The following e mail was sent by Heather Ryan of Lincolnshire.
My father, Wilfred Searle, was born in September 1918 in
At the census of 1891 Mary Ellen Searle's father, William was living at 7 Ricey Hill, Skelton in Guisborough.
William Searle, an ironstone miner aged 18, had been born in West Hartlepool and lived at Ricey Hill with just his mother, Elizabeth.
William died in 1901, but by this time he had married and had three surviving children, Mary Ellen, Walter and John Searle.
My father, Wilfred Searle met my mother in Peterborough during
the last war and unfortunately never knew
much about his own family.
He died in 1992.
I would like to know if anyone knows any more about the Searle family or these times.
Ricey Hill was near Lingdale which is in Skelton Church Parish
area, but about 2 miles from Old Skelton village.
|The above story has a happy ending. It has been on this
website since 2003/4 and then in February 2007 an
email was received from Dave Harris, asking to get in touch with
Heather sent the following:-
I am pleased to confirm that the Dave Harris that you had an enquiry from is in fact my cousin!!
I never in a million years ever thought that I would be in contact with a relation of my fathers.
I have found out that Mary Ellen was married in 1924 to a Mr Barratt, in Scarborough.
Six years later she gave birth to my Auntie [a sister that my father would never have known about.]
I would like to thank you for your wonderful website etc.
And Dave Harris of Clacton on Sea, Essex sent this:-
I am writing to thank you so much for your extremely interesting site; for the work involved in making so much information available,and for passing on my details to Heather.
As you are aware from her e-mail we have discovered that we have a common grandmother in Mary Ellen Searle. My mother did not know she had a brother, and Heather's father did not know that he had a sister.
There is the possibility of a further unknown daughter of Mary Ellen's. We are awaiting more details on this.
Mary Ellen died in 1934,soon after giving birth to another daughter, who died aged just two months. She had a short and difficult life.
Many thanks again for everything.
Sheila Bocking, who went to Skelton Green Junior School during the last
War and now lives in Woodbridge, Essex
has sent scans of Skelton Parish Magazines which were published in the
The date of this one is February 1893.
At that time each monthly magazine cost one penny each.
Somehow Mrs Norton's book made its way to Monmouthshire, Wales
and was recently put up for sale on the internet.
Religion meant much more to people then and the magazines show
how the Church of England services and community activities were an
important part of life.