Unreliable Sources

The FamilySearch Shared Tree  “System” lets you know when there are no sources attached to an individual’s record. A forebear on the Tree without a single source could have been put with the true parents in the right location and given the correct dates of birth, marriage and death. Another with a handful of sources attached could be a wrong ‘un.

Today’s Anniversaries provide some examples.

1791 Filey · Marriage  I began with a source declaring that Matthew CRAWFORD, son of Matthew and Ann née WAFF, married Mary CROMPTON in Filey St Oswald’s church on 15 February 1791.

Matthew is “Crowfoot” here, with Mary “Crumpton”. On the Shared Tree, the marriage took place four days earlier.

But two sources transcribed by FamilySearch have been attached to Matthew’s record offering 11 February a year earlier.

More concerning is that Matthew Crowfoot/Crawford is shown to have an older brother called “Mathew Crawforth”. Can this be right? For two brothers with the same given name (more or less) to marry within a few years of each other would be unusual. The screenshot below should be a caution.

Paull is only forty miles from Filey but it would be the strangest thing for Ann Waff to have had a child there. She may have gone through life without knowing the place existed. None of the five sources attached to Mathew the Elder offer clues to his parentage, or a connection to Filey.

1857 Filey · Burial  Sarah SKELTON married William FENBY in Kilham when she was 21 years old. William, an agricultural labourer, was about fourteen years older. The 26 sources attached to Sarah’s record on the Shared Tree capture her eleven children convincingly but her birth information is problematic. Baptism in Felixkirk with Boltby in 1769 does not fit with her being “of Kilham” at marriage, and giving Filey as her birthplace on the 1851 census return. In 1857, her death registration and the parish burial entry both give her age as 82.

A Find My Past contributor makes a case for Sarah being the daughter of Robert Skelton and Margaret RICKMAN. Sarah baptising two sons “Rickman” and “Skelton” seals the deal for me.

I wonder what happened to Sarah of Felixkirk.

1912 Filey · Death  Ann BAXTER, a single woman, was almost fifty when her only son drowned whilst fishing off the coast near Hornsea. For most of the next thirty years, she lived alone, never straying far from Chapel Yard. The year before her death, she was with her niece Mary Jane JENKINSON and brother in law Matthew “Walsher” Jenkinson at 1 Chapel Yard. I have put the stone that remembers Ann and her son Frank on the Shared Tree.

Path 165 · Crescent Hill

A Mother’s Son

Ann BAXTER was 24 years old and unmarried when she gave birth to a boy she named Frank. He is Francis in Filey Genealogy & Connections and you will have to go to Kath’s database to see his forebears. His grandparents, Richard BAXTER and Jane CAMMISH, are on the FamilySearch Tree with some of their children but they haven’t been brought together yet. Frank was six in 1861 and if he is with his mother at the Census he is hiding as “Thomas”, Richard’s grandson. (Jane had died before Frank was born.)

Mother and son form a household in Chapel Yard in 1871. “Francis” is  16 and working as a fisherman. Eight years later he drowned from the coble Mary Ann about 25 nautical miles south of Filey. His body was recovered but ten days passed before he was buried in St Oswald’s churchyard. While he slept his mother lived out her long life, seemingly alone. Her death registration in 1912 gives her age as 81, the inscription on her headstone has 82.

In affectionate remembrance of FRANK, the beloved son of ANN BAXTER of Filey who was drowned from the Coble Mary-Jane off Atwick on the 27th of Nov. 1879, aged 25 years, and was interred here Dec. 7th 1879.

Also of the above ANN BAXTER who died February 15th 1912, aged 82 years.

He’s gone, the one I loved so dear

To his eternal rest

He’s gone to Heaven I hope and trust

To be forever blest

His morning sun went down at noon

Death cut him off just in his bloom

Prepare for death while you have time

For God called me just in my prime

Farewell mother and friends so dear

We now must part, I can’t stay here

For none can stay when God does call

So farewell mother, farewell all.