Poor Old Horse

I didn’t have a post subject for today, so turned this morning to the FG&C Anniversary List for help. Two people with family connections to Filey were born in Scarborough this day. Caroline VAREY arrived in 1853. Her parents, Thomas Bridekirk VAREY and Caroline FLINTON were married in St Mary’s Church in September 1841.


My first thought on seeing “Flinton” was to hope that the father of the elder Caroline was called John. On this coast, Johnny Flinton is best known for his harbour.

Caroline Varey’s grandfather Flinton was indeed called John, but my research efforts failed to connect him to Cayton Bay. At the 1841 Census he gave his occupation as “Waggoner” and ten years later, aged 73, he was still working as a Carter, and living at 13 Neptune Terrace, Sandside.


Poor old horse. If an Albion Band tune is now playing in your head, taking you back to the 1970s, listen here.

I was pleased to find that several people have been working recently on the Varey/Flinton pedigree on FamilySearch. ­Not much for me to do.