John FOX was a Filey joiner who would later become “Clerk of this Church  [St Oswald’s] of the Fourth Generation”. His father was the Parish Clerk so his grandfather and great-grandfather (both called Francis) must have held the same post. John married Hannah ROSS on 28 July and their first child, Ann, was baptised at St Oswald’s a couple of months later. I haven’t found the cause of Ann’s early death. On the Shared Tree, she has nine siblings. Charles, “born after 1828 in Sheffield” seems an unlikely lad to me and the deaths of Francis, Henry Haggit and Grace have yet to be noted.

56 Fox B20  

In remembrance of JOHN FOX, Clerk of this Church of the Fourth Generation, who died November 17th 1856, aged 58 years.

Also, HANNAH his wife, who died Nov 26th 1871, aged 68 years.

Also of ANN, daughter of the above, who died February 22nd 1839, aged 10 years.

Also of JOHN SUMPTON, infant of the above.

‘Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an

hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh’


Crimlisk Survey 1977

Some Sources

Hannah ROSS Fox [LVQW-7QG]

DEATH: Hannah, Age at Death (in years): 67. GRO Reference: 1871 D Quarter in SCARBOROUGH Volume 09D Page 214.


DEATH: FOX, Ann, Age at Death (in years): 10. GRO Reference: 1839 M Quarter in SCARBROUGH Volume 24 Page 295.

Francis FOX

DEATH: FOX, Francis, Age at Death (in years): 72. GRO Reference: 1902 J Quarter in BRIDLINGTON Volume 09D Page 219.

Henry Haggit FOX

DEATH: FOX, Henry, Age at Death (in years): 55. GRO Reference: 1896 S Quarter in EDMONTON Volume 03A Page 185.

MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTION, Crimlisk Survey 1977: 40 FOX B8, “…and HENRY HAGGETT FOX, died 1st July 1896, aged 54 years, interred Tottenham cemetery.” (Note: Tottenham is in the EDMONTON Registration District.)

Grace FOX

DEATH: FOX, Grace, Age at Death (in years): 74. GRO Reference: 1921 J Quarter in SCARBOROUGH Volume 09D Page 411.

I think Grace died in the workhouse on Dean Road.

A Caring Husband?

1834 Filey · Baptism  A census return tells us that Elizabeth Ann STAMFORD was born in Hull, but she was baptised in Filey. She married a Norfolk-born sailor, Richard BORRETT, in Beverley in 1854. Filey Genealogy & Connections shows that their firstborn, Mary Elizabeth, reached adulthood and married, but their next two girls, Susannah and Ann Eliza, did not reach their first birthday.

Elizabeth Ann died aged only 27. In checking the burial register, I noticed that John Borrett, an infant, was laid to rest a few days later. The boy’s birth was registered, but the GRO Index gives the mother’s maiden surname as HEATH. I was already feeling sorry for Richard for the loss of two girls and his wife in the space of three years. To also lose a son would seem to be more than any man could endure.

I looked to the newspapers in the hope of finding the cause of Elizabeth Ann’s early death and found only this –

Records show that Richard married Isabella Hunter CAMBRIDGE in Hartlepool in 1867, and “Captain Borrett” expired at 54 Scarborough Street, Hartlepool on 19 November 1888. He was 54 years old.

1881 Filey · Birth  I chose Edwin Percy because he was one of five children born to Joseph CRABTREE of Leeds and Emily TINDALL from Muston. There is not much information in Filey Genealogy & Connections about the family but it notes that Edwin was baptised privately at the Wesleyan chapel on 28 July, when he was four months old. This seems rather ominous and it is no surprise to see his death registered in the September Quarter of 1881.

The family continued to grow. Following Edith’s birth in Filey in 1883, Joseph Harrison arrived during a brief sojourn in Sunderland. The family moved back south and four more children were born in Scarborough. Mother Emily is found in the 1939 Register – in Tindall Street, Scarborough – with daughter Lilian and son in law Thomas MORLEY. She is “incapacitated” and died at the beginning of 1940, aged 87.

At first glance, only the parents are to be found on the Shared Tree. I have added Edwin.

1888 Filey · Death  See Storms and Skerrys. (The Storm pedigree at Rootsweb may not load.)

Happiness, Now

Bird 114 · Woody