This day 1829 David GASH [LCMS-6D5]was baptized in Boston, Lincolnshire.
Lincolnshire and Yorkshire make up the heartland for British Gashes. Of 208 people born with that name and enumerated in the two counties in 1881 69.7% were yellowbellies. The tykes were fairly evenly allocated to the three Ridings. Only 4.3% had been born outside the two counties; 74.5 % of the 208 were born in Lincolnshire implying a limited migration to Yorkshire. I haven’t tried to find exactly when David made that move. He is in Sutterton, Lincolnshire in 1841 with parents and four siblings and Kath’s database has him marrying Ann LANCASTER in Scarborough when he was 24 years old.
Here he is on the FamilySearch Tree (FST) the eldest of nine children born to Edward and “Mrs Mary Anne GASH”.
But wait, David has a duplicate ID. Here he is shown with some of his descendants and his parents Edward and Mary Ann.
This second fragment of pedigree is low on children and the maiden names of wives. Kath’s Filey Genealogy & Connections (FG&C) is richer in Yorkshire coast Gashes and identifies at least one of the wives. It also links the younger David to three mtDNA generations where FSToffers none.
Yesterday I hunted around for the GASH wives and had some success, finding names that have evaded the compilers of several Ancestry public trees. (I don’t have an Ancestry account so cannot inspect those pedigrees closely or readily contact the owners.)
My perfunctory research needs to be checked but I discovered that “Old David” (born 1829) married the widow Ann LANCASTER. Born Ann GLENTON her marriage to William LANCASTER was registered in Scarborough in March Qtr 1847 (Vol 24 Page 506).Here’s the GRO entry for David and Ann’s son Edward George.
I found seven GRO records for children of Edward George and Mary Hannah SAYERS. They did not include an elusive Annie who FST has being born some four years before her supposed parents married. The 1911 Census reveals that Edward George and Mary Hannah had nine children of which four had survived thus far. I will try to find the two that are missing.
What of “Old David’s” mother, Mary Ann(e) born 1811. The eldest of her four children on FG&C was fortunately born after Civil Registration began and the GRO gives her maiden name as DAMM. GRO Reference 1838 Dec Quarter in Boston Volume 14 Page 222. (There were just 6 Lincolnshire DAMMs enumerated in 1881.)
Both FST and FG&C leave “Young David” single and without issue. He married Henrietta CROMPTON in the first quarter of 1914 (Sculcoates 9d 201) and enlisted about the time his daughter Phyllis was born in 1915. The wee girl died in 1917 aged 2. David died the following year, a couple of weeks after the armistice, while on active service in Hull.. He is buried in Hull Western Cemetery, remembered in St Oswald’s, Filey and online here.
David’s younger brother, Edward was killed in action about two months before the armistice. He is remembered on the family stone in St Oswald’s churchyard and at the Ploegsteert Memorial, south of Ypres.