Sand 45 · Tideline

Annie Rose Cooper was baptised at the Wesleyan Chapel in Filey when she was just a month old and buried in St Oswald’s churchyard ninety-one years later. Her parents Thomas and Rosannah were our wedding anniversary couple on 14 March. Rosannah died in 1909 and on census night years later Thomas was eighty and still working as a joiner and undertaker. Annie, 43, was with him and so was her older sister Kate. Thomas indicated that Kate was his housekeeper but someone has crossed this out. Annie’s occupation is a mystery.

Their home had eleven rooms and after the death of Thomas, the daughters continued to live at Binton House, West Avenue. It was Kate’s last address in 1944. Annie died in Bempton Lane Hospital fifteen years later.

Binton House

Frederick Norris PEACOK’s father was a gadfly. In a six-year stay in Filey, he saw four of his children baptised at St Oswald’s. In 1834 he told the clerk that he was a lodging house keeper, in 1826 that he had no occupation or profession, in 1838 a brickmaker and in 1840 “a gentleman”. A year later he declared to the enumerator that he was “Ind”. He kept busy for seven more years, fathering three more children, leaving his widow in 1848 with seven to care for. It is fortunate that she appears as a “landed proprietor” in the 1851 Census. In 1861 she elaborated – “Proprietor Railway Shares Land & Houses.”. Her three children over twenty didn’t have to work. In 1871she settled for “Landowner & Annuitant.”  She had only her youngest daughter for company. I haven’t tried to follow the others who were perhaps still alive, but Frederick was dead, on the sixth day of December 1869.

The seven children of Robert COLLEY and Sarah Hannah NODDLE have not yet been born to them on the Shared Tree. When John Richard has been given an ID, he can be hooked up to Gladys Mildred, daughter of Frank and Louisa née BLUNDELL.

Edward George GASH and his wife Mary Hannah buried four infant children. The Great War ended the lives of two young men who went for soldiers. Their daughter Elizabeth’s first husband was also sacrificed. See a bit more about Edward in Family Gash

The boy sailor Robert DONELSON may never have a place on the Shared Tree. There is speculation that he was a native of North East England or Scotland but, other than that, his life sketch is in the burial record, complete until someone finds out more about him.

Family Gash

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.


Today’s Image (previous post)

If I hadn’t seen Michael Kenna’s Wave, Scarborough, 1981 I probably wouldn’t have thought of taking a photo like this.  Michael’s website.