What the Dickins?

Birthday girl today was to have been Edith Alice Milner DICKENS. She appears in Filey Genealogy & Connections, looking rather suspicious.

She has the right dates and has been given in marriage to Wallace CAPPLEMAN, a previous Anniversary Person (AP 1700 · birth · 6 October). There is no sign of “Milner” on the Shared Tree…

… and Edith has a different birth year. Her Shared Tree parents are Charles DICKINS and Catherine Ann HUNSLEY. The GRO Index offers its support – but note the birth year AND its Quarter.

From memory, I think people were allowed six weeks in which to register the birth of a child. Edith’s parents took their time to register and waited almost three years before arranging her baptism.

What about little Miss Edith Alice Milner?

Rose COWTON was brought to the Ebenezer Chapel font when only sixteen days old. She married farm waggoner John Davison JEFFERSON at Folkton Church on 28 March 1921. Her death was recorded in the first quarter of 1971 and John’s in the second.

John’s father is on the Shared Tree [L287-RZ7] with his second wife Sabina STEPHENSON. He married John’s mother Jane Elizabeth DAVISON in 1895 when she was 27 years old. The Shared Tree has married her to a man twice her age, in Ontario, Canada.

John HUBBARD has 12 sources on the Shared Tree. He has married Mary JENKINSON but the eleven children they have on Filey Genealogy & Connections are not yet allocated to them. One of John’s sources is the 1861 census where two children are listed. FG&C has failed to record firstborn Elizabeth, who may have to be listed with others who died as infants. Mother Mary died a month after her twelfth child Jane was baptised. John lived long enough to see one of his daughters marry.

An impostor has taken Sarah SHARP’s place on the Shared Tree.

Sarah is remembered on a headstone in Filey Churchyard.

Two Joshua Trees?

| | PATH Row 8 |1200 Fountain D95

In loving memory of our dear sister SARAH ANN, the beloved wife of JOSHUA FOUNTAIN, who died Nov 23 1910, aged 79 years

‘Thy Will be Done.’

Also of the above JOSHUA FOUNTAIN, who died Jan 20 1923, aged 86 years.


Crimlisk Survey 1977

For more on Sarah Ann JACKSON see Two Pubs and a Fountain. “Our dear sister” in the headstone transcription can perhaps be explained by the presence of Lucy Jackson at Foord’s Hotel on census night 1911. She is Sarah Ann’s unmarried sister and may have been helping out there for several years.

There remains the mystery of the Joshua Fountain who married Sarah Ann WHEATLEY in Nottingham in 1875, less than a year before “our Joshua” married Sarah Ann Jackson.

Sky 32 · King Sol

New Year Mix

When I saw this brief video a couple of days ago I noticed that commenters had no idea who the Doc was. By her face, favour and rich voice I recognized one of “The Five Docs”. Today, seeking the link to post here, I saw that someone has just expressed love for Lee Merritt. Robin links to the Fives latest meeting.

Old LaF

Tuesday 1 January 2013

The SS Poderosa Mystery

On the 27th November 1896 the SS Poderosa, in ballast from Grimsby to Grangemouth, came to grief on Scoughall Rocks, about 4 miles east of North Berwick (56.042842, 2.614741).The vessel’s master at her wrecking was T. GREIG. Eleven years earlier, under the command of Edward THOMPSON, the Poderosa, carrying copper from Huelva to Rotterdam, struck a submerged rock off Ushant. Though badly damaged and taking water, the ship made it to the destination port. At a Board of Trade hearing.in Poderosa’s home port of Sunderland, Captain THOMPSON was reprimanded but kept his ticket. [Some] years or so before this, an incident may have occurred on the Poderosa as it steamed past Filey Bay. It is by no means certain that a man was lost overboard but the mutilated body of a sailor with connections to the steamship washed up on Filey Brigg some days, or maybe weeks, later.



An inquest was held on Monday, at the Ship Inn, on the body of the man who was found on the Brigg on Sunday by George Featherson [sic]. The deceased appeared to be a man-of-war’s man, but there was no evidence to show how he got into the water. On his blue collar was the name of “J. Burgett” stamped inside. The body was very much decomposed and was minus the head, hands and feet. A sailors discharge was found in the pocket. Verdict, “Found Drowned.” Lloyd’s agent informs us that the Poderosa is or was a steamer of 794 tons, registered at Sunderland.

Scarborough Mercury, Friday 5th January 1883


1920 · Harry COWLING · 2007 Cowling F170

Kath wrote this appreciation of Harry on Filey Genealogy & Connections

An absolutely lovely man.  Heartbroken when his wife died.

He used to look after some of the graves at St Oswald’s churchyard  – later on, my girls would help him strim the weeds when we were up there.

He knew so much about the fishing history and other elements to Filey’s history even though he was away for a while

He was a choirboy and had to go down to the Rudston Memorial – right down.  the steps to the mausoleum were not immediately outside the memorial, they were a bit further down the path so he and Jimmy Brown – as choirboys had to go down with the funeral party. He told me that they were scared stiff.

He was also friendly with Andie Caine’s son – who died after coming home as a prisoner of war and came off a little lorry that David Cowling  and Sonny Caine were in when bringing some window frames back from Barmston or somewhere further down the E Riding. He grabbed a window frame that was a bit unsteady with the wind and movement of the wagon but it took him over the side and he landed on his head. He died a few days later from his injuries but Sonny Caine lived.

Note: see David Livingstone Cowling

1899 Arthur FERRAR · 2029 Ferrar E152

1916 Charles ROBINSON & Grace Elizabeth CRIMLISK · 1739 Robinson E20

1926 Mary Watkinson née JENKINSON · 826 Watkinson G659

1858 George GOFTON · MGCY-D22


1979 Church Farm, Ashmansworth


I can’t remember seeing a day like it. Crimson sun rising into a cloudless sky and, after a short golden journey, bathing the evening fields in fabulous orange light. The crusty unbroken snow striated into lovely patterns by the wind. (The lane to the wood and Cowslip Dell chest high with drifted snow). Taking the cows out into this brilliant freezing day, Buttercup “escaped”, playfully running into the Halls’, then into the wrong field, then back down the lane. Heather and I finally cornered her in the churchyard.

The blizzard came on Saturday night. Great fun stepping out from the cottage yesterday morning into a completely fresh landscape. The temperature way below freezing last night and expected to stay that way for several days. It ought to make life harder here but it doesn’t seem to. The cold doesn’t strike nearly as deep as it should.

1981 Coalbrookdale


Up to the New Year just after seven. A bank of indigo cloud above Dale Coppice; above Captain’s Coppice a bright sickle moon. Out at ten. The cloud gone, sun bright but weakened by cold. The village deserted. Along the Rope Walk the first-met living thing of 1981 – an extremely fat Robin. The wind booms through the electricity cables strung across the valley. A barely audible shushing from the Loamhole Brook fifty feet below. Occasional snapping of twigs, fragments of bird song. Reaching the knoll of silver birches I met the bitter north wind cutting down the valley from Coalmoor.

Beach 152 · Muston Sands


I photographed this SIMPSON stone in 2017.


Two months ago, “the gang” had put the simple jigsaw together.


On Saturday, I noticed the stone was standing. (I have no idea how long ago it fell and broke.)


In affectionate remembrance of WILLIAM, the beloved husband of MARY SIMPSON, who died May 2 1875, aged 50 years.

‘Thy will be done’

Also MARY, wife of the above, who died Jan 18th 1889 (sic), aged 63 years.

‘She sleeps in Jesus’

Also THOMAS, their son who died May 4 1876, aged 20 years.

And of JOHN MATTHEW, their son who died March 17th 1879, aged 14 years.

‘Safe in the arms of Jesus’

ALICE ANN JACKSON died July 15 1934.

MARY JANE SIMPSON died Jan 3 1935.

I joined William and Mary in marriage on the Shared Tree this afternoon and gave them ten children. Six children had IDs but were separated into their christening source trios with the parents. I looked in vain for newspaper accounts of the deaths of the two young men. I would have photographed the family fishmonger’s shop, where sisters Mary Jane and Alice Ann(e) died in the 1930s, but rain fell most of the afternoon. (A gloomy election day.)

There are more connections to be made in the pedigree, and some merging to be done, but you can find William and Mary’s family here.

Today’s Image

I wonder if old soldiers do turn in their graves. After 17.4 million Brits voted to leave the European Union three and a half years ago, the UK regime continued to tie the nation even more tightly to the Empire Builders. In the last few weeks, the Prime Minister has uttered his “let’s get Brexit done” mantra many more times than Mrs May cried “Brexit means Brexit”. They have both been having a laugh. Countless men gave their lives for this country. Our shamelessly corrupt political class has handed it over to the unelected bureaucrats of the EU without a shot being fired. Adolph Hitler will be dancing jigs in his tomb. This is what he always wanted.

I was the third person in our street to register at the Polling Station this morning. I wonder if the two ahead of me spoiled their ballot.

Of course, I hope I’m wrong and 17.4 million people find Boris’s oven-ready Deal Meal tasty. By the morning we’ll know if the voters have told him to go hang.

Hale Mary

Francis CHEW (or CHOW) was named after the father he never met. Francis Senior and his brother were drowned in January 1808.


There is a verse inscribed on the stone that has long been covered by an accumulation of soil. When the Crimlisks did their survey of the monuments in 1978 they relied on George Shaw’s Rambles Round Filey, 1886, to quote it in full (and kindly gave him a credit).


Sacred to the Memory of FRANCIS & JAMES CHOW who were drowned Jan·y 14th 1808, the former aged 30, the latter 24 years.

‘Most epitaphs are vainly wrote;

The dead to speak it can’t be thought;

Therefore, the friends of those here laid,

Desired that this might be said.

That rose two brothers, sad to tell,

That rose in health, ere night they fell –

Fell victims to the foaming main;

Wherefore awhile they hid remain.

Friends for them sought, and much lament,

At last the Lord to those them sent.

So child and widow they bemoan

O’er husband’s and o’er father’s tomb.’

Young Francis had an older brother but it would appear from the singular child of the verse that he had died before the father.

I made a start today on putting the CHEWs on FST and if you click the link you will notice the curious appearance of two women called Mary EDMOND who would become the grandmothers of John Francis CHEW.

The two Marys are not related by blood but one of them, the wife of John JENKINSON, was the niece of Ann EDMOND who featured in a post a few days ago.

Young Francis married Mary JENKINSON, the daughter of John and Mary Edmond II, on Christmas Eve 1832. Nine years on, to the day, this Francis was lost at sea. There are records of three children – Mary Ann who didn’t quite make it to her fortieth year, Elizabeth who died aged about three and John Francis who fell nine years short of his natural span.

Their mother, though, kept going through her long widowhood and saw in the 20th century.

She was only 26 when her husband died so it is perhaps surprising she didn’t marry again. In 1861 she was housekeeper to her father who was giving shelter to a couple of his grandchildren. John was still around in 1871, giving his age as 83, still cared for by daughter Mary. His granddaughter Elizabeth JENKINSON was with them, busy making dresses.

John died a year later and so did Mary’s daughter Mary Ann. At the 1881 Census, Mary was caring for her three HANSON grandchildren, aged 18, 15 and 12. Ten years later the King Street cottage was occupied by just Mary, now 76, and Frank Hanson, a 27-year-old Joiner who would marry Mary Jane COWLING that summer.

In 1881 Mary had kept a shop to support her young family and she possibly kept it going through her seventies. She was obviously made of stern stuff. Hail Mary!