My Sweetheart Adelaide

It is a fair step from Scarborough Station to the top end of Peasholm Glen, but it’s no hardship for an old taphophile. The way passes through the wonderful Dean and Manor Road cemeteries.

On the right of the path as it slopes down to the tunnel under Manor Road, on the right, is the eye-catching “music stone”.


Above this fond farewell, the dedication:-


A leaflet produced by The Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery tells us that Adelaide was born in France. Just “Arras” is inscribed on the stone and I wondered if she may have been an East Yorkshire girl. But no, her birthplace is given in the 1911 census as France – and she married as a mature woman in 1909, aged about 57. She is registered as Adelaide BELL so Vincent Charles White was perhaps her second or third husband. He was given only a few years to dote upon her. She died in 1915 and eighteen years would pass before they were “reunited”.

Vincent’s first wife, Mary WOOD, died the year before the sweethearts tied the knot. It isn’t clear if his first marriage produced any children. There is one birth registration, for “James Henry Traltles” WHITE in 1882 but the census in 1891 finds the couple visiting a family in Leicester, without children in tow. Ten years later Vincent and Mary are the only occupants of a house in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. (Mary is listed as “Pollie” but age and birthplace are consistent with the earlier census – and she dies as Mary.)

Vincent was a musician for most of his working life but perhaps not a very accomplished one. He seems to have wandered the land seeking work and, although offering titles like “Professor” and “bandmaster” to Victorian data gatherers he may have had to lower his sights on occasion.


Vincent was living at 34 Green Lane, Newby when he died and a brief notice in the Leeds Mercury the following year announced the gross value of his estate to be £1,335. His “net personalty” was just £251.  But, hey, he spared no expense for his departed sweetheart.


I haven’t yet found Vincent or Adelaide on the FamilySearch Tree. I’ll keep looking.

On the Trail

Computer issues have thrown me off course the past few days. I hope to do some more genealogy and local history posts soon.

Last Saturday morning I wandered down Peasholm Glen in Scarborough and saw this information board.


I am quite backward when it comes to identifying trees, or understanding how they tick and thought the leaflet available for download might facilitate introductions to some I’d never met before.

Twenty-nine trees on the trail are pinpointed in the leaflet but I only saw three or four had a helpful numbered post by them. It was far from easy, with my pitiful recognition skills, to be sure of what I was looking at.

Today’s Image was one of the easy ones.

This variety [of native beech] has leaves of green, pink, purple and cream, seen at their best in spring and early summer…

Walking down from the Lily Pond it can be seen from a distance through the arch of Glen Bridge. (I have no idea what tree it is that’s pretty in pink.)



Family Matters

The path in Today’s Image links Scarborough’s Dean Road and Manor Road Cemeteries. Heavenly places for taphophiles.

I arrived at the Sarony monument this morning in the middle of a heavy and prolonged rain shower. I made a soggy transcription of the information on the three obelisk panels (one is blank) and headed for home. Back in town, the clouds broke enough to let the sun shine through, so I went back for another attempt at photographing the memorial.


The Saronys are in a prime location by the Chapel and their circular plot is clearly being cared for. (The object on top of the obelisk is a draped urn, signifying the veil between life and death, and perhaps the promise of God’s protection until the resurrection.) Plans to restore the Chapel are ongoing but the total cost will be close to a million pounds and more funds are needed.

The monument tells only part of the story. Jennie’s panel is to the left in the picture, Ida’s faces the main path and Oliver and Elizabeth are on the Chapel side.

In loving memory of JENNIE, wife of SAMUEL W. FISHER JP of this town, and daughter of NAPOLEON SARONY of New York, U.S.A., who died Sept. 4 1905, aged 54 years.

Sacred to the memory of IDA, the beloved wife of THOMAS DAWES of Dudley, and daughter of NAPOLEON SARONY of New York, U.S.A. & niece to OLIVER SARONY, who departed this life May 25 1878, aged 29 years.

Also, in loving memory of the above THOMAS DAWES-SARONY, born 3rd Aug 1852, died 14th Dec 1894.

In affectionate memory of OLIVER SARONY, who died August 30 1879, aged 59 years.

Also of ELIZABETH, widow of the above, who died January 23 1903, aged 81 years.

FamilySearch Tree, at the moment, has Elizabeth married to Thomas Dawes and gives her birth at 1850/60. The rain and unhelpful light made for poor photographs of the panels. When I have satisfactory results I’ll upload them to FST. In the next day or two, I’ll try to put the family in order and add the sources I’ve accumulated so far.

I imagine the Sarony line to be a fascinating one but lost in the mists of Mittel European time. I did not expect that Thomas Dawes of Dudley would have a pedigree stretching back to that most famous of our supposed common ancestors, Carolus Magnus. For entertainment, start with him and work your way back to the Thomas who married his first wife’s aunt. (If you get to William the Conqueror you may be on the wrong track.)

You will have noticed from the monument transcription that Ida was the“beloved” wife of Thomas. Poor farmer Leighton doesn’t get a mention, supporting my feeling about a rift between the families. My sympathies are with John Francis and I’m pleased he has a lovely last resting place. In the photograph below you can see him through the gap left by the fallen stone of the six in the foreground.