Abstract 110 · Coble Landing

Alice CAPPLEMAN was baptised at the Ebenezer in Union Street eighteen days after her birth. She was the first of eight children born to George and Elizabeth Ann née COLLING. She married George BURTON in 1895 and had four sons with him, losing the second boy when he was just a year old. Alice was only 43 when she died.

Row 39 | 760 Burton G618 | Clasped Hands

‘We shall meet again’

In loving memory of ALICE, the beloved wife of GEORGE BURTON,

died April 19 1918, aged 43 years.

‘A light is from our household gone

A voice we loved is stilled:

A place is vacant in our home

Which never can be filled’

‘With Christ which is far better’

Also, GEORGE their son, died in infancy.

Elizabeth Ann is the sixth of ten children fathered by Thomas HUNTER, who drowned off Bempton Cliffs with John WALLER in 1902. She married Irton farmer Thomas Herbert CARTER at St Oswald’s about six weeks after her father’s demise. Brother John and sister Emily signed the register as witnesses but I expect her mother also attended the ceremony. Mary Ann (née PRIESTMAN) lived long enough to welcome her granddaughter Frances Eileen Carter into the world.

Thomas Herbert went to war and survived but had to start over as a farmhand. He was working for J F STEPHENSON at Scampston Grange in 1921. When the census was taken that year, Frances was an only child.

In 1939 Thomas and Elizabeth were still living in Rillington. (I don’t know what became of Frances.) Records indicate that Thomas, a “farm worker”, would labour in the fields for perhaps another three years. Elizabeth seems to have reached her eighties but I can’t be sure.

Mary Ann STORK is the second of Thomas WEBB’s three wives. Missing from the Shared Tree at the grid IDs is Mary MAULSON – who had also been twice married previously. See her with all three husbands here (where a duplicate Thomas is unsourced).

Born Rhoda KNEESHAW and registered without a mother’s maiden surname being offered, the middle name “May” floats in and out of the available records. Frank is sometimes Francis Henry, so care should be taken when adding information to the Shared Tree.

Row 20 | 2051 Boynton F199

In loving memory of a devoted, wife RHODA MAY BOYNTON, died 4th Nov 1938, aged 56.

‘A great sufferer who bore

with coolness and courage’

‘At rest’

Also, her dear husband FRANK BOYNTON (RAMMY), reunited 4th Feb 1956, aged 75.

Tom BARROWCLOUGH is a singleton on Filey Genealogy & Connections, but who placed the stone cross on his grave and declared they would hold him in “ever-loving memory”?

Row 49 | 879 Barrowclough G745 | Cross

‘Thy will be done’

In ever loving memory of TOM BARROWCLOUGH, who died Nov 1 1900, aged 38 years.


Photographer unknown, no date, courtesy Filey Museum

His headstone tells us that Robert STORK was Filey’s bellman for 28 years. The privilege of crying out the town news cost him, in today’s money, about £3,000. I’ve based this figure on a Local Board meeting report that Thomas WEBB had offered £1 7s 6d for the position of Town Crier, “a similar sum to that paid by the previous bellman, Robert STORK”. That was in 1902 and confirmation that Robert had just retired from the post is found in a news item of 1895:-

Filey’s aged and famed bellman, who in March will attain his 73rd birthday, whilst in August next he will attain his majority, having acted by that time for 21 years as bellman, proposed the health of Mr. Nicholson…

Thomas Webb, thrice married, had taken Robert’s daughter Mary Ann for his second wife.


In loving memory of ROBERT STORK who died Sep 5th 1904, aged 82 years. For 28 years Town Crier.

‘His end was peace’

Also MARGARET his wife, who died Feb 2nd 1869, aged 49 years

‘Not dead, but sleepeth’

Also ELIZABETH their daughter, who died Dec 18th 1857, aged 6 years

‘She fell asleep in Jesus’

Also RACHEL STORK, wife of the above who died Nov 27 1909, aged 87 years

‘Prepare to meet thy God’

On FamilySearch Tree, Thomas is waiting for his third wife – and Robert’s brother John seems to be an impostor. I’m not quite sure how to deal with him as he has living descendants in America. I’ll make a case for the rightful brother and present it here in a day or two.

Webb Log

Thomas WEBB was born in 1838, in Sutton St James, Lincolnshire, about 15 miles from the nearest port, King’s Lynn. In his early 60s, he appeared in a Scarborough Newspaper advertisement as an “old mariner” extolling the virtues of Bile Beans. “Indigestion, Sleeplessness and Influenza After Effects Cured.” For most of his working life, the various censuses attest, he was a labourer, brazier, or tinner.

In 1871, during a labouring phase, he was lodging with Robert SAYERS, a sailor, in Queen Street. Perhaps that’s where he got the idea from, though I think he may have tried line fishing for a while and not taken to it.

Thomas married Amanda LANE when he was 20. She bore him two children, then died at 19 a month or so before her infant son Thomas.

One wonders if grief pushed Thomas away from Sutton St James, but why move to Filey? There is a tantalising possibility that he was looked after kindly as a child by a young servant called Mary STORK, at a nearby farm. The 1841 census only tells us she was not a native of Lincolnshire but there is the remotest of chances that she was from the Yorkshire coast. Whatever, on 4 November 1866 Thomas married Mary Ann STORK, ten years his junior, at St Oswald’s in Filey. They would have seven children, but only one reached adulthood.

Thomas made several appearances in the local newspapers. In May 1887:-

At the Bridlington police court on Saturday, Thomas Webb, tinner, Filey, was charged with being found in possession of game unlawfully obtained on the 29th ultimo. Sergeant Nicholson said that whilst on duty near Primrose Valley, at 5 am, he heard two shots and shortly after saw defendant with a gun and something bulky in his pockets. Witness searched him and found two rabbits in his possession. He was fined £1 and 11s. costs.

Six years earlier, when he was 43 years old:-

At the Bridlington police-court on Saturday, Thomas Webb, a bill poster, of Filey, was charged with being drunk on licensed premises at Filey, on the 28th ult. [May]. Sergeant Cooper stated that at 10-45 p.m. on the day in question he was passing the Grapes Inn, and hearing shouting in the house he entered, and found defendant standing in the doorway of one of the side rooms, shouting to some men who were in the room. Witness had seen him before he went into the house, and he was then very drunk.—Defendant was fined 10s., including costs.


On a more positive note, following his brief local notoriety as an ancient mariner cured of biliousness, the Local Board Clerk, Mr W. B. GOFTON, told a meeting that –

only one application had been received for the position of Town Crier, that being Mr Thomas Webb, who offered the sum of £1 7s 6d (£111 at 2009 values), which was a similar amount paid by the previous holder of the position.

The offer was accepted and Mr Webb appointed, thus following in the footsteps of his former father in law, Robert STORK.


This undated newspaper image of Lifeboat Day, courtesy of Martin Douglas, shows the Bellman on the left. The fashions worn by girls and ladies suggest it may be Thomas. (I can’t identify the lifeboat. One of the Hollons, I guess.)

For several years Thomas gave work to the young John RAWSON before the lad went to work for Councillor GIBSON, presumably because he was “family”.  Thomas’ second wife, Mary Ann STORK, had died in 1890 and two years later he married Mary Prue née MAULSON, the older sister of poor John’s mother, Elizabeth Ann (pictured, last Friday’s post).  And Thomas’ only surviving child, Tom, married Elizabeth Ann’s daughter, Rose Annie. It was to her house that the unconscious John was taken on that awful day.

Somehow, Thomas senior navigated his way through countless reefs and shoals and died aged 76 in November 1914. This morning he had a foothold on FamilySearch Tree. I have given him a couple of wives and some children and hope to complete his families over the next few days.

There is one further curious element to establish. Our fake old salt seems to have had only one sibling, a brother called John or John Parker. He also appears to have crossed the Humber and settled in East Yorkshire, his death being registered in Driffield in 1905. When he was 51 he married Mary Ann Kirby, 56, in Langtoft but I don’t know yet if this was the first matrimonial adventure for either or both of them.

Thomas the Bellman on FST. (My thanks to Marilyn Briggs for information about Thomas’ first marriage.)