Going to Waugh

It isn’t unusual for Filey Pedigrees to be Y Line heavy. Here is an example. It is based on information in Filey Genealogy & Connections.


The Filey spear side of the family represented here is the 9th most populous in Kath’s database. In the two times great-grandparents column, I have given the other positions in the Names Table. (The count is a rough one and includes married women.)

I have been told recently that not a great deal is known about the distaff side. Three male 2xggps are not known to me but all 16 on the female side are missing from FG&C. (Boxes that are a darker blue/pink indicate that the family name is known at those locations.)

I have kept the male line identity anonymous for now, but I expect that the sequence of names in the 5th generation may amount to a unique code. Perhaps someone reading this will crack it. (Don’t forget the “9th” clue.)

The FamilySearch Shared Tree is a revelation, though it flatters to deceive. There are two men called Thomas WAUGH vying for supremacy in one generation. Both have a surprisingly high number of sources but neither looks “right”. They present their genetic credentials in this edited FST screenshot.


Annie Elizabeth Waugh is the daughter of Thomas WAUGH and Annie PEARS. The couple married towards the end of 1877 in Hexham, so you can safely dispose of any children born before little Annie.  Her seeming twin, Pollie, should be sent back to Barnsley, where she belongs. The left panel has Annie Elizabeth’s full sister, Margaret Hannah, but all other children can be cleared from that field. Mother Annie died in 1883 at age 29 and Margaret Hannah quit life’s struggle the following year, aged two.

With two infant girls to care for, Thomas the Coal Miner wasted no time seeking a mother for them. He married Elizabeth BROWN within a year of his first wife’s death. In 27 years of marriage, Thomas and Elizabeth had five children, three of whom died before the 1911 census. The survivors were John Thomas and George Edward. Edith Brown WAUGH is the only casualty of childhood for whom I can find a reliable birth registration. Two other Waugh children with a Brown mother (Elizabeth Ann and Christopher) died in infancy but they were born in a different registration district. Chester-le-Street is almost 50 miles east of Haltwhistle, where Edith had been born, but it is only a few miles further to Houghton le Spring where their fifth child came into the world.

Annie Pears’ daughter, now “Annie Lizzie”, married miner George GLAISTER towards the end of 1898, in Gateshead. The birth of their first child and the death of the father were registered in the same quarter, about nine months later. I haven’t found a newspaper notice of George’s death, but he may not have set eyes on his daughter. She was given the names Annie Elizabeth Georgina.

Georgina wasn’t an only child. After a few years of widowhood, her mother married Thomas NOBLE in Gateshead and at the 1911 census, the house in Broomfield Terrace, Crawcrook, sheltered the parents and five children, including Georgina’s half-sister Hannah Lilian and half-brother Stanley.

When George’s girl married in 1919, she was just Georgina – and her granddaughter married into a Filey family.


Remembering Forgetful Emily

20191022EmilyBPunknownWhen Emily’s husband of 21 years filled out the 1911 census form, he owned up to not knowing where she had been born. John CAPPLEMAN, 50, had been a fish hawker for much of his working life. Emily was running a newsagent business from their home at 55 Queen Street.

Ten years earlier the enumerator had written “don’t know” in the space for Emily’s birthplace, and didn’t give her an occupation.

In 1891 they had been married for about eighteen months and were living in Cambridge Yard, West Street. John was working as both a fisherman and a hawker of the creatures he caught. In the enumerator’s book, “Newcastle on Tyne” is given as Emily’s birthplace.

In 1881, Emily was with her older brother John, visiting a married sister in Kent. Jane Ann’s husband, Alexander FAIRBROTHER, was a farmer with radical inclinations. He gave two of his sons the middle names Cobden and Bright. The birthplace of the three Dawson siblings was given as “Shields, Northumberland”.

In 1871, at home with their parents in Dockwray Square, Tynemouth, all six Dawsons in residence offered North Shields as their birthplace, even though mother Jane (formerly BIRBECK) had been born in York.

In 1861, Errington “DAUSON” and Jane were enumerated at 13, Dockwray Square, with six children born in North Shields (and their mother in her rightful birthplace).

Errington Dawson was a butcher and his son John became a shipowner. The family was clearly settled in North Shields and although several of Emily’s siblings died in infancy there is no obvious reason why she would choose to forget her roots in later years.

Why did she move to Scarborough during the 1880s? In 1888 a list of bankrupts was published in the local paper and there was an Emily Dawson among them. If this was “our Emily” she had failed to make a go of keeping a lodging-house. The following year she married John Cappleman. They were together for thirty years but didn’t have any children.


I had to create an ID for Emily. Her parents already had representation on the Shared Tree but were waiting for me to play matchmaker. There are other nuptials to be noted and quite a few missing children created. The gathering of these has been made easier by a contributor to the new Find My Past system of sharing trees. For now, though, Emily doesn’t have much of a family on FamilySearch.


In late November 1863, Filey’s second lifeboat and its transport carriages were conveyed from Limehouse to the town, free of charge, by the Great Northern and North-Eastern Railway Companies. On Thursday, the 26th, it went on show.

Front and centre of proceedings were the Lord and Lady Mayoress of York, Richard Welch HOLLON and Mary née TROTTER. The lifeboat was their gift to the town. Before a procession set off to the seashore, Mr. Hollon addressed the crowd.

Ladies and gentlemen, for this extraordinary demonstration of your feelings towards me, I can scarcely find words of  acknowledgement; but I assure you it is from my heart that I thank you on behalf of myself and Mrs. Hollon. We feel that if ever there was a worthy institution amongst us – one deserving of the generous support of all classes – it is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. (Cheers.)  We are all in some measure indebted to the service of our brave sailors for many of the comforts we enjoy – from the tobacco of the poor labouring man to the more costly luxuries of the rich. Nationally, we ought to feel bound to protect the lives of our loyal tars, who have ever been ready to defend our shores from the attack of the invader, both in times of yore and even now. (Cheers.) But for them our homes might be subject to the torch of the invader and we might have to sit down like Marius and deplore the fallen glory of our once great empire. (Cheers.) It must indeed be a proud consideration for the men of Filey if they have to think hereafter that they have saved but one single life. (Cheers.) It may be thought singular that I, who reside in an inland part, should be the donor of a lifeboat to the coast. But we once – my wife and myself – had the misfortune to be placed in a situation of the most imminent peril at sea during a storm. We were providentially saved from a watery grave, and since then Mrs. Hollon suggested to me the appropriateness of commemorating our merciful preservation by presenting a lifeboat to some place where it might be needed. This boat is the result of my acquiescence in her wishes, and I assure you nothing could give me greater pleasure than I now feel in presenting this boat to the people of Filey.

Scarborough Mercury, 28 November 1863

This generous man would present Filey with successor boats – Hollon II and III – and leave the bulk of his estate to what we now call “good causes”. He died in York in July 1890 at the age of 83 and some of his bequests are still being managed today. His wealth derived from selling drugs. At the 1881 Census he described himself as a “retired drug merchant”, and I imagine he must have had a chain of chemist’s shops to amass so much loot.

Richard was 49 years old when he married for the first and only time; Mary just thirty. They did not have children of their own but amongst the institutions to benefit from Hollon generosity were the York Blue School for Boys, the Grey School for Girls, the Victoria Blind School in Newcastle, the Newcastle Deaf and Dumb Asylum and Dr. Barnardo’s Home Missions.

Though much younger, Mary died before her husband, in 1880 aged 55. He had “found” her in Morpeth and in her memory made a gift to the town of £7,000, about £350,000 in today’s money. From the interest on this sum, 25 of the town’s elderly poor would be paid a quarterly sum – in perpetuity. Such was the size of the gift that more than this number benefited each year and the grateful town opened a subscription scheme, the proceeds of which paid for the Hollon Fountain. (The current income of the gift is £8,500 per annum. The fountain was accidentally demolished by a car some years ago but has been rebuilt in a nearby location at a cost of £600,000 – and the annual Hollon Tea tradition revived.)

The forebears of both Richard and Mary have proved to be quite a challenge. I introduced Richard to Mary on the FamilySearch Tree a couple of weeks ago but today discovered that his mother, Dorothy ANNET(T) was a widow when she married John HOLLON. Her first husband was one Nicholas Philipson – and another man of that name married Ann ANNETT. And, yes, Dorothy had a sister called Ann. Further investigation suggests there are two Ann Annetts and two Nicholas Philipsons of the same vintage and location. I don’t envy their descendants sorting the tangled web. The Allendale PHILIPSONs may be connected in some way to Dorothy. They have a long pedigree.

Mary TROTTER was born in India or “the East Indies”. A Richard & Mary Marriage Notice on FST gives her father as “Spottiswoode TROTTER. This points to HIS father being the Robert Trotter who was instrumental in encouraging Francis EYRE to challenge placemen of the corrupt Earls of Carlisle for the Parliamentary seat of Morpeth, a rotten borough if ever there was one. But back to the main subject of this post.