Royal Descent

Here are today’s Anniversaries –

1866 Filey · Birth  Filey Genealogy & Connections (FG&C) shows Elizabeth Ann PROCTOR’s ancestral trail petering out in the last decade of the 17th century. The FamilySearch Shared Tree encourages exploration beyond her third great grandfather, Thomas CAPPLEMAN, to Carolus Magnus. This makes the grave where she rests all the more poignant.

Her final address was modest too – 18 Hope Street, next to the Imps (photographed this morning).

Carolus Magnus

Elizabeth Ann Proctor

1840 Filey · Baptism  FG&C has Mary ASHMAN as the only child of William and Ann née JENKINSON, making her a granddaughter of Robert Jenkinson, one of the five sons of Robert and Margaret née TRUCKLES/TRATTLES from whom most Filey Jenkinsons descend. Alas, on the Jenkinson pedigree at the back of Irene Allen and Andrew Todd’s book Filey: Fishing Faith and Family since 1800, Ann marries Frank DAY, a carrier, house agent and post carrier (Chart E2). As I write this, I don’t know which resource is correct – and I don’t have time for a deep investigation.

Quickly, to the not always reliable Shared Tree. Ann is missing from the family of Robert and Mary (Crowfoot/Crawford). Ann, daughter of William and Mary (EDMOND) marries Frank Day. And William Ashman, father of “our Mary”, is married to Nancy Jenkinson, daughter of…wait for it…Robert and Mary(Crowfoot/Crawford). “Shared Tree Nancy” married the same three men as “FG&C Ann”. Confused?

Jenkinson is the top-ranked name in my Filey database. The Shared Tree represents the couple responsible for the existence of them all thus –

1859 Filey · Marriage  Sophia SMITH is the daughter of Francis (2 January baptism) and Eleanor MANKIN. Headstone.

1876 Filey · Death  In August 1848, Mary SUGGIT had been widowed a couple of years when her daughter Elizabeth died. About six months later in the churchyard, Mary chanced to meet the man Elizabeth had chosen to be her husband. Charles Dickens wrote about the encounter in Household Words.

Close on your left hand, immediately as you enter the gate, there is a stone by the wall bearing the names of Elizabeth Cammish, aged twenty-one, who died August 1848; and Robert Snarr, engineer, aged thirty-one, who died March 1849. Elizabeth Cammish died of consumption. She was betrothed to Robert Snarr, whose affection for her was so strong that he continued to regard her parents as his own, and used to be much with them, and also was very often seen lingering about the grave of the lost Elizabeth. One day he was seen very early at her grave in the morning. He was about to quit the place for an engagement in Northumberland. It was a farewell visit and his last. Elizabeth’s mother had said to him, “Robert, in my grief I have forgotten to pay the doctor on account of Elizabeth’s illness; I must go and pay it.” “It is paid, mother,” replied Robert, for he always called her mother. The sum was upwards of twenty pounds. Elizabeth’s mother frequently insisted on his receiving the money again from her, but he steadily refused. And that morning, on his return from Elizabeth’s grave, the old lady said, “Robert, you are leaving us, you don’t know what you may want. I will pay you this money.”

“Do you wish to insult me, mother?” he replied, “Keep it, if anything happens to me, bury me with it; but in life, I will never receive it. What is mine would have been Elizabeth’s if she had lived, and I have had a melancholy satisfaction in paying this debt for her.” Within half an hour after those words were spoken, the young man was brought back a bloody corpse from the railway by which he had set out on his journey; and that money did bury him in the same grave with Elizabeth Cammish. The romance of life is not extinguished; even railways contribute to it.

This was not quite how Robert’s life ended but his name on the gravestone has survived 173 winters.

1879 Filey · Burial  The headstone of Ann SAWDEN and her husband Francis CHAPMAN is on the Shared Tree.

Measure of Man 72 · Filey Sands