A Standalone Family

Nearing the end of a year looking at anniversaries, I was struck by this APPLEBY family’s appearance in my RootsMagic database.

No past, no future. I doubt they are unique amongst my collection of around 50,000 individuals but I don’t recall seeing a family of this size in such a state of data poverty before. James was a tobacconist and newsagent on Hope Street (where I lived for twelve years) and his daughter Frances Louisa is today’s birthday girl. (If you are wondering why my choices recently have been predominantly female, it’s because I’m trying to balance the sexes before the end of the year. I am not sure what the proportions are right now but when last checked males comprised 50.14% of the total. I am aiming for equality of the two sexes.)

None of the family has a FamilySearch ID attached and Kath asks in Filey Genealogy & Connections, “is this the right Frances Appleby – died aged 82yrs?”

No past, but Emily Maud married Tom KNAGGS and Thomas Henry married Sarah Ann TIFFANY and they had four daughters.

Frances disappeared from Hope Street after an appearance in the 1891 census. (Two unmarried siblings were with the parents in Cromwell Avenue in 1911.) The good news is that I found Frances in 1939, snared by The Register. The sad news – she is an inmate in a Pauper Lunatic Asylum.

She lived for another twenty years and her death was registered in the district where High Royds Hospital is situated. She may be one of the two thousand or more paupers buried in unmarked graves in Menston.

Frances GOFTON died in the same year as her older sister Jane, who was knocked down by a horse and cart in Filey and fatally injured (AP 1607 · death · 20 September).

Row 10 | 247a Cowton G182

Elsie Alice JOHNSON is the sister of Lily (AP 1280 · marriage · 29 July; headstone photograph).

Emily Sarah ASHWIN died in Filey at the age of seventeen after a short illness according to a newspaper notice. She is buried in Filey churchyard but the headstone inscription and St Oswald’s register say she was nineteen. The newspaper also reported that she was the third youngest daughter of the Reverend Forster Ashwin but I have, in the time available, only found one sister, Katherine Helen, born 1869, with mother’s maiden surname STAMMERS.

Row 25 |1485 Ashwin D289 | Cross


EMILY SARAH ASHWIN daughter of the Rev. FORSTER ASHWIN, Vicar of Quadring, Lincolnshire, born 6th Nov 1862, died 27th Dec 1881

‘Forever with the Lord’

Crimlisk Survey 1977

Clouds 64 · Filey Bay