mother, Margery Haseler, has been trying to get information about her
mother's side of the family. Her mother was born in Cottingham as was her
1901 census tells me : KATHERINE M DUNKLEY was born in Cottingham in 1850
( I don't know her maiden name). She was married to JOHN THOMAS DUNKLEY
born in Grimscote in 1844 They lived at 22 Middleton Hill Cottingham and
had a daughter there called SARAH A.DUNKLEY born 1880 in Cottingham (she
was my mother's mother, died of cancer in 1933/4) then possibly the family
moved to Middleton where they had five more children: MABEL E.DUNKLEY born
1884 JOHN A.DUNKLEY born 1886 SYDNEY J. DUNKLEY born 1889 HENRY R. born
1891 EVELYN M. born 1894
believe they went to school at the Cottingham cum Middleton School and
Katherine and John would have married in Cottingham. Has anyone else ever
mentioned these names or does Middleton Hill still exist? Would there be
any records kept in the town regarding them whatsoever/gravestones/their
am also very excited as I have looked through some of the on the site and
there is a ? Dunkley on one. I think this must be my mother's youngest
aunt Evelyn Dunkley who was born in 1894. Evelyn was the youngest of six
siblings and my mother's mother Sarah was born in 1880 and too old to be
in these photos as she was a dressmaker when she left school. She had 3
brothers John (born 1886),Sydney (born 1889) and Henry(born 1891 and a
sister Mabel (born 1884) . The boys may well have been in the other photos
but no names are given with them.
have no photos of my motherís family whatsoever (apart from Evelyn and
Mabel in their older years) and none of her mother whatsoever( my mother's
mother Sarah Dunkley died when only 53 or 54) and no wedding photos (she
married Alfred Bull in Cottingham).
told my sister about your fascinating site yesterday and she accessed it
and saw our great uncle Harry's name on the 1st WW memorial HARRY DUNKLEY.
She also said that the Tilley family were relations, possibly it was the
maiden name of my grandmother (SARAH DUNKLEY born Cottingham 1880)'s
mother KATHERINE M DUNKLEY (Born Cottingham 1850)? I will try and
Thank you so much for this great site. My dad died in April and this
information means such a lot to my mother.
Walton on Thames, Surrey
5 September 2005
Thanks so much for your
message Ė itís lovely to hear from people who can trace their histories
back to the village.
With regards to the school
picture, Iíll add Evelynís name in next time I update.
Middleton Hill still exists in
the neighbouring village of Middleton. As far as I know, thereís never
been a Middleton Hill in Cottingham. However,
Middleton was a township within the parish of Cottingham (which is why
Middleton Hill was listed as being in Cottingham). Cottingham and
Middleton have since become separate parishes.
7 September, 2005
I have since found out that my grandparents
(Sarah Bull (nee Dunkley) and Alfred Bull) married in Cottingham or
Middleton on 5th Nov/Dec 1904. Their first child was born in 1906 was
called Alfreda but she died aged five (of measles I believe) and she was
buried in Cottingham in 1911. My late uncle, my mum's elder brother
remembered coming to visit her grave a year after her death in 1912 when
he was three. My mother was born on 4/10/1920. Also, that my great
grandmother, Sarah Dunkley's mother, was called (Mary or Sarah?) Robinson
and she married a Henry Tilley who was a coach driver and used to drive
the mail coach down to London. My mother has been searching through
letters that my uncle sent her a long time ago.
I think it is all fascinating. My mother is
getting very excited that some information may be accessible after all.
Thank you so much.
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