Francis William LANE has married into the HOYLAND family.

I have been getting flashbacks to the 1970s when I happened upon the abstract paintings of John Hoyland. I didn’t have a clue what they were “about”. I was just grateful that they added to the small sum of my happiness back then. I have been wondering if he was from mining stock.

The name seems to derive from the Norse invaders and means ‘farm on the hill’. In England and Wales in 1881, over a thousand people were called Hoyland and about 70 per cent were living in the West Riding of Yorkshire. I wasn’t surprised when I found this stat today, simply because a small number of the tribe that Francis married into had been born in Hoyland Nether (sometimes Nether Hoyland) or Hoyland Common. If you check out the Tree you will notice that William, the great grandfather of Sarah Ellen Hoyland, had been born in neighbouring Nottinghamshire, all of thirty miles away from their Common (or Nether parts).

Some of Sarah Ellen’s folks were born in Sheffield, where Painter John entered the world in 1934. There must be a good chance that he is a cousin to Sarah. but nobody has made the connection yet on the Shared Tree. I am always a little surprised when I don’t find “high achievers” on the World Tree.


John Hoyland died in 2011. His life and work can be investigated here. The image above is a screenshot of his studio floor (with chair).

There is a very pleasing Hoyland One-Name Study website. It provided information for this post and has links to John. I hope Hoylands everywhere will contribute to its growth.


Find My Past has begun the roll-out of their Tree-to-Tree hints system. I worked on a couple of Filey families today and the information I added brought invitations to assess details other growers have discovered. I still have nightmares about the way My Heritage made it so easy for strangers to butcher your loved ones. Unless you are a vengeful type, there was no upside that I could see.

Before she married in 1888, Mary Ann LANE gave birth to Francis William. In 1901 he was enumerated at the home of his widowed aunt Elizabeth in Alma Square, Filey. He worked as an errand boy and, whatever it was he fetched and delivered, I imagined him whistling cheerfully as he went around the town, oblivious that he was earmarked for cannon fodder.

Filey Genealogy & Connections has very little to say about Francis but, as he isn’t “remembered” in the churchyard, I was prepared to let him go. After the rain stopped this morning, I went to photograph the grave of his mother and stepfather.


The large flower is for Mary Ann and Robert Jenkinson’s grandson, also Robert Jenkinson, and has been placed there, I would guess, by Olive.

In loving memory of their grandson, Robert Jenkinson COLLING, dear husband of Olive, died March 8th1993, aged 68.

Francis William is uncle to the younger Robert and thanks to Tree-to-Tree I was able to trace his life journey, effortlessly.

He survived the Great War, as a soldier marrying Sarah Ellen HOYLAND in 1917. Sarah was from a mining family and Francis chose to live in her hometown, Pontefract. He worked as a house painter, took an interest in politics and in 1933, as a Socialist, was elected unopposed to the Town Council. He died in 1965, aged 78.

I put Francis William on FST this afternoon but there much more work to be done.