All Life is Suffering

James FERGUSON and Faith BARKER have just married on the Shared Tree and await their first child.

William Barker Ferguson, born on this date in 1880, was their fourth child. He lived for eight years and 23 days. Kath attaches a brief note to his record on Filey Genealogy and Connections –

Buried 13 days before older brother Richard and just over one month before his baby sister Jane!

Of the seven children born to the couple, only Jane and brother James Barker the First died in infancy. William Barker, James Barker the Second and Richard died in childhood (before the age of fourteen) and Barker died aged nineteen. Only Ellen, who went by “Nellie”, lived long enough to marry. On census night 1911, Ellen is with her mother at Fern House on The Beach (Foreshore Road), where they take in lodgers. Ellen is 29 and single. She marries Harry SPIVEY the following year. I wonder what memories of William she carried through her life. She was nine when he died.

In loving memory of JAMES FERGUSON, who died August 11 1888, aged 37 years.

Also, FAITH FERGUSON, who died Jan 10 1923, aged 71 years.

Also, sons of the above: WILLIAM BARKER, died Aug 28 1888 aged 8 years,

RICHARD, died Sep 16 1888, aged 14 years,

JAMES BARKER, died Jan 22 1896, aged 14 years.

‘Thy will be done’

NELLIE SPIVEY, died March 24 1951, aged 72 years.

Also of JAMES and JANE, died in infancy

Also of BARKER FERGUSON his son, died May 30 1904, aged 19 years.

Two censuses found Faith keeping a lodging house on Clarence Terrace and two more on Foreshore Road. I don’t know what her circumstances were in 1921. She was living in Church Street when she died. I hope she was not alone.

On FG&C today’s baptised child is “Emily (Amelia)” but there were two girls and, sadly, they had only a short time together. Amelia, born in 1858, married widower Harry DUNN in 1897 and their daughter Florence was born in 1899.

See Normandy.

Annie STAMFORD and her twin brother John were baptised at St Oswald’s on the 5th of July. John was buried eleven days later and was joined all too soon by Annie. Unmarried mother Indiana [MGZH-HSL] gave birth to Elizabeth towards the end of 1860. When the census enumerator called at widow Alice Williamson’s home in King Street on the 7th of April, the child was close to death and unaware that gathered around her were four generations of her family. Great grandmother Alice née WOODHOUSE, grandparents John STAMFORD and Elizabeth née CAPPLEMAN, Aunt Elizabeth Ann Borritt, cousins Mary Elizabeth and Susannah BORRITT – and her mother Indiana. Perhaps the cousins were considered too young to attend Elizabeth’s funeral four days later.

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