Mark of Man 92 · Cayton Bay Pill Boxes

Near Johnny Flinton’s Harbour 54.250649, -0.369668

John William CHAPMAN, the son of a fish merchant, is not yet married on the Shared Tree. Elsie May HOUGHTON, the woman he chose to wed in 1918, had travelled a long way to find him. Her father worked in the Coastguard Service and was transferred ever northward, bringing children into the world in Portsmouth, North Somercotes, Ingoldmells and Tunstall near Withernsea. Elsie, a Hampshire girl, was thirteen when her ninth sibling was born, at the Coastguard Station in Speeton. The Chapmans were then on the very near horizon. Find Elsie May here.

Mary Mercy HOPPER, baptised at St Oswald’s, enters eternal rest at the age of twenty-three, according to Filey Genealogy & Connections. Her life story is happier on the Shared Tree, where she marries Richard MILNER and has a son, Richard Stanley.

Richard PRINCE was living in Birkin near Knottingley when he made the sixty-mile journey to the coast to marry Ann BRIGGS at Filey St Oswald’s. The register says he was a farmer and the son of John Prince. An agricultural labourer of that name lived a few miles from Birkin at Sherburn (in Elmet) but I don’t know enough about today’s married couple to place them on the Shared Tree.

Betsy Ann is one of only two PRIDMOREs in my RootsMagic database. Born in Lincolnshire, she married Thomas COWLING, a Filey man, at the Garibaldi Primitive Methodist Chapel in 1902. She had ten children. The ninth was David Livingstone Cowling, an anniversary person here on 29 April.

Elizabeth JONES came from the borderlands of Wales and England. She married a Filey shoemaker, Ralph RICKABY, in Newtown when she was thirty-four years old. Their daughter Emily was baptised at Filey St Oswald’s in 1889. Elizabeth died from the Rickaby home in Rutland Street seven years later and is buried in Filey churchyard, in an unmarked grave it seems. Ralph and his second wife have a headstone.