Bird 119 · Wren

Seven Filey fishermen lost their lives on this day in 1919. See FV ‘Emulator’.

A ‘Member Tree’ on Find my Past brings George WHEELER into the world on 28 March. The 1939 Register transcription plumps for 16 April. The page image is somewhat afflicted.

I am going to stand by the 15th.

Filey Genealogy & Connections had little to say about Hannah Elizabeth beyond noting her baptism. I hoped she would have a life but sadly she died thirteen days after being brought to Christ. Her mother died in her thirties – as did her father’s second wife, Jane SHEPHERD. James Luddington made older bones but died in 1875 aged 52.

I haven’t photographed the grave of Williamson BAXTER and Mary Jenkinson EDMOND. “Kerbs” are usually sad, neglected affairs. But here is the Crimlisk transcription (with burial register notes) –

In loving memory of my dear husband WILLIAMSON BAXTER, died 2nd April 1950 (sic) aged 48.

Also of his wife, MARY JENKINSON BAXTER, died 15th Dec 1953, aged 60


‘He suffered much but murmured not’

The EYFHS entry (2173) has the following Burial Register notes:

1940 Apr 5. Williamson Baxter, Filey Reservoir. 48.

1953 Dec 18. Mary Jenkinson Baxter, 98 West Rd., Filey. 60.

Citation: Filey, St Oswald’s Monumental Inscriptions, Part 3: 2173, page 69. East Yorkshire Family History Society, Publication No. M304, © 2015

The place where Williamson’s life ended is not as alarming as it seems. When the Register was taken a few months earlier he was living at Reservoir Cottage, Airey Hill. He worked as the Caretaker of the Filey Reservoirs. There were two ponds back then but one seems to have dried up. You can see the other by entering these coordinates into a search engine: 54.174397, -0.295605.