Clouds 60 · Filey Bay

James MARR married Sarah Agnes PARRY in 1899. When he filled out the 1911 census form he declared that he had been married for 12 years and the couple’s three children were all living. FileyGenealogy & Connections has the three and shows second daughter Ada arriving in 1912. FamilySearch offers nine offspring, three with the surname MAHER born before 1899.

The two daughters of James and Sarah Agnes married the same man. Thomas William SKELTON married Agnes in 1926 and eleven years after her death when he was forty-eight years old, he married Ada. Both weddings took place in the Filey Ebenezer Chapel. (Ada’s place on the Shared Tree has been usurped by Kathleen Maher. Life isn’t fair.)

Mabel HAWORTH was born in Keighley, the fourth of six daughters born to Dr James HAWORTH and Jane Bury. Remarkably, FG&C and the Shared Tree are in agreement on this.

Nobody with a close connection to Filey features in my Anniversary List for this day. Philadelphia MITFORD, daughter of Robert and Mary OSBALDESTON, appeared in Northumberland briefly in 1722. Harry Pearson GREAVES was born in British Columbia in 1896 and sacrificed his life on the killing fields of Flanders.

Maria, Marie or Mary DERENNE shares remembrance on a new stone in Filey churchyard.

The original stone’s inscription and burial notes –

Pray for the repose of SISTER M. GERTRUDE THOY, who died August 29th 1919, aged 33.


Also of Sister MARIA DERENNE, died April 21st 1939, aged 74.

The EYFHS entry (1510) has the following Burial Register notes:

1919 13 Sep 1. Annie (sic) Thoy, The Convent, Filey. 33.

1939 Apr 24. Marie (sic) Augustine Derenne, The Convent of the Sacred Heart, Filey. 74.

Citation: Filey, St Oswald’s Monumental Inscriptions, Part Two: 1510, page 73. East Yorkshire Family History Society, Publication No. M289, © 2014

Read about the Filey Sisters of Evron here.

Happy Doctors

A couple of weeks from now, the UK will resemble today’s Italy. Our National Health Service will be close to collapse, its staff exhausted.

O tempora, o mores. In late March a hundred and twenty-five years ago, the Scarborough Mercury published this snippet in Filey: Events of the Week –

Nearly everyone has got the influenza or if they haven’t exactly got it, they have a notion that they are just going to have it. Whoever you speak to seems quite gloomy and the doctors as they rush up one street and down another are the only persons who seem really happy. They must have reaped a golden harvest for more people have been ill in Filey since Christmas than probably ever before known in so short a time. It is quite a fashionable watering place, but really it need not have been so fashionable in the matter of the influenza. Proportionately many more people have been attacked in Filey than in Scarborough, and it has also had a most disastrous effect on the old people.

One of the Filey doctors coining it was James HAWORTH, aged 70 but still in practice. Known locally as “The Old Doctor” to distinguish him from his physician and surgeon son John Thomas (familiarly “Tom”). Both men served Filey well for many years and are buried in St Oswald’s churchyard, James with Jane and Tom with Beatrice Mary. Tom has a curious inscription on the base of his cross.


I will not – and went

Neither couple is well represented on the FamilySearch Tree yet. When I have gathered the Haworths, their wives and children, I’ll put the headstone photos and inscriptions on the Shared Tree.

I was surprised a couple of days ago to discover that Tom’s younger sister Mabel married  Henry Robert BARWICK, the eighth child (and fourth son) of William Francis and Ann néeFOSTER (yesterday’s post).

Henry and Mabel married at St Oswald’s but lived in Norwood Street, Scarborough. In 1891 they shared the capacious Norwood Lodge with two of Henry’s sisters, a brother, two nieces and a nephew. By 1901 the siblings and their offspring had departed. Henry and Mabel had two children of their own, and Jane Haworth was enumerated with them, together with her servant (“Mother’s Help”). The Old Doctor died in 1905 and widow Jane, 83 in 1911, was again caught by the enumerator at Norwood Lodge, this time with 65-year-old “Nurse Attendant”, widow Mary Myers.

Henry’s youngest sister Beatrice Crompton Haworth also married at St Oswald’s – in 1905, just a few months before the Old Doc died. Her husband was “St John Lower PALIOLOGUS”, who surely deserves a place on the Shared Tree. His middle name is “Lower” in the civil marriage registration but his elder brother Samuel is “Lowen” on FamilySearch.