Mark of Man 107 · Flush Spreader

Church Ravine Gents

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Edward CHEISA was the only child of Salvatore CHEISA and Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ COCKERILL. His mother died when he was only five years old. The cause of her death is uncertain, but she was buried on the same day as her father, so the “Spanish Flu” may have taken them both. Edward married Doris HOLLAND in Oldham in 1944. Edward died in 1972 and Doris in 2011. In a note on  Filey Genealogy & Connections, Kath wrote, “I know there are photos of Teddy Cheisa just before the war with Jack ‘Eaman’ Jenkinson and Jackie ‘Clicker’ Cammish (Marian’s brother).”

John Dunn CRAWFORD was baptised at the Wesleyan Chapel in Filey. In 1881 he was with his parents and siblings in Filey at Talbot House on Scarborough Road. Before the next census, he had left the town, married and would soon start his own family with Jane HEMMING. Their first three children were born in Hinckley, Leicestershire but they settled eventually in Basford, Nottingham. For many years they lived in Dixie Street and, perhaps when they moved into a larger property, they called it Talbot House. John worked most of his life as a clerk on the Midland Railway. I am not sure how many children he had with Jane but five were with them on census night in 1921. Jane died in 1928 aged 59 and John married Annie WILLIAMS in Belper towards the end of 1930.

Thomas LIGHTFOOT’s male line on the Shared Tree is fairly short but if you switch to SCALES, then BRETT, and subsequently follow your nose you may eventually meet his distinguished forebears ruling several European countries.

Elizabeth Clay AYRTON was born in Leeds and died there at the age of 36. She is the mother of Harold BROWN who married at St Oswald’s, schooled Filey children, and then gave his life for our country (AP 19 · birth · 4 January).

FG&C named her “Mabel Mary FORREST”, noting her death in Filey in 1934 aged 91. Her last address was 39 The Crescent. I made no progress with searches until I discovered she went by “Isabel Mary” (though she is Isabella in some sources.) A document in the British Library showed that her father Lowther Thomas Forrest had arranged for his five daughters to receive a “pension” after his death of £40 per annum “until marriage”. Isabel’s date of death, 30/11/34, has been pencilled by her name, so we may reasonably assume she never married.

The Shared Tree has given her a daughter, Margaret RICHARDSON – out of wedlock on the face of it. In the censuses of 1881, 1901 and 1911, Isabel claims to be single and on each of these census nights she is with a “friend”, Bertha YORKE, a single woman five years her elder with “private means”. The Shared Tree has also given Isabel some distinguished ancestors.

A Great Aviator

Grace’s Guide confirms that Bentfield Charles HUCKS was born on this day in 1884 but his parents didn’t register the arrival in Bishop’s Stortford until the New Year. Most sources give Stansted as his birthplace, and within the village of Stansted Mountfitchet, there is an area called Bentfield. He was, of course, born before Stansted Airport was a twinkle in the eye of anyone. I wrote about Bennie and his brothers a while back – see The Three Marine Engineers.

The post’s link to “one pilot and his pupil” has broken. It refers to the unfortunate Hubert OXLEY and Robert WEISS. I will say more about them on the anniversary of their deaths but here is a brief newspaper report of their passing.

Bentfield volunteered to serve in the Royal Flying Corps but ill health limited his contribution to the Great War effort. He caught the “Spanish Flu” in 1918 and died from pneumonia.

Ann PYBUS was baptised at Filey St Oswald’s. Her mother Mary COWLING had been blessed there almost forty years earlier but her father hailed from Masham, sixty miles or so inland. Both parents are represented on the Shared Tree but with IDs MSLP-1CT and MGCT-1R3 they have yet to tie the knot. (Mary has, however, married George PARVUS at St Oswald’s on 30 December 1819.)

Ann married Charles PRESTON at St Oswald’s on 9 December 1857 but I have been unable to follow their progress thereafter. There are some indications that they continued to live in the East Riding and that neither reached a great age but there are no convincing birth registrations of children or census returns. Perhaps they went overseas.

Mary HALL was the second of James HODGSON’s three wives. They married at St Oswald’s and were living in Mosey’s Yard in 1841 and 1851. These census snapshots catch them with just one child, Mary Ann, born in 1828 and therefore the daughter of James’ first wife Mary ROSS (died 1834). Mary Hall appears not to have had any children. I am not sure when she died (hence the italics of uncertainty in the grid.  James married Sarah PINKNEY, previously the wife of Robert PINDER, in May 1856. I haven’t looked for James and “the other two wives” on the Shared Tree.

William John was born in Filey to Alexander John Porteous CHRYSTALL and Rita Annie HOLLIS. He died aged just 22; his last address was in Mere, on the Wirral.

(This is a “placeholder” image. I hope to photograph the stones again – after making them more presentable.)

Her parents registered her at birth as Maria and she is Maria on a headstone in Filey churchyard.

In between, you may find she goes by Mary or Marion.

She was the daughter of James PUTSEY, a licensed victualler in Scarborough, and Emma BAYES. She had seven children with Arthur Herbert HAXBY, a joiner who worked for Sawdons the Builders. In 1921 Maria ran a lodging house in Filey at 17 The Crescent and her last address was 4, Brooklands.

Beach 181 · Filey Sands

Silent Witnesses

The Russian Government requested an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting be held today to discuss the Bucha atrocity and I hope it will press for a thorough forensic analysis of the bodies. These were not seen in the streets immediately after Federation forces left the area but appeared two or three days later. The unfortunate dead would certainly tell their tales if given the opportunity.

Alternative narratives on Bucha and the maternity hospital.

There are at least three birth dates for Ethel Mary WELBURN. The Primitive Methodist baptism register gives 4 April 1895, the Gristhorpe National Schools Admissions Log Book (1899) has 5 March 1895 and the 1939 Register offers 5 April 1896.

There is no knowing if today’s George Hebden is a blood relative of his namesake yesterday.

I have put photographs of the AVISON and MAINPRIZE stones on the Shared Tree.

Beach 163 · Hunmanby Sands