Saturday Stone

I put George KILLINGBECK and Ellen WOODS on my To-Do list two hundred days ago so contributing their stone to the FamilySearch Shared Tree is long overdue.

George was born in Filey and is buried here. He had to journey over 250 miles to find Ellen, a Berkshire girl. They married in London in 1874. I have not discovered Ellen’s whereabouts in the Census three years earlier but George is enumerated at Sandhurst Lodge, working as a footman to Baroness FEVERSHAM, (Lady Louisa STEWART). For a while, then, he was a mere twelve miles from Ellen’s home village.

Within a year of marrying, the couple had settled in Filey and widow Sarah Woods was living with them in Chapel Street (in 1881) and Station Road (1891). Their first child, Elizabeth, died in infancy but their four other children married and had small families.

George worked most of his life as a carter and it is sadly ironic that the only newspaper account of him I found featured a brief appearance at the coroner’s inquest into the death of his mother – knocked down in a Filey street by a horse and cart. (His father, John, had been killed by an express train, a short distance north of Filey Sation.)

I have some details to add to the Shared Tree – and have put several more family stones on The List. I hope it won’t take months for me to upload them to FamilySearch.

Measure of Man 66 · Flamborough Lights

Two Lighthouses (2016)


Charles William PERCY married into the JOHNSON family (recent post A Missing Firstborn). It would be no surprise to discover his descent from one of the most powerful families in northern England. The FamilySearch Shared Tree takes his pedigree back five generations but through variant spellings such as PIERCY and PEIRSEY. (To confuse matters further, in 1797 Michael Peirsey married “Franky Frances Piercy”.)

Charles and his wife Alice Ann died a few miles from Filey but both are remembered in St Oswald’s churchyard.

They seem to have led quiet lives.

Measure of Man 65 · Poop Bags

Morgoth’s Review: The Politics of Poop Bags


When she married William Anderson JOHNSON (the Younger) in 1894 the clerk at St James Church in Hull named her Rosiener. Her signature in the register offered an alternative spelling.

Some Census enumerators had difficulties, except in 1891 when she said her name was “Rose”. She is “Rosina” in the GRO Births Index.

HALL, Rosina, Mother’s Maiden Surname: KIRKWOOD. GRO Reference: 1864 D Quarter in SCULCOATES Volume 09D  Page 126.

Kath calls her this in Filey Genealogy & Connections, adding a note –

Name spelt: Rosiener in marriages. altho’ there are two variations of it ie Rosienier. 1901; aged 35 with husband William A Johnson & children Charles & Gertrude. living at 8 Church Street. Her husband was an insurance agent

This afternoon I photographed the Johnson house in Church Street. (I don’t think there has been a numbering change.)

“Rose” was the household head on census night 1911, with her two children. Charles, 16, worked as a florist’s assistant. I must look for William! He died in 1932 aged 61. FG&C has Rosina living to the grand old age of 87 but I haven’t yet been able to confirm her death at Hunmanby Gap in 1952.

Sunrise 52 · Mini Golf Course

A Missing Firstborn

Agnes GIBSON, who would give birth to twenty children, is currently the first child of Henry and Alice on the FamilySearch Shared Tree.

There is clearly time for Agnes to have had an older sibling after her parents married.

The next headstone on my To-Do List marks the grave of William Anderson JOHNSON and his wife Mary Elizabeth née Gibson. Mary is without forebears on the Shared Tree.

In the 1871 census, her birthplace is given as North Burton (an alternative name for Burton Fleming).

A simple query for “Mary Gibson” in FamilySearch Sources returns the top hit as –

The 1851 census clearly indicates the girls are sisters and it is surprising that the Shared Tree hasn’t brought them together. The absence of a birth registration for Mary may be responsible. It took me a while to find a confirmatory baptism source. For a number of years, the sisters, with their husbands and children, were near neighbours on Filey’s Crescent, the Johnsons at No.30 and the Perrymans at No.23.

I will place Mary Elizabeth with her birth family on the Shared Tree tomorrow and add the Johnson stone as a memory on Saturday.

Wave 49 · Filey Bay

Uncertain Future

We have the “pandemic” with the threat/promise of more contagions; wars and preparations for further conflicts; climate change; democide. (I don’t think that’s everything.)

I am too old to bother with prepping for survival, but I am interested enough in what is going down to spend most of each morning catching up with “events”. I now have less time for Filey history and genealogy. But what is the point of that anyway, if the end of the world is nigh?

Of course, we may not be doomed, so I will continue to put St Oswald headstones on the FamilySearch Shared Tree, for as long as the Old Internet remains accessible. I doubt I will be allowed onto the planned New Internet. Going forward, I will attempt to post a stone each Wednesday and Saturday.

Photographs of Filey are more popular than the history, so I will continue to post an image each day.

I may also briefly document the continuing human adventure, as reported by journalists and commentators. (Picked up pieces.)

It’s not dark yet, but we are getting there. It has been a long journey. At breakfast this morning, I read Simon Schama on the “prodigy” Samuel Palmer. As part of his education, there were “outdoor excursions into suburban pastoral”.

To persuade themselves that the deep country was the spiritual corrective to the grinding materialism of the town, the Romantics had to close their eyes to the brutalities of the modern British countryside, where enclosures, the peremptory disappearance of common grazing, and the incoming revolution of threshing machines had liquidated small tenancies, impoverished rural labourers, ignited violent attacks on the machines, brought militia into the villages, and sent multitudes into the rookeries of the towns and the maw of the factories.

The Face of Britain, p.384

Townscape 74 · Mitford Street

Nothing stays the same

Edmund or Edward?

William John PERRYMAN (Tuesday’s post) is currently without parents on the FamilySearch Shared Tree.

The parents have a presence, lacking children and forebears.

The Blue Hints are to the marriage register. FamilySearch offers a page image and the groom provides a signature.

(Citation: “England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988,” database, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2021), > image 1 of 1; London Metropolitan Archives, England.)

Filey Genealogy & Connections has given Edward and Hannah six children.

The three daughters are all present and correct in the 1841 census – but their father is “Edmund”.

The address given is No. 22 Tower, Dymchurch. “Edmund” is not given an occupation but the Tower referred to is one of many built on England’s southern coast to deal with the invasion threat posed by Napoleon Bonaparte. After that danger passed this Martello Tower served the Dymchurch Coastguard Station.  

Look for “Edmund” Perryman on a list of British coastguards on Genuki, and then scroll up to “Perriman” to see EDWARD and Hannah with two children in 1871.

In 1861, the family is in Murray Street, Filey, but not easy to find – unless you search for “Edmond PENYMAN”. I have not found the parents in the 1881 census but there is an 1883 death registration in Scarborough for an EDMUND Perryman, with an age at death that fits his birth year. I failed to find a death record for an Edward Perryman.

His widow appears in the next two censuses, living with son Edward James in St Mary’s Walk, Scarborough. She dies on 13 April 1901 (less than a fortnight after the census) and a Roman Catholic register records her burial four days later, giving her age as 86. The same age is found in the civil death registration source but the recent census giving her age as 91 is a better fit with her other vital records.

I have enough information now to extend the family on the Shared Tree. My coastguard will be Edward, not Edmund.

Tree 72 · West Avenue

Selective Memories

Father of twenty William John PERRYMAN died in 1925, aged 82. He was survived, as far as I know, by just four of his children. The large red marble headstone in St Oswald’s churchyard has plenty of space to remember the whole family but it bears the names of just three.

In loving remembrance of AGNES PERRYMAN, born July 17 1869, died Jun 29 1890.

‘Thy will not mine O Lord’

ALBERT PERRYMAN, born Oct 7 1886, died Oct 11 1887 (sic).

AGNES PERRYMAN, beloved mother of the above, born Sep 2 1849, died Oct 15 1909.

Dates inscribed in stone are not always correct. The church burial register notes that Albert was eleven months old when he died.

William seems to have been a successful plumber and house painter and in 1911 was living at 7, The Crescent – a lodging house as well as home for himself and unmarried children  Jeremiah, 31, and Alice, 30.

Photographed 11 November 2021

Jeremiah died in Bridlington in 1927 aged 49. Alice reached the grand age of 93.

Path 157 · Sand Hill Lane

Remembering Henry Perryman

One of twenty children born to William John and Agnes Ann in 1883, Henry didn’t get to know six or seven of his older siblings. They had already departed for the next world. The lost ones were replaced and in 1891 there were six Perryman children at home in North Street, Filey. Edward, 16, was the eldest and Henry, 7, the youngest. An older sister, Agnes, had died the previous year aged 20. Mary and Albert had not reached their first birthdays when they passed over in 1885 and 1887.

Henry married a shepherd’s daughter in 1911. Mary Ellen PATTISON, raised at the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, brought her first two children into the world in Nottingham, where Henry had found work as a fireman.

Shortly after war was declared in August 1914, Henry enlisted with the Sherwood Foresters (The Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). In the late summer of 1915 he was with the 1/7th Battalion in the area around Hooge and would become one of 50,000 British casualties in the Battle of Loos, fought between 25 September and 16 October. Wounded in combat, he died on 5 October.

The memorial in Filey St Oswald’s gives him the rank of Corporal but his headstone in Vermelles Britsh Cemetery, and most official sources, show him as a Private (Service Number: 2285). He is also remembered at the Filey Memorial in Murray Street. His adoptive city, Nottingham, is more fulsome in its remembrance than the town of his birth. His name appears on the Nottingham Police Force Memorial and on a memorial board saved from the demolished Holy Trinity Church. Nottinghamshire County Council’s Roll of Honour website also generously offers a Personal Profile of Henry compiled by Jim Grundy.

I have put Henry and sixteen of his siblings on the FamilySearch Shared Tree. An older brother, Frank, has a baptism record but I have yet to find sources for his birth and death. Children 19 and 20 remain a mystery.

Mark of Man 76 · Memorial Gardens

What a To Do

I have tried a few times to employ a To-Do List to help me complete Filey family and local history tasks.

I set up the current List at the end of May. The most recent task I set myself, No.39, was added in mid-September. Task completion rate overall is a modest 20%. That three-quarters of the first eight tasks have been done suggests good intentions and perhaps enthusiasm at the beginning. But check the completion times for the Killingbeck tasks below.

I began looking into the PERRYMAN family yesterday. Henry was the initial focus person because he is remembered on the Filey War Memorial in Murray Street.

And here he is, with Tom Holland Killingbeck of recent posts, on the Memorial in St Oswald’s Church.

Filey Genealogy & Connections gives Henry thirteen siblings.

Four children here died in infancy but in 1911 William John, by then a widower, stated on the census form that he was the father of twenty children, only eight of whom were living.

This unusually large family is much reduced on the FamilySearch Shared Tree.

There is a duplicate representation of the marriage of “just William” and Agnes [9799-F3M] and neither offers children. I am not sure how I missed these records a year ago, but when I put the headstone photo remembering the parents of Agnes on FamilySearch, I created an ID for her. Perhaps I was thrown by her having a middle name, “Ann”.

There is just one Perryman stone in the churchyard. When I photographed it three years ago it was in a sorry state.

I was pleased yesterday to see that it had been raised and will put a photo of it on FamilySearch as soon as I can. The inscription remembers mother-of-twenty Agnes, her third child Agnes (1869-1890) and Albert (1886-1887) who may have been her last-born, but currently No.18 in my collection.

William Edmund Perryman II seems to be the only child with an existing FamilySearch ID, married to “Jane Perryman” [KG6F-4B7]. Quite a task to put all the others on the Shared Tree.

Tree 70 · White Willow

Glen Gardens

Mary Goes a Different Way

Given the domestic situations of the LAW sisters towards the end of their lives, it is likely that Mary accompanied Elizabeth Isabella on the five hundred mile journey to London. But life in the capital did not suit her. She moved on another fifty miles to Liss Forest in Hampshire. In 1901 she is a housemaid at The Wylds, one of six servants ensuring the comfort of Robert HENDERSON, his wife and their three daughters.

The approaching 20th century brought change to this quiet corner of England. The Ministry of Defence built two army camps, the boundary to Longmoor being only three hundred metres away from the Henderson house. Bordon Camp was four miles further north and in 1901 a house painter called Frederick Walkley SAUNDERS was enumerated there. The fates arranged a meeting with Mary and the couple married in 1907, about a year before Elizabeth Isabella and Tom Holland KILLINGBECK tied the knot.

Mary and Frederick had just one child, daughter Jean Elizabeth Margaret. Frederick didn’t live to see her marry in Filey St Oswald’s church.

You may recall that St Kitts was Elizabeth Isabella’s address in 1915 – and notice that the connection to Scotland remains intact.

Mary died about 15 months after the wedding, before grandson James David Lee NICHOLSON was born.

Last Tuesday I offered a scrap of FamilySearch Tree showing “David Nicholson” and a photograph of his headstone indicating accidental death. James, an Olympic athlete, was killed in a car accident.

Below is a fragment of SAUNDERS  pedigree. Frederick George is Mary Law’s father in law.

I have gathered enough information to connect this to the Law, Killingbeck and Nicholson families – and can then put the “twin headstones” on FamilySearch as memories.

Dog 34 · Jess