Garden of Earthly Delights

Another case of mistaken identity made me think of the FamilySearch Shared Tree as a domain where vital record sources are flowers. Many family plots are carefully and lovingly tended with beautiful floral borders. (We won’t look to see what is going on in the shrubbery.) But some gardens have unsightly and annoying weeds in them. Flowers in the wrong place.

Filey Genealogy & Connections has two boys called Robert JENKINSON, both baptised in 1819, the first in February to Thomas and Mary nee CASTLE, and the other in August to George and Mary nee SCALES. The two fathers were brothers.

A few days ago I turned to the elder Robert, to prepare for the placing of his headstone as a memory on the Shared Tree. I had done some work on the family a couple of years ago and was surprised to find that “my” Robert had been cast into outer darkness and replaced by this fellow:-

Usurper Robert has five sources attached to his record. Let us sort the weeds from the flowers. In chronological order:-

A weed
A weed
A flower
A flower
A flower

The birth of Elizabeth BARRICK was registered in Scarborough in the December Quarter of 1844. In 1841 her mother may have been enumerated twice in York as both Barrick and Barwick. A female servant, given age 20, was in two places in York on census night – in St Michael Le Belfrey and Minster Yard with Bedern. After 1851 I have found no trace of Robert and Ann Jenkinson. “Builay” is not a recognizable Yorkshire place name but a couple of sources give a glimpse of young Robert in the Doncaster area. There is an outside chance that “Builay” is Bawtry. I have not found the registration of his death in Durham.

The parish marriage register entry names the fathers of “Filey Robert” and Elizabeth Cole.

And here is the headstone remembering Robert, Elizabeth, and six children of their children.

In memory of MARY ELIZABETH JENKINSON, daughter of ROBERT and ELIZABETH JENKINSON, who died February 25th 1850, aged 2 years.

Also of five of their children, ABRAHAM, JANE, MARY ANN, ROBERT, and THOMAS, who died in infancy.

‘These lovely buds so young and fair

Called hence by early doom

Just came to show how sweet such flowers

In Paradise would bloom’

Also the above ELIZABETH JENKINSON the beloved wife of ROBERT JENKINSON

who died Oct 20th 1900 aged 79 years.

‘Died in peace’

Also of the above ROBERT JENKINSON, who died March 12th 1904, aged 86 years.

‘His end was peace’

Townscape 71 · Food Fair

Crescent Gardens

Going to Waugh

It isn’t unusual for Filey Pedigrees to be Y Line heavy. Here is an example. It is based on information in Filey Genealogy & Connections.


The Filey spear side of the family represented here is the 9th most populous in Kath’s database. In the two times great-grandparents column, I have given the other positions in the Names Table. (The count is a rough one and includes married women.)

I have been told recently that not a great deal is known about the distaff side. Three male 2xggps are not known to me but all 16 on the female side are missing from FG&C. (Boxes that are a darker blue/pink indicate that the family name is known at those locations.)

I have kept the male line identity anonymous for now, but I expect that the sequence of names in the 5th generation may amount to a unique code. Perhaps someone reading this will crack it. (Don’t forget the “9th” clue.)

The FamilySearch Shared Tree is a revelation, though it flatters to deceive. There are two men called Thomas WAUGH vying for supremacy in one generation. Both have a surprisingly high number of sources but neither looks “right”. They present their genetic credentials in this edited FST screenshot.


Annie Elizabeth Waugh is the daughter of Thomas WAUGH and Annie PEARS. The couple married towards the end of 1877 in Hexham, so you can safely dispose of any children born before little Annie.  Her seeming twin, Pollie, should be sent back to Barnsley, where she belongs. The left panel has Annie Elizabeth’s full sister, Margaret Hannah, but all other children can be cleared from that field. Mother Annie died in 1883 at age 29 and Margaret Hannah quit life’s struggle the following year, aged two.

With two infant girls to care for, Thomas the Coal Miner wasted no time seeking a mother for them. He married Elizabeth BROWN within a year of his first wife’s death. In 27 years of marriage, Thomas and Elizabeth had five children, three of whom died before the 1911 census. The survivors were John Thomas and George Edward. Edith Brown WAUGH is the only casualty of childhood for whom I can find a reliable birth registration. Two other Waugh children with a Brown mother (Elizabeth Ann and Christopher) died in infancy but they were born in a different registration district. Chester-le-Street is almost 50 miles east of Haltwhistle, where Edith had been born, but it is only a few miles further to Houghton le Spring where their fifth child came into the world.

Annie Pears’ daughter, now “Annie Lizzie”, married miner George GLAISTER towards the end of 1898, in Gateshead. The birth of their first child and the death of the father were registered in the same quarter, about nine months later. I haven’t found a newspaper notice of George’s death, but he may not have set eyes on his daughter. She was given the names Annie Elizabeth Georgina.

Georgina wasn’t an only child. After a few years of widowhood, her mother married Thomas NOBLE in Gateshead and at the 1911 census, the house in Broomfield Terrace, Crawcrook, sheltered the parents and five children, including Georgina’s half-sister Hannah Lilian and half-brother Stanley.

When George’s girl married in 1919, she was just Georgina – and her granddaughter married into a Filey family.


A Good Soldier of Jesus Christ

On this day in 1897, a large number of people gathered at St Oswald’s Church for the funeral of Forster CROZIER. About four months earlier he had collapsed in the pulpit while taking the Wednesday evening service at the Wesleyan Chapel in Filey. He was taken by cab to his home in Rutland Street, unconscious, and made only a limited recovery in the weeks remaining to him.

His vigour as a Wesleyan Minister had dissipated some years before, but in his prime, he’d been a great facilitator for school and church building in a number of circuits around the country.


His brother, Richard, was also a Wesleyan Minister. Their starts in life made them unlikely Christian soldiers. Forster was six, and Richard a year old, when their father was killed in a mining accident. At the 1851 census Forster, given age 10, was a coal miner. Richard followed him down the pit and in 1861 both were miners, living in Pelton, near Chester le Street, with their mother Margaret and sister Mary. Before the next census was taken Margaret was dead, the brothers had found God, and Forster had a wife.

In October 1871, Hannah Hart née ROBINSON gave birth to a girl, Edith Maud, in Govan, Scotland, and perhaps not long afterwards died. (I haven’t found a record of her death.)

Forster married Mary Ursula WOOLLEY at the beginning of 1875 and their first child, Clara Jane, was born about nine months later. The Croziers would have four more children.



In loving memory of FORSTER CROZIER, Wesleyan Minister, who died at Filey April 23rd 1897, aged 56 years.

‘A good soldier of the Lord Jesus Christ

His languishing head is at rest.

His thinkings and achings are o’er

His quiet immovable breast

Is heaved by affliction no more’

Also MARY URSULA, wife of the above, born April 30th 1848, died April 30th 1926.

‘Now we see through the glass darkly

But then face to face’

One of the many wreaths on Forster’s coffin had carried the following inscription:-

A good soldier of Jesus Christ. A tribute from friends in King’s Lynn.

Christians are now the most persecuted religious group on this messed up planet. What would Forster and his Wesleyan “family” make of this – and the unbelievably gross insult of being called “Easter worshippers” by war criminals. For God’s sake…

Find this Forster on FamilySearch Tree and information about several more in this PDF.

The Beaumonts of Where?

Henry Reginald Tyrell Clare BEAUMONT was buried this day 1900 in St Oswald’s churchyard. I have been unable to link  Henry with certainty to any action in South Africa but his regiment, The Buffs, was at Spion Kop and the Relief of Kimberley. The latter event took place between the 11th and 15th February 1900, giving the poor chap time to fall ill and make his way back to England to die at the end of May. One has to wonder, though, at the time it would have taken to make that journey, and the earlier trip home to marry in 1899.

I haven’t managed to find out whether he married Rachel or Constance. I thought it would be an easy discovery to make, with a Census following only fifteen months or so later. It appears, though, to be a BEAUMONT family habit to dodge the census enumerators, even offering misleading names now and again. More confusing still, some of the birth registrations for Beaumont offspring don’t fit neatly into the available census families.

It was a help to stumble upon The Tathams of County Durham, a pedigree that included Henry’s parents. His father, Joseph Tyrrel BEAUMONT, married Hilda Gertrude TATHAM about ten years after Emily OLDROYD died. It doesn’t, however, answer most of the questions regarding the children of Joseph Tyrrel Beaumont and his father, also Joseph.

This branch of the Beaumonts seems to have rooted in the West Riding, in the Huddersfield and Mirfield areas. Emily was from Dewsbury. Joseph senior married Maria BRITAIN and her ties to Ripon may explain a Beaumont shift towards Harrogate.  Both generations, though, have handsome headstones in a Filey churchyard, even though Joseph senior seems to be the only one to have died in the town.

These Beaumonts clearly had an affection for Filey but kept a fairly low profile here. In 1871 Joseph and Maria were living on The Crescent. Ten years later, Maria was a widow and had downsized, marginally perhaps, to St Martin’s Villa, which she shared with spinster daughter Anne. Maria died in Boston Spa and Anne in Harrogate. Both are remembered on the marble cross in St Oswald’s churchyard.  I photographed it in drizzle and terrible light this afternoon so have chosen to render it rather gloomily. When the sun next shines I’ll make a photo that can be uploaded to FST. Joseph senior and Maria aren’t represented there yet and the younger Joseph doesn’t have all his children or his second wife. The soldier is here.


Sacred to the memory of JOSEPH BEAUMONT, Esq., who died at Filey, July 23 1880, in the 70th year of his age.


Also to MARIA, beloved wife of the above, who passed away June 28th 1892.

‘The Lord is my shepherd’

In loving memory of ANNE, eldest daughter of JOSEPH BEAUMONT, Esq, who entered into rest 11th November 1902.