The Sound of Music

In 1890, the marriage of a professional violinist and a professional pianist was registered in Epping. The five children born to them in the decade that followed were not baptised until the family left the nation’s capital – and came to Filey. Their ages ranged from about fourteen down to six when they congregated at St Oswald’s on this day in 1906.

Albert Victor had informed the enumerator in 1901 that he was a “violin master”. What offer did the small seaside town make that he couldn’t refuse?

The family had probably not been here long when Albert had a run-in with a local jobsworth who queried his right to vote in elections. In passing, the newspaper report explained what he was doing here.

It seems that Albert was a pure-bred Englishman but there are Italian connections in the extended family. And youngest child Florence would marry a man of German descent. Her father in law, Karl KOHLER, was a flautist but her destiny appears to have been serving customers in her husband Rudolph’s Newsagent and Tobacconist shop. She did well on it, and when she turned a hundred in 2001 received a birthday card from the Queen.

With this kind of pedigree, I expected to find the Medcalf family on the Shared Tree. I haven’t, yet.

Measure of Man 81 · Epsilongas

North Sea

As I wrote this post, Epsilogas was at anchor off Le Havre.

Path 166 · Near Primrose Valley

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Birth Rosalie WALLER, daughter of Robert and Alice JACKSON, married David SMITH of Hunmanby in 1922. In September 1939, living at 2 Lascelles Grove, Harrogate. David was a Master Plumber & Glazier.

Baptism  Esther claimed her MAINPRIZE in 1813 when she was just eighteen. Thirty-eight years later, the Flamborough census enumerator put her age correctly at 56 – and her husband a dubious eighteen years younger.

This could work if the three children listed were their only progeny. The FamilySearch Shared Tree, however, shows their first child arrived in 1814 before “1851 John” was born. Did Esther marry two John Mainprizes?

In 1826 Esther junior was born. As I write, the Shared Tree indicates she married a certain James BAYES, born in 1872. The “system” has raised an objection, but for now, the egregious error stands. The 1851 census is attached as a source for the family and the transcript gives them a daughter, Mary Ann, aged 9. The couple had been married for just seven years and, not surprisingly, the GRO Index demurs –

Here is the Bayes family presented by the enumerator in 1851 –

Hmm. Can’t blame the transcriber; the enumerator perhaps.

I wish querying sources wasn’t so time-consuming.

Another Peaceful Scene in Ukraine