Men in Drink

Gathering notes and sources together for Wiki Tree  “profile people” is time-consuming. Writing their biographies likewise.

Charles Waters SCRIVENER, surgeon, was visited with a variety of misfortunes in the late sixties and early seventies of the 19th century. His second child died not long after her birth in 1868, he declared himself bankrupt the following year and in April 1871 his wife Jane died. Six months before that, in the process of getting a valuation on a watch from Nathaniel (aka William) COOPER, he was assaulted in the Refreshment Room at Filey Station by a drunken carriage proprietor. John RICHARDSON believed the surgeon had a monetary debt to repay.

The debt in today’s money is about £290 and John’s fine plus costs a little over a third of that. I’m sure I have seen John in court before but his pedigree contains some solid citizens in Filey Genealogy & Connections. His representation on FamilySearch is minimal. He married twice but neither spouse is recorded on the Shared Tree.

Watchmaker Cooper has three footholds the Shared Tree, twice as Nathaniel, once as William – the pages generated by his own christening and those of his two daughters.

 Charles’ friend, William THORALD, may be the Reverend William THOROLD who is buried in Manor Road Cemetery, Scarborough. He has a brief biography on the Yorkshire Chess History website and it is interesting to note that “William was accused by his congregation in Weeton of being a drunkard, and was removed from active pastoral care”.

I hope to put Charles on Wiki Tree tomorrow.

Townscape 66 · Scarborough Spa

Small Transgressions

The funeral of David BURR senior took place 127 years ago. Weathering has smudged some of the letters on the headstone that remembers him, his first wife Isabella and two of their daughters, but it still looks imposing. He worked first as a chimney sweep before entering the ranks of carriage proprietors. (Pun intended – couldn’t resist.)


In loving memory of DAVID BURR, who died 26th April 1891, aged 65 years.

Also ISABELLA his wife, who died 6th Jan 1874, aged 43 years.

Also MARY, daughter of the above, who died 9th Dec 1865, aged 15 years.

And REBECCA who died in infancy.

‘With Christ which is far better.”

Isabella gave birth to 10 children. The youngest, James, was three when she died. David wasted little time providing his offspring with a stepmother, the twice-widowed Elizabeth BURNHAM. She would see the arrival of all but a couple of David and Isabella’s thirty or so grandchildren before her death in 1903.

David was born in Huntingdonshire but married Isabella in Lincolnshire when he was 21. Two years earlier, at the Louth Sessions, he had been found guilty of stealing a chimney sweeper’s brush and soot cloth and sentenced to “one calendar month, and once privately whipped”.

After marrying, David and Isabella crossed the Humber and their first child was born in Snainton. By 1854 they appear to have settled in Filey and, as a carriage proprietor, David found himself transgressing the Local Board’s bye-laws. On two occasions, in 1882 and 1886, he was brought before the Bridlington Petty Sessions with John COLLEY and fined a few shillings – for causing an obstruction outside their premises in King Street, and for “canvassing for fares by drawing their carriages off the authorized stands”.

David clearly has a lot of descendants and some may be scattered across FamilySearch Tree but he doesn’t have a presence yet. I found his father today and provided him with a wife but to see a more extensive pedigree you will have to check in at Filey Genealogy & Connections.

John BURR  on FST, and on FG&C.

Crimes & Misdemeanors

At the Bridlington Police Court on Friday 20th July 1883 before Lieutenant-Colonel PRICKETT and the Reverend C. W. HUDSON a Filey STONEHOUSE was charged with a breach of the Local Board Bye-Laws. The report in The Scarborough Mercury ran as follows:-

Abraham Warf Stonehouse, carriage proprietor, Filey, was charged with unlawfully standing in the Foreshore-road, and plying for hire on the 30th of June. In reply to the charge, defendant said he was standing on a piece of private ground, which he had rented for four years. Sergeant Bramley stated that about noon on the day named he saw the defendant standing with his carriage on the Forshore Road, but when he (witness) went towards defendant he drove on a few yards on to the piece of ground he mentioned. He had cautioned defendant a day or two before. Defendant having been convicted last year of a similar offence, was now fined 10s. and 9s. costs.

“Warf” is a local pronunciation of the family name WAUGH. In the early 1820s two WAUGH sisters married STONEHOUSE men whose relationship isn’t clear in Filey Genealogy & Connections (FG & C) – but both couples chose to call their firstborn sons Abraham Waugh.

The Abraham Waugh STONEHOUSE who found himself at odds with Sergeant BRAMLEY 134 years ago was the grandson of Samuel STONEHOUSE and Rachel WAUGH. Here he is (without his middle name) on FamilySearch Tree.


Names in yellow are on FG& C. I have found GRO records for the 8 children in Kath’s database. FST has six children but the elusive Harry may be Henry.

Some of the girls from this generation of STONEHOUSE families married well in local society. It was the men who got into scrapes – and worse. A couple of them were charged with cruelty to a horse. Samuel, brother to our carriage proprietor, killed his wife. You will find him on FST with the ID L5TZ-8G3. (Daughter Ellen Elizabeth has a “data problem”; her date of death has been wrongly entered. It should be 1889.)

These two scraps of pedigree could be joined fairly easily but it would take more time than I have spare. As with other Filey families, turning to FG & C for help will bring dividends to anyone caring to undertake the task. At some point the STONEHOUSES link with the CRIMLISKS which grows a few more branches on the community tree. One of our cabman’s sons, Albert Charles, married Elizabeth GASH whose brothers were subject of a recent post. Before their deaths on active service in the First World War her husband’s cousin, Samuel D. STONEHOUSE, who ran for help when he witnessed his mother being killed, lost his life on the Western Front.  (There is a another twig in FS Genealogies for Samuel Dixon STONEHOUSE – it is from the Filey Community Tree I started to assemble when running the first incarnation of the Looking at Filey blog. Kath’s is more informative!)