Wave 54 · Coble Landing

Joseph was the first of seven children born to William ALDEN and Anne RAINE. He married Elizabeth Annie BOWES in 1892 and they had two children. Joseph seems to have worked as a farm labourer for much of his adult life, though he is also described in the census as a hind and farm bailiff. It may be this Joseph who ended up in court as a bankrupt in 1915. He took over a small grocers and drapery shop in Gristhorpe, which his wife managed while he continued to work as a labourer. Neither had previous experience of business and takings declined year on year until they found themselves unable to pay for goods supplied. Joseph had another 34 years to live. In the 1939 Register, our definite Joseph is described as a “Roadman retired”. Enumerated with him then were Elizabeth Annie and their unmarried son William, 46, a railway porter Grade 2 (heavy worker). The address given is just “Gristhorpe”, but Kath has a note in Filey Genealogy & Connections that they lived at 18 Main Street, a dwelling noted for boards and posters outside their front door promoting the fledgling Labour Party.

Sarah was two years old when her mother and younger brother William died. Father Thomas found her a stepmother in short order and Sarah is with them both when the 1851 and 1861 censuses were taken. I have been unable to discover what happened to her next. Neither FamilySearch nor Find my Past have useful hints to offer.

Alice BAYES

Photographer: E Taylor, Scarborough, no date, courtesy Suzanne Pollard