From Samaria to Samara

On this day in 1883 John RICHARDSON, a Filey cab proprietor, faced the magistrates at Bridlington Petty Sessions, charged with being drunk while in charge of a horse and carriage. He was found guilty and had to pay a £1 fine and 14s. and 4d. costs (about £150 in today’s money). He faced further punishment, and possibly ridicule, by being described in a local newspaper as “a drunken Jehu”. The reporter who compared an ordinary citizen of Victorian England with a murdering King of Israel may have thought himself smart. Some things don’t change. There ‘s no shortage of foolish scribes defiling broadsheets and tabloids these days. (Read any Novichok story in the sick legacy media – and check out Richie Allen if you haven’t already.)

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Edward Henry Corbould 1815-1905, Private Collection © Christie’s Images

CORBOULD imagined Jehu’s arrival in Jezreel, drunk on the power bestowed upon him by the God of Abraham. He is pointing at Jezebel. She doesn’t look too concerned but within a few minutes, she would be dog food.

When Jehu came to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it. And she painted her eyes and adorned her head and looked out of the window.

And as Jehu entered the gate, she said, “Is it peace, you Zimri, murderer of your master?

And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, “Who is on my side? Who?” Two or three eunchs looked out at him.

He said, “Throw her down.” So they threw her down. And some of her blood spattered on the wall and on the horses, and they trampled on her.

Then he went in and ate and drank. And he said, “See now this cursed woman and bury her, for she is a king’s daughter.”

But when they went to bury her, they found no more of her than the skull and the feet and the palms of her hands.

When they came back and told him, he said, “This is the word of the LORD, which he spoke by his servant Elijah the Tishbite. In the territory of Jezreel the dogs shall eat the flesh of Jezebel, and the corpse of Jezebel shall be as dung on the face of the field in the territory of Jezreel, so that no one can say, This is Jezebel.

2 Kings 9: 30-37 Global Study Bible ESV

Moving on, Jehu and his soldiers journeyed to Samaria where they indulged in a frenzy of head chopping, “wiping out Baal from Israel”.

And the LORD said to Jehu, “Because you have done well in carrying out what is right in my eyes, and have done to the house of Ahab according to all that is in my heart, your sons of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.”

2 Kings 10: 30

For a contemporary imagined account of Jehu’s bloody long reign go to Ed Suominen’s Shitty Little Blog.

I have made a start on putting John and his nearest and dearest on FamilySearch Tree but there is a lot of duplicate merging to be done. There are difficulties, too, with his first marriage and the presence in his household at various times of four illegitimate children, none of them his. In 1901, aged 74, he was living in Flixton on Parish Relief. Ten years later his second wife Mary is widowed, “in receipt of relief; does a little sewing”. Two Filey born John Richardsons of about the same age died in the “noughties”; I’m not sure when our poor cabman departed this life. I hope he snuck out through the narrow gate.

Corbould is on FamilySearch Tree. Jehu is there too but sketchily, with unreliable dates.

Over in Samara: England 2, Sweden nil. “Drinkin’ all your Vodka…”

(A note on the Corbould painting. I haven’t had time to request permission to post the image here. If the copyright holder objects to my use of it I hope they will contact me. I’ll take it down immediately.)

Third Battle of the Aisne

George DOUGLAS, 19, went missing on the 29th May 1918, during the German Spring Offensive. His body was not found and he was presumed “killed in action”. He is remembered on the Soissons Memorial and on a granite headstone in St Oswald’s churchyard.

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courtesy Martin Douglas

I have updated George’s page on Looking at Filey Wiki. There are several links to further information, and to his place on the FamilySearch Tree.

I made some progress today with the DOUGLAS family. The male line of this Filey branch goes back a few generations but it is through a “wrong” Alexander Douglas and his wife Frances Ede that progress to royal courts of Europe is made.

George’s maternal side is better represented on Family Genealogy & Connections than on FST.

Three Score and Ten

John Cammish CRAIK was baptized at St Oswald’s, Filey this day 1853. He was the first and last child of James Craik and Rachel CAMMISH – because his father died before the marriage was three years old.

When the 1861 census was taken, John C was 8 years old and described as a Lodger in the household of retired mariner John RUDDOCK and his wife Mary Ann née RICHARDSON. (John will appear centre stage in a post some day, simply because he went to the Arctic twice with Captain PARRY.)  John C’s mother was a few doors away in Queen Street with her widowed father, Thomas CAMMISH, and a 17-year-old servant, Sarah JAMESON. The Ruddocks had a servant too, Mary CAMMISH, aged 50 and, as far as I can tell, a distant cousin of Rachel’s. It is impossible to ascertain who the poor boy looked to for love and guidance.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt the next census, 1871, John C was a “servant” to Christopher RICHARDSON, Innkeeper at the T’Oard Ship (sometimes T’Awd Ship) in Queen Street. John Ruddock had departed this life and his widow Mary was in residence at the Inn and, again, young John’s mother was living a few yards up the street with her father. Another source states that John C Craik was working as an ostler at the Inn so it isn’t a stretch to find him in the 1881 census described as a “farm servant” but living in the household of fisherman Castle JENKINSON. That Mary Ann Ruddock, now 83 years old, was there too suggests that it was she, rather than Rachel, who had been a mother to him.  (Rachel had died in 1878 aged just 47.)

The Craik name now disappears from Filey. It was introduced to the town by John C’s grandfather John, born 1799 in Langton, Berwick, Scotland, a customs officer and later coast guard. He died in 1854, followed by his son James, John C’s father, in 1855. The two men are buried in St Oswald’s churchyard and the headstone also remembers wife and mother Eleanor née CROW.

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John C had three sisters and a bunch of nephews and nieces in and around Filey but the census of 1891 finds him, age 37, working as a labourer in Walkington, near Beverley. Cue the X Files theme music, not because Gillian Anderson caused a stir some years ago by visiting the village but because of its infamous institution. John C was just one of many who slept there on the night of Sunday, April 5th. Sadly, it seems then to have swallowed him up. In 1901 he is a “patient” without occupation in the Broadgate Mental Asylum and still there ten years later, a “general labourer but above able to do work”.

He endured for another 12 years or so, his death registered in Beverley in the first quarter of 1924. So, he made his three score and ten but spent half of his life in the asylum. I wonder if his sisters, brothers in law, nephews and nieces ever visited him there.

Filey Genealogy & Connections deprives John C of his  Aunt Isabella, mistakenly making her the daughter of a William CRAIK – but correctly hitching her to station master Richard Richardson HARRISON. You can follow Rachel’s CAMMISH line back four generations.

FST needs some work done! Scots John is on the World Tree but not yet connected to his unfortunate grandson. I’ll try to remedy the situation in the next few days.

 

Great Grandmother Ross

Five years ago I wrote a brief post about a John RICHARDSON, charged with being drunk while in charge of a horse. I mentioned that there were three men with this name of similar age in the 1881 Filey Census but that “Furious John” was easily identified by occupation. The others were a fisherman and a “seaman”.

Seaman John, born 1831, doesn’t have a record in Filey Genealogy & Connections. In 1881 he was enumerated aboard the George Peabody in Great Grimsby, his four crewmates also  Filey men. They should really have been described as fishermen.

Rather surprisingly, the other two Johns do not have children noted in their FG&C records so I thought I’d take a closer look.

G69_HESSELWOOD_20170501_fstThe imbiber’s pedigree took me back to a name found on a stone slab in Filey churchyard that  triggers thoughts of my own family – HESSELWOOD. (I have a cousin who spent some of his childhood in Hesslewood Orphanage). The inscription is difficult to read (impossible in the photograph) but eight people are remembered, including “two daughters of John and Mary RICHARDSON”. This Mary, nee ROSS, is our John’s Grandmother (1754-1822) who had at least ten children, one of them John’s father, William (1787-1868).

I’m not sure why this straightforward bit of genealogy should arouse curiosity but I cast my net wider to haul in four more John RICHARDSONs in FG&C born between 1809 and 1827 and checked their relationship to Mary HESSELWOOD, mother of Mary ROSS. Only one, born 1815 and the son of Richard and Dinah nee CAMMISH, was not related to her by blood. The other five were her great grandsons. One was a younger brother of the carriage driver who died aged about three but given that Mary had only one child and died aged 27 this bunch of relationships is quite astonishing to me.

Mary’s father was  a Customs Officer, William HASLEWOOD, “who died November the 21st 1778 aged 81 years” (Entry 137, Filey, St Oswald’s Monumental Inscriptions Part One, G69 in Crimlisk/Siddle). Father and daughter are on FamilySearch Tree as HASELWOOD, IDs  MGCT-5WP  and MGCT-54V.

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Here is my RootsMagic update of the FG&C pedigree of George Lightfoot RICHARDSON.

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If you read the old LaF post you should discount Ann PROCTOR as being Jehu John’s wife. It appears that Betsy Ann, the little girl he accepted as his own daughter (and who took his name), was the illegitimate child of Ann NICHOLSON born 1850. The following year mother and child were enumerated in Rillington about 16 miles away from the mother’s home parish of Muston; Ann’s status “unmarried”, Betsey Ann’s birthplace given as Rillington (PRO ref HO107 2369 f73 p18). Ann and John married in the June Quarter of 1853 and in 1855 there is a GRO Birth record for a George Lightfoot Richardson, mother’s maiden name Nicholson. This is the only record I have found to indicate that John had children of his own. Sadly, the boy survived no more than six months.  After Ann died aged 59 in 1886 John married again the following year. Mary BARKER was eighteen years his junior and brought a 17 year old illegitimate son to the marriage. Aged 20 in 1891 Richard BARKER was working as a Carriage Driver for his Carriage Proprietor step-father (PRO Ref RG12 3962 f22 p37). The two Johns born a year apart (1826/27) died in 1903 and 1907. I can’t be certain but I think the Jehu was second to depart, aged 81. Mary died in 1828.

Tags: family history Hesselwood, Haslewood, Richardson, Nicholson, Baker, Ross, John Richardson, Jehu.

20160706MallardDuckling3_2mTwenty-four hours before Today’s Image was taken Mother Mallard was keeping an eye on her brood. I don’t know what killed the ducklings but the surface of the Glen Gardens boating lake was liberally sprinkled with specks of plastic or polystyrene (the measure of man). A breeding pair of Mallard brought five or six ducklings into the world at the same location this year. I saw the little ’uns one day and they had totally disappeared the next. A council gardener said that gulls had taken them. The bereft adults flew away a couple of days later.