A Puzzling Mismatch

Fisherman James WYVILL, born in Filey in 1808, was thirty years-old when he married Mary CROMPTON. Over four years passed before their first child, Crompton, appeared in August 1843. Two years later, little Mary paid a brief visit and was followed by James early in 1848. Subsequent events suggest the brothers were close.

“Crump” married Elizabeth Jane FELL on 11 March 1865 and their first child, John William, was born about five weeks later. Two more children arrived before the 1871 census. The children were with their now widowed grandfather James in Queen Street and, it seems, their parents – but their father is given as James.

James would have been 23 in 1871 and older brother Crompton 27. Furthermore, on this census night James had been married to Jane WATKINSON for just five months and they had just welcomed their firstborn, William, into the world.

It appears that the same enumerator visited both households but didn’t notice a mistake had been made.

James junior had a little over nine years of life remaining, until a gale in late October 1880 destroyed the yawl Eliza and all her crew. Jane was a widow for just over four years and then married Crompton – under her birth family name and not as a Wyvill. I wrote about her a couple of years ago in Rachel’s Sister.

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Filey Sands

Rachel’s Sister

Elizabeth Jane FELL was five years younger than Rachel (Saturday’s post) but, like her big sister, she married at age 24. She had six children with Crompton “Crump” WYVILL and four reached adulthood and married. One little girl died almost immediately on arrival, the other stayed for just over two years. They were both called Rachel.

Elizabeth didn’t make old bones.

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In loving memory of CROMPTON WYVILL, late Coxswain of the Filey Lifeboat, the beloved husband of JANE WYVILL, born August 28th 1843, died August 21st 1904.

‘His end was peace’

Also ELIZABETH JANE, wife of the above, born Oct 18th 1840, died May 1st 1879.

‘She sleeps in Jesus’

Also JAMES WYVILL, the beloved husband of JANE WYVILL of Filey, who was drowned from the yawl ‘Eliza’ during the severe gale on the 28th – 29th Oct 1880, aged 32 years.

‘Thy will be done’

Jane WATKINSON was 22 years old when she married had three children, all boys, before James was lost in a storm while fishing. After four years as a widow, she married James’ older brother, “Crump”. She was only 36 years old but the second marriage for them both appears to have been childless. After twenty years, Jane found herself a widow again.

[Mr. Crompton Wyville]. Who was approaching the allotted span of life, died on Sunday in a sudden manner. He went out for a walk on Sunday afternoon on the Crescent and met several friends. On returning home he was taken ill, breathed heavily, and died in a few minutes. Deceased having been medically attended, there was no necessity for an inquest, and although the end was not altogether unexpected, Mrs Wyville and family have received many expressions of condolence in the bereavement. During the time deceased was coxswain of the Filey lifeboat, several good services were rendered by the crew, and Crompton Wyville was known as a brave and fearless man. When he retired from the position about ten years ago, the Lifeboat Institution showed their appreciation of his services by presenting him with an illuminated address of thanks. His interest in the institution continued to the end, up to the time of his death he acted as collector at Filey. The Rev. A. N. Cooper, vicar, conducted the last rites.

Driffield Times 27 August 1904

Jane was 81-years-old when she died in 1930.

Find Elizabeth Jane, Jane and the Wyvill brothers on the Shared Tree.