Index of Persons

Surname index

This family history and local (Thirsk, North Yorkshire, England) information exists as a repository of information about part of my own family and those they associated with during their lifetimes. Some of the information not published elsewhere (and I'm only setting out to publish that which is not already widely available) may be of interest.

Many important figures are ignored, and some unimportant issues receive disproportionate attention. It isn't meant to be another history of Thirsk; rather an idiosyncratic collection of items that interested me from an individual perspective. Not all the comments are reverent. Particular scorn is reserved for some of my own ancestors. Hopefully, odd characters ignored by the histories of Thirsk will find a proper place here.

It isn't finished, nor could it ever be, but material does get added or corrected on occasion.

Corrections, further information, suggestions and comments to

Special effort has been taken to exclude information about living people - name apart.

Samantha Barker (____ - ____)
Wilfred Barker (AFT 1901 - BEF 2002)
William Barker (ABT 1869 - BEF 2002)
Richard Barley (BEF 1900 - BEF 2002)
Robert Barley (____ - Feb 1876)
William Barley (BEF 1900 - BEF 2002)
Edward Barnett (____ - BEF 2002)
Anne Brady Barrett (____ - 1 Mar 1826)
Frances Brady Barrett (1771 - 1 Oct 1810)
Maria Brady Barrett (____ - BEF 2002)
William Barrett (Hon.) (1733 - 1787)
Frances Barwis (1764 - 25 Jan 1846)
Jackson Barwis (1740 - 19 Jan 1810)
Jane Jackson Barwis (____ - BEF 2002)
William Dale Bateman (1839 - ____)
William Henry Baynton (Captain) (1801 - Aug 1849)
Edmund Beckett (1st Baron Grimthorpe) (12 May 1816 - 29 Apr 1905)
Ann Bell (22 Dec 1803 - 5 Feb 1805)
Bell (____ - BEF 2002)
Eliza Bell (12 Jun 1805 - 14 Apr 1808)
Evelyn Heather Bell (____ - BEF 2002)
Frances Bell (6 Oct 1801 - 1876)
Frederic Bell (1881 - BEF 2002)
Henrietta May Bell (____ - BEF 2002)
Jane Bell (24 Jun 1808 - 1879)
John Bell (____ - ____)

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Copyright Edward Barker 2002 - Copying, reproduction or modification only permitted with his express permission.

These pages are not likely to move from so you are welcome to link to them. Equally, if you have extensive information about one of the topics or family lines I would be pleased to link to your pages. If you only have a few names and birth or death dates I will seek to replicate the information here and refer to you as a source. I'm not setting out to add many more individuals to this website, but rather to hang the information contained in the original documents I hold around them.

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Comment December 2002

The information about the early Bells of Thirsk isn't quite there. I have copies of 4 fundamentally different family trees - hopefully some sense will be possible - any further information is very welcome.