Last Week’s Warmth

Seven days ago I posted a Climate Reanalyzer screenshot of the temperature anomalies expected around Europe on the first day of 2022. In Durham Tees, the highest mean temperatures were recorded on the last two years of 2021 and New Year’s Day. (That is, days 2 to 4 of Week Five of the current meteorological year.)

The effect of just three days of unseasonal warmth is clearly shown by the calculated Warming Rate below.

(The years 2017/18 to 22020/21 provide the 4-year average.)

A Warming Rate of almost 60 may seem extreme but one IPCC unit is only 0.02174 of a degree Centigrade. The mean temperature above Pre-Industrial rose from 1.55°C in Week 4 to 2.39 degrees last week.

A Great 2022



1865 · Mary Ann LANE · 1763 Jenkinson F27

1833 · Charlotte EMPTAGE · 34 Fox A1

Emptages of Thanet

Sandra’s Genealogy Website

1891 · Arthur Nevile COOPER & Maude NICHOLSON · 1632 Cooper D388

When Arthur wrote his letter to the newspaper in 1882 (yesterday’s post), his future wife was thirteen years old – the elder daughter of his hostess on “Treat Day”, Mrs Nicholson.

Search online for Arthur Nevile to get plenty of hits – though most people (myself included) have fallen for “Neville” on occasion.

1891 · Thomas Norfolk JACKSON · MZT9-FR7

Thomas Norfolk was Vicar of Filey before Arthur Nevile and is notable, for now at least, of siring Andrew Jackson of Fayette, Kentucky. Out of wedlock. His legitimate children need work too.

1932 · Thomas MARRINER · MGKS-PJB · 1770 Marriner E26

Thomas was born in Hutton Buscel and buried ninety years ago in St Oswald’s churchyard. I will marry him to Hannah Maria as soon as I can.

Measure of Man 69 · Wish Fulfilment

Mercury’s Buttocks, Italian Gardens, Scarborough

A Coincidence Chain

I wrote about Robert Jenkinson WATKINSON  back in August, on the anniversary of his death in 1917 on the Western Front. Eight months before his birth, his father had been lost at sea off St Abbs Head, about 140 miles north of Filey. That family tragedy happened 126 years ago today.

Looking more closely into the event this morning, I soon discovered that Robert Jenkinson senior had not drowned from a fishing boat but from the SS Bear, Master J. HAWRIE. The cargo ship was carrying pig iron from Middlesbrough to Grangemouth and sank after a collision with SS Britannia. Twelve of her crew of 14 drowned. (Sources: Canmore and Wreck Site.)


I wondered…


Reverend Thomas was the incumbent at Filey for 42 years (1831-1873). He has a memorial window in St Oswald’s but the sources readily to hand only reveal him making a speech now and again and “solemnly dedicating” the first Hollon lifeboat. He perhaps wasn’t a hard act for Reverend Basil K. WOODD to follow.

Basil, remarkably, had something in common with Mrs. NORFOLK – they shared the middle name Kilvington. It isn’t immediately apparent that the two were related. Sarah’s maiden name was BARSTOW and she was born in Acomb, about 16 miles from Basil’s birthplace, Aldborough. (Although The Driffield Times notice says the Reverend JACKSON was “of Acomb” he appears to have been a native of Beverley.)

KILVINGTON, as a family name, is surely derived from a geographical location. It is very much a Yorkshire name but there is only South Kilvington in the county. Nottinghamshire has Kilvington – but not many people bearing the name in the 19th century.

Whatever, this coincidence seems to beg further investigation.

FamilySearch is, perhaps for the first time in my experience, rather unhelpful. The Reverend Thomas has several PIDs but only this one gives a reasonable starting point. Others give him the “wrong” spouse and somebody else’s children. The system seems to be culpable, rather than human contributors to the World Tree, but it is still a mess to be cleared up.

I promised in August to “expand” Robert Jenkinson WATKINSON the Younger’s family on FST but seem to have done next to nothing since then. There are not enough hours in the day!