Filey Genealogy & Connections says that Alice Marjorie MATHEWMAN was born at 12 Norman Crescent, Filey but when the census was taken the following year, the family was living in Bridlington, where the head of household Thomas Leaper worked as a traveller for a drapery company. The Shared Tree takes the pedigree back a short distance to the first Leaper but then gathers enough momentum to take Alice’s forebears to Anglo-Saxon England, acknowledging the Conqueror along the way.
David DOVE, a photographer, married Emily NAYLOR in Bramley in 1887. David’s restlessness is apparent in the birthplaces of their children. Herbert Sidney seems to be the only one born in Filey so the family can’t have been here for long. Emily gave birth to six children and all were alive in 1911. Five were with her then in Belgrave Road, Keighley and only ten-year-old Elsie was not in gainful employment. This must have been a great help to widow Emily. Herbert, 18, was an apprentice weaving overlooker. He served with the Royal Garrison Artillery in the Great War (Service No. 118260) and survived the carnage. At the beginning of the Second World War he was living in Parson Street, Keighley – working as a worsted weaving overlooker! His wife, Ethel Victoria, was a shopkeeper and there were two young children at home. Herbert’s older brother, Reginald Naylor, married Beatrice Annie BAKER. Ethel Victoria was her younger sister.
Joseph Martin HADDAKIN married Maud Elizabeth HALL at Filey St Oswald’s in 1905 but they have yet to exchange vows on the Shared Tree. Still single and just Martin, Maud’s “future husband” has attracted a Blue Hint that references her. That Edward Henry HALL is boarding with his sister in 1911 seals the deal. They had ten siblings, so there is much work to do to bring them all together on the Shared Tree.
I made an attempt to find Herbert SIDNEY, painter, on the FamilySearch Tree without immediate success. So I turned instead to another of his subjects, John Woodall WOODALL, a Scarborian.
When I took the photo of a Scarborough wave on Saturday, I had no idea that the former Woodall residence was in the frame. The family sold St Nicholas House to the Corporation in 1898 and it still functions as the Town Hall.
John WOODALL (1801 – 1879) married Mary Eleanor WOODALL, which explains why they gave their firstborn two helpings of the family name.
I found young John on FST as a single man. This seemed an unlikely state for a wealthy banker. The Sidney portrait reveals a fine looking fellow in what would prove to be his last year or two.
I was surprised by the uniform and regalia but the 1901 census explains – giving his occupation as “Retired Banker, JP, and Hon Lt RNR” (Royal Navy Reserve). The salty side of his life took him beyond the defence of the realm (or expansion of empire), encompassing a serious concern with the fishing industry. He must have been one of the first men of some power and influence to question the dangers that trawlers posed to the nation’s food stocks. He was, in this respect at least, ahead of his time and would be bitterly disappointed with what has been done to our oceans.
He may have retired from public life in 1892 because of ill health but John was hale and hearty enough to woo the Widow COWPLAND and marry her in 1896. Louisa Catherine née CALVERT was about 13 years his junior and gave him two adult step-children, aged 29 and 17. The terms of John’s will suggest that he loved his wife and admired her children.
If £800 a year makes you think Louisa had to scrape by – it is about £80,000 in today’s loot. (Various historic money value calculators may give different amounts.)
In 1871, one of the ten servants living in at St Nicholas House was Rachel STOCKDALE, a 38-year-old single woman born in Filey. Her parents and some siblings are on FST but disconnected from each other. I’ll try to unite them over the next few days.
George Lewis BATLEY was living with his parents in the spring of 1871 and working as a “solicitor, articled clerk”, aged 17. His father, Joseph, was undoubtedly giving him every encouragement and useful instruction from his lofty position as “solicitor, Town Clerk of Huddersfield”.
Ten years later George was still living at Vernon House, with his parents, seven siblings, maternal grandmother, Hannah TOWNEND, and four domestic servants. He was now established as a solicitor.
He married Julia Pearson CROSLAND early the following year, 1882, and when the next census was taken was head of a large household in Gledholt Road, Huddersfield. With him, his wife and their two children were Uncle John and Aunt Mary BATLEY and four servants.
The census sometimes records disabilities and illnesses but all seems to be well with the Batleys in 1891.
On 19 August 1893, the Huddersfield Chronicle reported…
The announcement in Monday morning’s Daily Chronicle, recording the death of Mr. George Lewis Batley, will be perused with regret by our readers. For some time the deceased gentleman has been in failing health, and during the last few months he has resided at Filey, where he died on Friday week, at the early age of 39. Mr. Batley was the eldest son of the late Mr. Joseph Batley, the first Town Clerk of Huddersfield. He served his articles with his father, under whom he received a sound legal training, and after admission as a solicitor he became a member of the firm of Messrs. Brook, Freeman, and Batley, of which his father was at one time a senior partner. He acted as a deputy town clerk on several occasions, and during the interregnum between his father’s death and the appointment of a successor he performed the duties of this responsible office. Both in advocacy and conveyancing Mr. Lewis Batley stood high in repute as a lawyer…
I haven’t been able to find a likeness of George online but after his father’s death a public subscription raised the money for a portrait of Joseph in oils, painted from photographs by Herbert SIDNEY (1858-1923). At a ceremony in the Town Hall, the Mayor presented the Batley Memorial Portrait to George, who gave fulsome thanks and then begged that it be taken back to be put on public display. The Mayor then declared their business was not complete because he had a second, smaller portrait of Joseph executed by Mr. Sidney that George accepted for the family.
While searching online for material that might present George in less formal settings I happened upon something I found “romantic”.
I mentioned above that George resided in Gledholt Road, Huddersfield. His wife’s family had lived in Gledholt for many years. Her father, Thomas Pearson CROSLAND, M.P. died in 1868 and at the 1881 census, the family home in Gledholt Lane was headed by eldest daughter Ada Pearson and four of his other children, including unmarried Julia, aged 24. When the enumerator called, Julia may have been planning her marriage the following year. A snippet from a local newspaper tantalises with the possibility that it may not have been a whirlwind romance.
For a number of years, the Huddersfield “volunteers” mustered annually on the Rifle Field, Greenhead Road, less than half a mile from the Crosland place. After the young men had impressed the civilian populace with their military expertise, the day would end with a banquet. The newspaper listed those from the upper classes who attended and I noticed George and Julia in the 1876 gathering.
(This is just a slice of a much longer report.)
George’s children were aged ten and five when the attempt to restore his health in Filey failed. His widow waited ten years before marrying again. Frederick George OLDMAN was fifteen years her junior, a clerk in holy orders. I haven’t attempted to discover more but have placed him on the FamilySearch Tree. Click on the inverted caret to switch to George Lewis and find his headstone in St Oswald’s churchyard as a “Memory”.