Re-arranged Marriages

A few days ago I messaged a contributor to the FamilySearch Shared Tree,and with David’s help the problematic PARROTT families have been reconciled.

Tom Parrott of Hemswell has had his marriage to Susannah GRAVES annulled and he is now happily married to Minnie HIDER. On the 1911 census form he stated that ten children had been born in the previous 25 years, of whom three had died.

The sudden emptiness in Susannah’s life was instantly filled by marriage to Tom PARRATT (sic) of Donington on Bain. I think David has already added to their family.

Because of the distant connection to Filey, through Emily Etta, I did a bit more work today on her father George, finding the marriage of his parents in Northorpe, a few miles from Hemswell.   George’s mother was 38 years old when she married and may have had a daughter with much younger Thomas Parrott before they tied the knot. I haven’t put Mary on the Shared Tree because I couldn’t find sources for her birth or baptism.

George and Elizabeth VICKERS have possible duplicate IDs linked to the baptism sof a daughter Elizabeth (MJB9-8QF) on 18 May 1859. Brother Tom was baptised on the same day, and firstborn sibling Sarah Elizabeth in May two years earlier. Alas, I haven’t been able to find a birth source for Elizabeth – and Sarah Elizabeth reaching adulthood and marrying puts a questionmark over Elizabeth and Tom being twins. I haven’t found little Elizabeth in census or death records either, so have not made the merge. Perhaps a descendant will find these Parrotts and offer a solution to this small mystery.

I took George Woodward Parrott from the other couple called George and Elizabeth but made up the loss by contributing other children and sources. Neither parent has ancestors on the Shared Tree, and only two grandchildren so far from their four girls and five boys. There’s plenty of work there for others to do!

Mark of Man 65 · Whitby Abbey

Rose window, north transept

A Confusion of Parrotts, Part 2

The parents of Emily Etta PARROTT have this minimal presence on the FamilySearch Shared Tree – but it is something I can build on over the next few days.

Making George Woodward Parrott the fruit of a union that had not yet formed is puzzling.

But I can make mistakes too and I must own up to tentatively marrying Emily’s brother Tom to one Annie SMITH, in Caistor in 1879. It was only the discovery of him at Thonock Hall in 1881 that has saved my blushes. He was an usher, servant to Elizabeth, Lady BACON. Also “living in” at the Hall was Minnie HIDER, a kitchen maid born in Belgravia, London. I had seen their names linked earlier in Free BMD Marriages. They married in St George’s Hanover Square in 1885. Their first two children were born in London but the family then moved back to the Parrott heartland. The births of their next eight children were registered in Gainsborough.

Minnie has a FamilySearch ID [LK4R-W1M] but her husband-to-be is otherwise engaged, so to speak.

The Tom Parrott tied up with Susannah GRAVES has a Hemswell baptism source attached and two census sources giving his birthplace in Donington on Bain, over twenty miles away. I must somehow free Hemswell Tom from this illicit marriage and give Donington Tom his real parents.

PARRATT, TOM, Mother’s Maiden Surname: POTTS. GRO Reference: 1858 S Quarter in LOUTH Volume 07A Page 501.

As for the third Tom who married Annie Smith… I think I’ll let him go. I have more than enough to do.

Stone 25 · Gravestone

A Prattle of Parrotts

The first JENKINSON inscription in the Crimlisk and East Yorkshire Family History Society lists is A29 · 24.


The two ladies must have been the best of friends.

MARY ELIZABETH JENKINSON, died Jan 6th 1958, aged 91 years.

At Rest

EMILY ETTA PARROTT, died April 21st 1959, aged 86 years.


In 1901 they were both lodging-house keepers in Rutland Street. It seems that at the time of their deaths they were living together at 2a West Road, Filey.


This is the corner of West Road (left) and Scarborough Road this afternoon. West Lodge, the red painted property next to the “corner shop” is No. 2A.

Mary was the daughter of Thomas JENKINSON (1835-1895) and Rachel FELL (1835-1899). Thomas is a grandson of Robert and Margaret née TRUCKLES (yesterday’s post) and is on FamilySearch Tree but without a wife or children.

Emily Etta (Etty in some sources) was born in Lincolnshire to George and Elizabeth née VICKERS. George was an agricultural labourer and the first three of his seven children with Elizabeth arrived in Hemswell and the last three in Upton. The middle child, George William, died before his first birthday, both registrations in Gainsborough, a district that includes both Hemswell and Upton. (If you look for the Parrotts in Filey Genealogy & Connections you will find Emily’s mother is given as Elizabeth ROWE, a second wife to George. An Elizabeth Parrott did die in the year attributed on FG&C but I discovered that she was 68 years old. All seven births registered in the GRO give Vickers as the Mother’s Maiden Surname. It is, nonetheless, worth looking at Kath’s database because she gives some information about the three Parrott children who married. FamilySearch Tree is almost completely silent. I have only had time for a quick search and have only found George, Elizabeth, and one child, George Woodward Parrott, born about October 1869 in Upton.)

I feel an affinity with Emily because my north Lincolnshire forebears crossed the Humber to settle in the East Riding. I wonder what forces pushed or pulled Emily over the water.


Radio Five Breakfast News this morning told us of Home Secretary Javid’s horror at discovering the extent of attempts to exploit young children sexually online. He is going to make it his business to do something about the scandalous situation. He is being somewhat disingenuous. Many people have voiced their concerns about this issue and have been rewarded with prison sentences. It is the saddest sign of the times in this benighted nation – if, as a child, you have been raped by a politician (Melanie Shaw), a Muslim of Bangladeshi, Pakistani or Somali origin (thousands of young English girls), a priest from any religious order (thousands of boys as well as girls), or a BBC celebrity (hundreds of children and some deceased adults), the government seems reluctant to pursue the criminals.

Coincidentally, today should have seen the beginning of Tommy Robinson’s retrial (for contempt of court). The date was pushed back to the end of this month. The Crown Prosecution Service needed more time to prepare their case. Odd, that they initially had no difficulty bouncing Tommy from a Leeds pavement to Hull Prison in just five hours.

Over the pond, Trump is warning President al-Assad against attacking proxy forces in Idlib province.


He has clearly forgotten about Raqqa but he should know that the Syrian/Russian manual for dealing with terrorists has a section on civilians and humanitarian corridors.