Farmer James’address in 1939, 38 Grapes Hotel, Queen Street, “rang a bell”. In a short piece about the Coble Landing in the old Looking at Filey,I found this –
George Colley’s horses hauled the cobles and were stabled at Appleby’s Farm where the Providence Place flats are now.
Kath has a couple of notes in Filey Genealogy & Connections –
Manor Farm, Queen St became Appleby’s 1891 and Manor Fm behind Star Inn.
It must have been a very small farm, no more than thirty acres would be my guess (less than a third of a hectare.)
Here are the coordinates for The Grapes if you want to compare the map to satellite views online.
The Grapes ceased being No.38 Queen Street some time ago, and a hotel/public house more recently.
I have not found a George COLLEY who is a good fit for the owner of the coble-pulling horses. Perhaps it was George COLLING, fish merchant. He lived nearby in Reynolds Street around 1900 and later in Queen Street.
Photographer unknown, no date; photo donated by Martin Douglas
Saturday 17 April
My thanks to Shirley for sharing this painting, treasured by her mother, Margaret Caine. (See comment.)
Filey Genealogy & Connections has 92 people called APPLEBY in the database. I have added another forty – but there are just three with a memorial in the churchyard. Francis Appleby, his wife Catherine nee TOALSTER, and their son Frank are not yet represented on the FamilySearch Shared Tree. While gathering information that would enable a connection to be made to Applebys with IDs, I noticed some some discrepancies in the data that I thought required some attention.
Frank is a second great grandson of Thomas Appleby and Rachel LEPPINGTON. It was a surprise to discover that a sister and brother of Rachel’s married siblings of Thomas.
But this post is about James and the discrepancy marked by the red X.
Five of the seven sources attached to James are census returns, and all give his estimated birth year as 1862. If he died in 1944 his calculated age of death would be 82.
Free BMD has this record …
Deaths Jun 1944
APPLEBY James, [Age at Death] 80, Scarbro’ 9d 311.
…indicating birth in 1864. Further investigation shows this to have been another James, born in Seamer to James Appleby and Ann TROWHELL.
Another source attached to “our James” is the 1939 Register, a “war census” taken on 29 September, which gives his birthdate as 5 October 1860 and his calculated age, therefore, is 79. If the information is correct, he would have celebrated his eightieth birthday six days later.
In the other censuses, however, his given age is remarkably consistent for his birth in 1861. (Do the math, bearing in mind that his birthday was after the censuses – if October is the correct month).
Here is the GRO Births Index record.
APPLEBY, James, Mother’s Maiden Surname: LEPPINGTON. GRO Reference: 1861 D Quarter in BRIDLINGTON Volume 09D Page 269.
This fits perfectly with the 1871 to 1911 censuses where his given age ends with a nine, every time.
The seventh source for James on the Shared Tree is his marriage to Rachel on 20 August 1882. He informed the clerk that he was 21, which is correct for his birth in 1861.
His Free BMD death registration offers this –
Deaths Jun 1940
APPLEBY, James, [Age at Death] 81, Buckrose 9d 108.
Filey Genealogy & Connections gives 25 June 1940 as the date of his burial and his last address as 38 Queen Street, Filey – the address listed in the 1939 Register. But, if you do the math, his age should have been 78 – or 79 if the Register had used 5 October 1860 as its birthday benchmark. I can’t explain this discrepancy.
(Obscured by the transctiption label are George, James & Rachel’s son, and widow Jane Newbold, housekeeper. I don’t yet know her maiden name.)