Edward HOWELL was born in Avebury and made his way to Filey via Sheffield, where he married Fanny GILSON in 1870. The couple made their home in Leeds where Edward was a fruit merchant in 1871 and a commission agent ten years later. They chose to spend their twilight years in Filey. They would have been “comfortable” here. Fanny’s father, Richard Gilson, died in 1883 and left the residue of his considerable estate in nine equal shares to his children. Fanny may have banked over £300,000 in today’s money. Edward bequeathed her a widowhood that lasted 33 years. Her last address was in Scarborough Road.

Martha HUNTER is one of eleven children born to John, a fisherman, and Jane Elizabeth DRY. I have not been able to find out if she married or when and where she died. “Erected by their loving daughter Martha” is written on the headstone of her parents.

The shield bearing the inscription has slipped from its moorings but when this photo was taken five years ago you could still see Martha’s dedication.

William Thomas CODLIN is the brother of Elizabeth, who married Filey’s foremost photographer, Walter FISHER. Their father was a joiner/cabinet maker from Lincoln but, somewhat amusingly, William worked as a fishmonger for some years. He stopped believing in cod in his forties and became a bookkeeper and commercial clerk. By this time, he had crossed the Pennines, married Jane SAYERS, a Scot, and set about raising a small family in Bolton. William is a solitary Codling on the Shared Tree but his son Ernest signed the 1911 Census form as “Codlin”. The family is a bit bigger on Filey Genealogy & Connections.  

Arthur WALLER’s grandfather, William, is on the Shared Tree [L4KT-BNM] but only just – so if you are interested in the family go to FG&C.

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Another Distant Horizon

There is a curious mismatch between the birth registration of Louisa Florence LING and the date of her parents’ marriage. The birth was registered in the June Quarter of 1878, with the Mother’s Maiden Surname given as MINORS. The marriage of Robert Ling and Emma Minors was not recorded by the authorities until the last quarter of 1880.

The 1881 census enumerator in Clerkenwell was derelict in his duty. Mrs Ling and her daughters suffered the same fate as most of their neighbours in being given first name initials. Louisa Florence is “F”. Later records would indicate that her birth names had been reversed. She would marry and be forever remembered as Florence Louisa.

The name change has flummoxed at least one online tree grower. In that parallel pedigree, George Simmons CAMMISH is married to a Yorkshire lass, Louisa Florence Ling from Lockwood. As already indicated, “F” first saw light in the Great Wen. I have no idea why she left the capital city but at the beginning of the new century she is in Filey. A journey of 200 miles brought her to the romantic attentions of a Filey grocer. She married George in St Oswald’s Church on 15 October 1902. The register shows her father to be deceased and, in life, a cigar maker. This was his occupation in 1871, when he was 19, but ten years later he is a draper. He died aged 38, when Florence was just twelve.

Florence and George did not have children of their own. The 1911 Census shows that they had adopted Beatrice Annie DREWSE, born in York three years before they had married. Beatrice is Mrs HUTCHIN when her adoptive father dies.

Harrison Cammish is George’s nephew, son of eldest sister Susannah, but he is not yet represented on the FamilySearch Shared Tree. (There is a Harrison Cammish with an ID, LV7T-NF1, but nothing else.) Find George and Florence here.

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