UK warming reached a new peak yesterday, with record temperatures recorded at two places with acres of tarmac and jet engines. Durham Tees, my nearest dependable weather station, is an airport too but the northeast coast was not bright red on Dark Sky yesterday, so I wasn’t surprised that we didn’t go above 40 degrees centigrade.

I usually note daily mean temperatures but here is what the daily highs have been this month.

It is much cooler today, 22.8°C at 13.30. The 3-day heatwave raised the Durham Tees Warming Rate by 5 “IPCC Units”, from 60 to 65.

If the global annual mean temperature above pre-Industrial rises by one unit  (0.02174°C) each year from 2017, the planet will reach the Paris Accord target of 1.5°C in 2040. Clearly, northeast England has blown through the target already and there is possibly nothing that WEF-types, Extinction Rebellion, or a Grand Solar Minimum can do to change this. Fortunately, much of the Earth is returning mean temperature figures as low as they were, globally, before mankind started burning coal in vast quantities. So, perhaps there’s nothing to see here.

What Happened to Ann Crimlis?

The best place to look for Ann and her kin is here.

On the Shared Tree, Ann’s passing hasn’t been established, and she has only been given one child – Catherine Evilene DANIEL. I think she had two other daughters, firstborn Mary Elizabeth and Annie, who arrived after her father’s death. Somewhere in the Wild West of online trees, Ann senior reaches the age of eighty and dies in Pocklington, possibly survived by seven of her eight children – and therefore not today’s birthday person.

Imagine what it must have been like for Ann to be left with two infant girls and a third on the way. How on earth did she cope? Fathers with small children to raise in Victorian Britain seemed to favour marrying again, quickly. It is possible that Ann tried that, but my search for a second marriage drew a blank. What I found instead was evidence that Mary and Annie were fostered.

In 1881, the enumerator found an unusual household in Church Street, Filey. A Lincolnshire plasterer, George WOODS, 54, and his wife Mary, also 54, had with them Mary’s brother Thomas MAULSON, 58, and two nurse children – Mary and Anne Daniel, aged 8 and four.

In December 1896, Annie Crimlisk Daniel married Josiah John LUNTLEY in St Oswald’s Church. After fifteen years of marriage, they were still childless but in 1911 they were living at 43 Church Street, Filey, and with them was 83-year-old Mary Woods, described as “Foster mother”.

Sources tell us that Annie was born in Ilkley, about eighty miles inland. Was there a Crimlisk family connection to that place? Or does the distant location indicate the mother’s distress?

Ann has disappeared – until someone can find for sure what happened to her.

Fanny COLLINS is the niece of Christopher ROUTH, baptism 13 June.

William SMITH and Sarah POOL are the grandparents of Wharton Smith, death 12 June.

Elizabeth JENKINSON married Thomas CRIMLISK, the uncle of Mary, Catherine, and Annie DANIEL (above).

Elizabeth BURGESS was the first wife of Thomas MAULSON, the brother of Mary the foster mother (above).

It’s a small world.

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Tempora mutantur?

Vicar of Filey at Bridlington Priory Church.

The Rev. A. N. Cooper, M.A., vicar of Filey, preached the sermon at the men’s ser­vice at the Priory Church, Bridlington, on Sunday afternoon. Over four hundred men attended. The Borough Band played selec­tions in the church, and the Bridlington orchestra accompanied the singing. The lesson of the day was read by Mr Major Lawson, and Mr Rial was the soloist, sing­ing “Thou’rt passing hence.”

The Rev. A. N. Cooper preached from the text “The Lord was not in the earthquake,” and remarked they had lived to a time when the greatest earthquake in history had oc­curred if they measured it by the number of lives lost. At Lisbon 60,000 people perished; in Sicily two centuries ago perhaps 60,000 perished. At Messina, no less than 150,000 were supposed to have been destroyed. Was there no lesson for them in such wonderful phenomena? Everything in nature had a lesson for them. The wind – it was like the spirit of God; they never could tell where it would not be found. Scientists explained that beneath the earth there was boiling lava, and water poured into the Lava would create steam which at length would have to find escape, and it escapes up through the earth. The lesson for them was that there were some things which could not go on. The Italians were accounting for the earthquake by recalling that at Messina on Christmas Eve some men who had been playing at cards and had lost, came from the place they had been playing in, in a bad temper. And like other men in a temper, they vented it upon the first thing they met with. A procession was passing along the street, with a crucifix borne at its head, and the gamblers rushed at the crucifix and trampled it underfoot, and spat upon it. The Italians blamed those men for the earthquake. The answer was not given correctly, but very often the boy who answered his teacher wrongly knew most about the subject. The Italians seemed to recognise there were some things in the earth that could not go on. Five years ago Russia was at war with Japan; and they had heard that while the Russian officers were in­dulging in all kinds of luxury, grand pianos following them about from camp to camp, the soldiers’ shoes were made of brown paper, and of other enormities. One felt that that could not go on. When more than a hundred years ago in France, the people learned that Napoleon lived upon champagne and turtles, and paid no taxes, the poor people who paid the taxes lived upon boiled grass. That kind of thing could not go on, and sure enough, the revolution came on, which after all was only another form of earthquake. Near­er home they saw the same thing. He had noticed that women seemed to stick all the closer to the men who used them badly. That was not the spirit of the thing that made an earthquake. Careless­ness in the home sometimes produced an earthquake-carelessness and neglect; so did extravagance. A domestic earthquake must follow if men and women were spending thirteen pence for every shilling they received. Idleness, too, produced earthquakes sometimes as when a man neglected his work by ceasing to be punctual and the sooner they rooted out such characteristics the sooner would they get rid of the causes of earthquakes in their lives.

The Scarborough Mercury Friday 12 February 1909


Birth Added A headstone photo as a Memory on the Shared Tree.

Baptism Frances WATKINSON married twice and her second husband, William POWLEY, is the grandfather of Walter above. Work is needed on the Powley pedigree to enable the connection to be traced on the Shared Tree.

Marriage  William STORY is the father in law of Elizabeth STEER (see last Monday’s Anniversaries). I put a photo of his headstone on the Shared Tree some years ago but the link to it has been broken by a subsequent merge (or ID swap). William has five duplicate IDs and his wife Elizabeth has nine! If I had more time…

Death  Thomas HAXBY has a limited pedigree. Kath put this brief note on FG&C –

Before going into Silver Birches, his address was  Burlington House, Bridlington. His nearest relative was George Haxby (brother) of 118 Worthing Street Hull. He was admitted into Birches on 14h August 1970 & transferred into hospital on 30 Jan 1971 where he died on the 19th February 1971.  (E.Riding Register that was held at Silver Birches).  Notes from Parish records show different date of death

Burial  Jane NELLIST was born in Ugglebarnby near Whitby. Her family on the Shared Tree goes back to the 16th century, with a clear preference for Danby. There is one PRUDENCE stone in St Oswald’s churchyard and it almost certainly remembers her husband’s people. But although she is buried here, I can’t find the exact location of her last resting place.

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