A Time to Die

The boy’s origins are uncertain. He is a singleton in my database, born in Flamborough but without any indication of parentage. My narrative of the life of William leading to the news of his final hour is speculative and anyone interested in his story should do their own research, starting from the beginning.

The births of two boys were registered in Scarborough in the final quarter of 1861. William MOULSON was illegitimate – his mother’s maiden surname was not given. William Robert MAULSON was the son of William and Mary née ASHMAN who had married in the summer of 1860. Mary was a Filey woman and is one of my Anniversary Persons (AP 284 · baptism · 17 February). In the 1871 census her firstborn child is “Robert W.” aged 10.

In 1871 the other young lad is living in Cayton with his Aunt Mary Maulson, 36, now Mrs John PRUE and without children of her own. Mary’s birthplace is given as Beeford and William’s Harwood Dale.

In 1881, William is a tailor’s apprentice in King Street, Filey, boarding with his master John COOK, his birthplace given as Flamborough.

In 1891 the enumerator finds him in Bradford, a tailor married to Emma née SNAREY. The couple is lodging at Stirling Street, Horton, with tailor George JOWETT.

William is living at 11 Stirling Street in 1901, boarding with Midland Railway drayman George WALKER. His birthplace is now Scarborough and he is a widower, caring for Arthur, 7, the son he had with Emma.

In 1911, William is married but the former Sarah Mary MILNER isn’t boarding with him at 822 Manchester Road, Bradford. She is over eighty miles away, keeping a lodging house at 5 Melville Terrace, just off The Crescent in Filey. With her is nephew Frederick CAPPLEMAN, 23, a house painter. Arthur, working as a porter, is boarding with his father.

In 1921, William is, at last, the head of his own household. The address is “30 Cies End” in the Find my Past transcription but is almost certainly The Crescent – a lodging house being kept by Mrs Sarah Mary Maulson.

Ten years later, William was diagnosed with cancer. Sarah Mary was there to care for him but it seems that she could not do enough.

Sarah Mary died in 1946, aged 82.

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Martha Eva CLOUGH has become Martha Evangeline on the Shared Tree and is said to have been baptised eight days later. Here is the Parish Register entry –

I think this trumps the Bishop’s Transcript. She was buried as Martha Eva on 2 March 1858 but her death registration in Scarborough shows her as “Martha”.  There is a birth registration for “Martha” in the December Quarter of 1857 giving the mother’s maiden surname as FERGUSON but this didn’t help me to follow the parents. They had gone from Filey before the 1861 census was taken.

Dog 39 · Mel

Martin’s Ravine

Measure of Man 75 · Mobility

Spa Bridge, Scarborough

Elsie is a curious singleton on Filey Genealogy & Connections. Her place of birth is given precisely.


At some point in the next eighteen months or so, the wee girl is taken over 200 miles to Filey, where she is baptised on 4 December 1905. A note offers hope that her loneliness on the tree could be ended, but adding the names of putative father John Lambert and mother Sarah Lewis to online searches yielded nothing. Giving these parents to Elsie on Find My Past failed to generate any hints. Looking ahead to Elsie possibly marrying and definitely dying brought no rewards either. Mystery girl.

Sarah is another minimalist on FG&C. She has parents – Rickman and Margaret (born HUSBAND) – but they have appeared out of nowhere. FamilySearch is more forthcoming. Firstborn Sarah has three siblings, and she marries Jacob COX in Hartlepool. The births of eight children are registered in the town and Sarah dies there at the beginning of 1898, aged 69.

Eliza KAHOON married a sailor in Devonport in 1860. Joseph WATKINSON was seven years her senior. Eliza’s father, a career soldier born in Ireland, appears to have been about twenty years older than her mother. Elizabeth Kahoon, Eliza’s younger sister, married a coastguard boatman who was posted to Filey. The couple lived in West Parade in 1871 and Eliza was with them and their three children on census night. She was still married to Joseph but appears not to have had children with him. I have not been able to discover what happened to Joseph but on this day 1873, she married Filey bachelor William MAULSON, (seven years her junior), at St Oswald’s. Their first child was born in Stockton, County Durham, about eighteen months later. In 1881, William was working as a blast furnaceman in Middlesbrough. I was pleased to find this family already established on the Shared Tree. It saved me a lot of work.

Claudius Galen WHEELHOUSE is a top man – for several reasons. Discover some of them by reading He, Claudius. At the bottom of the page, you should see links to The Surgeon and the Poisoner and A fine Type of Englishman.

Joseph PEARSON appears to have stayed on the planet for just a week. But he may actually have reached adulthood, married and had a couple of children. Joseph looked so much like twin brother Thomas that their mother was unsure which of her sons was lost. Kath added this note to Thomas Cappleman Pearson’s record on FG&C –

His g/daughter told me that when one of the twins died, it was impossible to tell which was which – so they decided it was Joseph who had died. Could very well have been Thos C.