A Dangerous Dog

The name of the animal is long forgotten but the owners will forever be known as Filey’s most illustrious residents. In August 1901 Dame Madge Kendal and her husband were away, treading the boards when their pet decided to play with matches. The Scarborough Evening News told the story.

A fire broke out on Sunday night [25th] at The Lodge on The Crescent, Filey, occupied by Mr and Mrs Kendal. A visitor was walking in the Crescent Gardens about seven in the evening, and observed flames issuing from one of the bedroom windows of a house at the far end of The Crescent, known as South Crescent Lodge. He immediately gave the alarm. The only occupants of the house were Miss Margery Kendal and the servants, Mr and Mrs Kendal being in town fulfilling a theatrical engagement. A good supply of water was easily procurable, and the flames were extinguished before the arrival of the local fire brigade. On an examination of the room by Sergeant Smith and a constable, who were on the scene immediately after the outbreak, it was found that a dog had been playing with a box of matches in the bedroom and had caused them to become ignited. The mattress and bedding were burnt, and the carpets, dressing table, and some books were scorched. The damage is estimated at about £10. A strong wind was blowing at the time, but the prompt action of the servants and police prevented the flames from spreading to other parts of the extensive and valuable premises.

A few months earlier the caretakers were the only occupants of the villa. Their names are given as James Jackson SMITH born Flintham, and Mary Jane Jackson SMITH born White Notley, both aged 50. James has a substantial headstone in the churchyard, all to himself, and its inscription reveals him to be a few years older than his census entry suggests.


In loving memory of JAMES JACKSON SMITH who fell asleep Dec 9 1916, aged 74 years.

‘The Lord is my Shepherd’

James’ wife may have been older too, and her middle name was Ann, not Jane. If I seem uncertain it is because a Flintham/White Notley couple must have married in 1870 because at the 1891 Census they were enumerated in Northfleet, Kent with a son, Edward Jackson SMITH, 21. Father was working as a Foreman on the railway, the son as a tramway conductor. Disconcertingly, Mary Ann THOMPSON had married a plain James in 1870, and a Mary Ann NEWMAN married James Jackson SMITH in Chelsea in 1889. FamilySearch Tree has Miss Newman (MFVP-FBP), born 1850 in White Notley, with her parents John and Jane but as yet unmarried. Trouble ahead.

The “famous” people in this post are also problematic on FamilySearch Tree. Find them here, with just one of their children. I expect they may put in better performances elsewhere on the World Tree but, sigh, that just means a deal of merging has to be done. I hope there will be more instances of light relief, though. Today I was surprised to find that  William Hunter Grimston’s occupation is given as “Comedian” in the marriage register – the same line of work as Margaret Shafto ROBERTSON’s father. (Search online for Dame Madge KENDAL for lots of photographs. Check out Old White Lodge for some fascinating inside stories.)

A man, in disguise, who attended one of Dame Madge’s theatrical performances has a somewhat more substantial pedigree on FST.

South Crescent Villa is now The White Lodge Hotel.


(Today’s Image of Filey Bay and Muston Sands was taken from the corner of Glen Gardens, a stone’s throw from The White Lodge.)

Elizabeth at The Crown

St George’s flags have begun to blossom. England’s first match in the FIFA World Cup is on Monday. I noticed these on my morning walk –


20100303CrownEight years ago this building was boarded up, waiting for a developer to make some use of it. In the 18th century, it began life as The Packhorse Inn and there is a story that Blind Jack of Knaresborough stabled his horses there when he visited Filey. This Yorkshireman’s remarkable life is described in a PDF online. In the  early 1740s, “He…started transporting fish, on horseback, from the Yorkshire coast to Leeds and Manchester, but the hard work and effort involved never quite produced the hoped-for return, despite spending night after night on the road.”

The red brick stable buildings were knocked down to make way for a short terrace of houses and the derelict hotel turned into apartments.

The Packhorse Inn was renamed The Crown Hotel sometime before the 1881 Census when Elizabeth STUBBS ran the establishment. She had no live-in help except, perhaps, her two older daughters, Emily Annie and Grace Elizabeth KILBY, aged 18 and 14.

Elizabeth’s first husband, Henry John KILBY had kept The Foord’s Hotel, further down Queen Street towards the sea, before his early death at age 48 in 1874. She married William STUBBS, a farmer about twenty years her junior, just a few weeks before the 1881 Census was taken. He was enumerated on his 170 acres at Seamer with older sister Sarah, younger brother Christopher, and two farm servants. An indication that this may have been a marriage of convenience is found in St Oswald’s churchyard where she is remembered as “the beloved wife of Henry John Kilby”.


Elizabeth died aged 65 in 1895. Her young husband had departed his life six years earlier, aged 38.

Blind Jack is on FamilySearch Tree but is waiting for someone to give him parents, a wife, and children.

Elizabeth deserves to have more work done on her pedigree, too.

A Fistful of Barley

I haven’t completed the two BEAUMONT families that loved Filey so much some chose to rest eternally here. Made enough progress, though, to put two headstone photographs on FamilySearch Tree and tag them. (Joseph senior.) To my dismay, I discovered I’ve unnecessarily created IDs for several persons, making some merging work for myself.

So far, I have only two of Joseph and Maria’s nine children marrying. Joseph Tyrrel chose a wife from his own merchant class. Jessie Clare married into the aristocracy and can be found on the splendid Peerage website.

Sir Peile THOMPSON, 2nd Bt. was a barrister and clerk in holy orders (in Filey Genealogy & Connections). His father, Sir Matthew William, was chairman of the Forth Bridge and Midland Railway Companies. He seems to have been solely responsible for building Guiseley Town Hall in the 1860s. It is now a Theatre and if you scroll through the Codswallop to the third photograph you will see the THOMPSON crest – with a cute stone button above it.


Sacred to the memory of JOSEPH BEAUMONT, Esq., who died at Filey July 23 1885, in the 70th year of his age.


Also to MARIA, beloved wife of the above who passed away June 28th 1892.

‘The Lord is my shepherd’

In loving memory of ANNE, eldest daughter of JOSEPH BEAUMONT, Esq., who entered into rest 11th November 1902.

The Stonehouse Children

I turn to “On This Day” reports from Kath’s Filey Genealogy & Connections database if I don’t have a subject to write about. There are usually around 70 people listed at the various significant points on their life journeys. I pick one, on a whim rather than blindly with a pin. This morning I chose two, twins Mary and Jane STONEHOUSE, baptized together this day 1826 at St Oswald’s, Filey and, I soon discovered, buried together 65 days later.

There were two other children in the family in FG&C, William and Ann. The boy, firstborn child of Daniel and Jane, lived for about 180 days after his baptism on 14 April 1822. Ann arrived the following year and survived long enough to have an illegitimate daughter, Hannah. This little girl was baptized on 24 August 1845 and committed to the ground 169 days later.

FamilySearch Tree has records for each of the short-lived children and their parents, though for none of the extracted IGI baptisms is Jane’s maiden name given. A separate record of her marriage to Daniel gives her family name as ASHLEBY. Even if you add in ASHELBYs it is not a common name in Yorkshire – or on FST.

In the marriage register on 18 June 1821 Daniel is described as a yeoman, suggesting perhaps that he worked his own land. He made an upright cross, Jane an X. From his Harpham birthplace he had moved about sixteen miles north to marry and attempt to raise a family. He wasn’t with Jane at the 1841 census. She was enumerated at Lebberston Hall, working as a washerwoman and had 12 year old John STONEHOUSE for company. In a separate household at Lebberston Hall was 8 year old George ASHELBY.

I couldn’t find Jane and John in 1851 but at the next census she is Housekeeper to the JEWISONs in Gristhorpe (Filey parish), now 72 years old and a widow for the past sixteen years.

John is married in 1861, living in Cambridge Street, Scarborough and working as a shoemaker. He and his wife Bella (Isabella THOMPSON) have a seven year old daughter, Selina.

I hope to find more about these people in the coming days,  and I’m moved to tidy up their records on FST. Daniel and Jane have at least five duplicate IDs each so there is an amount of merging to be done. (I did manage to enlarge the HUCKS presence on FST, creating new IDs for Bentfield and most of his siblings. The aviator’s is LTFG-18Y if you want to check my work and perhaps correct or add to it!)

Below is John Stonehouse’s small island of pedigree. His siblings are similarly adrift in FST’s genealogical sea. Rather more together on FG & C.