Useful Middle Names

James HAWORTH, a Filey surgeon, had fourteen children with Jane BURY. The parents gave nine of them a middle name. Children numbers 1, 4, 6, 7, 9 and 10 had “ordinary” names that tell us nothing. Child 11 was Oscar Septimus. I don’t know how common it was in the 19th century to call a seventh son “Septimus” but Oscar was the eighth male child born to the Haworths. The two boys that preceded him though were twins who lived for only a day or two. Perhaps they were counted as one.

(James and Jane buried five of their infant children shortly after the family moved from Great Ouseburn to Keighley. Find a photograph of their memorial here.)

Three children had middle names that are unusual enough to encourage a researcher to consider them to be clues that could lead to family stories that might otherwise remain hidden.

Sometimes, a middle name that appears to be a surname points a generation or two back on the mother’s side. Not always though. Some children received the names of national heroes – or “local heroes” beloved by the parents. A schoolteacher, perhaps, or a colleague of renown in their profession. Other names hark back to glory days, long ago.

I haven’t attempted yet to search for the originals of HENLOCK, PICK and CROMPTON bestowed upon Jonathan, William and Beatrice. Secondborn James Bury is obvious, even when a transcriber offers “Berry”.

Kath has a note for mother Jane Bury in Filey Genealogy & Connections airing the possibility that “just Jane” may have been the daughter or sister of “Brooke Crompton” a surgeon from Chorley who was perhaps a friend of James Haworth.

If you followed the link to the five infant stone, you may have noticed some flowers had been placed on the record. Fiona, great-great-grandniece of Jonathan Henlock, wrote an article about the Old Doctor and his son Tom for a locally published Filey history some years ago:-

On the 1851 census, James was listed as a ‘surgeon’s apprentice’ and living in Blackburn in the household of Henry Grime ‘Surgeon, Member of the Royal College of Surgeons and Licentiate of Apothecaries Hall’. It was there that he probably met his future wife, Jane Bury, who was keeping house for her brother nearby.’ (Fiona Hall)

James Bury, a Pawnbroker, was enumerated with Jane in Darwen Street, a main thoroughfare in the centre of Blackburn. Henry Ainsworth Grime, 34, lived with his wife Catherine and their four daughters in Old Chapel Street, which no longer exists as far as I can tell. It had shared a corner with Penny Street and that is about half a mile from Darwen Street, so Fiona’s surmise is a reasonable one. If only we knew for sure how a pawnbroker’s housekeeper and an aspiring surgeon met and fell in love.

Kath’s theory about a Doctor Crompton also looks more convincing if he knew Henry Grime through the Royal College. Chorley is ten miles from Blackburn.

In the last decade of Victoria’s reign, another girl-child given the middle name Crompton was Richmal Crompton LAMBURN, who cheered my boyhood with her Just William stories. (Her maternal grandmother Richmal OPENSHAW married John Battersby CROMPTON’)

Of course, “Lower” is a fascinating middle name, shared by three Paliologus brothers. (”Lowen”, given to Samuel on the Shared Tree, seems to be a mistranscription.) My initial investigations point to them being descendants of a Dynasty. This short YouTube video tells of a notable member of the “Paliologi” who seems to have been the last of one line. I think I can employ “useful name theory” to link Beatrice Crompton Haworth’s husband to even more remarkable Paliologi.

I photographed James and Jane’s headstone yesterday morning. It helpfully gives their birth and death dates, giving me a sure start in building the family on the Shared Tree.


Happy Doctors

A couple of weeks from now, the UK will resemble today’s Italy. Our National Health Service will be close to collapse, its staff exhausted.

O tempora, o mores. In late March a hundred and twenty-five years ago, the Scarborough Mercury published this snippet in Filey: Events of the Week –

Nearly everyone has got the influenza or if they haven’t exactly got it, they have a notion that they are just going to have it. Whoever you speak to seems quite gloomy and the doctors as they rush up one street and down another are the only persons who seem really happy. They must have reaped a golden harvest for more people have been ill in Filey since Christmas than probably ever before known in so short a time. It is quite a fashionable watering place, but really it need not have been so fashionable in the matter of the influenza. Proportionately many more people have been attacked in Filey than in Scarborough, and it has also had a most disastrous effect on the old people.

One of the Filey doctors coining it was James HAWORTH, aged 70 but still in practice. Known locally as “The Old Doctor” to distinguish him from his physician and surgeon son John Thomas (familiarly “Tom”). Both men served Filey well for many years and are buried in St Oswald’s churchyard, James with Jane and Tom with Beatrice Mary. Tom has a curious inscription on the base of his cross.


I will not – and went

Neither couple is well represented on the FamilySearch Tree yet. When I have gathered the Haworths, their wives and children, I’ll put the headstone photos and inscriptions on the Shared Tree.

I was surprised a couple of days ago to discover that Tom’s younger sister Mabel married  Henry Robert BARWICK, the eighth child (and fourth son) of William Francis and Ann néeFOSTER (yesterday’s post).

Henry and Mabel married at St Oswald’s but lived in Norwood Street, Scarborough. In 1891 they shared the capacious Norwood Lodge with two of Henry’s sisters, a brother, two nieces and a nephew. By 1901 the siblings and their offspring had departed. Henry and Mabel had two children of their own, and Jane Haworth was enumerated with them, together with her servant (“Mother’s Help”). The Old Doctor died in 1905 and widow Jane, 83 in 1911, was again caught by the enumerator at Norwood Lodge, this time with 65-year-old “Nurse Attendant”, widow Mary Myers.

Henry’s youngest sister Beatrice Crompton Haworth also married at St Oswald’s – in 1905, just a few months before the Old Doc died. Her husband was “St John Lower PALIOLOGUS”, who surely deserves a place on the Shared Tree. His middle name is “Lower” in the civil marriage registration but his elder brother Samuel is “Lowen” on FamilySearch.

Smith & Barwick

A family business, but only in the genealogical sense.

Francis SMITH, who rented rooms in Filey to the holidaying author of Jane Eyre, is buried in St Oswald’s churchyard.


Erected in memory of FRANCIS SMITH of Cliff House, Filey, late of Boynton,

who died 26th September 1855, aged 72 years.

‘His end was peace’

Also, ELEANOR his wife, who died 21 January 1872, aged 80 years.

Also, MARY MANKIN, sister of ELEANOR SMITH, who died at Filey, 7 Nov 18??, aged 65 years.

Francis and Eleanor’s elder daughter Louisa is by their side, remembered as a wife of George COLLEY. The stone also references her husband’s next (and last) spouse, Sarah TOYN.

Francis lived to see just one of Louisa’s four daughters – Hannah Eleanor, who married John Foster BARWICK at St Oswald’s in March 1881.

John Foster was a farmer born in Coxwold, not far from Shandy Hall, (and almost a hundred years after the world was treated to the Opinions of the eponymous Tristram). A fallen, broken stone next to Louisa’s remembers John and Hannah Eleanor.


Yesterday, while searching for newspaper stories about Francis, the Barwick name appeared unexpectedly. Filey Genealogy & Connections has Francis and Eleanor Mankin’s firstborn George, born and baptised in Bridlington in 1814, but without any further information. He is also, as I write, a single man on the Shared Tree.

But I found this:-

April 20, at Coxwold, by the Rev. G. Scott, M.A., Mr. Smith of Newburgh, only son of Francis Smith, Esq., of Filey, to Miss Barwick, eldest daughter of the late Wm. Barwick, of Coxwold.

Hull Packet 5 May 1854

George was 39 years old (and a bachelor) when he married, so it seemed likely that I would find Ann a generation back from John Foster, embedded firmly within the Coxwold Barwicks. It wasn’t much of a surprise to find she was John Foster Barwick’s aunt.

It has been quite straightforward putting the Smith & Barwick pieces together in RootsMagic but I have made an unholy mess of the families on Find My Past.

On FamilySearch, the siblings Ann and William Francis Barwick, (George Smith’s wife and Hannah Eleanor Colley’s father in law) are unconnected. Ann is with her parents, William and Mary [SCAIFE]. William Francis is married to Ann [FOSTER], their scrap of pedigree generated by a christening record for daughter Ann Elizabeth.

An outstanding feature of most of the Coxwold Barwick clan is their fecundity. It will take an age to gather them together on the Shared Tree. (A perfect pastime for the inevitable voluntary or mandatory quarantine period round the corner.)

What intrigues me more, though, is how George Smith of Filey came to be at Newburgh, near Coxwold. The “Big House” there has an interesting occupant, according to legend – the headless corpse of Oliver CROMWELL.