Three out of Five

Joseph WINSHIP’s childhood home was in Chapel Street, Filey. Gertrude Annie COLLING’s early years were spent a quarter of a mile away in Mariners Terrace. They were so close together in age that they must have been in the same class at school. Records don’t tell us when they decided they were meant for each other but they do note their marriage at Filey St Oswald’s in November 1910. Joseph came from a line-fishing family but Filey Genealogy & Connections says that in later years he became a trawler skipper. He had four sons and two daughters with Gertrude, and at least four married.

Whereas barely a month separated them at birth, Joseph had to live sixteen years without Gertrude.

As I write, Joseph and Gertrude are not together on the FamilySearch Shared Tree and, given what may be termed contributor confusion, it may be a while before their online lives are properly arranged.

Here are the five sources attached to Gertrude’s record on FamilySearch (with some additional information in colour)

Elizabeth SCALES had sixteen children with George WATKINSON. The youngest, Eliza, was perhaps less than a year old when her father died. (I haven’t found a birth registration for her.) Elizabeth coped somehow with her large family, but it is no surprise to see that in 1901 the census enumerator noted that she was “in receipt of relief”. She was seventy-five years old and living in Swann’s Yard, Queen Street, with her eldest son William, a dustman, and youngest daughter Eliza a charwoman. Both were single, though Eliza would marry Robert HAXBY the following year.

Elizabeth and her husband George are both buried in Filey churchyard, but neither has a memorial. Elizabeth does, however, have over forty reliable sources attached to her Shared Tree record.

Reginald NEWSAM was the son of a Barnsley coal trimmer who went into banking. In his twenties and early thirties, he took several slow boats to China on business. I don’t know when or where he met Winifred JACKSON but they married at Filey St Oswald’s in 1931.

In the first five years of marriage, Winifred had three children. I think all of them married but none were enumerated with their parents in September 1939. Reginald had retired as a “bank accountant” because of ill health and was living with Winifred at Gorse Cottage, Ravenscar.

Annie Theresa HUNT was born in Lewisham, Kent, and married Thomas JENKINSON in Scarborough in 1915. I know nothing about their forebears and I don’t think they are represented yet on the Shared Tree.

Richard WARD is also a mystery to me. Born in Kendal and married to Elizabeth GIBSON (possibly) from Foston on the Wolds (maybe), he is an anniversary person on the strength of his being listed in FG&C as an “excavator’s navvy”. His year of death suggests he may have been an incomer who helped to build the new sea wall – and didn’t live to tell the tale.

Mark of Man 91 · Pill Box and Camp Fire

Hunmanby Sands

Deleted Thomas

A couple of years ago I created a Thomas JENKINSON on the FamilySearch Shared Tree. I had a photograph of the headstone in St Oswald’s churchyard that remembers him and his wife Mary. Various distractions prevented me completing the simple upload until yesterday – and I discovered that “my” Thomas was no more.

The reason given for the deletion was that my man was a duplicate. Here is Mary with the fourteen children they brought into the world.

Mary’s husband is represented elsewhere on the Shared Tree.

Mary Castle has 9 duplicate IDs but 7 of them are “not a match” because they have been triggered by children of her “wrong mother” Lydia, (over in the West Riding). One ID, however, has associated Blue Hints that would at least guide an investigator to her “right parents”, Thomas CASTLE and Mary DUKE.

Mary’s mother died giving birth and Thomas married for the third time. Maud/Maude DUKE had seven children with him. (I don’t think she was related to her predecessor.)

I’m in two minds about how to proceed. Have a go at clearing up the mess myself, or leave it to descendants.

I visited the grave this morning and photographed Thomas and Mary’s inscriptions.

Path 97 · Muston Cliffs

On the Fells

As a family name, FELL may have evolved from the European landscape or from an occupation. A fellmonger prepared skins for tanners and curriers. Yorkshire has its share of Fells, though you would think the largest English county a desert if you put your faith in Ancestry’s 1891 census distribution.

There is a cluster of these folk in Flamborough, and a few in Filey but the 1881 Census shows them scattered about all three Ridings and in Lincolnshire. (Kath has around a hundred Fells in her Filey Genealogy & Connections database and they rank equal 66th in the frequency chart (with DOBSON and TEMPLE). A quick glance shows John to be the most common name for boys, and Mary for girls.

There are two Rachels, and both were daughters of John FELL and Mary CAMMISH. The first Rachel was born about a year after her parents married in 1830 but she didn’t live to a second birthday. The next child, their only son Richard, lived for only six months.

Two years later Rachel the Second arrived and she not only married but had nine children with fisherman Thomas JENKINSON. Thomas just made it to his sixties; Rachel died aged 63.


Thy will be done

In loving memory of THOMAS JENKINSON, the beloved husband of RACHEL JENKINSON, who died May 11th1895, aged 60 years.

The voyage of life is at an end

The mortal affliction is past

The age that in Heaven they spend

For ever and ever shall last.

Also RACHEL, wife of the above, who died Oct. 1st 1899, aged 63 years.

Thy will be done

Find Rachel on FamilySearch Tree.

Gas Attack, 1915

The Battle of St. Julien began on the morning of 24th April 1915 with the German army firing chlorine gas canisters at Canadian forces to the west of the village. The shocked allied troops soaked their handkerchiefs in urine and held them to their noses. The bodies of those that died turned black within 15 minutes. The Germans took St. Julien.

The next day, the York and Durham Brigade units of the Northumberland Division counter-attacked but failed to recapture the village. The 5th Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment formed part of the York and Durham Brigade and included a number of young men from the Yorkshire coast who had enlisted in Scarborough shortly after the war began. Local newspapers would identify them as The Scarborough Terriers. (The Northumberland Division was the first Territorial brigade to go into action in the Great War.) The Canadians called them “The Yorkshire Gurkhas” and D Company was known as “Filey Company”.

Amongst their number was Thomas JENKINSON, 19, and during the counter-attack of the 25th, he was killed while attempting to capture an isolated farmhouse to the south-east of St Julien, at Fortuyn, now Fortuinhoek. His regiment had been in France for just one week.


On the 26th, three battalions of the Northumberland Brigade attacked St Julien and gained a brief foothold before being forced back, having suffered 1,954 casualties.

StOs_JENKINSONtom_1Tom Jenkinson has no known grave and is commemorated at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. The plaque in St Oswald’s church (inset) places him with the wrong regiment. (The 5th East Yorks was a Cyclists Battalion that remained in England for the duration of the war, guarding the home front.) The family headstone in the churchyard tells us where he died, and his parents, Thomas Robert and Elizabeth Towse née SHEPHERD, named their house in Mitford Street “Fortuyn”.


Also Pte. THOMAS JENKINSON 5th Yorks. grandson of the above

killed in action at Fortuyn, France, April 25th 1915, aged 19 years

‘Out in France in an unknown grave

Our dear soldier son lies sleeping

For his King and Country his life he gave

Into his Saviour’s keeping.’

Tom is not yet on FamilySearch Tree but you can find him at Filey Genealogy & Connections. He was a third cousin once removed to Richard Baxter COWLING, lost from Emulator in 1919, (Sunday’s post).