Flight of Fancy 47 · Portent

Window reflection, Ravine Lodge Wall

Edwin’s parents were born in Scotland and may have known each other as children before moving south to Middlesbrough, where they were married in 1843. Thomas worked in the Coastguard service and was perhaps posted to the Filey area in that capacity. In 1861 the family was living in Reighton, where Edwin was born in 1857. Ten years later the McPhersons resided in King Street, Filey. Edwin, 14, worked as an errand boy.

The 1881 census was taken less than a month after Thomas died. His widow was staying with friends in Camberwell and her youngest son was working as a barman in a Hope Street hotel. I don’t know where Edwin was on census night, but he was with his father in St Oswald’s churchyard a couple of months later.

John Williamson’s family on the Shared Tree is a disaster area. He married Mary Elizabeth POOL in 1889 and on Filey Genealogy & Connections they have six offspring. I suspect half of the children ascribed to his wife “Eliza Winship” have nothing to do with Mary Elizabeth. John Williamson and his wife sleep eternally in St Oswald’s churchyard and I have put a photo of their headstone on the Shared Tree.

Jane Margaret was the first anniversary of this year. Her husband married again and is buried in another part of the churchyard.

The two wives of Thomas Fenby Crompton are remembered on a stone in the churchyard. I think his second wife, Annie WICKEN, may have been divorced rather than widowed. There is work still to do on their Shared Tree entries.

I haven’t had time today to put Amelia PLASKITT’S headstone on FamilySearch.

Tree 76 · Blossom

Queen Street

Alice FEATHERSTONE is a “guesswork wife” on Filey Genealogy & Connections. She appears to have three children with William HILL of Scarborough but the GRO Births Index gives their mother’s name as COLLING. Firstborn Edith Hill was baptised on 21 June 1899 and her parent’s marriage was registered in the first quarter of that year. At the end of March 1901, Alice Featherstone was enumerated with her parents at 21 Queen Street – not far from where the tree pictured above would establish itself a hundred years later.

The son of Woodall POOL and Isabella PROCTOR, John was baptised at the old Primitive Methodist chapel (not the Ebenezer) and married Jane Ann COLLEY in Scarborough in the summer of 1883. He was working as a blacksmith. FG&C doesn’t record any offspring but a duplicate ID for Jane Ann on the Shared Tree offers a son, Francis Edward Woodall Pool, baptised at the other side of the country, in Birkenhead. I don’t know what happened next.

George and Elizabeth were Filey-born and bred. They had ten children, (FG&C says eleven), and although only two girls are known to have married, a lot of large families were subsequently created.

I dipped my toes into the waters of Wiki Tree a little over a year ago and chose Jane Margaret as the subject of my first “biography”. (Her St Oswald’s headstone is the first in the East Yorkshire Family History Society survey.)

I don’t think Maud has any close connections to Filey HUNTER families. Born in Kippax near Tadcaster, she married a Lincolnshire man. Her husband Tom followed his father and older brother Alfred into the saddle and harness making trade, though in the 1911 census, aged 39, he gave his occupation as “Antique Dealer”. He noted that only one child had been born in twelve years of marriage.


The first monumental inscription in the East Yorkshire Family History Society Survey of 2014/15 remembers Jane Margaret SWEET of Newcastle upon Tyne, who married Filey doctor Charles Waters SCRIVENER. I created a profile for her on Wiki Tree this afternoon. I need to add her mother, siblings, husband Charles and her children but you can check out the start I have made here.

Flight of Fancy 27 · Frost Bonbons

footway, railway crossing, 54.204430, -0.291068

The Lost Boys

The wooden brig Eugenie was built in Blyth in 1855 and registered in North Shields. On February 2nd, 1886, she left the River Tyne on her final voyage, with a crew of eight and about 360 tons of coal in her hold. Five of the sailors were apprentices, ranging in age from 16 to 21. They reached the estuary of the River Seine without incident and discharged their cargo, replacing it with 86 tons of stone ballast for the return journey. Before departure, the master received instruction to make for Cardiff or the Tyne, “according as the wind might serve”. Eugenie left Honfleur on the 20th and Thomas JONES, 48, decided to go home rather than to Wales. The ship made slow progress up the east coast of England and on the night of the 1st and 2nd of March sailed into a “blinding snowstorm”. Between five and six in the morning, near Craster, Eugenie struck a rock so violently that she broke up and sank almost immediately. All hands were lost.

A few days later the Coroner held an inquest on a body that had been “found on the shore at Howick Burn Mouth”. The father of apprentice James KELLY identified his 17-year-old son.

Beach at the mouth of the Howick Burn
cc-by-sa/2.0 – © John Allan – geograph.org.uk/p/5523421

Another sailor found near Howick Burn was not formally identified but was assumed to be A.B. John Young HINDS, aged about forty. Not far away, recovered papers and a photograph identified Anton Lanitz OLSEN, 21, from Christiania. He had signed A.B. articles and acted as Eugenie’s cook and steward but was still bound as an apprentice. The body of the mate, James PINKNEY (or REDMAID or REDMOND), was not found, and neither were those of the three apprentices, William Charles SCRIVENER, 19, Joseph TAYLOR, 17, and Charles CLEGHORN, 16.

William was the son of Filey doctor, Charles Waters Scrivener. When I researched the family three years ago, I somehow overlooked William. Born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1867, he was with his grandfather Thomas Scrivener on census night 1871 and not christened until later that year – after the death of his mother, Jane Margaret née SWEET. In 1881, William was a boarder at a Scarborough school run by James WALKER in Castle Street. His father had remarried 18 months after Jane’s death and would die in 1882, aged 48, without having children with Mary Ann WOODALL.

The family is well represented on the FamilySearch Shared Tree but some relationships have yet to be fleshed out a bit more clearly. When apprentice William was born, his maternal grandmother Elizabeth Sweet was also his aunt. Another day perhaps…

Field 9 · Filey Fields

Grave Number One

When you enter the west gate of St Oswald’s churchyard, the first headstone remembers a small FOX and his mother. John and Maisie Crimlisk began their Survey here and tagged the grave A/1. The East Yorkshire Family History Society started their more recent transcription effort at the other end of the west wall, by the car park entrance.  Their Number One is the Crimlisks’ A/28, the grave of Jane Margaret Scrivener.

I decided a couple of days ago that I should get serious with the uploading of my headstone photographs to FamilySearch (as Memories). I have over 200 of them.  It is tempting to flit about in an “as and when” kind of way, but I thought I ’d try to be disciplined. Starting with Jane Margaret.

I expected her “story” would be quite simple; marrying in 1867, having two children and dying in 1871. It hasn’t turned out this way.

Jane married surgeon Charles Waters SCRIVENER. His mother was Anna CALAUM, Thomas SCRIVENER’s second wife. Her first child with Thomas, I think, was Henry Thomas and he married Jane’s widowed mother, Elizabeth Sweet née WHINFIELD. In 1861, 19-year-old Jane was living with her mother (41) and step-father (29), in Newcastle upon Tyne.

A year after Jane’s death her step-father’s brother, Charles the Surgeon, married Mary Ann Woodall. I failed to find the marriage record today but in 1881 Mary Ann’s unmarried sister, 62-year-old June CALAM,  was staying with the Scriveners at 3, Rutland Street, Filey. Further investigation revealed that Calam should be CALAUM. Ring a bell?

I was pleased to find some Newcastle SWEETs on FST and in reasonably good order, but the Bridlington SCRIVENERs are a mass (or mess) of duplicate PIDs that will take some sorting. They constitute an interesting challenge, though, and I hope to set them straight before moving on to Grave Number Two. (This is going to take forever – and none of us have got forever.)


Jane Margaret on FST.