A Tale of Two Hannahs

Researching further into the GASH/STONEHOUSE family I found that Hannah, born in 1854 to David GASH and Anne GLENTON, had married. At the time of the 1891 Census, she was staying with her parents in Sands Road, Hunmanby, described as “Single” but given the surname “SHANTON”. With her was a grandson of David, six-year-old William Shanton. I looked at the page image and saw this unusual family name as THORNTON. Further delving revealed that both Hannah and William had been enumerated twice. They were listed at their home in Cooks Row, Scarborough with John Thornton, 72, and his other son John, 12. John senior’s advanced age, 35 years greater than Hannah’s, sent me to the page image.  He was indeed in his seventies and would die at the end of  1891.

He married Hannah on 7th March 1878 at All Saints Church, Scarborough. They were both of “full age” and both residing at 21 Cook’s Row. Their actual ages were 59 and 23 and they would bring two children into the world, John in 1879 and William in 1884.

The next discovery was a census record for old John in 1871 showing his wife Hannah was born in 1819, not 1854.

It isn’t unusual for someone to marry twice, with both spouses having the same given name. It was quite a surprise, however, to find that John had married Hannah GLENTON in October 1845. Hannah “the First” turns out to be the aunt of Hannah “the Second”.

The marriage register in 1845 reveals Hannah’s father is George, a fishmonger. The 1841 Census shows him living in The Bolts, Scarborough, with his wife (another Hannah) and 15-year-old son, Ambrose. Both of his daughters had flown the nest. Anne, 17, was working nearby in Sandgate as a domestic servant to Benjamin SHAW, a baker.

John’s first marriage produced three children. Elizabeth died aged 6 years and the third child, John, didn’t survive his first year. I haven’t found a record for William’s death. He was twelve in 1861 and it is reasonable to suppose he died before the William of John’s second marriage was born. It is curious that Hannah the Second agreed to her sons being given the same names as her Aunt Hannah’s dead boys.

A George Glenton who married Hannah DARLEY features prominently on FamilySearch Tree but I will follow the lead suggested by a fishmonger of the same name marrying Hannah ARMSTRONG in Scarborough in 1814.

Find Hannah the Second on FST. A few years after John’s death she appears to have married again and died aged 66 in 1921. When I’ve confirmed details I will add the information to the World Tree.

Today on Filey Bay.


Further to yesterday’s link post. It appears that four Englishmen shamed themselves and their country after the England v Tunisia match last Monday. Three inebriated “football supporters” and a “reporter” who sometimes writes for The Guardian. Graham Phillips takes them all to task, using industrial language.

England Nazi-Salute Fans

Response to Shaun Walker’s ‘Nazi Song’ allegations


It Was Good While It Lasted

Peter and Jimmy were born in the same year, 1926, one in Glasgow, the other Leeds. They were not an attractive pair but soon after meeting realized they shared an interest in physically and sexually abusing children. It was Scarborough’s worst kept secret. Hundreds of people were aware of their perversion and the police were alerted. The North Yorkshire Constabulary failed to act, maybe because Jimmy was a BBC television personality and Peter a local councilor, alderman, and mayor of the town.

Jimmy was knighted by the Queen, awarded an OBE, and was on friendly terms with Chuck, the heir to the British throne. If reporters picked up the vile scent his activities left behind, Jimmy would say “I don’t like children”, and that was enough to see the newshounds off. He didn’t make great efforts to cover his tracks, touching up young teens on the set of Top of the Pops, for the BBC cameras to record for posterity.

It was only after their deaths that the full extent of Jimmy and Peter’s depravity became known, nationwide. That they fell from grace when no longer around to bear their shame is disappointing. There is very little satisfaction in knowing that Jimmy’s elaborate headstone in Woodlands Cemetery, Scarborough, was soon removed and destroyed by the family, and Peter’s monument nearby disappeared in mysterious circumstances.

You can easily find online accounts from national and local newspapers of how they went about ruining the lives of so many children and young adults, but here are a couple of links: North Yorks Enquirer, 19 December 2014  and The Yorkshire Post, 2 January 2015.

The FamilySearch system, which presumably does not have “feelings” or any human oversight by default, has mercifully not put Jimmy SAVILE on the World Tree. I didn’t find his parents, Vincent Joseph Marie SAVILE and Agnes Monica KELLY either, but one of his sisters is represented as a “singleton”. Marjory Frances SAVILE.

Peter JACONELLI, also stands alone on FST.

It seems part of the British Disease – to be so easily dissuaded from calling out people for their evil deeds. But when the state throws you in the slammer as a criminal for doing so, it is hardly surprising.

Tommy Robinson Update.

He may now be in a Cat C prison – and he has a new legal team. See Ezra Levant at The Rebel.

Herring Coble ‘Margaret’

SH200 Margaret was built in Filey in 1881 and its first owner was Arthur DOUGLAS senior. In 1896 Arthur bought the slightly older herring coble, SH111 Jane & Priscilla’. On Monday 26th May 1902 both boats left Scarborough together to fish off Robin Hood’s Bay, Arthur skippering Jane & Priscilla and his 23-year-old son Richard in charge of Margaret. At some time on Tuesday, the boats parted company. At 10.30 pm Margaret was about a mile off Ravenscar and heading swiftly for Scarborough, blown by a strong wind. While the mainsail was being reefed the boom swung and knocked Richard’s younger brother, Arthur (junior), into the sea. A third brother, James (17), shouted “Art is overboard” and Richard, at the tiller, leapt into the sea without hesitation. Both young men were good swimmers but, hampered by oilskins and seaboots, neither stood a chance of rescue. Even if James and an older fisherman, Isaac ETHELL, had been able to bring Margaret about immediately it may have been impossible to see them in the darkness. (They heard their cries for a while.) After searching the area hopelessly for a couple of hours, James and Isaac took their melancholy news to Scarborough where it was passed to Arthur senior by John OWSTON, coxswain of the Scarborough lifeboat.

ArthurDouglasH&SThree days before he drowned, Arthur married Mary COLLEY. Mary gave birth to their daughter, Maud, just a few weeks after Arthur’s death. The child was baptized on 25 June 1902 and buried on 15 January 1903. The photograph of Arthur (inset) was given to me by his grandnephew, Martin, who told me that Mary lost touch with the family thereafter. A small headstone in the churchyard is a poignant reminder of them.



In loving memory of MAUD, the beloved child of ARTHUR & MARY DOUGLAS,

who died Jan 12th 1903, aged 7 months.

‘Adieu sweet babe, short was thy stay,

Just looked around then passed away

Thy angel face we all did see

But soon we were deprived of thee’

Also of the above ARTHUR DOUGLAS, who was lost at sea May 27th 1902, aged 20 years.

‘We shall meet again’

FamilySearch Tree and Filey Genealogy & Connections are in serious disagreements concerning this branch of the DOUGLAS family. I don’t want to interfere too much on FST because it appears that descendants are providing information, rather than “the system”. Over the next few weeks, I’ll work on a version in RootsMagic to see if I can reconcile the differences. I will just say that I have happened upon a Super Pedigree that takes Clan DOUGLAS back to sundry Scottish Lairds before branching into the ruling houses of several European countries. Philip Henry DOUGLAS is a great-grandfather to the drowned Arthur above on FG&C – but not on FST. For fun, you may want to start on FST with Hugh CAPET, King of France and make your way “back” to Philip Henry, or wander further into the mists of time to some of the usual suspects, like William the Conqueror and Charlemagne.

Yawl ‘Trio’

SH76 Trio was built by Robert SKELTON in Scarborough in 1859. Her first owners were three of the TINDALL family, Alexander, William and James; shipbuilder, sailmaker, and banker respectively. The last change of ownership noted by Captain Syd was in 1881, four Scarborough fishermen, Robert ALLEN senior & junior, James and John ALLEN, took possession. At some point thereafter Thomas Avery JOHNSON became skipper and he was aboard with two of his sons in 1895 when a gale blew up in the North Sea, off Spurn Point. The crew on a passing  Hull boat saw three of Trio’s fishermen washed overboard by a huge wave but could do nothing to effect a rescue.

The six men on board Trio were all from Filey and a pall fell over the town when news of her difficulties was received.

British Armed Forces and Overseas Deaths and Burials (The National Archives) gives 14 May as the date of the men’s demise. Five are remembered on headstones in St Oswald’s churchyard. Two are recorded as having been lost in the gale of 16 and 17 May, and the three JOHNSONs as having drowned on the 16th.

Matthew Crawford CAPPLEMAN
Thomas Avery, Francis Cappleman, and William JOHNSON


Cappleman, M (Wiggy) 1891‘Matty Wiggy’ CAPPLEMAN played for the Filey Red Stars FC and was photographed with the team in 1891 when he was 18-years-old. The insurance money from the benefit clubs was supplemented by local fund-raising events. The following was noted in The Scarborough Mercury on Friday 30th August 1895.

Dr. Spark, the Leeds City Organist, gave a very charming recital at Filey Church on Monday for the benefit of the widows and orphans of the fishermen lost in the Trio. The collection realized between £5 and £6. The programme was com­posed of some of the choicest illustrations of the gems of Silas, Tours, Mendelssohn, and Gounod, and Dr. Spark gave two or three of his own com­positions, which were very much appreciated. “The Vesper Hymn” and the finale introducing national themes by Purcell, Arne, and Dr. Bull afforded the veteran musician an opportunity of showing his wonderful skill as an executant and of displaying the passion and dramatic instinct which have always characterized his playing.

There were only two of the lost six on FamilySearch Tree when I looked a few days ago and in the process of gathering in the others I ran into some difficulties. I had hoped to point you to more complete pedigrees!

Francis Cappleman JOHNSON

Matthew Crawford CAPPLEMAN

Robert EDMOND was the member of the crew without a remembrance in the churchyard – and he isn’t represented yet on FST. Find him on Filey Genealogy & Connections.

Dr. SPARK, a Devon man, makes a couple of appearances on FST – but as an only child without a mother. At the 1881 Census, he was living in Eccleshill, Bradford, with wife Elizabeth and son Thomas, age 23 and a law student. William Spark died in Leeds less than two years after his Filey recital.

[S. S.] Wesley’s articled pupil from his Exeter days, William Spark (1823-97) went with him to Leeds where he became Organist of St. George’s and then, after designing the Town Hall organ, Borough Organist from 1859 to 1897. His brother Frederick was a guiding light of the Leeds Triennial Festival and William played at each Festival between 1874 and 1886. Grove’s Dictionary dismisses his compositions as “numerous but unimportant”. Unimportant or not, they were nevertheless widely performed. His oratorio Immanuel figured in the Leeds Festival of 1877 and Spark’s recitals in and around Doncaster in the 1870s and 1880s (he appeared in the town as early as February 1853, conducting thirty voices of his own Leeds Madrigal and Motet Society) included his Concertstuck, a Fantasie and (several times) Variations and Fugue on Jerusalem the Golden, also solo songs and excerpts from Immanuel. Spark’s Yorkshire Exhibition March was written in 1875 for the grand organ in the Exhibition building. He wrote and lectured tirelessly, his lecture subjects in Doncaster at that same period including “The Vocal Music of the Victorian Era“, “The Minstrelsy of Old England“, “National Ballad Music of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales” and “Glees and Partsongs“, the illustrations for the latter talk including at least one of his own compositions. He edited books of music by others for organists to play.


William Cammish, 13

John and Richard CAMMISH, who drowned from Unity in 1892, were aged 7 and 9 when their older brother was lost.

William was one of two boys on SH95 Zillah & Rachel, a yawl built in Scarborough, fishing on the Dogger, this day 1865.



Grave D345, St Oswald’s, Filey.

Also of WILLIAM, son of the above, who was drowned at sea, May 9th 1865, aged 13 years.

‘He must slumber in the deep

His body there will rest

Till summoned with his soul

To bloom and be forever blest.’

William on FamilySearch Tree.