Mary Ann Who?

Mary Ann was buried in St Oswald’s churchyard 111 years ago yesterday but she does not have a gravestone. Neither does she have any relatives in the Filey Genealogy & Connections database.

In 1911 she was living at 16 Scarborough Road, Filey and a sister was with her on census night.

16 Scarborough Road, Filey, photographed this morning

Mary Ann’s husband, James Fant, had died in 1907 and he too rests in an unmarked grave. I did a little snooping on Find my Past before seeking out the ladies on FamilySearch.

Mary Ann has ten sources on the Shared Tree. The 1851 and 1861 censuses show her in the bosom of the BROWN family, her birthplace given as Holbeck in one and Leeds in the other. (The parish of Holbeck would eventually be incorporated into Leeds Registration District.) I cannot access the 1871 Census on Ancestry but we know she married in 1880/1881. The censuses in 1881, 1891 and 1901 show her with her husband James in Scarborough and Filey. In all three Mary Ann is adamant that she was born in Hull. In 1901 they were living at 8 Scarborough Road.

Photographed this morning.

There isn’t a marriage source for the couple on the Shared Tree. Given Mary’s birthplace mismatch, finding it would have been a good idea. (Her birth three years before the supposed parents married should also have raised an eyebrow, if not a red flag.)

I will say more about the BATEMAN sisters, including Eliza, tomorrow.

Landscape 170 · Cleveland Way

Looking north to Hayburn Wyke  54.355497, -0.441668 (approximate viewpoint)

Lovely Flowers, So Young and Fair

Francis RICHARDSON and Mary, his wife have just one child on the Shared Tree. The GRO Births Index indicates the existence of five more and they may have had a seventh child – before they married.

The parents buried their two youngest children in 1862.

59 Richardson B17   

In affectionate remembrance of the beloved children of FRANCIS and MARY RICHARDSON, JANE ANN who died March 16th 1862, aged 1 year and 8 months.

Also, FRANCIS, who died November 28th 1862, aged 1 year and 3 months.

‘Those lovely flowers so young and fair

Called to an early tomb

Just came to see how sweet such flowers

In Paradise would bloom.’

Also of the above FRANCIS RICHARDSON, Master Mariner, who died Feb 13th 1883, aged 62 years.

Also of MARY his wife, who died April 27th 1895, aged 71 years.

Both interred at Cardiff.

‘Their warfare is accomplished’

Crimlisk Survey 1977

I failed to find a birth registration for Mary Ann in or about 1843. She appears in George CHEW’s household in 1851.

Here are some sources that may help to grow the family on the Shared Tree.

Francis RICHARDSON senior


RICHARDSON, Francis, Age at Death (in years): 62. GRO Reference: 1883 M Quarter in CARDIFF Volume 11A Page 208.


Buried 17 February 1883, Llandaff



RICHARDSON, Mary, Age at Death (in years): 71. GRO Reference: 1895 J Quarter in CARDIFF Volume 11A Page 178.




1851, Church Street, Filey

1861, 35 Cooks Row, Scarborough

1871, Norwood Street, Scarborough

1881, Scarbro House, Ely Road, Llandaff, Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales.

Jane Ann


RICHARDSON, Jane Ann, Mother’s Maiden Surname: WILLIS. GRO Reference: 1860 S Quarter in SCARBOROUGH Volume 09D Page 277.


16 Mar 1862, Filey? (The family was enumerated in Scarborough on 7 April 1861.)

RICHARDSON, Jane Ann, Age at Death (in years): 1. GRO Reference: 1862 M Quarter in SCARBOROUGH Volume 09D Page 211.


21 Mar 1862, St Oswald’s, Filey.

Francis Junior


RICHARDSON, Francis, Mother’s Maiden Surname: WILLIS. GRO Reference: 1861 S Quarter in SCARBOROUGH Volume 09D Page 295.


28 Nov 1862, Scarborough

RICHARDSON, Francis, Age at Death (in years): 1. GRO Reference: 1862 D Quarter in SCARBOROUGH Volume 09D Page 223.


1 Dec 1862, St Oswald’s, Filey.

The other children:-

Priscilla Dunn married George PALLISER in 1899; Mary b. 1853, married William HOLLINS in 1874; William Willis b. 1856, married Minnie Liza JOHN in 1888; Elizabeth b. 1858, married William Bilton SMITH in 1896.         

On Warfare

The use of chemical weapons in Ukraine.

The Cuddeford Sisters

The name is not a common one in England. With the variant Cuddiford, it spread a little in the 19th century with Devon and London vying for the honours of “heartland”. Compare the maps at the linked site to the illustration below.

Sisters Ann Eliza and Ellen were born in Devon and are remembered on a substantial headstone in St Oswald’s churchyard.

47 Fowler B4 | Granite

In affectionate remembrance of BENJAMIN FOWLER, who died March 3rd 1860, aged 54 years.

ELLEN, wife of the above, who died June 8th 1894, aged 75 years.

ANN ELIZA CUDDEFORD, who died February 1st 1860, aged 37 years.

JANE SMITH, eldest daughter of the above BENJAMIN & ELLEN FOWLER, who died April 8th 1915, aged 70 years.


Crimlisk Survey 1977

Benjamin FOWLER was a Riding Officer but he is also described in some sources as a “gentleman”. He was 36 years old when he married Ellen CUDDEFORD in Stokenham, a village just a mile from the haunts of smugglers in Torcross on the south coast of Devon. I am not quite sure how old Ellen was exactly – censuses and vital records can’t be reconciled – but she was about 12 years his junior. They had four daughters and two sons in almost eighteen years of marriage. Benjamin’s efforts on behalf of Customs and Excise may have been poorly rewarded and the value of his effects at death was less than £70,000 in today’s money.

A month after she buried her husband, and two months after her sister Ann Eliza had been laid to rest, the census enumerator found Ellen at 21 The Crescent with all of her children and Ann PEERS, 19, a servant from Hornsea. 

Photographed this morning

Jane Smith Fowler died in Scarborough in 1915 but I failed to find her in censuses after 1871. I have added some sources to Benjamin’s Collaboration tab.

Death or Glory

He died over 150 years ago and his small headstone doesn’t look Victorian.

John’s middle name is perfect for mangling. Knowing there is a French connection in his past, I am going to settle for BOURRYEAU. It is a minority spelling in the sources but the half dozen or more variants found are unconvincing.

It is clearly a matter of pride that he was a Captain of the 17th Lancers. He must have been a boy soldier to have achieved this rank at the age of twenty-four. He was 37 and had left the army when he married. About four months after his wedding day he would have received news of the deaths of over a hundred of his former brothers-in-arms. The Russians cut the Light Brigade lancers down as they charged into the Valley of Death. Not the Scots Greys. And photographer Roger Fenton’s Death Valley is some distance from the site of the carnage.

17th Lancers, cap badge, by GMJ –, Public Domain

John was born into a wealthy family, the money coming mainly from inheritance. Made initially by African slaves in West Indies plantations and banked by Zachariah Bourryeau, huge sums were bequeathed to his son John and three daughters. There was property too and John BROADLEY, who had married Elizabeth Bourryeau, found himself in possession of Blyborough Hall in Lincolnshire. I am not sure how the Broadley family came to buy hundreds of acres of East Yorkshire, but John the Lancer received a share. Rents and his army pension were enough to fund a three-storey dwelling in Trafalgar Square, Scarborough – plenty big enough for a man, his wife and three servants. I have not found evidence of the move to Filey after 1861 and there isn’t a last address in the EYFHS St Oswald’s Burials Survey. One of the slaver’s plantations, however, was on the island of St Kitts and there is a house with this name on Filey’s Foreshore Road (aka The Beach).

Photographed today

This may be where John Bourryeau Broadley spent his final years before congestion of the brain took him. (What we might call “cerebral haemorrhage” nowadays.) His effects at probate were valued at less than £1,500 (about £130,000 today).

John’s wife was a widow for 42 years. She died in London in 1909.

More information online –

Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slavery

South Ella Hall, Anlaby (pdf): The Broadley Family

‘Joan Margaret’

On this day in 1941, a German mine exploded in the Humber and sank the drifter Joan Margaret. Five Filey fishermen lost their lives and only Jimmy BRIGHT survived.

I wrote two posts about the tragedy for the old Looking at Filey and when I have tidied them up I will reprint them here. Heritage Gateway is worth a visit. The article suggests the fishing boat struck the mine but there is a different narrative. (Isn’t there always?)

‘Joan Margaret’, photographer not known, no date, courtesy Martin Douglas.

The lost fishermen are remembered on family stones in St Oswald’s churchyard and at Tower Hill.

Mark of Man 87 · Reighton Sands Holiday Park

A Caring Husband?

1834 Filey · Baptism  A census return tells us that Elizabeth Ann STAMFORD was born in Hull, but she was baptised in Filey. She married a Norfolk-born sailor, Richard BORRETT, in Beverley in 1854. Filey Genealogy & Connections shows that their firstborn, Mary Elizabeth, reached adulthood and married, but their next two girls, Susannah and Ann Eliza, did not reach their first birthday.

Elizabeth Ann died aged only 27. In checking the burial register, I noticed that John Borrett, an infant, was laid to rest a few days later. The boy’s birth was registered, but the GRO Index gives the mother’s maiden surname as HEATH. I was already feeling sorry for Richard for the loss of two girls and his wife in the space of three years. To also lose a son would seem to be more than any man could endure.

I looked to the newspapers in the hope of finding the cause of Elizabeth Ann’s early death and found only this –

Records show that Richard married Isabella Hunter CAMBRIDGE in Hartlepool in 1867, and “Captain Borrett” expired at 54 Scarborough Street, Hartlepool on 19 November 1888. He was 54 years old.

1881 Filey · Birth  I chose Edwin Percy because he was one of five children born to Joseph CRABTREE of Leeds and Emily TINDALL from Muston. There is not much information in Filey Genealogy & Connections about the family but it notes that Edwin was baptised privately at the Wesleyan chapel on 28 July, when he was four months old. This seems rather ominous and it is no surprise to see his death registered in the September Quarter of 1881.

The family continued to grow. Following Edith’s birth in Filey in 1883, Joseph Harrison arrived during a brief sojourn in Sunderland. The family moved back south and four more children were born in Scarborough. Mother Emily is found in the 1939 Register – in Tindall Street, Scarborough – with daughter Lilian and son in law Thomas MORLEY. She is “incapacitated” and died at the beginning of 1940, aged 87.

At first glance, only the parents are to be found on the Shared Tree. I have added Edwin.

1888 Filey · Death  See Storms and Skerrys. (The Storm pedigree at Rootsweb may not load.)

Happiness, Now

Bird 114 · Woody

Clouds 58· Arriving Storm


1881 Filey · Birth I chose to remember Mary because of her middle name. I was curious as to discover her connection with the PHILLISKIRK family. There was very little information about her in Filey Genealogy & Connections (FG&C) and an initial search on the Shared Tree failed to turn up IDs for Mary, her husband George CURTIS or their immediate forebears.

It was quite a shock to find that when Mary married at Filey St Oswald’s in 1909, her newly acquired mother in law was a Cookman. Her husband hailed from the end of the world that is Spurn Head. His birth was registered in Patrington, and so were those of two other boys called George Curtis around the same time. Care is required to avoid traps. But for now, I have to move on to…

1833 Filey · Baptism  William doesn’t have forebears on FG&C and his father is “Unknown Pinkney” on the Shared Tree. So I don’t know if Fylingdales and Baytown were staging points on a journey from a more distant Pinkney heartland. (The Surname Map points towards Durham/Northumberland.)

Whatever, some Pinkneys moved on and Peace, born in Robin Hood’s Bay, married William CAMMISH at St Oswald’s in 1852. FG&C and the Shared Tree have given Peace different parents. Another fine mess I don’t have time to sort out.

Wykeham may be William’s last resting place but he died aged 69 in Ruston, fifteen miles south of Fylingdales. I failed to find what happened to his wife, Peace.

1855 Filey · Marriage  John and Ann Rebecca’s first two children were born in Filey but the family then moved up to Scarborough and when the 1861 census was taken they were living at 14 Blenheim Terrace. I would like to know how John met Ann. She gave her birthplace as Axminster, Devon at one census and the hamlet of Up Cerne, Dorset, at the others. Her family name was BAZLEY but in most sources, this is butchered into Barley or Bailey. She clearly signs “Bazley” in the St Oswald’s register.

Most of the time, Ann’s middle name is missing from the records but the Shared Tree gives her death in 1894, with a supporting source for “Rebecca Forge”.

1947 Filey · Death Frances Carter CHAPMAN married fisherman John William WILLIAMSON at St Oswald’s in 1893. They have a headstone in the churchyard.

Treasured memories of JOHN W. WILLIAMSON, a devoted husband and father,

died July 13th 1939, aged 73.

‘Always thoughtful, always kind, a beautiful

memory left behind’

Also of FANNY, his beloved wife, died March 4th 1947, aged 78

‘Reunited in everlasting love’

And their dear son, Lt. JOHN WILLIAMSON, S.A.A.F., died July 22nd 1942, aged 46,

buried at Cape Town, S.A.

‘Loved, honoured and remembered’

1939 Filey · Burial 

Take My Breath Away

To think, as children, we used to call her Auntie. This morning, the propaganda arm of the UK regime gave a platform to a woman who was angry. Angry that we did nothing when Putin flattened Damascus and other Syrian cities. She wants a no-fly zone over Ukraine and in this topsy-turvy, upside-down clown world, her wish may be granted. But maybe the reincarnation of Churchill will save us all.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy

And here is a bit-part player in America, the recently appointed Deputy Assistant Director of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition in the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy.

Samuel Brinton

The end seems nigh.


1741 Kirkbean · Birth  Mary Anne is an older sister of John Paul JONES, Scottish traitor and American patriot, who memorably visited Filey Bay in 1779.

1755 Filey · Baptism  Thomasin (Tomasyn on the Shared Tree) is a grandaunt of Elizabeth CAMMISH, the love of Robert SNARR’s life. (See Anniversary · Death 17 February.) I don’t have any information about Thomasin but her sister Elizabeth gave birth to Flamborough MAINPRIZEs (and Grace to Filey Cammishes).

1752 Filey · Marriage  Find My Past offers three transcriptions of marriage information from the original register and Bishop’s Transcripts. One has the wedding of Richard and Frances taking place on 1 March 1752; the others on 2 March 1751.

1752 was the first time in England when the year officially began on 1 January. Unofficial folk had long welcomed the New Year in on the first day of January but the medieval PTB insisted that Lady Day on 25 March kicked off the annual activities.

With this in mind, the transcribed dates offered for the marriage of our happy couple are both wrong.

Source: Borthwick Institute for Archives, York

So, if 1751 was the last year to begin in England on Lady Day, Richd. and Frances married on March ye 2d 1752. (The illustration is not a facsimile of the original document. I have removed the baptisms.)

Only one of the modern transcriptions gives the ages of Richard and Frances. Their calculated birth years are 1727 and 1731. The couple’s entry on the Shared Tree has almost nothing to say about them.

The HALL family name in Filey Genealogy & Connections ties with WATSON at Number 18. The 203 instances for each show an “opposite” male/female split. Watson 57.1% males; Hall 52.7% female. I will keep an eye open for any descendants of Richard and Frances.

1809 Filey · Death John probably shared a last meal of mouse and ship’s dog with James ROTHWELL. FG&C indicates he was buried on the day he died, as was James. (Both in unmarked graves.) The burial register shows the order of their interments has been lost in transcription.

Their story is recounted in The History and Antiquities of Scarborough, and the Vicinity By Thomas Hinderwell (Kindle £6.95). See what Thomas looked like here.

1851 Filey · Burial  Isabella’s family on her father’s side were Filey folk but her maternal grandparents hailed from Fylingdales and Robin Hood’s Bay. She did not marry but the Shared Tree presents an extensive pedigree stretching over five centuries. Her grave in St Oswald’s churchyard is unmarked.

Clouds 57 · Filey Bay

Mark of Man 86 · Contrail


1777 Staithes · Birth  At eight days old, Mary was baptised at Hinderwell. She was twenty-nine when she became the second wife of William BULMER(46). They married in Filey, had three children and then William left Mary to experience thirty years as a widow. She is buried in St Oswald’s churchyard in an unmarked grave.

1870 Filey · Baptism  When she died at the age of thirty, her father carved a handsome stone that ensured she would be remembered. (But I don’t know the cause of her death.)

Reposing with a peaceful trust in Jesus

1831 Beverley · Marriage  Edward and Hannah’s descendants struggled to keep their line going but great-granddaughter “Louie” STENNETT married Herbert Copley MOWTHORPE in Skirlaugh and gave us local historian “Ces”. He contributed a description of The Black Hole (Hunmanby’s Lock-Up) here.

1822 Scarborough · Death Christopher was born in Bridlington but soon afterwards the family moved to Filey. Kath noted his unfortunate demise in Filey Genealogy & Connections.

On 1st March 1822, he fell into the sea whilst boarding a ship at Scarborough. He had previously fished at Filey.

I don’t think he has a place on the Shared Tree yet but I am fairly sure he belongs to this family.

1919 Filey · Burial  Jane Elizabeth Scotter née CAMMISH was only thirty-three when she died.

It seems that most “official” sources record Jane as a Cammish but I think she was widely known as Jane Sayers. Her mother, Sarah Cammish, married Edmond SAYERS a couple of years after Jane’s birth. The fact that Jane named her son Edmund Sayers Scotter suggests to me that the man who raised her was her biological father.  Here she is on FG&C –

The picture is somewhat different on the FamilySearch Shared Tree.

The inscription on her headstone reads –

In sweet remembrance of JANE ELIZABETH, the beloved wife of GEORGE SCOTTER,

who entered into rest Feb 25th 1919, aged 33 years.

‘Father in Thy gracious keeping

We now leave our loved one sleeping’

Mark of Man 85 · Archaeology

Filey Sands scoured out


1872 Filey · Birth  Ernest Richard was one of seven children born to Robert CRAWFORD and Elizabeth BRAMLEY – and the only one not to reach adulthood. He has a memorial in the churchyard of unique (to Filey) design.

1804 Hutton Buscel · Baptism  There are three generations of ANGELs on Filey Genealogy & Connections (FG&C), all born in Hutton Buscel. George is the most recent and, as I begin writing this, I don’t know if he left the village, or where he died. One of his offspring must have spread their wings because there are descendants in Filey. The flight is suspect, however, as the link person appears to be a girl-child with three warnings attached – parents married after the parents’ birth, father 13 years old when the person was born, and mother was 9 years old when the person was born.

FamilySearch offers an 1851 census source that indicates the above problems have been resolved somehow.

The age of Charlotte PASHBY is puzzling, but George D’s family moved from Cayton and three younger sisters were born in Filey.

1810 Filey · Marriage  Sarah, daughter of HenryandAnnwould marryJohn CHAPMAN in 1839 and the Shared Tree shows how many descendants ensued. Henry, a mariner, died in the Scarborough Seamen’s Hospital in 1850. Ann lived on and the Seamen’s Hospital would be her last address too. She died in 1873 and two years earlier the census had noted she shared accommodation with a “servant” at the Hospital – her granddaughter Mary Ann Chapman, 31 and unmarried. (FG&C gives Mary Ann three children, fathers unknown.)

1976 Filey · Death Matthew HAXBY awaits his wife on the Shared Tree. Florence May has an ID – they can be hitched any day.

I have a placeholder photo of their headstone in St Oswald’s churchyard.

I’ll put a better picture on the Shared Tree as a memory soon.

1942 Filey · Burial  Margaret Cowling OVERY, the mother of Tom Robert Overy ROBINSON, is “Maggy” on the Shared Tree and not yet married.