A Vicar’s Wife

988 Tiffin C40

DOROTHY TIFFIN, Nov 10th 1846

John and Maisie Crimlisk were able to discern some of the words in the verse. My copy of their typescript looks like this –

‘                       thy dead men shall

                        live together with

                        my dead body               shall

                        they                             awake


                        I will                            for



In 2014, the East Yorkshire Family History Society saw this

“Thy daughter shall/live………..with/………shall/ rest eroded

Dorothy ROLLESTON had been a widow for less than two years when she took her last breath in Filey. Her husband, the Reverend William TIFFIN, had died in Beeford aged 68 in early December 1844. Neither of them was born in Yorkshire according to the 1841 census. They had married in Greasley, Nottinghamshire, in 1819. A young clerk, William Rolleston, 25, was with them at Beeford Rectory on census night. He was perhaps Dorothy’s nephew. The Reverend John Rolleston was the executor of her will. One source indicates that she left behind the tidy sum of £600, worth around £60,000 today. Saving souls was profitable then, just as destroying them is now.

Row 4 | 1795 Horsfield F45 | Granite

Herbert wrote regular “nature notes” for The Yorkshire Post and published a book on British Birds that you may be able to find online and download at no cost. His daughter Ada Dorothy was headmistress at the Bluebird School (AP 137 · death · 23 January).

Path 185 · Sand Hill Lane

The Horsefeeders

I was looking for Emily NO NAME, a victim of a long-ago data input glitch, and happened to meet the HORSEFEEDERs as I scrolled down rows of an Excel spreadsheet. I so wanted this to be a real family name, even as I realised that, as an occupation, it may not (somewhat ironically), have put much food on the table.



FamilySearch source

I found no other people with this name in Yorkshire and upon searching online for ‘Horsefeeder genealogy’ I had to accept that they were something other.

As a general rule, transcribers should input what they see.


I’m now seeing ‘Horsefield’ with the ‘i’ undotted and ‘d’ with ascender amputated – but only after accessing the marriage register entry for William and Emma.


Emma gave birth to nine girls before bringing Fred and finally Walter into the world (when she was 43 years old). In 1901 only Hannah, 25, was still living with her parents – and also in residence were William and Emma’s grandsons, George William, 3, and Joseph Pretoria, about 6 months old. One can guess that unmarried Hannah was their mother and perhaps their father was away in Africa fighting the Boers (if he had not already been killed).

Girl Nine was Ada. I looked at the Filey HORSFIELDs and in their short pedigree of just three generations, there are two women called Ada. About thirty miles separate the families but they don’t appear to be connected, and they are minimally represented on the Shared Tree. Both William Horsefield and Richard Horsfield are waiting to begin their families.

Richard’s son, Herbert Knight, is buried in St Oswald’s churchyard.



Path 90 · Headland Way


Path to Speeton Sands