Cousins

Affected by the too early deaths of Emily Charlotte Frances CARR and John William Arthur DANBY, I set about extending their pedigrees. An early discovery was the first-cousin marriage between two of Emily’s first cousins once removed, Charles ARDEN and Marian Charlotte LUNDY. It is my first first-cousin marriage and I thought I must have made some data entry errors! The common ancestors for Charles and Marian are the Reverend Francis LUNDY and Elizabeth BARBER, daughter of another man of the cloth, Thomas Gaunt Barber. (Francis and Elizabeth married each other twice within a few days, in each of the “family parishes”.)

If you go to Francis on FamilySearch Tree and toggle the next generation chevrons for Francis/Agnes and John Barker/Elizabeth Ann you’ll see the connection.

I next followed John’s mother back to her heartland at the southern edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. The SEATON family proved to be extensive and mobile and this morning I found myself in a York street I know well. I didn’t live in the city long but spent many a happy hour in the Impressions Gallery. A few doors away in Colliergate, Matthew MILLINGTON lived with his wife Bessy Seaton and, for too short a time, their only child, Joanna Ann. Joanna died aged 14 in 1880. So, she was only six years old when her second cousin John William Arthur Danby died. I wonder…

There is more work to do on the Seaton family so the connection to John and Joanna’s common ancestors isn’t yet established on FamilySearch Tree. But Joanna is here.

If I can get my act together tomorrow I will bus out to Kirkbymoorside, where John’s grandfather was born, and where his great grandfather died.

A Lincolnshire Lad

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John was only 22 when he died in Filey, but three enumerators had taken a census snapshot of him.

Just a few months old in March 1851 he was not at home on his father’s 400-acre farm at Hibaldstow, where he was born, but at his maternal grandfather’s house on The Mount, in York. He was there with his mother Anne and older sister Grace.

Ten years later John was at boarding school in St George Gate, Doncaster and in 1871, age 20, he was helping his mother run the family farm. His father had died a little over a month earlier. Widow Anne seems to have made the decision to sell the farm shortly after her husband’s death and an auction had taken place shortly before the enumerator called. Perhaps 860 sheep, 45 beasts and 26 horses had already gone, along with over a hundred acres of sown land and pasture.

I don’t know why John was in Filey the following year or the cause of his death but further investigation revealed that the Danby family must have had some connection with the town. What this might have been exactly is difficult to fathom but two of John’s sisters were married at St Oswald’s.

Grace married farmer William LITTLE from Willoughton in Lincolnshire about 21 months after John’s death. Seven years later, Lucy married Henry Hall BEDFORD. He wasn’t “local” either.

Between Grace and Lucy, there was Lavinia Mary. She didn’t marry but at the age of 53 died in Scarborough.

I have put the photo of John’s headstone on FamilySearch Tree but there is a problem with the IDs of his father, Joseph. I’m not sure how to merge a duplicate because it has already been declared “not a match”. Find Joseph with his more extensive family here.

 

Alice and Her Sisters

Alice COCKCROFT was one of the three widows left to “lament their bereavement” following the deaths of their husbands in November 1852. She was well practised in lamentation.

On the 29th August that year, her younger sister Esther had been laid to rest, aged 17. Ten days later, her elder sister Hannah was buried.

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Alice’s daughter Mary was about 9 months old at this time and her niece, Sarah Ann BIELBY, had recently celebrated her first birthday. There may not have been much discussion before the bereft man and woman, each with an infant to raise, chose to live together. (They would be inseparable for about fifty years.)

The 1861 census found Alice keeping house for George Bielby and Sarah  Ann in Foxroyd Yard, Flamborough. (Mary was with grandmother Sarah Cockroft in South Street.) Ten years later the two girls, now 19, were in Front Street, Flamborough, with their “single parents”.

Mary Stephenson flew the unusual but practical nest first, in 1874, to marry William Joseph GARDINER. The couple moved to Hull and lived in Terry Street for about forty years – without the “blessing” of children.

Sarah Ann married Richard Acklam BAYES in September 1876 and had four children, three girls and a boy who would play cricket for Yorkshire.

George William Bayes, as an amateur in a summer sport, would almost certainly not have given up his job as a fish buyer, or his home in Flamborough. In 1933 he made a short film of fishermen at North Landing and “the climmers” on the headland. You can watch it here. George William was not related by blood to George Stephenson but it would be surprising if he hadn’t been told stories about his “granduncle”.

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Screengrab from George William’s film.

I have made some connections on the FamilySearchTree that help to form a picture of the future denied to George Stephenson. I am unable to present his forebears because there are problems to be resolved.

I have found Flamborough Fishing Families to be a reliable online resource but in this instance, it doesn’t agree with FST.

FFF indicates that George’s parents are George and Mary née CHADWICK. I think this is correct.

FST marries George, son of George and Mary, to a “Mrs Stephenson”, with daughters born in 1857 and 1862. I think Mrs S is Jane DANBY, of North Frodingham. She married George there and they raised their family in Roos. Just to confuse matters further, FFF has the George who went to Roos marrying “Elizabeth”.

Of the three men who drowned in 1852, two families (Bailey and Major) have representatives buried or remembered in Filey St Oswald’s churchyard. If I find Flamborough Stephenson connections to Filey I may return to the difficulties with George senior and junior.