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I chose Charles Freear COLEMAN because his middle name gives me some hope that he is a distant relative. Born in Filey and baptized at the Ebenezer, his roots are in Suffolk. (Mine are in Lincolnshire.) Kath is uncertain about the father she has given him in Filey Genealogy & Connections, so I have gone back to his great-grandfather Jeremiah on the Shared Tree to check.

Among his forebears, Jeremiah has Sir Matthew KINDRED II and his wife Lady Kathryn HAYWARD (17th century), and he does have the queried Thomas as a firstborn son – who isn’t married. Two blue hints reference the boy’s baptism in Filey in 1860 and when I check the sources added to his record, I find I provided his birth. Over on Find My Past, he is married to FG&C’s “Hannah COULMON?” Is she real?

Hannah doesn’t show up in a Free BMD Marriage search. Two census hints on Find My Past explain why. In 1891 Thomas is living in Middlesbrough with his wife “Isabella”, born in Whitby. Conveniently, his father-in-law, Walter CURRIE, is staying with them.

They have a son, John, who is three years younger than Charles. I feared our birthday boy had left this world but further searches failed to confirm that he ever existed. As far as I know, Kath had access to the Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan baptism and marriage records but I have not been able to locate an online source for them, to confirm the information they hold.

I am not going to seek a birth anniversary replacement for Charles Freear. I will give Thomas a wife on the Shared Tree and that may lead to Charles being discovered by another researcher.

I wrote a post about Nathan STOCKDALE a while back – Nathan the Indefatigable.

There is a tendency for Victorian CROSHER families to decide they preferred to be CROSIERs. While some children welcomed the change, other siblings clung on to the old spelling. Given that the two stones in St Oswald’s remember John CROSHER, it would appear that Crosier has been forced upon him on the Shared Tree. (The majority of sources attached to him are for Crosher.)

There was a girl called BINDOFF in my class at primary school – as good a reason as any to choose Mary Ann. She is one of only four female Bindoffs in FG&C. There are three males. She is remembered on a “stone book”, not on the upstanding family headstone.

Allinson or Allison, WALBURN, WELBURN or WALBON. Here he is in stone –

Nathan the Indefatigable

Nathan was the eighth of nine children born in Filey to John Chinery STOCKDALE and Mary WHITTLES. I mentioned his older sister, Rachel, a servant at St Nicholas House, a couple of days ago.

In 1861, aged 20, Nathan’s occupation was given as Cordwainer, his father’s trade. Shortly afterwards, he left the family home in Queen Street, Filey and moved to York, where he married Mary Ann HARDACRE at the end of 1864. I don’t know how long he continued making shoes for a living but in 1877 he was one of 179 applicants for the job of school attendance officer in the town. He was appointed, together with Thomas THORNTON, on a salary of £80 per annum, (about £6,500 now).

At the census four years later he was still in the post but in 1891 he described himself as an insurance agent. At the age of 60, in 1901, he was working as a School Board Officer.

Nathan’s day work with children stretched into many evenings. A newspaper report in 1883, about the York Temperance Society Sale of Work at the Victoria Hall, mentions a concert given by the Templar Choir…

…under the conductorship of Mr. Nathan Stockdale, and the performance of the juvenile songsters was much appreciated by the visitors.

Nathan was a longstanding member of the “Good Intent” Lodge of the National Independent Order of Oddfellows, Pride of York District, and down the years put his musical interests and expertise to good use. An October 1896 description of a concert in the Good Templars’ Hall, St Saviourgate, says …

The hall was filled with an appreciative audience, and the handsome lodge banner was conspicuously hung at the end of the hall. Bro. Nathan Stockdale, the hard-working secretary, had organized a creditable display of local talent…

Reporting on an N.I.O.O.F concert two years earlier the Yorkshire Gazette’s scribe had concluded…

The whole arrangements reflected the greatest credit on the indefatigable secretary, Mr Nathan Stockdale, and “Good Intent” owes him a deep debt of gratitude for all the arduous work he has done for the benefit and extension of the club.

Nathan died in York in September 1908, at the age of 68. I’m not absolutely sure, but I think he was brought back to Filey for burial next to other Stockdales. There’s a handsome gravestone in St Oswald’s churchyard (photographed this afternoon)…


Find Nathan with parents and siblings on FamilySearch Tree.