A Fourth Wife for William

Ann Welburn née THICKETT died in the third quarter of 1871 aged 57 and, true to form, William has married again before six months passed. Elizabeth BELLAMY was 42 years old and William was her first husband. I don’t think she had any children with him but in 1881 their home in Paragon Place, Sculcoates, sheltered six-year-old Eliza ELWOOD, William’s granddaughter. Eliza was in residence ten years later but I don’t know if it had been her permanent home. Her mother Alice, daughter of William and his first wife Harriett CUNDELL, was alive and would die in 1922 aged 72. I will try to find what happened to Eliza’s father, John William Elwood.

Obviously, William has been hard work. I’ve spent most of this darn lockdown day collecting dozens of pieces of information to add to the scattered family elements on the Shared Tree. I’m not complaining. Interest has been easy to sustain. These people lived in streets I know quite well from my childhood wanderings – and didn’t change much until the 1960s.

A Cooler Week


Three of the five southern stations were warmer than last week but the overall hemisphere increase was less than a hundredth of a degree centigrade. All five northern stations were cooler than last week, though my local “outlier” station bucked the trend. (Not by much, just 0.03°C). No sign, then, of reduced industrial activity building a temperature spike. Cue Today’s Image.

Abstract 50 · Church Cliff Drive


The Three Wives of William Welburn

William is the father of Alfred and therefore grandfather to Elizabeth of Picturesque Terrace (last Wednesday’s post).

Elizabeth Strangway, you may recall, was close in both age and geography to Elizabeth Strangeway – about six months younger and at one time a ten-minute walk away from her almost namesake. But which of them was the daughter in law of William Welburn?

FamilySearch screenshots tell stories.


This is rather sketchy but I believe Alfred’s mother was indeed Harriett. I’m still not sure that his mother in law was Sarah MATTHEWS because not only were the Two Elizabeths close in age at birth, they seem to have died within a year of each other. Geography again has a part to play. The Elizabeth pictured above, (let’s call her Elizabeth I), registered the births of six of her nine children in Hull but died in Selby in 1912 aged 71. Elizabeth II died the previous year in Hull, aged 72. Had she been the daughter of Frances Gibson her age should have been given as 70.

On second thoughts, because Alfred’s birth had been registered in Selby, and his father was born in a village only five miles away from there, the screenshot above may indeed be true in every respect, as far as it goes. A doubt lingers though because Elizabeth I was enumerated in Francis Street, Hull in 1911.

Here is another screenshot story.


This is Alfred’s father. He really did marry Ann Thickett, just not when he was eleven years old. (This William would have been only a year old when he made Harriett pregnant for the first time.) Spare a thought for Ann having four children in her fifties. Mary J had fourteen children. Would Ann have lived long enough to dandle any of them on her knee?


Ann married as the widow Laycock in 1852, bringing along Vincent and Eliza for William to step-parent.

Fourteen months earlier, William had married his second wife in Selby.


She too had been married before but appears to have been childless. She was a stepmother to Ann/Hannah (13), Alfred (8) and Alice (1) for less than six months before dying aged 34.

The children’s mother, William’s first wife Harriett CUNDELL, had died in the September Quarter of the previous year, aged 37.

William, a millwright by trade, was clearly a man of action – if what I have told you about him is true.

My narrative of the Three Wives cannot be followed on the Shared Tree. There are some vital pieces of the puzzle to chase down and when I have them, I’ll make the necessary changes on FamilySearch. I think the travesty of the William and Ann Thickett screenshot was largely the result of “the system” going haywire, rather than a human contributor losing their mind. None of these people is a blood relative, and they only connect tangentially to Phyllis, my first cousin once removed, but I feel I should make an effort to set things straight.

Clouds 40 · Filey Bay