Mixed Marriages

Registered at birth as Hester Frances, Esther SHERGOLD is the grandmother of Vena Beatrice SMALL, wife of Corporal Robert HARRISON (Saturday’s post). The area around Wilton in Wiltshire was a hotbed of Shergolds in the 19th century.

In 1861 Hester is seven years old and described in the census as “daughter of Housekeeper”. Her widowed mother, Ann, has two other children with her in the household of John TRIGLE, an agricultural labourer and a widower.

The GRO Births Index entry for Tom Shergold (1846) gives his mother’s maiden surname as THORN; for younger sister Sarah Ann (1851) it is THORNE. Hester’s mother is not named in the GRO Index. This is usually an indication that the child is illegitimate.

The search for Ann’s dead husband brought these two marriages –

John Trigle had three motherless children in the house kept by Ann Shergold in 1861 and the Births Index affirms that his wife’s maiden name was Everett.

The first sight I had of Emanuel Shergold was on the FamilySearch Tree.

This Emanuel died in 1859, Charlotte fifteen years later. “Just Jane” in the screenshot is Charlotte’s daughter by an unknown father, born before marriage to Emanuel and, I suspect, unwisely married off to stepbrother James because she is described in the 1851 census (HO107 Piece 1848 f.115 p.15) as Emanuel’s “daughter in law”.

The Emanuel who married Ann in 1846 died towards the end of the following year, when his son Tom was about a year old.

And yes, dear reader, John Trigle married his housekeeper in 1864. In 1881 they are enumerated in Church Street, Stapleford. John, 58, works the fields and Ann takes in laundry. The 1891 census indicates that Ann has ceased work but John labours on at the given age of only 66.

Ann’s youngest child made her way to London and in 1880 (as Esther) married Gilbert SMALL, a policeman, in Camberwell. They had eleven children. Second daughter Lydia Vina (or Vena) did not offer her maiden name when registering the birth of Viena Beatrice Small in the first quarter of 1905, or give the father’s name when the child was baptised (as Vena Beatrick in transcription) at Charlton Near Dover, Kent (19 January).

“Beatrice V Small” married Robert Harrison in Scarborough in 1931 and in 1950, three years after Robert’s death, “Vena B” married Cyril HARDWICK in Filey St Oswald’s. This stone marks her grave in the churchyard…

In loving memory of VENA BEATRICE, dearly loved wife of CYRIL HARDWICK

and a dear mother, fell asleep 16th March 1976 aged 71.

‘Gone from our home

but not from our hearts’

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Google alt text: a close up of a person’s hair

Corporal Harrison

Robert was the first of four sons born to Charles and Mary Edmond nee LANE (Tuesday’s post The Young Father). He is remembered on his parents’ headstone but is buried some distance from them in a Commonwealth War Grave.

Information about his army service is sparse on the CWGC website – and his service number in the index differs from that on the grave marker.

The birth of a daughter, Dorothy G., was registered in Ripon in 1934, mother’s maiden surname GREENHOW, but I cannot find a record of the marriage of Robert and Vera Beatrice.

I haven’t made any progress connecting Robert to his forebears on the FamilySearch Shared Tree. This is how things stand today.

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The Young Father

Was Charles HARRISON only twenty-three years old in 1911?

My first thought was that this is a transcription error, so I turned to the page image.

The transcriber’s failings are inconsequential. Glaisdale for a birthplace would have been better and Francis for Joseph’s middle name but Charles’ offering of his and his wife’s name,and their ages, have been faithfully rendered.

What was distracting Charles when he filled out the form? He should have known he was 33 years old and that Mary’s middle name was “Edmond”, after her second great grandmother Hannah EDMOND.

Charles’ father on the FamilySearch Shared Tree is as yet unmarried, so there is a lot of work to be done on the pedigree.  Charles and Mary are commemorated on this stone in St Oswald’s churchyard with four of their eleven children…

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Men in Drink

Gathering notes and sources together for Wiki Tree  “profile people” is time-consuming. Writing their biographies likewise.

Charles Waters SCRIVENER, surgeon, was visited with a variety of misfortunes in the late sixties and early seventies of the 19th century. His second child died not long after her birth in 1868, he declared himself bankrupt the following year and in April 1871 his wife Jane died. Six months before that, in the process of getting a valuation on a watch from Nathaniel (aka William) COOPER, he was assaulted in the Refreshment Room at Filey Station by a drunken carriage proprietor. John RICHARDSON believed the surgeon had a monetary debt to repay.

The debt in today’s money is about £290 and John’s fine plus costs a little over a third of that. I’m sure I have seen John in court before but his pedigree contains some solid citizens in Filey Genealogy & Connections. His representation on FamilySearch is minimal. He married twice but neither spouse is recorded on the Shared Tree.

Watchmaker Cooper has three footholds the Shared Tree, twice as Nathaniel, once as William – the pages generated by his own christening and those of his two daughters.

 Charles’ friend, William THORALD, may be the Reverend William THOROLD who is buried in Manor Road Cemetery, Scarborough. He has a brief biography on the Yorkshire Chess History website and it is interesting to note that “William was accused by his congregation in Weeton of being a drunkard, and was removed from active pastoral care”.

I hope to put Charles on Wiki Tree tomorrow.

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Sweet

The first monumental inscription in the East Yorkshire Family History Society Survey of 2014/15 remembers Jane Margaret SWEET of Newcastle upon Tyne, who married Filey doctor Charles Waters SCRIVENER. I created a profile for her on Wiki Tree this afternoon. I need to add her mother, siblings, husband Charles and her children but you can check out the start I have made here.

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footway, railway crossing, 54.204430, -0.291068

Still Missing

Four days into the year and it is clear that I have little hope of reaching my target of putting a profile a day on Wiki Tree (with a Filey churchyard headstone photo attached.) Six months ago (21 July) I pointed out the “bad marriage” of Ann TAYLOR to Richard MARSHALL. A contributor to the family has given Ann her rightful husband so that I can now honor the sacrifice of their grandson, Thomas CLARK, who went missing on the Western Front in July 1917. The work involved in preparing for his memorial to be put on FamilySearch and Wiki Tree has taken several days – mainly because links appeared to several previously unrecorded family units.

I put the stone remembering Thomas on the Shared Tree as a memory this morning and will attempt to create his Wiki Tree profile tomorrow.

On 19 July last year I wrote briefly about Thomas, owning up to not finding a record of his death on the Commonwealth Graves website. I have searched again but his disappearance is still a mystery. He has been confused online with a Thomas CLARKE who went missing in action in July 1918. His body was recovered and he is remembered at Pernes British Cemetery in the Pas de Calais – but his parents lived in Leicester, so he is almost certainly not our Thomas (the provided Filey connections notwithstanding).

Edmund, Ann Taylor’s younger brother, crossed the Pennines and married in Lancashire. His son James emigrated to Canada and some of his descendants (the children of Brian Taylor) traveled on to New Zealand. My thanks to Joan for this information – and for making it easy for me to add the remembrance of Thomas to the pedigree.

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South Bay

We All Make Mistakes

I was a bit sniffy in last Thursday’s post about the treatment of poor Elizabeth Agar nee CHEWon the FamilySearch Shared Tree. Delving further into the tangled web of Filey parish Chews, I realised today that I had given Robert CHEW, born in 1777, at least twelve more years on the planet than he had enjoyed. I cannot remember now what possessed me to create an ID for him two years ago when there was a good record in existence already – though it didn’t offer a date of his passing or burial.

This Robert was Elizabeth’s father but there were two namesakes, born in 1775 and 1776 – and they both married a woman called Ann. Who isn’t going to make mistakes in such circumstances?

I had confidently suggested that the Robert born in 1775 had died in 1853 but today noticed his wife, Ann HICK, was a widow in 1841. He was a first cousin to the Robert born in 1776 who married Ann PARKINSON. It appears that Elizabeth’s father Robert is not related by blood to the other two. Elizabeth’s mother, Elizabeth nee COOK, was 1777 Robert’s second wife and appears to have died a few months after her second daughter’s birth. (There was an Elizabeth the First who lived for just six months of 1810/11.)

1775 Robert and Ann Hick’s first child, John, lived for less than a month of 1810. They called their next child John. Born in 1811, he married Jane SMURWAITE (sic) in Filey St Oswald’s in 1834. Their three children were born in Lebberston (Filey parish) between 1835 and 1838 – and then John died.

Crows Nest is now a Caravan Park wedged between Blue Dolphin and The Flower of May. Though the enumerator’s book indicates that Jane is the head of the household, the Find My Past digitizer suggests that Robert is her husband. He is more likely to have been the son of 1776 Robert and Ann Parkinson, helping the bereft wife of his first cousin once removed with the farm work.

I looked for Jane in later censuses before finding that she married again in 1849 and emigrated to America with husband Thomas HOWLETT and their daughter. (This information provided by a Find My Past User Tree.)

Helpful Robert may have died a single man in 1858, aged 43. Ten years earlier he possibly attended the wedding of his younger brother George – to Ellen or Eleanor CLARK in Filey St Oswald’s.

Another George Chew, younger brother of 1775 Robert, is buried in St Oswald’s churchyard.

Next to him are grand niece Mary Ann and great grandniece Mary Elizabeth HANSON.

You can find this George (and 1775 Robert) on the Shared Tree here but there is still a lot of web untangling to do (and the spinning of new strands) – Mary Ann Chew is better represented at the moment by a duplicate ID, MGCT-GK2.

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