Flower 31 · Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon

I didn’t find James Gullen DEIGHTON on the Shared Tree but four of his younger siblings were there, in the care of parents Sidney and Jane Elizabeth. James was the couple’s firstborn and, as he is not listed in the census return four years later, I resigned myself to his death in infancy. I discovered he lived for less than six months. His existence is noted in Filey Genealogy & Connections – born at Railway Cottages, Gristhorpe and baptised at the Ebenezer on 24 July. His birth was registered in Scarborough and his death the following quarter in Bridlington. His sister, Florence Harriet was born about a year later in Pocklington and lived for over eighty years. Somewhat curiously, FG&C doesn’t have any of James’ siblings. I have put him with his family on the Shared Tree.

(James is a first cousin of Frank GULLEN – birth anniversary March 28 – and a nephew of Martin GULLEN – death anniversary 6 March. My RootsMagic database says that James is not related by blood to either Fennel or Fennell DEIGHTON – death anniversaries 13 & 25 April.)

Two CRIMLISK girls were baptised on this date, Mary Cambridge at the Prim in 1886 and Martha Annie at St Oswald’s seven years later. I was curious about their family connection. They are second cousins, with common ancestors Thomas Crimlisk & Catherine McDEVITT. In 1901 they lived about 150 meters from each other, Mary in Mitford Street and Martha in Swanns Yard, Queen Street. I have no idea what effect the seven years between them would have had on their lives. Both found husbands but Mary died only four years after she married George SIMPSON. Martha’s marriage to John Richard HAXBY lasted almost fifty years before death did them part.

Brief Lives

James BARR was only thirty-three years old when he died. He was one of at least seven children born to John and Sarah nee TAYLOR in North Frodingham, a village about 23 miles south of Filey. John was an “excavator”, as was his father before him. They mostly dug ditches for farmers, I suspect. James has one of the most striking  headstones in St Oswald’s churchyard, with a fine carving of mason’s tools.

I was surprised today to find that he began his working life as a groom, serving the  Doctors SAVILE (father and son) in Nafferton. Between 1861 and the next census he learned a trade, married and became a father. In 1871 he was living in Church Street, Filey with wife Diana/Dinah nee WILLIAMSON and their four-year-old daughter Sarah Ann, and working as a bricklayer. He had six more years to live and I can only assume he acquired a mason’s greater skills in that short time. I haven’t discovered the cause of his death.

In 1881 James’ widow had moved the short distance to a house in King Street and was making ends meet as a charwoman. Sarah Ann, 14, was with her, described as a domestic servant.

Sarah Ann married in 1889 and two years later Dinah was enumerated with three “lodgers” – Francis SIMPSON, his wife Ann and their three-year old son John Williamson. Ann was Dinah’s niece and the wee boy her grandnephew.

Dinah died two years later, aged 53.

Found Object 38 · Mask

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