Path 174 · By the Old Tip

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Elizabeth STEER, the wife of George Philliskirk STORY, was a birth anniversary person on 7 February. George is also mentioned in Ghost Story.

I have written a few posts about the CORTIS family but a good starting point for further browsing might be The Worthy Doctor of Filey.  I wish Mary Jane had been given more years, so that she could have shared in the triumphs, great and small, of her husband and children. I discovered today that she lived long enough to say goodbye to her father.

On the 29th ult., at the house of his son-in-law, Mr Cortis, Mr William Green, of Rookdale, formerly of Hull, aged 60 years, much and deservedly respected.

Hull Advertiser 4 June 1852

For more on Rookdale Farm see One Spring in Wintringham.

Thomas Bridekirk VAREY beat the odds as a fisherman, living to a great age. He left Filey after marrying and settled in Princess Street, Scarborough with Caroline née FLINTON and their children. (I like to think it was Caroline’s father John who gave his name to the “harbour” at the northern end of Cayton Bay.)

There is one CROMPTON in the East Yorkshire Family History Society Survey of St Oswald’s Memorial Inscriptions – John, who drowned from the yawl Eliza in 1880, is named on the Fisherman’s Window. He is not related by blood to Richard, buried on today’s date without a memorial.

Ghost Story

A couple of posts earlier this month, Balaclava and The Missing Parson, featured some STORYs. I revisited them yesterday to tie up some of their loose ends on FamilySearch.

The stone remembering Elizabeth Alice STORY is in a sorry state. The Crimlisks in their 1977 survey noted it was broken…


The carved lettering is very distinctive, appearing on only one other headstone in St Oswald’s churchyard, as far as I’m aware – that of Elizabeth Alice’s parents and brothers Henry Errington and William. This one reads:-

In affectionate remembrance of ELIZABETH ALICE, the beloved wife of THOMAS MATTHEW EDWARDS, daughter of WILLIAM STORY, who died at Bridlington, October 26th 1880, aged 29.

She was buried in Bridlington and to give her such a substantial memorial in the town of her birth is quite a statement. Her only child, Walter William, was four months shy of his seventh birthday when she died. He would acquire a step-mother around the time he turned eight.

After adding a source or two to Elizabeth Alice’s record on FamilySearch I checked to see if she had any duplicates. There was just one and it was quite startling – of Elizabeth Alice STOREY, with the same birth and death years and a husband with the surname EDWARDS, the marriage taking place, it appears, about the same time. Very clearly, they were “not a match”. This other Elizabeth had entered the world in Hants Harbour, Newfoundland, and departed from the same place. The location rang a bell, though, so I looked again at the biography of Filey Elizabeth’s brother, George Philliskirk STORY.

…Following three probationary years as an assistant in the two St John’s [Newfoundland] circuits, Story was ordained in 1880. That summer he married the daughter of John Steer, a leading merchant in the city. The next eight years were spent in hard and onerous labour as a circuit preacher around the island: at Channel (Channel-Port aux Basques), Hant’s Harbour and Catalina on Trinity Bay, and Freshwater on Conception Bay.

Spooky, huh?

Elizabeth Alice the First

Elizabeth Alice the Second