A Bigger Picture

Mainly thanks to Kath’s three decades of work on Filey Genealogy & Connections, Mary’s horizons are considerably extended in my RootsMagic database.

The forebears of Joseph Ernest EDWARDS took several hours to figure out. His maternal grandparents were Yorkshire folk and his father, Joseph, had Staffordshire and Shropshire roots. Anne CORDINER, his Pickering grandmother, has yet to marry Thomas TINDALL on the Shared Tree. She would marry a Nottinghamshire man after Thomas died. John CULLIN was a lodging house keeper on the Crescent in Filey and Joseph Ernest and his parents were residing with him across four censuses (1871 to 1901). For most of this time, Father Joseph was a schoolmaster with Wesleyan connections. His son started out as a draper’s assistant, then opened his own shop on Queen Street. He failed to make a go of it and in 1911, aged 39 and single, he was a caretaker at a club in Hunmanby. I have more work to do but will attempt to put a RootsMagic Tree together over the next few days.

Duke CARTER is remembered on the TYSON headstone (William, AP 625 · marriage · 14 April).

I haven’t had time today to determine his place in the family. In 1911 he was enumerated at a farm near Hunmanby, where he was a horseman and head shepherd. He was born in Great Thurlow, Suffolk and may not may have been related by blood to the Abbott, Binnington, Tyson or Ward families.

George REDSHAW (sometimes READSHAW) was born and buried in Thwing. He was a carrier and probably visited Filey hundreds of times in a long working life. He is another singleton in Filey Genealogy and Connections and Kath has added this to his record –

Note in Parish Register: In the death of George Redshaw, another interesting character has been removed from our midst, as he was for a great number of years one of the carriers & was highly esteemed in the parish & neighbourhood.

He married Mary WALTON in 1855 and they had three sons. Mary died in 1891. George junior married Elizabeth ARMSTRONG from Trimdon in County Durham, in 1894.

Flight of Fancy 57 · Britain is in Tatters

Two Guesswork Wives

Filey Genealogy & Connections (FG&C) offers an Alice FEATHERSTONE who fits the story below quite well – but flags her as a “guesswork wife” who baptised her first child with William HILL in 1899. I wouldn’t put money on this being correct. “Mrs Hill” has a sister in law called Mary Featherstone, so I think William must have married someone else.

THEFT FROM A FILEY SCHOOL – A Young Woman Sentenced.

11 February 1901 The Scarborough Evening News

A poorly-clad  little woman named Alice Featherstone (20), of Filey, was charged in Bridlington Police-court on Saturday, before Colonel Hudson, Dr. Wheelhouse, Alderman Medforth, and Alderman Creaser-with the theft on Friday afternoon, of two articles of wearing apparel from the cloak-room of the National School, Filey, the properties of Miss Jones and Miss Collins.

Miss Daisy Jones, teacher at the National School, Filey, said the black straw hat produced was her property. It was worth 1s. 11½d. It was last in her possesion at 1.30 the previous day in the cloak-room, where she had left it. She missed it at four o’clock. She had seen the prisoner about twenty-five minutes to four the same afternoon in the passage leading to the cloakroom. Proisoner said she had come to fetch a girl called Atkinson; otherwise she had no business on the premises. She did not say anything more to her. Witness gave information to the head mistress as to the missing hat. She did not see it then in the defendant’s possision.

Mary Featherstone, sister-in-law of the prisoner, said she knew the hat produced. Prisoner had brought it to her house on Friday and said she had it given to her. She brought it about 4.45 p.m. Witness did not buy it from her, and she eventually handed it over to Sergeant Smith.

Sergeant Smith said from information received he saw Mrs. Featherstone, who handed him the hat, about 7.30. He was then in search of the prisoner. At 7.45 he apprehended her and charged her with stealing a black straw hat, the property of Miss Jones, from the Infant School, that afternoon. She made no reply, and he locked her up.

Prisoner pleaded guilty.


Prisoner was further charged with stealing from Mis Blanche Collins, teacher at the National School, Filey, on Friday, a fur boa (produced), of the value of 5s. 11d. It was last in the prosecutrix’s possesion at 1.30 p.m. on Friday, in the cloak-room. She missed it at 4 o’clock. She had not seen the prisoner near the school that day. Information was given about the missing fur boa to the police. She next saw it in the hands of the police.

Mary Featherstone sister-in-law, said the prisoner brought the fur boa to her house along with the hat. She said that the boa had also been given to her. She afterwards handed it to the police.

Sergeant Smith had also charged prisoner on Friday evening with stealing the boa, and she had made no reply to the charge. He received it from Mary Featherstone, along with the hat.

Prisoner also pleaded guilty to the second charge.

In reply to the bench, Sergeant Cooper said the life the prisoner lead in Filey was a perfect disgrace, not only to herself, but to all connected with her. Her father had authorised him to inform the Court that the prisoner was entirely beyond his control, and that he would be satisfied if the Court sentenced her to a term of imprisonment, or to an institution in order that she might become well again. She had “run to ruin.” She was indeed, he regretted to say, of disreputable character.

Prisoner heard her condemnation without apparent emotion, and, choosing to be dealt with by the bench, she was sent to prison for twenty-eight days-fourteen on each charge.


Birth Elsie CRABB has an existing ID on the Shared Tree with parents William & Ann née GILLIAM plus four sisters, but no husband yet. She would marry twice.

Baptism  James DOUGLAS, the fourth of six sons born to Arthur and Elizabeth Ann née CAMMISH, was baptised in Filey St Oswald’s church. Twenty-two years later, he married Mary Jane SCOTTER there.

The couple’s first child had not arrived by the time of the 1911 census but the family portrait below shows them with Lizzie Ann, Richard Henry, Maud and baby Mary. Two sons followed in 1920 and 1922.

Photographer unknown, c.1919, courtesy Martin Douglas

Jimmy died in 1961 and Jennie (as she was known) in 1987.

The story is different on FamilySearch.

As mistakes on the Shared Tree go, this one is particularly baffling, though “guesswork” seems to cover it.

Following the breadcrumbs brings you to this –

The link takes you here –

Searching won’t bring you children born to our Jimmy and Martha POPE, but here is Jennie’s first child in the GRO Births Index.

Finally –

Shared Tree.

Marriage  James, the son of James and Sarah Robinson, made the connection to Filey by marrying Grace CAMMISH at St Oswald’s. The grandchildren of today’s married couple liked Filey well enough to stay and raise families of their own.

Shared Tree. There’s a lot of linking up to be done. (James and Sarah’s granddaughter Grace Robinson married Castle Jenkinson – see Anniversaries 29 January.)

Death  Descendants of James Knox would put down roots in Gristhorpe, baptising children and marrying at St Oswald’s.

Burial Rose Budd’s life was all too short. Her parents had representation on the Shared Tree as a married couple. I have only had time today to give them Rose. I will add the other children when I can – and the stone.

In loving memory of WALTER BUDD, 24th May 1838, 27th Oct 1892.

Also, ANN his wife, 7th Sept 1849, 29th March 1929.

And LILY their daughter, 20th Oct 1884, 25th July 1931.

‘Thy will be done’

Also, MARY AND ROSE their children, died Feb 1886

Also, ALFRED their son, died 8th Nov 1947.

Mark of Man 82 · Above the Bay

Just like old times

Bits and Pieces

Most days now, the first two or three hours are lost to finding out what is going on in the world. It is beginning to seem pointless reconstructing the lives of long-dead people when genocide is taking shape.

Distracted, I haven’t been able to tackle any research of substance. Today, I did a bit of tidying.

I put the headstone of John Sumpton FOX on the Shared Tree yesterday – and tried to find the origins of his second wife this morning. An unusual middle name – Dale – made it somewhat easier to trace Mary SMITH, but her father was John Smith and her mother just Ann. Mary indicated in censuses that she was born in the time of civil registration but her death record (if I have it right) gives 1836 as a calculated birth year. She was a spinster aged 53 when she married John so there are no children to offer assistance. An 1861 census entry provides a possible brother, ten years her junior, and a three-year-old niece born in Leyburn that could be helpful. There is more work to do here.

Yesterday morning the sun shone and made James ROBINSON’s headstone (Sunday’s post) more legible so I photographed it again and put the better image on the Shared Tree today.

I also did some “figure work”. Two weeks into the new meteorological year, I am still struggling with data from 2020/21. I hope to have some graphs showing the Ten Station results soon. (Confession: I didn’t take any interest in Cop 26.)

Omicron intrigues me though – and the use our Fat Controller is making of it. Cases doubling every three days eh? Not for long, surely. After almost two years of pandemic and a year of mass jabbing, there cannot be many susceptibles left. Unless…

All one can say for certain is that Humankind 1.0 needs saving.

Measure of Man 67 · Lifeboat

Glen Gardens Lake

Nine Children

I put James and Ann ROBINSON’s headstone on the Shared Tree yesterday, but it also remembered three children who died in infancy and I needed more time to gather in their vital records. None were immediately apparent on FamilySearch.

This was the picture first thing this morning.

James indicated on the 1911 census form that Ann had borne nine children in fifty years of marriage and three had died. I discovered that five children had married and the sixth had given birth to one daughter out of wedlock. Two children had a FamilySearch ID. I created identities for the others and you can see them all here.

The inscription on the granite headstone is very difficult to read now but John and Maisie Crimlisk didn’t have a problem transcribing it forty years or so ago.

Mark of Man 77 · Mask

Suffer older people…