Clouds 58 · Over Mitford Street


I didn’t get round to figuring out why John PRUST has been given the middle name “Turner” on the Shared Tree, but there are pleasing photographic portraits of him and his wife Elizabeth PINKNEY.

I wrote three posts about Jane WATKINSON and the families of the brothers she married. See Not So Plain, Jane, Rachel’s Sister and A Puzzling Mismatch.

Thomas WISEMAN & Phyllis have been given IDs and their headstone put up as a memory.

I couldn’t, alas, make time for Mary Ellis or George.

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

Moses Found

His name on a list caught my eye a couple of days ago. In the Filey Genealogy & Connections database the vital dates for him are imprecise. There is also no clear indication that he had any dealings in the town. He seems to have spent most of his working life as an agricultural labourer initially, before taking on a small farm of 14 acres – but being successful enough to enlarge a holding that required a number of live in “hands” to help run it. One of these was Samuel TEMPLE a waggoner on Manor Farm in 1901 and the farm’s foreman ten years later. Moses died just a few weeks before the 1911 census, leaving Emma and their surviving daughter Dinah Elizabeth. Dinah married Samuel the following year at the Ebenezer Chapel in Filey.

I was pleased to see Moses on the FamilySearch Tree and set about looking in newspapers for the marks he might have made in his small corner of the East Riding of Yorkshire. I was amused to see that about half of my searches triggered stories about bulrushes – and only three small items that mentioned him.

Four of these worthy gentlemen were mentioned in despatches the following year, when the children of Folkton and Flixton schools “visited Filey in glorious weather”. (Mr. Ashby RICHARDSON also received a mention, a relative perhaps of P. Richardson.)

The last snippet indicates that Moses went quite swiftly and unexpectedly to meet his Lord.

Mr Moses Found, a well-known farmer, of Folkton, was taken ill on his way home from Seamer market on Monday, and, being removed to his home, died just after his arrival.

Driffield Times, 25 Feb 1911

He was sixty-nine years old and left effects valued at almost £10,000 (about £816,000 today).

Clouds 51 · Filey Bay

The Alternative Brothers

Their graves in St Oswald’s churchyard are about 60 paces apart. John’s stone has been out in all weathers for over 30 years longer than his brother’s and it hasn’t worn well.


The incised letters on Warcup’s stone are still sharp a hundred years after they were cut.


Warcup was baptised a CROSIER…


…but he signed his apprentice indenture form and the marriage register on his wedding 1846 as CROSHER.


Warcup and Ann’s three girls came into the world as Croshers and departed as either Crosier or Crozier in official records. Only the youngest girl married – as Elizabeth Ann Crosier. For this family unit “Crosier” is written in stone.

One wonders if the two brothers talked about changing the family name. They clearly didn’t see eye to eye. Not only did John marry as a Crosher but his son with Elizabeth the Second did too – and died a Crosher in 1971.

Variant family names are an occupational hazard for family historians. I suspect most arise from misunderstandings by record takers (initially) and digitizers/transcribers (in recent years). Not many are at continuing variance by parental or sibling choice. A quick look at the Index of Volume 2 of the East Yorkshire Family History Society’s St Oswald’s Monument Inscriptions shows only one family in this sort of conflict. Crosher/Crosier.

John is with his first wife, Elizabeth PASHBY, who died childless (it seems) at the age of 44.


About fourteen months later, at the age of 54, John married Elizabeth MILNER, a spinster aged 35. Her widowhood lasted 36 years and her grave, next to John and the other Elizabeth, has a flat tablet letting the world know who placed it there.


In loving memory of ELIZABETH, second wife of JOHN CROSHER, who died October 16th 1919.

Erected by her son GEORGE HENRY CROSHER Hon. Steward of Westminster Abbey.

Find George Henry on FamilySearch Tree.

Today’s Image

I posted a photo of Ironbridge Gorge last autumn but titled it Landscape 61, forgetting I had an empty category for “Old Life” pictures. My faithful companion, Jude, departed for the Big Kennel on this day five years ago. Six years to the day before that we enjoyed a lovely walk on a bright, frosty morning – and he waited patiently while I made this panorama.


The Sandholes are between Jude and the risen sun. I don’t know if it is true, but I understood that the sand taken from this place was of a particular kind, perfect for making the moulds into which molten iron could be poured to make useful and/or decorative cast iron objects. Half a mile from this viewpoint, more or less straight ahead, is one of the Cradles of the Industrial Revolution, and an iconic brick structure – The Darby Furnace, where iron was first smelted using coke.

If you copy and paste these coordinates into Google Maps and hit Satellite View you’ll find yourself at the Sandholes.

52.633737°,  -2.500155°


The Old Life ended when Jude and I left Middle England for the Yorkshire Coast, about four months after the Sandholes photos were taken. Here’s a picture of him taken in Filey in March 2009. I miss him, but he’s not really gone away.