew, Surrey.

William and Ellen did take up married life again, receiving news in 1917 at their home in Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk that their sons had been killed on the Western Front. Harold perished while serving with the Royal Fusiliers and Bede, a Lance Corporal with the Gloucestershire Regiment is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

William died in King’s Lynn on 29 July 1936, aged 69. Ellen kept busy for another eighteen years.

Death of Mrs E. Guthrie a big loss

Mrs Ellen Guthrie, of Brancaster Staithe, who has died, was the old type of village schoolmistress, instilling the highest virtues as well as the elements of learning.

She thought it her duty to be a staunch churchwoman and organiser and help in all village activities, a confidante and solace to many.

In September 1924, the late Mrs J. Lance and Mrs Ellen Guthrie, in collaboration with Mrs G. Pike, arranged a series of meetings resulting in the inauguration of Docking and district women’ section of the British Legion and the formation of women’s section sub-committees in eight villages.

From about 50 in 1924 the membership of the women’s section has risen to 410. Mrs Guthrie became its first secretary and despite advancing years was at the time of her death still a most active member of all committees.


Ever since the inception of the Poppy Day Appeal in 1921 she had been responsible for the sale of poppies in Brancaster Staithe and Burnham Deepdale and, throughout the whole of that period, her total collection remained the highest per head of the population for any of the villages in the area of the Docking district Poppy Day Appeal Committee. No one ever declined to purchase a poppy from her.

She was a true soldier’s daughter. When the news of the deaths in action of her two sons, within a few days of each other, was received, she still continued in her place caring for the wounded at the Red Cross Hospital at Thornham.

Hundreds of letters and photographs and a grave flower-lined by children testified to the love this seemingly lonely woman evoked.

Mrs Ellen Guthrie has left the impress of her personality on many.

Lynn Advertiser 16 July 1954

Tree 82  · Arndale Leaves

Google Alt-Text: a group of colourful flowers.

Beach 184 · Muston Sands

The riddle of the sands –

Two years to the day.

Ann WATSON was the daughter of William, a cordwainer, and Edith GRAHAM. She was born and baptised in Pickering but after marrying Robert STORRY moved with her husband to Scarborough to start a family. The death of their first child, Ann, was registered in the same quarter of 1848 as the babe’s birth. FamilySearch serves up a different firstborn but flags a warning that, as a young adult, Mary is “missing a standardized marriage place”.

Robert William (above) was the third “real” child born to Robert and Ann and the father of Filey van man Robert Watson Storry who was killed in the Great War (AP 643 · marriage · 16 April).

Michael AGAR and Harriet SMITH have also suffered misrepresentation on the Shared Tree. See Elizabeth Resurrected.

William Beswick HALL was born on 15 June 1920. His parents married at Filey St Oswald’s but may have set off for Australia before he was born. His father Wilfred Manning Hall had fought in the First World War and when the Second conflict began William joined the Australian Infantry. On this day in 1942, he was killed in Papua New Guinea and is buried at Port Moresby. After the war, his parents returned to Gristhorpe. Kath notes on FG&C

1952: The Belfry, blown down during the war, was replaced. The new one was designed by Mr Ben Brown of Filey and given by Mrs Marjorie Hall (nee Beswick) in memory of her only son William, killed in Borneo on 9th November 1942.

In 1955 Wilfred and Marjorie sailed from London to Sydney on Orsova, and then on to their last home in Brisbane.

Hugh John Henry ORR looked after the health of Filey folk for a number of years. Earlier, he spent some time in Ireland. His wife and two daughters were born on the Emerald Isle. A headstone in Filey churchyard remembers him, his wife and her sister.

Row 38 | 741 Orr G602

‘Simply to Thy cross I cling’

This stone is a daughter’s tribute to the memory of a beloved mother

LETITIA BELL, wife of HUGH ORR, Surgeon, died Feb 26th 1893.

‘She blooms in the garden of God’

Also, her sister ELIZABETH WOOD, died February 7th 1889.

Also of the above HUGH JOHN HENRY ORR, Surgeon, late Medical Officer of Health of Filey, my beloved father, died November 6th 1895.

‘In the midst of life we are in death’

Crimlisk Survey 1977

‘She longed to be with Jesus’

Margaret Thomason HEADLEY is a singleton on Filey Genealogy & Connections. Who she was and where she came from is a mystery. We only know where she wanted to go.

In the burial register…

There was a surprise in store when I started from the beginning.

I expected the 1861 census would deliver  Margaret to me – with her parents James and Clara and a clutch of siblings, but before I went there, I checked parish baptism records.

I failed to find Margaret T with either family in 1861. The possibility that there may have been two girls of the same age called Margaret Thomasin/a/e prompted a check of deaths recorded between 1852 and 1861 but I found nothing. I did discover, however, that both fathers died before 1861, though that doesn’t help much.

In 1871, a domestic servant called Margaret T Hedley, 19, was enumerated in Silver Street, Stockton. Her birthplace was given as Newcastle – the city a couple of miles north of Gateshead Fell. This could be the young lady who sleeps in Filey churchyard but she has some miles to travel yet. The symbolic carved flower and mis-spelling of her name on the substantial headstone suggest that it may have been paid for by a wealthy friend (or admirer) in Filey who knew as little about her origins as I do.

FamilySearch: James HEDLEY [KLRQ-DGF] and Clara Fenrick (sic) HENDERSON [KLRQ-DG8], marriage, no children.

Mary STAVELEY appears to have been baptised in a private ceremony three weeks after her birth in Nafferton Road, Driffield.

The Find my Past transcription sets Mary’s birth in 1900 for no discernible reason. I haven’t found her birth registration but in the 1911 census, aged 10, she is listed as the daughter of her grandmother Mary (born WHITING). Mary Staveley senior was 61 that year. 

Young Mary married Arthur Edmund WATKINSON in Nafferton in 1925 and in September 1939 they were living at 13 Victoria Avenue, Filey. Arthur was working as a “Fisherman Weekly Articles” (1939 Register). In 1950 the couple emigrated to Australia on the Orcades. Mary died in Murrumbeena, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, on 4 July 1980 (Filey Genealogy & Connections).

Cornelius PASHBY was more fortunate than his namesake older brother, reaching adulthood and marrying Florence Annie THORNHAM in Scarborough when he was nineteen. He was a hairdresser. His parents are childless on the Shared Tree.

There are several sources on the Shared Tree declaring that Cornelius GLAVES and Ellis “HOSFIELD” married on the 5th of November, but one agrees with FG&C that the 8th was their happy day.

Mark Henry SCOTTER is the son of George (AP 331 · birth · 25 January) and Mary Ann née SAYERS.

Tree 81 · Glen Gardens

Dog 38 · Coble Landing

Edmund Jenkinson WATKINSON is a third great-grandson of William (1721-1762), Filey’s first JENKINSON (arguably). His birth and death registrations don’t give him a middle name and when he signed the marriage register in 1903, he appears to be in two minds.

William GIBSON Jr [LR65-VGX] has yet to marry Elsie COLLINS on the Shared Tree. Elsie, widowed, is with her two daughters when the 1939 Register is taken. Blanche is still single at age 30 (and not in a paid occupation) but her younger sister Ella has married Alan Wymont WAYTE. His occupation is given as “Tree Farmer Of Honey Products Late Motor Engineer”.

John JOHNSON was born in Minskip (Great Ouseburn Registration District) and his wife Emma in Muston. They are not related by blood.

Leonard Chettle WISE was a bicycle maker and if memory serves, he had a shop on Murray Street where the San Marco Restaurant is now. I think the photo below shows him at the age of 40 or thereabouts.

Leonard didn’t make it to fifty but his wife Emily (née PARKINSON) continued living at 47 West Avenue until 24 May 1948. They had two children but there is nobody to look after their grave now.

Sand 49  · Filey Sands

Harriet was the middle child of seven born in Filey to Thomas “Dutch Clock” COWLING and Mary CHAPMAN. At 27 days, she was baptised at the Ebenezer and at 27 years she married  John William HOLT at St Oswald’s. The couple chose to cross the Humber and settle in John’s hometown, Grimsby. He worked as a wood sawyer and all the census enumerators who called between 1901 and 1939 found them at 50 Ladysmith Road. Their daughter Annie was with them in 1911, aged five, but not in 1921 or 1939.

50 Ladysmith Road (left), Google Street View

Harriet died in 1967 aged 91 and John the following year aged 94.

Jane BAYES was baptised at Filey St Oswald’s and married Daniel DEIGHTON there twenty-five years later. They had five children and the family is well represented on the Shared Tree. There is a curious comment on Filey Genealogy & Connections that Daniel was “responsible for the 200,000 bricks that went into building the Ebenezer Chapel on Union Street Filey.” The order for the bricks seems to have been made in 1867 and the Chapel’s opening ceremony took place in the summer of 1871 when Daniel was labouring for farmer James BULMER. But Daniel was making bricks in 1881 according to the census that year.

Jane and Daniel are buried in Filey churchyard but there isn’t a stone marking their grave(s).

Married couple William “Billy” GUINN and Violet May SCALES.

Row 10 | 1918 Guinn F120 | Granite

Treasured memories of a loving husband and father, WILLIAM GUINN, died 11th Nov 1961, aged 64 years.

‘Peace after much suffering’

Also, his beloved wife VIOLET MAY GUINN, died 3rd Jan 1981, aged 80 years.

Dawson Brown MOWTHORPE was born in Hunmanby but married Elizabeth HUGILL, a Filey woman. John Thomas, their first child, was born in the town and baptised at the old Primitive Methodist chapel. Dawson is a first cousin twice removed of Hunmanby writer and local historian Herbert Cecil “Ces” Mowthorpe (1928-2008).

Graves bounded by a stone kerb are difficult to keep tidy. The “double” grave of John Thomas COULTAS, his wife Sarah RICHARDSON, two infant children, and Sarah’s sister Elizabeth is one such.

Row 37 | 732 Coultas G591 | Kerb

THOMAS COULTAS died 3rd Nov 1912.

SARAH his wife died 30th April 1940.

ELIZABETH her sister died 8th Nov 1918.

Also 2 children died in infancy.

‘Memories’ ‘Reunited’