Doctor Scrivener Revisited

Today is the anniversary of Charles Waters SCRIVENER’s death in 1882 at the early age of 48. I wrote about him on the original Looking at Filey and hope you will check him out there. Scrivener stands up fairly well six years on but I made some assumptions back then and left one or two threads loose – and I’m not sure I can tie those neatly even now.

I surmised that Charles’ second wife, Mary Ann WOODALL, may have been a widow because her unmarried sister “June CALAM” was enumerated at the Scrivener residence in Rutland Street Filey in 1881. A reasonable assumption to make but it appears that Jane Ann CALAUM was her half –sister. This fact is not quite accurately recorded at the 1891 Census. A Jane Ann SCRIVENER is Keeper of a lodging house on the Promenade, Bridlington and her older unmarried half-sister Jane CALAHAN is with her. Oh, and it is Miss Scrivener! Ten years later Charles’ second wife is Mary Ann again but still denying widowhood, boarding with the GRINSDALEs at 23 Junction Street, Hilderthorpe. The sisters’ mother was Anna BRAMBLES and she has at least two records on FamilySearch Tree. Her “marriage ID” is MJDZ-WPS.

Charles is on FST with ID MGHP-GZY but without any wives at all.

Six years ago I knew Charles and Jane Margaret SWEET’s surviving child, son Thomas, had died at age 54 in Leeds but not whether he had married and had children. Kath’s Filey Genealogy & Connections reveals that Tom married Lilian Eliza HUTTON and the couple had three children, Lilian Caroline Margaret Ely born 1900, Charles Hutton Steven (1902) and Thomas Edward (1905). There is a note saying that Tom was a soldier when Lilian and Charles were baptised. You will find them on the Pedigree Resource File but not, I think, on FST.


St Oswald’s Church, Filey

Although it seems unnecessary on most occasions, I usually tag “Filey” on to any mention of St Oswald’s. There is a namesake church at nearby Flamborough.

I’m offering this link to the ArcGIS Church of England Parish Map because it is such great resource for anyone with ancestors in this country. (Just put any parish of interest in the search box.)

Filey’s parish church is just visible at the right edge of Today’s Image (previous post). For any readers unfamiliar with this corner of England the photo has three other geographical features that figure in this blog and so may help you get your bearings. North Sea to the left, Filey Bay to the right hemmed in by the chalk cliffs of Flamborough Head. The photo was taken from (roughly) this location: 54.223702, -0.291269. If you have Google Earth installed copy and paste the coordinates into its search box, otherwise try Bing Maps (Curiously, Google Maps was flummoxed by the numbers when I punched them in.)

1955_IanWall_mLI’m sure you’ll be tempted to fly around a bit while you’re in either space. It is a few years since I looked to see what the satellites make of my childhood home and was surprised to see that the current owner (or a recent one) has put a door in the wall of what used to be the outside toilet. I can’t resist sharing this circa 1955 photograph of me posing against this very wall. 53.765914, -0.323161



Filey churchyard is where most of my research into families begins and I have taken to walking through on most of my daily walks. This photo was taken at dusk a couple of weeks ago.