Mark Of Man 88 · Happy Bench

Church Ravine

Mark of Woman

Some lost hours today and poor time management of the remainder have not mixed well with more Shared Tree shenanigans. Anniversary stories are fragmentary.

Mary is the illegitimate daughter of a young woman who was herself, I think, born out of wedlock. I don’t think Mary survived her first year of life because her mother is in service on a 330 acre Driffield farm in the spring of 1881.

Hannah has two fathers on the Shared Tree. Their names are similar but “the system” does not flag them as possible duplicates.

Registered at birth as John Robinson, Hannah’s father chose to sign the St Oswald’s marriage register as, I guess, John Stubbs Robinson.

Hannah married John William ROSS and has two memorials in the churchyard. An open book is barely legible but this flower container gives clear information –

Hannah SPENDLEY was William MASON’s second wife. Elizabeth CAMMISH is on the Shared Tree with some of their children but has yet to be properly acknowledged. She was 29 years old when she died and has a symbolic shrouded urn on her headstone in St Oswald’s churchyard.

Robert Shepherd WOODCOCK’s stone is saddening for a different reason – there is plenty of “real estate” to let us know he had company on his life’s journey but it hasn’t been used.

When Doris LONGHORN has been given an ID I will put a photo of her stone on the Shared Tree.

Mammal 13 · Filey Sands

Google Alt Text: A person riding a horse on the beach


1879 Filey · Birth  Martha Agnes was the sixth of fifteen children born to Samuel Welford GOFTON and Annie Louisa MALTBY. She was only twelve years old when she died and, though buried in St Oswald’s churchyard, she doesn’t have a memorial. Her father was a man of some substance locally, variously described in censuses as a collector of municipal rates, a bathing machine proprietor and, aged 60 in 1911, having “private means”.

I have not found a report of Martha’s death in newspapers but on 5 April 1891, she was enumerated as a servant to widow Sophia RICHARDSON, 75, in Cliff Terrace. You may, dear reader, hear a bell ringing. Sophia shared the marriage anniversary three days ago and I gave the link to the headstone remembering her and husband John. Sophia died five weeks after the census was taken and perhaps Martha was a witness to the old lady’s passing. Three months later, Martha is sleeping in the same God’s Acre as her former employer.

1848 Filey · Baptism  William MASON and Elizabeth CAMMISH had at least twelve children. FG&C  makes William junior their first son in 1848. He followed his father to sea and fishing would be the death of him in the Great Storm of 1880. A newspaper report said he left a widow and three children. He awaits a wife on the Shared Tree, and the year after he drowned Mary is under her parents’ roof in Ravine Terrace with just two children, Joseph (3) and Rachel (1). Rachel would die in January 1884, aged four-and-a-half.

1864 Filey · Marriage  John Pockley CAPPLEMAN & Susannah WARCUP: Headstone on Shared Tree.

1924 Filey · Death  George “Dingle” SCALES: Headstone on Shared Tree.

1901 Filey · Burial   Charlotte Ann SIMPSON: Headstone on Shared Tree.