A Tailor of Filey

George STERICKER didn’t reside in Filey long before he died. He married Sarah HODGSON in 1852 and their first daughter was born in Pickering a couple of years later. Their second daughter was born in Filey towards the end of 1859 and George died about three months later.

Sarah went back to Pickering, the place of her birth, to raise the girls, making her living as a dressmaker. Firstborn Mary Elizabeth married David TINDALL in 1879 and moved to Huddersfield with him to bring seven children into the world. Four were alive in 1911. Maria Ann married John William WILKINSON in 1884 and they too moved to Huddersfield. In 1911 they were living quite close to the Tindalls and all five of Maria’s children had made it through to their mid-teens and early twenties.

Sarah didn’t marry again and stayed in Pickering. Aged 68 in 1891, she was boarding with two elderly sisters in Potter Hill, still dressmaking. Curiously, a few doors away there was a Stericker family – Thomas, 31, his wife Ann, three children under six and a nurse servant called Mary Tindall who looked after them.

Sarah died in March 1896 and was laid to rest in Pickering. She is remembered on George’s stone in St Oswald’s churchyard.

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Find George on FST.

Two Graces

Francis GRACE, a young man of 17 years, sexually assaulted an eight-year-old girl in Filey 132 years ago. I wrote about the sad, short life of Mary Lizzie WILKINSON in Looking at Filey, speculating on what happened to Francis. I was unable to find a Grace family in the town but noted the death of Francis Grace, 19, in Hull two years later, adding “I haven’t been able to confirm that this was Mary Lizzie’s attacker, breathing his last in Hull Jail perhaps.”

Here are two newspaper reports.

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Mary Lizzie died about three years later, aged 13. Victim and victimizer are buried seven rows apart in Area D of St Oswald’s churchyard, though the young girl’s stone has been relocated and now stands against the north wall.

At some point during today’s research I remembered Baby Boomers, a June post here on Redux. Sure enough, Francis had been registered at birth as a GRACE, his mother’s maiden surname BOWMAN. All of his siblings had been given GRICE. Francis was the odd one out –a dis-grace you might say.

W._G._Grace,_cricketer,_by_Herbert_Rose_BarraudWhen searching for a newspaper account of his death in 1887 there were 33 hits, the one you see above and 32 reports of cricket matches in which the fine fellow pictured left played. William Gilbert GRACE is on FST as himself. Francis, rather surprisingly given his contrary given name at the beginning and end of his life, is on the World Tree correctly as a Grice.

Today’s Image only coincidentally celebrates the start this weekend of the English Premier League season. I saw the ball yesterday evening, bobbing in the high tide wavelets at Children’s Corner and was surprised to see it cast on the sands at Coble Landing this morning. To think, if you can kick one of these about really well you can become a millionaire in no time. W.G. must be spinning in his grave.

Photo of W. G. Grace by Herbert Rose Barraud (1845-1896) via Wikimedia Commons

Update 15 August

I went to the churchyard on my early walk to see how far away Frank and Mary Lizzie are from each other. They are at opposite ends of their respective rows, a crow-flown distance of about 90 feet. The poor girl’s grave is now undefined and unmarked, near a bench and William and Mary SIMPSON’s broken headstone. If you have followed the link above to Looking at Filey you will have seen how lovely Mary Lizzie’s stone is, with its rose carving. In its relocated position it is just fourteen feet from Frank’s grave. His remembrance catches the early morning sunlight; hers is in the wall’s shadow.

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