William Henry CASS was not a stranger to me. I wrote about him almost ten years ago on the first Looking at Filey blog, but somehow missed his connection to the Reighton Tragedy. You will find reference to his attempted rescue of the girls at the Norwood College website. Explore further while you are there and you may happen upon the LaF posts – scroll to the ninth item on the Record of Changes. Make sure you also check out the photographs of Wilf and Ruth here.

There has been some recent PRUDAMES activity on the FamilySearch Shared Tree but there is an amount of tidying up to be done. For some unaccountable reason, Ruth’s Uncle Francis Prudames was given a long life, a wife and many children, when in reality he died in his second year. Before removing  Francis and his sisters Ann and Mary from their unbelievable mother I took this screenshot.

I have left Hannah with the seven questionable children, the first four born before she reached the age of ten, but poor Ann ARCHER is out there somewhere, husbandless. I should, perhaps, feel some remorse at being the agent of her abandonment.

Ruth’s grandfather Samuel was born 111 years after the Hannah Kilborn’s husband. You can find him on the Shared Tree here.

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The Beaumonts of Where?

Henry Reginald Tyrell Clare BEAUMONT was buried this day 1900 in St Oswald’s churchyard. I have been unable to link  Henry with certainty to any action in South Africa but his regiment, The Buffs, was at Spion Kop and the Relief of Kimberley. The latter event took place between the 11th and 15th February 1900, giving the poor chap time to fall ill and make his way back to England to die at the end of May. One has to wonder, though, at the time it would have taken to make that journey, and the earlier trip home to marry in 1899.

I haven’t managed to find out whether he married Rachel or Constance. I thought it would be an easy discovery to make, with a Census following only fifteen months or so later. It appears, though, to be a BEAUMONT family habit to dodge the census enumerators, even offering misleading names now and again. More confusing still, some of the birth registrations for Beaumont offspring don’t fit neatly into the available census families.

It was a help to stumble upon The Tathams of County Durham, a pedigree that included Henry’s parents. His father, Joseph Tyrrel BEAUMONT, married Hilda Gertrude TATHAM about ten years after Emily OLDROYD died. It doesn’t, however, answer most of the questions regarding the children of Joseph Tyrrel Beaumont and his father, also Joseph.

This branch of the Beaumonts seems to have rooted in the West Riding, in the Huddersfield and Mirfield areas. Emily was from Dewsbury. Joseph senior married Maria BRITAIN and her ties to Ripon may explain a Beaumont shift towards Harrogate.  Both generations, though, have handsome headstones in a Filey churchyard, even though Joseph senior seems to be the only one to have died in the town.

These Beaumonts clearly had an affection for Filey but kept a fairly low profile here. In 1871 Joseph and Maria were living on The Crescent. Ten years later, Maria was a widow and had downsized, marginally perhaps, to St Martin’s Villa, which she shared with spinster daughter Anne. Maria died in Boston Spa and Anne in Harrogate. Both are remembered on the marble cross in St Oswald’s churchyard.  I photographed it in drizzle and terrible light this afternoon so have chosen to render it rather gloomily. When the sun next shines I’ll make a photo that can be uploaded to FST. Joseph senior and Maria aren’t represented there yet and the younger Joseph doesn’t have all his children or his second wife. The soldier is here.


Sacred to the memory of JOSEPH BEAUMONT, Esq., who died at Filey, July 23 1880, in the 70th year of his age.


Also to MARIA, beloved wife of the above, who passed away June 28th 1892.

‘The Lord is my shepherd’

In loving memory of ANNE, eldest daughter of JOSEPH BEAUMONT, Esq, who entered into rest 11th November 1902.

Another Soldier


The inscription on the family headstone in St Oswald’s churchyard tells us that Henry served with the 2nd East Kent Regiment, The Buffs.

There is a record for Henry’s marriage to either Rachel MATHER or Constance LINNELL in Farnham, Surrey, in the last quarter of 1899. It would appear that he came home on leave to wed and fell sick after returning to duty. I assume the enteric fever struck him down in South Africa but will do some more research to confirm this.

Reverend B K Woodd

Basil Kilvington WOODD married Esther Harriett HOLLOND in Paddington, London, in April 1867 and their first child was born a year later. In1868 Basil accepted a curacy in Scarborough and three children were born during his ministry there. In 1873 the family made the short journey down the coast road so that Basil could serve as the Vicar of Filey.

Two WOODD girls were born in the town, Dorothy Eugenia in April 1875 and Edith Isabella in the summer of the following year.


In January 1880 the family of eight was preparing to leave Filey. An account of two events reported in the 17th of January edition of The Scarborough Mercury show what this separation meant to the senior Woodds and the townsfolk.


On Sunday the Rev. B. K. Woodd preached two farewell sermons to his parishioners in the parish church. Towards the conclusion of the morning sermon he said his time in that parish was fast drawing to a close, and he prayed that God’s blessing might remain amongst them. In the evening the church was crowded to overflowing, and at the end of the sermon the vicar said:-My dear parishoners and friends, I beg to call your attention to the close of my ministry here to-night. Such a time cannot be referred to without a certain amount of feeling. I have not sought the new living I am going to, neither have I had any selfish motives in accepting it. If my preaching in this parish has been the means of sowing good seeds I hope they will take root and bear fruit. Many sermons have been preached within these grand old walls, that have stood for 700 years. God grant that many have been blessed by them. I go forward with this consolation, that I have tried to do my duty, and trust that you will follow me with your prayers to carry out my mission of love for which Jesus died. I trust that God’s blessing may rest with you, brightening your paths, and filling you with His heavenly love and grace until this life is over.

A few days later…


A meeting was held in the School-room, on Friday evening, chiefly composed of the Sunday-school children, their parents and friends. The Rev. B. K. Woodd, the late vicar, said when he came to Filey six years ago there was no Sunday-school, but he was glad to say that so far his efforts, assisted by his wife, who had gone all over the parish seeking up the children, had been crowned with success, and he hoped that the good work they had begun would be carried forward by his successor, and that all children would attend school as usual. He thanked the many friends who had so ably assisted in the school, for if it had not been for their kind assistance his efforts would have been to no avail. Recitations, scripture passages, songs, &c., were then given by the children in capital style. Mrs. Woodd then distributed prizes to the children, according to merit, for attendance, behaviour, and intelligence. The Benediction was then pronounced by Mr. Woodd, whereupon Mr. R. Cammish ascended the platform accompanied by Mr. Harrison, and uncovered a beautiful encased clock with elaborate ornaments and also a silver ink-stand, which he said had been subscribed for by the parishioners of Filey, as a token of their esteem for the vicar and his wife. Mr. Harrison then made the presentation, remarking that during the six years Mr. Woodd had officiated at Filey he had made most praiseworthy progress in the arrangements at the church and all local matters that he had to do with. Mr. Woodd responded, saying that they had acknowledged their humble services far more than they deserved. He and his family would ever remember the kindness they had been shown to them during their short stay among them, and would value their handsome gifts as long as they lived…

A journey of about 70 miles due west took the WOODDs to Harrogate and Reverend Basil’s new living. His time as Vicar of Bilton was short. He buried his firstborn, Agnes Esther, in the churchyard of St John the Evangelist in June 1882. She was 14 years old. Two years later, ill-health forced his early retirement and the family made a longer journey, about 280 miles, to St Leonard’s on Sea, Sussex. In the summer of 1885, nine years after the birth of Edith Isabella in Filey, a sister, Gertrude Frances, made her appearance. I hope she was a great joy to her ailing father. He died aged just 43 before her first birthday.


The Filey-born WOODD girls had very different life experiences. The elder, Dorothy Eugenia, married in 1900, had three children and died aged 84 in 1959. Edith Isabella remained single and died, aged just 30, in February 1907.

Six months later, Gertrude Frances married Thomas Walter BREEDS.

Photographer: H. Walter Barnett, Knightsbridge, n.d.

This portrait, undated, was possibly made in her late teens. She was 22 when she married, 23 when she gave birth to her first child – and 25 when she died. Michael FRASER-ALLEN, who kindly gave me permission to share the photograph, is Gertrude’s grandson and he has put his family on Wiki Tree. I suggest you look first at the portrait of Reverend Basil and navigate to the pedigree from there.

There is a similarly extensive pedigree of the WOODDs on the FamilySearch Tree.

Note: I have taken the liberty of adjusting the tones of Gertrude’s portrait so that the image is closer in appearance to the original. Henry Walter BARNETT is, by the way, “arguably Australia’s first world-class portrait photographer”. The first subject in the collection of his photographs held by the National Portrait Gallery is Mark TWAIN. The photographer isn’t represented on FST but, not surprisingly, the writer is there – with 7th-century Y-line forebears.

A Musical Interlude

I feel uneasy sometimes about recording so much death and disaster so it was pleasing to see today’s list offer the wedding of two musicians – William Henry CASS and Ruth Charlotte PRUDAMES, at St Oswald’s, Filey in 1892. William was 24 years old and Ruth thirty – and they had a long and, it seems, happy life together. They had one child, Gordon William George CASS, who opened a private school in Harrogate and put his parents on the payroll. From reminiscences on the Norwood website, it is clear that all three were admired and respected by the pupils.

D28_PRUDAMESmaryann_20170822_fstI wrote a couple of posts on Looking at Filey in 2011 Prudames and More About the Prudames ­– and can’t add much more today. I went to the churchyard this afternoon to photograph the headstone of Ruth’s grandparents, Samuel PRUDAMES and Mary Ann WILLIAMSON, and tried to establish Ruth Charlotte’s relationship to the “servant at Rosedale”. I think Ruth THACKRAY (sic), 64 years old in 1881 and unmarried, was probably young Ruth’s great aunt. In looking over the pedigree on Filey Genealogy & Connections I noticed that one can’t avoid the harshness of life in Victorian Britain. One of the Williamsons that provided Ruth Charlotte’s father with his middle name, her great grandfather William born 1779, was drowned in one of Scarborough’s Bays when he was 39 years old. Her Granduncle John WILLIAMSON had drowned off Reighton three years before she was born.

I put the PRUDAMES on the ill-fated Filey Community Tree six years and gave Ruth Charlotte’s father a companion Wiki page. I tidied it up this afternoon.  Some of the CASS, PRUDAMES and WILLIAMSON families associated with Filey are on FamilySearch Tree but as dots that need to be connected. Here is one of them –