Crushed

Elizabeth Cook was an Essex girl, born 1826, but fifteen years later she was living in Church Street, Filey, with her widowed mother and two younger siblings. Five years later, aged 20, she married Richard LORRIMAN, a joiner. I have found four birth registrations for three girls and a boy. Eliza, Warris, and Ada Susannah reached adulthood and married but the girls left it rather late to have families and Warris registered his wife’s death in the same quarter as the birth of their first child, Richard Henry. The motherless boy was shipped from Castleford in the West Riding to Filey, where he was raised by his grandparents, Richard and Elizabeth. (Warris married again and had several children with Elizabeth NORFOLK.)

About 20 years earlier the elderly couple had lost their second child, Mary Jane, to a freak accident that must have scarred them both. The death certificate records that she was “crushed by the fall of a mangle”. She was three years old.

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Richard Henry’s step-mother seems to have been happy to leave him in Filey. In 1891, aged 13, he was living with Richard and Elizabeth in Hope Street, a few doors away from where I am writing this post. Ten years later he had returned to the West Riding. He married either Eleanor COLE or Grace HIGOTT in Leeds towards the end of 1901 but when the 1911 Census was taken he was living alone in Westfield Road, Leeds, married rather than widowed, and childless. He worked as a coal merchant and died in the summer of 1921 aged 43.

Mary Jane is Mary Ann on Filey Genealogy and Connections but somewhat more connected to her few known forebears than on FamilySearch Tree. Only her baptism is recorded there – as a “Lorryman”. Several of the characters on her FG & C pedigree are scattered about the World Tree and I’ll try to bring them together in the next few days.

My thanks to Brenda Pritchard in Canada who sent me the copy of Mary Jane’s death certificate some years ago.

The Filey Tindalls

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This prominent headstone by the ‘front’ door of St Oswald’s, Filey, remembers Peter TINDALL (sometimes TINDALE) and Jane LORRIMAN and two of their children, Mary and John. Another child, George, was baptized in this church on the 7th September 1805.

The carved anchor and rope on the stone clearly indicate the family’s connection to seafaring but I’m not sure how close they were to the shipbuilding Tindalls of Scarborough. I wrote a post on LaF titled Shipowners’ Wives, focusing on Jane and her twin sister Mary, and took it for granted that Peter was a builder of ships or a master mariner. Reading John Rushton’s article today, though, I couldn’t link him to the Scarborough clan with any certainty.

Filey Genealogy & Connections gives Peter and Jane six children but the ten-year gap between George and Elizabeth suggests there may be several more – or one less. FamilySearch has the first five but I haven’t found Elizabeth on the World Tree yet.

George and his siblings are scattered scraps of pedigree – the parents have multiple duplicate IDs. I looked for an hour or two on Find My Past for marriages and deaths of the children without success. I also searched British Newspapers without discovering anything about the Filey Tindalls.The monumental inscription records the death of George’s oldest brother John in the West Indies but no age or date is given. The “late” Reverend John Tindall features in a number of news reports that indicate he ministered in the West Indies but it appears he hailed from Devon.

In 1838, Captain Alexander Tindall of the Mazeppa, out of Scarborough, married Eliza WALKER in Hartlepool. Two Scarborough shipbuilding families were thereby joined – Alexander was the son of John Tindall of Knapton Lodge.

The best I can do is remove the duplicate records on FST and leave the pedigree tidy for the present day representatives of the family to happen along and add their sources.