‘She longed to be with Jesus’

Margaret Thomason HEADLEY is a singleton on Filey Genealogy & Connections. Who she was and where she came from is a mystery. We only know where she wanted to go.

In the burial register…

There was a surprise in store when I started from the beginning.

I expected the 1861 census would deliver  Margaret to me – with her parents James and Clara and a clutch of siblings, but before I went there, I checked parish baptism records.

I failed to find Margaret T with either family in 1861. The possibility that there may have been two girls of the same age called Margaret Thomasin/a/e prompted a check of deaths recorded between 1852 and 1861 but I found nothing. I did discover, however, that both fathers died before 1861, though that doesn’t help much.

In 1871, a domestic servant called Margaret T Hedley, 19, was enumerated in Silver Street, Stockton. Her birthplace was given as Newcastle – the city a couple of miles north of Gateshead Fell. This could be the young lady who sleeps in Filey churchyard but she has some miles to travel yet. The symbolic carved flower and mis-spelling of her name on the substantial headstone suggest that it may have been paid for by a wealthy friend (or admirer) in Filey who knew as little about her origins as I do.

FamilySearch: James HEDLEY [KLRQ-DGF] and Clara Fenrick (sic) HENDERSON [KLRQ-DG8], marriage, no children.

Mary STAVELEY appears to have been baptised in a private ceremony three weeks after her birth in Nafferton Road, Driffield.

The Find my Past transcription sets Mary’s birth in 1900 for no discernible reason. I haven’t found her birth registration but in the 1911 census, aged 10, she is listed as the daughter of her grandmother Mary (born WHITING). Mary Staveley senior was 61 that year. 

Young Mary married Arthur Edmund WATKINSON in Nafferton in 1925 and in September 1939 they were living at 13 Victoria Avenue, Filey. Arthur was working as a “Fisherman Weekly Articles” (1939 Register). In 1950 the couple emigrated to Australia on the Orcades. Mary died in Murrumbeena, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, on 4 July 1980 (Filey Genealogy & Connections).

Cornelius PASHBY was more fortunate than his namesake older brother, reaching adulthood and marrying Florence Annie THORNHAM in Scarborough when he was nineteen. He was a hairdresser. His parents are childless on the Shared Tree.

There are several sources on the Shared Tree declaring that Cornelius GLAVES and Ellis “HOSFIELD” married on the 5th of November, but one agrees with FG&C that the 8th was their happy day.

Mark Henry SCOTTER is the son of George (AP 331 · birth · 25 January) and Mary Ann née SAYERS.

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