A Visitor

In September 1842, the Reverend Charles CARR and his young wife brought their infant daughter to the coast. They had to make the thirty-mile journey back to Burnby Rectory without Emily Charlotte Frances, having chosen to let her rest eternally in St Oswald’s churchyard. The burial register notes her age, 4 months, and her status – “a visitor”.


With little information to go on, it seemed idle to wonder what sort of life Emily would have had, given time. Some possible scenarios opened up after a bit of digging in the archives.

Elizabeth Agnes LUNDY was Charles Carr’s second wife, and 22 years his junior. His first wife was also called Elizabeth and she died in Winchester at the age of about thirty, when Charles was Rector of Headbourne Worthy. I haven’t found evidence of her birth but her family name may have been BOYNTON, on the flimsy evidence of her only child (perhaps) being baptised Elizabeth Rachel Boynton CARR.

Nine years after Elizabeth the First died, Charles married the Second, a daughter of Lockington’s Rector, Francis Lundy. Charles’ origins are uncertain but I think he was born in Knaresborough, so by returning to Yorkshire he was, in a way, coming home.

Emily was preceded by Agnes Marianne, and followed by Charles Francis and Amy Elizabeth Emily. The boy was less than six months old when he died but the sisters made it to their sixties. Neither of them married.

Charles died aged 67 in 1861. Somehow, he had turned the shepherding of his Burnby flock into a lucrative business. He left what appears to have been a remarkable art collection.

[To be sold by by AUCTION] on TUESDAY, the 2nd Day of July next, at BURNBY RECTORY, near Pocklington, the whole of the Choice and Valuable Collection of OIL PAINTINGS, by Italian, Flemish, and Dutch Masters of the Old Schools, formed with great taste, care, and judgment, by the late Rev. Charles Carr, embracing fine examples of many of the most eminent Ancient Masters, including “The Holy Family” by Julio Romano, a magnificent production; a “River Scene by Moonlight,” – Vandermeer, a pleasing transparent cabinet gem; a “Grand Mountainous Landscape, with Cattle, Goats, and Figures near a Fountain,” on the banks of a stream, by Berghem; a “Sea Piece”, by Backhuysen, with all the fine silvery tone of the Master; “Landscape and Figures,” by Zucharelli; and many highly important Works by


Whatever the sum raised by this sale, it seems to have been enough to keep three ladies in comfort for the rest of their lives.

Ten years after her husband’s death, Elizabeth II was living in Albion Place, Scarborough, with Agnes and Amy, then aged 30 and 24 and without occupation.

By 1881 the trio had moved the short distance to 4, Princess Royal Terrace, where they now formed a quartet with Elizabeth’s unmarried sister, Agnes Eliot Hamilton Lundy, who had “income from house property”.

The four ladies clearly enjoyed living together on their own means and were still resident in Princess Royal Terrace in 1891. Death split up the group in 1900. Elizabeth Agnes was the first to go. Her daughters moved to 34 Londesborough Road, and their Aunt went to live a ten-minute walk away, with her younger sister, 74-year-old Emily Henrietta Lundy, now the widow PAIGE. These two were still together in 1911 but the younger Carr sisters had died by then, Agnes Marianne in 1905 and Amy Elizabeth Emily in 1910.

Our little visitor, had she lived, may have found a good man to love and be loved by, but I think the odds are that she too would have chosen comfortable independence in the Queen of Resorts, free of the messiness of marriage and children. Just a thought.

Find Emily on FamilySearch Tree.

Thomas the Nut Warmer

This newspaper story made me smile.


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.


England’s Turn


Filey Stalwart

Carr DIXON, Bridlington born, a linen draper and milliner, died aged 77 and his funeral took place this day 1909. His representation on FamilySearch Tree is minimal [ID MGHV-YBV] and Kath’s Filey Genealogy & Connections doesn’t have much more to add to his pedigree, though if you hit the children tabs you will gather quite a few of them.

I wrote a post about Carr on 28th June 2012, A Man of Weight in which I promised to try to discover the circumstances of the early deaths of his son George Frederick in 1897 (aged sixteen)  and his grandson Henry Waller  “Rennie” DIXON in 1924 (aged nineteen). I failed to keep that promise five years ago – and didn’t find anything online about either young man this afternoon. A note for George Frederick on FG&C states:-

…we deeply regret to say that considerable gloom was thrown over the whole town, owing to the funeral that day of a son of Mr Carr Dixon.  Deceased was a fine lad of 16 whose death was due to an accident. Every sympathy was expressed for the bereaved parents, the hymn sung at the funeral “Brief life is here our portion” having a melancholy appropriateness. The Vicar never made such individual remarks when young fisherboys were lost!

I would guess that the last sentence is Kath’s observation, the rest perhaps from the Scarborough Mercury.

I was amused to read in the old post, “As it came on to rain this afternoon I photographed the Dixon headstone.” It started to rain last night and hasn’t stopped all day. We need it though, being about 230mm short this meteorological year compared to the last.