THE CHURCH OF ST NICHOLAS - ULCEBY
Below is the life of Charles Yule whose grave can be found in our graveyard.
Charles Hill Yule -1854 to 13th April 1891
What do we know about him so far? Charles was born to David and RobinaYoule (both from Scotland) in Everton, Liverpool. He was one of 7 children. At the time of his birth his father was a Millwright and Engineer by trade. Charles married Mary Robinson in Liverpool in 1879 and by 1882 he was known to be teaching at North Kyme School near Sleaford in Lincolnshire.
Charles and Mary had 1 son and 2 daughters: The son Alexender W died as an infant 1880 to 1881(born in North Kyme). The elder daughter Robina Helen 1881 – 1971 (also born in North Kyme) and Kate Stuart 1884 – 1913 (born in Ulceby). We cannot be sure when exactly they moved to Ulceby but he was teaching here in 1884 when his younger daughter was born.
Charles Yule was the village schoolmasterwho lived at the “School House” on Church Street (now Church Lane) at the time of the census on 5th April 1891. There is a 5th person sharing the house on this particular census. Alice Stothard (aged 14) is listed as a live-in general servant/domestic. She had been born in Ulceby and there is no evidence that she moved with the family to Halifax (see below).
We do not know Charles’ cause of death yet but we do know he was only 37 years old at the time. He left a personal estate of £539 pounds, 4 shillings and 7 old pence. We know that the Executor of his will was a Thomas Atkin, a Wheelwright of Ulceby, but we do not know who he bequeathed his money to,
(presumably his wife?). After Charles’ death, Mary his wife moved with the two surviving children to Halifax. The 1901 census shows her as a widowed schoolmistress and both daughters were entered as student teachers. By 1911 both daughters had left home in Halifax but Mary’s widower brother is sharing the home with Mary by now. Mary died in 1932 at the age of 82 in Halifax leaving just over £1500 to her surviving daughter, Robina Helen. She is buried in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire.
Where is Charles buried? To the South of the Tower (turn right as you exit the South Porch). He is close to the church, which confirms his high status in the community at the time of his death and his headstone is still in good condition. Liz Brown, one of the two new Church Wardens, will be taking personal care of the grave to bring it back to it’s former glory in the absence of any known local relatives.
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