Unreliable Sources

The FamilySearch Shared Tree  “System” lets you know when there are no sources attached to an individual’s record. A forebear on the Tree without a single source could have been put with the true parents in the right location and given the correct dates of birth, marriage and death. Another with a handful of sources attached could be a wrong ‘un.

Today’s Anniversaries provide some examples.

1791 Filey · Marriage  I began with a source declaring that Matthew CRAWFORD, son of Matthew and Ann née WAFF, married Mary CROMPTON in Filey St Oswald’s church on 15 February 1791.

Matthew is “Crowfoot” here, with Mary “Crumpton”. On the Shared Tree, the marriage took place four days earlier.

But two sources transcribed by FamilySearch have been attached to Matthew’s record offering 11 February a year earlier.

More concerning is that Matthew Crowfoot/Crawford is shown to have an older brother called “Mathew Crawforth”. Can this be right? For two brothers with the same given name (more or less) to marry within a few years of each other would be unusual. The screenshot below should be a caution.

Paull is only forty miles from Filey but it would be the strangest thing for Ann Waff to have had a child there. She may have gone through life without knowing the place existed. None of the five sources attached to Mathew the Elder offer clues to his parentage, or a connection to Filey.

1857 Filey · Burial  Sarah SKELTON married William FENBY in Kilham when she was 21 years old. William, an agricultural labourer, was about fourteen years older. The 26 sources attached to Sarah’s record on the Shared Tree capture her eleven children convincingly but her birth information is problematic. Baptism in Felixkirk with Boltby in 1769 does not fit with her being “of Kilham” at marriage, and giving Filey as her birthplace on the 1851 census return. In 1857, her death registration and the parish burial entry both give her age as 82.

A Find My Past contributor makes a case for Sarah being the daughter of Robert Skelton and Margaret RICKMAN. Sarah baptising two sons “Rickman” and “Skelton” seals the deal for me.

I wonder what happened to Sarah of Felixkirk.

1912 Filey · Death  Ann BAXTER, a single woman, was almost fifty when her only son drowned whilst fishing off the coast near Hornsea. For most of the next thirty years, she lived alone, never straying far from Chapel Yard. The year before her death, she was with her niece Mary Jane JENKINSON and brother in law Matthew “Walsher” Jenkinson at 1 Chapel Yard. I have put the stone that remembers Ann and her son Frank on the Shared Tree.

Path 165 · Crescent Hill

Filey Boat Launching Tragedy

A fisherman was killed at Filey early this morning at the slipway, where he was struck by a motor fishing boat as she was about to be launched, and a wheel of the carriage passed over his head.

He was John William Sayers, aged 61, of 85 Queen Street, Filey.

Describing the accident, fishermen stated that they were launching the boats down the slipway about 630am. It was pitch dark and raining Sayers, who was one of the launchers, was just returning from the

coble landing-where he had been for his oilskin-to the water’s edge, to help the other launchers to lift the fishing boats from their wheels. Just behind him, the “Joan Mary.” weighing about three tons, was being run down the slipway ready for the launching. As the wheels on which the boat was borne had rubber tyres, and there was the roar of the sea ahead, it is assumed that the man did not hear the carriage running behind him.

The fishermen launching the boat felt her strike some object and to their horror they found Sayers lying on the sand severely injured.

The wheel had gone right over his head and the force of the boat took her another 19 yards. Deceased made no cry, and death was apparently instantaneous.

Dr. Vincent hastened to the scene, but could only pronounce life extinct.

All the fishing boats about to put off stayed ashore in consequence of the fatality.

The Scarborough Evening News & Daily Post

See An Accident Revisited and the Anniversary below.


1841 · Matthew CRAWFORD · 379 Crawford G320

1839 · George FEATHERSTONE · GQ5Z-73K

1804 · William PASHBY · MGZS-VVQ & Elizabeth READ

William and Elizabeth married in Muston but both are buried at St Oswald’s, though not in a marked grave.

1939 · John William Sumpton SAYERS · 2050 Sayers E161

1826 · Thomas MOSEY · G4XL-65T

The headstone remembering Thomas and his son John was put in section H by John and Maisie Crimlisk but it cannot now be found. Their transcription –

To the memory of THOMAS MOSEY, who died Jan 15th 1826, aged 49 yrs.

‘In life much respected and in death much lamented’

JOHN, son of the above, who was drowned in The River Thames, Feb 5th 1819,

aged 17 years and was interred at Mr. Reed’s Chapel, [?] Road, London

Thomas had fifteen children with Ann but John is missing on FamilySearch. I’ll make sure he is given his place on the pedigree before the anniversary of his drowning comes round.

Bird 111 · Treecreeper

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