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Crest of Sir Thomas Storey

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Sunday, 3 February 2008
by Brad Storey



This distinguished author was the son of James Story, of North Cave, esquire, and grandson of John Story, of Beverley, in the county of York. This latter named gentleman settled at Hessle, near Hull, where he acquired considerable property. He also erected property in Hull, and a street in that town was named after him, Story Street. Mr. Alfred Thomas Story's father died when his son was about ten years of age. Young though he was, he remembered some particulars concerning the branch of the Stories to which he belonged, and in conversation with his mother in after years learned that his father's family had been settled in Beverley for a long period, dating back several generations. Writing under date April 6th, 1909, Mr. Story says:- "I have a distinct recollection of my mother telling me that we were connected with the family from whom Admiral Story descended, and I was always given to understand that the Admiral was a Carlisle man or of a part of the country very near to the Border city. There is an account of him in James's 'History of the Navy,' a well-known work. I copied the account given of him therein many years ago, and noted various facts (and traditions) connected with the family in a common-place book which, I regret to state, perished with many other books and MSS. that were in a box I sent by sea from Hamburg. I have a dim sort of recollection that the name of Kirklinton was in some way associated with the family traditions which my mother had derived from my father and told me long ago. I should say in this connection that the Edward Story, of Brussels, respecting whom I wrote you some time back, informed me that among the papers he had accumulated concerning the Story family was proof that the Stories of Beverley and Hessle were connected with the Admiral's family. As for my father, he was quite a genius. He had a marvellous gift for music, sang well, and played various instruments, chiefly the violin. He made a violin for his own use, and was complimented on its tone. This, his first instrument, he disposed of for a fairly good sum, and then set to work and made another. I believe he made four or five in all. Once he said I was to be the possessor of the last one he made, a remarkably fine instrument. My father had likewise the poetic gift, and composed numerous hymns and temperance songs. He was a very sincere, religious man, and rarely played any music that was not of a religious character. I am said to resemble him in appearance, and in the portrait you have, I sometimes think I can see him, especially about the brow and the eyes. I wish I may die as good a man. I may add that I was the second son. My eldest brother died many years ago."

Mr. Story was the fourth issue of a large family. He states that his eldest brother did not concern himself with family matters; but his eldest sister carried many documents, including a valuable family Bible, containing the Story pedigree, to Ireland; and this latter, with the rest of the papers, was destroyed by fire. Mr. Story's paternal grandfather, whom Mr. S. hardly knew, was very careful of family documents, but he survived Mr. Story's father only a few days, and therefore what ordinarily would have come to him went to a brother-in-law. "Years afterwards," writes Mr. Story, in his letter dated 24th June, 1909, "a servant of the widow said to one of my sisters, on the occasion of a visit she made to the aunt, 'I have just burned your grandfather's will and some other papers, a long pedigree