Cousins

Affected by the too early deaths of Emily Charlotte Frances CARR and John William Arthur DANBY, I set about extending their pedigrees. An early discovery was the first-cousin marriage between two of Emily’s first cousins once removed, Charles ARDEN and Marian Charlotte LUNDY. It is my first first-cousin marriage and I thought I must have made some data entry errors! The common ancestors for Charles and Marian are the Reverend Francis LUNDY and Elizabeth BARBER, daughter of another man of the cloth, Thomas Gaunt Barber. (Francis and Elizabeth married each other twice within a few days, in each of the “family parishes”.)

If you go to Francis on FamilySearch Tree and toggle the next generation chevrons for Francis/Agnes and John Barker/Elizabeth Ann you’ll see the connection.

I next followed John’s mother back to her heartland at the southern edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. The SEATON family proved to be extensive and mobile and this morning I found myself in a York street I know well. I didn’t live in the city long but spent many a happy hour in the Impressions Gallery. A few doors away in Colliergate, Matthew MILLINGTON lived with his wife Bessy Seaton and, for too short a time, their only child, Joanna Ann. Joanna died aged 14 in 1880. So, she was only six years old when her second cousin John William Arthur Danby died. I wonder…

There is more work to do on the Seaton family so the connection to John and Joanna’s common ancestors isn’t yet established on FamilySearch Tree. But Joanna is here.

If I can get my act together tomorrow I will bus out to Kirkbymoorside, where John’s grandfather was born, and where his great grandfather died.

A Fishing Family

A younger sister of Rachel EDMOND (yesterday’s post) married fisherman Charles PEARSON in 1873. Mary Ann had five children with him before he died at the age of just 32. His early death didn’t make the news in any of the newspapers I am able to access, so I am assuming he died from ‘natural causes’. I added his headstone as a memory to FamilySearch Tree this morning.

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Also remembered are their son Robert, who died in Hull aged 25, and daughter Mary Ann who lived for only five months.

Their youngest child, George, was only fifteen months old when his father died but he became a fisherman too. He married Milcah HOPE in 1901 and they had nine children. The parents’ grave in St Oswald’s was bounded by a kerb, so I didn’t have a photograph of it. Kerbs are not photogenic and are readily overwhelmed by grass and accumulations of soil. But on a whim this afternoon I went to see the plot and found the kerb had been restored and a headstone erected. The stone remembers all the children, as well as the parents.

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I created an ID for George on FST this morning and will marry him to Milcah before I post this. She was baptised in Millington on 16 February 1879 and took her mother’s name. Jane HOPE married John William DYKES before that year was out, connecting Milcah to an extensive pedigree.