An Odd Couple

I don’t have the figures, but I don’t think it was unusual for women in Victorian Britain to be pregnant on their wedding day. (Those that weren’t may have been breastfeeding.)

When Ann TEMPLE married for the first time in 1875 she was 34 years old, the mother of five children and probably pregnant. I haven’t been able to find a birth registration for her sixth child, Ellen (or for her third, Mary Ann), but she would give birth in marriage to two more.

The father of all her children was almost certainly James BULMER, the eldest son of Graves Bulmer and Ann Hudson (post Horse Trading last Sunday).

In 1861, James was 26-years-old and unmarried, farming 120 acres at Reighton, near Filey, and employing 4 servants, one of whom was Ann, his housekeeper.

Ten years later, still at Moor Farm, Ann has three children bearing her name, aged 6 down to two and she continues to be a servant to unmarried James. (A fourth child, John her eldest, was away on Census night.)

William came along in 1872 and three years later James and Ann decided to wed.

Filey Genealogy & Connections has given both of them a previous spouse but the marriage register (via Find My Past) clearly shows their single status.

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The family seems to have moved to Filey before the wedding and in 1881 they are all together in Queen Street. Eighth and last child, Hannah, was born in 1884. The five children who had previously gone by “Temple” have all taken the Bulmer name, though it seems unlikely they were formally adopted.

As indicated above, two of the children may not have been registered at all, and none, as far as I can tell, was baptised. The scarcity of sources and the name changes have meant the family’s representation on FamilySearch Tree has been minimal. I have put Ann’s first five children on the World Tree with an “unknown spouse”, but acknowledging James’ probable paternity in notes. I had to create records for several children because “the system” didn’t recognize them. I created a Mary Ann TEMPLE ID but she is already on the Tree as a BULMER. I’ll do a merge later using the existing ID because it links to her husband, Thomas Henry JOHNSON, and some of her children.  There is a Johnson family headstone in St Oswald’s churchyard, broken alas.

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In loving memory of TOM HENRY, the beloved husband of MARY JOHNSON, died Feb 8th 1932, aged 65 years.

Peace, Perfect Peace

Also of the above MARY JOHNSON, died June 16th 1944 aged 78 years, also of

BEATRICE ELLEN, beloved wife of their son HENRY JOHNSON, died March 17th 1947 aged 47 years

Also of LOUISA MARY, daughter of the above T.H. AND M. JOHNSON, died August 15th 1962 aged 65 years.

Also of the above HENRY JOHNSON, died 20th February 1965 aged 70 years;

Also THOMAS GLAVES (sic), son of the above T.H. AND M. JOHNSON, killed in the Great War April 10th 1918, aged 19 years.

Today’s Image

Bland’s Cliff in Scarborough is named after the Quaker, John BLAND, who lived on the steep street at the beginning of the 19th century. I think this may be him on FamilySearch Tree. It is an intriguing Pedigree anyway, leading to far-flung places.

Neighbours · 2

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I’m not sure who Graves BULMER’s parents are, or if he had any siblings. He has a limited representation on FamilySearch Tree.

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At the 1841 census, he was with wife Ann and their three young boys, farming from Moor House, at the edge of the village in the vicinity of Common Right Road. Ten years later his address was given as “the Houses near the Railway Station”, though an 1851 map shows there were hardly any dwellings in that part of Filey at that time. He had left the land to work as a publican and fishmonger. He died before the 1861 census was taken.

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In affectionate remembrance of GRAVES BULMER who died October 11th 1858, aged 52 years.

‘While spirits in the clouds above

Do sing and praise redeeming love

Their bodies in the bed of clay

Wait silent till the joyful day.’

Also JAMES BULMER, son of the above, died Feb 16th 1911, aged 77 years

‘Peace & rest’

Ann, a widow for fifteen years, was buried in St Oswald’s churchyard in 1873, though I don’t know exactly where. The space beneath Graves’ inscription waited another forty years or so before being filled with a remembrance of eldest son James’ passing.

In 1871 Ann was enumerated in Chapel Street North, described as an Innkeeper. In Filey Genealogy & Connections she is listed as a Beer House Keeper. Her domain, The Star, is pictured below about half a century after her death.

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1920, photographer unknown, courtesy Joanne Cammish

Neighbours · 1

WilliamGravesWilliam Munro and Graves Bulmer rest eternally in St Oswald’s churchyard, about a hundred paces from each other. In life, for a short time, they were near neighbours. In October 1834 a notice in a local newspaper gave advanced notice of an Auction of properties in Filey to be held early the following year.

 

Also, two other MESSUAGES or DWELLING-HOUSES, one of them newly erected, and now in the occupation of Mr. Wm Dunn, and the other occupied by Mr. Munro, Surgeon.

Also, a neat STONE COTTAGE, with the Barn and Out-buildings adjoining, in the occupation of Graves Bulmer. Also the BATH-HOUSE, fitted up with Hot and Cold Baths, and a piece of Building Ground in the Town Street.

A note in William’s record in Filey Genealogy &Connections states:-

1823:  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 M’s house.

(The date “1823” must be treated with suspicion. A 17-year-old surgeon?)

At the 1841 Census, four Munro men were living in Main Street, Filey. William is first named, age 35, occupation Surgeon. Donald, 65, is a Grocer; John, 20, a Confectioner; Donald, 25, an Engineer. Also enumerated are a Surgeon’s Assistant, two female servants and a boy, 10, also a servant. William’s wife, Agnes, had died the previous year but his mother (and the elder Donald’s wife) was still living but enumerated elsewhere.

In 1851, Donald senior is living alone in Murray Street, Filey, age given as 74 and described as a widower and “Out Pensioner of Chelsea and Bath Keeper”. I don’t know what happened to the younger Donald or John, but the deaths of William, his mother, and wife are recorded on this headstone.

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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 [blank] 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.

The East Yorkshire Family History Society’s transcription gives the name of William’s wife as “—ES” but the first three letters of Agnes can, just about, be recognized. The GRO Death Index entry offers confirmation.

Name: Age at Death (in years): 
MUNRO, AGNES 41
GRO Reference: 1840  D Quarter in SCARBROUGH  Volume 24  Page 306

William’s father died in the June quarter of 1861, probably in Filey because his death was registered in Scarborough District, but I can’t find him in the census, taken that year on 7 April.

I’ve mentioned the Munro ethnicity – and don’t have the slightest idea what brought the family to Filey. I turned to FamilySearch, hoping to find William’s origins. I searched for him in Scotland with a birth year between 1804 and 1806 and 15 Williams of that ilk were returned. Only one had a mother called Janet.

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I checked the christening source.

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“Daniel” is a caution. But wait!

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And on Find My Past there is a transcription from Scottish Marriages 1561 – 1910 recording the union of Donald MUNRO and Janet SHEPHERD at Canongate, Edinburgh, 28 May 1803. These pieces of evidence suggest that “Daniel” on the christening record is a transcription error.

I haven’t found a cause of William’s early death but he clearly made an impression on the people of the area. On 11 March 1878, under the challenging title Monuments of Negligence at Filey, a gentleman began his letter to the editor of The Scarborough Mercury thus:-

Sir,-Through seeing in your paper for some weeks past sundry notices relative to the ancient town of Filey, I was induced to visit the place, and would fain call back to memory the names of men such as Dr. Munro, Dr. Cortis, Mr. Suggitt, and many others who were ever alive to the necessity of enhancing the interests of this romantic spot, and by them a spirit of enterprise was manifested in attending to the wants of a growing population.

‘Sinus Salutaris’

Tomorrow I’ll tell what I know about Neighbour BULMER.