Path 175 · Cleveland Way

Near Gristhorpe Wyke

Julia PRUST has left the slightest of impressions on Filey Genealogy & Connections. After marrying Charles Henry JEFFERSON in Leeds when she was nineteen, I lose touch with her. It is pleasing to see her with seven children on the Shared Tree. It seems that the Prust family name started out as PREST with the change occurring around the beginning of the Eighteenth Century. The European Surname Map indicates that in England and Wales Prests outnumber Prusts by about eight to one.

There seems to be a space on the Shared Tree into which John ‘Jack’ SHIELDS might fit  – after brother James and before Fred arrives. Kath has him there in Filey Genealogy & Connections. I have a photograph of the stone remembering him and his wife Sally. I will add it to the Shared Tree when his place has been determined.

In loving memory of a dear husband, dad, and grandad, JACK SHIELDS, died 8th July 1983, aged 71.

‘At Rest’


Also, his beloved wife SALLY, died 26th December 2003, aged 89, a loving mother and grandmother.

‘Reunited and in our hearts forever’

I think Sally is Sarah Elizabeth BOWKETT, born in Doncaster on 19 July 1914 to a miner, Vincent Hugh, and Sarah Elizabeth MERRITT (or MERRETT).

Sudden Death in a Railway Train

The Scarborough Mercury reported on the 4th December 1885:-

On Monday morning a man named Edward Creaser (76) master tailor, Filey, died in the train while journeying from that place to Scarborough. It appears that the deceased left Filey about 8-30 that morning in the train for Scarborough. On arriving at Cayton the deceased got out with a friend to walk up and down for a while. As he seemed ill the stationmaster was communicated with, and he at once sent the train on to Scarborough, so that the man might have medical assistance. However before the train arrived at Seamer, it was found that the man was dead. It is stated that the deceased has been for some time subject to heart disease. He has been a member and officer of the Primitive Methodist Church at Filey for a long period.

Edward’s age at the various censuses suggests he was born in 1811 or 1812, in Ruston Parva. He found his wife in Filey, marrying Elizabeth NEWTON at St Oswald’s in 1836. Their first 7 children were born in Flamborough, the next in Muston and the last in Filey, in 1855. Edward was still tailoring, and training an apprentice, at the 1881 census, when he gave his age as 69. His son George, then 34, had followed his father into the trade, and daughter Ellen worked as a machinist. Later, in 1902, she is listed in a Directory as a tailor in White’s Yard, off Queen Street.

Four of the Creaser children died in infancy and only two seem to have married, George unhappily to Jane BODDY, Esther more productively with a Norfolk incomer, James HOLMAN, though four of their six children had died before 1911.

In the thirty years or so that Edward resided in Filey, he didn’t rock any boats. The brief account of his death may have been the first time his name appeared in the paper, outside of advertisements for his business.

I have been unable to trace any of his forebears with certainty but, with all those children he had generated a dozen identities, and Elizabeth a like number, on the FamilySearch Tree. Most of this (snowy) morning was spent transforming this… –


…to this…


I hope some Creaser descendants will find the pedigree, check my effort and extend it fore and aft.