Another Guesswork Wife

The mother of the Sellers boys (yesterday’s post) is Sarah McLAREN on Filey Genealogy & Connections. This Sarah is given the same dates and children as Sarah WILSON, the rightful wife of Robert senior.

The McLarens offer wider horizons than the Wilsons. This isn’t immediately apparent if you have clicked the link to Sarah M. Three other children of David McLaren and Jane SMURFOOT married, but it is Hannah who connects to several Filey families with interesting, though not extensive, pedigrees. She married into the BRAMBLES, which lead to COULTAS and WATKINSON. And one Thomas COULTAS married a Sarah Jane SELLERS, born only two years or so before a daughter given the same name by Robert Sellers and Sarah Wilson. Most of these connections appear to be reliable.

I wondered this morning who Sarah McLAREN married, if anyone, and was surprised to find her contributing to future generations on the Shared Tree.

Although FG&C has again been found wanting with a guesswork wife fail, Kath offers more people in these families than FST. I will add as many as I can, as and when…

Snagged on Some Brambles

There are seventy or more BRAMBLES in Kath’s Filey Genealogy & Connections database but only two have a stone in St Oswald’s churchyard – Richard Herbert and his wife Maria, born COULTAS.D162_BRAMBLESmaria_20181031_fst

In loving memory of my dear wife MARIA BRAMBLES, died September 10th 1969, aged 71 years.

Also her dear husband RICHARD HERBERT, died April 22nd 1971, aged 75 years.

‘Re-united’

I went back to Richard’s grandfather John for a starting point on the FamilySearch Shared Tree. A first task was to give him a wife. There was a choice of three Hannahs, each linked to a christening source for the three sons. A point to Kath, who gives Hannah’s family name – McCLARON. (I have chosen to go with the spelling in the marriage register but other sources give McCLAREN or McLAREN.) This brought their three sons into the picture with existing IDs, and the middle one, John William, already had his spouse “on the system”. I just had to create IDs for their five children. (Maria brought a four-year-old daughter to the marriage from an earlier relationship.)

I expected then to be able to add the headstone photo as a Memory. But there’s a snag. For both Richard Herbert and Maria I get a Person UNKNOWN response with the message

Person Not Found. This person does not exist, has been removed or is restricted in FamilySearch.

Find the non-existent, not removed or restricted couple here.

Richard had a granduncle, Gibson BRAMBLES who died in “Trabzon, Turkey” in 1872, aged 56, according to FG&C. What was a Muston farmer doing there? Perhaps someone reading this knows the story.

Thomas the Nut Warmer

This newspaper story made me smile.

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I wanted to find this chap.

The coarse mesh of the census netted only one BURNETT in Filey town between 1841 and 1891 – widow Mary Jane, born MUNRO in Valparaiso, Chile, about 1857. She was living with her mother in 1891 but would marry Richard GRICE later that year.

Filey Genealogy & Connections offers only one likely lad, born 1841 in nearby Muston. I couldn’t find a birth registration for him and, aged 10 in 1851, he is described in the census as the grandson of William and Hannah Burnett. When Thomas married Ann CARR in 1863, he gave his age as 23 and owned that his father was the aforementioned William. If this is the correct relationship, it would indicate his mother Hannah was 46 years old when she gave birth to him.

Thomas and Ann had a daughter in Filey in 1865, Hannah, and then moved up to Durham to live. Two children were born to them in Stockton on Tees in 1868 and 1871. The only indication I could find that this Thomas returned to Filey is the account of drunkenness and unwise words in court.

Is rover Thomas the miscreant? I can’t find him, or wife Ann, in the 1881 census, nor death registrations that fit them comfortably. However, in 1881 their son Christopher was under the roof of George and Mary BRAMBLES in Muston. He is described as the couple’s grandson and with him is William Burnett, who we met earlier. Now an 86-year-old widower, William is still working as a bricklayer. Unhelpfully, his relationship to the head of the household is given as “Boarder”.

I then became entangled in a thicket of Brambles. Jonathan BURNETT, the son of William and Hannah and possibly an older brother of our Thomas, had married Martha, the daughter of George and Mary Brambles. Christopher Burnett is clearly not related by blood to the Brambles but may have been thought of as their grandson. It is more likely that “grandson” in the census refers to Christopher’s relationship to William.

Some help is at hand on FamilySearch Tree. Old father William has a Y-line pedigree going back to the early 17th century. This link doesn’t acknowledge paternity to either Jonathan or our Thomas of interest and I’m reluctant to add either chap, partly because there seem to be two Martha BRAMBLES born 1838 in Muston. One appears to have been illegitimate – there is no Mother’s maiden surname in the GRO Birth Register Index. She married Robert Joseph STABLER in 1857 and the couple migrated to North America. Curiously, FG&C has more detail about her mother, also Martha, than FST, giving her death in Ontario, Canada in 1880 (though no source is offered). It seems very likely that Martha the Elder was the abovementioned George’s sister, but neither FST nor FG&C joins all available dots.

On this morning’s walk, I noticed a familiar name in Hope Street, only temporarily prominent and another smile generator.

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Doctor Scrivener Revisited

Today is the anniversary of Charles Waters SCRIVENER’s death in 1882 at the early age of 48. I wrote about him on the original Looking at Filey and hope you will check him out there. Scrivener stands up fairly well six years on but I made some assumptions back then and left one or two threads loose – and I’m not sure I can tie those neatly even now.

I surmised that Charles’ second wife, Mary Ann WOODALL, may have been a widow because her unmarried sister “June CALAM” was enumerated at the Scrivener residence in Rutland Street Filey in 1881. A reasonable assumption to make but it appears that Jane Ann CALAUM was her half –sister. This fact is not quite accurately recorded at the 1891 Census. A Jane Ann SCRIVENER is Keeper of a lodging house on the Promenade, Bridlington and her older unmarried half-sister Jane CALAHAN is with her. Oh, and it is Miss Scrivener! Ten years later Charles’ second wife is Mary Ann again but still denying widowhood, boarding with the GRINSDALEs at 23 Junction Street, Hilderthorpe. The sisters’ mother was Anna BRAMBLES and she has at least two records on FamilySearch Tree. Her “marriage ID” is MJDZ-WPS.

Charles is on FST with ID MGHP-GZY but without any wives at all.

Six years ago I knew Charles and Jane Margaret SWEET’s surviving child, son Thomas, had died at age 54 in Leeds but not whether he had married and had children. Kath’s Filey Genealogy & Connections reveals that Tom married Lilian Eliza HUTTON and the couple had three children, Lilian Caroline Margaret Ely born 1900, Charles Hutton Steven (1902) and Thomas Edward (1905). There is a note saying that Tom was a soldier when Lilian and Charles were baptised. You will find them on the Pedigree Resource File but not, I think, on FST.

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