Two Brigs called ‘Felicity’

courtesy Hartlepool Library Service

I don’t know the details of this Felicity’s unhappy end but almost twenty years later a brig of the same name, but with a different home port, sailed from Hartlepool and came to grief at Filey.



On Sunday afternoon last, the brig “Felicity,” of Lynn, from Hartlepool, with coals came on shore on Filey Sands, opposite the town, during the heavy gales of wind which had been blowing on this coast from the eastward. The lifeboat of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, stationed at this place, was immediately manned by fourteen men and launched before the vessel took the ground; the boat then succeeded in taking off her crew, consisting of seven men, who were in half-an-hour afterwards landed safely on the beach. The gallant crew of the lifeboat will be paid £14 by the Lifeboat Institution, for their valuable services. This lifeboat station is one of the most complete on the coast.   The lifeboat coxswain and his crew were thoroughly conversant with the qualities of this lifeboat, which has been repeatedly instrumental in saving the lives of poor shipwrecked sailors.

The Scarborough Mercury, Saturday 20 November 1858

This un-named Filey lifeboat was built by Skelton of Scarborough and bought by public subscription a year or so before the RNLI was formed in 1824. It served this stretch of coast for almost forty years, requiring crews of tremendous courage as well as strength. All knew the boat could not be righted if it capsized.

The Institution took over the running of the Filey Station around 1852 and about three years after the Felicity rescue the local committee put in a request for a new boat. The joyful public inauguration of Hollon took place on 26 November 1863.

Crimes & Misdemeanors

At the Bridlington Police Court on Friday 20th July 1883 before Lieutenant-Colonel PRICKETT and the Reverend C. W. HUDSON a Filey STONEHOUSE was charged with a breach of the Local Board Bye-Laws. The report in The Scarborough Mercury ran as follows:-

Abraham Warf Stonehouse, carriage proprietor, Filey, was charged with unlawfully standing in the Foreshore-road, and plying for hire on the 30th of June. In reply to the charge, defendant said he was standing on a piece of private ground, which he had rented for four years. Sergeant Bramley stated that about noon on the day named he saw the defendant standing with his carriage on the Forshore Road, but when he (witness) went towards defendant he drove on a few yards on to the piece of ground he mentioned. He had cautioned defendant a day or two before. Defendant having been convicted last year of a similar offence, was now fined 10s. and 9s. costs.

“Warf” is a local pronunciation of the family name WAUGH. In the early 1820s two WAUGH sisters married STONEHOUSE men whose relationship isn’t clear in Filey Genealogy & Connections (FG & C) – but both couples chose to call their firstborn sons Abraham Waugh.

The Abraham Waugh STONEHOUSE who found himself at odds with Sergeant BRAMLEY 134 years ago was the grandson of Samuel STONEHOUSE and Rachel WAUGH. Here he is (without his middle name) on FamilySearch Tree.


Names in yellow are on FG& C. I have found GRO records for the 8 children in Kath’s database. FST has six children but the elusive Harry may be Henry.

Some of the girls from this generation of STONEHOUSE families married well in local society. It was the men who got into scrapes – and worse. A couple of them were charged with cruelty to a horse. Samuel, brother to our carriage proprietor, killed his wife. You will find him on FST with the ID L5TZ-8G3. (Daughter Ellen Elizabeth has a “data problem”; her date of death has been wrongly entered. It should be 1889.)

These two scraps of pedigree could be joined fairly easily but it would take more time than I have spare. As with other Filey families, turning to FG & C for help will bring dividends to anyone caring to undertake the task. At some point the STONEHOUSES link with the CRIMLISKS which grows a few more branches on the community tree. One of our cabman’s sons, Albert Charles, married Elizabeth GASH whose brothers were subject of a recent post. Before their deaths on active service in the First World War her husband’s cousin, Samuel D. STONEHOUSE, who ran for help when he witnessed his mother being killed, lost his life on the Western Front.  (There is a another twig in FS Genealogies for Samuel Dixon STONEHOUSE – it is from the Filey Community Tree I started to assemble when running the first incarnation of the Looking at Filey blog. Kath’s is more informative!)