1777 Staithes · Birth At eight days old, Mary was baptised at Hinderwell. She was twenty-nine when she became the second wife of William BULMER(46). They married in Filey, had three children and then William left Mary to experience thirty years as a widow. She is buried in St Oswald’s churchyard in an unmarked grave.
1870 Filey · Baptism When she died at the age of thirty, her father carved a handsome stone that ensured she would be remembered. (But I don’t know the cause of her death.)
1831 Beverley · Marriage Edward and Hannah’s descendants struggled to keep their line going but great-granddaughter “Louie” STENNETT married Herbert Copley MOWTHORPE in Skirlaugh and gave us local historian “Ces”. He contributed a description of The Black Hole (Hunmanby’s Lock-Up) here.
1822 Scarborough · Death Christopher was born in Bridlington but soon afterwards the family moved to Filey. Kath noted his unfortunate demise in Filey Genealogy & Connections.
On 1st March 1822, he fell into the sea whilst boarding a ship at Scarborough. He had previously fished at Filey.
I don’t think he has a place on the Shared Tree yet but I am fairly sure he belongs to this family.
1919 Filey · Burial Jane Elizabeth Scotter née CAMMISH was only thirty-three when she died.
It seems that most “official” sources record Jane as a Cammish but I think she was widely known as Jane Sayers. Her mother, Sarah Cammish, married Edmond SAYERS a couple of years after Jane’s birth. The fact that Jane named her son Edmund Sayers Scotter suggests to me that the man who raised her was her biological father. Here she is on FG&C –
The picture is somewhat different on the FamilySearch Shared Tree.
The inscription on her headstone reads –
In sweet remembrance of JANE ELIZABETH, the beloved wife of GEORGE SCOTTER,
who entered into rest Feb 25th 1919, aged 33 years.
1844 Filey · Baptism Stephen TODD and his wife Mary POPPY started a family in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk but moved to Filey about 1839. Their second Yorkshire-born child, Sarah, died in her first year. Their next daughter was born about a year later and they named her Sarah. After the 1851 census, the family moved to the West Riding and in 1861, when Sarah was seventeen, they had a boarder called John WOOD, aged 19. A Primitive Methodist Local Preacher, he married Sarah less than a year later. The couple set up home next door to Stephen and Mary in New Wortley, Leeds and had three children when the enumerator called in 1871. In 1901, Sarah is a widow, living with three children and a servant in Headingly, Leeds. Ten years later she is alone at 11 St Michael’s Road, Headingly. A Leeds death registration in 1913 fits her closely (age 70) but needs confirmatory evidence. She is named on a 1922 source relating to the death of her son Stephen in the United States.
1827 Bridlington · Marriage Henry and Ann had nine children, all born in Bridlington. Third son Carr Dixon married Mary Ann POOL in Bridlington but died in Filey and is buried in St Oswald’s churchyard.
1851 Filey · Death Kath expresses uncertainty in a note on FG&C that Susanna GENERY married chief boatman John STOCKDALE. But the Shared Treehas Susanna JENNERY and “Susan” is remembered on a handsome stone in St Oswald’s churchyard, though her name is hidden by grasses and bluebells.
1844 Filey · Burial The bodies of young John COWLING and Thomas WISEMAN, lost from the two-masted lugger Jerome in Scarborough Bay, were brought home for burial. John’s father drowned with them but his body was not recovered. See Brief Wives.
1903 Bridlington · Birth Percy was the third child of Thomas William DUKES and Annie GILL. The family moved to Filey around 1907 and after Norman’s arrival, there was a seven-year gap to Winifred’s birth in 1914. Percy was thirteen when his father was killed in the Battle of the Somme. He married Elizabeth, the daughter of Joseph WALKER a Lancashire man who had crossed the Pennines to work in the South Yorkshire coalfield. Percy died aged 82 in 1985 and Elizabeth followed towards the end of 1986.
1817 Egton · Baptism Frank RHEA probably lived all of his 80 plus years in and around Egton, near Whitby. There is nobody with this family name in St Oswald’s churchyard. He is remembered here because his daughter Sarah made a second marriage with Robert HARRISON, a Whitby tailor and farmer. Their children were born in or around Glaisdale but Charles “married out”, taking for his wife Mary Edmond LANE, a descendant of the first Filey Jenkinsons and several other fisher families.
Just how much Frank and his wife Margaret owed to Sarah and grandson Charles can be teased from the Shared Tree.
1786 Reighton · Death Johnson BESWICK was born in Gristhorpe and I expect to find he was raised at the Hall there, but he is in FG&C as a customs/excise officer. He married Frances HUMPTON at Filey St Oswald’s.
1920 Filey · Burial Matthew John SWANN also married at St Oswald’s, though he was born in Thornton, Yorkshire and his last address was in Edgbaston, Birmingham. He is remembered in Filey churchyard and I’ll put the stone on the Shared Treesoon.
Charles William PERCY married into the JOHNSON family (recent post A Missing Firstborn). It would be no surprise to discover his descent from one of the most powerful families in northern England. The FamilySearch Shared Tree takes his pedigree back five generations but through variant spellings such as PIERCY and PEIRSEY. (To confuse matters further, in 1797 Michael Peirsey married “Franky Frances Piercy”.)
Charles and his wife Alice Ann died a few miles from Filey but both are remembered in St Oswald’s churchyard.
Father of twenty William John PERRYMAN died in 1925, aged 82. He was survived, as far as I know, by just four of his children. The large red marble headstone in St Oswald’s churchyard has plenty of space to remember the whole family but it bears the names of just three.
In loving remembrance of AGNES PERRYMAN, born July 17 1869, died Jun 29 1890.
‘Thy will not mine O Lord’
ALBERT PERRYMAN, born Oct 7 1886, died Oct 11 1887 (sic).
AGNES PERRYMAN, beloved mother of the above, born Sep 2 1849, died Oct 15 1909.
Dates inscribed in stone are not always correct. The church burial register notes that Albert was eleven months old when he died.
William seems to have been a successful plumber and house painter and in 1911 was living at 7, The Crescent – a lodging house as well as home for himself and unmarried children Jeremiah, 31, and Alice, 30.
Jeremiah died in Bridlington in 1927 aged 49. Alice reached the grand age of 93.
Robert Tate KILLINGBECK was an older brother of Tom Holland, (killed at Gallipoli, see A Different World). He married Christiana SELLERS in August 1895.
Thomas, Christiana’s paternal grandfather, was born at the end of the 18th century and had at least six children. There is an empty space on the FamilySearch Shared Tree where their mother should be.
Blue hints for Thomas point to “Sarah” being the mother of two baptised children. Filey Genealogy & Connections gives her birth family name as REID and I attached a note some years ago saying that FamilySearch offered WHITE. More recently, a Sarah WILES had fulfilled the role of wife and mother – and had then dismissed for being “wrong”.
There is a Sculcoates parish marriage record of a Thomas SELLORS marrying Sarah White in January 1819. She would have been no more than seventeen years old.
Census records would show Carnaby or Bridlington as Sarah’s birthplace and Thomas was a Hunmanby man, so the couple marrying in Hull is a bit concerning. Some solid evidence is needed if Sarah White is to be returned to the Shared Tree.
I caught a glimpse yesterday of a Find My Past member’s tree that had lonely Thomas dying in Australia in 1878, but amongst his sources on the Shared Tree is the 1881 census putting him in the Northgate home he had occupied for many years.
The seven grandchildren here had been born to daughter Mary Jane and husband William SMITH. Mary’s older brother George also had a large family – with a Mary SMITH (confusing, huh?) and it was their ninth child, Christiana, who became Mrs Robert Tate Killingbeck. A son, Thomas Holland, was nine years old when his eponymous uncle was killed at Gallipoli.
Before bringing an outcast Robert JENKINSON in from the cold [L8S2-22P], I searched again for his children and found…
Previously, I had looked for a Robert born in 1819 +/- 2 years. My bad. But I am pleased to have this family to build on. When I have added the missing children I will introduce them to their paternal grandparents. That will be a shock to “the system”.
This morning I had a last look for missing children on the Shared Tree and found Robert the Second, born in the summer of 1855. When he was 19 years old, he married Elizabeth STEPHENSON. Though that isn’t quite how he has been presented.
The three-year discrepancy in father Robert’s birth year is a red flag, and the absence of the children’s grandparents is disconcerting but, yet again, it is the attached sources that confirm that there is something amiss here.
The contributor who attached three sources was clearly aware of the birth year difference but allowed this weed to take root anyway.
The second source earns flower status because the “wrong Robert” above will be made right by simply changing the birth date. The children shown in the screenshot seem right, though six more have to be added. The note added by the contributor isn’t quite correct, (“age 20 born 1854)”, and it doesn’t reveal that the bride’s mother in law was Elizabeth COLE. It also fails to point out that the Robert born in 1852 to Robert Jenkinson and Rachel HODGSON, died aged 9.
The third source is also a flower, being the Bridlington household of Robert and Elizabeth nee Stephenson.
It will take a few more days to fix the errors plaguing the closely related Jenkinsons of Filey and Bridlington – and to upload their several Filey St Oswald’s headstones to the Shared Tree as memories.
In April 2019 I put a headstone on the Shared Tree that remembered Robert STORK, his two wives, Margaret CHAPMAN and Rachel HUMPHREY, and Margaret’s second daughter Elizabeth, who died aged six in 1857.
Elizabeth already had an ID [MGCB-W3S] but if you search for this now you get…
Searching for Elizabeth, born 1851 in Filey, delivers this Top 3…
Number 1 is our wee girl, with her parents and correct years of birth and death – but a different ID, GS79-JX2. Click to the Shared Tree…
Although heartened that this Elizabeth has the right dates, I am disappointed that her “memory” has been removed. And who is this “rachel Stork”? She has no sources attached and I don’t think any will ever be found.
It gets worse.
Number 3 on the search list (above) is Elizabeth Stork born in Flamborough in 1851, wife of George Henry WESTFIELD. On the face of it she is not our Elizabeth but click on her and, notwithstanding death in 1906 and the absence of forebears, she has a memory.
So much for little Elizabeth’s early death being written in stone – and affirmed on paper.
Finally, the Elizabeth currently tagged to the Stork headstone has a calculated age at death of 55. The GRO Deaths Index entry says Mrs Westfield was six years older than that.
WESTFIELD, Elizabeth, Age at Death (in years): 61. GRO Reference: 1906 M Quarter in SCULCOATES Volume 09D Page 156 Occasional Copy: A
I cannot find a Bridlington birth registration for Elizabeth Stork in 1844, 1845 or 1846. There is this in 1847 –
STORK, Elizabeth, Mother’s Maiden Surname: ULLIOT. GRO Reference: 1847 D Quarter in BRIDLINGTON Volume 23 Page 29.
And here is “wrong Elizabeth” in 1901, from FamilySearch records –
Elizabeth Christiana VICKERMAN married Bridlington sailmaker Thomas SCRIVENER in 1809 and in the next fifteen years gave birth to at least six children. I do not know when she died but Thomas married again in January 1831 when he was 44 and Anna CALAUM 35. Henry Thomas was born at the end of November 1831 and Charles Waters in April 1834.
On Monday I mentioned the unusual bond the brothers had. I said that when William Charles Scrivener was born “maternal grandmother Elizabeth Sweet was also his aunt”. This is a true statement but it does not tell the whole story. William’s birth was registered in the June Quarter of 1867, eleven years after the widow SWEET married his uncle Henry Thomas. His father, Charles, married Elizabeth’s firstborn daughter in St Oswald’s, Filey on the 15th of May that year, when she was either near term or already a mother. Impossible to say when Elizabeth attained her grandmother to William status. She died before the year was out.
Why would a 24 year-old fellow marry a widow twenty years his senior and a mother of seven children, five still living? For love or money?
Some sources claim that Elizabeth’s first husband, William Sweet, was a solicitor but I think he was only a solicitor’s clerk. She may not have been a rich widow. In 1851, aged 20, Henry was working as a draper, but enumerated at an establishment in St Pancras that housed 55 boys and men between the ages of 13 and 47 (median age 25) – an assortment of carpet salesmen, cashiers, clerks – and drapers. I do not know what accidents or designs took him from the capital to the far north of England but in 1861, five years after marrying, he was head of a household in the parish of St Andrew, Newcastle upon Tyne, a “Mustard Manufacturer employing 2 Men”. (Elizabeth’s father in law, Samuel Sweet, had been a Mustard manufacturer.) Three of Elizabeth’s children were at home, including Jane Elizabeth, Henry’s his sister-in-law to be but described by the enumerator as his “daughter-in-law”.
The following year Henry declared himself bankrupt and, for reasons I cannot fathom, was still a bankrupt six years later.
Younger brother Charles Waters Scrivener set out on a more elevated career path. Aged 17 in 1851, he was a Student of Medicine in Hull. I have not been able to find him in the 1861 census but in 1871 he was living in Clarence Terrace, Filey (now West Avenue), an “MD Doctor”. With him were Jane, their second son Thomas, Jane’s sister Mary Elizabeth Sweet and a servant, Elizabeth FOSTER, 19. As mentioned on Monday, first son William Charles was with his grandfather on census night and it would appear that Mary was in Filey to help Jane in a time of trial. Four weeks after the census Mrs Scrivener was dead. She had given birth to three children in three years and had suffered the ignominy (maybe) of her husband’s bankruptcy.
Eighteen months after his wife’s death, Charles married again. His bride was Mary Ann WOODALL. Alas, it does not appear that her father was William Edward, Registrar of the Court.
By 1881, Charles seems to have re-established himself as one of Filey’s doctors. (In 1873 he was also Acting Assistant Surgeon of the 2nd East Riding of Yorkshire Artillery Volunteer Force.) The family of three had moved to 3 Rutland Street and with them was “June CALAM”, a single woman aged 62 described as Charles’ “sister-in-law”. I think this was Jane Ann CALAUM, daughter of Michael and Anna née BRAMBLES. Sources indicate that Charles’ mother, Anna CALAUM, was born eighteen years before Michael and Anna married. As I do not have Michael’s birth record yet, it is possible Jane and Anna were half-sisters.
Henry was a widower for just over five years. He married Jane WINN in Hartlepool in 1873 but I have not found a parish record that might have given his occupation. He had recovered remarkably from bankruptcy because in 1871 he claimed to be – a surgeon. He also told the enumerator he was 35 and had been born in Scarborough. On census night he was visiting widow Dora MORISON, 47, and her four children in Castle Eden, County Durham. Eldest son James, 17, was a Medical Student at Edinburgh University.
Henry died a Gentleman in 1879.
I have not been able to discover what he was doing at the Globe Hotel.
Brother Charles followed him to eternity about three years later and is buried in St Oswald’s churchyard, but nowhere near his first wife.
Dog 29 · Gizmo
The little fella migrated inland some time back. I hope he is keeping well.