Found Object 66 · Protection Racket?

Royal Parade

A photograph of Elizabeth CAMMISH was given to Looking at Filey about ten years ago but I failed to include the donor’s initials in the filename. I hope they will forgive me for not acknowledging the gift.

Elizabeth married John James TOMBLIN in 1916 (REDUX anniversary 19 April; and on the Hunts Cyclists website there is a wedding photograph). The birthday of their son, Jack Crane Tomblin, was a REDUX anniversary on 29 April. Reference is made on Hunts Cyclists that Elizabeth’s cousin, Mary Margaret Cammish “married an HCB man H. G. E. Lovitt”. My RootsMagic Filey Tree reckons they were variously third, fourth, fifth and fourth cousins once removed, with common ancestors Richard HAXBY & Elizabeth JENKINSON, John CAPPLEMAN, Robert JENKINSON & Margaret TRUCKLES, and for the fifth cousin and fourth cousin once removed William CAMMISH & Unknown.

Herbert Salvidge HALL and Jemima SCOTTER married at St Oswald’s in 1918. The groom was younger than the bride but their wedding photograph suggests that time had not been kind to Herbert.

Photographer unknown, courtesy of Martin Douglas

Death claimed Herbert less than three years later. Jemima raised their daughter, Olive, didn’t marry again, and almost reached her ninetieth year.

As I write this, the FamilySearch Shared Tree doesn’t have much to say about the couple. A possible duplicate ID for Herbert gives him different parents to those responsible for his existence, so there is a possibility the two are not a match.  

After a close examination of all the sources attached to “Herbert S. Hall” on FamilySearch, I decided he is a figment. For sure, he is in a transcription of the 1891 Census in Cornwall, but ten years later he has been replaced in the family by “Thomas H.” with the same birthplace and birth year. On the 1891 page image, the transcribed initial “S” is more like a handwritten “T”. There is only one GRO birth registration in York that could be this boy. His mother’s maiden surname is given as “DARLING” but this is only momentarily disconcerting – it could be a mistranscription for “DUNNING”.)

Henry Waller DIXON junior may have been given the byname “Rennie” to avoid everyday confusion with his father. Almost a century has passed since the headstone remembering him, his uncle, and his paternal grandfather appeared in St Oswald’s churchyard. Soil has built up around the base of the cross and a mat of grass hides the lower inscriptions. Easing back the tufts –

Aunt Mima’s Wedding

Jemima SCOTTER (9XLP-RRP), the seventh child of Mark SCOTTER and Alice COLLING, was baptised at St Oswald’s on this day 1887.  The family is fairly well represented on FamilySearch Tree but there is some work to do there.

Mark was one of a number of Norfolk fishermen who moved north and put down roots on the Yorkshire coast. His life was ended by a German bullet in November 1917. A U boat had intercepted his yawl Susie and Kath, in a Filey Genealogy note, suggests its captain thought Mark was reaching for a gun and ordered him shot. Susie was scuttled but the remainder of its crew took to the small coble, were picked up by the Lord Kitchener and, with Mark’s body, brought safely home.

Jemima’s mother had died about 9 months earlier so when she married Herbert Salvidge HALL on 15th June 1918 she was given away, I think, by her brother in law Jenkinson HAXBY.  She looks rather solemn in her wedding photograph, as does her younger sister Maud standing at the other side of the groom.


After the wedding Herbert and Jemima moved to the Middlesbrough area and their daughter Olive’s birth was registered there in the September Quarter of the following year.  Olive was just two years old when her father died. Martin, who donated the wedding photo to Looking at Filey, told me that his grandaunt Jemima returned to Filey after her husband’s death but he didn’t know what became of Olive. With all the extra resources I have access to now (compared to four or five years ago), I thought I would be able to trace the little girl but she remains elusive. Find My Past hints at three death registrations in the north of England for a middle aged unmarried Olive that don’t convince, even though the birth dates are acceptably close. There are several possible marriages and some 1939 Register entries that could be hers but, for now, her life journey must remain a mystery.

Filey Genealogy & Connections doesn’t have Jemima’s death.  If her birth registration in the September Quarter of 1887 was “late” she may be the Jemima HALL who lived to the ripe old age of 89. Born on the 14th June she was working as a Cook/Housekeeper at Drumranck Hall, Stokesley when the 1939 Register was taken (RG101/3298A/022/23 Letter Code: JHTJ).

A mystery of a different sort is pictured in Today’s Image. At the lowest tides the rocky “pier” jutting out from Filey Brigg is revealed.  Some think it a natural structure, others that the Romans built it. Or perhaps it is a medieval pier to facilitate the remove of building stone from the Brigg quarries. Divers have measured and mapped the boulders beneath the surface and perhaps a report will be published some time that will tell us, irrefutably, what the Spittals are all about.