Albert and Elsie

Albert Edward WORTON was born in Luton and after joining the Hunts Cyclists was posted to Filey. Here he met Elsie May BURR, daughter of David (birth anniversary 5 March). The war to end all wars had been over for almost a year when the couple married at St Oswald’s. Their daughter Mildred Mary married and had a son who contributed photographs and information to the “old” Looking at Filey blog!  

Albert & Elsie, courtesy of Keith Taylor

I think the photo was taken at the Burr Riding Stables in South Crescent Road, and the young man on the right is Keith.

Margaret WEBB is the granddaughter of Robert STORK and Margaret CHAPMAN (marriage anniversary 15 March). I haven’t discovered how her brief life ended.

Maude Charlotte POTTER celebrated her birthday here on 29 January but she hasn’t received the gift of a FamilySearch ID yet. She married Frank WADE of Stalybridge at St Oswald’s in 1921. He has a place on the Shared Tree and a Scarborough death registration in 1952 fits him well – but I have coloured the year orange on the grid. Maude lived on for another forty years.

The life of George WHEELER also ended at the age of seventeen.

Ellen Lydia WESTON was born in London and married John Frederick SAMWAYS in the capital when she was 28. I don’t know how long they lived in Filey before taking their rest in the churchyard.

Found Object 69 · Spade

Google Alt Text: A pair of scissors next to a pair of scissors

Bird 119 · Wren

Seven Filey fishermen lost their lives on this day in 1919. See FV ‘Emulator’.

A ‘Member Tree’ on Find my Past brings George WHEELER into the world on 28 March. The 1939 Register transcription plumps for 16 April. The page image is somewhat afflicted.

I am going to stand by the 15th.

Filey Genealogy & Connections had little to say about Hannah Elizabeth beyond noting her baptism. I hoped she would have a life but sadly she died thirteen days after being brought to Christ. Her mother died in her thirties – as did her father’s second wife, Jane SHEPHERD. James Luddington made older bones but died in 1875 aged 52.

I haven’t photographed the grave of Williamson BAXTER and Mary Jenkinson EDMOND. “Kerbs” are usually sad, neglected affairs. But here is the Crimlisk transcription (with burial register notes) –

In loving memory of my dear husband WILLIAMSON BAXTER, died 2nd April 1950 (sic) aged 48.

Also of his wife, MARY JENKINSON BAXTER, died 15th Dec 1953, aged 60


‘He suffered much but murmured not’

The EYFHS entry (2173) has the following Burial Register notes:

1940 Apr 5. Williamson Baxter, Filey Reservoir. 48.

1953 Dec 18. Mary Jenkinson Baxter, 98 West Rd., Filey. 60.

Citation: Filey, St Oswald’s Monumental Inscriptions, Part 3: 2173, page 69. East Yorkshire Family History Society, Publication No. M304, © 2015

The place where Williamson’s life ended is not as alarming as it seems. When the Register was taken a few months earlier he was living at Reservoir Cottage, Airey Hill. He worked as the Caretaker of the Filey Reservoirs. There were two ponds back then but one seems to have dried up. You can see the other by entering these coordinates into a search engine: 54.174397, -0.295605.