Not So Plain, Jane

I noticed a detail in one source this morning that put a question mark against yesterday’s narrative that Jane WATKINSON married two WYVILL brothers.

On their entry in the St Mary, Hull, marriage register Crompton is correctly identified as a widower, and his bride as a widow but, against convention, Jane gives her maiden name WATKINSON, rather than her first married name – WYVILL. The register, alarmingly, states that her father is William COULTAS, Labourer (deceased).

The register entry for Jane’s first marriage to James Wyvill gives her father as William WATKINSON and helpfully adds the detail that he is “Sexton to Filey Parish Church”. This fits perfectly with Jane’s memorial on her father’s headstone in St Oswald’s churchyard.

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In loving memory of WILLIAM WATKINSON, for 32 years Sexton of this parish,

died 20th March 1884, aged 76 years.

‘A door keeper in the House of my God’

Also MARY wife of the above who died 13th April 1897 aged 84 years

‘Thy will be done’

Also JANE WYVILL their daughter died March 19 1930 aged 79

‘Her end was peace’

This Jane may be a second iteration – there’s a birth registration in 1848 for a Jane who may have arrived earlier. I haven’t, though, found a death record, or the birth of a second Jane in 1850 or 1851. However, there is a christening source for March 1851, and that year’s census return gives Jane’s age as “1 mo”.

In 1871 there is a census entry in Mosey’s Yard for Jane, first husband James Wyvill and their first child William, also one month old. (The little chap wouldn’t see the year out.) Nearby in Queen Street, James is recorded again with his wife Elizabeth and three children. This isn’t a transcription error – “James” is clearly written – but the children belong to Crompton Wyvill and his first wife Elizabeth Jane FELL.

Support for Jane marrying Crompton after the deaths of her James and his Elizabeth Jane is found in the 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses. As close families would, Crompton and Jane accepted the children from those first marriages as their own, and no attempt is made by the census enumerator to indicate the mix of biological parents. On census night 1911, Jane, a widow aged 60 and working as a laundress, is with her “grandson”, 11-year-old Frank Cappleman Wheeler WYVILL. The boy’s grandmother is, of course, Elizabeth Jane Fell. Jane confirms that she had given birth to just three children, of whom one had died. That would have been William.

I can’t explain the naming of William Coultas in the Hull marriage register, mentioned above. Jane’s eldest sister Maria had married a Thomas COULTAS and the couple gave some of their children names that are found in other Watkinson families. (Example – John Clark COULTAS and John Clark WATKINSON.)  Maybe the clerk at St Mary’s had a senior moment.

Jane, Elizabeth Jane and the two Wyvill brothers don’t yet appear as they should on the Shared Tree. For now, you may have to go into the Details screens to see everyone I’ve mentioned. (Maria isn’t represented yet.)

Rachel’s Sister

Elizabeth Jane FELL was five years younger than Rachel (Saturday’s post) but, like her big sister, she married at age 24. She had six children with Crompton “Crump” WYVILL and four reached adulthood and married. One little girl died almost immediately on arrival, the other stayed for just over two years. They were both called Rachel.

Elizabeth didn’t make old bones.

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In loving memory of CROMPTON WYVILL, late Coxswain of the Filey Lifeboat, the beloved husband of JANE WYVILL, born August 28th 1843, died August 21st 1904.

‘His end was peace’

Also ELIZABETH JANE, wife of the above, born Oct 18th 1840, died May 1st 1879.

‘She sleeps in Jesus’

Also JAMES WYVILL, the beloved husband of JANE WYVILL of Filey, who was drowned from the yawl ‘Eliza’ during the severe gale on the 28th – 29th Oct 1880, aged 32 years.

‘Thy will be done’

Jane WATKINSON was 22 years old when she married had three children, all boys, before James was lost in a storm while fishing. After four years as a widow, she married James’ older brother, “Crump”. She was only 36 years old but the second marriage for them both appears to have been childless. After twenty years, Jane found herself a widow again.

[Mr. Crompton Wyville]. Who was approaching the allotted span of life, died on Sunday in a sudden manner. He went out for a walk on Sunday afternoon on the Crescent and met several friends. On returning home he was taken ill, breathed heavily, and died in a few minutes. Deceased having been medically attended, there was no necessity for an inquest, and although the end was not altogether unexpected, Mrs Wyville and family have received many expressions of condolence in the bereavement. During the time deceased was coxswain of the Filey lifeboat, several good services were rendered by the crew, and Crompton Wyville was known as a brave and fearless man. When he retired from the position about ten years ago, the Lifeboat Institution showed their appreciation of his services by presenting him with an illuminated address of thanks. His interest in the institution continued to the end, up to the time of his death he acted as collector at Filey. The Rev. A. N. Cooper, vicar, conducted the last rites.

Driffield Times 27 August 1904

Jane was 81-years-old when she died in 1930.

Find Elizabeth Jane, Jane and the Wyvill brothers on the Shared Tree.